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Comment: Problematic (Score 1) 111

by tyler_larson (#41348609) Attached to: Chrome To Get 'Do Not Track'

You heard it here first:

Once this standard becomes popular, advertising resellers will stop paying for views/click for hits from browsers with DNT set. Unlike traditional ad blocking, the DNT header signals to the primary site that you are being uncooperative, making it trivial to redirect visitors who set that header to a "fix your browser" page.

Assuming DNT is actually respected by the server, DNT establishes a second pipeline WRT logging, analytics, error-reporting, and other server-side functions. Not only are DNT visitors of little or no value to site owners, but they also create additional cost for the provider to maintain that separate logging pipeline.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP:DNT} 1
RewriteRule .* /disable-dnt.html

For your disable-dnt.html page, nothing fancy, nothing explanatory, just simple instructions:
Your browser cannot display this page.
Please select the menu Tools -- Options and uncheck Do Not Track. Then refresh this page to continue.

Problem solved. And all you have to say is that the cost of compliance with the "do not track" standard make supporting that option unfeasible. Or something like that.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure (Score 4, Interesting) 183

by tyler_larson (#40508497) Attached to: More Uptime Problems For Amazon Cloud

In my past two jobs and over the past 20 years, we've worked with dozens of independent an unrelated vendors with locations around the country, including Virginia. Of all the locations where these companies have operations, the ones in Virginia have been dramatically, almost comically, more disaster-prone than the rest of the country and even the rest of the world. The running joke in the office is that whenever any vendor or service provider drops offline, we first check the weather in Virginia before checking to see if any of our own systems are offline. Every time, we see a post-mortem a few days later disclosing some failed system or backup or contingency, and every time, they say this problem that will never happen again.

You'd think that all the failing locations would share a operations center or service provider or even a single city, but it turns out that the only thing these disaster-prone operations have in common is that they're in Virginia. I have no idea why this is the case. But our company has a policy singling out Virginia saying that no mission-critical components are allowed to be based there.

Comment: Re:Happened in Dallas Too (Score 3, Interesting) 573

by tyler_larson (#39863739) Attached to: NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

If only this were an isolated incident.

Turns out that every major foiled terrorist plot on US soil since 9/11 was dreamed up, planned, funded, coordinated, and ultimately foiled by FBI agents. And there have been quite a few of them. This is such a persistent theme that the biggest surprise in this story is that the newspaper actually called them on it instead of using the fear-inducing headline to bolster readership.

Comment: Successful Troll is Successful (Score 5, Insightful) 509

by tyler_larson (#36704480) Attached to: Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'

Academic purist discovers that one of the most prolific and successful database users in the world is using a system he doesn't approve of. He decides, with no insider knowledge at all, and despite all evidence to the contrary, that they should throw everything away and start over from scratch using a system that he thinks would allow them to see the performance and scalability that they've already achieved.

Presumably he's tired of Facebook being used as a counter-example to everything he's been preaching.

Comment: Re:why do people work for Raytheon? (Score 1) 278

by tyler_larson (#32709924) Attached to: Microwave Pain Ray Keeps Frost From Killing Crops

Do you really think they make nothing but weapons? I mean, really?

That's essentially the same question as asking how people could have the moral dysfunction necessary to work for boeing (they make the apache helicopter, you know).

Raytheon makes a pretty large percentage of the aircraft used by general aviation and some commuter airlines, for example.

Comment: Re:Attendence in college? (Score 1) 554

by tyler_larson (#32092364) Attached to: RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

Come on now. These are adults.

It's worth pointing out that NAU has more of an "at home" feel to it than most colleges you've heard of. It's less of a university, and more of a local school. Call it 13th grade.

In fact, Northern Arizona University has about half the number of students as Mesa Community College.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy