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Comment Re:And socialism in practice: (Score 1) 329

I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you, but what you describe is more of a problem with corruption and organized crime. In southern Italy, hospitals, bridges, and entire highways have been built by private companies - best bid - and paid for with public money (it's public infrastructure, after all). The hospitals are still unused, the bridges were left unfinished, and the highways were never opened. The companies have been closed (and reopened under other names), lather, rinse, repeat. Capitalism doesn't have an easy stand against crime, extortion and corruption. You can't honestly make a better offer when your competitor has bribed or coerced their way in.

Southern Italy is just an example - this stuff happens everywhere, sometimes on larger scale, sometimes smaller. I don't think that ghost cities in China are much different. Someone decided that there was money to be made, and money was made.

Comment Re:Ads are malware vectors, period (Score 1) 223

Mod this up.

Here in Italy you can be signed up to costly "services" by simply and inadvertently clicking on an ad on your phone. No sign-up process - just click on an in-app ad and you receive an SMS "You have subscribed to [shady sex chat service]. Each message you receive has a cost of [x Euro]". No - the ad did not advertise any such service. And no, the app itself had nothing to do with it except for serving up ads - this crap comes from the ad networks. Then the messages start to roll in and your friendly phone company automatically bills you for each message you receive. This has happened to various friends and family members. How can someone you never willingly shared your phone number with start billing you via your phone company for a service you never requested in the first place? (rhetoric question) Usually, after complaining with your service provider they will block those messages, some will also pay back the amount. Until one happens to fat-finger the next ad and everything starts again.

Blocking ads is the only sensitive thing to do. Also, I prefer to pay for apps I'm interested in and avoid the free-but-with-ads apps.

I have no problem if a site won't let me view their content without ads -- I don't think they are being clever, but it's their rules on their playground. I'll simply leave and look for alternatives. This means I could never subscribe to such a site, even if they offered something interesting.

Comment Re:Perhaps... (Score 1) 352

I'm not saying your idea sucks, I just find it to be similar to cookies, with the cookie ID in the URL.

If UniqueThing is the only way for the website to identify me, many websites will add any additional information they gather about me to this ID (e.g. my email address when I subscribe to notifications). Currently, when I share a link, I just copy and paste the URL from the browser's address line. If I happen to share a personalised link -- willingly or by mistake -- my preferences and collected information will be available to all visitors of said link. If some of these visitors like the site, they will change the preferences and add red sandals, vampire books, and "herbal remedies" to the already existing Python books and science fiction. Now I can go in there and reset the preferences to my desires, but some of the people I shared my link with will come back and add whatever it is that they prefer. I'll have to create a new UniqueThing. (Which is similar to purging my browser's cookies.)

I like your Amazon example, this is something that happens to my wife and me, too. It would be great if Amazon could distinguish between the two of us; after all, although we share an account we're using different browser sessions and different laptops. Maybe we could think of a way to voluntarily inform websites about some of our interests. In the browser's settings, let me define keywords or select from a list of categories, and when the website I'm currently on sends a specific request (with the possibility for me to whitelist/blacklist any site), let them know about my preferences.

I use ad blocking, ScriptSafe and Ghostery, different browser profiles for various environments and needs (home, work, google, whatever). I don't click on ads. But I wouldn't mind if my browser informed any website that asked that I'm interested in Python, electronic components, and Stuart MacBride books. This would allow them to collect information about their audience's interests and adapt accordingly. It would allow Amazon to differentiate the shopping experience for my wife and me. Of course this would make some people more identifiable because of their unique interests, but browser-fingerprinting is already quite good at that.

I'm not claiming that my idea is better, just brainstorming here.

Comment Re:Perhaps... (Score 1) 352

You go to a website. If you desire a personalized experience, "click here" and then bookmark.

Resulting page is site.tld/longRandomGeneratedUniqueThing/restofurl.whatever

All links on the resulting page are set that way now. The site is responsible for keeping that "thing" associated with your preferences and etc., as well as generating the right links on all the pages you visit there. That's doable.

As long as you come and go from such a formatted URL, the site knows it's the same person.

Not necessarily. If I share the link site.tld/longRandomGeneratedUniqueThing/restofurl.whatever and people open it, the website won't know it isn't me who is accessing it, and it will show them the page with all of my settings applied. You and the others around here might know we'd have to use the generic link site.tld/generic/restofurl.whatever, but most users will simply share their personalised link on their social media sites and in their mails.

Comment Re:Project Removal? (Score 1) 145

SourceForge does not allow project removal, especially when moving the project to a new hosting provider.

Projects which have moved to another hosting provider are typically retained at (though you can make a note on the project web site and project summary page directing users to the new home) for sake of retaining materials of historical value.

Submission + - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional ( 5

tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.

Comment Re:Do most of the work? (Score 1) 443

That won't allow you to rename class A's method shout() to whisper() while keeping class B's method shout() as is it.

There is a thing to be said for editors and shell scripts, but when code reaches a certain level of complexity a full-flexed IDE has its place.

Comment Re:I dont get why... (Score 2) 91

They should have done this five years ago - the old nimble Google of 2001 would have quickly indexed Twitter and Facebook, and every other silo of information. It's only Big Corporate Google that can't acknowledge another source of information for some sort of ego-bruising related reason. "Index all the world's information ... except if it's hosted by a company run by that guy down the street who drives that ridiculous 918 Spyder".

Twitter messages used to appear in Google's real-time search, but after Twitter chose not to renew their agreement in 2011, Google started to follow Twitter's rel=nofollow instructions.
So it's more like the guy down the street who drives that Spyder told Google to go take a hike and they complied.

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