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Comment Re:Should be 'Opt-In' (Score 1) 118

On Firefox, the "Tell websites I do not want to be tracked" is not enabled by default. I don't understand why this is not the default action.

The option should be "Tell websites I'm okay with being tracked" and should be ticked off by default.

Actually, it is unclear what the "do not track" actually means. Does in include "do not log" - or "wipe my IP address from the logs after x days"?

Anybody, who does want to not support the biggest trackers (facebook, google, twitter), should (a) deactivate sending cookies to third parties and (b) install ghostery in FireFox. That's much more effective than the "do not track" additional information sent to the tracking web sites.

Comment Re:One question never answered (Score 1) 258

How does Facebook do it (the Like button)? Does Facebook also circumvent it this way? Either Facebook found a way to do it better, or they are both doing the same thing.

Can we stop the Google/Microsoft bashing and focus on the techniques please?

Firefox with Ghostery is your friend. Forget "do not track" and P3P. They rely on fair play of web sites - which is unreasonable to expect.

Comment Standard Reader Format (Score 2) 87

While it is clearly interesting to have an open source format for editing (btw, there are already many), it is far more important to have a standardized and open reader format: The eBook that I buy should be readable on all readers and also convertible to new formats in the future (thus: open and without DRM). When we have this, the writer/editor will have his choice automatically as well.

Comment Re:Not sure why this is even up for debate (Score 1) 410

All this bill would do is ensure that Google, Facebook and others completely shutdown all local European presence. That means all those local jobs go away and all legal recourse is gone while at the same time everyone keeps using it. Unless of course you're willing to implement the great firewall of Europe and join China in a world where the powers that be can decide to rewrite history.

If this would be true, Europeans would have a big interest in implementing this law right now. While some local jobs from Facebook and Google might disappear, large European competitors for those sites would appear that implement the technical possibility to delete this information that you have published before, and creating new jobs and tax income for a state within the EU. Win-win for the Europeans I would say.

Comment Re:Simple: compromise (Score 1) 410

Do people have a right to control info about themselves? I don't think so. Sure it'd be nice if all companies voluntarily would remove naked pictures of you that you regret, but to enshrine this service into law is a very bad precedent.

You would be able to control the information about yourself, if you would publish it on your Web site (and set the robots.txt to exclude spiders). But if you give it to a "social" web site, you traded it in against the "service". So, basically you sold your information (to not say: you sold your soul).

Should you be able to reclaim your postings/pictures etc.? Yes, you should.
Would reclaiming your postings be against free speech? No.
Would it make "social" web sites more complex to manage and therefore a bit less attractive from a business point of view? Yes, you bet. But since when is this an argument for a law about control of your digital data?

Comment Re:No More Nuclear Waste Siting Problem? (Score 1) 596

There is one remaining issue of "environmentalist" obstructionism. I use quotes, because these people are damaging the environment, not protecting it.

This is true. If you oppose nuclear, a coal plant will be built in its place, which is far, far more dirty and dangerous.

Interesting argument. Why does it always need to be coal, when comparing nuclear power against another energy? Here is the car analogy: if you do not like this new electric car, you will need to use this monster truck, which runs 2 miles per gallon, which is far, far more dirty and dangerous.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 1) 596

Just like France makes good money selling electricity to the UK and Germany (as those two countries have somewhat of a nuclear-phobia, that seems to be increasing). The electricity prices in France are 10% of what I pay in the UK, and I'm on a cheap UK tariff provided by a French electricity company! I'm sure the money goes somewhere...

Electricity prices in France and Germany are very much political prices. It has very little to do with nuclear power and very much with who subsidizes what (France: Tax payers subsidize nuclear power; Germany: Households (electricity users) subsidizes solar and other renewable energy installments).

Comment Re:Perspective (Score 1) 438

Would having wireless carriers be dumb pipes really be so bad?

Minor nitpick: If they were "dumb pipes" they wouldn't have to subsidize the cost of the iPhone. You'd pay full price for it and obtain service without a contract.

Possible in Europe. It was long-time not interesting, because you could not get a contract, which actually removed the subsidies - but this changes currently and see: It's much cheaper to pay full price for your iPhone and then much less for the contract, then to have an subsidized iPhone with an expensive contract. Actually the incumbent wireless carriers in Europe fear those unbundled deals very much the same as the devil the holy water.

Comment Re:Stupid much? (Score 1) 376

How shortsightedly-inane-for-the-sake-of-a-headline can you get? At least making a facebook account and having your data shared is an option.

According to the author's logic, the United States Postal Service, for the service of getting our mail delivered, has EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESSES, regardless of whether we opted in to begin with! Holy shit.

Bad analogy. The USPS does not have the contents of the letters that they have delivered to you. FB has.

Comment Re:So is every ISP (Score 1) 376

You can be paranoid about it. But the fact is that we all depend on companies every day and trust them with our personal info. There really isn't an alternative.

Why is there no alternative? FB is not really a required service you depend on.
Email and Internet access probably is a required service, but email is not centralized and monopolized, but using an open standardized protocol, Internet access at the other side is a classical man-in-the-middle problem - that's why ISPs are regulated (and at least in most countries forbidden to do man-in-the-middle actions) - and you can always use SSL and HTTPS to exclude your ISP from overhearing and profiting from your conversations.

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