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Comment Re:Cookies (Score 1) 251

It's not enough to log out, you have to wipe the cookies, too. Google sets a lot of them and then there are Google-related sites like Youtube which also set Cookies. I'm not sure how much these other sites share Cookies with Google, but I wouldn't trust them on it.

It's much more than not logging in to block tracking, just one step. Web Beacons are the concern logging in or reading html email.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_beacons running a huge a$$ HOSTS file is also very important.

Ever hear of flurry http://flurry.com/ https://top.robtex.com/flurry.com.html#records
that's a biggie to block. It's Google analytics, for a price they provide advertisers
user demographics and what ads to send to you.

Mostly used for mobile devices Flurry.com will let you opt-out if you give them your device ID.
http://www.flurry.com/user-opt-out.html every time I change the OS on my rooted Xoom tablet the ID changes
so I block it at the router level (just got a new router with firewall). Also your device ID isn't all that easy to find.
- for Android > play.store look for: Device ID

Read the ToS, Privacy Policy at http://rovio.com/ it explains in detail what angry birds does with your collected data.
One is they send your info to Flurry.com who in return sends them prospective clients.

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Here's a good one... Read the ToS at http://flurry.com/ you'd never know it was Google.
I registered at http://testmy.net/ to keeps a data base of my connection rates; of course I read their terms of service,
it led you to https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/?fg=1

There was a thread about tracking I happened on after my registration, the operator of that site
replied to the thread mentioning he was very happy to be working for Google, it was a good company.
I replied that it's odd your so up front about being part of Google yet one would never know through the ToS
http://flurry.com/ was Google as well. Now reading the ToS you'd never know http://testmy.net/ is part of Google. :}
unless you went to Robtex.com https://top.robtex.com/testmy.net.html#records

Yes Google provides a service and expects something in return, they can have my searches and the links
I visit, as I find them through Google. But I don't need Google+ shoved not only in my face, but into my lifel
Google+ isn't a service it's totally different.

Submission + - Fusion milestone passed at US lab (bbc.co.uk) 1

Bizzeh writes: The BBC reports that Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion — the process that powers the Sun — could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion

Submission + - Fusion Reactor Breaks Even 2

mysqlbytes writes: The BBC is reporting the National Ignition Facility (NIF), based at Livermore in California, Has succeeded in breaking even — "During an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel — the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world."

Comment Google is becoming meddlesome (Score 1) 251

I don't log onto a site unless I have to, then log off when I'm done, keeps the tracking down a tad.

I have two Youtube accounts Googles aware of. Yesterday I logged in to do some work on the videos
and joined Google+. I don't want to be part of Google+, I've no interest in the "social networks".
I've changed the settings to send no Email my way and keep from displaying my actions, but
don't wish an account I want no part of. Took me 4 years to finally get out of Facebook,
an account I started but never did anything with.

Youtube videos have always been in the lowest resolution as I've no cookie to remember a setting,
no big deal. Now all of the videos are muted as well on all browsers.

Youtube has a lot of full length movies, I have a PS3, A HDTV, and a Motorola Xoom tablet that can access youtube.
I wanted to watch Dogma http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwZ8fw6AIzQ on the HDTV, I can't.
The searches never came close; even spelling them out word for word, there are quite a few I can't access.
The links can't be accessed by any thing but the PC, no way to enter them or the PS3 reverts to a Youtube program that can't find them either.

I've started downloading the videos transferring them to each device; the start of my inadvertent youtube movie collection.

Comment Re:Automatic barriers (Score 1) 608

After the 1983 Beirut Barracks bombing that killed "241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers" Areas of high security have barriers put in place so you have to weave, no more straight shots.

But using Google Earth I get pillars that autos can't get between
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/82858047?source=wapi&referrer=kh.google.com

For a car to set them off defeats their purpose. Her cars front end wasn't damaged, even after the chase
her front end looks to be fully intact, and these pillars are seen as well in the pictures of the event.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2442703/Miriam-Carey-Woman-killed-outside-Capitol-Hill-trying-ram-gates-White-House.html

Yet they still refer to it as a ramming. "The Connecticut woman who rammed a White House barrier with her young daughter in the car before being gunned down by police was suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth last year, her mother has revealed."
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2442703/Miriam-Carey-Woman-killed-outside-Capitol-Hill-trying-ram-gates-White-House.html

Beirut Barracks bombing:
The 19-ton Mercedes-Benz truck then passed between two sentry posts, passed through an open vehicle gate in the perimeter chain-link fence, crashed through a guard shack in front of the building and smashed into the lobby of the building serving as the barracks for the 1st Battalion 8th Marines (BLT). The sentries at the gate were operating under rules of engagement which made it very difficult to respond quickly to the truck. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Beirut_barracks_bombing

Comment Re:tragedy of errors? (Score 1) 608

Sounds like all the shooting was police or Secret Service. Car impact, female with babe in a car with out of state plates, chased, and shot ?

What if she was lost, confused and just made a wrong turn while talking on her cell phone, surprised by the barrier?

Perhaps the true price of paranoia.

Yes it was tragedy of errors and mayhaps bad timing on her part (being in the area).

Shots reported fired, a helicopter reported landing in front of the Capitol. The cop car that hit the barricade appears
to of hit it sliding sideways, he was at first reported as being injured by gunfire - and an "active shooter" scenario was called.

Submission + - Adobe hijacked, user information compromised (extremeta.com)

sfcrazy writes: Adobe switched its business model from license to subscription base, which wile make it more affordable for user also required access to critical information such as credit card which was not needed earlier. This critical user information has now fallen in the hands of cyber criminals (cracker and not hackers) who hijacked Adobe leaving behind 2.9 million affected customers.

Comment 1912 Diablo Canyon knocked offline, jellyfish like (Score 1) 123

A horde of jellyfish-like animals has forced the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in California.
The gelatinous creatures, 2 to 3 inches long, are called sea salp.
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/04/24/2041453/diablo-canyon-nuclear-reactor.html

Sea salp can reproduce sexually and asexually, and "you can have millions in a couple of days," e
http://www.newser.com/story/144935/jellyfish-like-creatures-shut-down-nuclear-plant.html

Actually jelly fish took down a California reactor many years ago but 1912 (the above links) is all the shows.

Comment Re:Just like anything there garbage and there's go (Score 1) 168

I had a friend who managed the network for Bechtel, set my BBS up to pull in usenet that many said it wasn't possible; my setup was his proof.

What year? Didn't many BBSes do this with (non-UNIX) implementations of the UUCP protocol? I also thought some FidoNET systems had gateways to Usenet (I saw a brief mention on the wikipedia article but not sure how long back that went).

There were always gateways but at 10 a minute it was spendy, newsgroups weren't a priority for me
I was a chat board (8 lines). I did use PC prusuit for my personal files http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/library/CONCEPTS/SERVICES/PCPURSUIT/

I ran an AmigA 3000, Cnet software and was part of the FidoNet. Cnet was getting ready for the Internet; we had a cookie file
which was a text file of his wife's recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but a cookie file was required so he added one.
FidoNet does connect to the Usenet, but just as another group. From the Usenet you can read FidoNet, but not the other way around

I can't tell you how it was done as my friend set it up (UUCP protocol and all the supporting files for the Amiga and Cnet) which was easy for him.
His system was a Sparc workstation, we were worlds apart in computer systems

I pulled my messages from him who was pulling them from across the state. I'd pay him a bit for my feed (a couple Amiga text groups)
but his largest group was for the NeXTstation, so most likely around 1990-91.

Comment Re:Wow! What a vulnerability!! (Score 1) 77

Secondly, none of that has exactly dick to do with what's being discussed -- which is the use of motion sensors to capture vibration, which is then via a complex software application, recreates the keystrokes entered from a nearby keyboard.

Yep - I read the summery, replied to your reply, then read the article and thought damn ----------- missed it by that much.

Submission + - Saudi Cleric Pummeled On Twitter For Claiming Driving Damages Women's Ovaries (cnn.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: CNN reports, "...Sheikh Saleh Al-Loheidan's widely derided remarks have gone viral ... "If a woman drives a car," Al-Loheidan told Saudi news website sabq.org ... "it could have a negative physiological impact ... it would automatically affect a woman's ovaries and that it pushes the pelvis upward." ... "We find that for women who continuously drive cars, their children are born with varying degrees of clinical problems." The controversial comments ... were widely interpreted throughout Saudi Arabia as an attempt to discourage women in the country from joining a popular online movement urging them to stage a demonstration by driving cars on October 26. "This is his answer to the campaign," Saudi women's rights activist Aziza Yousef told CNN. ... "He's making a fool of himself. He shouldn't touch this field at all ..." ... Al-Loheidan's words have been ridiculed mercilessly via social media ... An Arabic Twitter hashtag called "#WomensDrivingAffectsOvariesAndPelvises" was quickly created to make fun of Al-Loheidan — underscoring just how widely the call for Saudi women to defy the driving ban has resonated thus far. And while numerous conservative voices have supported Al-Loheidan, many Saudis believe this was an extremely clumsy way of trying to counter the popularity of the October 26 campaign."

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