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Comment Re:This tool affects Facebook revenue (Score 1) 194

Ironically, Facebook's advertising is amongst the least intrusive around - for now. They also provide means to give them feedback (on the website - sadly, their mobile apps are lacking on that account, amongst many others) about which ads you prefer and which you don't want to see. Mind you, their lack of profiling data can show up at times, usually in the form of repeated generic ads being served up.

Comment Re:Could someone enlighten me (Score 1) 194

SocialFixer is a browser add-on, it runs inside of your browser on your computer. You're thinking of Facebook Apps, which interact with Facebook's back-end through the Facebook Platform, either as web services, traditional software or mobile/tablet apps.

Agree with your comment about us getting what we paid for with Facebook. Still disappointing, nonetheless, if only because of the potential longer-term repercussions for Facebook's viability - they seem to be increasingly undermining the service's usefulness in their quest for profits. :(

Comment There's a reason for that particular madness. (Score 1) 2

(Just popping in for a flying visit to Slashdot)

deviantART has been getting a LOT of spam and phishing attacks, in part because there are so many users on their likely to fall for such things. Hence disallowing posting from newly-created accounts. They also have an interstitial screen for all outbound links, which is annoying to say the least, and the latest has been to add a link symbol next to outbound links in messages.

Unfortunately, there are still ways around the spam filters. Most spam accounts I spot have laid low for a while before posting, so they don't get closed until people have reported the messages, by which time they've probably gotten what they came for. :( And the actual reporting system still needs some works.

(I'll have been a dA member for 10 years in a few weeks time. The site does look a lot better than it did back them, unlike a certain tech news site I can think of...)


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Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Approve Work On DRM For HTML 5.1 307

An anonymous reader writes "Danny O'Brien from the EFF has a weblog post about how the Encrypted Media Extension (EME) proposal will continue to be part of HTML Work Group's bailiwick and may make it into a future HTML revision." From O'Brien's post: "A Web where you cannot cut and paste text; where your browser can't 'Save As...' an image; where the 'allowed' uses of saved files are monitored beyond the browser; where JavaScript is sealed away in opaque tombs; and maybe even where we can no longer effectively 'View Source' on some sites, is a very different Web from the one we have today. It's a Web where user agents—browsers—must navigate a nest of enforced duties every time they visit a page. It's a place where the next Tim Berners-Lee or Mozilla, if they were building a new browser from scratch, couldn't just look up the details of all the 'Web' technologies. They'd have to negotiate and sign compliance agreements with a raft of DRM providers just to be fully standards-compliant and interoperable."

Submission + - 'I'm the Guy Who Sent out the $12.50 Yahoo T-Shirt'

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Ramses Martinez, Director of Yahoo Paranoids, writes that he's the guy who runs the Yahoo team that works with the security community on issues and vulnerabilities and it's been an interesting 36 hours since the story first appeared on slashdot. "Here’s the story. When I first took over the team that works with the security community on issues and vulnerabilities, we didn’t have a formal process to recognize and reward people who sent issues to us. We were very fast to remedy issues but didn’t have anything formal for thanking people that sent them in." Martinez started sending a t-shirt as a personal “thanks.” It wasn’t a policy, he just just thought it would be nice to do. But Yahoo recently decided to improve the process of vulnerability reporting. The “send a t-shirt” idea needed an upgrade. Yahoo will now reward individuals and firms that identify what we classify as new, unique and/or high risk issues between $150 — $15,000. The amount will be determined by a clear system based on a set of defined elements that capture the severity of the issue. " If you submitted something to us and we responded with an acknowledgment (and probably a t-shirt) after July 1st, we will reconnect with you about this new program. This includes, of course, a check for the researchers at High-Tech Bridge who didn’t like my t-shirt."

Comment Re:The sad thing about conspiracy theories (Score 2) 251

The sad thing about conspiracy theories and the internet age is that no matter how far out or whackjob the theory may be, you can find a dozen videos documenting "proof" of the theory and entire forums full of people who believe in the lunacy and who circle-jerk each other in a frenzy of panic.

Because there were no whack jobs and conspiracy nuts before the 'internet age'?
Son, sit right down and let me tell you about Lyndon LaRouche.

Comment Pretty bad (Score 1) 3

It's pretty bad, with all the "improvements" that they've made. I still get by here every once in a while - more, lately, in fact - but there's not much to see.

I hope things are well with you.

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