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Comment If we are reading... (Score 2, Insightful) 450

If we are reading scrolling text, would we then be paying attention to the ad's content? This seems less like a way for users to see advertising content and more an exercise in dickery. I am finding more and more content behind 30 second video ads. My current behavior is just go read something in another tab and come back to it after the ad is done. My prediction? Captcha ads will tank site readership. Seriously there is nothing I can think of on a chewing gum site that would require me to answer a pop quiz to view.

Comment What I want to know is... (Score 5, Insightful) 368

Why did Google initially agree to censor search results in the first place if this was their philosophy? I am certain they have made money in China, they would not have gone there for altruistic purposes of giving China good search results and web based email if there was not profit in it. Sure they have the philosophy "Don't Be Evil" but they got in bed with China to do business there. Only after the Aurora Exploit did they finally say enough is enough. Taking an anti-censorship stance only AFTER the Aurora attacks makes it seem retaliatory to me. They got a bruised eye from the neighborhood bully and then after playing along fine for quite some time decided they wanted to pick up their ball and go home. I would have been more impressed if Google uncensored their search results from the beginning instead of reacting to overt actions from China to their bottom line.

Comment Fascinating (Score 1) 213

It seems the goggles and glove VR dreams of 15 years ago are being replaced with AR devices that are smaller and smaller. Makes me wonder however if it would be self-contained (unlikely) or have to communicate with some hardware either broadcasting near your location or probably worn on your person somewhere.
The only added feature that I would want for something like this is for it to work also as a corrective lens. Or else those of us without perfect sight are well... left in the dark.

Comment Maybe they should tie them to thier wrists (Score 1) 117

Nine out of Ten lost or stolen in the UK? I have to wonder if seeing abandoned laptops laying around is commonplace there. I don't think I have ever seen a "lost" computer just waiting for me to pick it up. There must be something about the culture that only 10% of the population can keep track of their gadgets. I am reminded of people you see on the beach with metal detectors trying to find lost and dropped jewelery and coins. I may have to make a trip to the UK and ride trains looking for discarded hardware.
Security

Submission + - GoDaddy wants your root password (sucuri.net)

Johnny Fusion writes: "The writer of the Securi Security Blog had a an alarming awakening when a honeypot on port 22 on a GoDaddy hosted VPS recorded login attempts using his GoDaddy username and password and even an attempt to login as root. It turns out the attempt was actually from within GoDaddy's network. Before he could "alert" GoDaddy about the security breach, he got an email from GoDaddy Demanding his root login credentials.

There is an update where GoDaddy explains itself and says they will change policy."

Microsoft

Journal Journal: Cryptome Taken Offline by Microsoft DMCA Filing 2

As of about 2:00 p.m. EST today, Cryptome.org has been taken offline by their host and Registrar, Network Solutions. It seems Microsoft filed a copyright-infringement DMCA takedown notice relating to a Microsoft’s “Global Criminal Compliance Handbook,” a comprehensive, 22-page guide running down the surveillance services Microsoft will perform for law enforcement agencies on its various online platforms. Network Solutions took the extra step of locking the domain to preven

Comment Did you read the footnote? (Score 3, Insightful) 262

Apparently, owning a copy of The Anarchist's Cookbook is a jailable offense. I therefore should report amazon.co.uk who sells it. And since its not limited to british sites, I am pretty sure I read on wikipedia the mechanics on how thermonuclear weapons work. At least 1940s/1950s era weapons. In a world where information is criminal, only criminals will have information.

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