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Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 1) 513

Do you think automated parsing of an email to target ads is "reading your private emails"?

YES. A stranger can read you email to try to gather intelligence about you. The Google scanner "reads" your email to gather information about you so they know what advertising you may be interested in. It's still information gathering regardless if it's automated.

If so, do you also think that a spam filter running on the mail server "reads your private emails"?

The spam filter scans for characteristics of unsolicited email. The spam filter isn't gathering personal information that can be used to formulate your likes and dislikes.

Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 2) 513

A little misdirection? The issue wasn't the advertising itself but Google reading/scanning personal email to create targeted ads.

Does Google still scan your email for keywords even though they may not immediately show you advertising? Just because they don't show you the ads while reading email doesn't mean they can't use the information gathered to target the ads you view while browsing.

Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 2) 513

Corporations don't provide services out of the goodness of their heart. The ads pay for the "free" email, and also help pay for Google's research into autonomous vehicles, improved search technology, etc. So I accept them, occasionally click on them, and sometimes even buy something.
Expecting something for nothing is being childish. Grow up.

No one said anything about Google not being able to use advertising to offset the cost of providing a free service. What the grown ups are talking about is Google's need to scan your email to create targeted ads.

Comment Re:But what if Java is the next WAIS? (Score 1) 249

The context of this thread was Java's alleged vulnerabilities tainting the code base of LibreOffice. No browser was mentioned. The java plugin is a "helper application" that a browser uses to start up a Java applet from within the browser. The plugin itself is where the vulnerabilities originate not the JRE. Disable the plugin then you have cut off most (if not all) the vulnerabilities people talk about.

Comment Re:Could be the best thing... (Score 1) 217

I don't. Wal-mart sees themselves as guardians of morality. That shit will fly in retail but not on the internet.

Don't be silly. In the end all the consumer cares about is price. Walmart has proven that many times.

Choice between locally made goods vs. cheaper Chinese made goods? Consumer chooses cheaper Chinese made goods.

Choice between well manufactured vs. cheap plastic knockoff? Consumer chooses cheap knockoff.

Choice between a grocery store that has a variety of products or a "superstore" stocked with only groceries shown to sell well in "value" sizes and prepackaged cheap meat from a meat plant? Consumer will choose the cheaper superstore.

Choice between a record store with large selection of albums regardless of explicitness or a "superstore" with only popular albums in radio edit editions at a cheaper price? Consumer will choose the cheaper superstore.

Comment Re:Could be the best thing... (Score 3, Interesting) 217

Funny that you mention Walmart (not that I personally like Walmart).

I think Amazon has a lot to fear from Walmart. Walmart adapts well and I see them competing directly with Amazon online in the near future. Barnes and Noble is doing quite well as a book store which may insulate them from the impending Amazon vs. Walmart price war on consumer goods and electronics.

Comment Re:Impeachment for treason (Score 1) 800

While your statement about 'imminent' may be true. It still doesn't invalidate my argument which that in my opinion this doesn't quite rise to the level of impeachment since (1) this is a legal framework for consideration, (2) select members of the senate was privy to the information, and (3) this isn't an actual execution order. Nor does it invalidate my opinion that this is more constitutional than the tradition of letting the CIA handle it and just make it classified. Also it doesn't make the fact that this is a continuation of Bush's policy a fallacy.

A single word doesn't invalidate an entire argument... except maybe on slashdot

Comment Re:They should have gone with Python (Score 1) 387

Well, the first metric I saw when when a web server written in node was faster than Apache.

So you are comparing a full fledge web server with a lot of functionality to something not quite so all encompassing as node.js. I don't think this is an accurate test.

TO be sure, you can do the kind of I/O js does in C, but it's a real pain and usually platform dependant in some way, even the difference between linux and bsd can start the ifdefs popping up, but js brings asynchronous I/O to the 10 GOTO 10 crowd. That, and the fact the js x86 emulator not only works but runs linux under which you can edit, compile a real program no slower than unix used to be on an 11/45 and you're doing this in a browser tab.

Being able to run an emulator is a metric for function completeness not speed.

So basically you like JavaScript and there is no harm in that. You like that it is powerful because of a neat project that emulates an x86 with caveats. Of course with the power of CPU these days we can probably emulate an x86 with pretty much any interpreted language. As for real-time programming, I don't see anything that makes JS deterministic.

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