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Comment Re:creepy. but (Score 1) 344

in my opinion this kind of automated man-hunt should be forbidden.

If I may ask... why? What is the damage to you besides a handwavy "it freaks me out" type of statement? You are going to a free website. If these website owners have collectively figured out that showing you these particular ads is the best way to generate money from the free experience they are providing, why do you feel they should be forbidden from doing so?

Comment Why????? (Score 4, Funny) 205

Why are our elected officials spending any time on this? Is there *any* evidence that the data collected has ever been misused in any way? The online advertising industry is based on selectively targetting users with advertisements, and so far I see no compelling reasons for the government to interfere. Before the government starts regulating an industry, shouldn't there be evidence that the industry is in fact in need of regulating? Disclaimer: I work in an advertising company developing the conversion rate models

Comment Re:Why is it taking so long? (Score 4, Insightful) 308

Actually, I don't think this was a 20% project. Chrome had a team of engineers working on it, and at its core it has the V8 Javascript engine. You don't just wake up one day and say "Hey, why don't I write an optimized Javascript engine from scratch!" This is a project that fits in with Google's strategic vision, and it had the necessary manpower allocated to it.
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Submission + - Judge strikes down two PATRIOT act provisions (cnn.com)

Barraketh writes: Judge Aiken struck down two provisions of the PATRIOT act which allowed for search warrants without probable cause. In 1978, the FISA court was established, which could issue a search warrant as long as the primary purpose of the search was gathering of foreign intelligence information. The PATRIOT act relaxed this requirement to a significant purpose. This allowed the FBI to search anyone they claim to be 'an agent of a foreign power'. The FISA warrants also allowed the FBI to bypass the requirement to 'describe with particularity' the things to be seized and place to be searched in order to obtain the warrant. These provisions were deemed to violate the Fourth Amendment. Read full opinion here.

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