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Submission + - Google adds to Mozilla's push for "do not track" (

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes: "In a morning blog post, Google announced the release of a Chrome plug-in called 'Keep My Opt-Outs,' which hopes to block all tracking cookies. Interestingly, it is released as open-source with the hopes that it will gain quick deployment on non-Chrome browsers and find a robust foothold against ads.

The story is also covered in Computerworld, which has a more broad insight to the issue, looking at Google, Mozilla, and Firefox and seems to indicate more rapid change is looming — potentially from the FCC itself."


Submission + - BBC to Cut Online Budget by 25%

mvar writes: The BBC is to cut about 200 websites as it reduces the amount of money it spends on its online output. The changes, which will see BBC Online's budget cut by £34m, will also result in the loss of up to 360 posts over the next two years. Among the sites to close include teen services Switch and Blast and community site 606. The plans are part of the BBC's cost-cutting measures to make 20% savings as a result of the licence fee settlement. The BBC says the changes are intended to make its website more distinctive and reduce competition with commercial websites.

Comment Re:The XBOX 360 is Just as Expensive as the PS3 (Score 1) 232

> 1. The PS3 comes with wireless capability. The XBOX 360 requires a $100 wireless kit.

Unless you don't need wireless. Also, you can get a cheap wireless router (and DD-WRT) and use that.

> 2. The XBOX 360's controllers require batteries. An add-on rechargeable battery system costs about $20 per controller.

You can use rechargeable AA batteries, which I'm sure people with a lot of gadgets would already have.

Agreed about the Microsoft points though.


The Stigma of a Tech Support Background 613

An anonymous reader writes "Since the last semester of college I've been working as a first line tech support agent. At first it was just a way to earn some extra money; then it became a way to scrape by until I could find myself a real job. By now (almost two years in), it's beginning to feel like a curse. The problem I'm having is that no matter how many jobs I apply for, and no matter how well-written my applications are, I can't seem to get further than the first interview. For some reason it seems a lot of employers will completely overlook my degree in computer engineering, the fact that I can show them several personal projects that I've worked on, and that I can show them that I clearly possess the skills they are looking for. I've had several employers tell me to my face, and in rejection letters, that my 'professional background' isn't what they're looking for even when they've clearly stated that they're looking for recent graduates. In fact, a few have even told me that they decided against hiring me simply because I've worked in tech support at a call center for the last two years. I'm wondering if others have experienced similar problems and if there are any good ways to get employers to realize that my experience from tech support is actually a good thing and not a sign of incompetence."

Submission + - Dangers of Online Ads: Privacy vs. Personalization

Skidge writes: "Wired is running an article on the dangers of online advertising by Jennifer Granick, executive director of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. There's a fine balance between providing "useful" personalized advertising and protecting the privacy of internet users. While an anonymous record of a user's browsing history may seem harmless, oftentimes the information that can be pulled from such a source can be pieced together into a not-so-anonymous picture of the user. Online advertising is here to stay; as the article says, "it's time to consider whether current regulations are adequate to protect consumer interests, while still allowing informative and effective online ad campaigns.""

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