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Comment Re:Granular permissions (Score 1) 229


Chrome should do similar for websites, where by default those things capable of causing problems are switched off. For sites that genuinely make good use of Bluetooth (and where the user is happy with this), it should be easy enough to grant permissions.

is already true. Bluetooth devices aren't visible to web apps without user permission. Source: https://webbluetoothcg.github....

Comment Re:Thought... (Score 1) 359

Gorrilla arm is more of an issue with a conventional keyboard/monitor setup, where you need to move your arm a lot to reach the screen. A laptop configuration leaves your fingers much closer to the screen, so gorrilla arm isn't much of an issue.
Making touchscreens useful is still an open question.... but it's not an ergonomic one, imho.

Comment Re:Chrome transfers every action to google (Score 1) 120

+4 informative for misinformation?

How do you think google is able to have the bowser on your phone, computer and tablet sync the open taps and pre-fetch all the entries in each instances history? Chrome definitely records every webpage you look at and sends it to google.

Okay, first point: pre-fetch is done at the browser. You're hovering over a link? Pre-fetch downloads the link and has it ready for you if you do indeed click on it. Google isn't involved.

Second point: If you turn on browser sync, then yes, your browser operations get tracked so they can be synchronized.... how else would you expect this to work? If you don't like it, turn it off.

If you think that chrome is mis-behaving, by all means download the source ( and check for yourself.

Comment Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (Score 5, Interesting) 337

Interesting snippet:

[Retracted] concluded the interview by stating that even though he does not consider Mr. Jobs to be a friend, he (Mr. Jobs) possesses the qualities to assume a high level political position. It was [retracted]'s opinion that honesty and integerity are not required qualities to hold such a position."

Comment Re:The first Slashdot troll post investigation (Score 0) 100

I hate to feed (or read) trolls. I think this AC is correct. Slashdot editing seems to be borked. Is there a forum/venue/thread to discuss such things?

(Mistake of the day: forgetting to turn off the "I'm a moderator, show me everything" setting as soon as my mod points expired, and before reading this article. Colossally bad timing.)

Comment Re:EPIC (Score 2) 100

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Google unless... The "unless" includes a bunch of exceptions, which I don't see as a big deal but you may disagree. In summary, ...c) with a third party affiliate for "processing", which must also agree to the privacy policy (not quite sure what that means)

c) means that you might, for example, buy something from Google, and they might have to ship it to you. When they put your name on that envelope, they are "sharing" your personally identifiable information with the postal service. This escape clause allows them to do that.

I can't remember ever reading a privacy policy that didn't have this clause in it. The clause usually says that they will only share this PII with responsible types who also have a good privacy policy... and it looks like Google uses the same language.

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