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Submission + - Why The Vivaldi Browser Wants You To Control Everything (

Orome1 writes: A long time has passed since the IT industry was abuzz with browser wars, and when Jón S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software, announced he’s building a new browser, many were skeptical whether he can start one again. Because – let’s be realistic – making a dent in the browser market is exceedingly hard. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and IE have plenty of users and features. Undeterred by the skepticism, the Vivaldi team worked hard, and after more than a year of public development, Vivaldi 1.0 was released in April 2016. In an interview with Help Net Security, von Tetzchner, now CEO of Vivaldi, talks about building a new browser, its unique features, privacy and security.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Should I expect to be tracked as a subscriber to a news website? 1

robot5x writes: I'm a fan of online privacy and, where possible, don't automatically permit cookies and tend to set Ghostery to block all trackers in my browser. This rarely causes a problem — I have lots of subscriptions to various sites which require me to login and have only rarely encountered minor issues.

Recently I had a present of a Slate Plus membership. I really like their content and was keen on supporting it financially. Activating it from the email they sent me required to first register as a user. I clicked on the icon, and nothing happened. Ghostery picked up 7 trackers which I had blocked.

Assuming that one of these was the cause, I activated each in turn and reloaded. None of them made any difference, except a single tracker from JanRain. Accepting this tracker let everything work perfectly. Reading more about JanRain though — and particularly its interaction with Adobe analytics (which it also tries to load) — I discovered that they wanted to "create a holistic view of your business by collecting, analyzing and reporting all customer interactions. To derive the most actionable insights, you must link your customers’ actions with who they are and what their interests are. Janrain bridges the gap by connecting demographic and psychographic data, collected through traditional and social login, with Adobe’s behavioral data, so you understand the whole customer journey".

I do not want them to do any of this, and don't think I should have to. Interactions with Slate's 'support' were excruciating and — while they at least didn't ask me to restart my computer — they actually ended up saying that allowing these trackers is tied to their login process and I have to either accept or get a refund.

My question to Slashdot is — is it acceptable to have to accept being tracked as a paying customer of a news site (or any site, in fact), or am I just being a big baby?

Submission + - Ad technology company claims ad blockers are "breaking the Internet" (

whoever57 writes: London, UK based ad technology company Oriel has published a claim that ad blockers break web applications in ways other than merely not displaying ads. They show examples such as airline sites that will not allow check-in because of the effects of an ad blocker. The original report is here. The CEO of Oriel is quoted saying that he discovered this accidentally when attempting to check into a flight, which raises the question: why would the CEO of an ad technology company use an ad blocker?

Submission + - Names That Break Computers (

Thelasko writes: The BBC has a story about people with names that break computer databases.

When Jennifer Null tries to buy a plane ticket, she gets an error message on most websites. The site will say she has left the surname field blank and ask her to try again.

These people are real life Bobby Tables.

Comment Opera Mail? (Score 1) 3

Around the time Opera rebuilt their browser on Blink, they spun off the email client into a separate program.

Opera's M2 email client was always fast and scaled enormously. I use it with an IMAP server and 20,000 emails in one folder is a piece of cake. The spam filtering is Bayesian and learns pretty fast. The file storage is not one monolithic file and it supports a number of import formats. HTML editor is toggleable, as is autodownload if images. Multiple accounts are a snap. And the search is also very fast.

Comment This is almost a good summary. (Score 1) 365

I had to change from a Linux desktop to a MacBookPro for work. It really only confirmed why I had never been interested in buying one for myself.

There are UI features in OS X which are clearly "Apple has always done things this way and we don't understand how you could want things different". The Unix-underneath is pretty good, but the BSD-ish toolchain is annoyingly out-of-date. The hardware support is (of course) excellent, but the keyboard is sadly a triumph of form over function - I use an external keyboard whenever I can.

I still wish I had my Linux desktop back.

Comment Re:It's a pity (Score 1) 161

DropBox expects an internet connection - it simply doesn't work _at all_ without that. Or at least, it did when I looked at it for my WiFi-only tablet. This was not a good user experience.

Ubuntu One does not expect an Internet connection. Instead it caches all the meta-data; you only need an Internet connection to actually get a file or send an update. Much better user experience.

Submission + - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

somenickname writes: As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?

Submission + - Why are most spam reports from Yahoo Mail? (

lulalala writes: I manage my company's email activities. I have observed that 90% of the email spam reports comes from Yahoo Mail, and 80% of those are reported from registration emails. I have always thought this was due to the UI design leading people to click the spam button by accident. However recently I discovered that, my users were actually clicking the "not spam" button, but that generates a spam report instead. This Yahoo Mail bug has been there for months, but it's not fixed and there is no easy way to contact Yahoo dev team about it. Are you observing similar strange patterns in your company's spam mail reports?

Submission + - About programming languages "perfection" 1

maitas writes: Some time ago there were a story about JAVA vs. other programming languages measured by Google, where "The Java version was probably the simplest to implement"

This time is "Reactive Programming" (whatever that means) compared to procedural programming.

According to some kind of "expressiveness" of programming languages, Python looks like a winner.

The point is that I feel programming languages needs a formal mathematical proof about which is the simplest way to represent a program, and to work from there to create the "simplest" programming language possible.

Although thats something even Von Neumann was not able to achieve, it is a good time for a company with a lot of money like Google to fund this research through a big money prize. That could propel a new era of smart devices for the so called Internet of things assuming a new simpler programming language/paradigm arises.

My question is, does any slashdoter has any hard data whether this is a doable task ?

Submission + - Free open source YouTube-clone alternatives for DIY hosting? (

BlueToast writes: With the recent waves of content ID take-downs and backlash, what alternatives and options do YouTube content creators have to host videos themselves while still having the user friendliness of YouTube video browsing, channel management, editing, annotations, and highly-compatible automated video transcoding processing?

I like being able to take recordings straight from my phone and camcorder and upload them straight to YouTube and be automatically processed into different quality versions and guaranteed compatibility, but do not have the same experience with DIY self-hosted solutions that often are sensitive to the video format and troublesome to get working in Flash/HTML5-players. I just want to have something as easy to install and configure like WordPress while being as functional and powerful as YouTube and in my full control through my own resources. I have uses for this privately on company intranets and in public on the web.

Submission + - ask - what do you think caused the NSA to start collecting so much data? ( 13

raymorris writes: Many people believe that the NSA collects far too much data, violating the privacy rights of the very citizens the NSA is supposed to protect. How did we get here? What specific structural or cultural changes can be identified that led some to believe it is okay to engage in this sort of broad dragnet surveillance as opposed to getting specific court orders for specific suspects?

Many people simply assign the blame to the opposite political party, which doesn't get very far in solving the problem and ensuring it doesn't happen again. Can we look at specific, identifiable factors and show exactly how they directly caused the intelligence community to get off track? For example, precisely which sections of which laws are being used to justify these programs, and what caused those laws to be passed? Is the surveillance directly authorized by law, or do the justifications require "creative" interpretation of the law?

In order to avoid getting into yet another fruitless political flame war and keep the discussion factually focused, please provide citations where possible.

Comment Re:The law will change (Score 1) 85

It's cheaper for Apple to change that law than to provide repairs.
It's more profitable for the lawmakers to change that law than to force Apple to provide repairs.

Therefore, the law will be changed.

Capitalist Oligarchy 101.

Apple is far from the only company affected by stronger consumer protection laws. I doubt they are even the largest company. And it is an area of law they cannot ignore because the regulator has teeth, which is what the top story is all about. Consumer advocate groups have been campaigning for a long time about these rights. If Apple tried to Make Them Go Away, they would find themselves in quite a lot more hot water.

The correct solution, of course, is for them to make sure their products are actually made to last the typical lifetime people expect from them. Which is exactly what the latest consumer protection laws are designed to encourage.


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