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Comment As I Said Before (Score 1) 247

Look websites, we get it, the social contract. I would be fine helping you out by watching your ads. But the ads on your site, aren't from you, they are from an adfarm, or an adhosting company, or any number of third parties I do not know or trust.

Although not a tech site, everyone here has probably heard of the NY Times third party ad supplier getting hit, and injecting an attack to visitors from a poisoned advertisement. *

I use Adblock mostly in self defense, along with NoScript, because I don't know who is pushing the ads, or what their policies are. If AdBlock is going to vet advertisers and guarantee safe content, then maybe I will loosen up a bit. But I'm still leery, as even certificate authorities these days are getting gamed.

In general blocking anything except the web content I'm trying to view, seems best practice.

* http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2009/09/14/fake-antivirus-attack-hits-york-times-website-readers/

Comment Ebooks Vs Dead Trees (Score 1) 283

I seriously looked at eBook readers, and the Nook Color is the one I wanted, and then I noticed something. The prices at Amazon, and B&N for eBooks are the same or higher than for the dead tree version. I can't figure that out, eBooks are infinitely reproducible, the costs associated with storage, shipping, or manufacturing don't exist, so logic tells me they should be cheaper. Until that disparity is resolved, I can't see myself owning an eBook reader. Yes, there are independent publishers of eBooks, and Project Gutenberg, but I'd like to have more choices. Until then, I will stick with my usual source for books, a rarity in this day and age, an independent used book dealer. The shop is located in an older building in a slightly sketchy part of downtown. The interior is a warren of musty rooms full of every sort of book imaginable, I snagged some old Bell System manuals from the 1920's not too long ago. The best part is the scary basement right out of a horror movie full of even more stuff, including vintage vinyl. Amazon and the other online guys have selection and convenience, but even if I do end up going the eBook route, I will continue to make payday pilgrimages to my local bookstore.

Comment Always worried about reporting. (Score 3, Interesting) 160

At a place I used to work, one of my coworkers reported a simple potential security problem: the username for the admin account on all our machines is the same as the computer's name. This just eliminates one less thing for a hacker to figure out. He was accused of "snooping", whatever that means, and almost lost his job. The only thing that saved him is a higher-up with a brain.

Whenever I hear a story about a person\firm reporting security risks, I am reminded of the story of my coworker, and I have heard too many similiar stories. It has trained to me keep my mouth shut about these problems.

Comment Advertisement Security (Score 1) 1051

I got to this thread late, this may have been mentioned, but I wanted to explain my reason for adblocking websites. Ads come from a third party, usually. It's that simple. If I visit a site I know and trust, I enable scripting and active content on their page (No Script for Firefox). But, not for their advertising affiliates. I really have no idea where the ads are coming from. If the NY Times can get hit by rogue ad servers, anyone can. Yes, they are not a tech site, but they are a well established major web presence with security and policies on par with most others. ( Article here for that story http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10351460-83.html ). I agree there should be a balance somewhere, but when I visit a page, look at my No Script alert and see the page trying to load scripts from 15 websites aside from the one I'm at, I don't exactly feel inclined to add to their revenue stream.

Comment Re:"insomnia" is probably the wrong word (Score 1) 234

Yes, insomnia and having atypical schedule are different. The OP equates the two. But I'd like to discuss the prejudice there is against people who get up late. For some reason generally people believe someone who gets up at noon is lazy. And someone who gets up at 3:00 pm is a misfit. Actually, civilization wouldn't function without people getting up at those times.

Comment Re:It's the freeloaders time (Score 1) 1051

I just turn Flash off, except on sites that need it. (Actually, all plugins - Opera is all or nothing for a given site.)

And, one tech site that I'm on (come to think of it, it spun off of Ars circa 2000) actually watches the forums for complaints about the ads (from their content, to CPU hogging Flash, to unsolicited sound (maybe all sound, I forget.))

Comment Re:Kill Switch? (Score 1) 690

How is a child going to throw a kill switch placed under the dash to the door-side of the driver, like where the bonnet/hood release lever is normally positioned?

If your child is unruly enough to reach there while you're driving, and you are incompetent to prevent them, you already have a serious safety issue.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 204

You're missing the point, bans work only as effectively as the means to enforce them are. Beer is easy to brew by oneself and marijuana is surprisingly hard to keep from being smuggled. The suggestion you're making isn't one that's particularly apt.

Comment I'm not sure I believe those numbers (Score 5, Interesting) 514

When I look at AWstats for my site:
Google 18020 pages (linked to from Google)
Google (Images) 976 pages
Bing 226 pages

And from Google Analytics:
Top traffic sources:
Google 26,738 visits 85.24%
Yahoo 676 visits 2.16%
Bing 346 visits 1.10%
Admittedly the site is not about shopping or entertainment - it's mainly about technical topics which maybe colors the results.

Comment Market Share Gains (Score 4, Interesting) 514

I've been seeing a lot of machines lately with the Bing Toolbar installed, and the client having no idea how it got there. Automated updates on a Windows machine are nice, but sometimes you get the latest helpful tool bar offering along with it. Sun Java, Adobe Flash, etc. often offer tool bars and other goodies that although are not harmful, might be unwanted. I'm not sure how much this would skew actual results, but it has to count for a few points of market share and larger reported install base of tool bars and hence search engine use.

Comment Re:Who would've though? (Score 2, Funny) 514

Ned: Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, buddy. Case Western High. Ned Ryerson: I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson: got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson: I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple times until you told me not to anymore? Well?

Phil: Ned Ryerson?

Ned: Bing!

Phil: Bing.

Comment Re:Should they get off tax-free? (Score 2, Insightful) 511

they make no money to speak of (enough to give to charities and cover liability costs on public worship - and perhaps support a minister).

So because someone's job is to teach people about a being of questionable existence, he should be exempt from taxes? If they want to be a charity, register as a charity. If you want to be a religion, you should get taxed. Teaching people about beings of questionable existence (you say only god X exists? Man down the road says only god Y exists. Clearly there is question to which one, if either, exists) isn't something society should be forced to burden.

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