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Comment Re:its in public (Score 1) 122

There kind of was, in a weird way.

In the way back 70s and 80s even, if i was being spied upon on a public street, it was pretty certain there was something specific about me. Maybe I was a crook, maybe I was a cheating spouse, or (very unlikely) maybe i just had a stalker. It was expensive to spy on someone. So only certain people could ever be targets.

Now, everyone can be targeted cheaply. That's a different world. that's a different world than the Founding Fathers could see. Maybe they'd specifically say "you should be able to disappear in public unless there was a warrant".

Comment Hmm, marketing dept confusion on the value add? (Score 5, Insightful) 81

So, when you hear the Ad people talk it's "we add value by presenting opportunities for consumers" and the deep data mining is justified with "we use data to target unique ads that will delight our users"... ... and now we have a payment plan to not have ads. Admitting "yeah, ads suck so much people will pay us not to show them" Not that MS still won't datamine the crap out of you in other contexts though.

Comment Re:This is news for nerds or stuff that matters? (Score 1) 76

WhatsApp had 55 employees when it sold for billions. Sizing a company by headcount is so last Century.

I say that last part with a bit of irony. I actually liked it when people actually, you know, made things, instead of piggybacking on free content from others.

Comment Re:Code Complete is 24 years old (Score 1) 92

I dabbled in gopher, but did a lot more in ftpsace and netnews than gopher. It grew and died in a very short timespan. I started my first professional webserver 93 or 94 or so, the EMWAC webserver on a DEC Alpha running WinNT 4.0

I did install and run an oddball Mac gopher client that for some reason used 3d rendering for pages and gopher daemons. Was cool, i played for like an hour, and then never ran it again.

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