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Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

Another guy who knows his stuff. Google does need the browser actually - it uses the default settings shipped with those browsers for instantly "infecting" 99% of the user base with their warrant canaray-less "encrypted" transport, including hardcoded programmed keys, unsafe root CAs for authentication of https, and whatnot.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

Exactly. Thank god someone who knows the least bit of contemporary distributed applications to know that all the defaults in the browsers mentioned are the problem. People will argue "but you can disable that" a lot, but they seem to forget the amount of non-tech savvy people that exist in the world. And what that lack of savvy entails to their privacy.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

Let me give you a real example about why you might not care what Maxthon does but Chinese people might.

I'm gonna quote myself to explain you exactly why I stopped expecting much from what came after that line:

You should be worried if you're a China national, or if your're traveling to China and you happen to be using that browser for your hardcore anti-commie endeavors.

At least I didn't stop at "bucko". Or "prove it or shut up", or any other of your "flammy" ways to keep a dialogue. Muricanism is killing slashdot. Real Americans talk Sense&Reason, not Redneck-Texan-Nationalist-bull. And for the sake of the conversation - I understand your ex-girl's problem completely. But this Maxthon issue has nothing to do with it or at least is not directly related enough to even apply. They collect data because everybody does it and there's monetization to be done from it, not because they are being commanded by their state to do so like it's happening in Russia. People in China unfortunately have to know better than to do any risky browsing without an overseas VPN (they shouldn't have to, but it's the way the world works now), because that's the only way they'll be safe from their own government. But not from others'.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

Wait, isn't that exactly the same thing Google does with your data, sometimes even without proper consent? If not sell it, use it themselves for further enhancing their core business, you know, Ads... That thing everybody avoids like the plague and is the root of all browser-based malware infection (considering flash is pretty dead with the new paradigms on browsers disallowing them by default...). Yet you still don't see any major browser distribution shipping with adblock by default, do you?

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

But those browsers trust on root CA's that are compromised... You're missing the whole point, because you're looking in the wrong place. If you go all orthodox and say "but it's not the browser directly doing this!", you're just hiding from the truth - those browsers use broken features most people deem secure by default. And as I said before, when you use sync and allow data sharing as soon as the browser starts asking around (and it will ask, those browsers are built around Google services, no matter how open they might sound), you will start sending anonymous data to be sniffed by authorities. You just trust them so much your bias flies when you hear the china-man is doing the same.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

But you can't emulate Google's back-end, and you can't inspect the certificate authorities those browsers allow by default. You are missing the point. And even on Chromium, there is a reason why you can ad sync features and avoid them when compiling: sync features are Google's proprietary code. Just like Google Play Services in Android.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

Um... it's called gag orders. Do you know why Google doesn't have a Warrant Canary? EXACTLY: they got gagged before the idea even surfaced. They have inferred they have been gagged multiple times, they are even making lawsuits against the state for disclosing this, together with Microsoft. You won't believe proof provided by the companies themselves and former employees of your top security agency, so why would I bother trying to prove anything to you.

Comment So, what about other browsers. (Score 3, Insightful) 119

So are you telling me Chrome/Chromium, Firefox, Safari, IE/Edge, Opera and Vivaldi won't send sensitive data to the UK or the USA? Aren't those 2 countries also know to perform indiscriminate, bulk data collections for law enforcement use, even if there's no warrant?

I doubt a Chinese citizen is gonna be using my sensitive data any different than any other countries'. You should be worried if you're a China national, or if your're traveling to China and you happen to be using that browser for your hardcore anti-commie endeavors. JUST LIKE IF TRAVELING TO THE US AND DOING STUFF THEY DON'T LIKE ON ANY BROWSER.

There is a limit to hypocrisy and bias. Stop being biased. I hate what is being done to Chinese people's liberties as much as the next guy, but who the fck cares about a detail that also happens to be true in all other instances.

Now, of course, Russia would be a whole 'nother story. They happen to be mining data like rabbits procreate. I would be worried about that. Am I also being biased now?

Comment Sue Tim Berners-Lee et al. (Score 1) 204

While they're at it, why not sue the inventors of all forms of communication for ww1, 2 and whatever crime comes to mind: I mean you could sue Tim Berners-Lee for this, all cyber heists ever made, all online-mandated murders. He definitely knew people would do good and bad with such a powerful technology. Let's sue God/the Big Bang/Darwin for knowingly envisioning the antics of a being so powerful with his free will for the unethical. Now seriously, grow up and stop blaming society for society - we're all to blame for what makes us rational and justice is no means for correcting something that cannot be controlled without losing something more important.

Comment There is something weird with the source link (Score 2) 33

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Comment Re:You're doing it wrong! (Score 1) 52

As someone who went through college with a gaming itch, an itch that lasts to this day (and it's been some years...), I can tell you the best time to foment gaming withdrawal is as soon as you get to college. The social, entertaining and educational aspects playing games can improve only go so far, and by the time you're applying for higher-ed, the only thing gaming is going to improve is your ability to postpone exercise, reading, studying, outdoor activities and socializing. The "twenty-something gamer" is one of the most overrated characteristics of the millennial generation. People are starting to accept that type as common, and it's not a good thing. It siphons money, time, in ways that resemble the good-ol TV couch-potato. The only reason people are replacing normal TV with games and timeshift TV (e.g. Netflix) is not because of the lack of commercials, but the lack of the News - they can finally sink in to the useless second-life only a game (be it single or multiplayer) can provide for a limited time until the new thing arrives. I know I'm advocating like a zealot for such as stupid topic, but it kinda hits a nerve when a for-profit company attempts to hijack the sacred ethics of human development in order to trigger that impulse-buy, yours, and your kids'.

Comment You're doing it wrong! (Score 1) 52

This is counter-intuitive AF. Basically you're giving away a leisure tool with the purchase of a (mostly) productivity-bound tool. I like the deal, and the people will too, but education packages are supposed to give people an edge on, take a guess: education. If I was such a parent, I'd consider that deal, give the kid the Surface Pro, and keep the Xbox for me. Or maybe keep them both and tell him to use the facilities tuition pays for, so that he stays longer in the campus where he is not distracted by procrastination (as much...).

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