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Comment Re:Shocking (Score 1) 360

That is a VERY recent change to the standard ...

The actual verbiage is new, to make it explicitly clear that what MS was threatening would violate the standard, but it was clear from very early in the working group's collaboration that the DNT signal is required to signify the user's preference. When MS decided to chose for the user, they violated decisions that were already consensus within the working group.

Comment Re:Shocking (Score 1) 360

The only thing this does is that they can't have the same advertisements follow me around wherever I go.

That is not all that a strict no-data-collection policy (such as some that are under consideration in the DNT WG) would do. If they aren't careful, they could prevent "frequency capping", the practice whereby each user will only be shown each ad a limited number of times. The advertiser who pays for 1 million ad impressions doesn't want to hit 1,000 users 1,000 times. They want to hit at least 100,000 users no more than 10 times each. In order for an ad network to honor that kind of contract, it needs some way to know when the same person (or browser-instance, anyway) comes back to their site for an ad. They aren't compiling your personal information; they just need to not show you the same ad too many times.

Comment Re:Logical Fallacy Bingo (Score 1) 706

No, the reason that the Greens aren't polling well is not because they cannot get media coverage. The reason is because their natural constituency (of which I am one) is smart enough to know that "Nadering" Obama and ending-up with Romney is not in our best interests. I would rather have the Greens in charge, but that is not an option; a liberal voting for the Green Party is a vote for Romney.

Comment Re:We worship the blowhard (Score 1) 1276

Believe it or not, there ARE Republicans who have more moderate opinions and can present evidence of their arguments.

Sadly, while there used to be Republicans like that, there are few left. Partly, the reasonable ones fled their party in disgust when nutjobs like Bush II and Palin, and power-hungry crooks like Tom Delay, Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, etc. became leaders in the party. Partly, they were deliberately driven out by GOP leaders striving for ideological purity. Their "big tent" doesn't have room for anyone who is pro-choice, gay, non-"Judeo/Christian", opposed to unlimited military expansion, etc. Today's GOP would scream that Barry Goldwater is a Communist and run him off.

Comment Re:We worship the blowhard (Score 1) 1276

There is often a flood of Libertarian comments, but that doesn't mean that there are many Libertarian commenters. Libertarianism really only works as an extremist position, and those extremists are likely to pounce on anything that they don't like while the majority of liberals just let the insanity flow-by.

That being said, I think Slashdot has many more Libertarian commenters that you would find in a random population sample because Libertarians are found disproportionately in engineering fields. Partly I suspect (pet theory) that this has to do with the creation-and-control aspect of engineering feeding into the "look what I made all by myself" attitude of Libertarians. Another factor is probably the lack of "education" in technical and engineering programs that are tightly focused on a small subject matter while neglecting the usual benefits of making someone an all-around educated person. That kind of experience produces technocrats with highly marketable skills, but the political leanings that resemble those of the completely uneducated.

Comment Re:Yeah right (Score 2, Interesting) 414

Also, all this means is that Greenland and West Antarctica are contributing less than 1/4 of the annual rise in sea levels rather than accounting for more than half. I guess we have to keep looking to find where the rest of the rise is coming from.

Unless a "rebounding crust" can also cause sea-level rise?

Comment Re:Oakland needs to mellow out (Score 1) 690

> It's the large industrial hemp growers that are growing the good quality pot, driving the price down, Are you sure that this is not an issue of confusing terminology? Maybe the complaint is about "industrial hemp growers" as in "large-scale growers of high-THC hemp, who use industrial-farming practices". That is different from "growers of industrial-hemp", a different strain of the plant that has almost no THC.

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