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Comment Re:interesting take. (Score 2) 158

As far as I'm aware, recent browsers don't permit sites to access the history. I know of the history.previous /, but these are only permissible when using local content such as plugins, or local webapps. But now that I think of it, couldn't a website load a bunch of web URLs in a hidden frame, and then analyze said URLs's CSS properties to see if they have been visited before? If that's possible, that would be a semi-transparent way to observe where the user hangs out on the internet, I suppose.

Submission + - Firefox Advances Do Not Track Technology (

CowboyRobot writes: Despite strong advertising industry opposition, Mozilla is advancing plans to have the Firefox browser block, by default, many types of tracking used by numerous websites, and especially advertisers. "We're trying to change the dynamic so that trackers behave better," Brendan Eich, CTO of Firefox developer Mozilla, told The Washington Post. According to NetMarketShare, 21% of the world's computers run Firefox. Eich said the blocking technology, which is still being refined, will go live in the next few months. The blocking technology is based on that used by Apple's Safari browser, which blocks all third-party cookies. Advertisers use these types of cookies to track users across multiple websites. Mozilla's cookie-blocking efforts follow a Do Not Track capability being adopted by all major browsers. But the DNT effort stalled in November 2012, after advertisers stopped participating in the program, following Microsoft making DNT active by default in Internet Explorer 10. Advertisers wanted the feature to be not active by default.

Submission + - China Says Serious Polluters Will Get the Death Penalty ( 1

formaggio writes: According to the Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government is now allowing courts to punish those who commit environment crimes with the death penalty. The new judicial interpretation comes in the wake of several serious environmental problems that have hit the country over the last few months, including dangerous levels of air pollution, a river full of dead pigs, and other development projects that have imperiled public health.

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