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Comment Another approach (Score 1) 544

Just curious... why doesn't wikipedia create a new hostname (e.g., "safe.wikipedia.org"), and then create a process (it's good at that, right?) for promoting content into it?

Then, schools / parents / etc. could blacklist the "main" site as much as they like, and whitelist the "safe" one, WITHOUT altering the main site at all?

Comment MSFT is violating the spec (Score 1) 181

As Roy pointed out to them on Twitter, this is a blatant violation of the spec; DNT is designed to reflect the USER's preference, not a default.


The goal of this protocol is to allow a user to express their personal preference regarding tracking to each server and web application that they communicate with via HTTP, thereby allowing each service to either adjust their behavior to meet the user's expectations or reach a separate agreement with the user to satisfy all parties.

Key to that notion of expression is that it must reflect the user's preference, not the preference of some institutional or network-imposed mechanism outside the user's control. Although some controlled network environments, such as public access terminals or managed corporate intranets, might impose restrictions on the use or configuration of installed user agents, such that a user might only have access to user agents with a predetermined preference enabled, the user is at least able to choose whether to make use of those user agents. In contrast, if a user brings their own Web-enabled device to a library or cafe with wireless Internet access, the expectation will be that their chosen user agent and personal preferences regarding Web site behavior will not be altered by the network environment, aside from blanket limitations on what sites can or cannot be accessed through that network.

Comment Jellyfish Heaven (Score 1) 280

Jellyfish heaven
In the big blue sea
Where it's too cold to surf
And it's too warm to ski
Jellyfish Heaven
Is full of dead

People always saying
"I won't eat jellyfish
'Cause they ain't got no bones
And you can't make a wish"
People always shouting
"Don't go swimming near those things!"
But when they're close to dying
You can hear them sing

Jellyfish heaven
Is not like Japan
Jellyfish heaven
Is not like Thailand
Jellyfish heaven
Is a lot
Like LA

Comment Re:The Australian Government did do this, read on. (Score 1) 212

Additionally, ISPs like Internode, which are the nerds choice of ISP, who also own a significant amount of infrastructure, and were active in dissenting against the prior censorship plans, have been told flat out that they will not be offered such favourable contracts for their infrastructure, in the same week these were awarded.

Uh, I loves the Internode, but they don't own the kind of infrastructure that's important here -- last-mile.

Comment Not just Google (Score 1) 199

This is a standards effort coordinated between the IETF and W3C; see:

While Google is certainly involved, it's a lot more than them, with folks from many companies (including Skype, at least pre-MSFT) participating; see:

Comment Wow (Score 1) 234

Fanboy? check. Paranoid delusional? check. Assert lots of absurdities with no basis? check. Good to see the Slashdot editors are maintaining their standards high here.

Speaking of high...

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