raceface writes: Consumers should always be able to opt out of online tracking used by companies to provide them with targeted advertising, Canada's privacy commissioner said Tuesday. Stoddart said the use of technologies that track and target ads to certain consumers has risen dramatically.She suggested that companies are not transparent enough about their use of behavioral advertising. "And we're concerned that Canadians' privacy rights aren't always being respected."
protozorq writes: In mid Nov. the GNU GCC project announced to support transactional memory (TM) in their future C/C++ compilers, currently available as experimental feature in the version 4.7.0 branch. The support mainly consists of a language extension to mark critical sections for transactions and a suitable Application Binary Interface (ABI) to attach appropriate compiler backends and their TM libraries (see http://gcc.gnu.org/wiki/TransactionalMemory). Language extension and ABI are almost similar to those of the prototypical Intel compiler also supporting TM.
If the clients affected by this include Canadians, the privacy office can legitimately look into your concern about the company. The privacy commissioner has teeth in Canada and can reach out of country. Remember facebook??? http://www.priv.gc.ca/media/nr-c/2010/nr-c_100922_e.cfm She can and does similar things with companies that process payments.
from the gotta-take-off-your-shoes-too dept.
An anonymous reader writes "WoW.com is reporting that a trusted source has informed them that Blizzard is giving serious consideration to making authenticators mandatory on all World of Warcraft accounts. The authenticators function the same as ones provided by most banks — in order to log in, you must generate a number on the external device. Blizzard already provides a free iPhone app that functions as an authenticator. The source stated, 'it is a virtually forgone conclusion that it will happen.' This comes after large spates of compromised accounts left Bizzard game masters severely backlogged by restoration requests."
MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."
from the now-with-bloodier-frontiers dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The open source FPS Blood Frontier has now made their beta2 release. From the article: 'After many months of development, and massive amounts of input from the public, we are proud to present you with the new release of Blood Frontier, v0.85 (Beta 2). This new version totally redefines and improves the game in many ways, creating a whole new style that makes it almost nothing like its predecessor.'"
Raceface writes: CBC news is reporting that the Canadian federal government is in the consultation stage of passing new law. The consultation is seeking input into access of telephone records, IP records, SIM card records, WITHOUT first getting a court order. The closing date for input is the 27th of September 2007. Some parties that took part in the last consultation in 2005 have not been notified that this is taking place in less than two weeks. We all know what happened in the USA as a result of the PATRIOT act, lets do something about this proposal. Write your Member of Parliament
BroadwayBlue writes: As reported at ScippsNews and elsewhere, John Kanzius, from Erie, PA, tried to desalinate seawater with a generator he developed to treat cancer. The radio frequencies from the generator cause hydrogen gas to be released. Continued application of the RF to the salt water is sufficient to maintain a flame once lit.
Perhaps it has already been debunked at Snopes , but it is reported there is a meeting next week with U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense officials in Washington. Who's surprised?