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Submission + - User Trust Fail: Google Chrome and the Tech Support Scams (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: It’s not Google’s fault that these criminals exist. However, given Google’s excellent record at detection and blocking of malware, it is beyond puzzling why Google’s Chrome browser is so ineffective at blocking or even warning about these horrific tech support scams when they hit a user’s browser.

These scam pages should not require massive AI power for Google to target.

And critically, it’s difficult to understand why Chrome still permits most of these crooked pages to completely lock up the user’s browser — often making it impossible for the user to close the related tab or browser through any means that most users could reasonably be expected to know about.

Submission + - County's Claims That Its Social Workers Didn't Know Lying In Court was Wrong (ocweekly.com)

schwit1 writes: Using taxpayer funds, government officials in Orange County have spent the last 16 years arguing the most absurd legal proposition in the entire nation: How could social workers have known it was wrong to lie, falsify records and hide exculpatory evidence in 2000 so that a judge would forcibly take two young daughters from their mother for six-and-a-half years?

From the you-can't-make-up-this-crap file, county officials are paying Lynberg & Watkins, a private Southern California law firm specializing in defending cops in excessive force lawsuits, untold sums to claim the social workers couldn't have "clearly" known that dishonesty wasn't acceptable in court and, as a back up, even if they did know, they should enjoy immunity for their misdeeds because they were government employees.

Submission + - What is the most useful nerd watch today?

students writes: For about 20 years I have used Casio Databank 150 watches. They were handy because they kept track of my schedule and the current time. They were very cheap. They require very little maintenance, since the battery lasts more than a year and the bands last even longer. Since they were waterproof, I do not even have to take them off (or remember where I put them!). They were completely immune to malicious software, surveillance, and advertising. However, their waterproof gaskets have worn out so they no longer work for me. Casio no longer makes them or any comparable product (their website is out of date). I don't want a watch that duplicates the function of my cell phone or computer. What is the best choice now?

Comment Re: Thanks Trump! (Score -1, Flamebait) 243

Disliking Muslims is not racist, it's an ideology, and a disgusting, dishonest one at that.

"Taqiyya" - pretending you're the Religion of Peace whilst plotting to roll out slavery, Sharia Law, and cruelty to women once there's enough of you.

Do your research or stfu, all this knee jerking accusation of racism is allowing the to quite simply, take the piss out of us.

Submission + - How the Web Became Unreadable (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: If you've found yourself squinting at your computer and wondering if your eyesight is starting to go, fear not: you're probably just suffering from a design trend. As computer screens have achieved higher resolution, web design has trended toward paler, lighter-weight type that often doesn't meet accessibility requirements. At Backchannel, web developer Kevin Marks breaks down the history of this trend, and offers an impassioned plea for designers to go back to the typographic principles of print: keeping type black, and varying weight and font instead of grayness.

Comment Re:slashvertisement? (Score 1) 133

There's a solution to the "not coming back after a switch" problem, but you have to use ALT-TAB. After the game (Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout etc. - this applies to all of these and maybe more!) switches out, ALT-TAB back to it - you'll get the black full screen or a black window with a title bar.

Let go of ALT-TAB, and then DO THE SAME AGAIN but make sure you are selecting Skyrim again and not another window. That's right, ALT-TAB back out and all the way round, and back into Skyrim a second time, without letting go of ALT until it's at the front again. Voila!! Working game, no lost progress. It's very easy to do once you get the hang of it!

Comment Re:Is there some reason this is here? (Score 1) 82

There was a time when you could dismiss laptops for gaming and workstation use when compared to a grey-box custom build, mostly due to the limited power available for hefty graphics cards.

In recent years, 2006 onwards, laptops have been catching up with desktops and as a result, people can now play proper 3D games on them, and yes, use them as workstations. The die-hards are not yet aware of this, and are stuck in a loop assuming all laptops are trash versions of their desktop counterparts - no longer true.

Submission + - Nearly 80 Percent of Long Reddit Threads End Up Mentioning Hitler (breitbart.com)

Tulsa_Time writes: A statistical analysis of Reddit has revealed that nearly 80% of threads with over 1,000 comments on the site end up containing the word “Hitler.”

Gnu admits his findings aren’t necessarily proof of Godwin’s law, as his database fails to consider the context in which comparisons to Hitler are made.
Godwin’s law is the idea that the longer an online discussion goes on, the greater the likelihood of users comparing someone or something to Nazism or Hitler.

Submission + - WordPress Plugin Comes With a Backdoor, Steals Admin Credentials in Cleartext

An anonymous reader writes: A WordPress plugin for managing custom post types has apparently forcibly being taken over by some Indian developer that added a backdoor to the code which lets him install files on infected sites. This backdoor also allows him to download files which add his own admin account to the site, and even alter core WordPress files so every time a user logs in, edits his profile, or a new user account is created, the user's password is collected (in cleartext) and sent to his server. WordPress hasn't moved in to ban the plugin just yet, despite user complaints.

Submission + - Government to bring forward law to close BBC 'iPlayer loophole' (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The government is to rush through legislation to close the “iPlayer loophole”, which allows people to watch BBC shows on catchup services without having a TV licence.

In a speech on Wednesday, culture secretary John Whittingdale also asked whether popular BBC1 programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing were “distinctive” enough and launched a new initiative on the devastating impact of adblockers on the newspaper industry.

After the speech at the Oxford Media Convention, Whittingdale said closing the loophole could not wait for legislation was passed to renew the BBC’s royal charter by the end of the year. Instead, it would be done “as soon as practicable” through secondary legislation that could be put before parliament as early as this summer.

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