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Comment Re:Much worse than Google's WiFi tracking (Score 1) 591

Imagine that, somebody might subpoena you for evidence relevant to a legal dispute! Shocker!

A subpoena is a legal process and is not an invasion of your privacy. If you don't want it coming up in a court room, do not do it, say it, or write it down somewhere. Is this hard to grasp?

You know this is a good point, legally speaking. The way around that rule is the same as it always has been. Don't save incriminating evidence and plead the fifth. We're now living in an America where the average citizen is a criminal throughout his or her life, without always knowing it. It is only prudent to avoid storing information about yourself which need not be stored. And, we as consumers and free persons have a right to demand that we are in control. That we say if a device we buy can track us. He's just highlighting one of the many problems raised with being tracked without consent by using a device which does not advertise this behavior. And, you are giving a good booster to his argument. Your location can be obtained via subpoena and you didn't even know it was being collected. That is now true of every iPhone owner.

Comment Re:i develop for browsers (Score 1) 126

First of all, Opera was late to the game with private tabs. Second of all, setting Opera to remember no history requires many more options changes than Firefox (Firefox has one setting which says in plain English "Remember Nothing"). Thirdly, tab isolation is the new frontier of privacy and I've heard no movement from Opera to add this. Now, there is a "do-not-track" setting which other browsers are implementing and Opera is again in last place. Pay close attention to my second gripe (the privacy settings for normal browsing are complicated). It's subtle, but could be argued that it is THE most important on this list. I'm a smart guy and configuring Opera to remember nothing is onerous and error prone, which degrades its functionality as a privacy-protecting browser. Firefox, on the other hand, is super easy and could only be missed by the dumbest of the dumb. I think the security field as a whole has a big usability problem. No one wants to do usability studies and figure out how we can enable users to hold up their end of the security contract, but that's the research we need most, because user ignorance renders even the most cleverly secure software/hardware design moot in all too many cases. For example, web developers STILL don't know how to store passwords (or better, password hashes) in a database safely. This is a solved problem and it keeps coming up. That is a total failure of the security community and there are many examples.

Comment Re:It's all about DRM (Score 0) 357

So DRM sucks... maybe. DRM sucks in that it can strip users of the ability to exercise fair use. But, historically, it has been important for content creators to be able to monetize their work in order to incentivize better content. \\ \\ I mean, keyboard cat is cool, but it's not as cool as "A Night at the Opera" \\ \\ I am arguing that the age of totally free content (and essentially rampant content theft) is not the golden age you insinuate it to be.

Comment Re:i develop for browsers (Score 1) 126

Opera is my primary browser and it is head and shoulders above Firefox in mose areas. The one area (and it's an important one to me) that Firefox is consistently the best is privacy settings (and IE seems to be next, but I don't actually trust it). You need one setting in Firefox and the browser saves nothing. It's excellent. I wish Opera would catch up in that area.

Submission + - Google loses autocomplete defamation case ( 2

superglaze writes: Google has been found liable in an Italian court for defamatory comments made against an anonymous plaintiff — the complainant's name, when googled, elicited autocomplete suggestions that translate as "con man" and "fraud". Google was found not to qualify for EU 'safe harbour' protection because the autocomplete suggestions were deemed to be Google's own creation, and not something merely passing through its systems.

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