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Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Bright side for those who run web apps (143 comments)

...your use of the cookie must be related to the service requested by the user

Clearly, in the case of advertising on the site, even if advertising is how the site is funded, this is not the case, so, if this law is upheld, this would be an illegal way to use a cookie without permission.

However, this surely doesn’t mean advertising on the internet is Going Bye-Bye. Your advertisers may have to stop tracking your visitors, but they can do a certain amount with IPs.

Actually, I very much doubt that this will materially impact sites’ potential ad incomes. The ad market will still exist and have the same basic value, so assuming the law is applied fairly evenly, hopefully it shouldn’t have very much effect, other than to prevent some of advertisers’ douchiest and most unpleasant tactics.

more than 3 years ago
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Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines

InsurrctionConsltant Bright side for those who run web apps (143 comments)

From the guidelines (pdf):

The only exception to this rule is if what you are doing is ‘strictly necessary’ for a service requested by the user. This exception is a narrow one but might apply, for example, to a cookie you use to ensure that when a user of your site has chosen the goods they wish to buy and clicks the ‘add to basket’ or ‘proceed to checkout’ button, your site ‘remembers’ what they chose on a previous page. You would not need to get consent for this type of activity.

So, by my reading of that, you do not need further consent merely for logins/session cookies:

This exception needs to be interpreted quite narrowly because the use of the phrase “strictly necessary” means its application has to be limited to a small range of activities and because your use of the cookie must be related to the service requested by the user. Indeed, the relevant recital in the Directive on which these Regulations are based refers to services “explicitly requested” by the user. As a result our interpretation of this exception therefore has to bear in mind the narrowing effect of the word “explicitly”. The exception would not apply, for example, just because you have decided that your website is more attractive if you remember users’ preferences or if you decide to use a cookie to collect statistical information about the use of your website.

more than 3 years ago
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Hypertext Creator: Structure of the Web 'Completely Wrong'

InsurrctionConsltant Re:WTF? (357 comments)

Sorry, mistake: "to describe simple actions"

more than 3 years ago
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Hypertext Creator: Structure of the Web 'Completely Wrong'

InsurrctionConsltant Re:WTF? (357 comments)

Reposting my comment to that video here:

Interesting ideas, but hopelessly convoluted. “Sworph?” Seriously? Inventing such terms to describe seems like a sure sign of something seriously messed up with one’s approach.

Can this be done in a simple, understandable (i.e. NOT gimmicky 3D!), cross-compatible (with ALL forms of media) way that solves the problems people identify with (has obvious use cases)? These should be the goals. If they are not achievable, the exercise is pointless, no matter what the putative theoretical advantages.

more than 3 years ago
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1Gbps Fiber Optic Network For Rural Britain

InsurrctionConsltant Re:The catch... (81 comments)

Fujitsu’s proposal is described (FTFA) as a wholly independent network to BT’s, though whether it’s route-independent as well as fibre-independent is unclear.

more than 3 years ago
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1Gbps Fiber Optic Network For Rural Britain

InsurrctionConsltant Re:The catch... (81 comments)

This.

Fujitsu’s proposal is to build a second, wholly independent fibre infrastructure that will compete with BT’s. This can only be a good thing. (Assuming the holy grail of public infrastructure is unicorny for the time being in the UK.)

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs

InsurrctionConsltant Re:No user-serviceable parts inside (219 comments)

I agree. For the simple reason that for >90% of us, by the time it’s worth upgrading, the entire platform has moved an a few notches and a new motherboard is required anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA/MPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation

InsurrctionConsltant Re:More important is the government’s collus (278 comments)

I still basically "support" Obama –whatever that means, being from the UK. How anyone even slightly left of Bill O'Reilly could favour the alternative, the Cavalcade of Crazy currently coming from the Republican side is beyond me.

Still, I don't agree with your assessment that "The President tried change, and was rewarded by the people by taking away his majority in the house." I just didn't see the evidence of him "trying change" –the secret ACTA negotiations and white house events for the MPAA (incl. presence of FBI brass) etc. were all going on way before the Dem majority was lost.

I do understand your point that generally there is a great deal of FUD (must not mention Fox News... dammit) that results in many people being grossly misinformed and therefore punishing politicians trying to act in their interest (cough health care cough socialism cough).

Please if you know of significant ways Obama tried to make government less beholden to "Special Interests" (as he promised), give us some info.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA/MPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation

InsurrctionConsltant More important is the government’s collusion (278 comments)

1. It’s great to see this coming (finally) from a well-respected business source. The Lessigs, Doctorows and even Nissons of this world are potentially dismissed as impractical ideologues; not so Harvard Business.

2. The things that really makes me sad and angry is the continuing complicity of the US government in the RIAA & MPAA’s money-grabbing, price-fixing, collusive monopolistic ransom-holding of contemporary cultural output. From the anti-democratic secret ACTA treaty shenanigans to Joe Biden’s White House lunches with the Big Content and law enforcement, even Obama, by far the most technologically forward thinking president ever, has completely failed to comprehend the nature of the problem, despite excellent books on the subject, notably Lessig’s Free Culture.

I thought Obama would change this, because his election campaign was funded by crowd-sourcing and he railed against the “Special interests” in public debates.

It’s the public’s interests vs. those of a business elite with a powerful lobby. Guess where the Administration’s placing its support. Change we can believe in, indeed.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientist Says NASA Must Study Space Sex

InsurrctionConsltant Re:A wise man once said.... (389 comments)

My question would then be: "why is how we are different from other animals more interesting/important than in how we are similar?"

My point is that focusing on one at the expense of the other is detrimental to our self understanding.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientist Says NASA Must Study Space Sex

InsurrctionConsltant Re:A wise man once said.... (389 comments)

“What makes us human”is by definition everything that we are, which includes both our impulses and our ability to control our impulses, and everything else besides.

“What makes us human as opposed to animal” is the question you seem to be answering, and it is invalid, because "human" is an element of "animal".

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Interesting (140 comments)

This is correct.

Even so, I may have been exaggerating, looking at the equations on the Hawking Radiation wikipedia page.

I am so spending this weekend making a Black Hole Evaporation Time Estimator app.

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Interesting (140 comments)

(PS –there's "striving for accuracy", and there's "trying to correct an error billions of orders of magnitude in size"... ! :P

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Interesting (140 comments)

Heh - true.

It's interesting to note how small they have to be, though: according to wikipedia, to radiate more than the it absorbs from the cosmic miscrowave background, the BH would have to be lighter than the moon. In other words, since the microwave background is always decreasing, all stellar-remnant BHs in the universe have always been, and are still (and for the next N times the age of the universe, will remain) increasing in size.

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Interesting (140 comments)

I misunderstood the parent to my post –sorry. My response was elaborating on the first AC who pointed out gman003's misconception – trying to add some figures.

I think a lot of people have heard that "block holes gradually evaporate", without having read any further, making the erroneous assumption about the timeframes involved is understandable.

In fact:

  1. large black holes evaporate so slowly they are likely to be the most long-lived objects in the universe
  2. at the current background radiation level of the universe, even small black holes absorb much more radiation than they emit, and are therefore growing at the present time
  3. quasars are enormous black holes –many millions of solar masses –and are therefore calculated to be emitting radiation ("evaporating") so slowly as to result in a mathematical absurdity.

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Interesting (140 comments)

Who on earth modded this down? I just tried to add some scientific numbers to discuss the original claim!

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Interesting (140 comments)

Precisely. Black holes can't "die extremely quickly" –they evaporate unimaginably slowly. (See my other replies.) They can, however, become inactive at the drop of a hat –if & when the accretion disc becomes depleted.

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Interesting (140 comments)

Oh my apologies. To be fair, your post was ambiguous. I thought you were saying the black hole isn't consuming matter, therefore it was evaporating faster. In fact you were suggesting it is merely inactive, which is another reason the OP’s conclusion is erroneous. I hope the OP found what I wrote informative, anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob

InsurrctionConsltant Re:Interesting (140 comments)

Nope, even then. You need to read up a little about the timeframes here.

The evaporation of black holes according to Hawking radiation is an unimaginably, incomprehensibly, comically slow process. So slow, that in this universe, the passive absorption of the cosmic microwave background is sufficient to render it irrelevant –the black hole still absorbs background photons at a greater rate than it generates radiation:

A stellar black hole of one solar mass has a Hawking temperature of about 100 nanokelvins. This is far less than the 2.7 K temperature of the cosmic microwave background. Stellar mass (and larger) black holes receive more mass from the cosmic microwave background than they emit through Hawking radiation and will thus grow instead of shrink. To have a Hawking temperature larger than 2.7 K (and be able to evaporate), a black hole needs to be lighter than the Moon (and therefore a diameter of less than a tenth of a millimeter). (wikipedia.org)

Elsewhere I have seen the figure of 10^61 times the age of the universe for the evaporation (and this is in a black-body condition: no matter absorbed whatsoever) of a BH of merely 30 solar masses. Recall we are talking about a Quasar: something hundreds of millions of solar masses and up. These things have lifetimes so vast as to render even the word "astronomical" meaninglessly trifling. Think numbers of years with more digits than you could write in your lifetime.

more than 3 years ago
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A Third of World's Spam From One Russian Man

InsurrctionConsltant Re:so ? (233 comments)

The irony of this comment is that it advocates abandoning precisely those checks and balances do protect the general public –namely the consistent and open practice of law, the right to a fair trial, and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

about 4 years ago

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