top A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting
About time something intelligent was tried.
People who have never paid for a product normally available only for sale ought to pay. Those who pay ought to be able to do exactly what they please with it. Including giving away free copies.
People wishing to exchange such free copies will find a way to do so, including by forming groups for that purpose, no matter what.
People whom attempt to PROFIT out of running such groups are another matter - these people are properly targets for lawsuits by the people who should be receiving that money.
top States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
The places likely to raise a minimum wage are the places where stuff cots too darn much. Because people want to be there. Because they or parts of them are booming. So lower wage people are angriest there. And also there is where one finds both the most people whose wages are so high they don't care what stuff costs, and the most people ideologically inclined to think that it is legitimate for government to attempt to be charitable to the things they themselves believe deserve charity. Hence the minimum wage kikes don't cause unemployment at the low end, as the hikes are being CAUSED by employment at the high end.
Those who think any government should do anything besides what governments are intended to do - protect life liberty and property by providing military security and domestic order and law, and foster prosperity through sound currency, sound law and sound infrastructure - those people really need to either pay the bill for it personally, or convince a majority in 3/4 of the States to impose a national value added tax to fund their goal.
Otherwise to Hell with it, no matter what it is.
top US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers
Any firm that fires workers not relevant to it's continued prosperity and which fights tirelessly to hire those who would be, regardless of where they are FROM or in what so-called nation they live in, is a great company. Any politician not understanding that it is only such companies which create ANY of pensions, taxes, profits, goods, services, OR jobs, ought to get zero votes.
top Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers
First, it's not hard to get, if you are (1) close to the target or (2) the NSA or (3) a criminal or (4) hang around some in one of the first three groups.
Second, if people and institutions are tending to rely on this information to make decisions about particular individuals, they are just wrong. They ought not to and if they do they should be incarcerated fined and sued for damages.
Granted all that data can model groups, or insurance companies and many other similar activities just would not work. Useless in dealing with people one at a time, whether on has friendly or hostile intent.
Finally, people evolved and until recently - no more than 12,000 years ago - invariably lived so that all knew everything about everyone they dealt with. That is the normal for homo sapiens. Privacy, anonymity and so on are artifacts of incompetent technology, and seem thought to be of value because commonly said incompetent technology has been unwisely if not maliciously used.
Gossip isn't intrinsically malicious - just an effective way of pressuring people to conform, and the least violent and intrusive such thing so far discovered.
top Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails
Entirely agree. ALL
,laws and regulations are THEFT, as they enforce existing privileged positions, save only for those relating to the tendency and desire to PROHIBIT physical harm, property theft or damage, or the threat of either. Of course 'property' itself is a sort of privileged position as is physical health and life, but one DOES seem to need SOME ground rules in order to be able to interact with others.
top MIT Used Lobbying, Influence To Restore Nuclear Fusion Dream
Some things are too important to save money on. Fusion is one; space expansion is the other.
The Manhattan Project was an expensive undertaking, even for a rich country fully mobilized for war. Competing methods were given unlimited funds and two different methods were pursued to completion.
about a month and a half ago
top Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles
and so conducive to progress! LOL
about a month and a half ago
top Updating the Integrated Space Plan
http://makezine.com/2013/07/06... about a month and a half ago
top Firefox 29: Redesign
I hate Chrome. Prefer text to icons, menu bars with words and bling (or
;chrome' as Microsoft calls it - the opposite of Google Chrome). I don't worry about speed, screen real estate, or browser security. I don't have to and I don't choose to.
top Finding the Next Generation of Teachers With "Innovative Microsoft Ads"
At least with business interest, chances are actual education is intended.
top The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering
Not that I'm a fan of prejudice. But history, economics, power, and politics are all very useful very valuable and much more to my liking than arbitrary opinions about what constitutes a social ill or a social good. WE DECIDE what is good or evil BASED ON history, economics, power, and politics, AND WE SHOULD - it crowd sources morality, as Darwin and God intended - that's what morality IS - what benefits the herd and it's members, as determined by the behavior and the resulting history, economics, power, and politics of the herd and of it's members.
Go join a Church of your choice, fool, and leave the real world to realists.
top FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms
People have a right to live work and pay taxes where they please, to sell any good or service to anyone, and to buy any good or service from anyone, at any agreed price. NO ONE nor ALL PEOPLE have the right or the power to prevent or limit or regulate it.
top Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography
The trust creates the money and the money must ENFORCE the trust, whether that starves all the poor or not. BALONEY!
top Through a Face Scanner Darkly
WONDERFUL idea! I think EVERYTHING should be recorded EVERYWHERE at ALL TIMES. End stupid arguments over who did what to whom!
top Sound System Simulates the Roar of a Rocket Launch
at tech we had parabollic 4 story bldg. with enuf 1000 watt a channel systems could rattle windows may miles away. before nasa could lol.
top Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband
NO ONE except tiny vested interests in any give case gives a hoot about anything being level, or fair. And so what is we all are part of SOME insignificant interest group, Such as Christians for example. Or far smaller clan bands.
There are very few things that apply to us all - pretty much the secure enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and equality before the law.
Other than that, may the Devil please take the hind-most asap.
top VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage
Tom Perkins is totally correct. Fascism is fascism, whether running under its own name or a Communism, Nazism, Progressivism, or Environmentalism. Same people same stupid totally mistaken ideas same total immorality and disregard for human beings.
top Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support
no one owes or deserves support. those with another opinion can donate if so they chose.
spawn benefit from more caring predecessors. so what. care or not, is a choice thing.
I care but money is the least of what I give should give etc.
top The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats
Over educated over paid arrogant idiots. Not concerned about skin color or private organs. Never have cared about either, not starting any time soon.
top China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism
Gee how ambitious - one's own view of reality, regardless of how badly it models the real world or does anything whatsoever besides provide excuses for terrorism - the principle forms of which are nationalism, religion, racism (apologies for redundancy), group consciousness of any kind, and the original evils, fear and its twin, pride.
top windows web page sticky notes: Question!
I wonder if there is such a thing as web page sticky notes for Windows. I have 17 windows going for various worlds of this MMPORPG game I play. I'd like to be able to post a "sticky note" of my plans, that would be called when I am on that same server again under that same identity. Don't know if this is possible or if it has been done. If 'yes' to either I'd like to know! (Don't know of any place else to ask where the folks would know the answer, and might tell me!)