Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions
I've had a fully ad-free web experience since the late nineties when the first banner ads appeared, thanks to, first of all, my own hosts file, Pith Helmet, AdBlock, and others whose names I've forgotten. I think these people are more deserving of our money.
Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions
Well, it's "donation-ware." People should really toss the guy a few bucks. That's my subscription plan.
Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine
I wouldn't, (and I certainly don't), rely on Do Not Track. You have to take these things into your own hands as best you can, by blocking ads and trackers, by using search engines that at least claim to respect your privacy by not logging your searches, by regularly dumping cookies, and by using a VPN or Tor. Then, maybe, you can have a little privacy.
I mean, who's idiot enough to trust the very people spying on them to respect their request not to be spied on? It's laughable.
What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?
The worry with a rocket, of course, is that it might explode in the atmosphere. Dispersing even a "cupful" of plutonium in the atmosphere could have serious consequences, the severity depending upon many different circumstances. That said, I think it's worth the chance for some projects. But people's worries are not unfounded.
UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online
Where the other party has reason to believe that the party manifesting such assent would not do so if he knew that the writing contained a particular term, the term is not part of the agreement.
i.e. if you put terms into a contract that you know your customers aren't likely to agree to, then they're not binding, even if the contract is signed.
Great! So I can continue to ignore all this hooey I'm always "accepting" when I install apps, and register at sites. Because I would never agree to any of that jive.
HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile
I can tell you what was great about HTML 2. You didn't have a bunch of annoying shit going on in a web page.
Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education
Nobody had computers at home in the 70's. Or the internet. It wasn't like coding was considered something the average kid should even know about, then. It only seems relevant in retrospect. It ridiculous to expect the man to be aware of every bit of history, of every field of education. It may not have seemed that way if you were in it, but to everybody else, computer science was a highly specialized (niche) field in the 70's. If you were outside of that field, you had no reason to go near a terminal.
How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider Music
I pay for records. The internet is free. I guess I'm old-fashioned.
Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
I have to fight with Time Warner each year to keep my internet price below fifty dollars per month. They must've forgotten to apply the "special" price to this guy's account. Every year they jack up the price without notice, (usually to about ninety-something dollars), and when I call, I'm told that the old price was a "special" price. Then I have to spend a couple of hours on the phone getting the "special" price again. I actually had to cancel my service one time to get them to give me that "special" price. Of course, the most frustrating part is you have no one else to go to - it's Time Warner, or nothing. Meanwhile, my friends overseas are getting massive speeds for about the same money.
Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud
If you plugged a power strip into their power supply/conditioner, then your electricity would be real cheap.
How To End Online Harassment
We can start by stating the obvious: It is never appropriate to use slurs, metaphors, graphic negative imagery, or any other kind of language that plays on someone's gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.
Similarly, it is never acceptable to dox, harass, post nude pictures, or in any other way violate someone's privacy due to disagreement with their opinions.
"...we can start by creating a culture that shames individuals who cross the bounds of decency."
You can't shame anonymous people. All of this bad behavior, which everyone doing it already knows is wrong, is driven by anonymity, (see also: cars). The only way to shame them is to expose them. Sensible people are already "boycotting" this dreck.
Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again
Prison systems in some of the civilized countries are run differently than the American system. Their idea is to reduce recidivism by treating prisoners as human beings with rights, rather than caged animals. And it works. From TFA:
Despite being accused of non-violent crimes, Peter was transferred to a high-security unit.
I'm not sure how the Swedish system works, but in the US, if you're going to be held for more than a few days, you'll be transferred from a jail to a prison. It seems likely that they transferred him to a high-security detention facility for political reasons. Had he been sent to a facility for non-violent detainees, he would expect to have his rights respected, including the right to his diet. Moral reasons are just as valid as religious reasons, (if not more).
Full disclosure: I love meat!
Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"
It's well known that Fox is the worst source of TV news in the US, but the others aren't great either. Even with NPR, which always tops the survey you're thinking of, (in terms of listeners being better informed), you still have to be able to read between the lines a bit. There's also a bit of self-selection going on in that NPR listeners tend to already be better educated than consumers of television news. And there's a lot of news that even NPR doesn't cover - although by carrying the BBC, some of those gaps are filled in. But educated people are more likely to get their news from many sources.
People who get all their news from television are not going to be well-informed, whatever the station. Fox is a different animal altogether.
Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure
Believe me, the strip club cares. There are a million ways for a bar to lose its liquor license, and if that happens, unless you own the building, you're left with nothing but some liquor bottles and barstools. You lose everything because you now have nothing to sell. Even if you own the building, without that liquor license, it won't have much value to anyone else looking to open a bar. It's not easy to obtain a new liquor license, especially at a tainted address.
I feel like I should also point out, based on some of the other comments, that the last place in the World you'll ever get, um, "lucky," is a strip club. Any girl caught arranging tricks from the bar is going to be fired immediately, and for the reasons mentioned above.
Source: I've owned and managed bars and nightclubs, (not strip clubs).
Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland
If you're out to disable the tracker, it's also likely you're out to make off with, or hide, the vehicle. But otherwise, if it's on its own fuse, (or on a non-critical line), you could simply place a burnt fuse in its slot. That would give you time to do what you need to do, as well as plausible deniability.
Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC
Also remember many jobs will drug test you.
It's likely you'd be able to challenge THC testing, depending on the employer. There are jobs where testing is mandated by law or regulation. For instance, certain jobs which fall under the purview of the Department of Transportation, like truck driving. A truck driver cannot take even certain prescription drugs, legally prescribed, such as opiates, (nevermind that opiates do not impair you, except on television). It'll be interesting to see if they alter testing methods to account for THC's long detection range. After all, why shouldn't you be able to get high on your own time, just as you can have a beer on your own time? Not that common sense often prevails.
Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor
So you go through Tor to access Facebook, where you immediately have to log in, and...
What's the point again?
Well, presumably, you're not logging in with your real name. Using a standard connection, even with a fake name, you're still giving away a lot of information by being tied to your IP address. By using the Tor Browser, you are disassociated from your home IP address, and the Tor Browser makes it a bit easier to dump cookies once your session ends. Make no mistake though, you're probably only protecting yourself from FB itself, and advertisers and other commercial data collectors. Whatever dossier they build up will be harder to put a real name and address to. It might be helpful to those plotting the next "Facebook Revolution" by making it more difficult for some governments to figure out in a timely manner exactly who's posting.
It'll be interesting to see how this works because FB flags me each time I log in from a different IP, and forces me to answer a "security question."
Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter
I, too, am enjoying this. I've been calling for a la carte cable for a long time, never failing to bring it up when TW would call to try to get me to buy cable TV, (I've never had cable TV. I grew up in the era when TV was free - because commercials).
But after I read this article, I began to think - would I even buy a la carte cable at this point? I don't think so, now. Who sits down in front of the TV at a certain time of day to watch a show anymore? And do I even really want to pay for HBOgo? They have a lot of good programming, but won't I also have to get AMC's and Showtime's app? I can see this beginning to add up. The thing that still annoys me is, how the studios destroyed the promise of Netflix. That you would have every movie, every show, no matter how obscure, always at your fingertips. Remember the "long tail?" You don't hear about that anymore.
Maybe if the cable TV business crashes, we'll finally get that. Where else are the studios gonna go if people don't want to buy a different app for every show they're into, (hopefully not to Hulu. I will not pay for any content that contains commercials). I think most people are like me in that, they don't pay much attention to, or care about, which studio or channel made what, and would like everything in one place. to that end, I support what Netflix tried so hard to do. Here's hoping for the return of the Long Tail!
New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight
I'm pretty sure it has to do with the rise of the gaming console/personal computer, and parents no longer forcing their kids out of the house to play. Kids no longer burn off the fatty, sugary, starchy food they eat. These kids nowadays!
[Citations forthcoming. You'll see!]
Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data
Can someone remind me why it is that we, the people who elect and pay the wages of the politicians and public servants who seek to destroy our right to privacy in this way, continue to allow such outrageous behavior to continue?
Has the concept of a democracy been replaced by one of serial fascism where voters are lulled into a false sense of empowerment by governments which collude with the *real* power-brokers to simply look after their own best interests and for who "voters" are synonymous with taxpayers -- a necessary evil required to keep the oily wheels of government turning?
Something like that. I don't know how they do it where you live, but here in the US, we're given a choice between two pre-vetted candidates. The ruling class decides who we'll get to vote for. Which is to say, it's not really a choice, but the illusion of choice. It's certainly not a democracy.
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