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Encrypted Social Network Vies For Disgruntled Facebook Users

vain gloria Re:1984 reference (162 comments)

My first thought was Gabriel Syme, the titular Man Who Was Thursday. That's a novel where everyone's an anarchist, a secret policeman or both, so would have made sense as a reference.

Apparently Deus Ex makes several nods to the novel, but I've never played that game (my geek card is already winging its way to the appropriate authorities).

about a year ago

TVShack Creator's US Extradition Approved

vain gloria Whither Cameron's "British Google"? (253 comments)

David Cameron talks about wanting the UK to produce its own internet giants. How can there ever be a "British Google" or the like under a system which ships off British innovators to the US when their business operates in the tricky legal grey area of international/internet boundaries? If YouTube didn't exist and were invented in Britain tomorrow, the creators would be extradited to the US post-hate, rather than allowed to develop their legitimate business. If Cameron actually wants the UK to punch above its weight on the internet, he needs to start fostering a culture of explicitly supporting British businesses and bedroom startups.

more than 2 years ago

Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

vain gloria Re:What exactly is Mozilla spending $100M on? (644 comments)

I believe that it's been going in the bank against the day when funding dried up and to avoid becoming reliant on external influence from any partner, current or future. I've not got a citation though, that's from vaguely recalled coverage of the Google deal being extended three years ago (not instituted as TFS mistakenly claims).

more than 3 years ago

Memo Details Gawker Security Strategy

vain gloria Re:Users (76 comments)

Their whole strategy so far has been to blame the users: "Its not Gawkers fault your passwords are so weak."

Which is both reprehensible of them and false. Their poor choice of algorithm literally truncated my sixteen character password to an eight character one. When I logged in to change mine I did so with just the front half.

more than 4 years ago

Google Says Microsoft Is Driving Antitrust Review

vain gloria Re:It's free (295 comments)

This comment is asinine, not insightful. Companies are complaining about being unfairly ranked (as they see it) when people search for their services on Google. The companies can't "use something else" because they aren't the ones doing the googling.

Government x doesn't like Wikileaks redistributing its documents to the general public? They should use something else!

more than 4 years ago

The 87 Lamest Moments In Tech, 2000-2009

vain gloria Re:obligatory (328 comments)

Brit here. Parallel with "Cool Britannia" (remember that?) I saw a lot of use in the press of the "Naughty Nineties" (modelled on the "Swinging Sixties"). So if the astonishingly imaginative trend continues, I imagine the next decade will be christened the Naughteens.

more than 5 years ago

British Video Recordings Act 1984 Invalid

vain gloria Re:Scandalous (340 comments)

What are you talking about? Britain doesn't even have a constitution.

Claiming that Britain lacks a constitution on the basis that no-one has written it all down in one place is akin to claiming that the USA doesn't have a head of state because Obama doesn't wear a pointy gold hat.

more than 5 years ago

New HIV Strain Discovered

vain gloria Re:Risk (263 comments)

I'm not sure I'd want to publicly claim to have a gorilla penis. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penis

For example, an adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length;

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal

vain gloria Re:Yahoo's promise to discard data after 3 months? (301 comments)

Cuil was launched last year with great fanfare regarding its privacy policy which promised not to track users' personally identifiable information. See their current policy alongside a warning that it is soon to change somehow here: http://www.cuil.com/info/privacy/

I use and normally recommend Clusty which says in plain English that "We at Clusty don't track you." (http://clusty.com/privacy) and in legalese that they do collect "Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, referral data, the date and time of your query and one or more cookies (described below) that may uniquely identify your browser" (http://clusty.com/privacypolicy).

That's either ethical or useful for you. tl;dr - one beginning with "C".

more than 5 years ago

NoScript Adds Subscriptions To Adblock Plus

vain gloria Re:Sleazy and disgraceful (408 comments)

Firefox extensions and browser plugins proper certainly can be disabled/prevented from installing by Mozilla. See https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/blocklist/ for the (en-US only?) naughty list.

I don't know what SeaMonkey, Camino, Iceweasel, etc do, but filtering for "blocklist" on about:config shows your browser's exact settings. Notably the extensions.blocklist.enabled pref allows the user to turn the remote killswitch off if they so desire.

more than 5 years ago

YouTube To Block Music Videos In the UK

vain gloria Re:Huh wot ? (161 comments)

Amusingly enough, the propensity to unthinkingly invoke Orwell is akin to his concept of duckspeak. Reading multiple +5 Insightful "1984 wasn't an instruction manual maaaan" posts in a single Brit-related topic makes me wonder about the duckmods though. Perhaps it's hard to peck out the -1 Overrated with a bill?

more than 5 years ago

AVG Virus Scanner Removes Critical Windows File

vain gloria Re:Well... (440 comments)

Same with the PyGame docs installation exe. AVG mistakenly flagged it a few days ago. No major problem obviously, but a needless irritation nonetheless.

more than 6 years ago



Expiring Google/Mozilla Deal Renewed

vain gloria vain gloria writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vain gloria (831093) writes "Google and Mozilla have agreed on a three-year extension to their existing deal, whereby the search engine pays Mozilla for searches originating from their products. The announcement with minimal detail is made on the blog of the quondam CEO of Mozilla Corporation Mitchell Baker. Discussing the bright future of the Firefox maker, she writes:

Another important element is the financial resources Mozilla enjoys. We've just renewed our agreement with Google for an additional three years. This agreement now ends in November of 2011 rather than November of 2008, so we have stability in income. We're also learning more all the time about how to use Mozilla's financial resources to help contributors through infrastructure, new programs, and new types of support from employees.


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