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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

waspleg This is cool (159 comments)

But,

Are you unique?
Yes! (You can be tracked!)

47.07 % of observed browsers are Firefox, as yours.

3.74 % of observed browsers are Firefox 31.0, as yours.

19.73 % of observed browsers run Linux, as yours.

62.02 % of observed browsers have set "en"as their primary language, as yours.

15.47 % of observed browsers have UTC-5 as their timezone, as yours.

You have the only browser out of 26601 with this fingerprint.

Okay. Now what? Also 26601 "browsers" doesn't sound like a lot when you're talking about potential billions. Not a big sample. But what do you do now? I have my browser set to remember nothing, so you can't really track cookies across sites well or whatever.

about a week ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

waspleg 2 words (298 comments)

Crystal Skull.

Also if you know anything about him he was a carpenter on the original Star Wars set not even an actor. He's a running example of winning a life long lottery for dumb luck.

about a week ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

waspleg What? (319 comments)

what-everyone-says-they-want-but-nobody-actually-wants dept. ??

No. Fuck their extortion. Adblock EDGE (the non-corporate-sellout fork of Adblock Plus) is more than enough thanks. If/when that stops working I'll use hosts (laziness makes the plug-in easier).

Fuck ads always and forever. This bullshit is worse than facecrook, "Hey, I have this great idea that will get people to PAY for us to track them!"

Don't be evil; indeed.

By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing ⦠kill yourself.

No, no, no itâ(TM)s just a little thought. Iâ(TM)m just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, theyâ(TM)ll take root - I donâ(TM)t know. You try, you do what you can.
Kill yourself.

Seriously though, if you are, do.

Aaah, no really, thereâ(TM)s no rationalization for what you do and you are Satanâ(TM)s little helpers.
Okay - kill yourself - seriously.
You are the ruiner of all things good, seriously.
No this is not a joke, youâ(TM)re going, âoethereâ(TM)s going to be a joke coming,â thereâ(TM)s no fucking joke coming.
You are Satanâ(TM)s spawn filling the world with bile and garbage.
You are fucked and you are fucking us.
Kill yourself.
Itâ(TM)s the only way to save your fucking soul, kill yourself.

Planting seeds.

- Bill Hicks on marketing

about a month ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

waspleg Was impressed until.. (144 comments)

"The rules prohibited ISPs from interfering with internet traffic, except as a last resort, and urged them to instead combat network congestion with âoeeconomic measuresâ such as new investment or usage limits.

Those limits have resulted in relatively low monthly caps for Canadians, but the rules have kept neutrality violations to a minimum."

If given the choice between investing in infrastructure and usage limits what do you think American ISPs would do?

Also, all the speed in the world doesn't do much good with low caps.

about a month ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

waspleg I don't get the hate. (246 comments)

I don't read his long articles, generally speaking, but he has been an advocate against censorship and I respect that much.

No one makes anyone read the articles, and without even checking, I'd guess you can configure /. not to even show them.

The Haselton hate reminds me of the Jon Katz days, which is kind of amusing ;)

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

waspleg Because the U.S. (642 comments)

doesn't have a monopoly on stupid (especially where gov't is concerned).

about a month ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

waspleg Read this article several years ago (204 comments)

and it feels even more true today. Thanks for the repost, I had forgotten about it.

about a month ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

waspleg Because they use all that extra money (223 comments)

to buy lawmakers and "lobbyists". Where is the anti-rebate money going to come from? Exactly.

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

waspleg So do I, stopped ordering from both (257 comments)

thanks to sales tax I can get the same thing (most of the time) cheaper from elsewhere (like NY) (although I've also had serious issues with both Amazon and Newegg's business practices/customer service - personally).

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

waspleg Lol. (698 comments)

3 - 2 - 1 .. Some kid brings a speaker plugged in to a cellphone/whatever plays gunfire gets school shut down for the day...

It'll be the new pulling the fire alarm/calling in bomb threat (taken way too seriously these days) =)

about a month ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

waspleg Watched about 20 seconds of the "game play" video (183 comments)

Looks like WoW themed Team Fortress 2 to me. Maybe they want in on that sweet sweet F2P money without letting their cash cow out of the pasture.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

waspleg First, (574 comments)

everyone thinks that they are the "A" team. Some people who don't belong in IT at all are very good at bullshitting as well. The industry is also overflowing with people with no interest in it who have been lured in to it by promises of high paying easy jobs gold rush style.

Second, plenty of people work full time and get certifications with the aim of furthering their career or getting in to a different area than the one they're in - just because you couldn't/didn't doesn't make someone who did automatically less skilled than you are.

Third, I can't tell you how many degree-having diploma mill idiots, including people with Masters+ degrees, I've seen; they're too many to count.

I agree with you that experience is the best thing to have, but a lot of that is chicken-egg. Everyone wants someone with experience but you can't get experience without first having the job.

about a month and a half ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

waspleg Agreed, except (321 comments)

the "unfortunately" part. A machine that effectively extends human intelligence and communication beyond its natural limits, among other things, can't be toaster-level stupid while maintaining its vast flexibility.

I think dumbing it down would cost functionality (as well as jobs, like mine ;)).

about a month and a half ago
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Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

waspleg The problem (116 comments)

is even if you don't have a profile, like me, other people will post pictures of you and information about you which they collate, analyze, and sell as well (without your permission or direct interaction with them).

So, not playing isn't effective unless everyone you know also respects your not wanting to be there, and most won't, even if unintentionally.

about a month and a half ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

waspleg I love this essay (251 comments)

The Myth of the Rule of Law

"The fact is that there is no such thing as a government of law and not people. The law is an amalgam of contradictory rules and counter-rules expressed in inherently vague language that can yield a legitimate legal argument for any desired conclusion. For this reason, as long as the law remains a state monopoly, it will always reflect the political ideology of those invested with decisionmaking power. Like it or not, we are faced with only two choices. We can continue the ideological power struggle for control of the law in which the group that gains dominance is empowered to impose its will on the rest of society, or we can end the monopoly."

It's extremely well written and makes the above points through illustrative examples.

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

waspleg It's not obvious? (198 comments)

Because, there is no market it for it where people can pay exorbitant amounts for it. The dying people are penniless.

Although, maybe that's what the media fear mongering is all about? Maybe they will back it after all once they whip everyone in to a "think of YOUR children dying horribly of Ebola - get vaccinated fast!" buying frenzy?

What do I know, I got modded troll for saying the Apple CEO probably came out for marketing purposes - he released an accessory (iWatch) the next day.

=)

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

waspleg My experience with recruiters (253 comments)

is that they're lying soulless parasites who provide no real value for either party. I'm amazed that they exist.

about a month and a half ago

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Google threatened with fines by Dutch data protection agency

waspleg waspleg writes  |  5 days ago

waspleg (316038) writes "Google has been threatened with a fine of up to 15m euros (£12m) if it does not do a better job of protecting the privacy of Dutch citizens. The row has blown up over the way that Google combines data about what people do online in order to tailor adverts to their preferences."
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Russia thinks the Chinese have trojan appliances

waspleg waspleg writes  |  1 year,20 days

waspleg (316038) writes "FTFA: According to news outlets in Russia, batches of Chinese-made electrical appliances such as kettles and irons have been found to contain chips designed to spy on their owner and launch cyber attacks."
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