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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

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Meh

Fine

I only use my Gmail accounts as spam traps... There are adverts on the Internet?

There was a time when one could register a domain name and simply use that for basic email. Nowadays I am not aware of a hosting provider that doesn't use Microsoft or Google services for email. Those who can will run their own mail servers, those that can't will make money for Google/Microsoft.

Hey it's "free" email where's the problem? Its a wonderful service for consumers all those adverts for the best, most trustworthy and value for money companies touting sought after and wanted products. Simply awesome! It's not like a human will ever read the content of your private emails, will they?

Where does the sincerity end and the sarcasm begin? answers on an email to one of my gmail accounts.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Joke

Re: Not interested..

Perhaps if you had 5.1 ears your opinion would change

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Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

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Big Brother

Re: Translation: Coming soon, no side-loading. - corrected

Yes, the certification stuff is supposed to make people do what they want.

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Facepalm

They missed a rule...

It shows advertisements.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Joke

Re: That screenshot, what happens...

Every single application installed on the system starts full screen with Internet Explorer top most opening in the Microsoft app store

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Devil

Proof that God exists

To bring about Armageddon what could be better that instigating the creation of dozens of diametrically opposed religions with a fundamental tenant of each being that it be the only true religion and that all others must fall?

Satan therefore exists because God is good and would never do such a thing. Only the Devil would create such a situation where humankind murders each other in the name of a religion. Ipso facto God exists.

Now that that has been cleared up, Lego the tool of Satan destroying children's souls? The only thing Satanic about Lego is the price.

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ZOMBIE iPAD PERIL? Cyberbadness slinger touts tool for iOS

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Meh

or a world of feedom

depends if they are IT professionals or consumers aka product.

Really need a shrug icon so I can indicate my indifference to your response. I suppose meh will do.

No I didn't down vote you, I am not so petty.

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Trollface

I thought

iPads were only rooted to install Android.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Happy

Why has

no one mentioned rooting or Cyanogen yet?

First thing I do with an Android device is root it, remove the crap and populate the hosts file.

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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I am insipred

to dust off and boot my first PC... An Epson PCe complete with Philips Monitor 80 green screen... Need to find a keyboard with a din plug though.

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RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

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Unhappy

Someone

got a great deal of stick from the "community" for posting an article on FD "Google vulnerabilities with POC" to the FD list.

This is one of the longest threads I have seen on FD. I suggest it is checked out. Some very strong words are used.

I know what I think, draw your own conclusions.

Whether or not this person is the catalyst for John throwing in the towel is supposition.

FD you will be missed :-(

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Vi

Vi, Vi Delilah...

What's Cpanel?

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

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Why

aren't the hackers being employed to write the software?

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

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Re: rollocks

EULA.

Software is a product one can buy with NO guarantee of it doing what is said on the tin or actually working at all. MS are not alone in this. I don't condone the use of weasel words in licencing agreements to avoid responsibility for providing an unfit for purpose product... It is just they way it is.

One can accept this with software that is given away free of charge. It is generally the case that one gets what one pays for right? Not so with commercial software.

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Twittapocalypse! Twitter implodes, locked out tweeps around the world

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I hadn't

noticed

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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

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If it can be proved

that an entity breached the data protection act on purpose for self gain, the directors/owners of that entity cannot be trusted and should be fined, black listed and NOT allowed to direct/run any other entity that handles personal data ever again.

If the breach was through incompetence or accident and unintended, punishment will not necessarily help that entity secure its systems. Security costs money and fining an entity just adds more cost and potentially more problems as corners may be cut to meet the expense of the fine.

Compulsory training paid for by the entity at fault is more likely to produce positive results than financially punitive measures.

Many things are various shades of grey there is no right or wrong way to proceed. Dishonesty and honesty are diametrically opposed and in such an instance it *IS* case of black and white, right and wrong.

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Team Cymru spots 300,000 compromised SOHO gateways

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Re: Remote access

You read the "how is it done bit" ?

Compromise via local machine using Jscript is only part of it.

Using a static IP and DNS for all LAN side machines seems good enough mitigation.

I do this for all machines on my LAN they each have a static IP and specified DNS servers.

Of course most home and SOHO users just accept the defaults out of the box. And this is where potential problems arise. Ease of use over security is where the consumer and much of the professional hardware providers put all their eggs.

All I am saying is it should be the other way around, Security first, convenience as a secondary consideration.

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FAIL

Remote access

should be disabled by default.

A SOHO router should not expose any ports to the Internet unless the user configures it to do so.

It's so simple and obvious, I do not understand why this is not the default on all routers from all manufacturers.

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X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

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Joke

Wrist controlled shooting, anyone?

I have that already

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Miscreant menaces Meetup, minuscule money mania mashed

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It's easy enough

to rent a botnet. And not exactly difficult to build one.

A high school computer lab is not required... An open wifi connection and a device with a spoofed MAC address is enough to avoid being traced and to send a target IP address to a C&C server. It only takes a few seconds to run a prepared script, it could be done whilst driving past without stopping.

No I didn't down vote you.

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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

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Re: As long as it runs Android...

Have you any evidence that Android cannot be made secure?

I am of the opinion that any device running any operating system can never be 100% secure.

I wouldn't single out Android.

If a device can be rooted it can be made *more* secure or less secure dependant on the skills of the owner. Although I am not expert with Android or Linux my skills are adequate enough for me to know with certainty that my rooted device is far more secure than it was when I first powered it up.

If one uses a device that is not rooted one does not own it. Either the telco does or the operating system provider does, regardless of whether the OS be Android, IOS or WinPhone.

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

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Meh

I suspect that

that graduated colour printing was a capability of the prototype. However there's more money to be made selling that capability in a the form of a new machine at a later date.

There are times that I wish I was not so cynical.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: Sounds about right

unfortunately many people are more interested in distraction, irrelevance and entertainment than anything remotely educational, thought provoking (as in requiring one to think) or indeed essential.

Life can be a bitch especially if one sucks at living it. And regrettably many do. Hence the profusion of lolcatz, people falling over videos and Farcebook, which merely serve as an escape from their otherwise humdrum? pointless? existence.

All of this is relative of course, I am just a boring old fart that reads nothing but technical stuff on line in hopes of advancing and keeping my ageing mind active. I am sure that there are many Farcebook devotees that would see my life and lifestyle as pointless and indeed awfully boring. I shrug at this, I feel positive about my life and I feel that the very few friends, as in people I know, love and trust, love me too. And this makes me feel special and privileged. No doubt the Farcebook devotee feels the same way too, only difference being most of their friends are strangers. It's all relative.

I do feel sad that Farcebook has corrupted the word friend.

It don't need to be Friday for glass of wine. Beer icon 'cos there is no Shiraz icon.

Cheers to you all.

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Surface Pro 2 dim screen of death snafu STILL happening after patch

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Some people have short memories

I do have to say I have never had problems with Microsoft mice or keyboards, I wonder who makes them?

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Nearly HALF of South Korea hacked in insider data theft

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Meh

Nothing to worry about

It will never happen here

All your cards and cloud data is perfectly safe

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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Re: (albeit willingly given).

The only thing that breaks websites if blocked are Google script servers.

I know this because I block everything else.

I am hoping, as they are easily downloaded and analysed, that if there is nefarious spying code in Google scripts someone would have noticed and reported it by now. My Javascript skill and is not nearly good enough and I don't posses the patience/time required to do such a thing anyway.

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You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

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Re: So that makes three computer businesses flushed...

He's a Sir... And that title covers a multitude of sins. Are you familiar with the house of lords?

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Meh

SteamOS

Copied and quoted directly from the Steam store...

"Downloadable soon. Free forever!

SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. Stay tuned in the coming days for more information."

Are you capable of creating a dual boot PC?

There is no hardware cost unless you don't own a PC and use a proprietary locked down and locked in console.

As for the controller the choice is yours buy one or use a keyboard and mouse.

With the exception of the controller and some hard disk space there is no cost.

I took me 15 seconds to confirm what I suspected and become factually informed

I haven't downvoted you for your presumptuous position. However others might.

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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

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Meh

I would be surprised

and what's more disappointed if anyone cared.

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What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

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A drone

works behind the counter in an Apple store, a model is cocaine riddled fleshy clothes horse and a light plane is useful for making doors fit holes.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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"I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft"

Then please keep it to yourself.

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

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" in the hand this 15-incher looks a good deal bigger than this"

An elephant in the picture would have helped with scale, better not use a mouse though.... It might scare away the elephant.

/very silly joke

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One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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Not that I condone such a thing.

But wouldn't receiving this software as as a spam email attachment titled "Your UPS delivery" or something similar provide the user with plausible deniability?

It would have to be pre-configured and perform its function with no intervention on the part of the user other than running the EXE.

/shrugs

All we need to do to shut down a business is ignore them and if enough people are motived and driven by what is right rather than what is easy, what polishes the ego or fills the coffers, it should be possible.

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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

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Meh

"You have to feel sorry for Microsoft."

Why?

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What is thy bidding? Han Solo’s shooter goes under the hammer

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A year off work...

travelling around <insert continent of choice> or possession of a dust collecting ornament?

Such a difficult choice.

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Fancy Kim Kardashian's ... nose? 3D bio-printing boffin can help

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Fancy Kim Kardashian's ... nose?

Only f I can I flog it to some loon on E-Bay?

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The latest stupid yoof craze: Taking selfies - while DRIVING

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It only matters

If they take out some unsuspecting pedestrian or another driver if they lose control.

Perhaps the selfie snapper, if they survive, could be billed for the clean up.

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Tiny, invisible EXTRATERRESTRIAL INVADERS appear at South Pole

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Boffin

Neurinos have mass,

although this has not been measured. It is therefore a massive relativistic particle and can approach but not reach the speed of light.

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Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

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Re: Hi pot, kettle calling...

Microsoft did not do any such nefarious user data collection until Windows got an auto-configuring network stack.

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BAD ALTITUDE: The highs and lows of Doctor Who

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Re: Ah, that kind of low

Not Bonnie Langford?

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Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an ANOMALY, now over'. And it's no secret I think that

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One does have some choice

not over what is shared, expect (whether this be the case or not) everything one does on line to be logged, shared and sold.

What one does have control over is the quality and content of that information and "who" it is associated with.

I run a business, I use google+ Farcebook and linkedIn to promote that business. These profiles are all separate but the content is more or less identical. These social sites are advertising my business NOT me.

My non professional profiles and identities on line are many and I do my best to ensure they are separate from each other and most important, separate from the image I wish to create for business.

My personal life and my business are separate. I have no desire to expose my personal life on line to a bunch of strangers labelled by an ad agency as "friends" or "contacts". On the other hand I wish to expose my business and my professional persona to as many prospective clients as possible.

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure their own privacy by restricting or simply providing false information where the request for such information is deemed invasive by said individual.

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Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

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"...laws are for the little people..."

They always have been.

The laws are the systems sheepdog.

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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Re: I call bullshit

I don't need to say anything now. Thanks for saving me time, have an up.

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Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

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Shrug

If I can't root it, I won't use it.

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Win XP? Your PLAGUE risk is SIX times that of Win 8 - NOW

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Facepalm

"...according to figures from Microsoft."

Enough said!

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Landfills?

I am pretty sure most of them are going to stay in the store.

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Fraudster bought names and address from Experian, says Krebs

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Re: I fail to understand...capitalism?

"Were you thinking that the law is there to protect ordinary citizens?"

Sadly no, I realised a long time ago that individual rights are those rights that one is ALLOWED to have by the state.

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WTF?

I fail to understand

how personal data aggregation conducted the way of Experian is legal.

It shouldn't be.

A business has a right to keep certain kinds of personal information on clients. That is understandable.

A third party that collects data for sale to other third parties is a parasite and their behaviour immoral in my rather idealised world view of our right to privacy.

The law needs to be changed so that personal data cannot be sold without specific permission from the person involved. I am not talking obscure cover all statements in the small print of T&C's. I mean a specific request for permission from the data farmers for EVERY instance of personal data they wish to sell. They should inform the person involved of who the data is going to and exact details of the content of that data and request permission to pass it on.

Do I care if this breaks the way business is done, the way leads are found and that businesses could no longer spam thousands of people with silent/computer generated phone calls or texts and email. Not at all.

Do I care that this might make such data farming no longer financially viable? Nope. However, as long as there are sheep to be fleeced, there are victims to bear the cost.

Do I care that I might have to do a bit of research to determine if that big order from the unknown customer is bogus or not? Yes, it is a small price to pay though if it puts a stop to, or a least a slowdown on the harvesting and selling of personal information.

In my opinion and without any evidence to back it up, Experian along with all such commercial data aggregators serve a very few whilst providing a real disservice for the vast majority.

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

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Re: users

That's right. I use Facebook for business, many of my customers are there and share my updates.

I post about my business, knowledge I WANT to be made public.

I don't post about my liking for Shiraz or that I love my cat more than I even like most people.

And I don't post opinion only fact.

Facebook have a real email address and a real name associated with the business.

My business is honest with nothing to hide.

They have my IP address (static) and all the information that can be gleaned from that.

They think I am 108 years old, there is not a single other piece of personal information I have given them.

Facebook scripts are blocked everywhere except Facebook, I only accept session cookies from them.

The adblock filters:

facebook.com##div.megaphone_content

facebook.com##div.ego_section

deal nicely with the advertising.

What's not to like about a free advertising platform?

As for your average Facebook user, think of it as evolution on the Internet, Darwinism on a whole new level. Those with the smarts to work it out and understand how the Internet works will be the users. The rest will be the used. Not so much survival of the fittest, which was a somewhat inaccurate description of evolution anyway, as survival of the smartest.

Be grateful for those with less Internet savvy, for they take the flack. And whilst there are those to take the flack, those of us smart enough to wear flack jackets (noscript, adblock, refcontrol, cookie monster etc) will generally be overlooked.

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Three BILLION people now potential nodes for the transfer of cat videos

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with 30 per cent of today's youth never knowing a world without IP

leaving 70% of todays youth who vaguely remember a time when they didn't see a targeted advertisement and know what a book is.

I just hope that those 70% teach their young ones that there was a time when there was privacy, little government data collection and little in the way of commercial data mining. A time when person and state were two separate entities, a time when the customer was the client and not the product.

And in doing so, encourage them to resist and oppose the slow and relentless commodification of the human being.

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