* Posts by Imagus

19 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009

IE is tough on Flash cookies but ignores homegrown threat

Imagus
Alert

No need for Better Privacy, use this

You don't need the Better Privacy plugin. Just browse to the Macromedia folder on your machine (it's usually somewhere in Application data, search for it), delete the #SharedObjects folder and then create an empty file called #SharedObjects, without extension. That way Flash will never be able to create a new directory to store its Flash cookies. Works perfectly.

You could also take this one step further and create an empty "Macromedia" file in Application Data.

Problem solved for good.

Netizens now Facebook more than they Google

Imagus
Big Brother

Simple...

I guess this means that Google will just have to buy Facebook when the time is right. Or at the very least become "partners" with them, so they can share their oh so valuable user profiles and databases.

Just wait and see.

Google vanishes Android apps from citizen phones

Imagus
Stop

Better get used to it...

Soon the whole internet will have a "kill switch" and apparently Obama is the one who can have his fingers on it. Read it here: http://tinyurl.com/3638rsy

Of course, he'll only use it "for good", so don't worry, they know exactly what's good and what isn't.

Amazon got to test the technology first (you don't honestly believe it was an accident, do you?), now Google and others will adopt the technology too, until all the iphone-staring zombie sheeple think it's "normal".

Sad. Oh so sad.

Tinfoil Condition Red! LHC 7 TeV mega-blasts today

Imagus
Coat

I wonder...

Is this really all about finding the Higgs boson and/or new particles? I mean, what's the ultimate goal here? Know everything there is to know about how the universe was created, is that it? Nothing more? And why do the media all around the world try so hard to make sure that everyone knows all about this LHC devilry, but when it comes to other huge - and equally "dangerous" - projects (like HAARP, for instance) there always seems to be a complete media blackout? Why is this? You'd almost think they were trying to shift the attention away from what they're really up to.

No, I don't trust them at all. That's why I bought myself a nice and shiny tinfoil coat today. A simple hat just won't do anymore.

Mountain View promises Google Analytics opt-out

Imagus
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Ghostery isn't evil

@John Tserkezis: On the Ghostery website, there's also this:

To be clear - we are not an advertising agency, advertising network, advertising data collector, advertising exchange or any other type of company that collects and uses online consumer behavior for advertising purposes. Any data that we collect is never transferred to any other party or used for any advertising-related purpose.

And from their FAQ:

What data does Better Advertising receive from users who opt-in to GhostRank?

Ghostery users must opt-in to GhostRank. We will use the data from GhostRank to discover new trackers on the internet; view specific performance and use statistics; and follow industry compliance with privacy and choice standards for behavioral advertising.

Imagus
Go

Ghostery isn't evil

@John Tserkezis: On the Ghostery website, there's also this:

To be clear - we are not an advertising agency, advertising network, advertising data collector, advertising exchange or any other type of company that collects and uses online consumer behavior for advertising purposes. Any data that we collect is never transferred to any other party or used for any advertising-related purpose.

And from the Ghostery FAQ:

What data does Better Advertising receive from users who opt-in to GhostRank?

Ghostery users must opt-in to GhostRank. We will use the data from GhostRank to discover new trackers on the internet; view specific performance and use statistics; and follow industry compliance with privacy and choice standards for behavioral advertising.

Imagus
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Ghostery is (probably) (not) (very) evil...

@John Tserkezis: On the Ghostery website, there's also this:

To be clear - we are not an advertising agency, advertising network, advertising data collector, advertising exchange or any other type of company that collects and uses online consumer behavior for advertising purposes. Any data that we collect is never transferred to any other party or used for any advertising-related purpose.

And from the Ghostery FAQ:

What data does Better Advertising receive from users who opt-in to GhostRank?

Ghostery users must opt-in to GhostRank. We will use the data from GhostRank to discover new trackers on the internet; view specific performance and use statistics; and follow industry compliance with privacy and choice standards for behavioral advertising.

Dear Google: Just how mammoth is your search share?

Imagus
Big Brother

It really isn't that hard...

... to give up Google altogether and still enjoy the web. I've been using IXquick as search engine for over a year now, along with Scroogle and Clusty. Haven't missed Google for a minute. I also don't use any other Google services and have blocked most of the Google-related adresses (Adsense, Analytics, Ey-in etc.) in my hosts file (check out the little program called Hostery). The web can still be a very enjoyable place without that arrogant Google-monster constantly lurking over your shoulder.

Firefox 3.6 goes live and final

Imagus
Thumb Up

Agreed...

Glad to see I'm not the only one who still uses Windows 2000. I've been using it for about 7 years now (it took me quite some time to give up Win 98SE), and I've yet to see my first BSOD . Also I refuse to buy any operating system that requires "activation", no matter how much eye-candy it has.

OTOH, if I really want to use an up-to-date system, I just boot up Linux from my other partition.

Webmasters fume as Google profiles signed-out searchers

Imagus
Big Brother

Actually,...

"Don't be evil" is only half of the slogan. The full slogan reads "Don't be evil, because we know who you are and how to find you". The slogan was never meant do describe Google, it is in fact a serious warning to its users.

Bing search bribery a retailer magnet

Imagus
Stop

Remember... the 28th of November

28/11 = global Buy Nothing day. For those who are tired of being consumeristic guinea pigs in the hands of Big Corporations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day

Amazon Kindle to burn into to UK next week?

Imagus
Alert

Who needs another piece of spyware...

There are plenty of other (and cheaper) e-readers that let you read books without Big Brother watching over your shoulder all the time.

Google extends love for Chrome extensions on dev preview

Imagus
Big Brother

@ H 5

Of course they are sniffing data from it, that is why they created the browser in the first place. If you want Chrome without the spyware, download Iron instead. Iron is "based on the Chromium-source and offers the same features as Chrome - but without the critical points that the privacy concern." You can find it here: http://www.srware.net/en/index.php

64-bit Chrome takes centre stage in Linux land

Imagus
Big Brother

Chrome = spyware

Google Chrome? No thanks, I really don't need another "unique identifier" on my machine to spy on my surfing habits. And what's with that built-in RLZ-Tracking? What exactly is the information it sends to Google and why does it have to be encoded? I don't trust it.

Better install Iron, a new free browser that is based on Google's Chromium-source and offers the same features as Chrome, but without the privacy breaches.

http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php

One in three Europeans never been online

Imagus

What is the internet anyway?

I'm from Europe and I have never used the internet, I wouldn't even know how to use it. What's it for anyway? Does it run on batteries? And can you post silly comments with it?

Amazon Kindle doomed to repeat Big Brother moment

Imagus
Big Brother

Kindle is evil

One way to avoid Big Brother is to stop buying his products. Really, I just cannot understand why people still put their trust in these big companies with their "innovative" ideas that promise you heaven on earth, but are in fact just clever traps to take full control over your life as a customer. Even if Amazon promises not to remove content from customer's devices anymore, doesn't it bother anyone that Amazon always knows exactly what you're reading and when you're reading it?

Please also take a look at this and try to connect the dots:

"Don't Let Google Close the Book on Reader Privacy!"

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/189819-Don-t-Let-Google-Close-the-Book-on-Reader-Privacy-

Amazon vanishes 1984 from citizen Kindles

Imagus
Big Brother

Buy something else...

This is exactly why I don't want a Kindle or any other wireless reading device. There are plenty of other decent e-readers around - without this wireless nonsense that's only there to control or keep track of what you're reading.

On the positive side, maybe this silly move from Amazon will make Orwell's book even more popular now - there are still too many people who haven't read it, or who don't have a clue what it's actually about.

Amazon cuts cost of Kindle

Imagus

Cool-Er

Why wait for the Kindle? The new Cool-ER looks just as good to me and €225 isn't that expensive.

http://www.coolreaders.eu/readers.asp

Personally I'm still reading on my 10 year old Hiebook. Anyone remember those? No, thought not. Maybe I'd better sell it to a museum.

Google polishes Chrome into netbook OS

Imagus
Linux

Linux netbooks

To ChrisinBelgium: apparently you didn't look hard enough. Netbooks with Linux are available in the MediaMarkt shops everywhere, I saw a few in Ghent yesterday.

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