Interesting. I got an email from houzz about data loss but I've never used them so I deleted it thinking it was a phishing attack.
Did they buy up something else earlier on which may have given them my data?
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"I'm convinced that rewarding sites that deliver positive experiences is the path forward,"
I'm sorry, but I'll never see it. Because I browse with an adblocker. The web may slowly, a bit at a time, improve so everyone has the experience someone with an adblocker already has. The only problem I ever run into is a message that says "Disable your adblocker to access this content" which makes me evaluate "Do I wanna read that page if it has ads?" and invariably, that answer is "Nah."
Are companies/developers/platforms not simply going to say "Sorry, complying with these rules in order to access a market as small as Australia is not worth compromising our ability to do business with 7½ Billion other people. We decline your demands for access and will make our product unavailable in your region."?
This is what I switched to. Not Chrome. Certainly not Edge. I switched because Firefox is a miasma of constantly shifting UI elements and unwanted features. I just want clean. Lean. Fast. Customizable.
I don't need the bazillion other pieces of crap, and I don't need to have options removed. That's a Microsoft thing, and I hate them for it too.
Thank you for posting both sides of the story. Far too often these days a media outlet will pick up a tale of woe and try to whip up some outrage. Then, the next day, it's forgotten about and they've moved on to something else, never giving the accused company a chance to present their side.
I won't make any assumptions as to what actually happened, I'll wait for the court case to be settled.
From that article: "Does Microsoft think we're stupid?"
No. It doesn't think we're stupid. It *knows* enough of us are stupid enough to put up with this. The others, who aren't stupid enough, can get lost for all it cares. We're not the target audience anymore. We never were. They don't care if we rant and rave and switch to Linux. We were never profitable. We expected improvements, stability, security. None of those things make Microsoft money.
The sheep, those are where the money is. They put up with ads, shovelware, and blatant scams. They're the ones who "upgrade" to a "pro" version when faced with a nag screen. The ones who accept all the optional programs with an install. The ones who never check the privacy settings.
I'm amazed that sending this crap is still actually profitable. Why are people STILL purchasing spammed products and services? You have to know you're dealing with disreputable people, you must realise that the chances of getting what you paid for are low if they're not flat-out zero. Why does this business model continue to work despite more and more people being brought up with the internet and supposedly being tech-savvy?
Correct me if I'm wrong (not that I need to say it) but aren't the buttons a way of saying "Feel free to approach me to chat" without the wearer needing to verbally accost randoms in a fruitless search for stimulating conversation?
IE feel free to read the paper, futz with your phone or stare blankly at the back of the head of the person in front of you if you like, this campaign won't affect you.
Making every potential target financially non-viable to engage with can't be any worse than trying to educate people not to respond to spam. There's a constant flood of new idiots jumping online just waiting to be approached by a saviour proffering gigantic genitalia and a Google paycheck of $9,000 per week.
To be honest, I suspect any AI that can accurately be called that will be on the side of whatever corporation created (bred? imprisoned?) it and it will not be to anyone's benefit except their own.
Imagine a Google AI on your phone. Can you picture what little benefit you'd get out of that compared to what Google gets? To have it quietly singing ad jingles on your nightstand during your REM-sleep? To have it nag you into filling up at BP instead of Mobil with a hundred different very logical reasons despite the fact that the last time you stopped at a BP they treated you like crap and you just don't want to go there?
Now picture it instead being an AI controlled by your government. That strikes me as even more horrifying.
No, I think I'll wait for other people to test-run this stuff before I volunteer to give up any semblance of privacy or individuality.
Republicans only pay lip service to their supposed "small govt" goals. They'll legislate the shit out of anything if it stops (1) abortions, (2) black people voting, and (3) guns being regulated in any way.
Much like the most outspoken homophobes in their party are the ones busted at 3am in public toilets soliciting for gay sex... I mean "doing research on the dirty hommo secksuals."
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