Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 23:06 UTC
Internet & Networking "With the fate of our beloved internet economy allegedly at stake, perhaps it's a good time to examine what Do Not Track is. How did the standard came to be, what does it do, and how does it stand to change online advertising? Is it as innocuous as privacy advocates make it sound, or does it stand to jeopardize the free, ad-supported internet we've all come to rely on?" Do Not Track is inherently flawed because it gives people a false sense of security. Other than perhaps well-known and accountable sites, nobody's going to abide by it anyway. We don't need nonsense like DNT - we need to educate people about that 'private browsing' button. Everybody's already using it for porn anyway; shouldn't be hard to let people know what other things it can be used for.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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Well, here's the thing about the donotcall list. The scammers who are already doing illegal things, don't f'n care. The calls are routed through individual lines not tied through a buisness somehow ( skype??, burner cell phones?, forged Caller Id? I don't know). On calling back the number, I only ever get busy signals. I have one that has my number. I've reported each call to the FTC for the past year, but haven't got a response. Each time I also add it to a block list of numbers that simply don't ring, so they may be trying more than I actually realize.

I image a do not email list would work just as well for scammers.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:

The scammers who are already doing illegal things, don't f'n care.

That's true, unfortunately, but it always was and always will be the case. No amount of government "regulation" will ever be capable of stopping all "illegal" activities. As for scammers using bogus CallerID data... it's possible. That information can easily be masked. If that's what's happening, well, you really were found by the wrong people.

In that case, probably nothing short of changing your phone number and making sure right from the start that it's not listed in the phone book is going to help. But if it got that bad, just changing your number would at least save your sanity... but at the cost of a possible fee and having to get everyone to update their records of your phone number.

It might be a massive PITA, but if it really has got that bad then the end result would be worth it.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

The call volume is usually once every other week from different phone number each time, having an auto block feature helps greatly.

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bassbeast Member since:

Well I can tell you of at least ONE way they do it, and that is by using hacked PCs like a VPN connection to route their robodialers through as I had that happen to a former customer a few months back.

As for TFA nobody is talking about the rotting elephant in the room which is besides just being nosy and creepy their targeted ads DO NOT WORK as it seems to be infected with a case of the "OMG we're too late!" syndrome. Case in point just to have a fair and honest opinion when this first came up I decided to load a browser, in this case Pale Moon, which I would use instead of my Comodo Dragon when searching for parts at my shop with NO adblocking of ANY kind, just to see if the ads became really and truly targeted.

What did I find? they sure did...AFTER I had already bought the thing and didn't want it. I bought my netbook a year and change ago and haven't looked at netbooks since, I've been looking at SSDs pretty much constantly this past month. SSD reviews, benchmarks, flyers, you name it. so what do i get ads for? netbooks and ultrabooks, nothing but netbooks and ultrabooks.

So I'm sorry but not only is it sick and creepy and pervy to think some weirdo ad group is following my every move they can't even do anything useful with the fricking data! What is sad is the plain old fashioned ad emails I get from Tiger, NewEgg, and Amazon, royally stomp without them following me around like a stalker. All their emails do is "hey you bought this, people that bought this also often buy that, would you like to buy that? We have it on sale?" and wouldn't ya know it, I've actually bought the that that is on sale! Why yes I would like a CPU cooler that is designed to go with my 6 core and is on sale and had great reviews, thanks Tiger! Why yes I would like another pack of blank DVDs when its 30% off, thanks Amazon! Why sure Newegg, how could I resist that flash drive that's tiny and fits my keyring for only $9, thanks a bunch!

The old way worked just fine, this new way is pervy and sucks, so now its blocked with good old ABP and third site cookies cleared on exit. I don't care if you need to make money, heck i'll be happy to buy, just don't go pervy stalker on me.

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