DO NOT TRACK feature to be added to Firefox, and Google Chrome
Last month, the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection proposed a "Do Not Track" tool to curb concerns over personalized or behavioral advertising. David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection last December that the practice of tracking consumers’ activities online to target advertising, known as behavioral advertising, holds value for consumers because it supports content and services on the Web and delivers more personalized ads, according to the FTC.
The FTC hoped the tool might be similar to the system that deterred telemarketers from causing so many headaches the "Do Not Call" registry, but offered very few technical details.
While the Do Not Call has been great for consumers the Do Not Track feature may be harder to implement. Unlike "Do Not Call," which relies on unique telephone numbers, "Do Not Track" could not depend on similar identifiers, as IP addresses are constantly changing. Google announced an extension called "Keep My Opt-Outs" for Chrome users "who aren't comfortable with personalization of the ads they see on the Web." Google wrote "We recognize that some users are uncomfortable with the personalization of ads that they see on the web and we offer many levels of control over this personalization. Two years ago we launched two ground-breaking innovations, the Ads Preferences Manager (http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/) and the industry’s first persistent cookie opt-out. Now we’re giving users who don’t want their ads personalized the same permanent, one-click control for advertising-related cookies across our industry," Advertisers may not be happy about this but many people find these tracking devices more than a little annoying.
We will see how well it really works when it comes out but you can be sure before to long there will be yet another way that they will find ways to track and annoy us.
Last Updated (Thursday, 27 January 2011 16:39)
Duke Nukem RELEASE DATE
2K Games officially announced that the sequel to 3D Realms' classic game Duke Nukem 3D will hit retail shelves on May 3, 2011 here in the States, and then on May 6, 2011 internationally for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.
The press release says "Put on your shades and prepare to step into the boots of Duke Nukem, whose legend has reached epic proportions in the years since his last adventure...The alien hordes are invading and only Duke can save the world. Pig cops, alien shrink rays and enormous alien bosses can’t stop our hero from accomplishing his one and only goal: to save the world, save the babes and to be a bad-ass while doing it. The King arrives with an arsenal of over-the-top weapons, non-stop action, and unprecedented levels of interactivity. This game puts the pedal to the metal and tongue firmly in cheek. Shoot hoops, lift weights, read adult magazines, draw crude messages on whiteboards or ogle the many hot women that occupy Duke’s life - that is if you can pull yourself away long enough from destroying alien invaders." "Duke Nukem was and will forever be a gaming icon, and this is his legend."
Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software said "When I said goodbye to 3D Realms and the original Duke Nukem 3D team in 1997 and soon after founded Gearbox Software, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that a day like today would come,". "Today I am proud, humbled and even astounded to announce that the day is coming at last for all gamers to be a part of video game history: Duke Nukem Forever will launch worldwide this May!" Will be this: once it arrives, will the game live up to all the hype, or was the decade-plus wait just too long for the game to possibly succeed? See Video below to get a sneak pee!! (Get it....sneak peeee)
Last Updated (Sunday, 23 January 2011 16:08)
Ubuntu 10.10 Will Support Gestures with Multi-touch
Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth proudly announced a few minutes ago that the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system will have support for gestures, with multi-touch. This is possible via Ubuntu's uTouch 1.0 gesture and multi-touch stack.
Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS Is Available for Download
Dear Ubuntu 10.04 users, Robbie Williamson announced a few hours ago the first maintenance release of the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) operating system, which incorporates numerous security fixes and updates.
Last Updated (Friday, 20 August 2010 08:20)
DDR4 Will Have Clock Speeds of Up to 4.2 GHz
Currently, DDR3-SDRAM is the fastest type of memory on the market but it seems that JEDEC's efforts to increase performance while staying in the same electrical footprints may, in fact, yield a much more powerful memory than users might expect, even making speeds of over 2,500 MHz seem lackluster.
Tool to Delete Zero Length Files for Windows
As people use there computer more and more every day, the computer will gather "junk" files, be it temporary files, zero length files, or whatever. As someone that pratically lives in front of his PC, I know that I have a lot of zero length files.
Zero Length Files can be a very annoying thing, as how they have no real use at all. Here is a tool for you to use to clean up your computer from zero length files.
The Easy way... Just unzip the file to the root of your c: drive, and double-click it to start it.
The DOS way... Unzip the file to c:\windows\system32. Now start up (run) cmd.exe. Type in dzlf when your in the folder that you want to clean up.
Doing the app the easy way will clean your whole hard drive. It might take a while, and you may see a message or such stating "Could Not Find...", but it is ok, just ignore those messages.
If you happen to have another hard drive you want cleaned, you can either do it the easy way again, just copy the app to the root of your next hard drive (say, D: or E:) and double click it again, or if your doing it the DOS way, from cmd.exe, change to the drive that you want changed, and then type in dzlf again.
Last Updated (Monday, 19 July 2010 20:45)
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