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Posted on September 16th, 2017 at 16:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


The truth is, no matter how he winds up leaving office, Donald Trump will always be with us. We may, unless there is nuclear Armageddon, outlast his presidency. Robert Mueller’s investigation may even shorten it. But we can’t repeal or replace it. Long after his presidency ends – indeed, long after he has departed this vale of tweets for that gloriously appointed Mar-a-Lago in the sky – Trump will continue to dominate and disrupt our lives at every turn. Because he’s Trump, being a former president will do nothing to diminish his desperate need for attention or his willingness to hurt whomever it takes to get it. He’ll still have his gifts as a showman, his wealth, his mastery of social media, and the unshakable devotion of his followers. And the media will remain just as eager to report and dissect and amplify his every untruth and slander. Indeed, freed from the shackles of the Constitution, Trump could end up provoking even more havoc out of office than he has as president.

There will never be, in short, a world without Trump. As we work to remove him from office, we must also grapple with a harsh truth: that his influence, and the broader forces he represents, will not end with his presidency. When Trump leaves the Oval Office, our long national nightmare will not be over. It will have just begun.

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  1. I sadly agree. Sometimes your writings return me to helpless feelings and I cry.

    Somewhere I had read the writer predicted civil war— in 15 yrs. 15 YEARS!! That’s a lot of misery. And then even worse misery.

Apple Responds to Safari 11 Criticism From Advertising Groups

Posted on September 16th, 2017 at 9:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


Six trade and marketing organizations this morning published an open letter to Apple asking the company to “rethink” plans to launch new versions of Safari in iOS and macOS that block cross-site tracking, and this afternoon, Apple offered up a response, which was shared by The Loop.


“Apple believes that people have a right to privacy – Safari was the first browser to block third party cookies by default and Intelligent Tracking Prevention is a more advanced method for protecting user privacy,” Apple said in a statement provided to The Loop.

“Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the Internet. The new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature detects and eliminates cookies and other data used for this cross-site tracking, which means it helps keep a person’s browsing private. The feature does not block ads or interfere with legitimate tracking on the sites that people actually click on and visit. Cookies for sites that you interact with function as designed, and ads placed by web publishers will appear normally.”

And the reply by the advertisers:

“Apple’s unilateral and heavy-handed approach is bad for consumer choice and bad for the ad-supported online content and services consumers love,” reads the letter. “Blocking cookies in this manner will drive a wedge between brands and their customers, and it will make advertising more generic and less timely and useful.”

Just die already. I’m still seeing your crap in the default setup. You’re still wasting my bandwidth with your “generic and less timely and useful” turds.

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  1. I want to meet some of the “consumers” the advertisers claim, who love those ads. I don’t like being followed by ads for a particular product months after I made a purchase of that product online.

  2. Mudak,
    Allow me to second that. It is extremely irritating to have ads thrown at you for an item you purchased and only need “one” of. How many vehicle radiators do you think I need, you advertising dip-wads?

  3. @Gene, I had it happen for a stove.

  4. It’s spreading. I just attempted to buy a bottle of water at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The attendant kindly informed me that she would need to scan my boarding pass.

  5. I go to Amazon a couple times a week and shop for “Size 9 Chukka Boots” …… and now the ads follow me around online. Curate your ad stream.

Equifax CEO Hired a Music Major as the Company’s Chief Security Officer

Posted on September 16th, 2017 at 9:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


Susan Mauldin, the person in charge of the Equifax’s data security, has a bachelor’s degree and a master of fine arts degree in music composition from the University of Georgia, according to her LinkedIn profile. Mauldin’s LinkedIn profile lists no education related to technology or security. If that wasn’t enough, news outlet MarketWatch reported on Friday that Susan Mauldin’s LinkedIn page was made private and her last name was replaced with “M”, in a move that appears to keep her education background secret.

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