dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein the New York Times is dumb, and the NASCARization of the web continues.
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  1. pavel_lishin says:

    He said he would also like to see certain clubs pay a fee for police services.

    That makes sense. And if someone breaks into my apartment, and steals my car, I should probably pay for an officer to help me.

    Wait. I already do.

  2. fnivramd says:

    The "like" buttons are a fascinating escalation.

    Their predecessors were links which, when clicked, told some third party where you'd been before you clicked them, but a smart person would have been able to figure that out by what they did, and in any case, you didn't have to click them.

    But the "like" button is an iframe. As soon as it gets loaded, Facebook know what you are looking at, and of course that goes into your CIA file, sorry, marketing profile. No need to click "like" it could be labelled "confess" because the fact that you were looking at donkey porn or contraception advice (pro tip: a donkey can't get you pregnant) is already recorded by Facebook.

    (My CAPTCHA: but freedom)

    • lionsphil says:

      You could probably run an entirely separate browser profile for your social media fiddling if you wanted greater isolation, so that the necessary cookies aren't available in the "poking around the web" one. Although good luck getting the right one to pick up default-browser links.

      Having to do this is entirely reasonable and not at all hateful.

    • jwz says:

      It doesn't need to be an iframe, or even use cookies. All of this behavior was possible with 1993 browsers, via <img src="http://cia.gov/tracker.jpg?referer=here&sessionid=cookie">. The problem is not the technology, it's the willing complicity of... people like me.