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    posted a message on [64x] GLIMMAR'S STEAMPUNK v.22 NOW RELEASED! + Latest Newglim City Download! + GS Redstone Pipes Add-On Pack!

    A bit passive aggressive, don'tcha think?

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    posted a message on [32] [1.7.9] VillainCraft® (WIP) Mk6.5 - Over 25 Thousand Downloads! - 6.6 Preview Pics Pg24-25

    It's not discontinued. I just got other projects and obligations that take higher priority.

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    posted a message on [64x] GLIMMAR'S STEAMPUNK v.22 NOW RELEASED! + Latest Newglim City Download! + GS Redstone Pipes Add-On Pack!
    Quote from Glimmar»


    Then I installed Win 10 and found even more of my stuff wouldn't work properly. So basically everything ground to a halt with regard to texturing.

    Just Minecraft stuff, or graphics software too?
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    posted a message on LAST DAYS-[A LOT+ downloads!] [Merry H.I.V.E.-fest!]

    Okay. So what's the logic behind that?

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    posted a message on LAST DAYS-[A LOT+ downloads!] [Merry H.I.V.E.-fest!]

    Hey, quick question. A couple times when I'm underground using your pack, I've heard fragmentary radio broadcasts—bits from vintage commercials and public service announcements, a little snippet of what I believe is Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry, that general sort of thing—but I've yet to see any radio-like mobs or objects from which these broadcasts might be originating. What exactly am I hearing? Is that coming from somewhere, or are those your pack's ambient tracks?

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    posted a message on [32] [1.7.9] VillainCraft® (WIP) Mk6.5 - Over 25 Thousand Downloads! - 6.6 Preview Pics Pg24-25

    I've repaired the OP. Download link should work now.

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    posted a message on [32] [1.7.9] VillainCraft® (WIP) Mk6.5 - Over 25 Thousand Downloads! - 6.6 Preview Pics Pg24-25
    Quote from Download7»

    I would just love to download it in it's current state, is there any links to a download? I can't seem to find them in the OP


    Yeah, sorry about that. The OP is kinda broken right now. I'm gonna fix it at some point, but for the moment assuming links to mediafire are working again, there should be a link right here
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    posted a message on [32] [1.7.9] VillainCraft® (WIP) Mk6.5 - Over 25 Thousand Downloads! - 6.6 Preview Pics Pg24-25

    I'm just waiting on MCpatcher to update and then I swear to god I'll start on the next update

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    posted a message on [32] [1.7.9] VillainCraft® (WIP) Mk6.5 - Over 25 Thousand Downloads! - 6.6 Preview Pics Pg24-25

    Bad news, nobody! I just discovered that the BBcode bugs on the forum have finally been fixed, which means that at some indeterminate point in the near future I will resume working on and updating this resource pack, so set your calendars to "stun"

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    posted a message on Privacy is a right, not a luxury

    Although i agree with you that all this tracking is bad, you technically agreed to it when you signed up for the site that tracks you.


    You don't want anyone to track you? Don't use websites that use you info..


    Not true. Many websites will do it even when you're not a registered member "just in case" you ever decide to sign up. Facebook is probably the worst offender in this regard, since they'll track you even if you never actually visit Facebook, so long as you've been on any page that has any sort of Facebook integration (which, at this point, is pretty much any page), even if you never use or even notice the integration features.

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    posted a message on Privacy is a right, not a luxury
    Quote from BC_Programming»

    You have drawn an analogy of your own here, between ad-based web tracking and stalking. I remain unconvinced that this analogy would have merit, though, so the colourful illustrations that follow that build on that premise become word fodder. I find that web-based tracking and stalking to be particularly different primarily because Stalking is an "Active" action, and web-tracking is entirely passive. A stalker takes an active role in acquiring information about somebody; perhaps they rifle through their garbage, or they sit in a tree with a pair of binoculars, or they follow them around. In contrast, online tracking via advertisement and analytic services is passive, so they are certainly different. Note that the grocery-store case is also mostly passive for obvious reasons; this is why I also disagree that my former analogy requires the grocer/cashier to take an active role in finding and collecting information. The premise between them is similar; that is, online tracking tracks, collates, and aggregates whatever data it can by law and uses that to change information about how it is presented. In the same way, grocery stores will track, maintain, and aggregate information about their shoppers; they will also even sell that information- such as personal information provided on a membership card- to interested third parties such as snail-mail spammers. That information is being provided by the person, not unlike the web-based case.

    I'm afraid you've once again missed the point entirely. The fact that a tracking cookie need not physically change its location to follow you does not change the fact that it remains with you constantly, without your consent and sometimes even without your knowledge, even after you've left the site on which it originated, for an indefinite amount of time until you become aware of its presence and take measures to rid yourself of it. The fact that it doesn't have to lift a finger to scratch notes in a notebook does not change the fact that is recording everything you do in minute detail, what searches you make, what websites you visit, who your email contacts are, what pictures you look at, what videos you watch, etc for the entire time it is there. The amount of effort or lack thereof exerted to do that does not change the fact that it is being done.

    Quote from BC_Programming»
    I said they were exactly the same in premise, such that they work via the same concepts. Both are passive collection of information, whereas you are trying to effectively say that web-tracking is a more active collection. I disagree.

    CPR and crucifixion work via the same concept. Both manipulate the muscles responsible for breathing from without by the application of external force, but they are hardly the same. Hanging does not work via the same concepts as crucifixion, but the task it is intended to accomplish and indeed does accomplish is the same.


    Again, you are missing the point. The issue is not one of "passive" vs "active" but one of omnipresence (or at least, a very heartfelt attempt at omnipresence) and the minute detail of the data collected while omnipresent. If it will help you understand, imagine that the clerk is not following you, but has instead handcuffed himself to you, more than content to be dragged along behind you so long as you remain in his sight, and that instead of taking notes he merely has a photographic memory with 100% total recall.

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    I'm unsure whether your passive statements suggesting I lack intelligence are supposed to change my mind, but I've found they tend to have the opposite effect. I've never been convinced by arguments that seem to rest on a axiom of "If you don't agree with me, you must be stupid" .

    Oh, no that has nothing to do with whether or not you agree with me. Mere disagreements I can handle no problem. No, what frustrates me is when people continuously fail to grasp extremely basic concepts, which just so happens to be what I was remarking upon (and indeed, what I actually said when making said remarks). As for what your opinions happen to be once the concepts in question are understood.... well, we'll cross that idiom when we come to it.

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    posted a message on Privacy is a right, not a luxury
    Quote from BC_Programming»

    I agree with the premise.


    However I do not think the body text is sensible in that context.


    You are not saying that privacy is a right; what you are saying is that not being tracked is a right. But what is the limit?


    The
    way targeted ads work is pretty straightforward. ad networks like
    Google adsense put ads on a variety of websites, those advertisements
    also track users because by virtue of your system connecting to see the
    ad, they receive information about your IP address and your browser
    headers, just like any website. Since they all connect to the same
    server, that information can be amalgated together and parsed. For
    example if you visit a lot of programming sites on their network, the
    ads supplied to you will be programming-related.


    The reason I
    ask- "What is the Limit?" is because it is somewhat arbitrary to say
    that information presented under no pretense of confidentiality (your IP
    address and browser header which are provided with zero terms) should
    somehow be protected, and that the server system that receives this
    information is under some obligation to never record that for future
    use.


    it also fails to consider that you are tracked in
    everyday life. That cashier that knows your name? That's a form of
    tracking. If they see you get a lot of Beets, they might tell you that
    you might want to wait until tomorrow since they will be a third the
    price. That's tracking. It is exactly the same, in premise, to tracking
    on the web.


    Also, here's a unique idea- Why don't you turn on
    Do Not Track in your browser? Even if an ad agency decides to ignore it
    at least then the browser header makes it explicit that the information
    is provided on the basis that it will not be tracked. That is not the
    case when you simply visit a website. Your browser gives your
    information freely and the server has no obligation to protect that
    information in any way, shape, or form. And any litigation that attempts
    to make that sort of protection mandatory will be difficult to enforce
    to begin with- not to mention opening pretty much anybody up to
    litigation. If you recognize a user from one site on another site, can
    they sue you because you violated their privacy rights?



    I don't know where the line should be drawn, but I agree that there should be one. I think I'll leave that up to the discretion of the actual lawmakers. After all, this is just a petition, not a bill. And frankly, I've got a character limit I've got to work with, so I couldn't go into that much detail even if I wanted to.


    And yes, I already have Do Not Track turned on. I also lock the door to my apartment at night, but that doesn't mean I think burglary should be legal. And not everyone is as computer savvy as you or I. Some people don't realize they're being tracked or understand how to protect themselves. I have a good friend of the older persuasion to whom emailing a link is to advanced a computing task to preform without help. This is why we have laws, chemosabe. To protect those who cannot protect themselves, and to ensure that those who can don't have to do so alone.


    Equating "If you recognize a user from one site on another site" with being tracked is like saying unexpectedly running into someone from work at the grocery store is the same as stalking them. Even a small child can tell that the two are by no means the same, and even they won't be fooled by any slippery slope nonsense attempting to convince them otherwise.


    A grocer might recognize you in the checkout line from the last time you visited, but he won't follow you around the store constantly watching and painstakingly recording your habits and behaviors as you peruse the isles—what you look at but don't take, what you take and then put back, where your eyes linger and for how long, what isles you visit and how often—and then tag along as you go about your other errands to do the same, follow you home, and then to work the next morning so he'll know where else you go, what you do on your time off, what your job is, what you're working on there, who your friends and coworkers are, who you talk to. To say the two are exactly the same is patently absurd. Our city fathers may be a few bricks short of a pyramid, but I trust that even they can tell the difference between "hey, nice to see you again" and "I've been watching you while you sleep", even if you cannot.


    When a human being stalks you or spies upon you without your knowledge or consent, that is very much illegal, even if in their twisted mind they believe they are doing you a favor. The same should be true when a website or corporation does the same. When a policeman gives you a neighborly hello (though that doesn't happen much anymore), this is a nice gesture. When the NSA constantly monitors your emails and texts in secret, this is an outrage. Why should non-governmental entities not be held to the same ethical standard?

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    posted a message on Privacy is a right, not a luxury

    Hi folks, I’ve written an online petition to the White House to prohibit websites from tracking user browsing habits for the purposes of target advertising, tailored suggestions and similar, and if you could take the time to review and (if at all possible) sign it, I’d really appreciate that. I believe privacy is an inalienable human right and ought not be infringed upon so lightly, even if the purpose is relatively benign.


    I need 180 signatures for the petition to become visible to the public. Right now, it can only be accessed directly from the link I provided.

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    posted a message on [64x] GLIMMAR'S STEAMPUNK v.22 NOW RELEASED! + Latest Newglim City Download! + GS Redstone Pipes Add-On Pack!
    Quote from Corebyte»

    Thank God I have a scrambler. *breathes sigh of relief*


    You're thinking of GPS. Not satellite imaging. Satellite imaging takes place entirely in orbit, so a scrambler would be useless unless you brought it over near where I am, in which case I wouldn't need satellite imaging to find you anyhow.

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    posted a message on [64x] GLIMMAR'S STEAMPUNK v.22 NOW RELEASED! + Latest Newglim City Download! + GS Redstone Pipes Add-On Pack!
    Quote from Corebyte»

    Shoot me now


    Just give me a second to pinpoint your location on satellite

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