Perhaps as a January depression-busting technique, I bought myself a new camera. I’ve always enjoyed photography, especially nature photography, but have only ever invested in point-and-shoots (my last camera being the Sony DSC-TX7). Initially I intended to buy a dSLR such as the Canon 110D; i.e. an entry-level dSLR that would allow me to take good quality photos and learn the ways of manual photography. However, I got swayed by the size of the Compact-System-Cameras (CSC), namely the Sony NEX-F3, which is the one I settled on.
I’ve been a fan of ad-blocking browser extensions since I can remember, and the result is that I haven’t seen an advert on a webpage on my own computer in almost 10 years. However, the implications of this were pointed out to me recently, in an article on Ars Technica explaining how free websites rely on revenues from showing ads to stay in business.
With all of this in mind, I was interested in a new tool called Do Not Track Plus, developed by a company called Albine. It’s premise is to allow ads to be shown on pages (and thereby still allow sites to collect revenues), but to prevent the ad companies behind the ads from tracking you across the various websites you visit.
After only a few days of having this tool installed, it had prevented over 500 attempts at tracking me. It is very enlightening to see how many companies do this. Did you know that if a website has a facebook ‘like’ button on or Twitter ‘tweet’ button, those companies are tracking you, whether you click on the buttons or not?
This is too good to be true.
- Sony create a copy-protection code to prevent piracy on PS3
- Hacker figures out code and publicises it
- Sony sue hacker for releasing the code
- Sony tweet the code
Yes, you read point 4 correctly. Sony have just accidentally tweeted the very code that they are suing a developer for publicising.
The question is, are they now going to sue themselves?
Courtesy of El Reg