Canvas Fingerprinting - Internet Tracking Just Became Sneakier

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer

Everyone knows, when an ad displays for running shoes at Zappos and they are on a completely unrelated website, but they recently viewed running shoes on Zappos' website, their Internet whereabouts are being tracked. 

Not everyone minds being tracked, especially if they understand how and why they are. Ads are a fact of life on the Internet. Why would you object to seeing only those that are relevant to you? Still, others may have good reasons they don't want their online activity tracked.

Adieu Netflix in Chrome for Linux!

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer

Chrome failing in foreground, Firefox working in background

Update - 8-11-2014: Netflix now has an HTML5 player that will work with the latest beta or developer version of Chrome. --

Nice while it lasted

Netflix will no longer work on Chrome for Linux. From version 32, Chrome will not support NPAPI, or the Netscape Plugin, Application Programming Interface. 

Netflix uses Silverlight to stream movies in Windows. Until now the only way to stream movies in Linux with Sliverlight, was to emulate both Windows and Silverlight. In a previous post "How to Stream Netflix Movies on Linux," I wrote about how to stream Netfilx with both Firefox and Chrome. Well, now you can skip over the Chrome part!