Asa Raskin's developed a fairly ingenious, CSS-based means of obfuscating text; briefly, he inserts random characters in the text and applies a "do not render" CSS style to them. The words render as normal on your screen, but when copied to the clipboard, the junk text is also picked up.
It's been years since I did much with CSS, but I have a feeling that you could create a bookmarklet that calculates what the text should look like as rendered and discards the hidden characters, but I fully expect the DRM snake-oil peddlers to leap on this as a way to make "uncopyable web-pages."
Besides spammers using this trick to get around your Bayesian spam filters, there are other bad things for which this can be used. This first is for that misguided holy-grail of publishers: copy-protection for their words. A publisher could generate, on the server side, a new random mess of HTML and CSS that would render their text uncopyable. This also has the side-effect of making your pages impossible for search engines to index sensibly; it's an easy way to keep your information human-readable but cloaked from Google's all-seeing Sauronic eye.
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The increasingly popular social media application TikTok has a concerning relationship with the Chinese state. That link became ever the more concerning today, when reports began circulating of a brand new partnership between the company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, and the government of China.
Just in time for the holidays, the China Law Blog (previously) rounds up the three most common scams in China that target foreign firms: "Come to China and celebrate our deal" (foreign business person concludes a deal, goes to China, and is roped into paying for a banquet, gifts for the Chinese company boss, and […]
I have but one question. Are they hiring? Sounds like a great place to work.
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