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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

Damarkus13 Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

They won't be "deleting" anything. They simply won't be indexing it. The ruling makes absolutely no demand that the content actually be removed from the internet.

It's also worth noting that these requests are not coming from the content owners, they are coming from people that the content is "about"

about 2 months ago

Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Damarkus13 Re: frosty piss (664 comments)

Are most phones taken by force? I know at least a dozen people who have had phones stolen, but not one was taken forcefully.

Not to mention, they will need a warrant force entry and seize the phone. Combined with the fact that they will probably only be able charge the perp with possession stolen property, it the whole exercise a rather expensive proposition.

about 3 months ago

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Damarkus13 Re: Boys' Clubs (519 comments)

Ethically, nothing.

Legally, photographing a woman in a state of partial or complete undress is explicitly illegal. Photographing a fully clothed woman from an angle that exposes her undergarments (or lack there of) is not.

Expect to see this law amended very shortly, as most residents that state probably already thought upskirtting was illegal.

about 5 months ago

Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Damarkus13 Re: what price increases? (424 comments)

Not for me. Without a $35/month phoneline, it costs me $45. Not significantly cheaper than my Comcast bill.

about 5 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Damarkus13 Re: Common sense? In MY judiciary? (457 comments)

Don't I also need to know that the other person is breaking the law? I don't have a radar system in my car, how an I to know if they are speeding?

about 6 months ago

EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Damarkus13 Re: "probably" much higher? (196 comments)

I'm not saying corruption is good, I'm just saying fraud != corruption. Medicare fraud, where bills are issued and paid for services that did not take place, is not the same as corruption. The article cited even mentioned that basically all bills are paid, and that they try to find the fraud after the fact. So, no preferential treatment, no deliberate intervention by officials, not corruption. Not good, but not corruption.

Also of note, the $130 billion is not the amount of corruption, it is the cost to the economy in loss of growth.

about 6 months ago

EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Damarkus13 Re: "probably" much higher? (196 comments)

The article is about corruption (bribing officials and whatnot) not fraud.

So, that doesn't really put anything in perspective.

about 6 months ago

Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink

Damarkus13 Re: Editorial bias... (249 comments)

Yes, 70% of browsers supported regions, but that leave 30% that don't. If you're designing a website that ~1/3 of users can not view properly, I think we can assume you're doing something wrong.

This brings us to an issue that the article doesn't seem to address, just how widely used are regions? Is the average Chrome user even going to notice the loss of support?

about 5 months ago

Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

Damarkus13 Re: HSBC (330 comments)

They were fined 5 weeks worth of profit, not income (revenue). While it may still sting, it is quite different from 5 weeks of revenue.

about 6 months ago

Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

Damarkus13 Re: cadaveric yes, live no (518 comments)

"You can die because you ran out of money, or donate an organ," is most definitely coercion.

This also allows the family to object post-mortem. Without the next-of-kin signing off the harvest doesn't happen. There simply isn't time to wait for a court order enforcing the deceased's wishes

about 6 months ago

Court Victory Gives Blogger Same Speech Protections As Traditional Press

Damarkus13 Re: Anyone could be a blogger... (137 comments)


You do realize that rags like The National Enquirer and The Sun are "traditional" journalists.

about 6 months ago

Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

Damarkus13 Re: The other Side of the story (767 comments)

Wrong on many levels.

Chickens will respond just fine to 3k~4k fluorescents (metal halide or high pressure sodium work fine too, but I don't need that much light).

Houses built in the 30s were pretty rarely insulated, and even more rarely wrapped with a vapor barrier. This was a relatively common building practice until after WWII. (Remember, building codes and inspections didn't really begin until the 60s) The engineering necessary to circulate air using nothing but the convection currents caused by light bulbs would be daunting even with today's computing power.

Modern homes are wrapped up pretty tightly, but they rely on mechanical air movement (either forced air heating, or a whole house fan).

about 6 months ago

I think wearable computing will take off...

Damarkus13 Re: First! (254 comments)

Every time I see Google Glass, I am disappointed they can't just scoop my pathetic biological eyes out with a melon baller and replace them with some Ono-Sendai beauties.

about 7 months ago

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Damarkus13 Re: Efficiency. (937 comments)

But, what happens when the stupid meat-bag in the "driver's" seat decides to hit the brakes, or fiddle with the steering wheel while in a train? Or a tire blows out? By the time you're close enough to draft the car in front of you, I would imagine you are too close for even a computer to avoid an accident (mechanical limits vs. reaction times).

As much as I would love to see this, I don't think we will until there are no manual controls inside the car.

about 7 months ago

Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

Damarkus13 Re: PDroid (324 comments)

Google doesn't add permissions to anything. That's done by the developer. And any app that adds permissions will not auto-update until you have reviewed the new permissions and accepted them again.

about 8 months ago

Tor Now Comes In a Box

Damarkus13 Re: Make it easy? (150 comments)

But, how does it do that. The article and even the Safeplug website do not explain the mechanism it uses to redirect your traffic to Tor. There aren't even any pictures of the back off the device that I can find.

Does it sit between your gateway and your router, and transparently redirect all packets to the tor network?

Do you just plug it into a router port and point your devices at it as a proxy?

Where is the source code? If we're going to be paranoid enough to use Tor for everything, shouldn't we demand to audit the code for security holes and possible backdoors?

It just seems like a product without a niche. Most users have no desire to use Tor, and those that do are typically savvy enough to set it up themselves.

about 8 months ago

Time For a Warrant Canary Metatag?

Damarkus13 Re: Uhh (332 comments)

With regards to #2, the 2008 FISA amendment explicitly indemnified telecoms for cooperating with law enforcement. There's no backroom dealing going on. It's all there in black and white.

about 8 months ago

Health Exchange Sites Crushed By Demand; Shutdown Blanks Other Gov't Sites

Damarkus13 Re: Ridiculous stunt (565 comments)

That pole is on the public right-of-way, not your property. And your municipality is paid for the wires on it. It's called a franchise fee.

The transmitters aren't owned by the cable companies, and transmit power has nothing to do with how the cable networks operate. The rebroadcasters simply don't see a return on upping the transmit power.

about 10 months ago

EU Committee Votes To Make All Smartphone Vendors Utilize a Standard Charger

Damarkus13 Re: Seriously... (415 comments)

There is a reason mini-USB has been depreciated for micro-USB, and it directly relates to you never having a mini-USB cable fail. The retaining clips on mini-USB are on the connector, when they fail you must repair the device. With micro-USB you just replace the cable. Also, a properly designed micro-USB cable fails before the connector does.

My three year old has picked up and walked off with one of my five current micro-USB devices at least once (probably a dozen times with the tablet) while they were still plugged in. I do have a healthy supply of partially functioning cables, but I've never had to repair a port.

about 10 months ago

I'd prefer my money be made of ...

Damarkus13 Re: Missing option - cotton and linen fiber? (532 comments)

As long as we're being pedantic...

Papyrus isn't paper, it's papyrus. The first paper was made in China around 100 BCE, and was made from hemp.

about 10 months ago


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