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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

MrMickS Re:Pivotal Decision That Went The Wrong Way... (239 comments)

If someone has a criminal record for an assault in the past then that would hang over their head for the rest of their life. Its part of their history.

about a month ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

MrMickS Re:Cat and mouse (239 comments)

Which is exactly why Robert Peston wrote the new article. It becomes self defeating for the person wanting to be forgotten because the new articles bring the deed he is trying to suppress into the current. If it goes on it also creates a large number of 'this article has been removed' messages in the Google results, which in itself would be a marker.

It's better to leave this to the legal system ruling on the original articles. If the article is removed then, and only then, should a search engine have to remove links to it, cached copies etc.

about a month ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

MrMickS Re: Not Voluntarily (239 comments)

Double plus good

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

MrMickS Re: Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

Not everywhere...

about a month and a half ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

MrMickS Re:Thanks for a new pain in my ass Apple. (323 comments)

Oops. The quality of poster on Slashdot is going down. Read the article. The real mac address is used once you attempt to join a network. Its only whilst the device is looking for networks that the randomised MAC is used. It won't impact DHCP leases etc.

about 2 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

MrMickS Re:Why keep Wifi on? (323 comments)

Why keep Wifi on? It never seems to work well for me. When I did try to use it the data connection would constantly sever and sometimes cause whatever app I'm using to get angry. Furthermore at my house my Wifi is much slower than my mobile connection. Even though I have a data cap (Verizon) I never exceed the cap without Wifi. I also save some battery by keeping it off.

Wish I had mod points for the above.

I disable my WiFi until I'm somewhere I want to use it. The only people that can track me are my cell provider and those people within range of a WiFi network I want to connect to.

about 2 months ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

MrMickS Re:Yeah. Right. (243 comments)

You totally misunderstood me, and got oddly defensive of ABS (and abusive of me) for some reason.

I never said ABS was bad (or in any way worse than non-abs) it's just incompatible with the braking style that people learn to use on non-abs cars, and leads to a longer braking distance that you would have otherwise gotten using that same technique with non-abs brakes

The implication here is that once people have learnt to drive thats it. They don't learn any more. They don't change their driving style to adapt to the changes in roads and car technology. I find this attitude incredibly worrying.

I'm sure cost is a factor in buying ABS, but how do you explain the people who buy the full-featured deluxe model of a car, and then specifically request that it be non-ABS. Or the people who intentionally remove the ABS function from their car?

Darwin Award Contenders?

about 2 months ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

MrMickS Re:First (243 comments)

That would depend on how often you used both ...

about 2 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

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

"should some random dude be able to remove _my_ information that I _want_ to be available?"

I don't know if you were implying otherwise, but it's probably worth making it explicitly clear that they can't easily do so, because Google require proof of ID to honour a request.

I think you've missed the point here. If I post information explaining why Mr X shouldn't be trusted that's my information. Mr X can request Google to remove my site from their index by providing proof that he is Mr X. At no point does Google have to talk to me about it.

The whole scheme provides an extra-legal mechanism to censor the web. Its an appalling overreach of secrecy law and needs to be removed forthwith.

about 2 months ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

MrMickS Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (272 comments)

I used my Palm V and a Nokia 6130 all the time. It allowed me to keep track of expenses using a database, and sync them back to my office. It allowed me to keep track of my email, using the IrDA connection between the devices. It allowed me to reboot servers when needed from a restaurant using SSH. It allowed me to edit code remotely from another country, again using SSH.

I had a need and a use for my Palm. It wasn't a toy to me. I have a need for my current iPhone, though in many ways its not as flexible or capable as my Palm/Nokia combination was.

about 3 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

MrMickS Bullsh*t (130 comments)

This is complete and utter rubbish. It may not be time now, but that doesn't mean that it won't happen. Media is converging, we are beginning to see a move away from traditional broadcasters towards creators dealing directly with the end users. It's going to take a little while before its possible, but it will happen.

The evidence? Youtube for one. The production values are increasing, more content providers are releasing via YouTube and surviving on the advertising revenue generated from there. WWE for another, they're in the process of going direct to customer, cutting out the middle man. More content providers will go this way once there is a reliable revenue stream.

If content providers go this way they will want their content to be available across all of these devices to maximise their reach. Perhaps it'll go the way of gaming, with the manufacturers paying for a small subset of exclusives initially but will that be sustainable in the long term? It's doubtful.

about 4 months ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

MrMickS Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (408 comments)

So for something so obvious for people not to have come up with over a span of 10 years?

IMO the patentable part should be in the technique of the invention. Slide to unlock may have taken a while to apply... but actually implementing it the moment it was requested was within the capability of every programmer on the planet... all the way back to 1991, without notes, without assistance... just the requirement itself is enough to implement it.

Just a requirement? Ah, that's it then. Everything is possible, it just needs a requirement. Isn't that requirement someone coming up with the idea of what they want to do? Couldn't this be considered inventing it? You now see how a patentable idea comes about.

about 4 months ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

MrMickS Re:Except much of the time they're right... (408 comments)

Did you seriously see anything there that wasn't painfully obvious? All the video demonstrated to me is that Microsoft throws their money away. It struck me as a bureaucratic butt covering move that they hired her to go through these motions in the first place.

Hindsight is always 20:20. In fact the best ideas, those that become second nature, are often considered obvious after the event. The real question though is, if they were so obvious, why didn't someone else do it before?

about 4 months ago
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A New Robo-Soldier Will Test Chemical Warfare Suits

MrMickS Re:The cost of this program (29 comments)

I disagree, ensuring that your population doesn't starve is the proper role of government. However we've been trying to stop people starving in the same spots in the world for the last 40 years with charitable efforts. Its about time that we admitted that the current approach has failed. Instead its created a gravy train of NGO executive posts and kept people in a near starving position, all the while excusing the local government from fixing the problem in a vaguely racist manner. "They can't solve it themselves, they need our help".

There is a further argument that the actions of the NGOs, and developed government aid, undermines the local market preventing the poor in these countries from rising out of poverty and aid dependence. What price can you get for the grain you buy if much more is going to be shipped in for free by an NGO?

about 4 months ago
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A New Robo-Soldier Will Test Chemical Warfare Suits

MrMickS Re:Um. Who exactly is attacking? (29 comments)

Money makes the world go around. We've yet to reap the peace dividend that should have resulted from the end of the cold war. It turned out that finding other ways to employ those people that were making arms to combat the Soviet threat was too difficult for the politicians. Instead they have identified new threats so as to keep the arms business going.

That said the cost of this is minuscule compared with the UK maintaining its *independent* nuclear deterrent, though who we are deterring now I've no idea.

about 4 months ago
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A New Robo-Soldier Will Test Chemical Warfare Suits

MrMickS Re:British phone box in Summary? (29 comments)

That's not 100% true. The majority of phone boxes in cities have been replaced by see through ones, you still see the red phone box in rural areas. In some villages the red phone box is considered a listed building and cannot be removed, though some of them are no longer functioning phone boxes.

about 4 months ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

MrMickS Re:what the hell? (144 comments)

I've not taken a flight in the last couple of years, between a number of European countries, that I've not used a QR code on my phone as the boarding pass. Given that its a QR code even if you take a snapshot of someone else's how are you going know what details to swap out? The other information there is for the user only, its not used by the scanner.

about 4 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

MrMickS Re:There should always be contingency plans.. (307 comments)

the first permanent colonies off-world absolutely need to be 100% successes, and by that I mean no deaths

We can't even guarantee that building football stadia here on Earth. Given that any colonisation would be taking place in a hostile environment your requirement absolutely rule out any attempt.

Given you believe that we have to start getting off the planet your requirements will have to be relaxed, in which case it becomes a question of what is the acceptable risk. There is an assumption being made in the negative comments that a one-way mission would be a short one that would involve a premature death. I'm not so sure that this is necessarily the case. A mission that involves no planned return is different from a suicide mission. If you sent a one way mission that relied on re-supply from Earth you would, in all likelihood, get an increase in funding to ensure that no one was responsible for the explorers dying due to lack of supply. Could you imagine the backlash against a politician that even suggested cutting off the supply lines?

about 4 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

MrMickS Re:reductive contextualization b/c of Mars ONE bs (307 comments)

I think the whole question is a misunderstanding of analysis, caused by the idiotic Mars ONE bullshit/hype.

Besides the exception of some kind of emergency mission to save the planet like in the Hollywood film Armageddon, there really is no reason so send anyone on a suicide mission.

It's a waste of resources to send a 'suicide mission'....space is the most expensive thing humans do...

Also, If we have the ability to travel to another planet, we have the ability to return or begin permanent colonization.

All "risk" is a question of engineering.

The Mars ONE hype has brought focus on things, one of which is why is space the most expensive thing that humans do. Its expensive because of the assumption that you have to engineer for every possibility imaginable. If you reduce the possibilities then the engineering simplifies and the cost reduces.

Its not necessarily a 'suicide mission' just a mission that would not involve a planned return to Earth. If such a mission has quantifiable aims and those are met wouldn't that stop it being a waste of resources, depending on the cost you place on a non-returning astronaut?

There have been many endeavours over history that people have undertaken knowing that there was little, or no, prospect of return. What is different about this being in space?

about 4 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

MrMickS Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Free Speech took a shot to the head. Political Correctness bullshit seems to trump it, every damn time.

Frankly NOW I'm thinking of totally dumping Firefox.

Bullshit. Political correctness is referring to a gay man as "a person of alternate sexual proclivities". Political correctness is passing policies that mandate one fourth of your female workforce must be lesbians because one in four women have had a girl-girl experience.

This is a man who took a high-profile job and was outed as a bigot. A man who thinks that it's worth paying money to impose his opinions one where someone else sticks their dick. A man who doesn't believe that gay people are people. That's not rhetoric, that's the way it is. Being against gay marriage is almost always on the grounds that "marriage is a sacred bond between man and woman", directly indicating that any other coupling is wrong and bad, and that those who engage in such practices should be penalized by being denied the same rights hetero-married enjoy.

Modern, enlightened society caught up with this guy when he took a job with visibility. Sorry, but him and his cro-magnan-thinker buddies just aren't right for this kind of a job because they taint the brand they represent.

This is all about political correctness. It's lynching someone because his beliefs don't match those of the hive mind. What is the point of having the right to free speech if you are condemned for exercising it?

about 4 months ago

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MrMickS MrMickS writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well I thought I'd been on Slashdot long enough to be bothered to start typing things in here.

I'm wondering whether being middle-aged has made me too reasonable. Fifteen years ago I was the BOFH that could reduce users to tears, now even my put down posts on Slashdot get modded to insightful. *sigh* what is the world coming to.

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