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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

N1AK Re:EUgle? (171 comments)

What needs to interconnect with a "search" engine?

Nothing, but then why does the web 'need' search engines? It existed without them for years, they just make it easier to use. When I get emailed a flight confirmation it syncs to my calendar. It's hardly something I couldn't live without but it's a benefit of integrating services. Personally I wish the EU etc would push harder to force more integration data to be shared. If MS want to publish things from Outlook to google cal they should be able to use the same method as Gmail. If Gmail want to use my Gmail address book for improve my maps navigation then TomTom should.

Integrations between services only cause issues when they restrict functionality available to users who don't use the same company for all services.

41 minutes ago
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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

N1AK Re:Hmmmm. (74 comments)

Where else would all the dragons be!? ;)

yesterday
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

N1AK Re:Send request to the site hosting the informatio (166 comments)

Send the request to be forgotten to the site that actually hosts the information. That way it will disappear in all search engines.

That wouldn't cover sites outside of EU jurisdiction, which the EU not unreasonably thinks makes it a poor solution.

yesterday
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

N1AK Re:This is clearly futile... (166 comments)

What's going through the EU's mind right now? "This is clearly futile, not working and doesn't stand a chance in hell of working... ...so let's do more!"?

It's absolute stupdity. I'm not even against the underlying idea but this implementation has been a complete clusterfuck since the start. Expecting service providers to judge this is insane, and forcing people to contact dozens of different providers if they want to be removed from them all is stupid.

If we are going to have some kind of right to be forgotten then it should be judged by independent specialists, pages that should be 'forgotten' should be added to a public blacklist used by ISPs so that it can be checked for abuses.

yesterday
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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

N1AK Re:Hmmmm. (74 comments)

Doesn't stop them with a Supreme Court that will not hear cases involving price-fixing and fictitious advertising.

British Telecoms is an American ISP as well now?

yesterday
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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

N1AK Re:tpb.pirati.cz (74 comments)

I really can't see why anyone who is downloading material that they could be sued for in the UK isn't using a proxy or VPN. Given how low the cost is of using a reputable one doing anything less seems like a very naive gamble.

However, on the topic at hand: It's completely unacceptable for ISPs to be limiting what websites users can visit when they aren't legally obliged to. Not only is it an even more dangerous precedent than the current government restrictions but it makes a mockery of protecting them from prosecution for the information they transmit if they are deciding what users can or can't do.

yesterday
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

N1AK Re:Pathetic (1087 comments)

I like being an American, but I can't pretend that I like all Americans. Not when they do stupid shit like this.

Versus doing what? If they genuinely believe that the state has conspired to allow a murder to be unpunished because the victim was black and the murderer was a policeman, and that this kind of thing has gone on for centuries and will carry on, what were they supposed to do which would be more effective? Some sit ins, and a pithy chant would have achieved nothing, these riots are at least bringing the antipathy between some communities and the police to the front pages and maybe they'll be addressed.

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

N1AK Re:More to this than just that. (1087 comments)

2/3rds of Ferguson is black, and you want to use the fact that 1/6th of the grand jury was black to dismiss the argument that there wasn't a potential bias issue...

3 days ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

N1AK Re:what about air? (85 comments)

Just because you can't see most of the infrastructure it doesn't mean that you shouldn't manage it wisely like any other infrastructure, be it water/sewer pipes or power distribution lines

Gettings tens of billions of dollars for it may be the best way to manage it ;) It's not like setting up a new, or negotiating a deal with an established, company in a contract that encourages them to invest while stopping them making 'unreasonable' profits is either easy or guaranteed to work as intended. The auction process is handing the government billions, putting multiple competitors into the market and they'll have to pay for their own infrastructure. The auction model for spectrum worked pretty well in the UK, though I do wish they'd sold off some of the spectrum in smaller blocks at regional levels to allow smaller players to get into the market as well.

3 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

N1AK Re:The French are the world's Standards Board (372 comments)

If that is the most important thing you took from his talk, I have to say, you don't sound like a team player or a valuable employee

If you can't see why British people, or people from any other country, might mock someone who flew into their home country and called them American then you don't sound like a valueable lifeform ;)

4 days ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

N1AK Re:what about air? (85 comments)

What do you suggest? That we leave the spectrum unregulated and whomever can put out the most powerful signal in an area gets, degraded by competiting transmissions, control of it? That sounds great, we're all looking for solutions that generate no money for citizens and are virtually unworkable right ;)

4 days ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

N1AK Re:Of course not! (125 comments)

It's reprehensible that they leverage this incredibly popular brand to teach girls to code when they could be using it to sell Happy Meals and next year's landfill fodder. Shame, shame!

Although I think it's a trade worth making, I don't think the concern should be dismissed in such an out of hand manner. Just because children are being bombarded with branding everywhere else doesn't mean that it's a non-issue putting it somewhere else.

4 days ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

N1AK Re:What's it good for? (235 comments)

Consider Philae - if it had landed a few meters in another direction it would still be working. If it had been a manned expedition, that wouldn't have been an issue.

For the cost of getting humans to and from an asteroid on a decade long mission (in anything approaching a functional state) we could have sent thousands of unmanned landers. Sending people adds a gigantic cost premium. It's nonsense to suggest the rover mission would have been better with people, it wouldn't have happened with people due to cost, and if we could afford the cost of sending people we could do hundreds of unmanned missions for the same cost as one manned one.

about a week ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

N1AK Re:Buyer Beware (473 comments)

If you're getting something in return, it's NOT a donation. In this case, it is prepayment for early access to a product. Of course, when you get nothing, or something below your expectations, it's more like a ripoff.

It's a crowdfunding platform. Perpetuating the falsehood that it is more than that just encourages more people to put money into the platform expecting more than they should.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

N1AK Re:Nothing I'd like better... (106 comments)

Save me the "When Good Men Do Nothing," I have family and other considerations outside Slashdot idealism.

It's a shame you don't see the irony in that statement. If anyone can afford to throw some money at Tor it is the people who don't do anything overly contentious, it's a shame that your cowardice is stopping you from doing relatively safe things now that could protect your freedoms later, at which point doing something about it would be far more dangerous.

about two weeks ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

N1AK Re:uh, no? (340 comments)

Perhaps you'd like to share some, with a reasonable analysis of why they are fake. Seriously, stop imagining the kind of obvious bullshit that works with some in Russia and the odd person elsewhere is going to have any influence. When one side is so obviously wrong, so obviously lying and doing it so incredibly badly even a good attempt to muddy the water would fail and that was a poor attempt at best.

about two weeks ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

N1AK Re: uh, no? (340 comments)

If you were the Ukrainian equivalent of the CIA, and the Russians had started to swat down your military planes like flies, how far would you be willing to go to stop them?

Anythings possible, but given the strong circumstantial evidence against the rebels/Russians I really don't see the need to imagine up implausible conspiracies. Have you see any western news showing blatantly faked evidence that Russia did it? Why is Russian state media so keen to muddy the water that it would put stuff like this out? We know the answer: It suits them to confuse the half informed, ignorant and those wanting to believe it wasn't Russia.

about two weeks ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

N1AK Re: uh, no? (340 comments)

Those sanctions worked great on Iraq... How well are sanctions working out for the north Koreans?

Compared to what? I think the actions of Saddam under the sanction regime look pretty damn good compared to what happened when we decided to use military force to topple him instead, or perhaps you think we should just have buckled and left him to gas the Kurds and conquer Kuwait. I'm yet to see an argument made against sanctions that didn't come from someone who could see beyond the end of their nose, let alone to what the likely consequences of the alternative options were.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

N1AK Re:If this were ten years ago, I would have (268 comments)

Surely that's a pretty puerile way to judge whether to support a cause or not? Personally I think the GNOME team's case is pretty tenuous. An open source organisation, of all organisations, should not be over-reaching in using trademark or copyright protections. I expect a large majority of people interested in the Gnome PoS software will not of heard of GNOME, the ones who have will know enough not to be confused by it. It doesn't seem that Groupon is trying to trade on GNOMEs good reputation, or that GNOME will be disadvantaged by the existence of a tablet app called Gnome so although I have little love for Groupon I would wish to support over-aggressive defence of trademark by GNOME even less.

about two weeks ago

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