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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

SmilingBoy Re:Switzerland (144 comments)

The former procedure you refer to is not with a court, but with the European Commission. On substance, I do agree with you, though that is especially bad form to rely so much on views of competitors rather than views of users.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

SmilingBoy Switzerland (144 comments)

"But in Switzerland, a finance professional who asked Google to remove more than 10 links on his arrest and conviction for financial crimes had his request denied."

Would such a request not already be denied just because Switzerland is not in the European Union?

And by the way, most of the comments here seem to be unhappy about the fact that Google is making these decisions. Guess what, Google doesn't want this either. They fought this tooth and nail up to the highest European Court, but the court decided to force them to remove requests under certain (but not clearly defined) circumstances. Read more here (I haven't reviewed the article so can't vouch for accuracy though): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

SmilingBoy Re:Seems to be a contradiction (447 comments)

Not a contradiction. They probably ran a regression rather than just correlating pairs of variables. Simply put example to explain the principle: You look at all weddings that cost $1,000, and then check what impact the number of guests has on likelihood of divorce. You then do the same for weddings that cost $10,000. If in both cases you find that the number of guests has a negative effect on the likelihood of divorce, this will be your first result. Now do it in reverse: Look at all weddings with 20 guests and check what impact wedding costs have on the likelihood of divorce. Then look at all weddings with 200 guests and check what impact wedding costs have on the likelihood of divorce. If in both cases you find that the cost for the wedding has a positive effect on the likelihood of divorce, this will be your second result. Hence, no contradiction. In reality, regressions work slightly differently, but in the end you always report as a result the effect that one explanatory variable has on the dependent variable assuming that the other explanatory variables are held constant.

about a month and a half ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

SmilingBoy Re:Feet and inches (942 comments)

No still, but again. TVs used to be sold using the diagonal given in cm. On the other hand, computer screens were always (?) sold in inches. However, since flat screen TVs have become common, they have been marketed in inch. I don't really understand why - after all, cm are the bigger number.

about 2 months ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

SmilingBoy Re:Local voice recognition (253 comments)

Incorrect. Google Search on Android can in principle do offline voice recognition (although I am not sure it tries to do so if it is connected to the Internet). You need to download the language you need first, though.

about 2 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

SmilingBoy We have large-scale deployment already (305 comments)

We have large-scale deployment already.

Looking at the Google IPv6 stats, we can see that IPv6 is already used by nearly 4% of users globally. This number has more than doubled compared to one year ago. These statistics show actual enabled usage, showing that everything from end device, router, ISP and the route to Google supports IPv6.

More significantly, there are some countries that have a much higher IPv6 user share. The USA and Germany have around 8%, and Belgium already even has 20% IPv6 users, and Switzerland 10%.

In my view, the number of IPv6 users in most developed countries will easily be above 50% by 2020. However, I would consider even a 4% share of all internet users a large-scale deployment, so I would consider anybody choosing any option other than "before 2020" as misinformed.

about 6 months ago
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Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

SmilingBoy Re:Road to Hana (174 comments)

Apologies, that was me once in the rented Mustang convertible. And to the grandparent: I did get yelled at - by my wife who was on the passenger seat!

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

SmilingBoy Re:Code names (179 comments)

I don't know but it is very convenient when searching for information about the product. If it was called "Wooden Doors" you would have a lot of irrelevant search results. All results for a search for "Quantal Quetzal" will however be very relevant.

about 7 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

SmilingBoy Re:Whatever you may think ... (447 comments)

Is the consumer ready to pay 100x the original cost?

Absolutely in my case, at least when it comes to OpenSSL.

about 8 months ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

SmilingBoy Re:Old news? (152 comments)

And what a weak article. A link to the Chromium issue tracker but not the actual issue, and a link to Reddit but not the actual submission. Are you kidding me?

about 8 months ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

SmilingBoy Re:Old news? (152 comments)

This now has a different proof of concept and I get a pop up that asks me to "speak now". Doesn't seem very stealth to me.

about 8 months ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

SmilingBoy Old news? (152 comments)

I assume that this is the same thing as reported a few months ago? If so, then it is not so simple: the attacking website needs to create a pop-under so that the microphone symbol is hidden. And pop-unders are difficult to achieve with Chrome with the popup blocker activated (as is usually the case).

about 8 months ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

SmilingBoy Re:More technical information also provided (142 comments)

I think it is most likely legit, or such an elaborate hoax that even the Norwegian state television fell for it while producing a pretty long report (linked by the AC responding to my GP post), which I think is very unlikely.

about 8 months ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

SmilingBoy More technical information also provided (142 comments)

I happened to read about this story last night, so here's a few more interesting links:

More technical report: http://norskmeteornettverk.no/wordpress/?p=1399

YouTube channel with the original, non-edited videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkFlightMeteorite/videos

First I thought it sounded like a hoax promoting a camera or skydiving equipment, but I now think it is legit. Or a very elaborate hoax!

about 8 months ago
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Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

SmilingBoy Re:Archive.org should not respect robots.txt (234 comments)

I also have a link to a realtime predicted tide generator which takes about 30 seconds to calculate the information it sends back.

Off-topic but could you share the link to this? I was looking for something like it and couldn't find a good one anywhere.

1 year,15 days
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

SmilingBoy Useless and reduces productivity on trains (359 comments)

My previous Lenovo laptop had a touch screen. (It was a normal laptop which couldn't be transformed into a tablet.) I never used it. Worse, whenever I was on a train, the movements registered as touches on the screen, so when typing a text, the focus went away. Usually it registered a click on the bottom right, which in Windows 7 is "show desktop". After one month of non-usage and annoyance on trains, I disabled the touch device...

about a year and a half ago
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Direct-to-Vinyl Recording Makes a Comeback (Video)

SmilingBoy Re:Ah, no thank you. (166 comments)

I've listened to a DVD Audio disc and the audio quality is _phenomenal_, especially the crystal-clear treble playing back high notes on a piano, a piccolo or cymbals.

In your mind only. Or it was differently mastered than the CD. CD quality is perfect for human hearing. Higher bitrates and frequencies achieve nothing as you can't hear it anyway. DVD-A or SACD may be better for dogs though. Or bats.

about a year and a half ago
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Home Server On IPv6-only Internet Connection?

SmilingBoy SixXS (164 comments)

Get a free tunnel from SixXS and install the AICCU programme on your laptop. This should work fine and is easy enough to set up. I used SixXS (for a different purpose) for a few years until I got native IPv6 on my ADSL.

about a year and a half ago

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