Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests
Ignoring public officials, that seems a very American view on how to treat criminals.
If someone is caught for a petty crime 15 years ago, should it be returned against a search history now if they have never committed another offence?
The law as it stands in most of Europe doesn't delete the record of such a crime having happened, but does hide that information to encourage offenders to rehabilitate and become a non-criminal and regular member of society. Without the prospect of ever being able to live normally once an indiscretion has occurred, what would motivate an offender to stop offending? There's a sweet spot between the first crime and the third petty crime in which you could deter someone from that life of crime, but after that point and after a jail sentence you are unlikely to reform that person. But without the option of rehabilitation you are unlikely to reform *any* offender.
This would also allow nation states to use the increasing threat of police intrusion as a deterrence and counter-opposition tool. Any arrest and any record that can be made to stick would reverberate forwards in time affecting that person in numerous ways... if petty offences cannot be forgotton or moved on from.
Once you accept that for some petty crimes (i.e. drunk and disorderly on a stag do that got out of hand, or something equally likely that it could entrap almost anyone) the search engine should reflect the sensible law that states this should be forgotten by almost everyone (not those in certain positions)... then where is the line drawn?
At one extreme murderers should not be forgotten, nor convicted rapists... but at the other end speeding offences, drunk and disorderly, shoplifting, those shouldn't upend a life. Somewhere between those points is the fuzzy line where stuff on one side should be forgotten, other stuff remembered.
Before this ruling Google ignored that line and treated everyone to the joy of living forever with the consequences of their actions without ever being able to make good. After this ruling, Google are forced to apply some basis for allowing some people to move on.
Then of course... where to start with public officials. Those who wish the world to be a better place and work towards it don't deserve a lack of privacy. They certainly need to be transparent in their roles and to sustain trust in their position, but these are different things. A fuzzy line appears once more, intrusions on the identity of the children of a public official is too much, they never voluntarily agreed to give up a level of privacy, and yet no questioning of the financial situation of an official is too little as their trust should be earned and not presumed.
In both cases, either extreme (no privacy nor right to be forgotten, full privacy and past deleted) is clearly wrong.
RockBox + Refurbished MP3 Players = Crowdsourced Audio Capture
tl:dr Recipe for recording the audio of multiple individuals in a large crowd.
Sandisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player - http://www.sandisk.co.uk/products/sansa-music-and-video-players/sandisk-sansa-clipplus-mp3-player
Rockbox - http://www.rockbox.org/
Install Rockbox (open source firmware for MP3 players) on the Sansa Clip+. Configure to record on the Sansa Clip+ microphone in .wav format. Give a Sansa Clip+ to every person you want to record the audio for. Have every person start recording at roughly the same time, leave for 5 hours.
Gather all Sansa Clip+s at the end of the session, and extract the .wav file. 10-participants = 10-track equivalent audio recording of the session.
Mix and fade between the tracks to isolate the audio of single conversations between participants.
He basically has created a relatively inexpensive and reliable way to get this audio. Much like using multiple Go Pro cameras to record action of sports events beats out using professional equipment (and in some ways has become professional equipment). He's arguing that the Sansa Clip+ together with the Rockbox open source firmware, is a better solution than using professional radio mic's and then having recording equipment receive those signals and store them on disk for editing later.
I've no idea how "crowdsourced" fits into this though, nor how this is anything more than an advert even though the solution is a little interesting. It's useful enough and potentially cheap that you might imagine giving everyone at a Ted one of these as the conversations caught off-record might be even more valuable than the sessions.
Google Uncovers China-Based Password Collection Campaign
Have you guys not tried the 2 factor authentication yet?
I was afraid that my girl might find it difficult to use or overly technical, but once I explained how it worked and supported her through the setup of it, it's been working brilliantly.
Basically any new machine that you connect to Gmail from requires not just your password (something you know) but also the code generated from the supplied app (on our Android phones - something you have).
The key to internet security is to always have 2 out of the 3 following things:
1) something you know (passwords, answers to secret questions, etc)
2) something you have (physical keys, dongles, RSA SecurID)
3) something you are (biometrics, fingerprints, etc)
Google as yet, are the only major provider of email offering security that can use 2 factor auth by the something you know and something you have.
It's really worth turning it on, just for peace of mind.
How Long Before Apps Overtake Physical Video Game Content Sales?
You know the moon is moving away from Earth at a verifiable few centimetres a year? Well if you extrapolate backwards it's obvious that the dinosaurs are extinct because the moon hit them on the head... doosh! That'd make you extinct pretty fast.
Cold hard science here guys... it's undeniable.
European Parliament All But Rejects ACTA
Whenever you read something like "more than 369 signatures" it really just means "370 signatures"
Google Shares Insights On Accelerating Web Sites
Where are the measuring *from*?
I've moved a site from Linode New Jersey to Linode London, UK because the target audience are in London ( http://www.lfgss.com/ ).
However in Google Webmaster Tools the page load time increased, suggesting that the measurements are being calculated from US datacentres, even though for the target audience the speed increased and page load time decreased.
I would like to see Google use the geographic target preference and to have the nearest datacentre to the target be the one that performs the measurement... or better still to have both a local and remote datacentre perform every measurement and then find a weighted time between them that might reflect real-world usage.
Otherwise if I'm being sent the message that I am being penalised for not hosting close to a Google datacentre from where the measurements are calculated, then I will end up moving there in spite of the fact that this isn't the right thing for my users.
Amazon 1-Click Patent Survives Almost Unscathed
If you allow the user to have multiple shopping lists, and then take each list to the checkout rather than a basket... then one-click doesn't apply, right?
In the UK there is a chain of brick and mortar stores called Argos. You don't have a shopping trolley, cart or basket... you have a bit of paper on which you write the codes of the items you want and you take that to the checkout and then once paid someone gets them from the warehouse and brings them to the counter near the exit.
You can have multiple lists, and pay separately. Thus, this is not a shopping cart.
By taking the idea of shopping lists online it's feasible that the multiplicity of lists breaks the existing cart definition enough to allow one-click.
Actually one-click becomes even easier then... as it's just one of many lists that you have... a buy-now list, a buy-later list... a gift-list... etc.
Would this be enough?
How Google's Nexus One censors cuss words
They wouldn't be able to use the phone as a recording device to automatically transcribe interviews:
"Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I'm going to fucking bury that guy" - Steve Ballmer (allegedly)
If all you've got is:
"#### Eric Schmidt is a #### pussy. I'm going to #### bury that guy"
Well, it becomes a little harder to make an exact quote... "was it the f-word or was it the c-word?"
EMI Only Selling CDs To Mega-Chains From Now On
And the bands.
Having worked in the industry for over a decade, the secret motto is "This would be a great business if wasn't for the bands".
The view is generally that they are prima-donnas that dislike selling their product and think they're artists.
Now they've updated it to be both the bands and consumers you have to wonder whether they've realised what they're admitting... that they're just an intermediary.
EU Investigates Phorm's UK ISP Advertising System
I'm extremely concerned by Phorm.
Effectively it gives the ISP the ability to remove the adverts that fund 60% of our costs and replace them with adverts for which they would receive the entire revenue stream.
My site is funded by adverts (60%) merchandise (30%) and donations (10%).
I'm fairly sure that the community would step up and purchase more stuff and donate more, but I don't think it's realistic that this could be sustained, whereas the advertising revenue is reasonably constant.
I believe that if Phorm becomes ubiquitous that I would have to question seriously how to find the website, and would probably have to remove all adverts and to seek to have the costs covered exclusively through other means. As I'm unsure of the feasibility of this, I would have to say that in my case the loss of that revenue would threaten my ability to continue running the site, especially under the risk of redundancy in the near/mid future.
I've already implemented the Phorm opt-out cookies, and written to my local MP (who couldn't care less from the generic response I got), so it's great to see the EU step up where the UK seems to have failed.
IE8 Will Contain an Accidental Ad Blocker
HSBC in the UK actually implement their in-bank kiosks using Internet Explorer.
I know this because one of them encountered a script error and showed me the debug dialog.
It would be a gross understatement to say I was unimpressed (and I now bank with someone else, and yes discovering IE powered kiosks was the reason).
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