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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

kwbauer Re:RACIST! (389 comments)

AC complaining about someone posting as AC. I'd say it is time for -2 IDIOT moderation to put these people in their places.

11 minutes ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re: Slippery Slope (183 comments)

A different page saying that the actual page has been blocked because of a request without including the information. In other words, they should let people know that something is being blocked instead of just making it disappear. Google should not be forced to perform Winston Smith's job.

2 days ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

kwbauer Re:Bose is worried (161 comments)

So they sell at a 50% discount?

3 days ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

kwbauer Re:Typical (161 comments)

"they even sounded really crisp, whether they actually were or not." Hilarious. The "crispness" of a speaker is defined by how it sounds, unless you were eating it. But even then sound generally plays a role in that determination.

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re: What about my right to search? (183 comments)

Correct. Searching is more about listening (learning) than speaking but it is still a fundamental human right.

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:What about my right to search? (183 comments)

"There is no such right, except in your imagination." Only an idiot could possibly imagine a world where people do not have the right to gather information. Learning is a fundamental human right. I know that many Marxist and Mohammed based dictatorships disagree but that does not change the fact.

Further, we can make a much better argument that the "right to be forgotten" is much more a figment of the imagination.

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:I still can't understand this insanity. (183 comments)

If it hinges on the fact that Google processed the data, then how is every indexer not affected? Do EU based indexes just magically work without the data being processed?

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:Institutional hypocrisy (183 comments)

Yeah, I've heard of it. In the US it means that the separate branches of government don't have a DIRECT influence over each other. They still have an indirect influence. The legislative branch legislates (creates law), the executive branch has a chance to reject the law (veto) which can be overridden. The executive branch then enforces the law and the courts determine whether the executive overstepped. The executive also enforces court rulings.

So, in the US the court is a branch of government, not all that different than an "agency". Judges are acting on behalf of the government which is one definition of "agent" so saying that an agent works for an agency still fits.

Has the EU privatized their judicial branches?

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:Institutional hypocrisy (183 comments)

"Recently several writers in France were sentenced in similar proceedings..." sort of sounds like the courts there are treating it as national policy and that is the only thing that matters.

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:Not a Slippery Slope (183 comments)

Seriously, you think that because the Nazis said the Jews lived like rats in filthy houses that Jews started living like rats in filthy houses? You are seriously screwed up. Certain idiots (apparently thaylin included) may have begun to believe such statements "as if they were true" but they certainly did not become true statements just because they were oft-repeated.

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:Who is commercial? (183 comments)

Google and Bing are not listing people by any criteria. They are listing "news article[s] or blog posts[s]".

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:Not a Slippery Slope (183 comments)

And google does not hold the information, they index the information and point you to the site holding the information.

"Note that your personal right to remember is completely unaffected. You are not required to forgot or remove information from your personal web site." Which is very much affected when nobody can see that information because it cannot be indexed.

I've read comments suggesting that newspapers are exempt from this law. Every newspaper I've ever heard of is a commercial enterprise. Why are they not required to remove such information from their indexes? This really does seem to be the EU trying to hold back US based commercial enterprise while allowing EU commercial enterprises to continue on.

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

That argument is about as stupid as "if a tree falls and nobody is around." If the information is not indexed it won't be found.

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re: Slippery Slope (183 comments)

Oh, I think it should work exactly like that. Bring up a page that says that other results have been blocked because of local laws and a request from the search target.

3 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

kwbauer Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

I guess I've always viewed the contract period as the time during which things shouldn't change and, personally, would not be upset if they no longer wanted to continue providing a plan after the contract expired. I agree that it is completely wrong for them to alter the terms mid-stream. I live in a small town and have been served by only two carriers: a very small regional (Element Mobile, within Wisconsin only) and a larger regional (US Cellular, portions of surrounding states as well). Verizon just moved in and Element seems to be in the process of selling to AT&T. Element formed around 3 years ago when Alltel was sold to Verizon and took Alltel's customers. The majority of those customers left and went to US Cellular as soon as they could because Element's service was so bad. they couldn't even charge the ETFs because they were unable to fulfill their end of the contract for most data plan coverage and such. As the fixed some issues, they started offering unlimited plans to attract customers. I've talked to Element customers who were told they were free to leave without ETF because Element was terminating their unlimited plan less than a year into a 2-year contract. That is totally wrong. Terminating after a contract is over, not so much in my book.

3 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:Why are they asking Google? (183 comments)

Well they had to pass it before they could read it!

4 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kwbauer Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

How exactly do "local" EU laws affect what an American citizen accessing google.com from within the US? Exactly what gives the EU any jurisdiction over that?

Are you suggesting that because BMW sells cars in the US that the US government can require that the cars that BMW builds in Europe for sale in Europe be built to US standards instead of European standards?

4 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

kwbauer Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

Verizon no longer sells unlimited plans and probably doesn't have many unlimited plans still under contract. The complaint is that Verizon has recently started "pushing" those customers who have unlimited plans but are no longer under contract to get under contract on a plan suitable to their needs. Verizon does have another, more drastic, remedy they could just as legally and morally use: terminate service on the heavy users that Verizon is under no contractual obligation to serve.

4 days ago

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