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Comment Re:No global deletion (Score 1) 85

It's not about removing material from the web. It's about a for profit company using information about people to make money, and being subject to the rules that govern that. It's about going from a world where stuff is forgotten in old microfiche files to one where decades old dirt is a few keystrokes away.

Comment Re:wtf is this article (Score 2) 223

I did this test properly last year. Didn't save results, so maybe I'll repeat it and post the results.

Long story short, if you properly disable all the live stuff after install (live tiles, Windows Store apps, search bar, nothing tricky or requiring registry edits) the only traffic is Windows Update. Telemetry on application crash, but in Enterprise you can disable it.

The crash telemetry is the only nasty bit, because of the potential for information leakage. I'll test Pro next time, see if it can be disabled.

Comment Re:And, it cheaper (Score 1) 69

TFA is bullshit anyway. This cable is probably fine, they are just snobs about things with Chinese names on them. The original was probably made in China too, it's just got different branding on it.

There are issues, like the length, but complaining that it's a Chinese "off-brand" (meaning not American) is just racist.

Comment Re:No global deletion (Score 1) 85

Remind me again who is having their free speech silenced by this?

Before you answer, consider:

1. There is no requirement for the material to be removed from the source web site.

2. Google still index and list that site for other search terms.

3. Why does Google have free speech rights that normal companies don't, e.g. credit references can't report things that happened long ago by law, and can't claim free speech allows them to.

Comment Re:How do they know (Score 1) 85

Obviously that would never work. The right only works for certain specific things, and standing for election isn't one of them. It doesn't erase your name from search results, it stops certain sites appearing that relate to the reason you invoked the right. For example, if you asked for references to a spent conviction to be removed, sites listing that conviction would no longer show up when people searched for your name.

Asking for results about your election bid to be removed would fail because there is a public interest in a current event, and Google would likely ask for proof you are the person standing anyway.

Comment Re:how about other third-party tracking? (Score 1) 81

Yep, French TV regularly has adverts on during the day with topless women. Europe is much less up tight about such things and thus much more liberal than US broadcasting rules.

Europe and the US have different kinds of freedom. The US has a little less government interference, the EU has a lot more guarantees. You can't really compare them numerically, only state a preference for one or the other type.

Comment Re:No global deletion (Score 1) 85

Most people posting on the previous story didn't seem to understand that rather important distinction either. My guess is that the AC who posted the story was similarly confused.

Allow me to chuckle at all those people who claimed Google would never agree to this and simply pull out of France too. I'm glad to see that European privacy laws have real teeth.

Comment Re:how about other third-party tracking? (Score 1) 81

This has nothing to do with tracking. The unfair terms that they are objecting to are the bit in the TOS that says they can unilaterally change the TOS any time they like and users can't do anything about it.

Keep in mind that you can't ever delete your Facebook account, so if you object to a change you can't stop them applying it to your data by closing your account and terminating your relationship with them.

Submission + - North Korean satellite has achieved a stable orbit (iflscience.com)

AmiMoJo writes: North Korea's recently launched satellite has achieved stable orbit but is not believed to have transmitted data back to Earth, U.S. sources said. Sunday's launch of North Korea's earth observation satellite went smoothly, as recently released footage of the launch shows. The satellite, in a polar orbit at a height of about 500 kilometers (310 miles), still doesn’t seem to be broadcasting any signals, suggesting it is not quite in full operation yet.

Submission + - New Air Force Satellites Launched To Improve GPS (techcrunch.com)

AmiMoJo writes: This morning, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Boeing-built satellite into orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS). This $131 million satellite was the final addition to the Air Force’s most recent 12-satellite GPS series, known as the Block IIF satellites. The GPS Block IIF satellites were launched to improve the accuracy of GPS. Before the Block IIF series, the accuracy of GPS could be off by 1 meter. With the new Block IIF satellites in place that error is down to 42 centimeters.

Submission + - Microsoft releases EMET version 5.5, says it is unnecessary for Windows 10 (technet.com)

AmiMoJo writes: The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a freeware security toolkit from Microsoft. It provides a unified interface to enable and fine-tune Windows security features. It can be used as an extra layer of defence against malware attacks, after the firewall and before antivirus software. V5.5 supports Windows 10, but in a blog post Microsoft says "with Windows 10 we have implemented many features and mitigations that can make EMET unnecessary".

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