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Comment: Re:How could you protect against this? (Score 1) 133

The search results thing is not the right to be forgotten. Some stupid journalists got confused and called it that, but that was actually just existing data protection rules dating back to the mid 90s.

The right to be forgotten is still being looked at, but basically will allow EU citizens to require companies to delete data supplied by them (accounts, uploaded photos etc.) on request. The data must really be deleted, not just marked as dormant or whatever.

Comment: Re:How could you protect against this? (Score 2) 133

You could do things like splitting email addresses off into a different database on a different server and just keeping a hash in the main one, but it's only mm marginally better. Basically you can't be both secure and provide this kind of service.

As well as the terrible male to female ratio (16:1) the other big issue here is that deleted accounts were not really deleted. The European Right to be Forgotten is designed to force companies operating in the EU to really delete accounts, and this illustrates why it is needed.

+ - Isle of Man taxpayers' email addresses accidentally leaked->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: More than 5,000 Isle of Man taxpayers’ email addresses have been leaked, following an ‘operational error’ at the British dependency’s Income Tax Division (ITD).“The mistake happened when, as part of a program to raise awareness of its new Twitter account, the Income Tax Division sent out ten batches of e-mails, of up to 500 in each batch, but in such a manner that recipients could see all the e-mail addresses in their individual batch,” the division explained in a statement. It assured that no personal data related to income tax had been revealed in the accidental leak, which took place shortly before 17:00 yesterday afternoon. The ITD had attempted to “recall” the emails, but it was an impossible task. Instead the department offered its apologies to all those affected in the data leak – both those who received the email and those whose email addresses had been disclosed. Hundreds of the email addresses reportedly belonged to government employees.
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Comment: Re:Want some controversy (Score 1) 80

by AmiMoJo (#49748345) Attached to: Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development

As for GTA, violence against both sexes is equally bad. However, there is a problem with violence against prostitutes in real life, and it's fine for people to be upset about that. It doesn't mean they don't care about violence against men, which is also a huge problem, it just means they identified a specific issue to tackle. I don't know why that is so hard to understand.

As for GoT, the guy is clearly evil, period. Both acts were sex crimes, and if we are making a comparison it seems like mental and physical torture over a period of years is the greater crime.

Comment: Re:So what (Score 1) 80

by AmiMoJo (#49748313) Attached to: Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development

You don't need a licence just to own a TV. You only need one if you watch live TV. Simply watch recordings on iPlayer and other streaming services and you don't need a TV licence.

As a bonus if you don't have one the TV licencing authority will send you a free supply of kindling every month, in handy paper format. There might be some vague threats printed on it, but you can ignore those.

Comment: Re:First of all (Score 1) 250

by AmiMoJo (#49748277) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

Where are you?

Currently in the UK it isn't easy for developers. There is a lot of downward pressure on wages, and insane house prices make relocating difficult. The possible exit from the EU has thrown things up in the air too, with my own company already seeing European customers hold off until they know what is happening.

Wages have only just reached 2008 levels again, but growth is very slow. For older developers it's hard to convince employers to meet your needs.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 103

Charging at petrol stations isn't very practical. The best thing about EV charging is that you don't have to go out if your way. Charge at home or work, or at your destination. Shopping centres and car parks are where you need chargers, and they can be fairly slow 7kW ones too so infrastructure is less of an issue.

+ - GamerGate critic posts death threat voicemail after inaction by prosecutor

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo writes: Game developer and tech diversity advocate Brianna Wu has been complaining about the lack of action by a prosecuting attorney in response to a death threat voicemail she said she received. On Tuesday, she posted a copy of the voicemail (trigger warning, NSFW).

Wu called upon Columbus, Ohio prosecuting attorney Ron O'Brien to issue a subpoena for the name attached to phone records. "If [O'Brien] wished, he could bring criminal charges against this man by the end of the day". She continued "there’s a longer story here about my frustration with working with law enforcement. I’m trying to get anyone to bring a case to trial. I have had dozens upon dozens of meetings, phone calls, and visits from multiple law enforcement agencies—including the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, federal prosecutors, state prosecutors, Congress, and local police."

+ - What's the best dumb phone?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: For those of us who don't need or want a smartphone, what would be the best dumb phone around? Do you have a preference over flip or candy bar ones? What about ones that have FM radio? Do any of you still use dumb phones in this smart phone era?

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