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Comment: Re:What is a customer? (Score 1) 287

by ArsenneLupin (#47888947) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

The court, not being stupid, will probably send a few "canary" emails.

The court, while certainly not stupid, is very probably lazy. And won't continue bothering google out of its own initiative once a "settlement" is reached.

It will take a continued action by the consumer watchdog organization to keep the court interested, but it's a very fine line to walk between "keeping the court interested" and "not annoy the court by pestering it too much"

Comment: Re:What is a customer? (Score 1) 287

by ArsenneLupin (#47888321) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

If Google decides to discontinue all Google services in Germany as a result, would that really be a "win" for the German consumer?

More likely outcome is that they change the auto-reply text of the mail to "thank you for your valuable feedback", and then still continue to ignore it. The customer will be none-the-wiser, and unable to prove that feedback gets ignored.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 152

by ArsenneLupin (#47814819) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

Please, Google, do continue to not "improve" the experience for "older" browsers. I've had all the UX "improvement" I can take.

Well said! I fullheartedly agree, and set the user agent of my firefox to version 0.10: the experience is a breeze! And yes, it even prevents google from inserting its own tracking into some of the links...

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 152

by ArsenneLupin (#47814805) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

And there are no tracking cookies or similar inserted into the links, just the plain links. Overall a good experience :-)

... however, the normal site (for "recent" browsers) does insert tracking cookies.

I didn't check though whether the results were maybe outdated (newer pages not listed...), that would be nasty...

A test with google news shows that this is fortunately not the case, it shows news from within today. So if it is outdated, it's certainly outdated by less than one day.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 4, Informative) 152

by ArsenneLupin (#47814789) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers
I tried it (by setting the user-agent of my firefox to "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20040914 Firefox/0.10"), and I'm delighted. Image search works again and it feels faster too.

I didn't notice the problem you're mentioning about link visited being broken. I searched twice for myself, the first time I clicked on one of my links. After the second search, that link was correctly colored purple, as it should. However, I did notice a small delay before it turned from blue to purple.

And there are no tracking cookies or similar inserted into the links, just the plain links. Overall a good experience :-)

I didn't check though whether the results were maybe outdated (newer pages not listed...), that would be nasty...

Comment: Hacking the machine (Score 1) 146

by ArsenneLupin (#47718821) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners
"Hacking the machine" was only one of many attack vectors. The more common attacks desribed were fixing stuff to the side of your body, rather than to the front or to the back (easily twarted by making you turn sideways, or visually looking for the much more obvious bulges if you try to "hide" weapons that way), or hiding the weapons behind a piece of Teflon (which reflects the rays the same way as the body, hiding everything behind it... but there still might be tell-tale contours if not done right)

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