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Comment Re:The problem is user error. (Score 1) 380

The problem isn't that the GPS is wrong, the problem is that the user is in error. In the Iceland case, the driver made a typo and wound up going to a similarly-named road 250 miles away. Had he entered the correct street name, he would likely have made it to his destination without a problem. I'm guessing the Belgium-Croatia case is similar.

The nav system can be in error if there has been recent construction. We tried to route in a rental car in San Diego to a restaurant and it got us looping infinitely in a little area where new roads had been lain but nonew buildings.

Comment Re:No global deletion (Score 1) 84

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.

Translation: "I'm glad men with police behind them who deign to deny me their permission to read things they don't want me to have real teeth."

What a proud fuckin' moment for the free west.

Comment Re:Bad Summary (Score 2) 84

Because there would be too much outrage. This is where we in the US must differ from our European colleagues and demand the US impose its will on the world.

I hope in these countries for censored results, they return a page with "Certain results censored because a man with power demanded it, so you cannot see it because you do not have his permission. His name, address, and phone number are..."

Comment Re:Why not overseas .... (Score 1) 142

But quality and length of life is skyrocketting in India and China as they relax economic controls amd open their markets.

The average worldwide is thus increasing rapidly as capitalism continues to work its unparalleled wonders at improving the average person's life.

This is slowed but hardly reversed in America, for the moment. But if you care about the average person worldwide, you should be crying yourself to sleep with joy every night.

The proper measure isn't a Chinese factory vs. an overregulated US one, a rhetorical device. The proper measure is a Chinese factory and apartment vs. a literal dirt floor shack existence which preceeded it.

Comment Re:Illegal phone running (Score 1) 134

Doctrine about the 5th amendment is that the government is not allowed to force you to create evidence (by speaking or writing in answer to a question). It is not considered to protect already existing evidence (your diary in a lockbox). There's been a kerfuffle lately about whether requiring you to decrypt some already existing piece of data constitutes creating evidence or merely accessing existing evidence. However it is not inconceivable that an actually accurate mind reader could be considered "accessing existing evidence", just like reading your fingerprints, dna, or blood content.

The Supreme Court already outlawed passive IR scanning without a warrant, as using new tech to "see through walls" was not envisioned. So now there's a traditional concept of privacy barrier that new tech cannot cross, even if purely passive and from a public area.

What is really scary is what they might want to do with a warrant. In that case, I would submit the 5th Amendment prevents an involuntary brain scan, even with warrant.

Comment Re:"Free as in Freedom" (Score 1) 300

That is not denied. What demonstrates thickness of the level of the Earth's mantel is pretending PutinOS will not be equally crammed with stuff -- and keep in mind this Microsoft stuff is feared because its purpose and encoded data are unknown -- every bit of it could be mundane stuff.

The stuff in PutinOS will not be. He isn't looking to see if you need an update, or might be interested in Jiffy Pop.

Comment Re:If only... (Score 1) 261

...it had been paleontology or geology that had been 'rocked' by this case. But I'm struggling to understand why such a story is relevant to a science/technology news website?

The anthropologists were saddened and shocked an esteemed colleague had behaved this way, but were exited to watch cultural behavior shifts in progress as they shamed him according to tumblr rules aborning.

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