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Comment: Re:They haven't done it yet. (Score 1) 444

by Prof.Phreak (#47888533) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Exactly. Business is about profit, and being "wasteful" is often more profitable... For example, the infrastructure investment into the self sufficient factory might have been better used by building TWO conventionally powered factories. Then again, the publicity from this Reno plant will pay for the construction :-)

Comment: Re:Who didn't see this coming? (Score 1) 135

by Prof.Phreak (#47596633) Attached to: How Google Handles 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests

Oh, I never claimed that my solution would actually work (and yes, it is stupid). But if you have an issue with say New York Times publishing something about you, approach New York Times and complain that it's wrong, etc., whatever, not that it will get you far in most situations, but who knows.

Approaching Google and asking them to drop the New York Times article about you from their index is just wrong. (and in those situations, New York Times is well within their rights to ping google, notice that the article is gone, and republish it in a way to be re-indexed).

Comment: Re:Who didn't see this coming? (Score 4, Insightful) 135

by Prof.Phreak (#47591313) Attached to: How Google Handles 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests

So the end result will be publishers pinging google every day to see if any of the stories they published are still google-able...

This is a stupid regulation. If someone doesn't want to have their story "out there" , they should just approach the publisher directly. Google isn't the one publishing or storing (for public consumption) this data... so they're a wrong target for this regulation.

Comment: Re:Advertised on YouTube? (Score 3, Interesting) 97

You've just stumbled on one of google's business models: there are millions of new ideas every day, those turn into many thousands of startups, majority of those think that google advertising is the way to get the word out... each of them spends a few hundred dollars (at worst, some of them spend many thousands of dollars) on Google... and shortly afterwards they go out of business. And this repeats every day.

The winner in all this? Google. Heck, they don't even have to care about repeat customers to make moneh every day.

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.