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Comment Re:So when's "gun control" going to stop guys with (Score 1) 276

Why would it make sense to lump the US with any of the countries you name but Canada? None of them are anything like the US

We could start with all except Mexico having nearly universal municipal sewage and clean water.
Outside of a big city you don't either of these things in Mexico - and even in one it's unlikely you have both.
Even *in a big city you don't drink the water that comes out of the pipes ... and it has nothing to do with the garbage you were taught as a kid that it's because we don't have the same gut bacteria; the LOCALS don't drink the water.
Everybody either gets bottled water at the store, takes jugs to the big water purification joints you find all over Mexico, or filters their own well water.

If you had ever traveled through Mexico you'd understand just how ludicrous it is to call it a 'developed' country.

Mexico is literally a 3rd world country.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Considering how fast Google ditched China (Score 1) 381

The intent isn't to actually remove it ... just make it more 'difficult' to find.
People who really want to find it still can by either paying to search something like Lexus Nexus,
paying to have somebody research beyond what's available on a quick google search,
or by paying for one of the apps that are coming out to do this for you.

Can't have the poors getting the same access information as the wealthy.
Regardless if it's the intent, this will ensure the internet won't allow people to bypass the economic stratification that we've all come to know and love in the physical world.

Comment Re:Considering how fast Google ditched China (Score 1) 381

> (1) They haven't judicially defined what constitutes public interest -- because they can't because it's subjective, and making such a decision would piss everyone off and demonstrate the absurdity of the law. So there's no legal test for yes/no.

It's decided by a court, so yes there is a legal test.

Since May 29 2014 there have been 318,560 requests covering 1,130,431 URLs.
41.6% - 470,259 - of those URLs have been delisted.
Are you honestly suggesting that a court reviewed all 318,560 requests?
Discounting weekends there have been 386 non weekend days since this started.
That's 185280 minutes assuming a full 8 hours day.
To process 318,560 cases a single court would have to do 1.71 cases/minutes every minute they've been open since this started.
If you factor in holidays etc this number likely going to go over 2 cases/minute.

This very clearly is NOT what's happening.

http://www.google.com/transpar...

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

no, they weren't.
It appears you've just made a different selection of the 'news' to pay attention to.

“None of the emails we reviewed had classification or dissemination markings, but some included IC-derived classified information and should have been handled as classified, appropriately marked, and transmitted via a secure network,” wrote Inspector General I. Charles McCullough in the letter to Congress.

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

FIRE!! FIRE!!
oh wait ... maybe not ..

http://www.wsj.com/articles/in...

“None of the emails we reviewed had classification or dissemination markings, but some included IC-derived classified information and should have been handled as classified, appropriately marked, and transmitted via a secure network,” wrote Inspector General I. Charles McCullough in the letter to Congress.

Comment just get a chromebook (Score 2) 99

You can get an HP 14" with 4gb RAM and 16GB ssd for around $200. Like others have said, cobbling together a homebrew chromebook is probably going to result in something with worse battery life and a raft of other issues.
Considering what they cost it's not worth screwing around with it.

I picked up an HP 14" Chromebook refurb for ~ $200 and it's great; it replaced a Samsung 11" and switching to the new box was as simple as logging in.

get a new u2f yubikey and make your google login 2 factor

Comment economic stratification of the internet (Score 1) 193

The actual articles, records, whatever, aren't being removed and instead this whole 'right to be forgotten' goes after indexers of information.
Proponents keep pointing out that somebody can still find the information if they dig for it - or hire somebody to dig for it - and rather than removing information this just makes it harder for *regular people to find.

So people who can't afford it don't have access to that information and the internet becomes a less useful tool for those that can't afford to pay for LexisNexis (or whatever service it happens to be).
Not only a benefit for the pedos that get to have their records essentially expunged but a *huge blow to the economic viability of small businesses.
The wealthy get to use the internet - the poor not so much.

This is one of the most short sighted, and potentially destructive, things I've seen regarding internet regulation.

Comment Re:Two megers away from "The" Cell Phone Company (Score 1, Insightful) 215

Look, I'm not going to argue that we shouldn't prevent a cell phone service monopoly, but using the cost of cellphones in the early 1990s as an argument against it isn't even remotely valid.

Computers cost upwards of $2k for a typical desktop in the early 1990s and there were *way* more PC manufacturers back then (remember Computer Shopper magazine?). One could just as easily say "More competitors lead to higher prices. Anybody remember what PCs cost in the early 1990s?" and be equally wrong.

--Jeremy

I just put another machine together and it was ~ $1.5k
The first machine I bought was a 486dx2 an it was ~ $1.5k

There are definitely more low end options out there now - but the price of putting a decent machine together really hasn't change that much.

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