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+ - Japanese court orders Google to delete past reports on man's arrest

AmiMoJo writes: The Saitama District Court has ordered Google Inc. to delete past reports on a man's arrest over molestation from its online search results after ruling that they violate the man's personal rights. The man, who was arrested about three years ago after molesting a girl under 18, and fined 500,000 yen (£2600, $4000). "He harbours remorse over the incident and is leading a new life. The search results prevent him from rehabilitating himself," the man's defence counsel said. The presiding judge recognized that the incident was not of historical or social significance, that the man is not in public office and that his offence was relatively minor. He concluded there was little public interest in keeping such reports displayed online three years after the incident. The judge acknowledged that search engines play a public role in assisting people's right to know.

Originally from Surado, the new name for Slashdot Japan:

Comment: Privacy? (Score 5, Interesting) 293 293

My cell phone has been on IPv6 for years. Everything I have is ready for the conversion. What is holding it up?

There is a small interesting detail about IPv6 that is almost never mentioned. An IPv6 address counts 128 bits. Typically the "top" 64 bits are provided by your ISP and will be used to route the packets through the Internet. The 64 remaining LSb have to be unique within the subnet (typically a LAN), and usually these 64 bits are made from the MAC address of the interface linked to this IPv6 address (padded if 48 bits). That means for instance that knowing your IPv6 address, someone is likely to know also your MAC address (of the device used), that is usually the maker/configurator of the NIC (eg Apple, MS ...). And if the shop where you bought the device keep track of your MAC address - like Apple for instance - they may be able to identify you precisely, based on your IPv6 address (eg when you access their web site).

Comment: Re:"Software" has no opinions of race. (Score 1) 349 349

Software doesn't hate black people. Software doesn't dislike Islam. Software doesn't think kids these days need to pull their damned pants up and stop playing that crap music too loudly.

A software is not that naive. Software is made by people who might want to give some orientation to the way the software works. It's a software. But it's still made by human beings, and in an ideal world the software ratio malice / incompetence would have to be determined precisely prior to delivering any conclusion.

Comment: Re:It's their business model. (Score 1) 306 306

it's really just a matter of Apple deciding to deliberately cripple the browser to prevent people from providing apps for free.

And other browsers as well... Safari is an Apple app, installed and updated from the iOS installations and as such has an unfair advantage in terms of OS resources. Just use and compare Safari and Chrome on the iPhone...

Comment: Rigor and developments (Score 4, Interesting) 382 382

The most complex program running on a machine is arguably its OS, especially the kernel. Linux (kernel) reached the top level in terms of performance, reliability and versatility. You have been criticized quite a few times for some virulent mails addressed to developers. Do you think Linux would be where it is without managing the project with an iron fist? To go further, do you think some other main OSS project would beneficiate from a more rigorous management approach?

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