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Comment: Re:'Bout time (Score 1) 173

ISPs are for all practical purposes natural monopolies, so competition doesn't make sense. Also, why the hell does everyone bring up 'innovation' in regards to internet service? You don't need to innovate, just lay down infrastructure and upgrade from time to time. It's a task that requires no originality at all.

Comment: Re: Moral Imperialism (Score 2) 467

by king neckbeard (#48189433) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK
They made the law apply when content was obscene, but that means it has to fail all three prongs of the Miller test, which is very difficult to do, and would be arguably impossible for any drawing to be without any artistic value (prong three) and be patently offensive (prong two) at the same time.

Comment: Re:Wireless bandwidth is limited (Score 1) 38

by king neckbeard (#48166381) Attached to: Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too
It's true that there are some inherit limits to wireless technology, but just because there are limits doesn't mean that the limits apply in a given scenario. If the degree of throttling has nothing to do with the amount of congestion, than the mere fact that congestion may be physically possible doesn't mean we are actually experiencing it.

Comment: Re:What right do they have anyway? (Score 1) 144

by king neckbeard (#48149873) Attached to: Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests
The norm is going to news articles. Most other stuff would be already well covered under slander law.

I know Santorum was Google bombed, but that was an ongoing, concentrated effort by a lot of people. Yes, it's possible that for people with interesting names but boring lives could piss off someone who is going to set up an offshore site and then get Google to put it on the front page, but having to have all of those factors means it probably hasn't happened yet even once.

Comment: Re:What right do they have anyway? (Score 1) 144

by king neckbeard (#48146735) Attached to: Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Actually, it's more likely that the source is in the US (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, ...). They might comply eventually, but it would remain in the search index of Google for a while.

If it's Facebook or Twitter, they both have European offices, so would probably comply fairly quickly, and something from ten years ago on either site probably wouldn't be on the first page of Google results.

Plus, if I really wanted to ruin someone's reputation, rest assured that the server I rent would be somewhere in Genericstan.

But why would Google point to your server? You are creating a ridiculous hypothetical here. You want a slanderous or insulting article based in a country unfriendly to yours on the first page of Google results. That is certainly not anywhere close to representative of the norm for these requests.

Comment: Re:What right do they have anyway? (Score 1) 144

by king neckbeard (#48142515) Attached to: Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests
I suspect that the overwhelming majority of the requests are aimed at sites from domestic sources, with a large share of the remainder being in the EU. For most people, there aren't random Russian sites hosting slanderous articles about them, and even if there are, they probably aren't on the first page of a local Google search.

Comment: Re:You keep using that word.... (Score 1) 240

by king neckbeard (#48141121) Attached to: Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'
This guy has no clue what 'worse is better' actually means despite linking to a wikipedia article explaining it, hence why I'm calling him an idiot. One of the most commonly cited examples of worse is better design is Unix. Instead of having a few large, comprehensive programs, Unix systems and Unix-like systems have a ton of small programs that do one thing. cd is 'worse' than explorer.exe because it doesn't do as much, but it's better because if something is broken with cd, you just fix cd a lot easier.

Comment: Re:I wonder how long the NSA (Score 4, Insightful) 97

by king neckbeard (#48139619) Attached to: Windows Flaw Allowed Hackers To Spy On NATO, Ukraine, Others
Since the security of Microsoft systems became a significant factor in national security. Perhaps they could shift their efforts of illegally tipping off DEA agents into security audits of software vital to our infrastructure, since that would actually protect the security of the nation.

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