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Comment Re:How do they know (Score 1) 56

Or Nissan Motor Company Ltd invokes the right for "Nissan" to be forgotten for just long enough to affect Nissan Computer's business to the extent that it goes out of business and/or agrees to sell the domain name to the automotive company.

That's not how Right to be Forgotten works.

Right to be Forgotten is an application of traditional meatspace record-keeping. Remember how in many places, after you've been convicted, after so many years that conviction is no longer on the books?

Or take your credit history - it only covers the past 7 years with older records, including things like bankruptcies and all that simply "forgotten" and expunged.

Right to be Forgotten is just like that.

First, it does not delete anything - it cannot. It merely breaks the link between a search term and the link it would point to.

Let's say you went to jail a decade ago and served your time and are completely free. You've lived a virtuous life since then, and a criminal record check would basically show you to be clean because your crime was wiped off the books. But a site archiving imprisonment records still lists you as being in prison. Right to be forgotten means you can break a link between your name and that site - you've done your time, and the state considers you to be clean and you can pass a criminal records check. But then an employer Googles you and sees that you were in jail. Is that fair? By law you did pass and such ancient history should be wiped. But the site showing the information has done no wrong either, so it would be bad to demand that they remove the information.

Or say you declared bankruptcy a decade ago. Since employers are doing credit history checks now, your bankruptcy is no longer shown to them for several years. But if they Google you, because some site archived news like that, you show up.

That's what right to be forgotten is all about. It only applies to individuals and only when the legal limit for such news has expired and is no longer relevant. So if you have a bankruptcy in the past 7 years, you can't invoke right to be forgotten to remove it off the internet - it's still relevant after all.

Or think of it another way - without right to be forgotten, a bunch of children are going to learn the hard way about the repercussions of their indiscretions. After all, in most jurisdictions, once you turn 18, your record is wiped and you start afresh - this includes any run-ins with the law (unless you were tried as an adult). Well, right to be forgotten lets you break all the links between the bad stuff you did as a adolescent teen and also start afresh

Comment Re:So What (Score 1) 75

anyway I like white text on a black background

Actually, white-on-black makes things worse - it makes skinny fonts skinnier and the black "creeps into" the white and makes fonts appear smaller.

So much so if you're doing it, you must increase the size and weight of the font you're using to make it look "normal" again.

Comment Re:how about other third-party tracking? (Score 1) 73

For example Doubleclick and those kinds of networks track me across the web even if I've never signed up for an account with them or otherwise accepted their ToS.

Are you sure? I mean, you probably did, probably for GMail or YouTube or some other Google thing. Or an Android phone.

I know Google loves to hide the fact that they own the majority of ad networks out there so everyone THINKS they only do the text ads, but no, Google owns the major ad networks like DoubleClick (they acquired them so many years ago it may even be when /. was "better").

You probably did accept DoubleClick and many other ToS by simply having and using a Google account (and didn't Google a few years ago unify their ToS across everything?)/.

Comment Re: Seriously?? (Score 1) 118

There are a dozen use cases for not full headless and not full desktop. I'll name you one: a laboratory workstation that you both physically sit at and occasionally check up on from your desk or your home by sshing in and running a graphical thingie to monitor to test equipment it's plugged into.

Which works fine if your equipment supports multiple sharing sessions. If not, starting the new monitor may disrupt the existing process, screwing you over. Which is why X and remote desktop are NOT mutually exclusive - sometimes a view-only session is all you need to quickly view a setting without running something that could disrupt your long-running process.

The other reason is if you're on a flaky connection. Do this and X becomes a poor solution because the moment your connection burps, your applications are force-quit and you lose your work.

There are situations where one solution is better than the other. X forwarding is great, but it's not the be-all-end-all solution, especially if something you're doing is single-session only or you're not on a reliable connection (e.g., mobile) where you don't want all your programs to abort because you lost your cell signal.

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 534

The Cadillac CTS is a mid-size sedan. The large sedan, the XTS, is only available in automatic.

As far as I know, the only full-size truck with a stick is the Cummins <strike>Dodge</strike> Ram (and I didn't realize that was actually still available until other posters pointed it out). I don't think that manual-transmission F-X50s or Chevy/GMC X500s (where X in the range [1, 3]) exist anymore, let alone a manual Toyota Tundra or Nissan Titan.

For minivans, packaging considerations should be surmountable -- the Mazda5 managed it (very nicely, I might add -- Mazda5s are fun to drive), and there's no reason (in theory) that a "5 on the tree" setup couldn't happen. The real reason is that manufacturers think nobody wants it.

Comment Re:I don't understand this (Score -1) 76

Then how about

if (password last checked 2 seconds)
    return WRÒNG_PASSWORD;

This should be the default for pretty much any credential checking. Either it's automated. Then the automatism should have the right password anyway. Or it is user driven, i.e. typos may happen. Then he has to type it, and any password worth its salt needs more than 2 seconds to key it in.

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