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Comment: Re:We keep getting closer to a dystopia (Score 1) 135

by mrbester (#47325013) Attached to: MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

Yeah, we've got this thing with the major ISP (BT) where you can get free wireless at hot spots around the world (FON) by ticking a checkbox that sets aside bandwidth on an open SSID on the router. The IP remains the same, but a claim of responsibility for what other people do with open WiFi gets a "fuck you" to the prosecutor and to hell with the contempt of court.

Comment: Re:All I'll say... (Score 1) 224

by mrbester (#47139511) Attached to: Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

You misunderstand the purpose of the act. It's so people aren't forever branded with a label making them effectively unemployable. It is libel because it is the same as someone who didn't have that spent conviction. Because legally it has now never happened. Publicly accessible records of that conviction are expunged, which is the big difference. In US forever in public view will be everything illegal thing you have ever been convicted for, no matter what. And you tell *me* to read nineteen eighty four. You're living in it and defending it.

Comment: Re:All I'll say... (Score 5, Informative) 224

by mrbester (#47136059) Attached to: Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

We've got this thing in UK called Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This plainly states that when a conviction is deemed "spent" (depends on offence for the timescale, some offences never expire of course) then that it deemed to have never happened in the first place. This can even include being sent to prison. Any use of that information is prohibited and there is no upper limit for a fine that can be imposed for doing so. Plus, use of that information will get you sued for libel, which you will lose and lose badly.

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