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Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 193

by nanoflower (#48474711) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Isn't the page really the issue? If the information is wrong or out of date then should it be forced to be taken down/edited instead of removing it from Google. After all I imagine many of the pages being linked do contain mostly correct information so the pages are still relevant. It's just some bit of information that the individual is taking objection to and wanting to be made unavailable.

(Of course I realize that this gets into another issue which is that many of the pages may exist outside of the EU and hence outside their control.) Though the same could be said for search engines unless the EU is going to hit up all of them across the world and not just Google.

Comment: Re:In Finland (Score 1) 516

by nanoflower (#48468029) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Do you live in California? That seems to be an area that regularly gets brown outs. It seems like they don't have the proper infrastructure in place to support the population when ever the need for electricity goes outside the norms.

So since Los Angeles stays comfortable most of the year the grid doesn't seem to handle the load well when temperatures head higher than 90F. I don't know if that's a problem with the grid itself or the amount of power available. Either way it looks like the normal choice has been made to design a system for normal usage which may fail under unusual conditions.

Comment: Re:Various hacking tools? (Score 2) 224

by nanoflower (#48463647) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal
It was an aim bot but one that only kicked in when you were already close to your target. So much so that even when viewing recorded footage it wouldn't be spotted. That's how they managed to get away with it at LAN events. Someone either has to see it installed or catch it running to detect that hack and apparently that is what happened.

Comment: Re:Business as usual for US justice (Score 1) 173

You probably didn't need to go into the details since that stuff tends to bore most people. It's enough to say that "If the government THINKS you broke the law the government can take your assets." That's the real key in civil forfeiture since they never have to prove a crime was committed. Only that they they think that the assets might have been associated with a crime (either in the past or the future (as in going to purchase drugs.))

Comment: Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (Score 2) 299

by nanoflower (#48411849) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

When journalists start to attack the company because the guy at the top is happy that he's getting laid that begins to sound like journalists engaging in personal attacks. At that point I can see some people deciding to return the favor.

Now when they describe things the company is actually doing that are anti-consumer then I think they are doing their job. If drivers are actually attacking passengers then of course it should be reported and the company should take action to investigate and discipline the drivers if they are guilty.

Comment: Re:Makes you wonder... (Score 4, Insightful) 187

by nanoflower (#48293807) Attached to: Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

The way I've heard it told is that companies don't care about having uncrackable DRM. What they want is DRM that won't be cracked during that initial sales rush that comes upon release of a new game. If the game's DRM is cracked a month or more after release that won't impact the sales in the way that having the DRM cracked in the first week would. That's why some companies have even removed DRM from games that have been out for some time. (Admittedly the games were out for years but still.)

Comment: Re:freedoms f----d (Score 1) 132

You may be completely right but your example doesn't provide enough detail to know if you are right. The problem is that once the patent expires anyone can produce the drug and all they have to worry about is production and marketing costs. The development/testing costs are only the responsibility of the original company that did the work and presumably brought the drug to market. Maybe they entirely covered those costs in the first year the drug was on the market or they could still be paying off that cost even though they have other companies now producing the same drug and selling it for $4.

We can't know the truth without that inside information on the costs of developing and testing any drug.

Comment: Re:Impressive (Score 1) 152

by nanoflower (#47794349) Attached to: Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

I think you missed the important part of what the previous poster said. "Here" which presumably means he is not in the USA. If he did try and order a SSD from Amazon chances are that between shipping charges, import taxes and any VAT the price could easily double or more. Otherwise I doubt he would have made the statement.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have cheap hardware readily available.

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