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Comment Re:Try to make me forget. (Score 3, Insightful) 135

The Streisand Effect is quite overrated; I have serious doubts that even one percent of cases would actually invoke it, and suspect the fraction is even smaller than that. Same goes for 4chan and, actually, the news media in general; they find a couple of things and blow those up into huge scandals using creative storytelling, and let the rest slip past.

The Streisand Effect and 4chan are risks, but they're so unpredictable that it's probably not worth considering them as much of a factor in your decision to try and hide information.

Comment Re:Who didn't see this coming? (Score 4, Informative) 135

I do not see how this can be considered circumvention or contempt. Google has a long history of being transparent in this way. They make public what content they delist because of copyright violations and it is only right that they inform a website when they do similar for "right to be forgotten".

Further, if you read Google's document they indicate that in the case of data protection removals they inform the webmaster of the URL that has been de-listed, with no information about the details of the request or the requester. This seems like a sensible and serious attempt to balance the right of the webmaster to know that his content is no longer being indexed (for some searches) with the right of privacy of the person requesting removal.

It also seems to be the cause of the hoopla a few weeks back which put Google in the crosshairs of many who claimed the company was trying to sensationalize the removals. Google had removed the link when the searched topic was the name of a commenter on the article (who asked for it to be removed), but not when the searched topic was person the article was about, or other relevant terms. The webmaster saw that the URL had be de-listed for some searches and the paper wrote an article about how the URL had been removed entirely, even though it was obviously in the public interest, asserting that Google was intentionally removing things that weren't justified under the law in order to provoke a backlash against it. The assumption that it had been removed entirely was incorrect, of course, but Google couldn't provide information about the rationale or scope of the removal without violating the privacy of the requester.

I, personally, think the "right to be forgotten" is ridiculous, but it appears to me that Google is trying very hard to comply with it, letter and spirit.

(Disclosure: I'm a Google employee, but I have nothing to do with any of this and know nothing about it beyond what I read in the press. Also, I'm not a company spokesperson of any sort; they pay me to sit at a desk and pound out code.)

Comment Re:What's Changed (Score 1) 135

Communism is powerful, powerful stuff. So powerful it managed to spread laziness, poverty, and hideously poor engineering in a country populated entirely by Germans.

+1 Insightful.

Given the German peoples' repeatedly demonstrated ability to be an economic powerhouse even against severe odds, that's a really telling point.

Comment Re:Redefine (Score 1) 188

Couldn't they have just redefined the acronym?

'Xenon Based Media Center'.. something something... It does not have to make sense. Just shorten it back to XBMC. There. No more trademark violation.

We don't even know what the X in xbox stands for either. No one cares.

^^ This.
The new name has nothing to do with XBMC or what it stands for. They may of well as called it Cloud, oh hail the buzz word that means fuck all and everything thats networked, at the same time.

Kodi seems like a bit of a joke when the char Name[0] went +1;

Xtra Bananas Monkies Claim

Comment Re:In other News (news that counts) (Score 1) 68

I've always been somewhat wary about these one-man custom distros or images. Do they contain malware? Probably not. But do they contain schoolboy mistakes which cause breakage or security problems? I think it's possible.

No. Everything works.
I've been running this setup for over 2 years. I finally decided to share my installation with a guide. Not everyone is out to get you and your "security".

Schoolboy mistakes:
Everyone makes mistakes. Even you.
By all means, find a issue and i'll gladly fix it in my free time.

Security Problems:
If you have "security concerns", you shouldnt be using any distro, unless you make it to your own "security" requirements.
These debian images are aimed at home users, who just want a fast Pi doing their daily stuff.

Your welcome.

Comment Re:What's Changed (Score 2) 135

Astonishing how well the east german economy worked for nearly 50 years if you consider this, hm ... lying to yourself system?

I don't know, I drove through portions of former East Germany not too many years after unification, and from what I saw, it worked *exactly* as well as you'd expect. The difference between west and east was stark and startling. In the west, there were occasional items in need of maintenance and modernization, just as you'll find anywhere, but by and large everything was well-built, well-maintained... and cheerful. The last bit is hard to explain, but it was more than just the use of bright colors on stores and signs, it was just an overall feeling of energy and exuberance. In contrast, nearly everything in the east was poorly-built, in need of maintenance, and drab. The roads were narrow, rough and full of holes. The bridges were rickety-looking and clearly needed maintenance. Many, many of the buildings had sagging rooflines, especially the farmhouses and barns. Much was unpainted, rusting steel, or unpainted, drying and spitting wood and what was painted was clearly painted only to make it last longer because it was all gray and black.

It strikes me that that's *exactly* what I'd expect a culture that habitually pretends to work to fool the planners to produce. No energy, no motivation, no reason to innovate.

From what I understand, it has been a huge burden on western Germany to drag their eastern fellows into the 21st century. The other thing I noticed when driving through east Germany, both that first time and even more a few years later, was that it seemed like they were rebuilding the entire country at once. And I know my west German friends grumbled often about the taxes for reconstruction, though they seemed generally to think that it was a price worth paying.

Comment Re:Until Google comes clean (Score 1) 114

I'd like to know *which* information they aggregate.

I think it's safe to assume that all of the data you put into Google services is fair game. I suspect (but don't know), that Google isn't actually able to make the kind of detailed, nuanced use of the data that is often speculated, but the privacy policy says they collect the data you put into their services, so I'd assume that all of it is collected.

Comment Re:Until Google comes clean (Score 1) 114

Not withstanding the free-access pipe straight to the NSA..

Doesn't exist. Government requests have to go through the process of being vetted by Google's attorneys and are rejected if not legitimate, including if overly broad. The NSA shouldn't be able to tap the lines between data centers any more, either, because it's all encrypted now.

We'd like to know which data Google sells to who. Its clear that they do sell the data.

They don't, except for aggregated non-personally identifiable. That means it's not possible to identify a person.

Whats the "aggregated" information on breast cancer patients aged 40-41 in zipcode 33333. Oh look ! Its only a single person.

Google isn't that dumb, and neither are attorneys or judges.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 114

I suppose that's true for the shares that don't add a comment. Well, except that I like to see when my G+ friends have shared something, whether I'm looking at it from G+ or from YouTube. So, just removing the text-free shares wouldn't be quite the ticket, either. Hmm.

Comment Re:Heh, slave to the rythm.... (Score 1) 135

Yeah, I have clients worldwide too, comes with being a specialist. And yes, I do prefer email. However, sometimes calls are preferable, such as conference calls. But I make a point of having everyone be on time, if someone is late, I start the meeting without them. I also keep a detailed plan for the meeting, and strict minutes of it.

The worst thing is when you work with other software developers who don't keep track of such things, or even deliberately try to sabotage such things. There's an idiotic macho culture among many software developers in regards to Agile, working hours that makes them look retarded and gullible, and if you propose that they form a guild or union to avoid being taken advantage of, they prefer being taken advantage of. And that's far more prevalent in north american culture: "Hey, big employer, feel free to take advantage of me, all I will do is whine anonymously, and even then I'll just help maintain a situation where you can keep taking advantage of me"

Comment Re:Fundamentals of Comp Sci (Score 1) 315

You know, Oberon sounded interesting given it's pedigree. Except there's something like half-a-dozen different versions of it - with varied licensing, multiple compilers for the various Oberon versions...

Then you read what the original "goals" for the Oberon language were (simplicity being a prime consideration) --- and he's gone back at least twice now, and rewritten Oberon - complicating each successive version in non-compatible ways with each other.

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