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Comment Re:Wiki who? (Score 2) 175

Get the whole Internet to go offline for a day and you might wake people up. It has never ceased to amaze me how many never used Google nor care too.

But now that I think about it, I know many people who don't really use the Internet that much. My mom certainly wouldn't care much. So...

Get supermarkets to close for a day and you might wake people up!

But I know some other people who ...

Comment Re:Why do you care? (Score 2) 284

"Public information => no need for privacy" is a very typical logical fallacy. Privacy is not a black-or-white thing, categorizing things into private/public misses the point.

For example: when you move out of your home, your location is public information. Anyone who can see you knows that you're there. Similarly, your "image" is public information, anyone can take a picture of you. This does not violates your privacy, as long as it happens by random people in the street. If someone tracks your every movement, takes a picture every minute and publishes this information on the net, your privacy is clearly violated.

I don't care that much about the SID thing, but people have every right to feel that their privacy is violated by automatic collection of data, even if the data are "public". Privacy has a lot to do with who has access to the data, what it does with it and even how easy the access is.

Comment Re:Pay to read (Score 4, Insightful) 101

and most importantly, paying not the author of the research, nor the institution that financed the author, but some random publisher who did virtually nothing.

The current publishing system really amazes me (and yes I'm an academic). This is wonderful news, I wish more institutions encouraged their researchers to go open access.

Comment Re:Amazon Silk + SSL = MITM? (Score 1) 249

If this is only at the TCP level, essentially forwarding all encrypted traffic unaltered, then there is no issue.

But looking at the content is very serious. If the browser shows that it sends the data encrypted to example.com, but in fact it sends them in cleartext to proxy.amazon.com, it's a ridiculous security hole. I doubt they are doing this.

Comment Re:All Smart Phones Infiringe (Score 1) 148

I totally agree that it's completely impossible to create a product without infringing patents, especially software patents. The whole system is absurd.

Still, the issue here is whether Google knew about the _specific_ patents that Oracle is suing about. That's the point the judge is trying to make.

Hopefully the whole thing will be irrelevant if the patents are shown to be invalid (Google found lots of prior art).

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