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Comment Re: Mall shooting in Germany (Score 1) 162

It is obvious in those cases they sought out the gun for suicide.

You are suggesting these happy people bought a gun, then, purely coincidentally, killed themselves quickly.

To go back to the train example, I am sure towns with a new train track suddenly get train suicides.

The presence of the Golden Gate Bridge is dangerously increasing suicides for a hundred years now. Without it they would be fewer by your argument.

Comment Re:One of the oldest sites on the internet (Score 2) 177

Maybe you young'ns can't remember, but I remember when you had to access Yahoo by an IP address (since DNS wasn't a thing then), and then all it really was, was a directory of links to other sites that existed. No such thing as a search engine back then.

The founders capitalized on that, and at one point, Yahoo was the biggest, best thing on the world wide web. Then they decided that the "portal" thing was the way to go, and after that, it was kinda downhill from there.

And then Google came and ate their lunch, and after that were a series of terrible CEOs that didn't understand the company at all (probably because there was no cohesive strategy to understand -- they grew too rapidly at the start for that).

Bye Bye Yahoo. You were great for a little while in the early days, and I appreciated what you did for the web. But I don't think you were ever meant to be a commercial venture, and essentially that was your downfall.

I remember everything you said except the "access Yahoo by an IP address" (or that "DNS wasn't a thing then").

Comment Re:You've got to appreciate the irony... (Score 1) 76

Except this isn't just about a company being sloppy (or outright lying) about a customer-friendly policy. There are laws about having to delete said things after a certain amount of time.

So, for the lawyers:

1. Does something in the drafts folder count as email?
2. Regardless of 1, does this draft still existing imply the whole email system database backup still exists, or does Yahoo do extra work to just clobber old in and outboxes?

Comment Re:You've got to appreciate the irony... (Score 1) 76

If they deleted it from their drafts folder, I would expect it to be clobbered from the backup system after the expired time simply because it is only in backed up files of the entire email database. is in a separate database just for drafts (or all non-sent, non-received data)? Or is the general email database backup sitting around existing when it shouldn't?

This is the investigation that needs to happen.

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