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Comment Re:ECJ Google Spain v AEPD: privacy vs expression? (Score 3, Interesting) 58

Hey Jennifer, I just thought of another question.

What is your opinion on cyber bullying and litigation?
E.g. a bully posts sensitive personal data about someone, and he or she wants that data to be "forgotten" by search engines, web hosts etc. (data processors).
To obtain this result, he or she would have to go to a court, and because of the fact that most court proceedings are public and published (in the EU, at least, and let's assume this is concerning an adult, because in most countries, court cases involving minors are closed), this information would be even more widely broadcast, through the public records of the courts.
Is this a legal catch 22, do you see any solutions for these kinds of victims?

Comment ECJ Google Spain v AEPD: privacy vs expression? (Score 2) 58

Hey Jennifer,

You must deal with the clash between freedom of information (and expression), like in the Schwartz-case, and the right to privacy (and to be forgotten, even by agencies such as the NSA), every day.
What is your opinion on the Court of Justice of the European Union's Grand Chamber judgement in C-131/12 (Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja Gonzalez)? The court ruled that the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection should, ‘as a rule’ override ‘not only the economic interest of the operator but also the interest of the general public in finding that information’. However, in certain circumstances, there may be a preponderant interest of the general public (for instance, if the individual concerned was a public figure) [97].[...], this is an assessment which must be made by the national court [98].
One commentator (Guy Vassall-Adams) noted that: "It appears that the court never asked itself if these large corporations can be relied on to protect the public interest in freedom of expression, taking a principled stance in response to unmeritorious complaints, as opposed to simply following the easy (and cheap) course of erasing information on request. Across the Atlantic and around the world other countries will look on us with bemusement as they read information which we are denied. This judgment is profoundly harmful to the operation of the internet and a betrayal of Europe’s great legacy in protecting freedom of expression."
Do you think the Court struck a good balance between the rights to privacy and freedom of expression? Can we expect a similar ruling by the US Supreme Court?
What is your opinion on circumventory measures such as ChillingEffects, which Google uses in the US, and lists all DMCA-takedowns, and in which Stanford is also involved, in the context of personal data (as opposed to MP3s of copyrighted music)?
What is your opinion on the Streisand effect of such cases (everybody knows that Mario Costeja Gonzalez was at one time involved in bankruptcy proceedings, because this is in ECJ case).
Thank you for doing this interview.

Comment Slashvertising (Score 1) 91

I read the summary as: "As it turns out, AMD's new executive team is more keen on marketing than their predecessors, and they've poured more money into the initiative. The result: closer relationships between AMD and covert advertising on technology news websites, more attention for Radeon-specific features that nobody will use in new titles, and juicy benchmark results showing that Nvidia cards still outperform the AMD ones in absolute performance, as well as performance/cost and performance/watt."

Comment Looks like someone... (Score 5, Interesting) 197

hasn't played enough games outside of the best-sellers. There's lot's of games with well written stories and intriguing worlds that were all new IPs. From the top of my head:
-Alan Wake
-The Secret World (just released!)
And that's just the big, well-known titles. I'm sure if you start reading a quality gaming blog like Rock Paper Shotgun you'll be up-to-date on some great indie titles as well in no time at all, sir. (also take a look at things like the Humble Indie Bundle, sometimes these bundles contain really well written adventure games (and they always contain games with Linux support)

We've also seen the resurrection of franchises like Fallout, and Deus Ex, while not having extremely well written dialogue (with the possible exception of Fallout: New Vegas, which was made by Obsidian instead of Bethesda), they are still worth playing for the world and the story the players themselves can write through their actions.

Comment You are asking the wrong question (Score 1, Insightful) 284

"I thought I'd ask Slashdot for some suggestions on enabling maximum uptime" - the answer: YOU don't enable maximum uptime, you get someone to do do it for you.
It seems to me like you are ill-equiped to handle server hosting. If you're asking these kinds of questions it may honestly be wiser to just let a third party handle this task for you, so you can handle your main job: serving customers. How about you host your SQL database at one of the many hosting providers willing to tackle this for you? I bet a simple Google query would result in thousands of hits. But as seems to be the trend with Ask Slashdot lately: you probably didn't want to hear this answer. (I know how Slashdot frowns upon URL shortners, but I assure you, the person asking the question definitely needs to learn that Slashdot isn't a damn search engine).

Comment Kaspersky on online voting (Score 1) 166

From the article: He warned Cebit delegates that unless young citizens were provided with safe and reliable ways to vote online, democracy as we know it could be dead within 20 years. People would expect biometric, cryptographic online identification verification that was 100 per cent secure in order to vote online.
Without that he said that without that conventional modes of democracy could be extinct within two decades as the younger generation would not vote in a conventional physical polling booth, which could lead to “very serious conflict between the generations.”

And I bet the servers will have to be secured by Karpersky Antivirus, right? He is basically creating his own future market. Smart guy.
But seriously, democracy doesn't need and has never needed people who are too lazy to vote influencing the outcomes of elections for its perceived legitimacy
As for the "very serious conflict between the generations", the younger generation would only have themselves to blame, and most likely if they are too lazy to vote they will be too lazy to riot. Or, to reverse it a bit: if they have enough free time to set up riots and generation conflicts, they might as well vote.

Comment Re:so where should one go? (Score 5, Informative) 100

I'd like to know where that mythical country is that respects your Internet privacy and doesn't subject you to damage from arbitrary and invalid copyright claims. I haven't found it (...).

Sweden. You should try, they host TPB. But they also offer Dedicated servers and Tunnels and anonymizers.

Comment Bad summary! (Score 5, Informative) 307

From the article: "Oracle, in retiring the ‘Operating System Distributor License for Java’, means Canonical no longer have permission to distribute the package." So it's not that Oracle has lost their right to distribute Java (JDK) or something, but they are retiring the license Canonical is using that granted them the right to distribute it with Ubuntu. The summary also states (correctly) that Ubuntu will remove the sun-java package from the repository and user's machines, but does not state why: “Due to the severity of the security risk, Canonical is immediately releasing a security update for the Sun JDK browser plugin which will disable the plugin on all machines.” Ubuntu’s Marc Deslauriers wrote in a mail to the Ubuntu Security Mailing list. “This will mitigate users’ risk from malicious websites exploiting the vulnerable version of the Sun JDK.” Summarizing: there are two things going on here, one is that Oracle has revoked the license Canonical is using to distribute Java (JDK) freely so it will not come with Ubuntu anymore. Java must now be downloaded from Oracle's site. Second: The java jdk package will be removed from user's computers because of severe security holes. Java must now be downloaded from Oracle's site. So, two things, one article and one terrible summary.

Comment Re:Carmack's Reverse (Score 5, Interesting) 187

It took Carmack a considerably shorter time to come up with that engine than it took for id's art department to make a game out of it. And that game isn't even good. Seriously id Software needs to refocus on one thing, making great engines with tech-demo games (Doom 3) or great games with outdated engines because all they are doing now is tech-demo games with outdated engines (Rage). The id Tech 5 engine was first shown at the WWDC 2007, RAGE was released just a month ago. So there's a four year disparity. Also, the engine (or at least, RAGE) lacks features like HDR, which are present even in the (old, but updated) Source engine.

Comment Re:Has anyone actually made any worthwhile with th (Score 5, Informative) 187

It's funny you mention Modern Warfare 3 since that game's engine is based on id Tech 3, an engine id Software open sourced before, just like they are doing now with Tech 4. "The engine was first used for Call of Duty 2 in 2005 under a proprietary license of id Tech 3 created by id Software in 1999, as at this time, the engine was a heavily modified version of the Quake III engine. The engine did not have an official name until IGN was told at the E3 2009 by the studio that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would run on the "IW 4.0 engine". (

Comment Re:Microsoft? (Score 1) 545

I know im kind of a black sheep around here, but Expression Web & Visual Studio Web combined make a pretty solid base...

Yeah, Expression Web is pretty useful, it's like having a CSS2,3 and HTML handbook at the ready all the time. The WYSIWYG stuff is just an added bonus, the real value (for me) is how you can quickly edit properties.

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