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Peter Solodov
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A guest on my roof. This guy (we had a raccoon family come over once, so I assume it's a guy since there were no little ones anywhere) camped out on my roof for a whole day. Neighbor saw him hiding from the rain in the morning and called me.  I expected this guy to be gone by the evening, instead he was stretching, yawning, grooming himself, probably after having a very good long sleep.  I was trying to convince him to use a ladder to get down because it became evident that he didn't know how to get down :) But clearly he hasn't quite mastered ladders yet and instead clumsily slid down the wall (after doing a total ninja trick of hanging down on the gutter) and landed on his butt. He happily ran away and climbed on the nearest tree, so nothing bad happened, other than some light bruises and slightly damaged self-esteem.
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Nice article about lambdas in C++.
A new (but not so welcome?) addition Lambdas are one of the new features added to C++ and seem to cause considerable consternation amongst many programmers. In this article we’ll have a look at the...
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A public consultation period at the CRTC on the future of digital services in Canada is coming to a close soon. We want to take your comments straight to decision-makers, but we can't do that unless you go to https://openmedia.org/handsoffournet?src=gpa. Learn more below.
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You're in the home stretch--two more days till the weekend.
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A reporter asked me for reaction to news that Google has put up a form to meet a European court’s insane and dangerous ruling and allow people to demand that links to content they don’t like about themselves be taken down. Here’s what I said:

This is a most troubling event for speech, the web, and Europe.

The court has trampled the free-speech rights not only of Google but of the sites — and speakers — to which it links.

The court has undertaken to control knowledge — to erase what is already known — which in concept is offensive to an open and modern society and in history is a device used by tyrannies; one would have hoped that European jurists of all people would have recognized the danger of that precedent.

The court has undermined the very structure of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention, the link — the underpinning of the web itself — by making now Google (and next perhaps any of us) liable just for linking to information. Will newspapers be forced to erase what they link to or quote? Will libraries be forced to take metaphoric cards out of their catalogs?

The court has, ironically, made Google only more powerful, making it the adjudicator of what information should and should not be found. The court has also given Google ludicrous parameters — e.g., having to decide what is relevant to what; relevant to whom; relevant in what context?

We don’t know how this order will be implemented by the various search engines. One question is what right of notice and appeal a delinked site will have.

If this process is public, as it should be, then doesn’t that have the potential to bring even more attention to the information in dispute? Another question is whether content will be made invisible in Europe but will still be visible — as I hope it will be — in the rest of the world, where the European court has no authority. Will this then allow others to compare search results and make the banned information only more visible? In the end, has the court assured a Streisand effect — or, as the comedian John Oliver said on his HBO show, the one thing that is known about the Spaniard who brought this case is the thing that he does not want known.

Further, what of search engines and sites that have no European offices and thus the court has no authority over them? If they refuse to delink on demand will the court ban these sites for European view?

Finally, I am concerned about the additive effect of this ruling on Europe’s reputation as technophobic or anti-American. Add to this especially various actions in Germany — government officials demanding a “Verpixelungsrecht” (a right to be pixelated) in Google Street View despite the fact that these are images taken of public views in public places; German publishers ganging up on Google to strongarm politicians into passing a law limiting the quoting of snippets of content and now threatening to break up Google — in addition to similarly head-scratching moves in France, Italy, and elsewhere. Is Europe a place where any technology company or investor will choose to work?

You ask about Eric Schmidt and David Drummond cochairing the advisory committee. That is a clear indication of how profound and dangerous this situation is in Google’s view. It so happens I was in Mountain View two weeks ago speaking to the all-hands meeting of Google’s privacy teams and I can tell you they were shocked at the ruling. I also said much of what I’ve said to you there. I am appalled by this ruling. [As a matter of disclosure, Google paid my travel expenses but I have no business relationship with Google.]

The form is here: https://support.google.com/legal/contact/lr_eudpa?product=websearch&hl=en

Guardian report here: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/30/google-launches-right-to-be-forgotten-webform-for-removal-requests
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  • Moscow State Technical University n.a. N.E. Bauman
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