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Thomas Jost
Software engineer, addicted to free software and sci-fi series.
Software engineer, addicted to free software and sci-fi series.
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If I can get 4000 upvotes for a rant on security people, just imagine what a picture of a cat could do...

Mwahahaahaa... I'll get millions of +1's! Isn't that how these things work?
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Comment la BCE oblige le peuple irlandais déjà essoré par la crise à payer pour les créanciers privés d’une banque défunte, une “banque zombie”. Regardez la façon dont ce représentant de la BCE élude la question pour le moins embarrassante de Vincent Brown, un journaliste qui honore sa profession.

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C'est rare qu'il y ait quelque chose de pertinent sur Atlantico. Comm quoi il suffit juste de demander l'opinion de quelqu'un qui maîtrise le sujet...

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Why was MegaUpload really shut down?

In December of 2011, just weeks before the takedown, Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of #Megaupload were about to unroll. Something that would rock the music industry to its core. (http://goo.gl/A7wUZ)

I present to you... MegaBox. MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label.

"UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings," MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz told Torrentfreak

Not only did they plan on allowing artists to keep 90% of their earnings on songs that they sold, they wanted to pay them for songs they let users download for free.

"We have a solution called the Megakey that will allow artists to earn income from users who download music for free," Dotcom outlined. "Yes that's right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works."
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If I see one more bug report that goes something like "the Linux kernel used up all of my ram and I can't run applications!" I'm just going to start marking them invalid and post a link to this site.

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Hey Google, thanks for making my daughter cry.

Several years ago I set up a gmail account for my daughter so she could send email to her grandparents. At the beginning of this school year, she started using it much more actively to send messages to her friends and classmates. She also started a blogger blog as a class project.

Then, we woke up this morning to find that Google had disabled both her blog and her email account--apparently because she is under age.

Now, I don't remember seeing anything about the age restriction when I originally set up her account. And I understand that Google needs to comply with COPPA, but all of that is really beside the point.

My complaint is about the way Google has chosen to act in this matter--both the fact that they didn't notify us at all--they simply turned off the account without any warning, locking up all her data, preventing us from accessing it. And, more importantly, in the way they chose to implement their COPPA compliance.

Remember, COPPA places restrictions on websites. It limits the information that Google can collect about children. Google could be 100% COPPA compliant if they simply changed the way they collect data. And, in fact, Google does this already. They provide COPPA compliant email accounts for children under 13 from their Apps for Education domains.

So let's be clear here. There's no legal reason behind Google's decision to block my daughter's account. They've chosen to implement these age restrictions in this particular way. They've chosen to lock up my daughter's data without warning. They've chosen to threaten to delete the data.

Remember, we're talking about letters from grandparents and friends. I can't even log in and back them up. They're just gone.

Google could have made other choices--choices that are more customer friendly, more child friendly and more parent friendly. But they didn't. They've chosen to act in a dogmatic, inflexible way. They've chosen to ignore parental consent and opinion. They've chosen to act apparently without ever considering how their actions might affect the people who use and rely on their services. Damn the consequences, they did what they wanted to do and ignored everything else.

So, yes. I'm a bit pissed with Google at the moment. I think they could and should do better. This is just not acceptable behavior.

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