* Posts by Eponymous Cowherd

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Shurely

So your small software vendors would have to demonstrate that they had proper processes in place to obtain the insurance at a sensible price. Just like hardware manufacturers, and for that matter plumbers and jobbing electricians, have to do now.

I work for a TickIT+ certified developer so we do follow those "proper processes" and we do have to demonstrate that we follow them. We also guarantee our software up to its full value. If it breaks you get your money back.

It is, precisely, because we do follow rigorous procedures that we understand that they cannot ensure an absolute, 100%, fault free product (show me a product that has never failed). A contract with even a tiny chance of being taken to the cleaners for £millions isn't worth it.

Oh, and "hardware" manufacturers certainly do limit their liability. If your handbrake fails on your new car, they may pay for the damage to your vehicle, but not for any 3rd party damage. And one manufacturer who likes to claim a "lifetime" warranty on their vehicles specifically includes an addition to their manual that you should leave the vehicle in gear when you park it (against highway code advice) because they know a certain model is prone to handbrake failure. A friend recently had his new car roll away, smash 3 parked cars and demolish a lamp post. When he tried to claim off the warranty they pointed at the clause in the manual and, effectively, told him to fuck off.

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Re: Shurely

If that were the case, then Microsoft would probably survive, along with the other big names. What would disappear would be all of the small ISVs and developers who wouldn't be able to afford to insure themselves against a situation like this if they were directly responsible for the loss.

The only result of making software developers responsible fir consequential losses would be vastly less choice, much less functionality (the more complex, the greater chance of a cockup) and vastly higher prices.

So the only word processor would be MS Word, it would have the functionality of Wordpad and cost £3000.

Exaggerating? Yes, but not by all that much.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Arrrgh.....

It burns us, precious.

well, my eyes, at least.

Truly hideous.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: "a million Don't Tell the Bride, Sun Sex & Suspicious Parents and 'documantaries'"

Yes, but this kind of shite "lowest common denominator" output is done to death by the other terrestial channels. What added value does the BBC offer by doing it too?

Anyone who wants to can still get their fill of as much fly-on-the-wall reality shite as they want once BBC 3 has gone from a hundred other channels.

Compare this with if the BBC had decided to scrap BBC 4 instead.

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CBBC

You know there is something wrong with a supposedly "adult" channel like BBC 3 when a kids channel (CBBC) churns out better content than it does.

Hell, even most of Cbeebies content it highbrow compared to Don't tell the Barely Legal Suspicious Parents.

I guess the bottom line is that when Channel 4, Channel 5 and a large amount of ITV content is puerile shite, there is no real benefit in the licence funded BBC doing the same.

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Google pushes 'go' on Android Studio

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Re: The King is dead....

"I think Xamarin starts offering value when you're developing for two or three platforms (iOS, Android and WinPhone)."

Yes, and that is the main purpose of the platform. Anyone who wants to create a mobile app will certainly want to target as many potential users/customers as possible, that means, at least, iOS and Android.

The Xamarin platform cuts the development time down by some 35% over two platforms and more like 50% over 3 (though it does depend on the balance between business logic and UI). It also allows to to divide your programming resources more economically. You don't need separate Objective C / iOS, Java / Android and Windows Phone / C# developers.

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Re: The King is dead....

Forms is still pretty immature, though it is moving along fast. I'm still not sure about its advantage over "traditional" UIs for the three mobile platforms. Personally I prefer the flexibility of individually designed front ends. Forms has too much of a whiff of AWT about it.

The real advantage in Xamarin is that you can share data and business logic/rules and bind them to the individual UI front ends (easy as both iOS and Android are MVC based and Windows Phone is MVVM).

Then there is the distinct advantage that all three platforms can be coded in a single language (C#) (or F# if you really want to)

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Re: The King is dead....

"What advantages does the former have over the latter for Android development?"

You can develop for iOS, Android and Windows phone in C# sharing 75% to 90+% of code between them and use most of the core .NET feature any C# coder will be familiar with.

It also make more economic sense. Why develop three completely separate apps in three different languages when you don't have to?

OK, if you are only targeting Android and you are already experienced in Java/Android there isn't much to be gained, but we develop for all three.

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The King is dead....

long live the king.

No, not free (by one hell of a way), but easily the best mobile dev platform out there.

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Re: I just can't be arsed anymore!

Quite.

I plan my journey so that I have plenty of time, stick to the limits, have a much less stressful journey and get an extra 10 or so mpg out of the car.

And there is the added advantage that you know you won't be having a nasty surprise landing on your doormat in a week or so.

Win-Win.

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Re: The Jeremy Clarkson Effect...

"And likewise sometimes travelling in excess of it is perfectly safe as well.

But illegal.

If you knowingly exceed the speed limit and get caught, you only have yourself to blame. That is the way the law works. Its no good whining about sneakily placed speed traps, you know the law, you broke it, you got caught. Man up and take it on the chin rather than crying like a baby.

Oh? You already have 9 points on your licence? Well you were triply stupid speeding knowing that another ticket would result in a ban and no job then, weren't you.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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Re: A money burning exercise

VS2013 is pig slow and crashes often and "Ribbon" Office just makes me want to smash my computer in frustration because of the way it makes simple things difficult.

How do you slow your server to a crawl? Yep, you install MS Exchange. That'll do it.

But SQL Server, yeah, probably the best there is.

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High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

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Meh....

Just a case of needing to be seen to be doing something.

Even if the "something" is completely ineffectual.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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It's much more fun trying to get them all wrong.....

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Its absolutely true. In the UK at least, if you are cut up, tailgated or otherwise generally hassled on the road, there is a way better than average chance that the moron doing it is behind the wheel of an Audi.

Audi's ads seem to play on this, too. While others seen to concentrate on the economy|, safety or confort of their products, Audi's ads are clearly aimed at the knuckle draggers.

Happily all the BMW jokes translate nicely into Audi jokes, though.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Perhaps they could convince the BBC to talk about them all the time

This is what you get when you have a chief tech correspondent who knows fuck all about tech.

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Undoubtedly.

Some even manage to get up to no good without legs.

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Undoubtedly.

Civilians are using drones to get up to no good, are they?

What? Just like certain "civilians" use cars, vans, bicycles, phones, computers, kItchen knives, pickaxes, etc, etc, etc, to "get up to no good".

Ban them all, I say!!!

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Nothing to do with "free speech"

If you don't agree with someone's opinion or something they are campaigning for/against then there is nothing to stop you arguing your point of view.

What is not acceptable is abusing and making threats to harm/rape/kill someone because you disagree with them.

In fact, by thinking that it is acceptable to make, for example, threasts to kill against people you disagree with, you are actually showing yourself to be againt the free speech of others.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: A fool and his money.....

"A completely different bike that meets a fairly different consumers needs perhaps?

Care to elucidate what those different needs might be? What use/role can the Vanhoof fill that mine cannot? Mine is cheaper, just as fast and has the same range, but is far more flexible (it folds, has a removable battery, has 7 speeds and has a throttle only mode)?

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Re: Err....a fly in the lycra?

This is incorrect. eBikes in the UK are restricted to 250W (300W for a tandem) and a top motorised speed of 15.5mph (this is the speed the motor stops assisting, you can go faster under your own effort if you wish). eBikes are permitted a throttle (so you don't have to pedal). Bikes in other euro countries can only use pedalec mode.

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A fool and his money.....

I have an eBike. Cost £700. It has the same 250W motor and speed limitations as the Vanmoof, so its performance is identical.

It also has a rear mounted motor (much better traction), 7 speeds, a throttle lever (so you can motor without peddling if you wish) as well as "pedelec" mode.

Its also a folder, so I can sling it in the back of the car, or in the corner of the office while it charges.

I do about 20 miles a day on it, a total of over 1200 miles since I got it in May this year. I do tend to use it in "pedelec" mode, with me putting in about 1/3 to 1/2 of the effort. The big advantage over a regular bike is that I can vary the amount of effort I put in without greatly affecting the speed and time it takes to get to work (motor only, about 40 mins, pedelec, around 35 mins). If it's a hot day, I let the motor take most of the strain so I don't end up getting to work spraying sweat like a lawn sprinkler.

So what does the extra £1300 I'd pay for the Vanhoof get me, exactly?

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: It's all good....

I'd like to see Toby Frost's "Chronicles of Space Captain Smith"

Steampunk comedy. A sort of eclectic mix of "Hitch-hiker's Guide", "Red Dwarf" and "Carry on up the Khyber".

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Personally thought Ender's Game was atrocious. Bordering on "Battlefield Earth" bad. It came across as Harry Potter meets Starship Troopers and dawdled along through 95% of the film before rushing through the final battle which then flolloped into to a clichéd ending.

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The Martian

One of the best books I have read in a long time, Weir's Mark Watney is anything but one-dimensional.

" In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl".

“I guess you could call it a "failure", but I prefer the term "learning experience"

“My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.”

“Problem is (follow me closely here, the science is pretty complicated), if I cut a hole in the Hab, the air won't stay inside anymore.”

I just hope Ridley Scott doesn't turn it into another Prometheus.....

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'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

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Boffin

Not dinosaurs

either of them.

As different from a dinosaur as a modern croc is from an ostrich.

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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Re: AKA Tecevo S100

Or one badged "Aukey" for £17.

Interestingly, the Tecevo S100 claims NFC connectivity, too.

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Have lots of ideas, try them out

Well, there's Linux, and then there's Linux. Canonical , pretty much did a "Windows 8" with Unity.

Yes, I know you can use a different WM, but that is beside the point. They still blindly push ahead with a default user experience that is generally disliked by users.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: meh

I think its a general dislike of numpties who set themselves up as tech authorities / gurus.

Fry always comes across as a likeable enough chap, but he sure does spout some unmitigated bollocks.

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Hmmm.....

An article poking fun at Fry that puts comments into pre-moderation?

Could Mr Pie be a nom de plume for a certain Mr Orlowski?

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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Re: Proof of the gateway theory

Could have been worse.

It could have been One Direction or Justin Bieber. .....

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: Ads as Articles

I don't mind the ads and, though I disagree with most of the stuff that Orlowski writes, I don't view them as ads either (I think the bloke truly believes that Big Media raping its customers is A-OK.)

What truly pisses me off are the obvious "advatorials". You know, "We show you how to use and love Microsoft's latest cloudy offering", etc.

Masquerading ads as articles is a big no-no and instills distrust in your readership regarding the veracity of other articles.

Stop it.

Now.

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

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Re: Contrived. Probably by Endomondo.

"I'm not miserable by any stretch of the imagination"

Personally I always imagine you as a cross between Victor Meldrew and Yosemite Sam.....

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: To say nothing of the addiction factor ...

"My Wife's brother's child" (female)

Commonly called a "niece", I believe.....

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Re: Thorne, you raise several excellent points.

Bradley,

You should know by now never to use irony on The Register. Too many Merkins and commentards with Aspergers.

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Re: IRA bombs

Yeah, imagine how quickly "The Troubles" would have been resolved if the UK had bombed the shit out of IRA safe houses in the Irish Republic as a response to an IRA attack.

Oh, wait.....

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Re:If you can't beat them, don't provoke them.

Do you seriously think Hamas gives a flying fuck about the civilian casualties in Gaza? To them it is all good publicity (Look, the evil Israelis are killing our children). For them, the more women and children the IDF kill, the better.

And even if we ignore the civilian carnage in Gaza, how the hell does getting 60+ of your soldiers killed, turning world opinion against your country, creating martyrs and garnering 1000's of new recruits for Hamas make any sense as a response to 5 civilian deaths? (the 3 murdered and the 2 Israeli civilians killed in the conflict).

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Double edged sword...........

"Salmond insisted that Scotland would be better off ruling itself than being subject to the whims of politicians in Westminster whom Scots themselves hadn’t voted for."

That works both ways. A number of laws were passed during the Blair/Brown years that affected only English citizens but were passed because of the support of Scottish Labour MPs whose constituents were not affected.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

Hmm,

Let us dissect your latest diatribe, shall we, Matty?

"If you lived in a sewage farm you would think swimming in shit was the norm."

People may work on a sewage farm, but they certainly wouldn't live on one (hint: It's not a real "farm"), and I image the last thing a sewage worker would think as "normal" would be taking a swim in a settling pond. As an analogy that is pretty ineffective.

"I suggest you try getting out and meeting a few people that do not hold the same POV as the challenge will either only make your preconceptions stronger or make you question what you have been told is The Truth."

I rather think you should take your own advice. How long did you spend writing all of those ill tempered replies? You need to get out more if that is the best use you can make of your time.

"The vast majority of the British electorate do not even know The Register exists, let alone express themselves here, so it is simply foolish to think the sheeple that have started flocking here constitute a true reflection of public opinion."

So why bother trying to convince us "sheeple" that we are wrong. We are all, obviously, hopeless unreformable reprobates not fit to share this space with you.

If I were you, I'd piss off to a forum where the participants are more sensible and open to new ideas.

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

"I [Matt Bryant] am a British voter that was quite content to see the bill passed, if you think I am in some tiny minority then it seems the majority of MPs from all three parties did not."

Then, prey tell, Matt, why are you the one collecting the downvotes? In just about every forum I have seen, or discussion I have heard, the supporters of this action are, by a large margin, in the minority.

You are the one in error if you think yourself and a bunch of lilly livered yes men constitute a concensus of opinion.

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Contempt

“The Government has shown contempt for both the rule of law and Parliamentary Sovereignty"

Not to mention a level of arrogant contempt for the people they are supposed to serve that beggars belief.

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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Re: bing

Sounds like a stitch-up to me.......

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Insulting

"That’s why we’ve [BT] worked very hard with rights-holders and other leading ISPs to develop a voluntary programme based on consumer education and awareness which promotes the use of legal online content."

I always fine this use of the term "education" rather insulting.

There is absolutely no point in "educating" us to use "legal" content if that legal content is not available by "legal" means. Trying to "educate" people into not pirating stuff they cannot obtain legally is really trying to brainwash them into accepting the absurd notion of artificial borders and boundaries on the Internet.

Quite happy to pay for stuff as long as I can get it and I can get it for the same price as (for example) those in the US. For example, I am not going to, (and nor should I have to) pay £stupid for a DVD box set in the UK when that same show is available on Netflix in the US.

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: @Forget It

What is undemocratic is that insufficient time has been given to organise opposition and lobby our MPs.

MPs are elected to represent their constituents interests, not allowing them time to determine how their constituents feel about an issue before they are required to vote is grossly undemocratic.

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Bastards!

that is all

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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No shit Sherlock

That is all.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Ow, clump, OW clump, OUCH, clump....

That is the sound of the boot being on the other foot.

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Google right to be forgotten 'looks odd and CLUMSY'

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Google's deliberate intention?

You have to wonder if it isn't Google's deliberate intention to bring attention to deleted articles in order to create a "Streisand effect" for each.

This is certainly the case for the Peston article. I imagine that whoever asked to be "forgotten" is ruing the day he made that request of Google.

Certainly a most effective way for Google to demonstrate to the ECJ that their ruling is actually having the opposite effect to that intended. Far from being "forgotten", these people are being brought fully into the glare of very powerful spotlights.

Will the next move of the ECJ be to abandon this ruliing, or to ban search providers from telling authors that their article(s) have been excluded from search results?

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Dear Barbara.....

It would be interesting to see how many hits that 2007 article is getting now, courtesy of the Streisand effect.

Wonder if this was Peston's intention when he wrote that article?

It was an old backwater blog page.Its now linked from a front page news article. I imagine its getting more hits per hour, now, than it's got in the whole of the last year.

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