2 posts • joined 2 Aug 2007
No re-writing history?
"All this talk about rewriting history and airbrushing embarrassing bits from your past - this is nonsense, that's not going to happen."
Except that the specific case the ECJ made this decision upon is exactly that.
This whole thing is insane:
1. Google is a search engine, not a data host. If the data were removed from the data host, it would not show up in Google searches. The ECJ saying that the newspaper can leave the data up, while saying that Google must not link to it, is incomprehensible.
2. Once some thing is posted on the internet, it's over. You could fine the company, but keeping a lid on the information is pretty much a moot point, especially if you draw attention to it by requesting that it be removed.
3. Links that are "old" or "out of date" can be very useful. If there is bad information about something or someone, and I am searching the web for information about it to decide if I want to interact with it, past transgressions are absolutely relevant, even if the actual issue has been resolved, or perhaps exactly because the issue was resolved. And if a link is "irrelevant" or "not of the public interest" then by definition, people will not search for the info, so there is no need to bother.
4. Google is not going to be able to adequately process all of these requests, especially given how unclear and subjective the criteria are.
Last, it's clearly time we looked at what data it is acceptable to publish without someone's permission and hold data hosts accountable to that. This will be an important right in the future, and one I wish existed right now. Going after a search engine like this has probably set the cause of privacy back a bit.
Alienware and Dell are not the same.
Dell is it's own ODM, whereas Alienware used Clevo. You can actually purchase an Alienware laptop under a few different names, one of which is Sager.
I've had kind of a mixed exerience, with one Alienware ( a friend's) and one Sager. While both were good enough at the time of purchase to replace a desktop gaming PC, bot had issues related to the hardware.
And by hardware I don't mean the electronics, I mean the actual cases themselves. Both developed stress crack in the corners of screen casing, eventually breaking and needing to be replaced. This is largely due to too-tight screws, and flimsy material. I read on notebookforums.com (I'm not sure that still exists really) that this was somewhat common. For me it was 2/2.
Also, the Sager (a 4380 from 2004 by the way), had very loud fans. It sounded as though the fan was off-center or loose and occasionally slightly scraping the fan casing or something. Rather than send it in to get fixed (work PC, so that was inconvenient), I basically waited it out, and the fan making the most noise mellowed out, although overall it was still loud.
Heat-wise, the Sager is phenomenally hot, such that the case south of the keyboard is permanently satined with wrist/palm sweat...yeah...
In addition, on hot days, the temperature is such that the CPU needs to ramp down, adversely impacting game FPS quite a bit. I have since mostly solved this with a cooling pad, and another fan focussed on the rear exhaust port, but I'm seriously amazed that the components still work after being exposed to those temperatures regularly over the past 2.5 years.
So basically, in terms of bang for the buck, I did pretty well, since Sagers are a fair amount cheaper than Alienware, without the brand recognition. If you really need a high-end gaming laptop, and are willing to work with it a bit, and don't want a Dell, this is the way to go.
If you don't absolutely need a laptop, obviously a desktop is better and cheaper.
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