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Sky watchers prep for early 2013 asteroid fly-bys

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There were some cool engineers in that story, brewing up mustard gas to keep away crazed army bastards in the basement and restarting a boiling water reactor probably in a worse way than FukuMammaMia.

Additionally, sending useless beancounters into the wilderness instead of taking them into the survivor stronghold? Badass!

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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Re: Sci Am had a good article on this 35 years ago

Well, a have SciAm subscription (okay, I admit they sometimes write bad stuff but their illustrations are the best) but even then their online archive is just 1993 to present....

I AM WAY ABOVE FOURTEEN AND WHAT IS THIS?

Even the IEEE has better archives.

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Re: "The temperature scale simply does not end at infinity,"

There seems to be no need to invoke THE QUANTUM. See SDoradus above.

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Re: Sci Am had a good article on this 35 years ago

Torrent, please.

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'SHUT THE F**K UP!' The moment Linus Torvalds ruined a dev's year

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Re: This and many other reasons...

> It's a total mess of an OS from top to bottom.

YOUR POST SUCKS! Even your trolling is UNFIT FOR PURPOSE. GTFO.

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Re: ioctl

> the device is already open at this point, so unlinking the device node makes no difference.

Correct.

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> major public sector IT project to fail have been written in the private sector

That's because the public sector doesn't "write", it just "specifies" then "subcontracts", and I would surmise that the seed of failure is already in that activity alone.

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Re: Err...

> bad management

> dangerously close to bullying

This is the age where bad crap cannot be called out, you gotta be "careful", everyone shall have prizes, a call from the union is just a cough away and every office jerk was a cool tech genius from the instant he tried to fit a square peg into a round hole at the age of three.

NO!

As long as the criticism is not "your are $X" but "your are producing $X that needs to be fixed" you gotta say what you gotta say. Right the ship's course etc.

Which reminds me that in my tender youth, I went on a sailing expedition where you got told what's what. That's a learning experience.

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Anonymous turns private eye in Ohio rape case

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> assaulted at a series of parties

A SERIES of parties? How? Are there many parties doing rape in town at any given night? Do they pass drugged-up girls around? WTF??

Also looks like at this point in time the evidence will be so tainted / potentially shooped that it might well be thrown out. Unless someone fesses up.

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Eric Schmidt's Norks outing poorly timed, tuts US govt

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Re: "Poorly timed"

I would think the PRC might mean to get in a word sideways about a preemptive attack on one of its client states....

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Is there ever a *poor* timing?

Pretty rich that the US g'mnt speaks of "poor timing". WHO is using Nork's periodic antics for aggressive "need to do something" soundbites whenever it throws a tantrum? Presidents, senators and State Department doofuses are indulging a collective of infighting communist kleptocrats craving for attention. Good job.

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Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare

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Re: Watching Hollywood movies much?

> People like you

You seem to know me quite well, Matty. Gb2 your pretend tech skills.

> Iron Dome will be sold abroad as well

Hahaha. To whom? Jordan?

> Hamas and co deliberately keep their people poor

Kinda like the guys in charge in the Ghetto deliberately kept their people poor?

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Watching Hollywood movies much?

Somehow I doubt that what the worlds is needs a bunch of leet, ideologically motivated haxxxor teens.

Oh well.

As for the Iron Dome, the only thing that can be said is DERP:

Even experts who believe Iron Dome performed impressively question whether it could cope with a better-armed adversary capable of firing missiles from military launchers, not holes in the ground and cobbled-together launchers in the backs of trucks as is the case in Gaza.

Most of the rockets fired from Gaza are crude, relatively slow and cost only a few hundred dollars. “The rockets being launched [by Hamas] are pretty substandard munitions,” said George Stejic, president of Tesla Laboratories, Inc., which has commissioned an investigation into Iron Dome’s effectiveness. “Israel has every reason to overexaggerate the efficiency of Dome, just as we did with Patriots during Desert Storm,” he said.

Richard Lloyd, the missile-system expert conducting the investigation for Tesla, said his preliminary findings echoed Prof. Postol’s doubts. There are few demonstrable examples of incoming rockets intercepted by Iron Dome and showing the sort of telltale damage that would be obvious if they have been blasted by the spray of rod-like pellets from an Iron Dome’s warhead, he said.

So what's the cost of this theater?

Uri Avnery has this to say:

The sting is that one of the Palestinian rockets costs only a few hundred shekels, while one Iron Dome missile costs 315,000 shekels. During the four days [in March 2012], 17.6 million shekels’ worth of missiles was spent by the Israeli side. This is apart from the very high price tag of the batteries themselves.

It's good that the US is paying.

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US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

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Cut and run with Windows fun!

No need to worry.

All the blather about cutting military budget is just retarded posturing.

Via antiwar.com:

On Monday, the Pentagon issued a statement warning that a failure to avoid the cuts would put the jobs of 800,000 civilian employees at risk.

But the proposed cuts to defense budgets are, frankly, puny. The harshest scenario for defense cuts would only put budgets back at about the 2007 level, and they aren’t even really “cuts” to defense spending; they are reductions in the rate of growth of defense spending.

Illustrating how these cries are more scare stories than anything else is Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s less publicized predictions, according to the Associated Press, that “workers…will not face layoffs immediately” and that “he does not believe the Pentagon’s day-to-day operations would change dramatically.”

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Open-source attack dog enters Ballmer's inner ring

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Re: Libre/Open Office?

> MS Office UI was better 10 years ago than what Open/Liubre Office has today.

LOLNO

Also, learn2spell

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Turn that FUD valve!

> The establishment of Trustworthy Computing changed how Microsoft and the entire computer industry thinks about security and privacy

Implying they weren't playing desperate catch-up then, being the typhoid Mary of the whole of the industry. Serious problems remain today.

One should also not forget that "Trustworthy Computing" was in a good part about protecting the content providers from the end user, not the end user from security problems.

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Malware SNEAK dons cunning disguise, opens creaky back door to servers

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Trendlabs, clear as mud.

This malware may arrive as either a file downloaded from certain malicious sites or as a file dropped by other malware.

Woah now, someone with Hollywood cyberspace sense must have written this.

What does it all mean?

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How an Amazon engineer's slip-up started a 20-hour Netflix cock-up

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Do you even pagan?

I sure hope you celebrated The Aramaean One's Birthday in front of Stonehenge!

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No, for that you already need upward-balooning momentum, a nice suit and a few files on company dirt that you could "forget in the bus".

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ARM server hype ramps faster than ARM server chips

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Open up your box and you will find....

> Also corporation may not want the processor to be produced by Chinese or Korean fabs;

Fact: Intel has fabrication plants in China [Dalian], also Israel [Qiryat Gat], so I don't see where there is a problem. All their Assembly Test Facilities are in China, Vietnam and Malaysia.

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Re: So what do you say to Microsoft

> ARM is good at doing very little tasks

What the...? What is a "little task"? Running a web request?

Anyway, I would imagine this depends on the whole system, not on the ISA.

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Re: Surely this level of competition is good?

To go even further down the memory lane, Intel's other attempt at a new ISA was the i860. Readers of the grey-haired persuasion will remember articles in Byte [yes, the paper edition] and this chip appearing on boards, possibly alongside an i486 or used on the graphics add-on for the NeXT cube.

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Aw grandad, I asked for an iPad and you got me an iPod

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Exploding stars drive Galactic geysers

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What!

Dr Wiebke Ebeling of Australia’s Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics told The Australian that even at our distance – 30,000 light years from the centre – the fields would be so strong that “every single atom in your body would start vibrating and generating such heat you’d melt in an instant.”

How is that even possible? That would be worse than sitting in an NMR scanner. Stars, planets and gas giants with their conductive cores would burst like oversized eggs in a microwave oven. Think of the currents needed to generate those fields. I suspect the energy density of space would tear reality itself apart!

I'm sure something has been lost in translation.

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Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study

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In order to pass the Bridge of Eternal Peril, you must first answer this question...

"Which would hurt less: a global carbon price of $US20 now, or a $US100 carbon price in 2020?"

That's easy!!!

Inflation means that USD 100 in 2020 will be actually worth far less than USD 20 NOW. It might even be worth nothing at all.

On the other hand, if you have USD 20 now you could actually invest it and hope that it grows to a lot more (in whatever denomination) by 2020 (though seeing the serial sabotage of any growth prospect by the Keynesians in charge, I wonder how that would be possible). That investment might yield the unexpected result of actually reducing carbon dioxide emissions!

Indeed, performing a bit of tax evasion will certainly work towards that goal, reducing government spending on wars and hindering crap like Olympic Games and schemes to reduce CO2 emissions.

Finally, how do I spend USD 20 per tonne of CO2, pray tell? Who takes the 20 USD and what do I get for it? This seems to be an exchange. Will the government give me USD 20 if I continue to drive my old car for a bit longer, as opposed to promising me rebates and tax deductions if I scrap it now and buy a new one I don't need in order to "kickstart the economy" (actually destroying the second hand market)? Somehow I doubt it.

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Making MACH 1: Can we build a cranial computer today?

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Anyone who has read Greg Egan's "Quarantine" knows what's what. Here is the start, and I suppose one has to read it in a "hardboiled" voice

Only the most paranoid clients phone me in my sleep.

Of course, nobody wants a sensitive call electronically decoded and flashed up on the screen of an ordinary videophone; even if the room isn't bugged, radio-frequency spillage from the unscrambled signal can be picked up a block away. Most people, though, are content with the usual solution: a neural modification enabling the brain to perform the decoding itself, passing the results directly to the visual and auditory centres. The mod I use, CypherClerk (NeuroComm, $5,999), also provides a virtual larynx option, for complete two-way security.

However. Even the brain leaks faint electric and magnetic fields. A superconducting detector planted on the scalp, no bigger than a flake of dandruff, can eavesdrop on the neural data flow involved in an act of ersatz perception, and translate it almost instantaneously into the corresponding images and sounds.

Hence The Night Switchboard (Axon, $17,999). The nano-machines which carry out this modification can take up to six weeks to map the user's idiosyncratic schemata — the rules by which meanings are encoded in neural connections — but once that's done, the intermediary language of the senses can be bypassed completely. What the caller wants you to know, you know, without any need to hallucinate a talking head spelling it out, and the electromagnetic signature at skull level is, for all practical purposes, inscrutable. The only catch is, in the conscious state, most people find it disorienting — and at worst traumatic — to have information crystallizing in their heads without the conventional preliminaries. So, you have to be asleep to take the call.

No dreams; I simply wake, knowing:

Yet another job to spy on the someone's wife...

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Microsoft scrambles to thwart new Internet Explorer 0-day attack

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> allows malware to be dropped onto Windows PCs running the vulnerable software

Sure it isn't simply a TIFKAM install?

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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"They don’t have any sense of reason or shame that we can appeal to, and they have no incentive to be accommodating. We’re not their customers. In fact they make their money from selling us, not selling to us, so they have an excellent motive not to help us."

Sounds exactly like that tax thing if you replace "selling" by "serving".

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ANOTHER Huawei partner accused of slipping US tech to Iran

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Re: NOoo? Really!?

"Eeeeevuuuul Jooooooos", huh?

Did I say anything about Jews? No I didn't. And I would hope some non-blinkered people would be able to make a distinction between the ideas of Jewish ancestry/religion and the increasingly ugly apartheid state that sits atop an area formerly inhabited by, among others, a lot of non-Jewish semites.

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Re: I'd export them container ship loads of the latest tech...

Then hired them, while selling the whole of Eastern Europe to a guy even worse.

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NOoo? Really!?

"The US wants to restrict the flow of computing hardware into Iran to hinder the country's nuclear programme"

I think this should read

"The US wants to restrict the flow of computing hardware into Iran to appease Israeli lobbyists"

Since the latest "Hagel is an ANTISEMITE!! LOOK!!11" flap against the guy who had the temerity to say that he is an US senator, not an Israeli senator (implying that he would behave accordingly when in office), I think even the last cavedweller should know what's up.

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

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Re: Oh go on, I'll feed em...

> Hard to resist the idiocy of the comments here.

Well, thank you for really adding to it.

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2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE

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Re: Um, and?

> enemy state

Who?

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Re: Oh, Really?

> Windows 200[0] ran on Alpha until about a dozen years ago

Yep, for all of five minutes and never made it to release either.

http://alasir.com/articles/alpha_history/compaq_epoch.html

On the 23rd of August 1999, a notorious event took place: Compaq announced to discontinue participation in development of Windows NT and stopped to supply this OS with Alpha systems of its own. In fact, it also laid off almost all people (about 120 programmers) from former DEC's Western Research Laboratory (DECwest) who worked on this project. Accordingly to Compaq's statistics, among all preinstalled OSes on newly shipped Alpha machines Tru64 UNIX held a share of 65%, OpenVMS — of 35%, and Windows NT — just about of 5%. So, there was no reason to keep flogging a dead horse. A week later, Microsoft announced in return that there would be no Windows 2000 for Alpha released, even though the RC1 (Release Candidate 1) was ready by that moment. Considering a fact that Microsoft together with Motorola and SGI discontinued any support for the PowerPC and MIPS architectures respectively in 1997, the future of "the universal OS" appeared to rely on a single computer architecture. Of course, if to discount IA-64 which failed on the workstation market soon and never got to desktops or notebooks.

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Re: Your post = Failware

> Windows 8 is great.

> The apps are great, even the one that comes with ads.

> I just want a more secure computer

> I know what most people would prefer

Really, you can now come out of the dumpster, enough desperatly rooting around for good things in there. You are starting to smell fiercely.

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Drobo B1200i: The heavy-duty array even your mum could use

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This is 2013, manufacturers. Get with the program.

> For me - with my Linux desktop...

I'm starting to not understand the extreme incompetence exhibited by hardware makers [and I'm looking at AEG UPS here, btw] to not ship adequate *nix software, or, if they do, ship it with a JDK attached (possibly an 1.6.18 or something to unlock that ghetto feel). It's not hard to do and one could forgive the missing polish, but it should work.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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"It would be rather dull"

For some reason I read "It would be rather Dell"

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Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

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Face value is overrated.

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Re: No idle talk

You are thinking all wrong and socialistically.

> Well, if you wanted to and had sufficient funds, you could give away- utterly free- a high-end smartphone to every person in the world.

MAGIC MONEY FOUNTAIN! MAGIC PRODUCTION CHAIN!

> The Smartphone industry would then be massively disrupted, but it'd do bugger all to really help anyone.

On the contrary. About a trillion dollar that were magically sitting in your bank [how?] have suddenly been disbursed through your factories to upstream suppliers and their workers. Everyone has suddenly a free smartphone. This liberates money that people wanted to spend for other things.

> SpaceX are just being better and cheaper than everyone else- but sustainably.

How does that make sense? Why would anyone be "better and cheaper than everyone else- but sustainably"? Hell, get everyone as customer RIGHT NOW. That's what drives improvement in the competition, dontcha know.

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Hm, nice idea that. But somebody's already doing it less well

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So you fell uncertain? Step this side, please. May I see your tax returns, sir?

I SAY! Let's add this...

Directly from Regime Uncertainty: Some Clarifications by Robert Higgs.

Private investment is the most important driver of economic progress. Entrepreneurs need new structures, equipment, and software to produce new products, to produce existing products at lower cost, and to make use of new technology that requires embodiment in machinery, plant layouts, and other aspects of the existing capital stock. When the rate of private investment declines, the rate of growth of real income per capita slackens, and if private investment drops quickly and substantially, a recession or depression occurs.

Such recession or depression is likely to persist until private investment makes a fairly full recovery. In US history, such recovery usually has occurred within a year or two after the trough. Only twice in the past century has a fairly prompt and full recovery of private investment failed to occur — during the Great Depression and during the past five years.

In a 1997 article in the Independent Review ("Regime Uncertainty: Why the Great Depression Lasted So Long and Why Prosperity Resumed After the War" PDF) I argued that a major reason for the incomplete recovery of private investment during the latter half of the 1930s was "regime uncertainty." By this, I mean a pervasive lack of confidence among investors in their ability to foresee the extent to which future government actions will alter their private-property rights. In the original article and in many follow-up articles, I documented that between 1935 and 1940, many investors feared that the government might transform the very nature of the existing economic order, replacing the primarily market-oriented economy with fascism, socialism, or some other government-controlled arrangement in which private-property rights would be greatly curtailed, if they survived at all. Given such fears, many investors regarded new investment projects as too risky to justify their current costs.

Regime uncertainty pertains to more than the government's laws, regulations, and administrative decisions. For one thing, as the saying goes, "personnel is policy." Two administrations may administer or enforce identical statutes and regulations quite differently. A business-hostile administration such as Franklin D. Roosevelt's or Barack Obama's will provoke more apprehension among investors than a business-friendlier administration such as Dwight D. Eisenhower's or Ronald Reagan's, even if the underlying "rules of the game" are identical on paper. Similar differences between judiciaries create uncertainties about how the courts will rule on contested laws and government actions.

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Ten… top tech cock-ups of 2012

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Re: Mozart was a Wunderkind, not a Wuenderkind

Fail? NO U!

"Weunderkind" would lose you points in any exam, as would "Wünderkind".

What exactly is hard to understand in "It's spelled WUNDERKIND".

And certainly not "WEUNDERKIND", for Christ's Sake.

And the "probably" adjective is not to be used here. At all.

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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Ring, Ring is the 90's. It wants its slogans back.

But the network is NOT the computer, and won't be unless some serious security and cognitive problems have been resolved first.

Sure, it's fine to run some software which blurs the lines between local and remote, as long as it is done in a controlled environment. Like a Virtual Machine. Or, barring that, a browser.

> Beyond tradition, is there any reason why an OS search field shouldn't also search the internet?

Yes. If you are not interested in remote results, remote results shouldn't be retrieved or shown.

Why should there be a magic search functionality in the standard UI that throws the kitchen sink at you when you look for yesterday's documents? Beats me.

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Motorola pulls out of China, leaves locals behind till of Android shop

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Re: So, in summary..

In my time, trolling was serious business.

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Crushing $1.17bn Marvell patent judgment could set record

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Re: 1 moment. Marvell is *fabless* semiconductor company.

I suppose Marvell's home will be more likely to be something on the Asian Landmass in the future.

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> "stealing" the idea

Clearly you are unsure about how patents work. It's all about "stealing the idea". You get a monopoly on some arbitrarily chosen "subspace of ideas" (arbitrarily chosen because there is no objective distance measure of similarity measure in that space, it all comes down to random subjective judgement of lawyers, juries and judges) and you get to patrol it with the badges and guns of the state. If someone trespasses (according to the aforementioned arbitrary judgement call) without being aware that the area was zoned, well, tough luck.

If you "steal the code", then copyright law comes into effect.

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End of a story then?

Nicely applied tech, products and jobs go *phut* in an instant?

CMU gets dosh, but what will it do for it? Pay Elsevier Publications? Buy a few Global Hawks for the Uni's robotics department? Free tuition fees forever?

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Osborne stumps up £20m of your cash for wiggly wonder stuff graphene

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Re: Oh dear the UK governemnt has backed another "winner"

Hush! You will be downvoted!

Here are your pompoms.

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Re: A winrar is you!

> Without any such protection then nobody is going to invest in it.

I always wonder how humanity survived before Intellectual Property was invented back in the last Ice Age.

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Re: Break even

Newsflash:

You contribute to the economy by NOT paying taxes.

Do you really want to feed Mr Paper Pusher next door instead of feeding Mr Engineer?

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