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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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That's complete BS.

If there was "no objection" then there was no problem, right? Veber owns "python.co.uk" for unknown reasons without having trademarked anything for a long time. The Python language has been called Python for unknown reasons without having trademarked anything for a long time. Then suddenly...

It's pretty rich that you point fingers at the PSF while okaying jerky behaviour by Veber. Whether the PSF is "monolithic" (what?) or not is neither here nor there.

They applied for a non-software

Citation needed...

I have this. You may say it's false, but please do tell me more.

There is a company in the UK that is trying to trademark the use of the term "Python" for all software, services, servers... pretty much anything having to do with a computer. Specifically, it is the company that got a hold on the python.co.uk domain 13 years ago. At that time we weren't looking a lot at trademark issues, and so we didn't get that domain.

This hasn't been an issue since then because the python.co.uk domain has, for most of its life, just forwarded its traffic on to the parent companies, veber.co.uk and pobox.co.uk. Unfortunately, Veber has decided that they want to start using the name "Python" for their server products.

We contacted the owners of python.co.uk repeatedly and tried to discuss the matter with them. They blew us off and responded by filing the community trademark application claiming the exclusive right to use "Python" for software, servers, and web services - everywhere in Europe.

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Re: I can't believe some of you think they should have 'expected' this

"When you step out in front of a truck, the truck needs no excuse." ℠

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"This is beyond ridiculous."

It's also 100% foreseeable.

The only ridiculous thing is that the company of N men and a dog kicked this off in the first place.

It's just pure provocation. "Yeah, we own the name, never heard of PYTHON in relationship to computers, we will trademark it, yadda yadda".

They should have trademarked PRUTON and all of this could have been avoided.

Here's hoping their telephone explodes due to the stupid.

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“We are five men and a dog - not a multinational with lawyers. One of the guys is off with stress."

I wouldn't wish the dog to get stressed out by this flap.

Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.

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MIT boffin teases space-station probe's DARK MATTER DISCOVERY

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Re: Dark matter WIMPS

"I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S EADON"

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"Cosmic-ray positrons from annihilation of weakly interacting massive particles in the galaxy"

The production of cosmic-ray positrons from the annihilation of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMP’s) is considered. Conventional supersymmetric-neutralino annihilation generally yields an unobservably small e+ flux. However, a massive WIMP (≳20 GeV) with a large annihilation cross section into a single e+e- pair produces a distinctive and observable shelf in the cosmic-ray e+ spectrum. Only Dirac neutrinos obviously generate such a feature, but it may also appear in more elaborate neutralino models. Such models are constrained by upper limits on the low-energy antiproton flux.

This actually means that there is a non-zero chance of getting one or even e few e+/e- pairs out of WIMP annihilation, not that you necessarily get pairs as El Reg's words imply:

WIMPs have their own antimatter partner particles. When matter and antimatter bits meet up, they destroy each other, in theory leaving behind, in the case of WIMPs, a pair of resultant particles: an electron and a positron (a positive electron).

I foresee:

"In a few weeks, we will be able to make an announcement"

...

"For the moment, we found nothing".

Problem, world?

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Wind-up bloke Baylis winds up broke, turns to UK gov for help

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No sympathy

This is not about inventing but about marketing/selling/finding the distribution channels.

Which is the hard work.

Falling back to a "the world owes me" defense is just weak.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Re: Obligatory Daily Fail angle

It will drive down house prices!!

Bubbles always drive prices UP!

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When bubbles collide!

Are we alluding to the fact here that the mass of the Higgs is "low" and so the vacuum may "decay" to a lower-state energy with high probability (because not stabilized by a high Higgs mass?) I can only say... HIGHLY speculative. Let's talk about angles on pins instead.

Additionally. with some luck, the universe will be expanding so quickly by then that any of the multicolored bubbles will never see each other....

Also: http://blog.vixra.org/2011/12/04/what-would-a-higgs-at-125-gev-tell-us/

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Re: Moot

Why troll? Your comment will last even less.

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Russian boffins race to meteorite crash lake as shard prices go sky-high

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Re: Genuine...

Get out of here, Stalker.

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"You can take this meteorid from my cold, dead fingers!"

From the hole in the ice: "Challenge accepted"

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Clearly....

...another kind of "space industry".

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Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

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Re: WebKit alone

"This interwebsite is optimized for Internet Explorer"

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Go Gecko Go!

2013-02-13 NEVER FORGET!

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Facebook turns billion-dollar profit into tax refund

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Muahaha!

Well, lawmakers do tie themselves into convoluted pretzels to simultaneously milk the cow without actually appearing to do so (if need be the "be social" label is applied to destructive policies) while giving nice rebates and deals to politically well-connected operators or just to influence decision making by private and corporate entities.

Someone on the other side of the board actually playing the game instead of playing the victim is thus very much ok.

On the other hand...

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Brand-new black hole found in supernova remnant

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Re: Not that careful with the dates

Additionally, as there is no "universal t" and the time at which events apparently happen can differ significantly depending on the observers' reference frame for events "distant enough" (several thousand years for local observers moving at relative velocity of pedestrians when one considers what happened in the Andromeda Galaxy for example), it makes sense to enumerate things by the moment their light arrived "here".

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Earth escapes asteroid flyby, boffins want lasers aimed at next one

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Re: Rather than a laser...

Picture a ton of regolith leaving Moon every second for months and months on a collision course with soon smaller asteroid...

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Re: Just Say No to Hillbillies in Space

Stop flapping your mouth already, you are disturbing finely tuned trajectories! Who knows what could happen!! Quick, where's the number of Greenpeace??

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IBM forges Power7+ PureApplication appliance

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Re: DIY wins, when it comes to hardware

> Why should I leave the self-made server to Google?

Because you are not Google.

I understand the concepts of "overestimating oneself" and "underestimating the time/money/effort/debugging between where one is now and where one wants to get by at least an order of magnitude" because I have been burned too many times.

These problems are out there. They will bite you. And then your whole rig crashes and you don't know why.

Did you include your salary and that of your colleague (and probably the other colleague who is on 24/7 call), btw?

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Civilization peaks: BEER-dispensing arcade game created

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Re: I want to play a Russian copy of this game...

That would be an adaptation of STALKER.

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ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! YOUR CIVILIZATION DISCOVERED: BEER GAMING!

A Barbarian Cohort appears at your gate!

A Barbarian Cohort appears at your gate!

There is not enough money to build a stadium!

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Re: American beer

Correct!

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Heroku cops to poor tech performance for last THREE YEARS

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Re: It's a fair cop.

That's because are you are too occupied with survivalism and hog farming.

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Re: Long-term survival is impossible

Sometimes teenagers exist in old bodies.

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Re: Long-term survival is impossible

Edgy teenager detected.

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Re: Considering the mess we've made of this planet...

Welcom to the Universe where Entropy may increase in unexpected places and self-assembling agents are not magically fully rational.

Oh surprise!

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

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Jesus H. Christ riding into town in the driver seat of an Sd.Kfz 250 'Greif'

1) Go to Stack Overflow

2) Find out whether anyone uses "Python" for some retarded company's product as opposed to "The Python Programming Language"

3) ???

4) THE CHOICE IS CLEAR

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

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Re: Russians = Potty Mouth

So it's like a movie with Al Pasdcheznous and Robert de Negro?

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Re: AAAHH MOTHERLAND!

2 cents?

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Re: Russians - hard as nails, not fazed at all

The meteorite preferred to blow itself up rather than land in Russia.

Seriously, I would freak out when seeing this thing get bigger and bigger and bigger.

And don't look at it directly, do you want retina burn?

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AAAHH MOTHERLAND!

Russian meteor path plotted in Google Maps

http://attivissimo.blogspot.com/2013/02/russian-meteor-path-plotted-in-google.html

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Re: More videos

404: Not Found!

Is this a new Tunguska coverup? Where is Fox Mulder??

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Re: Not a meterorite

LOLNO. Vertical? WHY? Not moving? WHY?? No contrail? WHY???

More physics, my dear friend.

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Hello, I am bear, welcome to Russia!

Isn't Chelyabinsk the most radioactive city outside of the Prypiat/Chernobyl axis? Now pelted by HUGE METEOR? Hardcore.

> 54,000km/h

That's about 15 km/s. Not too fast, not too slow. As this is a morning impact, it must be a rock being overtaken by Earth?

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Re: Why not....

Or you could just shoot the engine, like in Blackhawk Down.

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Not satanic, just sanic!

"I had a full tank, it could have kept going for a long time. I didn't want to continue till I reached Holland."

Shurely someone who would have liked to have a Tesla.

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Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

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Re: @ mods

Hired 4chan mods, did they?

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Inside Microsoft's Surface Pro: A fiendishly difficult journey

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Der Herrengestrümpfen Grossenstreichen shall NEVERRR prevail!

I gotta say though, it's pretty hilarious. It's like switching on the radio and getting a full-on nazi blast in pidgin german when you least expect it. Makes my day.

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World's biggest distie cans Euro growth hopes for 2013

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Politicians hopes dashed

"Europe, frankly, continues to be the mixed bag that we've been talking about, and we're not planning on any significant growth in 2013"

In this bag we find: French sozialism à la Hollandaise, EZB bailout money, some stale Berlusconi, empty pension funds, greek feta, a bit of Mali interventionism and ... donkey lasagne? As well as cynicism. Lots of it.

Let's have a beer.

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Ask Google this impossible question, get web filth as a reward

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Headmaster

Q = a_0 + a_1 * i + a_2 * j + a_3 * k

j is for the Quaternions, as is k

Please use i as intended.

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Re: There are multiple complex roots

"no, because the minus here is a sign indicating a position on the number line not an operator"

WHAT! Unary operator is unary. Symmetry operation around point 0.

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A new Wheatley

"This! sentence! is! false!"

"Umm.... porn! Yeah, I will download porn"

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Scottish uni slams on the Accelerator to boost UK boffinry

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Re: Hi!

Downvotes!

Ok, fess up, who in here is just in the larval stage or is one of those 12-year old "haxxors" one hears about?

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Re: Hi!

Don't know from what moon you people are coming from but buying processing power on educational/governmental supers (excluding those from the military-surveillance complex of course) has always been the norm. It's not like you are going to run your Fluid Dynamics on Amazon ECC. Well, you can, but there are some drawbacks.

Abstract needed? Performance Analysis of High Performance Computing Applications on the Amazon Web Services Cloud

Cloud computing has seen tremendous growth, particularly for commercial web applications. The on-demand, pay-as-you-go model creates a flexible and cost-effective means to access compute resources. For these reasons, the scientific computing community has shown increasing interest in exploring cloud computing. However, the underlying implementation and performance of clouds are very different from those at traditional supercomputing centers. It is therefore critical to evaluate the performance of HPC applications in today's cloud environments to understand the tradeoffs inherent in migrating to the cloud. This work represents the most comprehensive evaluation to date comparing conventional HPC platforms to Amazon EC2, using real applications representative of the workload at a typical supercomputing center. Overall results indicate that EC2 is six times slower than a typical mid-range Linux cluster, and twenty times slower than a modern HPC system. The interconnect on the EC2 cloud platform severely limits performance and causes significant variability.

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British, Belgian boffins battle buffering bandwidth bogeyman

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> certain things should be nationalised (like telecommunications infrastructure)

Trevor, grow the fuck up. I have worked in a nationalised telecom infrastructure provider exploiting its telecom infrastructure "natural monopoly". Yeah no. Enjoy your soviet-era mindset and permanent fixation on finding the next justification to not change anything and destroy any stirrings of progress. "Somebody wants a modem? Can't we make this illegal??"

Another problem entirely is that natural monopolies are about as real as pink unicorns and there is no reason to make a fantasm actual by then granting actual monopolies. This is the mindset that tries to "create jobs" by increase of the monetary mass.

And if you want that, I don't see why you would roll over some protocol research.

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Obama signs Executive Order on critical cybersecurity

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Big Brother

The President signs something. That means things will get better, right?

Yes, he's in full control, well informed, has clear goals, knows what a president is about and what a president should stand for.

"That's why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information-sharing and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy."

Glad that's cleared up. The administration can now continue to weaken national security, destroy jobs and eradicate "our" privacy via government control programs, as it has been doing for the last three presidential 4-year freakshows (if not the last four or five ones).

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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

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"just about every smartphone carrier used Sun's Java Mobile Edition (ME)

You mean used some kind of Java Mobile Edition. The incompatibilites and general crud of the JavaME implementations are legendary. I don't know out of what rat sewer these were pulled, but it was BAD.

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Fscking ridiculous

"Advance copy of Harry Potter"

Yeah no.

Larry, take your public wankshow elsewhere. Don't you have patches to push out? Harry Potter books biting the reader, yes? Some pages that need to be replaced, perchance? Arse.

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Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

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Re: Another one down

Firefox is not worth mentioning, too many people have been burned there.

WTF am I reading?

RICHTO, is that you?

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