2553 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
The description of a device or method is enough for a patent
The US government patented ships with nuclear propulsion before they got it working. The description as to contain enough technical detail to show it is inventive.
Countless patents have been awarded on perpetual motion devices (now no longer allowed), and there are patents for algorithms that compress any bit string (including its own output) by at least one bit without loss of information. This is clearly impossible, but it has been patented.
Re: It depends on whether you can get it to stay onna stick.
Jam will stay "inna bun"
Get your Martian Blueberry Jam right here!!!!
Lovely! Rich in iron!
C.M.O.T. Dibbler would try that.
These old rovers (hopefully) never cease to amaze. I once pointed out Mars to my kids, and added: there are two robot cars driving about on that planet. Now they want to be space scientists
Re: BTW, what is a diving rod?
BTW, what is a diving rod?
I cannot find any in the nearest scuba shop.
Re: HTML5 is actually a mistake
MInE is tHe oNE WitH The booK ON ProPeR raNDom CApITALiZatiOn
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The expedition to scale both peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro
Re: Ikea catalog[ue]
No that is a lamp, not a chair
Re: Ikea catalog[ue]
As you were, private Fraser!
I have given various programs two-fingered salutes
Not that they respond
But then I usually give the salute when the %$#@ software is not responding to keyboard and mouse either.
I also think that gesture-controlled, just like voice-controlled software, is a really good idea for open-plan offices. Methinks the BOFH would have a field day.
I think I will show this to my students when next I lecture on parallel computing
People doing irrational things with money?
Makes you wonder what fashion is all about
Does this not mean that the amounts of light reaching both the viewfinder and the sensor is cut roughly in half? In dim light, this would be a drawback. Though we do not need a bright viewfinder to focus any more, framing an image nicely in dim light might be a problem. Less light hitting the sensor lower the signal-to-noise ratio.
Re: "Facebook's troubled float onto Nasdaq was "not the first up and down that we ever had"."
Facebook floated? I thought it sank?
Re: The list of non-dangerous creatures in Oz:
"X X X X
Good on yer, Mate!"
But unfortunately, my name is Michael, not Bruce
The list of non-dangerous creatures in Oz:
Some of the sheep
Or maybe that was another place which just happened to be very, um, Australian?
Cheers to them!
Anyone who contributes to LOHAN deserves a pint!
May I welcome
our intelligent rubbish-bin overlords?
Sounds even worse than durian fruit
Eating durian fruit has been described as being like eating the food of the gods with your head over an open sewer.
Normally I am quite happy to try local dishes, but some local dishes are local for a very simple reason: nobody else in their right mind would consider eating it. Alternatively, the locals are masochists on a diet (to quote Arthur Dent speaking to a nutrimatic machine). I think I will give this Swedish "delicacy" a pass.
Darn, my kids would have loved a high G catapult take-off, judging by the sizes of their respective grins the first time they took of in an airliner (cries of "COOL!!!" clearly communicated to other passengers it was their first time). A really high G take off would have had them hooked.
A low-G catapult would leave them very disappointed.
Should that not be iDiot
Sorry, couldn't resist.
I'll get me coat
Re: am I a luddite ?
I think it is quite an irony that Unity is so divisive. Clearly people either like it or hate it.
I have never used it (we use KDE at work, and therefore I use it at home just to have the same environment), so have no opinion on its merits (or lack thereof).
Must resist, must resist!..... Cannot resist
Just because you are paranoid, does not mean they are not out to get you
Run, Run AWAY! Really fast, OR
Just run fast enough to exhaust the thing's battery, or invest heavily in tripwires
Re: As one DNA strand...
Nice one, wanted to get a new keyboard anyway
I have to wonder
Could you fry an egg on those chips? I like mine with crispy bacon (and "sunny side up", as they say in the US).
Oh bloody hell, I am hungry now.
Really awesome images and video. There was a load of activity on September 1 and 2, as seen through my little H-alpha scope (our first-year students had a look and were very impressed). It is of course typical that the best fireworks took place when it was clouded over over here.
I do not see it as a problem that Linux has made it to roughly 1% of the desktop. One percent of all desktops is still a huge number of machines, and apparently many people are happy with it. Transit vans are are a minute proportion of all cars sold, but that does not mean the Transit van is not considered a roaring success. The same could be said about Porsches and Ferraris. Seen like this there is no need to blame anyone.
It does of course pay to see if you can do better. In my book that means: Do not break APIs! If you need to change something, do it in the form of new functionality, but do not change old system calls, unless you are absolutely certain that there is no legacy code that needs it out there (not much chance of that, is there?). That at least is what we try to teach our students.
Linux is very good at certain things, for certain people. These people are neither superior or inferior to others, they just need, or like to use a different toolbox. End of story as far as I am concerned.
Re: Reverse the polarity of the Neutron flow.
Beware what you wish form, you might get it.
I have this image of an ageing, degenerating brain, and a mind bereft of all joy, in a perfectly healthy body, which stubbornly refuses to die. As brain cells tend not to divide, and are typically not replenished (which may or may not be an adaptation linked to our long memory, and intellectual abilities), I doubt whether it would benefit from the same rejuvenation treatment as the rest of the body.
Scary thought that.
Re: Burn the heretics!!
In Quebec you should not just try the beer. I have VERY fond memories of the food in Quebec City when I was there. Really, really, really very good indeed. I'll toast to the thought of returning there and having an 'Assiette du Pecheur"
Re: Burn the heretics!!
Actually, I find that a properly made galette (buckwheat pancake, Bretonne style) with crispy fried bacon and maple syrup works very well. It is a culinary version of the Dutch "spekpannenkoek" (bacon pancake) which is usually served with treacle. Despite the reputation of Dutch "cuisine" in general, the spekpannenkoek can be really nice.
Love the audacity and vision of this guy. Exciting stuff combined with a good business sense.
I'll have another carton
Re: Is that the sound....
"Besides, what child actually wants to be able to listen to their parents' music collection?"
It is all a matter of indoctrination: I've got my kids headbanging to "Smoke on the Water", so now they are looking up other Deep Purple stuff on the web.
I agree very much (as I did in my post to the previous article) that the patent system needs repair, and the key is proper examination of patents. I know a patent (US patent 5,533,051, an analysis is given here) was awarded for a means and method to compress any string of bits without loss of information (even it's own output). Anyone with half a brain can see that this is (ahem) patently false, as repeated application of the method to any finite bit string would result in a zero bit string, which mysteriously should still contain all the information of the original. I remember commenting at the time that the process might be correct for certain types of music, because they contain no discernible information anyway (the precise type of music for which this holds may differ between people).
Had this patent been examined properly, it would never have been awarded. The same holds for quite a few others (though fortunately very few are as stupid as the one abive). Having said that, there are plenty of inventions that thoroughly deserve protection, and the patent system, if properly implemented can provide that.
He could have been writing Vogon poetry in Morse code, but then maybe there is a treaty against that.
Ultimate app for the viligante?
or for those with a "disproportionate response" sign in their front yard
I liked the look of WebOS when it came out (as a long time Tungsten T3 user, I liked many things Palm). I did not rush in and get a Pre or TouchPad, but I still like many of the ideas behind WebOS. I fear that this latest release may be too little, too late for WebOS however. I hope I am wrong.
do they turn green when angry?
At least they do not have David Banner's clothing bill
Mine is the one with the Marvel comics in the pocket
Re: A prize for the best should be called:
Bit of a mouthful I will admit, but then so is a good bacon sarnie!
A prize for the best should be called:
The Sir Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, Duke of Ankh's Annual Bacon Sarnie Award
Re: optional & untitled
20$ for the servers? Doesn't it cost more to dump them these days?
If the former, does I hope it doesn't develop a pain in all the diodes down its left side.
Re: Why so slow?
"Because the mighty nuclear power plant produces a whole 100W of power, so it isn't rushing anywhere. And the rocket blast might have uncovered something interesting."
Precisely, no need to overclock the on-board computer
Simple explanation for non-windows focus:
The authors of this malware have all the complete set of passwords for windows boxes
I for one would much rather have the A stand for Arts rather than Accountancy.
Just my 2p
Patents are valuable if they protect something truly innovative. In the US, the USPTO does a particularly bad job of sifting out the duds, that is the core problem. The USPTO lets past many patently false claims, or things for which prior art clearly exists. They then assume that the patent holders will fight over it in court. In Europe, the situation is very different, and the investigation into prior art is much more thorough (as it should be). This prevents the need for fighting over the validity of the patent in court. That also means such well-researched patent offer better protection to inventors with smaller pockets to pay legal fees.
So the patent system itself is not broken in my opinion. The the current implementation is bug ridden and badly in need of updates.
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