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Re: Apple? You've got competition.
I'd be inclined to call them "Amazon slaves" though I'd be playing too many stereotypes to pull it off (the image is that of strong Amazons--women--enslaving geekish men).
Re: I hope...
IIRC there are two ways to beat the bonfire. One is to use heat-resistant marking compounds, preferably on or in the metal itself, meant to not break down until nearly the metal's melting point. Another way is compounds like SmartWater that are designed to rub off very easily once it's been handled, leaving telltale signs all over you and your stuff that are very hard to wash off and easy to spot once subjected to a UV scan.
Thick drain covers and large-and-flat road signs are one thing, but what's to stop a scrap heap owner using some mechanical muncher to cut stolen copper cabling down to shreds such that a recycler would be hard pressed to identify it as stolen wire...or even as wire? The key is that this kind of process doesn't destroy the markers (melting, OTOH, would).
Re: I hope...
The idea is to locate the cables before they get melted down. Most thieves lack the equipment to melt down metal (it takes at least some skill, equipment, and outlay to have a smelting works, which is in turn a little difficult to conceal), so they fence it off to some disreputable scrap heap who would at the least have the machinery to mash the stolen cabling down to something that a proper recycler wouldn't recognize as stolen wire.
I believe Jazz is meant to intercept stolen cable at the scrap heap stage as the scrap heap usually has the technology to disguise the loot but not that needed to destroy the markers.
Suspect it's fake.
A TRUE insider would've dropped enough hints to show that it's authentic, such as revealing the return employed an obscure form or quoting a few salient lines from a few of the major forms, enough for someone with genuine forms to look them up and see they match and are the kinds of numbers that you just can't pull out of thin air. I haven't seen anything of the sort, so I'd have to say it's likely a hoax.
In addition, a smart anti-Republican would not only send the copies to the news outlets but also spread them around "deregulated" nets like Freenet, i2p, and TOR Onion sites. That way, even IF I were caught and most of the news agencies squelched, anarchists that naturally harbor in these sites would naturally see what else they can do with the goods.
Re: Well at least
The Tabs use BOTH. But at least they provide explanations for the proprietary connection. First off, it allows more power than the Micro USB spec allows (over 1A @ 5V), so it charges faster. It also allows breakout functions like video out (analog or digital, your choice), USB-A sockets, etc. And like Apple, the tail end is a USB A plug, so a decent USB power supply socket (I think they recommend at least 1.5A @ 5V) can charge your Tab wherever you go.
IIRC some of the required uses (at least of the old dock) include video out and line-level audio out, neither of which can be done via the Micro USB connector, which is a straight data link and usually requires the ability to maneuver through directories. Bluetooth has a better shot at the audio end since it's designed for that purpose, but many older cars don't have the capability to accept Bluetooth audio without a bodge which may not even work (radio transmitters tend to be interference magnets, and cassette adapters are only good if you have a working tape deck in the car, and fitting a car with an aftermarket deck will set you back a decent bit and will involve either an expensive installation session or some intimate time with your vehicle's console).
A quick look at the website shows it smacks of conspiracy theory. I wouldn't put a self-hack beyond them, either.
Re: Couple daft things about the "organic" label.
Nice try on the inorganic water, but I would imagine the preferref drinks will just switch to club soda and sparkling water, both of which are CARBONated. Ha ha! Organic water!
PS. Joke mode in effect. No icon because I'm posting mobile.
Re: [s/Cleaning up/Preventing] this one Trojan-horse town
Yes, and the math leads to two words: PRIVILEGE ESCALATION. Hijacking something in the OS that already has admin access to get the rootkit in place. Unfortunately, privilege escalation is something that can occur in ANY OS (yes, even you, Linux--where did the term "rooting" come from?) with some chink in the code (and since programmers are human and some malcontents are patient, determined and/or motivated, odds are something will be found).
Re: I don't blame Oracle
Basically put, the word "virus" (Latin in origin) was intended as a collective noun (a singular term describing a mass or group) and therefore had no proper plural form in Latin, considering that it was already essentially describing a plural. And since viri was already taken, we had to fall back on the old reliable. Happens all the time in English. If you don't believe me, ask your English teacher why we don't talk about more than one house the same way we talk about more than one mouse.
Re: Probable Outcome
That is unless Willis insists on a jury trial and the jury employs the principle of jury nullification. Unlike Samsumg, Willis is also American and a recognizable figure. Plus, he would be the plaintiff in such a case.
Re: CDs Violation
IIRC the Compact Disc was mostly an innovation of Phillips and Sony (they independently came up with similar tech then got together to iron out a common format), both rivals to Apple, so Apple can't claim CD patents as they'll be countered. In any event, the Compact Disc is around 30 years old. Patents on the tech should be expired by now.
"Many software licenses include a non-transferable clause which has held up in court (for a good example, research the legal history of AutoDesk's AutoCAD license.) That would easily cover this "legacy" scenario. So unless Apple's lawyers really messed up, or a judge were to find a substantial and relevant difference between music licensing and software licensing, Mr. Willis is not likely to succeed."
Vernor v. Autodesk (2008) originally ruled in favor of Vernor, citing if it looks like a sale and transacts like a sale, it's a sale--and subject to first-sale doctrine. What derailed the case in the Court of Appeals was the finding that the copies didn't come to Vernor through proper channels. The copies IIRC were meant to be returned to Autodesk or destroyed as part of an upgrade contract (thus making the copies spoken for), but Vernor physically stole the copies instead, breaking the chain of ownership.
Re: @Charles 9 Godo for him
That would probably involve invalidating titles rather than individual copies, as serializing would defeat the economy of scale pressing provides. Sure, you can serialize in the Burst Cutting Area or ROM-Mark, but how would you encrypt based on a serialized key and still be able to press?
Re: Godo for him
That involves the PLAYERS. Individual disc authentication was part of the original DivX disc specification. This allowed for buying a rental disc that then expired after the rental time. Neither this nor a competing spec (which had a clock-reaction dye that rendered the disc useless after about 48 hours) worked out (The only part of DivX that survives was the MPEG-4 codec line it used--still used but superseded by the Part 10 variant AVC). I think Sony TRIED the trick early in the PS3 days but backed down after some noisy protests.
Re: You don't own music
You can't gift-wrap a game you've already played. If you buy for yourself, you can't gift it later, you have to buy it AS A GIFT. That said, some court precedents indicate that a license is itself a salable good and therefore subject to the exhaustion principle. Vernor v. Autodesk in 2008 showed a tantalizing hint but was derailed when it was discovered the copies in question were stolen (not pirated but REALLY physically stolen). Willis is probably the first prominent figure since then to stir up the license exhaustion debate.
Re: Is there any news...
Well, if IHOP and Denny's have descended to mediocrity, where does that leave the Waffle House?
Re: Nuclear waste
The big concern with breeder reactors is the possibility of proliferation since breeder reactors by their nature enrich nuclear fuel. It doesn't take a genius to realize that such reactors can be retooled to product weapons-grade fuel, which in the US is a treaty violation IIRC and elsewhere would be a destabilizing prospect at the very least. There is ongoing research into concentrating the breeder reactor's processing so as to reduce the likelihood of weapon-grade fuel being made at all (by using processes that produce richer but still not weapons-grade fuel). But the situation is still not fully trusted: can the processes be altered to produce weapon-grade fuel? Or could the technical knowledge allow an observer to deduce enough to do it themselves?
Re: Let's cherrypick our nuclear diasters
Thing is, it ran on an old plant that wasn't built with a lot of passive safety in mind.. They were trying to look into passive safety when the accident occurred for various manmade and not-manmade reasons.
Given that new reactor designs have emerged since then, many of which are smaller, designed for proliferation resistance (partly through the simple idea of spreading out a lot of little reactors) and designed with passive (pebble bed) or even inherent safety in mind (TRIGA, uranium hydride), why don't we do like we did after the Apollo I tragedy, take stock, and keep going to try to better our lives?
But you have to wonder how hemp grows so fast without drawing on some resources with which to build its bulk. Further analysis shows the while hemp replenishes much of what it takes from the soil, it still needs a rich soil to start with to provide the best results. IOW, planting hemp in poorer soil will result in less yield. It also prefers warmer environments.
As for the oil, while it can be useful as a food or fuel, it shares one potentially-bothersome trait with linseed oil: it oxidizes. This means the oil can turn rancid if not stored carefully. The fibers are stiffer than cotton fibers, which make them well suited for woven products like pants, but cotton will still be king on knit products like T-shirts which need to be more flexible. And the fibers wick (when used historically on ships, hemp ropes had to be tarred to prevent inside-out wet rot--they were phased out for non-wicking Manila rope), making them less suited for humid or water-exposed environments.
I've learned not to take someone's "cure-all" gospels at face value. It never hurts to subject it to a reality check and see if they have strings attached (they usually do).
Re: Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors
They're finding solutions, such as shorter-term reactors that are cheaper, much more compact, require less maintenance or human supervision, easier on smaller communities, and provide repeat business since they're only meant to run for a decade or two before being changed out. It also helps with the proliferation problem because their fuel quantities are so small. Many are also designed to minimize radioactive waste by having recyclable fuel, leaving only minimal byproducts that will only require sequestration for a few centuries rather than millennia (something much more manageable in a government--you're basically talking time-capsule scales). A bunch of these little guys (which are normally supposed to be subterranean) spread out around a country will dampen a lot of proliferation concerns while Gen IV designs with passive or even inherent safety should address the NIMBY issue of possible meltdowns. IIRC, some of the designs can be converted over to use Thorium, so this can be considered in addition rather than instead.
There's also the stigma of DA BOMB (of which there is plenty of historical footage to demonstrate the effects). The mere thought of a manmade technology capable of wiping out an entire city of millions can make nearly anyone's blood run cold. Nuclear reactors, using similar technology, fall under that stigma. There's always the thought deep in the back of someone's mind that a nuclear reactor can lead in some way to a nuclear bomb...which would in turn be detonated in their midst. And because of its scale, it's not something you can just wish away. It's like broken trust.
That said, to anyone who has said nuclear is an inherently unstable technology, what do you say to the likes of pebble bed and uranium hydride reactors and other Generation IV reactors built on the premise of negative coefficient of reactivity (meaning they slow down as they heat up rather than runaway).
The thing was, back then, it really WAS like that in the past. However, the patent on the QWERTY layout (which was invented for typewriters so as to make sure rapidly-struck hammer arms didn't cross each other and tangle the machine) dates back to the 19th century: long expired.
Have you ever tried to drive an authentic Ford Model T? Its layout is nowhere close to the modern car layout, whose patent was granted decades ago during the dawn of the automobile age: long expired.
The problem is that the length of patents doesn't take into account the pace of product life-cycles. Technology moved so glacially back then that the idea never cropped up. Products with life cycles of five years or less pretty much have only cropped up in the last few decades. Even old vacuum cleaners have duty lives of decades, but not today's vacuum cleaners.
Re: Blind to the facts...
"Their bottle shape is a copyright."
Incorrect. The bottle shape is also a trademark, as it identifies Coca-Cola vs. other brands of soft drink. BOTH the logo and the bottle are trademarked. The bottle design may have been patented in the past, but it's evolved beyond that now because of Coca-Cola's image.
Shapes and sounds can be trademarked if they are distinctive enough to identify the product. Intel's little ditty is a sound trademark, as is the RKO morse code sequence. Triangular-shaped candy bars are the signature trademark of Toblerone candy bars.
To be fair, many of these trademarks have market limitations, meaning they only apply in specific areas of the market. That's why two Cracker Barrel trademarks can co-exist. One is limited to a brand of cheese while the other is limited to a chain of restaurants.
Re: iOS and Android
IIRC many of the points of contention are specific to Samsung, TouchWiz, and phones. ICS phones may not feature a hardware button and can have different skins. Those are more likely to dodge most of the issues. Most of the rest can probably be avoided altogether.
Re: Assault on tablet makers now...
IIRC, Samsumg's tablets are off the hook because they look too different from iPads. They don't have hardware home buttons (as they're built with Android 3.0 and up which allow soft button bars) and have widescreen aspect ratios (Apple's aspect ratios are more consistent with paper).
As I recall, the infrared remote control was first popularized by Viewstar (through Philips) around 1980. Prudence would dictate they would've had a patent on the technology (or had license or parts from whatever firm actually invented the tech). Given that it's been around for over 30 years, I would imagine any patents on the tech have long expired.
Re: Libyan Embassy
Except that the Ecuadorian Embassy is, legally, still British soil. There is no transfer of sovereignty involved in the establishment of embassies. The Libyan incident involved Libyan nationals killing a British officer of the law (which can be considered an attack on British authority and maybe even the Crown) and harboring said killer. This gave the government the moral justification to storm the Libyan embassy. They were still storming British soil, but they suspended an agreement that at the point was being turned against the Crown.
In this current scenario, the only thing that's keeping the British from going after Assange is the agreement that what goes on in the Ecuadorian Embassy is not their affair. Thing is, by doing this, they've come between themselves and the EU (probably intentionally, if you hear Ecuador's president put it). Thing is, everything outside that embassy is within London and British jurisdiction. There are few ways in and out, all of which are being monitored. Aircraft can't approach because it's British airspace, and they're not close enough to the Thames IIRC to attempt a water escape. As for smuggling, that note already makes clear they're ready for that angle as well. About the only angle that would be difficult to cover would be attempting a multi-doppleganger ploy in the middle of the night.
Re: Bored with this now
IOW, Asaange is claiming that Sweden would increase his risk of Extraordinary Rendition. But hasn't anyone thought that the country from which they occur would object most egregiously to this breach of their sovereignty? This isn't a tinpot dictator's domain we're talking about here.
Re: Some good may come from this
The clothing industry does have patents, but most of these are in the realm of novel fabrics and fabric-making machines like spinners, looms, and knitters. All of which concern sensible physical products. Patents for mainstay clothes like blue jeans and T-shirts have long expired. As for clothing designs, they're in a legal gray area that even today hasn't been cleared up. In any event, designer clothing is prized for its uniqueness; the claim to fame is standing out so imitation is usually frowned upon within the industry.
Re: Bent but not broken
"If I truly am the first to invent a system or idea then I think everyone here would advocate a patent being granted to me, but if I just use the ideas of others (i.e. stand on the shoulders of giants) and then tweak those ideas to my own ends am I really inventing anything new?"
The trouble is that, until you get back to antiquity, EVERY invention draws on SOME OTHER invention in some way or form. Even some of the simplest inventions like the Gem Paper Clip and the modern staple wouldn't have been possible without other inventions (in this case, mass-production machines to produce metal wire). IOW, EVERY inventor stands on the shoulder of at least one giant unless that inventor took their inspiration from nature (and even then you're standing on Mother Nature's shoulders).
When was the last time someone invented and patented a device COMPLETELY from scratch, including the things used to build it? And then showed the proof of his innovation?
Re: Some good may come from this
"There's nothing wrong with the concept of and law on patents - the problem is gross incompetence at the patent office in letting patent lawyers spin simple basic concepts into "innovations". And allowing software patents when the rest of the world dismisses them as non-patentable."
The trouble is that the PTO works on a shoestring budget. You ever tried getting anything serious done on a shoestring budget?
As for software patents, perhaps a compromise in light of the pace of technology. In reflection of things the founding fathers couldn't have anticipated (namely, the accelerated pace of innovation in different markets), perhaps patent terms should differ according to their underlying purpose and/or technology. In the case of software patents, given that lifecycles there are very short, the term for a software patent should be similarly short, say no more than two to four years. Long enough to get a decent return on innovation but not so long as to unduly stifle continued innovation.
Re: Law is not a Science - and that's a good thing
"But that's short-term thinking. It's not sustainable, a company can't just constantly out-innovate everyone else all the time. Technology has a limit, do people need ever larger, higher res screens? Multiple core CPUs and desktop class GPUs on phone? Continuing on the old path would only lead to a race to the bottom and a stagnant product line. Fresh development needs time to recoup the previous R&D costs."
Don't be so sure. Constraint can make people do some strange but otherwise brilliant things. Consider all the hoop-jumping some programmers had to go through in the 1980s because computers had only 64K of memory to address--if you were lucky. Yet some of the products of yesteryear seriously had people scratching their heads and going, "How did they do THAT?" So, if battery constraints become an issue, barring another battery innovation (which may still happen), coders will simply go back to the old school and start coding tighter, closer to metal, and more efficiently. Plus there's also the race to the bottom: to try and get the same performance out of a phone but for less.
Re: No innovation without patents? Seriously?
But without the patent system, Watt may not have been inclined to build on the concepts he helped test for Joseph Black, meaning the steam engine would never have been invented in the first, so the knockoffs would never have been inspired to...knock off.
Re: Easy solution.
Wouldn't work. Before the iPhone came along, people in the US stuck with feature phones and damn well LIKED it that way. Meanwhile, the likes of Japan were producing some of the first smartphones, but who cared at that point? As for $3000 iPhones, chances are people will buy them anyway. You could price them as much as a small car and they'd probably still buy them.
Re: Here's my plan
Trouble is that it would raise an international stink as that would smack of cartel behavior that would also get the likes of LG (who is also Korean, also sells in the US, and is so far not in trouble). Meanwhile, Apple can switch chips (remember, they already deal in China, who could care less who buys), so Samsung could just well be cutting their own nose (whic according to Apple is wooden and growing in any event).
Re: @AC 10.09 Must be good drugs?
"Everyone once in a while you have to just say, Well, I got caught and I give up. And the longer it takes to get to that point, the worse the final outcome is going to be."
Never underestimate the determination of the utterly idiotic and the truly insane.
Court settlements happen to be one of the things backruptcy CAN'T relieve since they are a legally-backed restitution. If the debt cannot be discharged outright, the law has the authority to garnish wages and so on to fulfil the obligations.
Re: fast file-copy operation
Because of the risk of a race condition. It's similar to a problem ext3 had when you tried to overwrite. The point is that the process of overwrite places the critical files in flux. Suppose a sudden STOP or power failure were to occur at that very instant. Think Murphy. When the system comes back online, it doesn't recall there was an overwrite in progress, so you essentially have a half-mangled file that's good for nothing. Thing is, with the copy operation structured as it is, you have a redundancy: you still have an intact version of the new files, so you can just try again. You only remove the installation copies once the overwrite is verified.
Re: OK as a proof of concept...
It BETTER be, or I wouldn't trust it to drive. The margin of error on even current GPS technology sometimes shows me driving on the wrong side of a motorway. That doesn't give me a lot of confidence about self-driving programs. There are lots of parallel roads in my area; being placed on the wrong one could have serious consequences.
Re: And what..
...if you don't have a mobile phone or any other way to perform an out-of-band authentication? I think this was one reason TFA didn't become practical in the consumer sphere until recently. Until most people had cell phones capable of SMS, it was difficult to determine if a person had a means to accept an out-of-band authentication. And before you say the telephone, back then long distance calls involved some money, and some people even then tend to screen or otherwise resist always picking up the phone for fear of attracting salesmen, scammers, or other people who may be interested in live targets.
"Consider the car. Where is the horn button? No!! you can't put the horn button there, that was a Volvo invention! If everyone puts the horn button in the center of the steering wheel, they will be copying the innovative positioning of horn buttons from Volvo! So every vendor ends up with a horn button in a different place, on the edge of the wheel, on the door handle, on the head-liner... and next time you are in a random rental car and some idiot pulls out in front of you... you slam your fist into the center of the steering wheel (of your GM) and the windshield washers turn on."
It may well have been the case decades before. Also, less internationalization may have had an influence back then. But the big difference between cars and smartphones is that cars are OLD technology. Most of the basic patents that involve what you put where have long expired whereas mobile phone tech is young and still with the scope of patent law (which unlike copyright still has a term of around 2 decades give or take a few years, after which it's open season).
Re: This isn't really about Samsung
"What market did Apple forge? The smartphone market was already there long before Apple; by about at least a decade. App store? Nope, Apple was not the first either. Phone with a large touchscreen? Nope, not the first either. So what market did Apple actually forge?"
They made the smartphone appealing to the masses. IOW, they expanded the market beyond its usual boundaries. They took the "siren-like" (as in, you're drawn to it no matter how you feel) appeal of their iPods and extended it to mobile phones, and the result is a lot like what happened when Nintendo came out with the Wii: everyone AND their mother AND their daughter wanted it never mind the price. And this was in the cotton-picking USA where the mobcos pretty much had their subscribers by the balls and were content with trickle-feeding feature phones to them at exorbitant prices, thus why smartphone penetration was low in the US at that time. The iPhone changed that tune significantly since its siren effect skewed the market. Demand was so high it allowed Apple to dictate terms to eventually AT&T, not the other way around,and AT&T couldn't push back too hard for fear Apple would take the iPhone ball to another provider.
Re: The jury was right, the law was wrong.
If it was that or be locked up for the rest of my life, I'd probably jump. Depending on the height and my skills in achieving a vertical layout before splashdown, the odds of surviving the jump may vary but can lean towards pretty good (I mean, look at cliff divers--they're pretty high up as well).
Re: Yes, we know.
And there are mature American comics as well. You just don't hear about them. V for Vendetta and Watchmen both began as graphic novels, Preacher was definitely not for the kids, there was always Sandman, and the current election climate makes me want to go reread Transmetropolitan. And those are just off the top of my head.
"The arcade shops in Akihabara are expensive.. they might be cheaper for MVS carts etc than in the UK but they aren't cheap in the scheme of things when you look up some of the prices for stuff on Yahoo Actions. G-Front was the only PCB shop in Akihabara that had any really rare stuff last time was bothered with that stuff.. and they were also the most expensive and least friendly.. they went from a open plan with stacks of CPS2 boards all over the place and a guy that would help you out if you spoke Japanese to a counter where you had to beg for the guy to get the game and they he wouldn't budge on the price even if you were taking 500 or 600 quids worth of boards off of his hands (I was trying to buy a complete set of Mr Driller games among other things)."
I think the board hoarders changed their tune when the gaming preservation culture kicked into high gear. These enthusiasts realized that classic arcade games were losing out to the ravages of time and company liquidation, so they started a crusade to preserve their vital information so they can still be reconstructed in future. Research began to be collaborated throughout the net, and a "hit list" of rare and desired boards soon appeared. The board hoarders were savvy enough to check out those lists as well and then set their prices accordingly.
I'm not too surprised firms like Berkshire Hathaway don't invest much in tech stocks. They're too volatile for investment firms like that, who usually go with stalwarts (ie. IBM and Intel, two of the oldest tech companies still in good standing) that have longer-term strength: the "slow and steady" approach.
Re: Straw man
But Sweden has ALREADY said they can't extradite him to the US due to EU law, since a charge of Espionage in the US can warrant the death penalty. It's just that Assange doesn't seem to want to take the EU law at face value, believing they'll weasel a way around the law.
Perhaps, but the most serious murder charges are those where the person PLANS to kill someone (premeditated murder) or does so in the commission of another serious crime (felony murder). Thing is, few people PLAN to run over someone while drunk (if they did, that's premeditated murder right there), and driving under the influence is still generally a misdemeanor unless a "habitual offender" elevation occurs. It's not a black-and-white thing, and they do tend to change gradually as the situation evolves. That said, some jurisdictions do have the ability to file second-degree murder charges on drunk vehicular slayers, which is pretty serious in its own right.
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