412 posts • joined Monday 22nd June 2009 09:16 GMT
Yes they are that stupid
Several years ago I developed a piece of electronic equipment which sold very well as it had no immediate competitors. Over time I put forward plans to improve and upgrade it, reduce manufacturing costs, bring it into line with latest Military standards, and produce a range of units on the same basic design. It would have cost less than 1% of the profits made from that unit, but management said no as it was selling well.
Fast forward two years. There are now several competing units on offer which cost less and are built to the latest Military standards. Our sales have fallen to virtually zero. Management response was to send out several memos requesting ideas as to why this unit is no longer selling and what can be done to regain the lost market.
Re: Root password, sure, but why wasn't the data encrypted?
Where I used to work all of the USB ports were glued up to prevent us saving files to USB sticks..........well all of them except the one used for the mouse and keyboard. The OS even had the drivers still present.
We pointed out this stupidity and the official response was to tell us that installing a customised OS was too difficult/expensive and to issue a dire warning against using the USB port for anything other than the keyboard/mouse.
But but but
But we're the Gubberment.
We put these rules in place for the little people to follow. They don't apply to us 'cos we make the rules, we dont follow them.
Let me guess
A hi-tech version of the 'x-ray' specs to see through clothing that used to be advertised 30 years ago.
US patent system
He got a patent through the Patent Office; what has prior art or previous patents describing the same thing got to do with anything?
That is how the US patent system works.....right?
Re: I wonder how much of the opposition matches mine?
"If you want to leave the country, ok, you need a passport. I think that's not the case; you can leave whenever you like without permission."
That may be true legally, but in practice it is very difficult. Try boarding any form of transport to another country without a passport and you will be turned away (even if you have other forms of ID). The only way I can think of that may not entail showing your passport on exit is by getting in a boat and sailying/paddling overseas,
"If the nation's experience with tobacco taught us anything, it is that it is dangerous to wait until there is scientific consensus about a potential health threat"
Some history has been forgotten here. There is a huge difference between tobacco and mobile radiation. When the health warnings were introduced for tobacco, there were years of experiments and studies from around the world that showed direct, measurable and predictable health effects from smoking, and this showed up in the hospital wards.
The scientists calling for a ban did not do so because they thought there may be a yet un-proven hypotheses for which there was no scientific explanation, with not a single study showing a causal link........unlike the 'death from mobiles' scare stories of today.
Not just his leg
I heard he also had his nuts shot off.....and replaced with balls of steel
Ever seen a firecracker inside a bottle of St Ivel 5 pints? (do they still sell it?). Very satisfying fireball.
Re: Dear God
Could be talking about me and my Missus. We gave up our jobs last year (our own choice so dont claim dole or anything) and challenge ourselves to find/make our main daily meal for less than a quid for for the two of us.
Best value is potatos/onions/rice/carrots bought by the sack. (2.50 for a 25kg of grade 1 carrots was my best deal). Our treats consist of anything we can get off the 'final, final reductions before we throw them out' counter. Had a smoked salmon starter the other day for 10p. Mmmmm.
It is not so difficult
Was executor of my late father and contacted BT to inform them of his death and the fact he would no longer be needing his telephone.
The would not talk to me cos I was not the account holder, so I sent them a death certificate and informed them I was the executor....they would still not speak to me cos i was not the account holder.
I sent a letter telling them to get in touch if he owed any money and to make a claim on his estate. No response.
During this time, there were letters kept being sent to him that he owed money and the matter was being put in the hands of collection agencies. Each time I sent a letter re-itterating that he was dead and to send me any claims in the estate.
After I had wound up the estate I got a letter telling me that money was owed for the period after he died and that I was now responsible. I told them they had failed to make a claim on the estate within the required timescale and to take the matter to court if they wanted to.
Never heard back.
I have heard that if there us no way of buying the goods at the advertized price (ie without booking fee), then they are false advertizing. Try reporting them to trading standards. Arguing with the jobsworth minimum wage monkey behind the desk is never going to work.
Headset detection patent
Is this patent US 7912501 B2 that is the subject of this dispute? If it is, it seems to me a very long winded way of saying that it detected whether the jack is a 3 or 4 pin with appropriate components on the end by by using pull up/down resistors to produce hi/low signals. It then goes on an on and on about various other methods (using FETs no less!!!) but it is all basically doing it the same way........all of which are blindingly obvious to anyone who has designed signal detection circuits.
Of course I could be wrong as I dozed off a couple of times as i read the cut and paste paragraphs over and over again and there may be some non-obvious never invented before secret source, but i didnt find it.
Definition of a consultant
Someone who gets paid to tell you what you want to hear.
Samsung 'steals' Apple's 'valuable IP'
So what's the word for what Apple does?
Ah yes, they 'inovate' it from other people
More stories from back in the day
More ID card stories from colleagues.
1. Driving onto site and realised ID card was in the boot. Waved a piece of toast at guard and waved onto site.
2. Pasted a picture of a gorilla onto ID card. Took it off a week later 'cos no-one had challenged it.
Hi to all at T42. Hope you are still whipping up a storm.
They want everything
"Names, dates, family members, passport numbers, housing information". Not just that.
If this is used to provide information for security vetting, it is basically everything needed for complete identity theft.
Full names addresses and dates of birth for all family members back to Grandparents including Maiden names. All addresses for the last 10 years. All schooling and all past employers. All bank account and investment details. About the only thing they do not ask for is the Dog's name.
Tell me how many places ask Security questions based on this information. Then tell me how serious this isn't?
2000 complaints logged against this company. Er....It took TWO THOUSAND complaints for the ICO to investigate?
Does that mean that they can't be bothered with 'only' hundreds of complaints
swings and roundabout
Ah well, still leaves enough to pay off the patent Infringement reaffirmed earlier this week. After lawyers fees they might just break even.
I thought that Apple was the one that innovates valuable IP and it is others that slavishly copy. Sob.
"hardly ate, usually skipping breakfast, eating only small lunches and seldom partaking in an evening meal. She would often vomit upon waking in the morning. She was also a 30-a-day smoker."
But I am guessing that CocaCola will be the target of all the Lawyers now doorsteping the relatives with promises of untold riches
Re: IBM's arrogance was that they could make standards ..
I setup a little business at Uni buying single sided FDDs and selling them on as double sided. All you had to do was open it up and reconnect a disconnected cable. My profit was half the difference between the priced the company sold the two versions.
Icon for the beer the little sideline kept buying for me.
Register, an IT site that (righty) bangs on about Government wasting Billions on big software projects.
Left a bit..........up a bit............foot in sights......shoot.
Re: Not good is an understatement
Pretty much what happened on my Transformer. Blech.
Just tried in on my Transformer. Each time it opens, it requires a restart, It crashes on opening 'bout 30% of the time, and the opening splash is the wrong aspect ratio. Settings icon doesn't seem to work (but the refresh button next to it does). There is no arrow showing that a comment is in reply and the ttile in the reply message does not do "Re: <title>.
Apart from that a nice simple app (for how many Megs?)
Re: I didn't realise there was a difference
"Thales be any worse than BAES?"
Having worked for both I can assure you, No. They are both chock full of managers who are more interested in policies, procedures, reviews, tickboxes and appraisals rather than employing people who know how to design things.
Re: Americans use such self-explanetory language ... once you learn the vocabulary
Before you mock 'missing with three shots', how about trying out at a pistol range. I think you will find out it is a bit harder than it looks - even for some people who trained for years*. Its not like in the Westerns you know.
Then throw in a crazed naked freak going ape in your house and I will guarantee you will also miss.
* I know someone who was trained to shoot every year for 20 years and never passed his test. We even tried moving the target closer and closer to him. He got so frustrated at missing he threw the gun at the target....and hit it.
Re: News flash from 25 years in the future...
And what happens to the methanol/ethanol that powers all the cars? Oh yeh, gets tuurned into carbon dioxide, Net removal of CO2.....zero. OK so it means that Hydrocarbons are not burnt instead, but its is hardly removing CO2 is it?
Re: "That's not art"
"If God had intended for us to walk about without any clothes - then we would have been born naked".
Gone straight on my list of top 10 quotes. Have an up-vote for your trouble sir
Another Company who tried to build a walled garden (nearly) bites the dust. Will they never learn?
Its almost as if they actually believe what they are spouting.
PR expertise at its best.
The DOJ denied any direct communications.......and completely ignores that all the communications were through a third party. Hope the Judge picks up on that and reams the DOJ lawyers sideways.
EULA? Oh noes . Well that's just stopped me right in my tracks.
Re: The Battle for Hearts and Minds is Won with Smarter Intelligence Feed and Novel Cyber Seed.*
(Frantically looks around bus for an empty seat to move to)
Its almost as if Microsoft still think it still belongs to them even after I bought it.
hay Microsoft. I paid for it. Mine now and I will jailbreak it if I want to.
'cos about 7 years ago I was introduced, and taught to shoot, the Glock as the new replacement personal weapon for the British Army. Wonder what happened?
Re: IT angle?
A billion at stake and the Judge does not realise that every single point will be argued? Does she understand what a billion is?
No no no no no. You have it all wrong.
They will use this for new features, for which they will claim to have invented, forgetting that it is only a new feature cos it is 'on a watch'. Hmmmmm let me think.
Telling the time
adverts of exciting new apple products at that apple store you are just passing.
different vibration modes for different alerts (including alarm clock controlled from the iphone)
I am also guessing they will have an icon of a watch showing watch-phone connectivity, which they will then accuse everyone else of copying.
Now where is the square icon with rounded edges?
Preventing a Billing server from being sold to a Mobile network. Thats really going to put the Nuclear programme on hold. Well done America!
Joe 90........NHS glasses... OhGodOhGodOhGod
I thought I had left those memories behind
Re: That call rejection patent...
was no way to screen calls prior to answering
Usually called the Secretary who held in their hands a list of people allowed to talk to the boss. Oh wait. Just because you have replaced a know function with the same function, but with new technology, thats worth a patent? Suppose it must be true, 'cos how else would Apple get a patent on a slide bolt.
Re: I went to the toilet in the dark..
"Whipped my plonker out"...posted by Camilla.
Um. Is there something you would like to tell us?
We wont judge. Honest.
Re: Just pay up
...and that discourages the tidal wave of stupid patents of the trivia and legal battles hoping for big payouts how exactly?
"full choice of houses"
Yeh but I bet none of them had rectangular windows with rounded corners.
Re: Could be a much needed kick up the arse...
You could be talking about my new Samsung freeview PVR. The smart bit of it is brill. Youtube, BBC iplayer, lovefilm and freeview at my fingertips. Nice.
And then you realise that the MMI was written by 4 different programmers, in three different countries, in two different languages......and they hated each other.
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