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Apple Tosh patent filings facing the test of foreign courts
If you really want to view some technological 'wet dreams' go visit < www.PatentlyApple.com > to see just how messed up the patent business is.
All electronic patents should gave a non-renewable life of 5 years and software none whatsoever.
Apple just wants the fruits of others work for nothing, as it started out when it purloined the work of Xerox Parc - which Jobs admits.
Another petty Jobs' game
Apple is really wasting it's time as these 5-point Torx variants are easily defeated.
Start with <http://silverhilltools.com > or < http://www.brycefastener.com/ >.
If you can't access these sources locate a machine shop. The one we use uses PINS, made from hardened steel 'wire' mounted in a stainless steel handle. Taking a casting and subsequently making a mould is hardly worth while for low quantities.
The idea for using pins comes from the extraction tool sold by the manufacturers of the 'clutch' screw - the slotted style with 'ramps' that force a regular screwdriver out of the screw-head.
Another interesting point is that few of these security fasteners are patented - another opportunity for more Apple Tosh - although the principle is likely outside even Apples range of plagiarism.
Perhaps Apple could try reverse threading screws for their next failure of securing their boxes. I can understand why their their latest portable is secured - there's so little in it for the price charged.
Now that CEO Page has prematurely grey hair ...
he will be taken more seriously in the business world!
Schmidt had the staid personality to suit his role, though, and his business skills have arguably advanced Google in the past ten years.
Rumours reported on Bloomberg this morning suggest he is headed for a government position which should cover his daily expenses, he has made millions/billions in his time with Google.
Late breaking news - HP board ejects 5 Hurd supporters
Whitman, the old bat who lost out in the California elections, remains but all the Hurd supporters have been ejected likely to make the new CEO feel more comfortable, undoubtedly hoping he was also CEO when SAP stole software from Oracle.
At least his venal character will match that of the new 'screw you' HP that has emerged.
HP lost 'face' (credibility) and likely nothing will restore it
HP screwed up, abandoning all the principles of the founders, in it's handling of Hurd.
I haven't seen any substantial allegations with respect to the female, although HP claims Hurd spilt the beans about potential M & A that she was to assist with.
It is reasonable to acquaint an assistant with details of a project making this claim against Hurd a little weak.
Hurd diddled his expense claim by changing the actual description of items claimed for rather than trying to goose the totals to score extra cash, rather to expense items - false accounting in the strictest sense, not theft, though. Of course, do we know who actually prepared the expense claims?
In my experience many busy CEO's leave the mundane form filling to an assistant, who uses credit card slips as a basis and the CEO just signs off - likely without line by line checking.
What really wound HP up was when Hurd signed on with Oracle at which time HP lost all sense of proportion and simply went for revenge, a poor thing for any company.
The whole episode is a sad comment on HP's board of directors who abandoned all the ethics and business practices of Messrs. Hewlett and Packard. Shame on them.
If there are any accidents or odd disappearing acts ...
they can always blame it on the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon. (See: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle >) Users should also read he terms and conditions of their GPS devices - most have clauses disavowing responsibility for everything.
This makes 'nature' responsible and you can't sue 'nature' even in the U.S.A.!
This service interruption is another reason for having a Euro system.
Never ending stream of Apple Tosh: Fibre optics hardly price sensitive
Forgetting about Apple plagiarising prior art,. the concept of using fibre optics in this application cannot overcome the cost of the fibre and accessories.
Just trolling for more legal fights.
Just another company trying to ride WikiLeaks coat tails
Even people without their on server can spoof addresses, those with their own servers can do it more effectively.
Given WikiLeaks penchant for security they more than likely use VPN's terminating in many countries.
Why not an honest statement admitting foot in mouth instead of using the old excuses 'misquoted' (on a recorder?), 'taken out of context'. or a 'language problem'?
At least 'talking out of turn' is new!
(Neanderthal) Business groups have argued against the change
It is hardly as if the UK would be breaking new ground with this and other countries experiences have shown many positive results. No person should be forced to retire just because some number comes - and this includes pilots.
Older people have experience and, usually, patience, they tend to be reliable (and turn up on time), they don't need time off because a child is sick, their wisdom can be shared with younger newcomers. They can act as role models and mentors.
Minorities in other cultures treasure the knowledge of their elders instead of throwing them on the slag heap younger folk try to learn from them.
Older workers can be holiday or sick day relief. They can help out when there are need for skilled temporary workers when order books are overfilled.
As for the employer groups, their cousins across the Atlantic can fill them in and bring them out of the Ice Age.
"ACPO confirmed to us today, police are continuing to take samples, as usual"
When is the UK government going to rein in this commercial outfit that seems to dictate policy rather than the Home Office doing what it's duty is?
ACPO even sells police data, with the profits going to ACPO, and sources 'experts' for certain court cases. Talk about prejudicial, biased witnesses.
Why does Chief Superintendent Alison Rose think that the Yorkshire or any Plod outfit can defeat human nature / or a history measured in centuries? As for her statement: 'they would obviously be removed from any database' she is either smoking some funny stuff or deliberately lying. Plod is like most people, why destroy data?
Prostitution, pers se, is a victimless crime as two parties come to a commercial agreement and consummate it. I am not referring to juvenile hookers. If the trade was liberalised to modify the business end, pimps and procurers would lose their hold.
Once again Plod seeks to govern the people it allegedly 'serves' by imposing it's idea of morals on people. Plod should concentrate on real crime, not just filling databases and creating statistics.
If there is a neighbourhood problem with hookers, go create them a neighbourhood in an industrial park so that in-town neighbourhoods will be freed up from the circular driving patterns of potential purchasers and the sordid reputation resulting from the world's oldest trade. Works in other countries, why not the UK?
Likely because of the Plod attitude.
Question: What justifiable reason is there to take patient data home in the first place?
Peoples health data not only affects their privacy BUT is a very valuable commodity for insurance companies.
If the UK insurers are anything like those in the U.S. and Canada, all claim data - procedures, consultations and prescriptions - are stored on yet another database which is used to establish pre-existing conditions for both medical and non-medical insurance policy premium determination.
The insurers will not reject applications for coverage containing false information, and they will happily accept your money BUT when it comes to claim time they suddenly drag out all their data and deny all claims.
The NHS, nor any medical facility, should permit any data to leave it's jurisdiction - does this mean they would allow doctors to cart files and charts off home? I don't think so.
That's why I like the Canadian system that contains data in separate databases, each individual one on it's own is less than useful.
ACPO - a law unto itself
ACPO needs more than a little bit of window dressing. Any policy decisions should be made by the elected government and not by an incestuous arrangement of the governed setting their own rules.
PR words of comfort "the 787 problems are not a show stopper ... impact"
Why should we believe a banking analyst? All his interest is ROI for investors in Boeing.
All companies have 'teething problems' the difference with aircraft is that peoples lives are at risk.
As with any new item, they should be avoided until they have some history of use - let someone else be the guinea pig.
With nearly a two year delay in delivery you have to wonder just how airworthy these aircraft will be - is the FAA going to change the rules for Boeing again? (Prior to the 777 two-engined aircraft had limitations on their distance to the nearest airport).
As a frequent traveller, along with other frequent travellers. my travel agent (a live body) knows my seat preferences, my drop-dead seats (never, ever fly) as well as my aircraft choices (again, a never use decision). (The greatest, most reliable aircraft was the DC3!)
Early version of 737's should be avoided as should some American carriers (AA has a virtual aeronautical fleet of flying rustbuckets) and definitely the American regional carriers.
The youngest fleets are to be found with many LLC's and other airlines in the Far East.
Think this is unnecessary worrying? Think again if you take a South America/European flight (where did that Air France flight go?) or 'over the top' across the vast wastelands of the Arctic.
Did Rick Smith, Taser CEO, try it out on himself like other models?
Rick Smith, Taser CEO, has claimed that he and others in his company, have 'sampled' the effects of their products.
I wonder if has tried these latest versions of his product out on himself.
The reaction of a bear whose fir prevented sufficient conductivity on the Taser user would be interesting - maybe they would go for a three-barrelled Taser rifle. (See: < http://www.taser.com/products/law/Pages/TASERXREP.aspx >)
There is away to avoid this ...
I use InterNet banking and hold money in a 'savings' account, which has no other means of access, only transferring money to my 'banking' account, which has ATM access, only just before I make withdrawals.
The ability to set-up new transfer facilities to any other account have been disabled which means such attacks are minimised.
I can only set-up new accounts by way of a personal attendance at my bank branch.
'three times more often than other search engines'
So maybe the other three got their algorithms wrong?
In any event, Google makes no charges for this search function, so I have no problems with any bias - real or imagined.
If it was a paid service things would be different.
Segway unsafe for road use, unsafe for pedestrians on sidewalks, too
I live in a country where Segways are used on the road way.
They have no signals, horns, etc.
The funniest thing is watching the rider handle an emergency stop - another thing they are incapable of - even funnier when the driver discovers the limitations of the Segway as the wheels continue to drive sufficiently long enough for the handle bar support to hit the vehicle in front, lowering the handle bar so as to form a perfect take off point for the Segway driver, propelled by the drivers kinetic energy, to propel them over the lowered handle bar.
Anyone witnessing such an incident would have little doubt about whether a Segway is "intended or adapted for use on roads". In my opinion it is definitely not!
"kind of a scaled-up smartphone – which is a bizarre produc, in our view."
Obviously their view is not shared by many others. Older users tend to need eyeglasses and/or larger type - which is not too easy if the screen is as small as Apple's smartphone.
Equally, unless you are wearing a trench coat, the Apple tablet is too large to fit in a pocket and is a bit heavy in the hand.
The mid-size tablet is the best of both worlds: a larger screen for those who need it; small enough to fit a suit breast pocket and even hand carry for a period of time. Using either a wired headset or a Bluetooth connected device, voice communications can be conveniently achieved. The larger case permits a better speaker and bigger batteries, as well as providing more real estate for external connections.
My company has just complete a Test of Concept where service/production manuals for complex numerically controlled industrial machines. The manuals were made available on three sizes of screens - smartphone, 7 inch and 10 inch. There were sufficient pad/tablets to let the test subjects all choose identical units. One condition was they were to use each size at least twice.
The most popular size proved to be the 7 inch screen based upon usage.
As a private project I used 7 inch screens in my home to provide, primarily, dictionary services - my wife's mother tongue is way different to mine - and were affixed to a wall in the kitchen and portable elsewhere.
The kitchen unit was also used to access recipes from the InterNet and the others for miscellaneous browsing including newspaper sites.
It is my experience that a 7 inch screen is very satisfactory for most uses, commercial or otherwise and doesn't support Cooks proclamation, which is somewhat bizarre in itself. Now we will have to wait and see what the market says.
"Apple's board has a plan. They ... don't want to make it public." Scratch 'board' write in 'Jobs'.
Few other CEO's would get away with all this secrecy.
Apple isn't paying dividends (still) which means all the investors capital as well as dividends are all tied up with the success of Apple. When Jobs' latest vacation was announced the share value dropped quite a chunk.
When his number is called the value of Apple may well plummet. Promulgating the boards asset protection plans should be announced to sooth Apple investors.
Jobs' predilection for secrecy is all well and good, albeit not so successful given the Chinese leaks, but should not extend to corporate governance.
'Phenomenal,' says Jobs. Shareholders: "What about our bit."
The shareholders would like to share in the winnings as Apple does not currently pay dividends on its common stock. Apple paid dividends from June 15, 1987 to December 15, 1995. Perhaps the shareholders ought to vote in a new board who understand the meaning of "return on investment" and 'dividend". Bernstein Research’s Toni Sacconaghi said that Apple could pay out a 4% dividend.
Apple shareholders don't even get a discount on products.
Many celebrities, top politicians, company executives, military officials and TV talking heads get 'samples' as do compliant review writers. Guess that fixes The Register who tend to give: 'Just the facts, Ma'am.'
High tech hackers blasé about their security
Maybe wanna-be hackers should set up their own secure scratch-pad comms, employing encryption, so the Feds don't cases served up on a platter.
There is 'one time' encryption software available that would even the NSA work overtime.
Two systems offer redundancy protection
The Euro system cost is pittance of around $600 million and is a bargain for the benefits that will accrue from it, especially when compared with wastage incurred under the farm subsidies.
The generosity of the Americans, coupled with the good deed by President Clinton - who signed the order resulting in increased accuracy, is acknowledged but given the 'politics' involved with the GPS system a secondary system controlled by a separate political entity is wise.
ATM's, public transport trains, etc. all depend on GPS so it is just plain smart to have the Euro system.
That 'Sony Ericsson swirl' was pinched from a mint-flavoured ...
gob-stopper I had years agp.
Talk about prior art.
Now that Blair has been 'outed' for ...
misleading the Commons, according to evidence from Lord Goldsmith, see < http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lord-goldsmith-blair-did-not-reflect-legal-advice-on-iraq-war-2187031.html >, does this mean Blair could b charged with malfeasance?
Facebook: Act first, then engage brain
Time and time again FB introduces a new 'feature' then afterwards figures out the implications.
It is the sign of poor/immature management and equally poor planning.
Hard to believe there are 5.000,000 dummies who trust FB with their life data - happily plundered by police, lawyers involved in litigation, human resources departments, credit bureau's, bail bondsmen, etc. - and not necessarily in the users interests, either.
"smuggle in the cables too - presumably the same way the phones ... " Ouch!
The prongs of the chargers might prove a little painful on insertion and extraction from a suitably sized body orifice.
A pain like haemorrhoids?
American has changed the game plan ...
by killing off the special deals it had with these complaining would be competitors thereby forcing passengers to use the AA web site to check for deals and driving prices higher.
AA was the originator of several passenger shafting moves including killing off travel agent commissions.
If other air carriers were to adopt this ticketing strategy, all the Expedias and screen-scrapers will have poblems. Some might say Ryanair started this, but is Ryanair a normal carrier?
One worth looking at is Travelocity, owned by GDS Sabre, which gets its data from the GDS rather than directly from the airlines.
New life for worn out laser drums?
Following this articles theory, am I to assume simply resetting my lasers "Change Drum" circuitry, I can carry on using my old drum whilst improving communications?
What a boost for saving the garbage dumps!
Word disassociations: Oil and Water; Facebook and Privacy; Facebook and Security ...
How long does it take to understand that social web sites can be trouble, especially Facebook.
If you have doubts ask those who have been convicted/imprisoned due to Facebook data, or those who have lost job opportunities.
Facebook treats peoples private information as a commodity to be traded, sold or given away. If you value your privacy, don't use them. It's nit that hard - billions around the world don't use FB.
"permits stray cattle, tumbleweeds etc to be ignored" is the answer
Would be Mexican immigrants should use cattle to cross the border to avoid detection. Emulation a tumbleweed is somewhat challenging.
The border between the U.S. and Canada has, as part of the Olympics security many years ago, a sensing cable system that discriminates between humans and 4-footed animals crossing the border.
The northern border has some unique challenges: villages and houses straddle the border in the east (you can actually sleep in the U.S. and eat in Canada. Then there is the Kahnawake reserve at Akwesasne, which crosses the borders of Quebec, Ontario and New York (best known for cigarette and people smuggling) and people and drug smuggling at Niagara.
People still manage to cross the border without detection ... talk about a waste of money.
Why would anyone trust Goldman Sachs after their recent sorry history?
The name Goldman Sachs is synonymous with fraud and cheating customers by betting against shares they promote. That U.S. investors can't buy in should serve as a warning, too.
Of course it could be a Goldman Sachs technique for pumping up the shares for obviously the wealthier Americans have little regard for borders, they can buy shares wherever they want with ease.
Remember the Dot.com bubble? This might be version 2.
Kind of dumb doing it in a public place & what of the much vaunted filtering?
Anyone using a laptop should do in private or with their back to the wall;
I guess the UK filter wasn't working too well that night, either.
Let's hope Body Spare Parts Inc warranty is handled better than Apples
If Jobs is headed back for warranty work on the spare parts he was given, it is (remotely) possible he will gain understanding of how his customers view warranties and get tired of having to sign non-disclosure forms and fight for their rights.
The union shareholders demand for succession plans is quiet prescient and deserves an answer as Apple is, supposedly, a public company.
Jobs, in asking people to respect his privacy, is asking too much, given how much data he collects on others.
CHP - state police
The California Highway Patrol < http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/mission.html > are the state police. They were merged in 1995 < http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/merger.html >.
Guess you're not a CHiPs TV fan.
The 98 Crown Victoria also had a CHIP socket that provided special features for the police 'Interceptor' version of this automobile!
Too big to fire? Building job security.
I guess the increasing criticism of Balmer, both within and without MS, makes him feel vulnerable so he is building a little insurance.
Hardly surprising ... the Bureau of Prisons could have even freed him with a GPS locator
The Bureau of Prisons attitude is that once the judge has finished the body belongs to them - the only way to change it is to use the court system.
What surprises me more is that a deal wasn't set up before hand, but maybe they thought the judge had fixed it.
There is no good time early release in the U.S. Federal sentences.
Sounds like a variation on the ...
dubious benefits of using multi-stranded speaker cables that make huge profits for stereo dealers. My speakers simply use 20 amp electricity cables with no measurable losses.
Imagine the power bill for this monster ... Ouch!
Will it require a 2-phase or 3-phase supply?
At least building heating concerns will be covered but how about the air-con?
Yet another ignorant politician demonstrating he is technically dumb
Why are politicians such control freaks? Of course this particular idiot has a complex cultural background so it is hard to determine which way he will head.
The only good news is that the EU has such a mass that it takes almost the length of a presidency to gather momentum.
Could the 'special relationship talks of with France be centred around the fact they are both beholden to Hollywood and the elimination of piracy?
There are so many more pressing matters than diddling with the InterNet, like financial collapse.
HSA and TSA actually terminate people?
It's hard to believe that these two entities, whose annual increases in size more resemble the Pillsbury Doughboy, actually fire people.
I wonder which HSA list he will end up on?
Why the surprise? Android ...
outsold the opposition in the last quarter.
Now what magic is Jobs going to try next? Unlocking the garden?
The defence can be the killer ...
If the Defendants were to disclose the crack in their defence documents, sending a copy to Sony's lawyers by the slowest means possible, then file an affidavit of service with the document attached, tipping off reporters, Sony wouldn't have time to have the Defence sealed.
RC Church declared Murdoch to be of "unblemished character" ... after he gave them millions
Rome has declared the pope to be infallible and after it declared Murdoch to be of "unblemished character" and made him a knight.
Obviously this had nothing to do with his giving millions of dollars to the church, whose coffers are kind of light after paying damages for all the paedo's it employs, a few months earlier.
So what can Wikileaks have that the pope doesn't know about?
Not the only one on the market
I saw a number of similar devices when I stopped over in HongKong during New Years.
Perhaps these more generic types will prove more compatible to a greater variety of Android handsets.
"filtering reduces ... abuse by ... internet users ... accidentally exposed to child pornography"
I've yet to be accidental exposed to child pornography on the InterNet and having soaked the sun on beaches where tiny tots ran naked I can also report my only reaction was in response to the screams emitted by these naked bodies.
Greece, where semi-naked bodies are the norm, my reactions were dulled when an aged female emerged from her garden in Marathon, walked to the beach where she shed her beach coat to reveal the most unappealing, totally naked, slack-skinned apparition I have ever witnessed.
Living in a country with light InterNet political filtering and frequently visiting China, I can assure those dimwits in Brussels filtering does not work. If a human wants something, they have enough ingenuity to find and obtain it.
Not even Brussels can change something that has gone on for centuries. Maybe the filtering proposition says more about them than InterNet users.
Sick joke: "... protecting Britain's civil liberties ..."
Pray tell me, how many remain?
Plod can search people on a whim; Plod can look at your images/video; UK government databases cross-linked for easy profiling; DNA collected and stored for years; taking pictures of children inference of perversion; taking pictures of historic/old/famous buildings potential terrorism use; presumption of guilt in TV licence investigations; train-spotting is potential terrorism preparation; all electronic communications filtered for sigint/or tapped; mail is opened. Unlimited house arrest control orders. InterNet access subject to filtering.
At least air is free.
Good news for oldies/seniors ... fingerprints become increasingly difficult to take once you hit your 70's. For you tykes there's always arsenic applied to hands followed by dermatologist abrasion - leaves a very satisfying hatch pattern!
The coalition honoured the killing of the national DNA/fingerprint database, as promised.
British civil liberties? Not too many to protect.
Could the Beeb be wary of termination seeing how Miriam O'Reilly ...
won her case when she claimed she was tossed for allegedly being too old?
Better to hang on to old things like WAP until they can prove it's too old.
Isn't 'Apple' generic, too.
After MS has delisted more Apple Tosh maybe it should turn it's lawyers loose on those two orchard farmers words apple and the cultivar with red and green skin, a tart flavour, and tender white flesh called McIntosh Red (or McIntosh, popularly 'the Mac').
This strain of apples was discovered in 1811 by John McIntosh on his farm in Dundela, a hamlet near Morrisburg, in Dundas County, Ontario, Canada.
Definitely not Californian or 20th Century. There Jobs goes plagiarising yet again.
Apple catching up with Android!
Finally Apple has taken another step in matching Androids attributes. Strangely Verizon's users won't find preloaded cellco software on the phones, and are limited to downloading carrier-specific apps from Itunes.
Maybe someone will jailbreak the device.
Any news whether they will be shipping in white, yet?
CDMA is now extant in the U.S.A. and China with most carriers switching to good old GSM. Hardly worth making a CDMA/GSM version.
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