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Apple/Jobs' patents invalid? Impossible, they made sure every detail was copied precisely,
This is undoubtedly good news for all those companies accused of copying Apples and Jobs' patents (his name is often included) many of which are clearly prior art or simply copies of others work.
Unfortunately, unless otherwise ordered, Nokia has to pay it's lawyers fees.
Still, Jobs' has lost face, and exposed for the schill he is.
Hooray! No more US electioneering for a few months.
The US election seasons are very, very long but you really get to know all about those who run.
That is what happened to both Whitman and Fiorina, we found out that they were simply a couple of really bitchy women who were so shallow. And Whitman fired her Mexican home help - in a state with 30% Mexican ethnic population.
Why not use Telco wiring for a LAN?
Telco wiring is usually good enough for 100Mhz signalling. There are thousands of LAN's in North America using abandoned 25-pair cabling for carrying the Ethernet signals around.
You will need 4 conductors. These links may help: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_jack >, < http://www.nadtec.to/doc/wiring/telephone_and_lan_wiring.htm >.
They could disguise them ...
by painting Google on the outside so people think they are Street View cars.
"same sanitised version of the internet as everyone else in China"
I guess the author hasn't been around in China too much.
Ask any teenager how to get Facebook (officially blocked in CN) and you will shown how. So much for 'sanitised.' Any URL can be reached.
As for satellite dishes your contributor us really showing his lack of knowledge. All satellite dishes require permits issued by the Internal Security Police, which are required to be displayed alongside the antenna. Another permit is required for the receiver, again displayed alongside.
The police, of any shade, can enter the premises to inspect the equipment and permit. They have their own technicians and often they check the antenna alignment to ensure the authorised signals can be received.
I smuggled a collapsible antenna in - but I am a 'Lo Fun' so it is possible for me to get a permit - but didn't look like an antenna when collapsed. It is used for HongKong based satellite InterNet.
Great news! Now what other airborne irritants can we suggest can set bombs off?
For a start, refuse to fly those flights where the rear end of the cabin is filled with cargo. The airlines are sensitive to PAX concerns (not American or BA). This, BTW, is one reason luggage allowances have been slashed - so they can sell the weight/space to shippers.
Unfortunately denial of WiFi can be circumvented by blocking inbound originating traffic so all traffic sessions have to originated in an aircraft.
I still can't think of a reason for kids running wild around the cabin or screaming babies to become a bomb trigger.
We're never going to hear the end of this from Ellison
Poor winner, comes to mind. People won't cheer him for his attitude.
Now, as I see it, he only has a single goose to turn his attention to -Google. Let's hope they have more success than SAP.
Not only Mac, Lemons slipping, too!
The Mac slippage undoubtedly is not the only thing on Jobs' mind: for in 2010 Q3 Android was on 40% of smartphones sold.
Analyst group NPD just said 44% of all smartphones sales in the US Q3 were Android OS based, which is an 11% increase over Q2. Not withstanding Jobs' hype about the Iphone 4, iOS accounted for only 23%.
Looks like nothing much will change in Q4, either. NPD claims that Apple's market share dropped 21% in the last 12 months.
Jobs' old nemesis, Creative, has just come out with 7" and 10" Android 2 pads, base models start at £199/£180 respectively.
So much for Jobs' claim that open systems don't always win, and as with the claims of many false prophets, things ain't necessarily so.
2011 should see Apple's iOS complementing the Mac in the slow decline.
"both companies have received loans from the Chinese government "
The Chinese government owns American government through all the bonds, etc. it bought with the torrent of U.S. dollars it acquired by becoming America's production line.
Following the politico's theory we should therefore regard the American government with suspicion!
"that Apple has been lately so assiduously patenting," what more prior art?
Parts of Europe but more particularly the Far East, such as Korea and Japan, have long used this technology.
Jobs seems to think the U.S is the world's technology leader: this is patently stupid thinking. The U.S. lags so much of the world. Plus it has major, as in MAJOR, infrastructure weaknesses and no money.
The sooner the U.S. kneecaps all these wanna be patent trolls, the better, so freeing up the creativity which is how the Far East got so far ahead.
Is there a Boy Scout's badge for this?
As a juvenile he will get kissed by the judge.
Those who should be fired and charged are the incompetent 'experts' who draw massive salaries and can't even secure a server.
Same old, same old
Facebook and it's 'friends' can't be trusted. Period.
So what part don't users understand?
If the courts were to limit lawyer fees severely, their interest would fade quickly
Likely the driving force behind these civil actions is the bloody lawyer.
If the now woman needs a fresh round of councilling every time someone gets convicted, what of the many views that go undetected? All of a sudden she is fine?
Besides, the chances of collecting cent one from one of these actions is extremely low as a sentence of 17 years most likely meant there would be no assets in any event to meet the judgement.
How long is she going to go on saying people will recognise her? If she was 8 when assaulted and is 20 now, her ageing should have sufficiently altered her appearance by the time she hits 30.
American law is one of extremes, no doubt the reason law is called an ass. Madoff, of Ponzi fame, was awarded 150 years, which sounds impressive but is meaningless as he will die long before his release date. If he had been given 20 years, there is no US Federal time off, it would be long enough to achieve the same end yet mentally bug Madoff who would no doubt hope to make it.
These people ordered to pay the wishful sum of $3,000,000+ won't feel any pain. Had the order been made to pay 10% of any income, pre-tax, it would become a festering wound on the perp's lifestyle, after his release. As it is, the award is a joke that he likely can't even get his mind around. The piece stated he was a veteran of the American War in VietNam. Assuming if he was last guy out in 1975 and aged 20, he would be 55, at least, at this time. Add 17 years takes him to 71 on release with an income potential of $0, except for pension/welfare. These payments are partially protected from judgements assuming he walks out of jail and doesn't get murdered.
As I said, she'll be whistling Dixie waiting for her money.
Engine off? Been there, done that!
OnStar has an engine disabling feature.
Rent any GM car in the U.S. and go outside your agreed area of usage and see how effective it is when the rental agency stops your wanderings.
Viewsonic builds many products you never see with other peoples names on them
Viewsonic standards remain high. They build to a customers specification so Viewsonic do just as they are required to do.
Their range of products is very wide and some of their Professional lines are well regarded by people qualified to make such determinations.
Viewsonic bests Jobs: One thing he would NEVER do!
That is to have a dual OS system.
The Viewsonic interconnectivity specs are somewhat better than the original Chinese pads that hit the market there almost a year ago, months before the Apple copycat hit the streets.
The support/service network, along with better plastics finish, is what the Chinese originals lack and which will benefit Viewsonic sales. I personally find the 7" format to be very practicable, small enough to fit an inner suit pocket or almost any pocket of an outdoors style jacket.
Our company has already supplied 7" format pads to 3 customers loaded with service diagrams/data for their products - it is hard to imagine a technician servicing a hydraulic control panel armed with a 10" Apple pad whereas the 7" is light enough to wear around a users neck or to magnetically support on the control panel door during servicing.
Jobs might yet again live to regret his pontifications on 7" but he will be able to add Viewsonic to his list of companies who 'stole' his gestures software which, in turn, he stole from others. Should be quite a party!
And how many gigabytes of HDD drive will the MS browser need?
With MS being the poster child for bloat-ware, what are the new hardware specs to be?
Imagine the size of their creation if they try to make it an OS and desktop combination!
I get the feeling Joe Q Public is the guinea-pig rather the beneficiary of all these browser activity with the hardware guys standing by to make a killing.
I thought it was usual practice to develop a standard, publish it and then have product made. Wonder if a little MS SOP trickery can be seen at work here?
Potentially the Courts will get pissed off with all this in-fighting
Court time is limited and with everyone claiming to have invented EVERYTHING and then Jobs (his name is on many patents) and Apple the come along claiming they did all the work - even years after the original patents were filed - was actually that of themselves, even when Jobs was out in India smoking funny tobacco learning that short haircuts are best.
The Courts should buy a big rubber stamp with VOIDED on it and pay a visit to the Patent Office.
Good for Google! Did MS write the RFQ as well?
Too many government departments send out an RFQ having secretly selected their favourite supplier. Often the favoured supplier 'assists' in drafting the RFQ.
Google has put h U.S. Government departments on notice that it won't be shut-out by tricks of old. Halloween is past!
Sex, paedophilia and terrorism are Plod trigger words for magistrates
Magistrates are the lowest form both legally and in stature but they are attractive to government as they are cheap. They make pronouncements of little worth and give talks to Women's Institutes.
Plod uses key words which are picked up by the ignorant magistrate who adds her prejudice and nails the victim.
The defendant is obviously sick and should be treated so.
Freedom of Speech, US style, is like Speakers Corner in Hyde Park
Whilst you can say anything, there are few criminal penalties and civil recourse is allowed.It DOES mean you can LIE and INSULT people.
Crying Fire! has been held to be a criminal offence.
What this guy did would likely fall under poor taste and free speech.
This is why so many chatrooms are hosted in the US as well as terrorism web sites.
Should be popular with Mafia and Terrorists, maybe the alternate IRA
This will be very handy for remote starting cars to see if US operatives have placed bombs on board.
Al Quaida and the IRA subset could rewire horn circuit to TRIGGER bombs/UIDS.
Real smart GM.
The Chinese business mindset is to follow path of least resistance to make money!
HTC likely is paying royalties to clear the clutter from the path to making a fortune. Likely they consulted with Google but made their own decision.
HTC doesn't want to waste time in a US court, it wants to get rich.
The real interesting court battle will be Apple defending patents that are obviously prior art involving multi-touch!
Why are we to be surprised: Industry was dumb to start it?
The RIAA has no one else except itself to blame.
The problems will occur when it blossoms into a full time, fully fledged war and starts to busy out chunks of the InterNet.
"it was investigating how to prevent any future re-occurrence of similar problems."
Most likely it was a sneak attack by Cryptome and all those other account holders it shafted by freezing their accounts.
Users can cure the problem promptly, user a reputable service. Even AmEx is in on the business and they are experts at shifting money, especially circumventing currency controls for valued customers.
Even Windows gets this right.
Really pathetic. It's something fairly high on the minds of Americans since they recently decreed summer would be extended.
All North Americans get really good at time zones as it affects TV schedules ... show is on at 7pm Eastern and 6pm Central. In the West i's different ... showing at 7pm, 8pm Mountain.
USA, Canada, northern Mexico’s border cities
DST Begins 2 a.m. (Second Sunday in March)
DST Ends 2 a.m. (First Sunday in November)
DST Begins 1 a.m. UTC=GMT (Last Sunday in March)
DST Ends 1 a.m. UTC=GMT (Last Sunday in October)
In winter Canada has 6 time zones, in summer 7 - Saskatchewan doesn't do Daylight Savings.
Funny thing is, for all it's other faults Windows always got time right. Just shows how parochial Jobs really is.
"Internet Bill of Rights" ... UK doesn't even have a regular "Bill of Rights" (unlike Canada)
You would be better off working for get a "Bill of Rights" to protect yourself from government.
They are really handy against wayward civil servants, etc.
Remember War Driving - Google just automated it
Before some people climb on their high horses REMEMBER The Register has international readership and different laws throughout the world:
(1) WiFi is limited to a common shared frequency band, and generally most countries waive licencing. registration, etc.;
(2) Type approved equipment has to be used;
(3) No one has exclusive use, right to elimination of interference, etc.;
(4) WiFi is, generally, broadcasting so any one with equipment can receive it;
(5) Privacy is NOT assured although encryption and user/password techniques are provided to provide low level security.
(a) Google is simply 'War Driving' - see: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardriving > - the only difference is they automated it and added data collection;
(b) Google associates the WiFi data with GPS and pictures of surrounding scenery that can be seen from public thoroughfares - all of which can be done by members of the public;
(c) Some of the traffic it accessed was only due to the fact the WiFi base owner was either technically incompetent or too stupid not to activate the available security in their WiFi equipment;
(d) In many countries what Google has done is perfectly legal;
(e) Almost every one of the tens of millions of smart-phones in use PRESENTLY record WiFi signal data, including MAC addresses, and TRANSMIT THIS DATA along with GPS data TO UNKNOWN RECIPIENTS EVERY MINUTE THEY ARE SWITCHED ON.
So if all those people with their knickers in a twist want some cause to champion, go complain about what smart-phones are DOING not what Google has DONE. Make it unlawful to transmit GPS and WiFi data without explicit, per time, authorisation of the telephone owner. (Best tackled from unauthorised transmission time.)
Then go figure out how to tighten up WiFi security.
"We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP ..." Pot to kettles
I guess Apple has conveniently that the Mac started off with stolen goods from Xerox. And Jobs was there. Ang they have regularly done so ever since.
The whole American patent system is screwed up an needs fixing.
Funny how the US has time to work on a world agreement for Copyright, for Hollywood, but not for Patents, which is far more important than all this Hollywood bull.
Better retail coverage in China.
The Chinese have a plethora of fruit-like products to buy, all at fractional prices compared to the American competition.
Chinese disposable income is barely comparable to that of the US.
I frequently pop up to NanNing and GwangZhou to buy things and I am amazed what nice, clean consumer technology $10-50 can buy you, definitely the type of product Chinese consumers appreciate at prices suited to their budgets.
Too hot to handle? Time to get off the pot!
I was sorry to see Heather Dryden of Canada, a country with enlightened views, was questioning whether or not any "controversial" domains should be added to the internet.
The reasons she gave were very weak. 'Censorious nations' exist on both sides of the political and geographic divides and include Australia, China, Germany, United Kingdom and VietNam - a very eclectic choice of bedmates.
Dryden's claims this "could eventually lead to alternate domain name systems being set up", thereby "fragmenting the internet" shows just how out of touch she is. This suggests she is a card carrying member of CIRA (later confirmed). Worse still a Lexis-Nexis search reveals she is a government designate from the Canadian Government, which is extreme rightist at the moment.
How her educational background in International Politics and Russian Studies.helps is beyond comprehension. Coming from Ottawa further compounds her problems, it is not a city noted for intelligentsia in government.
I guess she is the 'Gordon Brown' type appointee - handed a cushy job where they can do minimum damage.
The InterNet is already fragmented which is how children get advanced sex lessons already: assigning them to an internationally recognised domain name such as .XXX seems eminently suitable.
Sailing plan filings
Dumb ideas like these are easily defeated by filing proposed trips both short and long, whether to another destination or just around the bay.
After getting swamped with junk they will give up anyway.
A Home Affairs Select Committee report concluded that 'the e-Borders programme is likely to be illegal under the EU Treaty. Not that this small detail ever bothered previous governments. (Think DNA)
Anyway, how can five high-speed clapped out ex-Navy cutters, which will patrol the country's coastline, do much other than waste fuel and show the flag. Another security joke. Except it is costed at £1.2 billion.
In technologically advanced countries such as ...
Canada, China, the USA or even VietNam finding mobile WiFi, distinct from Wimax or LTE, is common on long haul buses or rail so people can use their time productively.
Usually there is no charge for these services in the Far East.
Just think Britain might do it, one day ....
Isn't the infrastructure great in the 'developing' world?
Remember the 'developed' nations were our test lab. And forget your 'upmarket' qualification - less free access there than other areas;
You checked the AMPS cell system, long haul telco carrier systems, etc., NTSC/PAL/SECAM TV signalling, and so on.
VietNam now has a 100% fibre network; we have remote villages with 12 Megabyte InterNet feeds to homes; digital signalling even to residential premises; 'city' and 7 national coverage cell radio systems; TV over radio in all major cities and Wimax/LTE countrywide. Farmers are now being fed crop wholesale prices, via cell phones, so they know the optimum time to pick crops. We even irradiate food exports to meet US demands.
South Korea is even more advanced with 100 Megabyte residential InterNet. advanced transportation tracking and reporting systems where bus shelter displays advise passengers of bus arrival times.
Little wonder Brits feel cheated when BT promises higher speed InterNet some year within the next decade. At least you can boast your sewers work better than ours do.
The only difference in mobile back-haul and land-locked
service is that backbone services are fed to the mobile Access Point using Wimax or LTE - some Canadian rail systems use cell system fed InterNet.
Nothing complicated about it.
So HP fires alleged crook then hires a new alleged crook. American business is strange.
This whole mess is really looking bad for the HP board of directors.
Their fearless leader, formerly with Oracle, replaces someone fired by HP for alleged mathematics problems with his expenses, who gets hired by Oracle.
Then the former Oracle board chair hires the president of a SAP subsidiary who admits to IP theft .
The whole arrangement sounds somewhat incestuous. My money is on Apotheker getting fired and possibly the ex-Oracle HP chair! Wonder what the payoff's are for fired alleged crooks?
Good time to grab HP shares cheap?
Sell it to the Pentagon, their security is none existent
If the US military had any concept of security it would stop curious UK types from rifling their data on UFO's, Area 51, etc.
Data holders should quit blaming people for breaking in to their cookie jars and do somehing to prevent it.
Many web sites allow post editing
"You might want to take a moment here and imagine what life would actually be like if commenters could edit their own comments."
I took several moments and still can't see the problem.
There is a little risk in allowing post editing - I moderate or administer a number of web sites and have never found post-editing to be a problem.
In fact it makes moderators work easier, so more can be achieved with less labour. Works for The Daily Beast - which is a very hot forum.
A failure - sensible outfits supply free WiFi for travellers
If damn coffee shops can justify free WiFi why can't a massive public rail terminus?
This nickel and diming is what spoils the whole thing and will be seen as BT out to take the public's money. Totally out of touch BT.
Google does nothing anyone else can't do.
There is little Google does that can't be done by Joe Q. Public. I can't understand the exaggerated excitement around this subject.
(a) They take pictures from public areas, so who can't? (b) They monitor a common frequency band that can be used by type approved equipment without a licence, so who can't?
Most likely what is driving this is naive fools who haven't set their WiFi up properly. And Google is to blame?
Worry about the fact that smart-phone manufacturers and Apps are STEALING your airtime, usually with most not knowing it, using YOUR SMART-PHONE to do EXACTLY what Google has done with WiFi.
That makes you whining ninnies with smart-phones no better than Google - so quit the crocodile tears and activate the free WiFi security - using WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK security is best.
Boeing has got the border security boot in the US; why does anyone think the UK can succeed?
The lauded e-border security system custom built by Boeing has just gotten the boot as a failure on the Mexican border.
Why on earth does the UK think it can be any more successful after centuries of being given the run-around by smugglers? Britain is perfect for surreptitious entry, all you need is a row boat. Then the illegals melt into the ethnic areas and another one wins.
People smugglers and would be illegal immigrants are a determined lot and have more tricks than you think.
The fact that the police stopped hundreds of thousands of people, with a handful of 'hits' - none terrorist - is indicative of the failure that should be expected unless the public is prepared to submit to an even more rigorous regime than those already rejected by the pols and the citizens.
One answer is to make countries of departure more attractive so people might be persuaded to stay home.
Jobs: Just a closer walk with Me
Knowing Jobs it is to put the hackers out of business so all phones have to be activated for use on approved carriers. No more jail breaking.
Jobs is about control, not customer convenience.
Why would you need GPS?
Networks automatically provide identification through network signalling.
Better to use network signalling as you at least know the handset is within operational coverage areas.
Automatic roaming will not be acceptable to some governments as users are required to identify themselves through passports and/or visas before service is permitted. In Cambodia no foreign visitor is permitted to use cell services.
So now the Mossad can use any Euro citizen data?
Mossad, and therefore Israel, has repeatedly shown contempt for other nations citizens by using passports from a number of Euro nations as well as Canadian and U.S. passports whilst going around the world murdering people.
What sureties does the EU have that this will not happen again enhanced by the broader range of data now made accessible.
Do the EU citizens have a veto right to stop any data on themselves being passed?
What we need is an Android layer cake
Peole talk about fragmentation of the Android 'space' and the sluggishness of various parties involved in bringing the 'experience' of the latest OS version to market.
The other day I was at a bakery buying my child a birthday cake; others were buying cakes for their own personal reasons - but they all had one thing in common, the base comprising a cake, with fillings, all covered in white icing.
Equate the cake to an Android smart-phone. The common cake element is the OS whilst the personalised greetings and colouring is the interface.
If Google were to say: "Hands off the cake" so it alone could update or patch directly to users without waiting for manufacturers or cellco's to do their thing. This OS would, however, need a simple interface so if there were incompatibilities between the new OS and an older manufacturer or cellco interface, operability would be maintained.without the fancy icing.
Nexus 2 would be great place to minimise OS fragmentation.
Back to the birthday party.
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