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* Posts by Steve 129

33 posts • joined 13 Nov 2009

Silicon Valley wage collusion case will go to court

Steve 129

What did I miss??

OK, what am I missing here???

They are getting in trouble because they agreed to NOT actively poach staff from each other?

And is sharing staff salaries illegal? Usually companies want to keep that secret too, but I don't think it is illegal to share as long as they don't include names etc... In Texas EVERY state employee's salary is public record...complete with names, which I would have expected to be illegal.

http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/government-employee-salaries/

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

Steve 129

Re: Mixed signals...

You shouldn't be doing ANYTHING that distracts you when supposedly in control of a car etc...

I often get pissed at people f*cking around with their phones in "stop and go" traffic or at traffic lights that fail completely to notice the "go" part !!!

PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE. IT'S SUPPOSEDLY THE LAW I BELIEVE?

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

Steve 129

Smart Reflex?

OK, I have not read the entire patent but some of this is already done with Smart Reflex in OMAP processors, which track and compensate for PVT variations (PVT = process, voltage & temperature). Inherent in some of the classes is accounting for variations over time due to changes in performance.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Mozillidiots @CaptainHook

Isn't "Firefox" a Mozilla trademark?

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Steve 129

Re: Mozillidiots

Wrong. Coke COULD if they wanted. They could very easily say "If you want to use the Coca Cola trademarked logo to sell Coke, then you must etc..." but they choose not to.

Levi did EXACTLY this to Tesco !!!

Mozilla can put WHATEVER restrictions on the use of their trademark that they want... ANYTHING.

Everyone seems to be missing the facts that a) putting it on a HDD and distributing to customers is... believe it or not... 'distribution' and b) Mozilla can put whatever restrictions on their software/trademark that they want... ANYTHING.

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US prosecutors drop hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown

Steve 129

"doesn't explain why the prosecutors have backed away from the controversial charges" Ermm, perhaps because they realized they were asinine charges and they would look like complete f-wits if they left them there???

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

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Re: It's actually quite hilarious

OK, I don't get how the USD isn't a Fiat currency then??? It has no intrinsic value other than the faith that it can be exchanged for tangible goods.

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

Steve 129

Re: This is truly revolutionary for Apple

It isn't about "worth" patenting, but about "what can we blow through the Patent Office before anyone realizes it is completely F*CKING obvious!!!"

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Steve 129

Ahhh, but you forgot the old "delete 'TV', replace with 'phone', file patent... delete 'phone' replace with 'computer', file patent, delete 'computer', replace with 'absolutely every other device, thing or thought we can think of'"

It is OBVIOUSLY completely different...

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Steve 129

Existing or not is completely irrelevant. Your ideas don't have to exist, ever.

Patents protect an IDEA, not a product.

Just who is misinformed, other than you?

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

Steve 129

Re: The Oxygene of publicity...

So... exactly how much of this JMJ tax do you think YOU would see???

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

Steve 129

In other news...

Tesco must show Currys' prices for TVs on their web page now.

Walmart must show BestBuy's prices on their web page.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

Steve 129

Re: Filters are folly.

Having the filters available isn't the issue though. It is the 'forced' nature of them, and the underhand way the government is trying to say "ahh but you have a choice... all you have to say is 'let me access pron' and we will take them away so you can be a parent on your own"

Lets say you have a very small set of stairs (say 2 steps) and you CHOOSE to not put a gate up and let your child learn by falling down the steps a couple of times to learn it is not a good idea to go head first, then that is your choice.

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Data scrapers used Amazon cloud to reap biz bods' CVs, wails LinkedIn

Steve 129

Re: Publicly available PI

That's the point though. If you owned a shop then you COULD throw them out.

If your shop window allows the 'public' to see in them you can't complain when they do so, even if it is just to copy your prices down.

If you don't want them to see through the window then cover it up and block it.

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

Steve 129

Re: On the other hand

Not even a double edged sword. It is simply a terrible law that does nothing to correct the real issue, which is crappy patents in the first place.

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Steve 129

This is a terrible day for the little guy

This completely defeats the point of patents!!!

Patents are supposed to allow the little guy to protect his idea from being stolen. All that has happened here is that big corporations can now steal a good idea from someone who does not have the money to productize it.

Patent trolls are not the issue. Bad patents are the issue.

How is a company that purchases a stake (or outright buys) in an idea from a small guy/person that does not have the funds to fully realize the idea any different from a venture capital company??? Exactly the same business model.

This law now gives big corporations free access to completely ignore patents from anyone who simply does not have enough money to take their idea to the next level.

Very, very bad decision.

There has certainly been some back hand payments from big corps in getting this passed.

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'Please, steal my phone' TV ads by T-Mobile US slammed by legal eagles

Steve 129

Just some lawyers trying to make a name for themselves and wasting everyone's time and money in the process..

Just more proof that we need less lawyers!!!

As the old joke goes... What do you call 50,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean ?... A good start :-)

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Steve 129

Re: Truth or consequences

So... If bullying occurs outside school it is nothing to do with the school???

I see double standards here.

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UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

Steve 129

How does the BBC loose money if not at top of EPG???

OK, what am I missing here??? How can the BBC, which get's no funding at all from advertising, loose money if not at the top of the EPG?

Even if not a single sole watched the BBC they would still get their funding from license fees.

I would think it would in fact be better if lesser known channels were on the first page.

Sounds like egos are the real issue here.

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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

Steve 129
Happy

Alternative to Jailbreaking?

I wonder... If arbitrary code can be loaded then could it be used in place of jailbreaking I wonder?

Just a thought.

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You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

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Thumb Down

Paper IS covered by ITAR

Printing the plans out does NOT exclude you from ITAR requirements. In fact, even talking to a foreign national can put you in trouble.

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Opera sues designer for leaking trade secrets to Mozilla

Steve 129
Unhappy

Hate to say this... but...

When you work for a company ALL ideas are theirs unless specifically excluded in your contract.

Saying "I thought of this when out for lunch" simply does not cut it.

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

Steve 129
Alert

Idle threat?

I always thought that a threat worked best when there was a down side for the person being threatened !!??

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

Steve 129
Unhappy

Re: Gouging

Yep, they can. technically and legally.

The fact that we may not like it is completely irrelevant.

Just like region coding.

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SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay

Steve 129
FAIL

Re: NPE haven't lost anything, so why damages?

Why on earth should you have to actually build something to stake claim for your idea???

Many others have commented on the fact that a small inventor can come up with a great idea and not have the resources or means to productize it.

It should be perfectly fine for a company to invest in ideas which it believes are worth something (whether we agree is not the issue here). Large corporations do this all the time with patents they don't use themselves but want to keep 'just in case'. Companies also invest a lot in ideas for projects that are then shelved. Are you saying these efforts and patents should then be given away free to everyone else?

This issue here is not really trolls (though we would love to blame them), but the fact that the patent issuing system itself is fundamentally broken.

This proposal is like trying to stop road accidents by saying cars must drive on the sidewalks (i.e. completely stupid in every respect)

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Music industry raises NBN fears as legal digital sales take off

Steve 129
WTF?

Distribution medium with increasing revenue stream feared of reducing revenue !???

WTF!!! Digital revenues are increasing and will surpass physical sales yet they STILL think that digital access will cause them to loose sales???!!!

The movie/music industry really does live in a completely different universe don't they !!??

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Zombie CISPA cybersecurity bill rises from Congressional grave

Steve 129
WTF?

anti-abortion tagged on ???!!!!

This is an example of just how messed up the US system is when senators can tag on any old crap, hiding it.

Seriously, John Boehner needs to put his foot down on this type of thing !!!

I know, it means our elected officials will have to actually READ what they are signing in to law, but come on!!!

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 launch spreads desktop app love

Steve 129

Re: Seems they made a mistake....

Doesn't work in Firefox either, so they have done a smack up job on quality control again!!!

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Apple desperate to prevent nightmare scenario of iPad in Iranian hands

Steve 129
Big Brother

Not true

This is not true from Apple's perspective.

Apple are based in the US hence the worldwide operations must adhere to US export control laws.

This is true for all US based companies and all companies which have any presence in the US.

It is illegal for a UK based Apple employee to 'export' to a foreign national from a 'banned' country.

Note, this does not have to be a physical item, as knowledge is considered just as important as a physical item, so in theory even showing an iPad to a foreign national from Iran could be considered an 'export'

Does it make sense? Not much. Is it practical? No. Is it the law? Yes.

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Steve 129
Big Brother

Re: Blame the law...

Not true. Unfortunately the export control laws are extremely broad and strict.

Letting a foreign national even SEE prohibited technology is considered an export.

It is not necessary to actually ship a physical piece of technology to a 'banned' country. Showing the technology to a foreign national of said banned country is enough. Even accidentally letting them glimpse it is illegal.

This is a strict interpretation of the law. Should Apple follow it this religiously? Legally, yes and so should everyone. Is it practical? Probably not.

I read an article about a company being fined for exporting paint to a company who subsequently sold a painted product for inclusion in a nuclear plant. Paint, for god sake !!!???

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Sunday Times avoids punitive damages over unauthorised Hendrix CD

Steve 129
FAIL

Wait a minute... what about TCP ???

OK, only one person so far has even touched on the most critical part of this story in my mind...

What about TCP ??? THEY are the real culprits here by taking money to license something they don't have the rights to.

Following all the other comments basically implies I could 'sell' the rights to all U2's tracks to the Times without any worry, and let them pay for infringement?

If I went in to a Virgin Mega Store and bought a CD to give to my son and was then sued by the MPAA I would be pretty annoyed !!!

What am I missing here?

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Jobsian drones shackle gamer with 'lifetime' iPad ban

Steve 129

Re : His bad...sorry.

Noooo, Ticket Master want to control tickets period... so THEY can charge 10% handling fee, 15% convenience fee, 15% just the f*** because fee, 8% postage fee, 9% will call fee, 7% print 'em yourself fee, etc...

Often there is more than 30% additional fees for tickets from TM. Outrageous.

Authorized sellers get special pricing. If I want to buy something at one price and I can sell it for more, that is called a free market. Supply and demand

Drives me crazy when companies bitch and moan because they can't rip you off themselves by imposing region coding and authorized distributors etc... Then they simply pay our politicians off and get it passed into law.

Disgusting.

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Microsoft defends Hotmail's cookie requirement

Steve 129
WTF?

Required to log OUT but not IN?

OK, maybe I am missing something obvious here, but how the hell does accepting a cookie to log OUT of a web page increase security????

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