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Re: IP Deathmatch
Story in NYT today.
The Wright brothers spent the decade after inventing the airplane suing every other maker of aircraft - claiming that their patents covered not only their solution to the problem but all others.
So flaps (which they didn't invent) were covered by their wing warping method (which nobody now uses)
They spent so much time in court and neglecting their business that they and their backers went bust and by the entry into WWI the US declared it had no usable aircraft designs and had to buy French ones.
Re: Who Is Ripping Whom, RIAA?
The RIAA are in court at the moment with lots of 50/60s artists who they haven't been paying.
Their claim was that any change in lineup invalidates the original deal with the band and all the musicians had to renegotiate/reregister their royalties - meanwhile the RIAA banked the money.
One famous musicians was having to license his old recordings for ads to raise the money to sue the IRAA to get the royalties for the same recording being played on the radio.
Re: Fixing an airborne aircraft
But they are in a much better situation than you. They just have to go to the taxpayer/government and say that they need $M extra this year to plan for a change in operating system in 10years time.
Any reasonable elected official would agree to closing a few hospitals so that the taxman could have an easy transition - everybody loves the IRS afteral.
Re: Would their govt's migration to Linux
Yes it does make you wonder how anybody managed to run a city before the ribbon(tm)
If only they had the cell update animation of Excel in the 90 then Germany could have managed to build a decent infrastructure and manufacturing base
Re: Would their govt's migration to Linux
But it was long term cost. A govt thinking beyond the next quarter was what was so amazing.
The guy in charge said at the time, (IIRC they were skipping migrating off W2K?) - it will cost more than this upgrade, you would be amazed how cheap the quote fro MSFT gets when you have an alternative, but having control over the upgrades 10-20 years in the future will save us more.
Now how many countries are spending $100M on extending XP support?
Re: If you want Poles of excellence ....
Thats unfair - so many of our MPs are prepared to get up off the backsides to discover why people want to be on the boards of Tobacco companies, defence companies and lots of other companies recieving contracts from their departments
Some are so dilligent in their undercover research that you almost never see them in westminster
>, there's about 4.5 billion tons of uranium in seawater already.
But that's natural organic free-range uranium
Re: MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants
>That's because floating power nuke plants are a daft idea
For every reason except planning consent
Cost/time to get permission to open a reactor in San Francisco vs permission from feds to moor one 12miles offshore
>"A burglar may be a career criminal, but the court does not reveal to the jury this fact
But it might take it into account when issuing a shotgun license to someone with 20 convictions for armed robbery vs a gamekeeper on a scottish grouse moor.
The question here is, was there a link between the "don't you try and hire any of our people" and "nice product you've got there - shame if it violates any our patents" emails from Jobs.
But the point here is if a concerned neighbour comes upto you and says - "that wiring looks a little a little worn it could cause a fire, you should get it looked at" you might reasonably make a different conclusion than if a Mafia boss comes into your restaurant with three goons and says "that wiring ....be a shame if the place burned down - you should sell to me now".
Steve Jobs wasn't calling the boss of Palm with friendly business advice - it was a threat, anybody who had dealt with Jobs knew it was a threat, the jury should know it was a threat.
No you wouldn't. The crypto routines are implemented form a set of standard published algorithms. It is relatively easy to prove that encrypting string X with key Y in truecrypt produces the same output as anyone else's AES
There might be mistakes, there might be bugs which leave memory around and help you guess the keys, there might even be backdoors (if you are truly paranoid) in the original design of the algorithms that the NSA and Bruce put in there and the worlds cryptographers haven't spotted.
But backdoors in the code that allow an NSA passwd to decrypt anything are going to be in the keyhandling. The big concern fro truecrypt users was that on windows you need to run a signed driver which you can't (easily) build yourself - so you have no idea if what you were running was what they claimed.
Won't somebody think of the agents?
Soon after this is implemented all the criminals in the USA will be caught - how could it fail with continual automatic CCTV identification of all 51Million bad guys - and then what will happen to all the FBI agents?
Will they all be reduced to collecting used cans in shopping carts - along with all the police officers?
Re: Ha ha ha ha ha ha
In this city the average price of all homes is now >$880K so it's not difficult to retire with a "net worth of $1M" - it doesn't mean you are throwing $100 bills out of your Bentley
Re: Foot, meet bullet
No worse - it says we are changing our system to stop rat droppings in future.
That's what worries people.
Doesn't matter anymore though - they don't need a conviction.
They have your DNA and will keep it forever, so a little laboratory mistake down the road and you are a convicted rapist/child abuser.
The record that you were arrested gets reported everytime you need to apply for permission to work in schools, volunteer with the "vulnerable" or coach a kids soccer team.
You will have to go through a long and complicated visa procedure to visit many countries - even if arrested but not convicted.
Re: Drop box (US based) --> US Laws --> THE PATRIOT Act --> Privacy f**ked
So they lose the free accounts of a few hundred users - and gain a few hundred phone calls from Condie to heads of US Govt Depts and CEOs of honest right-minded US corporations.
It's like complaining that Ferrari are annoying vegetarians and appealing only to the rich by hiring Jeremy Clarkson
Re: Dropbox drops the ball.
Remember the CIA's job is to ensure funding for the CIA.
So you have to keep saying that your current enemies are really dangerous and going to be around for ever - you certainly aren't going to tell your paymasters you expect the USSR to go away in a few years.
Or they weren't using SSL at all because it's illegal for un-authorized users to access a government server so there is no need for any security !
Re: False statements for the purpose of deferring record losses?
Oddly enough Olympus is the only $Bn Japanese company who has done anything wrong.
They all have the same set of board members, the same secretive reporting rules and the same lax regulators and all face the same challenges in the same market conditions - but it was only Olympus that ever did anything naughty and coincidentally hired an outsider as CEO who blew the whistle
In other news
Pots International have declared that Amalgamated Kettles Inc are a bit sooty
Re: Does it matter?
Because shadowy government agencies who can and will kill people / overthrow governments and sell arms to Iran to finance terrorists in Nicaragua will always operate outside the law.
So to say - oh well we can stop them so we might as well extend that power officially to every level of officialdom from the Milk Marketing Board to the RSPCA - is probably not a Goof Thing (tm)
Re: Does it matter?
Yes, you can't stop US Navy tapping an underwater cable or the CIA breaking into a data center to plant a bug.
But you can stop your local council having an automatic right to a list of every website you visited and the contents of every email you sent and having the right to pull up that list when you go to complain about the roads.
It's like saying it's pointless to ban park keepers from shooting children who walk on the grass because the USAF have drones.
With movies these days the director would have cut to a different shot twice in that time ....
Re: Real Programmers *and* Mythical Man Month?
/* comment in K&R :-) */
Re: Happy Birthday System/360 and COBOL ...
IIRC Cobol was intended to be read by the business managers so they could understand what these computer people were doing with their money.
That's why it has such verbose statements instead of math-geek freindly symbols.
Are we now boycotting Firefox because they don't support FreeSpeech or OkCupid ?
Do I have to signup for OkCupid before I can boycott it?
Can i still boycott it if I have no idea what OkCupid does and had never heard of it before this?
Re: Administration knightmare
You already have to do this with the physical goods you described.
Now you just have to do it with stuff you download - instead of pretending that all your business is in a lawyers office in Luxembourg
Re: So access to information
That's not fair - not all Opera users are like that !
Re: So access to information
It was teaching the peasants to read that began the decline - damn enlightenment.
Re: Boycott The Australian Government?
Or we send Boycott in to bat against the Australian government.
Re: Why won't the mainframe die?
Put it this way - nobody is running around in a panic wondering how they are going to migrate 1000s of users off a mainframe platform they only installed 10 years ago.
Re: The Mythical Man-Month
Surely "there are no silver bullets" doesn't apply anymore now that we have the cloud and web and hadoop and node.js ?
Re: It's still too expensive
So a single one of these as the controller and a bunch of $5 arduinos managing each thermostat
Re: Wrong search term
AFAIK Baidu the chinese system now uses LEO and a cosntelation the same as GPS/Galileo/etc
Their original system used a single GSO space segment providing timing only along with a ground network of stations.
Advantage was that they only needed a single satelite but you needed to have a comms channel on the ground.
Real advantage was that nobody could use it without the ground stations also knowing who and where they where.
Interested in how the Indian system is going to work. Would the time difference between satellites in a line 40,000km away really give you a good position?
Re: What happened to
>There are pieces of it sitting about 50 metres from me
So a highly accurate if somewhat localised system?
Re: To those who bleat about cost - you might have misssed something . . .
It's still only 1/3 the cost of a single space shuttle launch to LEO
Re: I'd guess none
You still have to, according to the FSF (it hasn't been tested in court) offer to ship the customer the source for all the packages in the Ubuntu distribution you are using.
They claim that pointing to the ubuntu repo isn't enough, but worst case you would just have to mirror ir.
Re: And people complain about the ...
That's the advantage of this system.
You could stay home and have a note pushed through the door saying "we tried to deliver but you were out...." then you can wait a couple of days and drive to a delivery centre on an industrial park 30mins away to collect you order. By which time your fish has definitely stopped moving.
Re: Then we have leap seconds
Your GPS isn't confused by leap seconds because it doesn't use them.
Internally it uses GPS time (no leap seconds) your receiver adds the leap seconds when it display the time. The problem with leap seconds is that when somebody in Paris decides to add one, you cant guarantee that every satellite will get the message instantly.
The americans wanted to drop the whole silly idea - but the UK, among others, vetoed it.
That's why the results of the study shouldn't be surprising. eg. Fair trade coffee is "a good thing" because it helps poor farmers, not because it keeps you awake better. Organic shouldn't be better as food.
What is surprising is that people who eat organic/home grown veg would be expected to be more health conscious, eat better diets, not smoke/drink, etc.
So either they did a really good job of correcting for this - ie found yoga+healthy eating+exercise nuts who nevertheless only ate supermarket veg.
Or the whole study was too small/short to show any effect.
Or those who claimed that they always ate organic were lying.
While they were totally protected yesterday ?
If you are still getting exploits on an OS that has been out for 10years then you really can't rely on updates to protect you
Re: If Carrie Fisher were Turkish...
So just have the Turkish Daily Mail claim that twitter harms the little children and have it banned
>comparing file hashes. We don't look at the files in your private
So is this just NSA style legalese, they don't "look" at the files, they measure the magneto resistance of the bits on the disk.
Or do Dropbox have some non-contact way of calculating a filehash? Perhaps they calculate all possible file hashes and then use quantum mechanics to select the alternate universe in which they correct one is first?
Re: It's about time
>even though it's illegal, then it should surely be legalised...
Which would mean the end of speed limits and drink driving laws - on the positive side you would be allowed to hunt Jeremy Clarkson with dogs.
Re: It's about time
> Facilitators get 10 years minimum prison and high fines.
Sounds good as long as it also applies to corporates.
A movie studio rips off a writer? All its employees and all the stars of its movies get 10years.
A new hit record is suspiciously similar to a 60s rif? Kylie et al all go to the big house.
Re: Baker quits Mozilla as well
Aren't we all quitting Mozilla in favour of IE?
The more we support Windows the more money BGates has to donate to good causes
Re: Never Happen
It means a US govt taking away Iraq's .iq domain and giving control of it to a dodgy businessman in Texas.
Re: Quick get the oxycetelyne torches
Ariane5 is pretty close to man-rated due to the original frogs-in-space/hermes project.
Should be easy enough to put a capsule on that and then the Americans can ask the French 'pretty please can we get a lift' - that seems like a win all-round.
Re: Political Posturing
>So are ordinary people.
So we will keep buying $Bnin gas / coal / oil /metals from the Russian government
We will continue selling them football teams
But we will kick a couple of PostDoc researchers working on vaccines out to show our wrath.