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Boffins hampered by the ampere hanker for a quantum answer

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Re: Is this the 21st Century equivalent

Except that people are being charged for the number of angles delivered

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Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

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Hope they didn't

Send it with DHL

(i'm still missing a xmas prezzy)

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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Re: Naming patent trolls

The problem USED to be patent monopolies. The development of the steam engine was held back for a generation because James Watt held a near monopoly with patents and had strong views about high pressure boilers. But these were people who wanted to build something - it's just that they wanted to be the only ones to build it.

The business model of buying patents purely to sue someone with no intention of developing a product is new = patent trolling.

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Re: I know how to fix it!

Who pays?

If the applicant has to pay for 1000s of hours of world class expert consulting - it's going to be difficult for the small inventor to get a patent.

If it's tax-payer funded then within a few years we drop back to the USPTO as more cuts/efficiency gains hit.

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Re: I have a problem with the last sentence

Was there a demand for an intermittent wiper - yes

Was it possible with state of the art technology - yes

Had anyone else thought to make one - no

The wiper case is one of the classic rip-offs of a small inventor, it took him most of his life to collect on the patent which was stolen by all the big auto makers. Their tactics (legal and illegal) make a classic story

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Re: @Evil Auditor

During the first year after filing a provisional patent it is kept secret by the patent office and you have time to improve it before final submission. There is a reasonable case that any other patents filed during this year should all be granted equally rather than first to file takes all.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Re: Forgetful?

I'm more worried about Microsoft or Google getting the bomb (I think Apple already have one)

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Re: But what if 1 state has no desire to win, it does'nt care about losing

So one side believes it gets 72 virgins (or sherbet depending on the translation) and the other lot believes they will be reincarnated as something better - could be a bit tricky that.

Far better to have all the nukes in the hands of people who beleive the rapture will lift them up if they kill non-beleivers and will burn in hell fire for all eternity if they don't do what the man in the big hat tells them to.

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Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?

>you've got pakistan and india pointing nukes at each-other

Isn't that a good thing?

When nice white people both have nukes it's detente and has brought safety to europe for 50years

Just because both sides are bit mocha shouldn't that mean the same thing?

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So the problem is

A spread of civil nuclear power and climate inaction?

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Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

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Re: Scargill tried to buy council flat

At least he was bravely defending the country against the commies

But since Thatcher won we are now dependent on Moscow 's LNG for all our energy needs.

Obvious proof that Maggie was a KGB agent and Scargil was a CIA plant.

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

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Re: How to do flight comparison

And don't forget to clear the cookies - many airline sites offer higher prices if you go back after a previous search. Obviously if you return to them after they offered X then X was the best deal you could get, so they now offer X+Y

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>I would pay extra to stand on a flight personally.

Standing on the flight was cheap - it was more expensive if you wanted to stand inside.

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Re: what about taxes?

In the US you are allowed to advertise fairs not including "government fees/taxes" - in the Eu you are supposed to advertise the full fair.

One major US airline got sent to the naughty step for including the cost of the crew in the fees/taxes because the government set the number of crew required.

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Re: They don't want to have a limited or biased search

Ryanair famously sued other flight price comparison sites - claiming that Ryanair's prices were copyright.

The other sites also tended to show the real price, including the booking/credit card fees and the 50quid breathing-on-board surcharge

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

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Re: 1.3 billion?????

Or the army should be allowed a free day to do whatever they want to the Capita managers

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Re: A better recruitment tool to buy

Not sure about the women - if you are trying to recruit sailors

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Re: 1.3 billion?????

Have they thougth of just using Craigslist?

kandaharen.craigslist.af/soldiers/

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Woz backs Chinese 'Apple of Far East' in play for US hardware market

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Re: Who is Woz?

So the savior of Apple is either Andy Hertzfeld or Jonathon Ives

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Re: How about some originality for a change?

It only produces facsimiles of Apple products in the sense that they don't look like 1980s IBM designs

You could say that Apple just produced facsimiles of Sony designs

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Hubble 'scope snaps 600-LIGHT-YEAR-wide pic of star-spawning nebula

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Re: Tarantula Nebula, the magnificent

The world was created 44 years agon on 1 Jan 1970 - just check your computer's time() function

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Re: Stunning photo

> to get out there and take a closer look ourselves?

Not if there are Tarantulas

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Apple-hungry thieves defy sinking New York City crime stats

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Redine theft of an Apple device

As community service and suddenly NY looks like a nice town

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Re: Bring back Aero too

And XP support expires in April

We want Windows9 to have more XP like features

What about just re-launch XP?

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Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

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Re: Fatboy Dell

Yes if you are equipping an entire data center or a school or a new office - then you need help.

But if you choose the supplier's sales team as your source of help for exactly what you need to buy - then you probably have bigger problems than even Dell have

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Re: Fatboy Dell

The joy of Dell - as opposed to HP/IBM - you checked out the specs on the website, ordered the machine on the website, it arrived.

Then we got a bit bigger and we got a sales number to call in Ireland. If you missed the deadline on a deal, or you wanted a slightly different config they would 'help you out'

Then we got big enough to be a "preferred customer" and had to deal with Dell salesdroids.

If you wanted a machine you had to call your particular salesman and leave a message, hoping he would get back to you to "discuss a quote". The quote was always more than the web price and then when you finally ordered the machine and got the invoice they had always added a few extras like MS-Office or a printer.

Dell - when your preferred customers are ordering stuff on your website with their personal credit cards to avoid dealing with your sales team - it's time for a rethink

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: HUGE flaw in these stats that people keep missing

Except the "full educational software" consists of student version of MS-office

Assuming the school (or next generation technology achievement facilitation academy) just wants to teach kids how to make bold text in Word - that's great

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Re: It was Intel wot did it

Atom chips are quite capable of driving larger screens and addressing more memory.

Microsoft limited the specs for the starter edition of windows - put in a larger screen or more memory and you could pay for a full copy of Windows7, which would then require more memory etc.

I suspect this little bit of strategy is going to come back and bite them. Little companies like Intel and Samsung learnt that Microsoft was capable of dictating their product lines in a way they hadn't done before. I imagine a lot of the Samsung interest in Chromebooks/Android etc and comes from not wanting to be owned by Redmond.

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Re: Price

Because most people don't want a computer - they want a web browser, netflix/youtube viewer/, typewriter.

You know everytime you visit your parents/grandparents/non-techie freinds and you daren't touch their computer because of all the extra toolbars, popups, trojans, god-knows-whats on their machine?

And you spent all boxing day fixing it for them? With a chromebook they don't have any of that, if they do have a problem they press a reset key, log back into Google and they have their machine back.

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Re: Not quite ready yet

Has a built-in cd drive does it?

If you are allowed to include extra peripherals then my chromebook can ssh into the ISS and run a space station so ner-ner-nee-ner-ner

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Re: Not quite ready yet

A lot of that you can't do on a 1000quid mac book air either

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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Re: All to depressingly reminiscent ...

Sinclair and the "Sunrise" Technology: The Deconstruction of a Myth, Adamson Richard Kennedy

Describes the business approach (good and bad) and the downfall of SInclair research

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Re: Microdrives

Partly it was Sinclair NIH and need to show that they were innovating .

But a big problem for Sinclair seems to have been negotiating parts, a normal manufacturer assumes that the price he is quoted for a one-off unit now will drop over the year it takes to design the machine and then will fall with ordering bulk.

Sinclair always seems to have taken the cost of a component and decided it would be cheaper to design their own alternative.

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Europe MPs: Time to change our data-sharing policy with US firms

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Re: Not just US firms

But the French secret service spying on foreigners for the French is allowed.

The problem is GCHQ spies on British companies for the Americans

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Not just US firms

Any British firm is going to hand over the data to GCHQ (if they don't just steal it) who are going to hand it over to the NSA. So the only EU countries you can trust with your data are those that hate the Americans.

I can see a bright future for French cloud services.

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

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Re: Welp, that's Yelp.

So what happens when the same thing applies to Amazon?

A movie studio or a Murdoch owned publisher can afford to threaten to go after anyone who pans their DVD or book.

And since Amazon has your credit card it's not a big leap for the court to order Amazon to collect the judgement against you. If the MPAA are involved they probably don't even bother going to court.

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Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

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Should lawmakers wait for the research before making a law ?

No - they should act now before the next news story pushes them off the front page.

If we were able to draft such a complex legislative framework as the banning of dangerous dogs without any subsequent embarrassing loopholes/side effects/misinterpretation why shouldn't we be able to reform such a trivial subject as Patent law with a quick knee-jerk sound byte, ?

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UK 'copyright czar' Edmund Quilty quits as Blighty's Director of Copyright Enforcement

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Re: Excessive copyright term

Or every time Disney get an extension on copyright law - the same period extension applies to the original work it was based on.

So Disney doesn't get to rip off Dickens/Hans Christian Anderson etc while protecting "their" creative work.

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FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

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This will of course filter down to the customer ?

The cost for sending an SMS message will be purely the cost of sending 128bytes and an international call will be the same price/byte as downloading from a website?

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US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

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Re: I don't get it.

That's the weird bit

You ask congress for a mach 6 stealth fighter that will cost $$$$, they give you $$$ and later cut it to $$

If you ask for a modest design that only costs $$ you are screwed.

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Re: @Ledswinger The UK should sign up now

We had to keep Nimrod going to support skills in the British Airliner industry.

Otherwise nobody else would buy the DH Comet

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Re: The UK should sign up now

>The UK has no defence vision nor strategy, either.

I thought it was to do whatever our masters told us?

So long as we have enough unemployed yoofs to use as cannon fodder in order to show that it is "an international coalition of liberators" (and not an American invasion) we don't need to actually equip them

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Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

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Re: What I want...

So you want to reduce the TV to a commodity product competing for who can ship the barest chinese LCD panel to you for the lowest cost?

While Sony, Panasonic, Apple etc would all like to add every conceivable value added smart feature they can think of to differentiate their product and justify their margin

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How to kill trolls and influence Apple people: A patent solution

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Re: Loser pays

Two problems with loser pays.

Small Patent Trolls can simply spin off a no-asset shell company for each lawsuit to own the patent and be bankrupt if they lose.

Massive Patent Trolls (Apple,IBM,MSFT) can simply increase their own legal costs artificially to the point where you (or your shareholders/investors) can't risk losing and so have to settle.

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Re: Proof by assertion

>commercially valuable innovations are kept secret

But, if they aren't realised (sold publicly), they aren't commercially valuable.

Process innovations are kept secret. - a 1% improvement in wafer defects in Intel's fab is very definitely valuable.

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Re: Change the incentives of the patent office

>Of course, the USPTO and other patent offices do search for prior art

It recently changed but the USPTO used to ONLY count prior art in filled US patents - although patents could be overturned in court for any prior art.

There was a notorious case of a US drug company patenting tumeric as an antisceptic. It has been known for 1000s of years and written down in 2500 year old Hindu works - but the Mahabarat's authors forgot to file with USPTO.

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Re: Change the incentives of the patent office

It works with other similar departments.

The FAA doesn't refuse to ever issue an airworthiness certificate in case there is a crash, the FDA doesn't block every new drug. Both these operate fairly and effectively (at least compared to the USPTO)

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Defamation expert: New '1 year after publication' rule means EASY LIFE for UK libel judges

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Re: possible loophole

For most defamation cases there wouldn't be much point after a year.

If I want to say something nasty about the latest pop-idol-big-brother-loser then a year later nobody is going to give a damn.

It would take a particularly deliberate attack to say something about a public figure in the Arbroath Anglers Almanac just so you can repeat it in the Sun a year later. It would also give the victim a good claim that it was done maliciously.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Re: I'm beginning to get the feeling that Mr Orlowski...

It's integrated into the BMW, so plays Kraftwerk when you are on the Autobahn and Ride of the Valkyries when you approach a pedestrian crossing.

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>. what happens when everyone on a 4-lane nose-to-tail queue on the M25 needs a simultaneouns 64kb/s 3G connection?

The BMW system has a special feature so that it's data packets travel down the hard shoulder and force their way back into the lane at the last moment without indicating.

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