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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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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

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>Wow, now there's a novel idea, charging the public for the use of a public facility at cost.

It was partly introduced because public bodies eg University of California were using it to stop groups they didn't like. Controversial figure wants to speak to students ?- Ok we have free speech - but the extra security will be < dr evil > one million dollars

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Re: House Calls?

I'm not even joking. Ca introduced a 100% tax write off for "work vehicles" which meant everyone in the state suddenly became a tupperware/avon agent and the taxpayer paid for a new BMW.

So the IRS introduced a minimum weight, so only work trucks would count, and so everyone bought Hummers.

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Re: House Calls?

This is california

The "logical" response would be for the state to allow 100% tax write-offs for programmers own vehicles - if they were OVER a certain weight.So all the workers had to do was register a side business, buy a HummVee and claim that they used it for work they get the purchase price back.

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UNREAL, dude: Nvidia uncloaks Tegra K1 graphics monster for your mobile ... and CAR

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Re: I completely agree with this statement...

Or brake lights

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Re: graphics capabilities needed to customize dashboard displays

It can do real-time FEA modelling of the deformation of your car as it hits the one in front - because you were playing with all the toys instead of watching where you are driving.

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NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

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Not illegal

There is no law against the NSA bugging congress.

There is however a law against British intelligence agencies bugging British MPs

But if you are the police recording them when they are working as a lawyer talking to their client - it's OK.

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

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Re: Doh! Why don't they just...

Make a sentence out of the words "police" and "intelligence"

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

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Re: So is this an excuse

And it will have a wide open remote access wifi port

#include some joke about backdoor (it's too early and I haven't had enough coffee)

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re: Seriously

Can't search at work but there was a silly news story pic of a maglite dropped on a road - which closed the freeway, bomb squad etc for "suspicious flashlight on freeway"

Needless to say it was also in the home of the brave

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Snapchat vows to shut its hole in wake of 4.6 million user data breach

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re: it is a criminal offence

We have lots of laws to prosecute the security researcher and the users

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

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Re: Pha!

A cubit is 1/300 the length of a standard Ark

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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Re: Far too expensive

>Laptops are portable and self contained. A NUC is none of those things.

The majority of home laptops never leave the house

People buy them because they can surf/netflix/email from the couch and don't want either a desk in the living room, or a bunch of cables on the dinner table or have a flat with no room for either.

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Re: Far too expensive

> It just leaves me wondering exactly what the intended end use of this thing really is?

Netflix

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Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

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Want uptake?

Make it the only supported codec on youtube

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Chinese Jade RABBIT SIGHTED ON MOON by NASA probe

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Re: @fink

But to fake the moon landings and keep the conspiracy a secret for 40years is a much more impressive achievement than simply building a bigger V2 and shooting it at the moon.

It's people like you who don't believe our government capable of such an audacious plan that bring the country down.

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Re: Wouldn't it be better if solar panels were ...

But you would like them to absorb the abundant sunlight in the very bands that the orbiter's imager uses.

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Re: It's a conspiracy I tell you...

That's just what they wanted you to think.

In fact China introduced a backdoor into your router so it inserts these fake stories and fake images directly into the http connection

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Re: Wouldn't it be better if solar panels were ...

I think they bought the cheap chinese ones from dealextreme

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Want Google to erase your data? Just wait for it to kill off one of its apps

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Re: Why

So you offer N top employees a $50,000 signing bonus, or just the Google food+pinball+massage package.

Why pay $N million for the company and still have to persuade all the staff to continue working for you ?

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Why

Buying a company for its userbase or technology I understand. Rolling it into your own product and killing off the separate offering or starting to charge for it - makes sense.

But buying a company merely to shut down its service and then offer no alternative of your own seems like its designed only to piss off the users ?

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HP: We're axing 29,000 workers? Add another 5,000 to that

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re: They need to be in the mobile and tablet market

Because their salesforce know how to make corporate sales, corporate sales are easy.

If some bank wanted 10,000s identical tablets with an ongoing service contract and consultancy HP would be all over it.

Need to make an innovative mobile product for a discerning yoof audience? That's trickier - so what you do is buy an innovative dynamic company and then roll it into HP - and let the enterpise sales people run it.

When this fails - just repeat with another company.

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IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

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Re: Whatever,

> some cool things are only available that way; that's how I got my Pis

I though cold Pis was widely available in Australian drinking establishments?

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CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

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Re: Bastards....

I assumed that the NSA were behind this.

Since we all know that software piracy funds terrorism, drug smuggling and kitten abuse - then surely it's the job of the squared jawed patriots as the NSA to target users of illegal software sites

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Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

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Re: Defenestration

Although if you removed the window by throwing someone through it then that would count.

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Re: Hmmmm

She did a lot for the air quality in South Yorkshire

< hovis advert music > I remember when all these fields were factories .....

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Re: Tank boy Another boondoggle.

So currently half the US army in Afghanistan operations are guarding fuel convoys to power the AC needed to keep the fancy electronics running (the famous $1Bn/month for air conditioning).

Now every platoon is going to need it's own diesel generator

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Re: IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...

>Only infantry can take and hold ground.

Outsourcing.

Your smart drone knife missiles take the ground then you send in a bunch of 3rd world cannon fodder managed by "security consultants "- no need to waste any white boys.

It used to be you needed an empire (or a religious banner) to recruit a source of expendables - now you can just buy them from whichever country currently has more teenager boys than dollars

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Re: TrishaD Point of Order

>So are you saying Turing is a myth, that he was gay is a myth, or that he is an icon is a myth?

He was an icon and he was gay that doesn't make him a "gay icon" anymore than Tutte was a straight icon.

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Re: New Inquiry.

I heard he was killed by a robot sent from the future to stop HP-UX ever being created

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Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

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Re: SELF-DRIVING CARS!!!

Apple cars will direct you to where Apple Maps thinks the destination is.

Audi Android maps simplify the routing by assuming you have an Audi Quattro and just draws a straight line to the destination

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LG to bring Palm's webOS BACK FROM THE DEAD in TVs next week – report

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Re: They want to own it all

>The other thing it's not going to do is get people to buy a new TV every 3 years

It is if the channel change software needs an update every year and you stop shipping updates after 3 years

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Saucy Snapchat addicts EXPOSED: Exploit code to poke holes goes wild

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Think of the children

Growing up to become politicians

Imagine if camera phones had been around 20years ago, you now wouldn't be able to open your email without the risk of seeing some image of Cameron or Boris putting their wedding tackle somewhere 'hilarious' .

T' internet will collapse from the horror

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

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Re: What the actual fuck?

So who is the person responsible?

The secretary who posted a CD to another dept?

The case manager who didn't check that the secretary followed ISO 2001:1138 section 56 part 54 when preparing data?

The BOFH who allowed secretaries access to CD writers?

The CTO who allowed the dept to install such a crap system?

The previous minister who ordered a system which couldn't talk securely to the other dept?

Safest thing is to never send anything, so the school never mentions to social services that they haven't seen the little girl for a couple of weeks - that way nobody will get into trouble for improper transfer of information - and the papers will blame the parents when they find the body

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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Re: Yawn

> Secondly, how do you think "martyrdom" of so many senior commanders of Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan was facilitated?

By real inteligence work, not stopping little old Canadian ladies flying to Florida to go on a cruise - because you had hacked her Canadian medical records and found she had once been treated for depression

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Re: Yawn

That's the great news though.

With all this security our kids will grow up in a world with no crime or terrorism

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