* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Re: Copyrights protection for real code vs patents of trivial ideas - what is more evil?

Sun published Java specs, they published Java manuals, they encouraged people to learn Java - now it turns out that all that was proprietry secret information. If that had been mentioned at the time do you think we would have learned Java?

Nobody is saying Google have the right to copy Oracle's code - just to write their own implementation of a published language manual. If this isn't true then Intel or ARM could decide that their instruction set is copyright and tomorrow almost every computer in the world is illegal.

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Re: What Java APIs?

>Does this mean that IBM and others who have their own JVMs (presumably implementing the same APIs) are Oracle's next targets?

Unlikely, once IBM has finished it's submission that it owns the copyright to the SQL language syntax

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Re: Protecting interface monopolies = bad

In europe we do - it is illegal to prevent reverse engineering hardware,apis, binaries or file formats for the purpose of interoperability.

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Re: Unintentional humor

Once IBM declare that their original PC bios API was copyright and every non-IBM PC since is infringing then wine isn't going to matter because there will only be Macs, chromebooks and mainframes.

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Re: POSIX/ECMA everywhere

ISO standards can still be patented.

Or now that APIs are valuable, the patent troll law firm that now owns the original company can claim all sorts of excuses why the ISO process was invalid

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Anti-theft mobe KILL SWITCH edges closer to reality in California

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Re: Half the problem

The last survey suggested that the majority of "reported stolen" phones were lost or deliberately destroyed to get an upgrade from the carrier or claim on the insurance

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Re: Good for the owner

>Not to mention IMEI blacklisting is not worldwide, sold to China

And the remote kill switch is?

This isn't a separate radio controlled bit of plastic explosive. It's requiring the OS to be sent a message over the cell network.

There is no reason for China State Telecom to route US kill messages any more than US carriers would accept requests from the Chinese govt. And any phone that is reflashed with a custom image is safe even at home.

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

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Cell phones were like this for a while

Remember back in the 90s when cell phones caught on with non-yuppies.

It was so expensive to call anyone on another network that you had to be on the same network as all your friends - this was the main marketing tactic of most operators.

So now you don't only have to be on Facebook because all your friends are - you have to be on Facebook because your ISP doesn't carry Google+

(note to Americans and other aliens - in europe you pay more to call a cell phone and each network used to have it's own area code so you knew how much it would cost to call)

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Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'

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Re: iPad and tablet photography...

A 10x8 inch tablet as a camera could make sense.

You simply need to add a tripod to hold it still and a black cloth to cover your head so that you can see the screen in bright sunlight.

I think I will patent the arrangment

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Spy sat launch wannabe SpaceX fails to stop rival gobbling Russki rockets

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Re: Hoping..

If you don't give them an uncontested multi $Bn contract for launches you will just need to buy a new generation of supersonic stealth fighters (to fight terrorists) or find some other way of subsidizing Boeing.

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Different rules

To download free software from a european supplier you have to promise you aren't Cuban - because they have to comply with US rules to do business there.

Yet the US government is allowed to bankroll the development of Russian ICBMs and compensate the Russian minister in charge of invading his neighbours

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: That's what you do

Apple isn't a product development company - they are a music download company.

They are buying the good doctor because of the company's download deals.

Expect them to start buying record labels and music studios next.

They are doing what Sony should have done in the 90s. Own the content, instead they bought studios to supply their low margin hw business.

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

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re: However, it does have a good range of content as it stands now

That's why I left Netflix. It's cheaper than buying boxsets - until the series you want to watch disappears. They had a big cull of almost all their British comedies at the end of last year. They also get a bit annoying pushing their latest home made product to the top of all your searches.

Their selection has got better. I signed up when it first came here and you would get search results like: "Star Wars isn't available - we recommend, Star Spangled Banner: a history of beauty pageants"

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Re: ah yes....

>1.2mb disk install of Windows 95

I made good money from knowing how to copy them to the hardrive and have the install kick off from there. There was some trick I have forgotten for naming the sub-directories.

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Japanese cops arrest man with five 3D printed guns at home

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Re: In Japan, no guns means children are safe!

>A diisrbed person wielding a knife will do less damage than the same person with access to a firearm

Have you seen Yojimbo ?

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Origami

What if he had folded a non-functional gun out of paper, would he also be charged?

In other news, police arrested a man with three 5-D printed guns in his apartment but the evidence was lost when it fell through two other orthogonal dimensions

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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If you read it

They are patenting it not being a white background but detecting the background and adjusting "the web RGB colors" of the image to make it white - in other words automatic white balance.

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Re: How much does it cost to get a patent?

Beaten to it by IBM http://slashdot.org/story/11/01/02/1534223/IBM-Files-the-Patent-Troll-Patent

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Re: Prior art??

They diligently searched their patent database and nobody else had patented "taking a photo against a white background"

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

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Re: This Automation thing?

Obviously you need to make the staff cuts first to free up the budget for the new automation project

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Re: RE: Contractors.

The you have to hire twice as many contractors to fix the problems created by the "lowest bid" lot you hired to fix the problems created by firing all the permie staff.

I think Barclays just invented a means to full employment

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Re: cockup in three ... two ... one ...

>And even when an alarm goes off, it'll take some time for whoever's on-call to get their arse out of bed,

When the alarm goes off, an accountant will be alerted to begin the process of collecting bids from service companies who migth deal with it - before accepting the cheapest one in 6-8 weeks

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: Publishing the code?

Actually I think it's more "I could kill you, but then I'd have to give you the source code,." !

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Re: Publishing the code?

You still have to make the offer to provide the source of the LGPL libs you used when you distribute the app binary.

Does dropping a bomb on somebody count as distribution? Would having the GPL text on the side of the bomb be sufficient?

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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Re: He is NOT a biker

Or unicycles

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Re: He is NOT a biker

And bikers dress in black leather and big boots while cyclists dress in skin tight lycra

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re: the Police

Just remember to keep a copy of all the session keys that the VPN generates - you go to prison for 5years if you can't produce them

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

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Re: Vintage planes

>why can't the RAF still fly Vulcans

There is a market for electronic spy data over regions of interest at short notice.

There is less demand for suicide missions to attempt to drop nukes on Moscow

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There is a similar story in one of the SR71 pilots biographies.

They are flying around Cuba at 80,000 in their space age spyplane wearing space suits when they are asked to move out of the way by ATC. So a Concorde can go past with a bunch of people in shirts drinking champagne

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Re: Given its a stealth designed aircraft

The SR71 also added the feature of never overflying enemy territory - at least not of any enemy with an airforce.

Over-fligths were banned after the U2 and because of a danger that somebody with an itchy button finger might mistake the SR71 for something a little more explosive

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Did cosmic radiation nuke $25 satellite swarm? 100 snoozing Sprites face fiery death

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Re: Hmm, radiation increases as you

> Radiation is more than foreseeable.

Yes you could have bought rad hard chips for 10x the price, assuming you could get export permission, and you could only have launched 1/10 as many satellites because the rad hard chips are bigger, lower performance and higher power requirement.

Then you should build 5 backup systems and a voting controller, and large enough solar panels to power them, and make them deployable, and by the time you've done this you migtt as well just put a crew onboard - so your $25 nano-say becomes the ISS

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NASA space shuttle landing site to turn commercial

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Isn't going to work

There is a reason that high risk space startups who need to build things to fail are in Nevada, rather than sharing a federal facility in a national park in a state with some "interesting" political issues.

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ZeniMax lobs sueball at Oculus, says space cowboy Carmack rustled its code

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Re: It really all comes down to whether Cormack is using rendering or ui...

In most US contracts anything you create in your own time while employed belongs to the company.

How do you think Apple gets all those child workers to assemble iPhones ?

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re: So ZeniMax is now claiming ownership of Carmacks mind?

Yes, anything you learn while working for ZeniMax means you can never work in that field/language/technology for anyone else. Good luck recruiting now guys.

The state of Ma was notorious for taking a very broad view of non-competes, even when they weren't in the contract. With the result that nobody ever wanted to hire anyone that had ever worked for a computer company in Ma - so nobody leaving the couple of famous local universities would ever work for a local software company - and instead got the first flight to Santa Cruz.

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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"data protection laws protect all recordings"

All BT's billing data was wiped today by an update to DB2

We can't copy customer's data said IBM so we had no choice but to wipe the database

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Re: Why is Hawking bloviating on AI this and that?

Surely you cannot be criticizing St Stephen of Fry ?

The patron saint of Apple Mac fanbois

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Oh good. A buggy - ie effectively insane - all powerful AI entity.

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SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

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Re: I like Elon.

If the Federal government accounting rules compliance REALLY adds $300M of cost to each launch then I suspect the US has bigger problems.

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Re: I like Elon.

>ULA are dicks and deserve every bit of this.

This was the same ULA that managed to get SeaLaunch effectively banned from operating out of Californian ports because it was a weapon, and then got American companies banned from launching on it because it used Russian rockets.

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1, The Russian stuff works

2, The Russian stuff is cheap

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Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

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Re: Something cultural within Sony

But Sony goes one better and introduces technology that isn't even compatible with themselves.

They refused to release minidisk as a computer data format ( 78Mb on a disk 1/4 the size of a floppy ) because of concerns from their movie studio that it would lead to piracy.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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Re: Lack of customer service...

The Canadian ones do - they even say it in French as well

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Re: Lack of customer service...

>Border staff are not really "customer" facing

Yes they are, they are the first sign of British officialdom that a visitor meets.

Tourism brings in $20Bn/year, London is the most visited city in the world - you think you could afford a smile.

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Re: Lack of customer service...

You seem to be trying to apply logic and common sense to an official policy.

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: Hot damn!

Nice response though - "we will reset some important areas but we aren't too worried"

Other way around and it would have been an international cyber-terrorism incident and involved the server being taken down and put under armed guard while drone strikes were targeted on LEGOLand

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Re: Strategy

Exactly. The limited release models of VW's 1litre car costs $150K, I betting they manage to mass produce them for less than the cost of a Ferrari

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Cuffing darknet-dwelling cyberscum is tricky. We'll 'disrupt' crims instead, warns top cop

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Re: I find this amusing...

Going to make business on the internet a bit tricky.

Of course the Eu could ask the Russian government to force all it's citizens and businesses to hand over all their SSL private keys, all their VOIP and VPN sessions etc to the Eu - and so the Americans.

And naturally this agreement would be reciprocal.

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