Re: Bullpucky patents until...
Nurse, he's got out again !
6762 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Nurse, he's got out again !
I think the packets just wanted to go and watch the footie
That's why we need more regulation.
Do you realise that in London today people who are not members of the British Computer Society are allowed to use computers. On the street. In broad daylight. Where it might frighten the horses.
> How can an EU company compete in such a system!?
By doing exactly the same, and in many cases much worse.
That's why the UK lets vodaphone pay no tax because it would be bad for their business.
Rolls-RoyCe and Boots, those well known Bahamanian companies, pay little tax here
The worst is probably the Dutch Antiles charity Ikea
Which is more serious than what Apple/Google/MSFT/etc have done to the tax man.
If eu countries are allowed to compete on who allows the most favourable interpretation of tax law, others will compete with other laws.
Imagine if some penurious eu state offered a deal to pharma companies - open a HQ here and we will approve all your drugs in 24hours, or you could get cross-eu safety approval for a new car import by just having a dealership there that employed the president's nephew.
Canada and Australia score highly on business surveys R&D only because of the tax advantages of doing R&D here rather than the UK.
Pretty much anything that can be counted as R&D gets a tax rebate. The result is that every activity that doesn't involve chopping down trees or digging up coal is R&D. But finding skilled people, access to world class universities and innovative companies? Lets just say that even Alberta doesn't quite compete with the area around Cambridge or Stamford.
Saying it leads the world in R&D is like saying that Ireland leads the world in internet search or operating system development because Microsoft and Google have the eu HQ there.
So ironically it is legal for Apple to do these tax dodges so long as they effectively ban anyone else from selling their kit profitably. But an HP or IBM or Lenovo couldn't
Yes and it's totally legal for a monopoly.
What would be illegal, and what Apple are accused of doing, would be if Starbucks sold the coffee to supermarkets at 1.00 allowing the supermarket to make a profit but sold it to it's own stores for 2.00 so they didn't.
It gets really, really old
And no 60myr older than we originally thought !
It was more a comment on the Hollywood fondness for re-branding a historical event to involve only Americans.
> World War II in the Japanese mass media, to be identical to what you would find in the United States.
That only the US took part, they won the battle of Britain while cracking the enigma and inventing radar and the jet engine?
Plus the 100-150% overhead the University charges on NSF grants.
Those $5M/ear soccer coach salaries have to come from somewhere
About the same price as a Gigabyte Brix, Zotac or any other Intel NUC format machine - all of which you know will run Windows/Linux and have driver support.
A chromebook (aka tablet with a keyboard) or a chromestick makes sense - but these ??>
Although still better than the East Texas - which lawyer has the biggest belt buckle - system
Everyone should have the opportunity to learn programming, just like they should have the opportunity to learn a foreign language or to play an instrument.
It doesn't mean that must learn to program becomes a key school requirement. All that leads to is a watered down defn of "programming" so that 100% of kids can do it. So we have a Computer Science GCSE that consists of changing a font in word.
Imagine if must play a musical instrument was a requirement, the schools would be full of compulsory triangle practice - which would reduce the number of kids playing the violin - in the same way that compulsory HTML would reduce the number of future programmers.
>The Docklands Light Railway?
Is it the Victoria line that has drivers only because computers can't strike?
>Did you get burned?
Yes but fortunately I also invested in a company making longevity potions
>perhaps that is the way it supposed to be? True competition needs to have a fair market....
Yes but that is little comfort to the shareholders who just spent $19Bn building the level playing field.
And that's their big weakness - which they would have to disclose if this were an SEC filing rather than a private round.
Uber put these billions into buying politicians to make this legal and fight the cabbies and building awareness among non-geeks. Then a 100 other companies simply clone it and benefit from the law changes.
The drivers will simply have an app for each and pickup whichever customers are paying most. There will then be a series of startups with apps which do arbitrage and pick the best service for drivers and passengers.
A staff of experts in the particular field of engineering actually building a high quality product with a strong demand from real customers who will rely on it for real work - and are willing to pay for it.
Is this an entirely new business method ?
Could we patent it ?
>that an electronic engineering degree was not a qualification for fixing Christmas tree lights.
Have the standards for EEng degrees dropped that much ?
>Since our brightest minds have yet to figure out how to make an arbitrary part of open space look solid
You can make a real holographic display with programmable diffraction gratings.
At the moment it can only do small volumes and it takes all day to calculate the rendering of a frame.
So us real programmers(tm) finally get intelisense, refactoring and a compiler that all use the same engine?
The optional RB211 cooling fan (it is important to position the rack IN FRONT of the fan for optimal cooling)
Patent trolls will sue over copyrights and trademarks as well.
The point being that "they are good guys don't worry" doesn't work when they sell to bad guys
Until they, or their heirs, or the bank if they default on their mortgage - sell the rights to a patent troll who go after every Linux distribution and corporation using Truecrypt.
Either pick some name like TPFKAT or just hit the dictionary and call it something else.
>To quote: "data encrypted locally in a user's browser and decrypted by the recipient using OpenPGP"
Using a key entered into and stored by a browser (and on chromebook, an OS) that Google control and you know nothing about.
>With RenderMan selling for just $US495 it's hard to see why Pixar cares
> can you explain what's afoot here?
Pixar aren't in the software selling business, they are in the movie making business
Renderman operators are expensive.
If every highschool kid and every art college start using Renderman there will be a lot of potential recruits. A glut reduces prices
It's the same reason ATT made C free, they needed to hire programmers.
Not necessarily, big power demand in Oz is for AC which tends to correlate quite well with sunshine, and desalination plants which don't need to be always on
Not all power sources need to be 24x7
That's not what Oracle say about Java,
Apple could sell Swift to some evil supervillian years down the road who could claim that they own your independent implementation
That GCHQ would bother spying on potential enemies in a part of the world that has more than its fair share of wars.
Rather than its proper job of making sure it has dirt on any potential opponents of the current government, local council or PTA.
QR codes are like telephone numbers.
You might not like what you hear when you call them - but it shouldn't be able to blow up your phone
Other then the Pixel there isn't a lot of difference in Chromebooks.
You can pickup the original Samsung ARM one for $200 ($150 returns on Amazon) so why should I pay more for a more powerful dual core Intel CPU with a fan and shorter battery life?
Because I need to do some protein folding or CFD on the bus?
>However, VG is a space *plane*: both modules take off and land from a runway, and land for re-use.
Plane yes, space almost, orbit - NO.
Getting to space is easy, just fly 60miles straight up
Staying in space involves then turning left and accelerating to 21,000mph - this is trickier
> closing the operation is the very last thing a company wants to do
True, right upto the point where the tax breaks or "inward investment incentive
runs out. I'm betting that a local of state tax money went into this operation and the deal just finished
Surely he should be undergoing the patented beer and bacon diet at the el'reg own private clinic
Hint - it's like bronzy or goldy but made of iron
When Bruce Schneier uses double ROT13 encryption, the ciphertext is totally unbreakable.
If you can't trust Microsoft to stand up for the little guy who can you trust ?
> The intent and result of the device is the same
Then the same could be said of anything that charged you a fare based on the distance between the endpoints - like a train ?
Yes but it's the only High Court the UK has got
>Or it's a red herring for you think it couldn't possibly be them
Or that's what they want you to think !
Yes - rather better than on a baking Californian or Texan day when you need AC
I think Waterloo station and Trafalgar Square are next
> If making a request solves the "crime" rather than getting a court order, it seems like a fine use of taxpayers money to me.
Like "requesting" that somebody doesn't send tweets ridiculing UKIP policies?
Or "requesting" that UK ISPs block terrorist propaganda, like Al-Jazeera or SinnFein or CND or Greenpeace or the SNP