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'GOOGLE'S PATENT CHIEF SLAMMED THE PATENT OFFICE ...'
"The Patent Office is overburdened," she said. "The volume of patents going in is huge. And the quality of patents coming out – it could be better."
Slammed ? Slammed you say ?
Look I understand journalists take daily hyperbole supplements but really - this is more like gently brushing with a kipper.
"Though the idea of pulling reactor fuel second-hand from 1970s and 1980s bombs may disturb some ..,"
I can't imagine who would be disturbed by this - unless they were already 'disturbed'
In other words you want to make a laptop portable eh ?
@bigtimewanker - Do you think they are the only two options ?
@pc - OK let's spend a bit of time going through this.
(1) Theft vs copyright - Yeah OK - poor choice of words on my part. soz.
(2) You are guessing or you know ? I ask because I suspect that you don't get the rights to the video stream in perpetuity, I am willing to bet the grant is for a one time use (but confess I'm not sure).
(3) What most people see as 'fair use' isn't what's (in the US at least) legally considered fair use.
Re: Exclusive rights
@heyrik - <chuckle> You don't live in Germany do you ? It's perfectly legal (in certain places) to drive a Brabus at top speed.
There's no place in Germany where it's legal to steal content.
Re: Exclusive rights
@numptyscrub - the situations aren't comparable. You aren't stealing when you exceed the speed limit.
I think the policy is a (middling) success. When I think of the govt., the first thing that comes to mind is a digit.
Re: Genius Bar
"What on our dear Earth is this "Genius Bar"shit?"
Ah, the outrage of faux-ignorance .. You knew what it was so cut the crap.
If you really didn't then your ignorance is both breathtaking and inexcusable. I've never watched Jersey Shore but I know who they are.
Re: Scope Creep - Government Bid and Spec projects
@AC 14:36 - You don't do large projects, do you.
The problems experienced are not unique to the public sector. You hear about those ones because they cost taxpayers but I assure you this happens in the private sector as well.
Here's the thing. Any sufficiently large project will have variations if for no other reason than to attempt to nail down every last detail would cost more in the tender preparation than you save. In other words, sometimes it is cheaper to start work and fill in the details as you make progress. The trick is to manage the risks and variation costs. One way of doing this is agree with the vendor on a methodology like function point analysis as a baseline for costing variations.
One area where the public sector is worse, is sponsorship. Due to elections and other governmental changes, multi-year public sector projects face a far higher risk of political interference. The best antidote to this is to incorporate government agencies as pseudo-private corporations owned by treasury. That way they have a degree of autonomy but, guess what ? The few times this has been tried the governments of the day didn't like not being able to tell the agency what to do, so they reversed the decisions.
The takeaway is - don't assume a large project will work as originally planned. Know your risks, have mitigations in place and maintain a good working relationship with your vendor(s).
Re: Glasshole killer app involves dog turds
@ac 15:34 tsk. This is your idea of creativity ? The OP at least described something that would only really work with a HMD. Every single item on your list apart from the obvious turn by turn directions, can be done satisfactorily with a handset app.
Re: Further proof that these things are childish toys.
@Thegreatwhazoo - I suspect a fair portion of the downvotes are not for the sentiment but because it's Jake.
Re: why did governemnt businesses get sold off?
@Rathernotsay sez - Look at the bonus-free public service, it just get more and more bloated and less and less efficient.
References please. Medicare is so efficient that there are actual laws on the books restricting it (in certain ways) from competing with private health providers.
Re: Simple rule
I've assumed that since BC allowed the export of strong crypto.
I have a cunning plan m'lud
It's a conspiracy to make us think they're incompetent ..
Do Not Koch Block
Clear breach of the bro' code.
Yes, they can. Use it as collateral on debt used to buy back the stock and then take a tax write down on that debt.
Re: Deja vu?
"How can they patent something that already exists?" They can't. <according to the patent office>This didn't exist in 2008</according to the patent office>.
If you have a laptop from pre-2008 with facial unlock then you have a point.
Re: Shurely shome mishtake
@codejunky - sez 'I will not win the upvotes for this but politics is leaning further left all the time ...'
Correct, you won't win many upvotes. Not because of your political leanings but because you are demonstrably wrong. You have made the classic 'confirmation bias' error.
Re: Cynical - me?
@SuccessCase - Tsk. What a waste. Start off with an epic put down on el reg - I really mean that, it was good - but then you waste it by going off and giving amazon a blow job and finally you peter out with some whimpering Dr Phil philosophy.
Have a downvote for failing to know when to stop.
It's vodafone ffs. Most of those 77k accounts are probably inactive.
it's a question of scale ..
They aren't trying to mine on _a_ normal PC, they're trying to mine on several million of them.
Anything they make is free money.
Martha 'internet' Lane Fox ... That's what you meant .. isn't it.
Re: A better than Stellar solution???
I believe it's the net-energy balance that makes the difference. Below, Iron fusion releases energy. Above Iron you have to pump energy in.
Pump in enough (nova) and you can fuse all the way up to Uranium.
Fission is the reverse ...
What Fermi did under a stadium ..
Da deuteron ron ron da deuteron ron,
He did with heavy water and uranium,
Da deuteron ron ron, da deuteron ron ..
Now now, that would deprive a large section of the population the enjoyment they get from self-righteously insisting others live as they do - 'for their own good'.
Re: John Carter
@IMG sez .. But AC, you made a valid Segway ..
A valid movie Segway would have referred to Mall Cop.
Re: What a fucking surprise
It's more that (most) Americans won't pay to watch a movie in which Americans are made to look stupid.
I mean they rewrote history (U571) so that it was Americans that nicked the Enigma because that's what sells in flyover-land.
Couple that with the undeniable fact that Assange comes across as a bit of a douche and you have a recipe for a disaster
Re: I don't want control
Did you offer a compliant alternative that met the need for an easier way, or did you just say no ?
Go on then, design a state of the art airframe, or other component and release the plans under an open source licence.
Re: I don't want control
The problem we face is that the 'experts' are all too often just like the first 3 posters. When faced with those types it's no wonder IT is viewed as gatekeepers rather than enablers.
This is what happens when you try a paradigm shift without the clutch ..
I've just had a thought ...
"LG wants $13,500 for its 55-inch telly, and that's a tough sell for most pockets."
Mayybe they could reduce the price by secretly collecting personal watching habits to sell to advertisers.
Re: I just LOVE how…
"Just because I'm <40 does not mean I want to come within a bull's roar of social networking."
Yes you do. You live for facebook and twitter. You're feckless and have an overblown sense of entitlement.
Stop trying to be something you're not and accept your destiny. Be all you were meant to be.
Icon, because some of us never grow up ...
@Danny 14 - on the offchance you're replying to me, I said fungible not tangible.
This from the same dude who famously said that if you don't want people finding out maybe you shouldn't do it in the first place ?
I can only assume he expects us to self censor ..
Re: Off line
@sisk. Let's take your points in order.
First heroin. In its medicinally pure form it is essentially harmless - in as much as you can lead a fully functional normal life apart from needing regular injections a la insulin. The problem you are describing comes from the drug being illegal and therefore both impure and expensive. You should also be aware that despire what you might have heard, not everyone on heroin becomes addicted. Addiction is a complex conjunction of causes and the usual mantra that correlation isn't causation applies here.
Second overdose. I get this, I do, but it's really no different to losing your child due to gun violence, car accidents or any other preventable cause. Shit happens and a bad experience by one doesn't automatically make something bad news.
The list does indeed go on however most of the ills you ascribe to drugs are second order effects caused by prohibition.
You need to think a bit more carefully, Bitcoins are not as fungible as dollars or other more mature currencies. Nor is there the volume in circulation to tempt money launders. Those dudes deal in billions with a B.
Re: Off line
But i'd also never go near drugs. It's trading in the misery of others ...
How do you figure that ? I can assure you that the only people who feel miserable about drug taking are those who miss out on the fun, and they're usually pinch faced tighty-whiteys who get off on feeling miserable and spend their lives trying to make sure everyone else feels the same way.
I don't believe there had been any evidence that bitcoin is used by money launderers or terrorists. References please.
If Steve Jobs was still around, I wonder if he would have given him the time of day? I think not.
Icahn isn't stupid. He knows that. That's why he didn't bother with Apple until after Steve had popped his clogs.
Tim isn't stupid either. He's not going to give Icahn what he wants, he's just being polite because being polite doesn't cost him anything and potentially avoids a very public fight.
+1 for the headline. Hopefully 'Glasshole' will achieve the same status as 'Santorum' ...
Re: say wot ?
We have data from a few Tesla crashes that tells us batteries can catch fire, but they don't explode. Five mins with google would have alerted the OP to this.
I know this'll bring on a world of hurt but ..
Apple didn't 'copy' Xerox. They took ideas created by Xerox and turned them into products. Xerox invented the WIMP model but didn't commercialise it. I don't believe (but will accept correction) that Xerox patented the model so the only thing you can accuse Apple of, is not inventing the technology. I don't believe they ever claimed they did (again, corrections welcomed).
Samsung on the other hand, literally copied the iphone. Samsung have sdmitted as much and if you doubt the extent, there's a nice slide (google it)showing what Samsung phones looked like before and after the iphone. It's remarkable.
Even if we accept the argument that Apple 'copied'Xerox, how does that make it OK for Samsung to copy Apple ? Are you arguing unclean hands or is this just a childish 'well you did it first' rant.
OK someone help me out here. Rare Earths aren't exactly rare. The only reason most supplies come from China is because they priced supplies so low it made other sources uneconomical.
So why would The Great Copier(tm) spend a big bucket of fun tickets looking for alternatives to minerals that aren't rare. Why not simply buy controlling stakes in some mines ?
say wot ?
"Having witnessed 2 people get fried to death in a Ford Pinto ... I figure that any large battery is simply a sleeping bomb."
You watched a gasoline fire once therefore a battery is a bomb ?
I search vainly for a troll or joke icon, but nothing.
Try facebook or twitter. You will find a warm welcome from kindred spirits there.
Re: In other words
WTF ? Epic comprehension fail dude.
There's a third possibility here. Google's engineers aren't as smart as they think they are. More precisely they aren't smart in the way that lets you solve these sorts of problems.
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