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"the USPTO does not have an infinite amount of time to go looking for prior art"
So you're saying that nobody at the USPTO owns a smartphone? It should not be possible to get a patent for a technology that has already been in widespread use for a number of years.
Re: the rationale behind the downvotes
Another major contributing factor is that by not commenting at all on his cut-and-pasted article, "dssf" is tacitly supporting everything it says. Since the article in question is a puff piece in which Apple are praised to the skies for supplying cheap textbooks to schools that can afford a $500 iPad for every pupil while denying them to the cash-strapped schools that actually need cheap textbooks ... well, the prosecution rests, m'lud.
"What can a tablet do that a PC cannot?"
Be conveniently carried in one hand while in use, for a start.
"Rome fell because ... Why, exactly?"
The 40,000 heavily armed Huns who came visiting might have had something to do with it. That, and all the people in Rome who didn't understand that the terms "app" and "shareware" were no more interchangeable than the terms "car" and "taxi".
The glass is not the bit you need to keep water off.
No - the TV movies were separate productions, not part of a series run, so they don't count together for the numbering.
It's all needlessly complicated, of course, but if it weren't what would we all talk about while shows are on hiatus?
"You don't give criminals a job just because they broke the law"
Setting a thief to catch a thief is more common than you know. I was going to provide anecdotal evidence of my local police using a guy with a B&E conviction as an official locksmith, but decided against it because it's just anecdotal. Then, with perfect timing, this appeared:
For those who can't be bothered clicking, West Yorkshire Police employ an ex-burglar as a consultant on crime prevention tactics.
Re: Hmm, anyone else see a pattern?
I don't think it has much to do with how dumb the fanbois are, as that demographic are likely to be buying the Apple product regardless of whether specs are leaked in advance. "Authorised leaks" are generally used to drive the hype machine, convincing potential new customers to hold off on buying a rival product.
The case of leaking overestimated specs is dodgy, though. When those potential customers go looking for information on the product, a casual search is more likely to find the leaked fake specs than the genuine specs because the leak has been around for longer and generated more traffic.
Re: Don't get it
It's only an iPad app because Apple users are more likely to fork out the £20 or more that Sky are going to charge for it. I imagine they'd also like to shut down the free live data feed app that was available last year, but hopefully that will be beyond them.
Everyone knows the moon landings weren't faked.
It's the MOON that is fake.
"Even Rick Santorum hasn't gone that far"
No, but I'd say that Newt Gingrich has. He's been married three times, and cheated on I think it was his first wife while she was suffering from a terminal illness.
I'm sure he hasn't complained about his files being spread far and wide, but I equally doubt he's voiced his support either - what with him having been dead for going on sixty years, and all.
... they just rounded up a bunch of gangstas!
"Eventually, every Eye reader is offended by something"
In my experience, Eye readers are mostly only offended by the behaviours they read about in its pages. That said, you're not a real Eye reader until you've cancelled your subscription at least once.
"The users come back because they know what they're getting."
Yes - they're getting charged $5 a month to do what OKCupid lets you do for free. That there are also massively fewer potential contacts doesn't seem to matter to them, it's "weeding out the hoi-polloi".
The price of fruitdom is eternal virginity.
There's nothing good about sweatshop labour
On the other hand, there is a lot of difference between using sweatshop labour so you can sell a £99 smartphone, and using sweatshop labour when you're already selling your £499 smartphone for £599. One is making A profit; the other is making MORE profit.
"Quite why it's worse because it's Apple is unclear."
That would be because unlike many other companies, Apple aren't using sweatshops to minimise costs so they can undercut competitors while still making a healthy margin. They're just trying to maximise profit, while suing rivals out of the market so they can charge whatever obscene premium they like.
Suggested new motto for Apple: "It just works, or else it gets the hose again".
"Why pay tax on a loss"?
Because a multinational corporation's tax bill is determined individually for each country. For example, say they make a $10m profit in the UK but a $20m loss in the US. They operate at a loss overall and pay no tax in the US, but are still taxed on their UK profits.
This being a company that sells things, there are also sales taxes to consider.
You will get less letterboxing watching a 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 picture on a 16:9 display than you will on a 4:3 display - that's basic mathematics. Moreover, the entire TV industry is now geared to making 16:9 displays and the vast majority of new monitors are also 16:9. As a result, it is increasingly common for TV shows and websites to be designed for the widescreen format. So, tell me again how 4:3 is a better aspect ratio for tablets when the media you are likely to view on them is made with 16:9 formatting in mind?
Oh, sorry, you already answered that one, didn't you? "4:3 is better because Apple do it that way!"
"Some people use their tablets for things other than watching movies"
I imagine most people do. However, many people do use their tablets for watching movies, and those people will not buy a non-widescreen tablet because the movies look better on a widescreen. Designers are not going to alienate a large section of the market for the benefit of the microscopic fraction who actually *want* a 4:3 screen.
"Coould we have life without water?"
Theoretically. However, nobody gives a toss because the objective of these searches is to find planets that are like Earth, and which could be explored or even colonised if we ever develop the technology to reach them.
Slap the cuffs on the press
Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!
Best phone for a young British lesbian?
The one with the strongest haptic feedback, obviously.
Real conversation overheard in Tesco's phone section:
"It says this phone is exciting. Should I be excited by my phone?"
"Dunno - is it set to vibrate?"
"They'll do the minimum they can get away with"
No, actually they'll do less than the minimum. After the explosion at Foxconn, Apple moved some of their iPad manufacture to Pegatron - who have an even worse record for workers' rights, if such is possible. Apple don't give a damn, so long as their devices are made for the cheapest price and they make the most money.
Incidentally, during the trial production run at Pegatron there was another minor explosion. It is believed that both explosions were caused by aluminium dust catching fire. Other manufacturers use aluminium backs on their tablets, so why is it only Apple who have assembly-line fires?
"A staggering achievement"
Stuff the 20 mile run - the bonk is enough to leave you staggering, if you do it right.
An interesting idea
Now, consider the concept of linking a car ignition key to an app. Devices are already capable of retinal identification and thumbprint identification; add in the ability to detect blood alcohol levels, and it would be possible to have a car that you couldn't drive if you were over the legal limit.
"Apple would have a better job not blocking it"
I agree, Gary, the device should be allowed to stand or fall on its own merits. If it's really as bad as you say then users will vote with their wallets - even if they don't want an iPad it's not like they're short of alternatives now. But Apple won't let the 10" Galaxy Tabs be judged openly, because that would take money and market share away from them - and God help them if it turns out the public think the Tab genuinely is better.
This is why I personally hate Apple; it's not the tight control on development, the fashion-victim pricing or the massive proportion of Apple users who are complete twunts. It's that Apple believe the only way to win a race is to stop anyone else competing. They've done it many times - by forcing all apps to be sold through the App Store, by prohibiting digital media publishers from undercutting the App Store, and now by preventing potential rivals marketing their products on the flimsiest of grounds.
That's exactly what it's about
More precisely, it's about being a rectangle with a screen that is also better than Apple's product at the same price. Apple would be after the Transformer Prime, too, if it weren't for the dock.
Oh, I like this
The RIAA/MPAA want to exert the laws they paid for to bypass Dotcom's legal defence, but they can't. If the matter is pursued as a criminal case, there's a strong enough defence case to preclude his extradition. If it's pursued as a civil case a conviction is probably assured, but they can't get Dotcom to face the charges unless he goes to the US.
Degrees, not percentage of proof
I am aware of this, thanks. However, I was coming to the end of my lunch break and didn't have time to find the proper symbol.
Also, please do follow my link. You sound like you might appreciate it.
.... because the only way to deal with a subjugated people whose leaders are systematically blocking any chance they might have to organise their own freedom is to commit genocide against them.
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