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Re: Missed my opportunity to be a patent troll
You could have patented it, possibly, before the competition.
You may have found however that the prior art on things like PDAs go back much further than you might first think.
Unfortunately one of the requirements for a patent application is that you haven't told anyone about it.
He was NOT in the airport at the time. It was some time before his scheduled flight - he was threatening to blow them up if they did not get themselves sorted out in time for when he would be there. So in that respect actually quite similar to this story.
Prior art is relevant when discussing patents.
They are different.
Selfish and irresponsible
Having children is fine, if you can afford to support them properly yourself and do not expect anyone else to be forced to help you.
The decision to have children is an important one, and should be made taking into consideration all relevant factors. Most people do not think about this decision before making it. There are a large number of individuals of little education and meagre means who have learned only that having children entitles them to leech off others who work for a living.
Any person with an ounce of intelligence, looking at the decision rationally, can choose when they want to have children and how many. If they can look at the world as it is today and see that there are limited resources, then a decision to increase the population by making more than two new people is a reprehensible demonstration of extreme selfishness and irresponsibility.
I may have children one day. When I do I will ensure that decent values are imparted to them, that they receive a fitting eduction, and I will PAY FOR THEIR UPBRINGING MYSELF.
There is no reasonable argument for forcing honest working people to pay for others' children. Such a structure only encourages the expectation of low-life to have everything handed to them on a plate for no effort, and perpetuates this attitude over generations.
Temperature of Coffee
There is an upper limit to the temperature of a hot drink, which I would speculate is very similar to the boiling point of water. Granted, this is subject to change with atmospheric pressure.
This is the temperature at which most people make coffee or tea, as the usual mechanism for doing this involves boiling a kettle.
So how can coffee be "too hot"?
"Apple had sent a letter ... which said in part that the company's use of late Apple cofounder's likeness was a 'criminal offense'."
Right of Publicity (Personality Rights) infringements, similar to trademark and copyright issues are a civil matter, not a criminal one.
Any party can choose to sue any other party in a civil court if they feel they have grounds to do so. This does not mean anyone has committed any criminal acts.
A pleasure to meet your acquaintance. Maybe you could settle a question I have had for a while.
Gold, pretty comfortable with that.
Frankincense, good idea what that is, seen it for sale and so on.
Myrrh? WTF is Myrrh?
"Let me be clear, this does not threaten privacy,"
We're expected to trust the Government when they say this after their track record?
Um.. double fail...
In most election-type events, one is forbidden from voting for oneself. However, in this case it was not he who was running for mayor, it was in fact the lovely Miss BarBe.
I would be quite happy to take the results of this 'independent' study at face value except for the fact that all of the tests seems to have been chosen to favour Chrome.
For a start they tested two versions of Chrome and yet excuse not testing some other contenders due to limitations on resources - a clear bias right out of the gate.
Then, over all of the individual tests (highlighted in the article) Chrome gets a tick for every single one - scoring a golden 100%. In not a single aspect was IE or Firefox better than Chrome? I find that very hard to swallow. Usually competing products have different pros and cons!
judge Pat Donofrio said...
"Your client is being charged with security intellectual property – her email, accessing her intellectual property,"
Anybody care to speculate what he actually MEANT by that? Is 'security intellectual property' an offence in Michigan? Does he always talk in incoherent sentences?
Oh, the irony...
If you knew any teachers that actually give a damn about their jobs, you'd find that they certainly work considerably longer hours than those for which typical children attend school.
There already exists a system that can penalise drivers who break the law by ignoring traffic signals. It's called a 'red light camera' it's far simpler and cheaper than this system and is also considerably more reliable. They usually use straightforward pressure sensors in the road just like the ones on the approach that actually control the light sequence.
Wrong, in fact you fail
Actually, 1/6 = 0.16
15 < 16
This is pretty standard set-up for a proxy server
After all, if HTTPS traffic were to be just allowed to pass untouched, that would be a pretty big hole in the purpose of a web proxy, would it not?
All traffic queues are caused by people STOPPING. Usually fools.
On a motorway there is almost never a valid reason to stop, unless a serious incident occurs immediately in front of you blocking the entire carriageway.
with voice-recognition facilities you get the option to correct the things it gets wrong, so that it can learn to recognise your voice more reliably.
Of course it isn't going to get it right on the first try. I speculate most of us didn't, during early childhood...
Tetra-Pak cartons are now collected for recycling from the kerbside by many councils. There is a map on their web site which can help you find the best way to recycle them.
Interestingly, I only found out that my local council will happily recycle Tetra-Paks by phoning them and asking them about it.
"leaving out completely on service participation"
"lever out net neutrality"
Any ideas as to what these strange-looking statements actually mean?
That's right, the BSA are basically toothless...
You can just fob them off if they start pestering you. In my experience they have always been most polite.
However, FAST are the ones to worry about.
I have seen circumstances involving small businesses where FAST have obtained a search warrant from a court in order to carry out a software audit, and they are assisted by the police.
They will be waiting at your office first thing on a Monday morning, and they will look closely at all of your computers. If there's no proof of a license to use any software that concerns them (e.g. MS, Adobe) then they can confiscate computers as evidence. The directors of the business will end up in court.
There is a fairly good get-out, though. If the business can show 'due diligence' to sorting out any licensing issues, they will probably be let off with a slap on the wrist and maybe a small fine. A nice policy that says something like "we intend to buy a new computer every month to replace those in use, and we will ensure that new computers are only be installed with fully-licensed software" goes a long way in these kind of circumstances.
they will supply a different set of 3400 homes next year? Y'know, to make it fair and all?
The ad is not evidence
Would you just take their word for it that there were no editing or post-production tricks employed?
No, I think I would be more inclined to believe the results if it was done in a scientific and independently verifiable way.
Finally, some common sense...
Thank you for this article. Hopefully people will see the reasoning and drop some of the FUD.
Two things to add:
1) A phone could also be configured so you have to press a button to enable the NFC payment. That would be a very easy way to guard against unwanted payments.
2) Legally, the bank always protects the consumer against fraud.
"By default, NoScript only allows scripts and objects coming from the website you are visiting to run."
Not so, Trevor, I'm afraid.
NoScript does not allow ANY scripts to run by default. You must allow each domain from which you want to approve scripts to run.
"track American's whereabouts"
Which American are we talking about here?
I think Roxette asked about this procedure in a song from the 80s....
They do explain...
that they don't store any of the actual data . They only calculate the hashes and then discard the data, to help guard against exactly such an eventuality.
In fact there are many models of scooter with 100cc plus engines, and even up to 800cc. 'Low-power' motorcycles are generally considered as those up to 250cc. In the UK a scooter with an engine of 50cc or less is known as a moped, to which different rules apply.
Important to note
that if you are behind a proxy server then the HOSTS file is not used.
I was under the impression that most ISPs provide an e-mail function as part of their package. Therefore I fail to see why most people would need a free e-mail service at all?
Ok, so if you don't have your own computer and internet connection and don't want to pay for an e-mail service (even though it is crucially important to your life) then it would be useful - but surely Google would be the last people you would expect to respect your privacy!
I can access my ISP e-mail using a variety of methods; spam filtering is included; I even have an unlimited number of e-mail addresses so I can just make them up as desired for different uses.
For a short time I downgraded the account to a free dial-up so I could retain my address even though I wasn't paying for broadband.
There are anonymous e-mail services for those things you wouldn't want to band your real address about for.
On a slightly different note, if there's one thing that makes a business look unprofessional it's paying to have business cards made or company vehicles emblazoned with some crappy personal e-mail address when it costs £4 to register a domain name.
One doesn't just connect two batteries together!
There needs to be some charging control, of course - just like there is in one of those little booster/charger thingies.
In the idea I suggested though, the vehicle sees no difference from a normal charge. You use the standard cable and charge at the same rate; just the impact on the grid for this is spread out.
The main idea here is to distribute the demand for EV charging power so that it is smoother throughout the day. The charging stations could possibly even be made "smart" like the new fridges which don't switch on during short periods of high demand. Charging faster might be a bonus if possible, but a thicker cable would probably be needed.
I have seen capacitor arrays in use in industry that could meet these requirements for handling charge. The weight is of course not a crucial consideration and neither is leakage particularly important due to the fact that the array is permanently connected to the supply. Ideally, the array could be charged primarily from local renewable sources, e.g. micro wind/hydro and solar PV.
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