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* Posts by soldinio

23 posts • joined 18 Nov 2011

What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this

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Obligatory skynet allusion

"when we invent a machine capable of creating a machine smarter than itself, we have already lost the war" - does a swarm smater than the individual count? If the algorythm works with nanobots we can create the T-1000 prototype :)

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Joke

Mary had a little lamb, it backed into a pylon,

A thousand volts shot up it's arse and turned it's wool to nylon

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Holmes

Lessons

Is it just me, or is the only thing the US establishment learned from the Watergate scandal is "change the law to your side before you get caught with your hands in some-one elses filing cabinet"?

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

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FAIL

Re: Virgin....Y U no fix it??

The slow motion effect could be due to the superhub. I downloaded a film, tried streaming it from PC to Xbox.

It's slow starting up, then every 13 minutes It pauses for 2 seconds - then runs at double speed for 4 seconds whilst it catches up.

USB connection from PC direct to xbox solved the problem.

Did same sequence streaming from mobile (Galaxy S2), same result.

SuperHub wireless is poor even when it does work properly. IP Flood detection is a pain in the ass, it doesn't proctect against anything and just cripples sharing across my own network. Port Forward and DHCP are a mess.

Poor product, back with poor customer service.

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Re: Apply this logic to cars

@ Scarshapedstar

Not quite right. Samsung Touch-Wiz is violating the design patents by looking like iOS, not stock android.

Mind you, if they were that bloody similar looking - why did it take me a couple of minutes to find the settings icon, and navigate to the correct menu when I first used an iPhone. Surely if they were similar enough to create confusion, I would have been able to do it instantly. Glad I live in the UK, where our court told Apple to stop messing about.

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Apple, Samsung blast away in patent case closing arguments

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Re: @soldinio - move the goalposts much?

Fair comment about the goalposts, I shouldn't have let myself get distracted.

Dyson products are striking and easily identifiable. Both their colour schemes, and geometry set them apart from other upright vacuums at the time.

Can you honestly say a flat black rectangle with rounded corners has a comparably level of "original design"

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Re: Fair trial?

if Dyson had sued Hoover or Electrolux for making devices that look like a vacuum cleaner - then it would be a valid comparison.

Besides, Apple effectively copied and improved on several features already on the market, and packaged them in one device. That is precisely what Samsung (and now several others have done). If Apple's case is valid, then every one from 2002 (Palm, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, LG et al) have an equally valid case against Apple for exactly the same nonsense.

Can I claim a design patent on the above paragraph? Nobody has put those words together in that order before.

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Stop

Re: Fair trial?

But Dyson didn't claim to invent the vacuum cleaner, they have patents on the cyclone technology which they did event.

Hardly a valid comparison

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Apple accuses Samsung of abusing its 3G power

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Paris Hilton

2.4% is unfrandly?

These essential patents that Samsung are massively overcharging for...

Several articles around the web mention that Sammy already have licencing deals with intel etc for these patents. If the complaint from Apple is that Sammy are charging too much for it to be Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory - surely the total cost if everyone charged the same (50% of phone value as reported above) is irrelevant. The only thing that would make Unfair, Unreasonable or discriminating is if they charge Apple more than Intel (or whoever) to licence the same patent.

Or am I missing something?

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SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE

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Re: Evil pirates of the high seas!

A wonderful analogy, Sir.

I wonder if, say, google charge any-one for the sponsored link when you search Mona Lisa? jus' sayin'

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Big Brother

In your list of reasons why this is interesting, you missed one very important one:-

Fraud is a common law offence, whereas criminal copyright law is surely written precisely for this sort of thing.

Then again, conspiracy to defraud carries a maximum terms of 10 years imprisonment

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Samsung tells Apple: Quit your 'frivolous' whining over court doc leak

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Re: And another fandroid pops up with a wildly over-simplified description of Apple's design patent

I'm pretty sure a design patent would include such things a geometry, proportions, look, texture and overall impression. Please correct me if I have miss-understood.

The geometry and proportions are nothing new as per the discussions above. The look is similar, but IMHO also pre-existing. The texture is noticeably different - Sorry Samsung, your phones feel cheaper. And the overall impression is different as decide in UK court that the galaxy tab appears "an almost insubstantial member of the same family" and does not have the same "understated design"

What all the legal wrangling comes down to is the worry that a potential apple customer might buy a samsung by mistake, and that is what any damages will be based on.

With your understanding of design patents (and the fact that your commenting here suggests your are reasonably tech-savvy) do you honestly think this is a significant risk.

Even my dear old mum who can no work the video recorder and puts a full stop after every word in text messages because she can't find the space button, said of my Galaxy S2 "It's not as shiny as that iphone but it looks much easier to hold" - Thus proving difference in look, feel and overall impression.

Even if Apple win this, and any subsequent appeal - Samsung will be able to go after Apple through court in a different territory (probably UK or mainland Europe) and win the money back.

The sad thing is the only winners are the lawyers, and on both side they have made some glaring errors and shouldn't command such ridiculous fees.

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Meh

Re: Strange they didn't use Star Trek - the devices are even called "PADD"

but it looks like a rectangle with rounded to me. It is also described "Consisting of a large touchscreen display and minimalistic manual interface or control panel (generally only one or two buttons)"

Sounds like a pretty good description for a tablet (wether iOS or Android) to me.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Re: @A.C.-- I'm fed up with gear without mechanical switches.

by "turned off instantly", do you mean gradually faded to the little white dot, then turned off?

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Another investor pulls out of Habbo Hotel after grooming claims

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Headmaster

Re: "Its spelt surely not shurely."

An inspired argument, sir. However, would a parentheses not be required contain both an opening parenthesis and a subsequent closing one?

I therefore maintain that the poster has neglected to close his (opening) parenthesis.

On a side note you may be able to answer a grammar-Nazi question that has vexed me for some time.

Do you happen to know the plural of chaos? It is the only noun for which I cannot find a plural

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Headmaster

Re: "Its spelt surely not shurely."

But if you only have the one bracket showing, shurely it would be singular.

Parentheses (/pəˈrɛnθɨsiːz/) (singular, parenthesis (/pəˈrɛnθɨsɨs/))

I will retain your overcoat for now, sir.

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Headmaster

Re: "Its spelt surely not shurely."

I do believe you have forgotten to close your parenthesis Sir.

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Samsung 'to launch Galaxy S III in US', snubs Apple's ban bid

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Re: It's a good job the USPTO wasn't this stupid 100 years ago...

Tesla > Eddison

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Oracle case crippled after judge rules APIs can’t be copyrighted

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Paris Hilton

Re: Floored, I tell you

" the argument that it is only a name is not valid."

Let's imagine I come round your house for dinner and you serve, say, Goulash.

I enjoy the dinner and when I get home I try to remember the flavours, knock a few ingredients together and then gradually fine tune ingredients and method until I have a dish that tastes identical to yours.

Have I stolen your recipe?

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Why on Earth is Microsoft moving to Euro pricing now?

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Headmaster

"bar one country"

To be fair, there is a couple more than one non euro country in europe

Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (north), Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Bits of Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and the Ukraine

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Social networks can't be forced to filter content, rules top EU court

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Black Helicopters

if only Kim Dotcom set up in Belgium

The wording of this judgement somewhat suggests that if megaupload were hosted in Europe, they would not be responsible for content posted/shared by it's users. Does this mean we Europeans are governed by people with sense all of a sudden?

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New human-brain chip can be adjusted for cannabis effect

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Paris Hilton

Getting your pets stoned.

Wow, digital cannabis?

Can we apply this research to the Cat-Brain chip developed by IBM for DARPA?

Any brain simulation that is stoned is likely to be a much more friendly Skynet ;-)

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