* Posts by Thorne

1113 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay

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Re: Still a fail...

"It actually does require them to stump up a bond."

Where does it say that? All I read was it required them to pay the costs if they lose.

If they lose, they go bankrupt and the $2 company falls over leaving the winner to pay the costs

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Still a fail...

Can't see how this is suppose to work short of making the troll stump up a bond to cover potential costs before they can commence

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Apple patents situational awareness for oblivious fanbois

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Re: What if .......

That was Siri when she heard the word "no".

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Sorry. Knowing Apple, it will be as broad as rounded corners.

This is something that should be knocked on the head. Phones already come with GPS, microphones, camera, compass, NFC, gyroscope and on and on. If this patent goes through any software interfacing to one of these will breach the patent.

There is already a million different devices which has situational awareness

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Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

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Re: mute point

No Palpatine is only retiring from being Pope so he can concentrate on the Deathstar project

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Re: Supraluminal?

"Maybe the reason we don't see people visit the toilet in Star Trek is that the transporter can be used to displace bodily waste directly from the bowel and bladder."

And those jumpsuits are a bitch to get on and off.....

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Itsy-bitsy Wi-Fi brings pay-by-bonk to all

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Re: "it lacks the secure element..."

"Without the security who is going to trust their money to the system. All you need is a stronger wifi transmitter secreted somewhere"

Simple. You transmit a single use password with the payment

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It begins: Six-strikes copyright smackdown starts in US

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Re: This is just ridiculous

I can see why you went AC. How many new prisons would the US needs to house the millions of criminals and at a cost of approx $150K per person per year.

Next does an IP address consitute a person? Which person should go to prison? Two years prison for the 8 year old on her Winnie the Poo laptop? Maybe her Parents should each spend a year to even it out? What is the wireless was unsecured and someone else used it from outside the house?

Your suggestion is so gobsmackingly stupid that clearly you didn't think at all before posting. You must be from a anti piracy companies because normal people are not that dumb.

Here's a suggestion to kill piracy that might actually work. Make the content cheap and easy to access. Get rid of the stupid regional restrictions and the licencing crap that prevent people from accessing legit material.

Free to air TV makes money without charging viewers. Why can't media companies? Offer two services, free with ads and premium without ads. Make it available everywhere. Make it simple to use. Get all the media companies together so the material is in one place.

Do this and piracy stops. Your stupid suggestion or this stupid six strikes solution is a total waste of time.

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Microsoft legal beagle calls for patent reform cooperation

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Re: Quite Sensible: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

"I'm not so sure about no patents on genes - in order to maintain investment into gene science and research there needs to be some reward for the companies taking the risks, but I believe patents should be limited in a similar way to pharmaceuticals - you get ~5 years to use your patents, then it gets opened up."

There is a reward for taking the risk, it's called patenting the solution. They should be able to patent a test or a drug or a treatment. They however shouldn't be able to patent the gene causing the problem and halt research on a cure to extort money.

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Re: Quite Sensible: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

Disagree. Patenting genes is the first that should go. You shouldn't be able to patent discoveries. All gene patenting is patenting the problem and screwing everybody who tries to find a solution.

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Nice try but...

Making the loser pick up the bill is all nice and wonderful if the patent holder is something other than a $2 shelf company with no assets which is the current trend for patent trolls

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Pirate Bay reports pirating anti-piracy group to police

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"Rather sounds like they did it deliberately."

The operators don't need to come out, just the creator of the stylesheet that was stolen, who may not actually have anything to do with TPB beyond writing the stylesheet.

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Re: Genius

"3) CIAPC finds a technical legal hole in PBs argument and nobody wins except for the lawyers, as usual."

PB won't got to that much effort and expense. It's just a publicity stunt to make CIAPC look stupid.

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Re: Petty or dense?

It may not excuse it but everyone including TPB is amused by it. Nothing funnier than making your enemy look like an idiot.

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Karma's a bitch

What else can you say?

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You can help fix patent laws … now!

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Re: Well...

"Surveys, harmonisation and reform are one way we could fix the issue of patent trolling. The other would be to abduct the CEOs of each major tech company and beat them with wrenches until they stop being assholes."

The other is hunting down trolls and putting them to the sword and flame...

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Wind-up bloke Baylis winds up broke, turns to UK gov for help

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Re: Tricky balancing act

The problem is patents are handed out like candy and is very hard and expensive to defend in court. You need to make your patent as broad as you can get away with as to make it more defendable (a shotgun instead of a rifle)

Patents should be very hard to get but very easy to defend.

In this case I disagree with the inventor. Winding a spring to run a generator to run a radio isn't the same as winding a generator to charge a battery to run a radio. It's a vast improvement over his concept and shouldn't be covered by his patent.

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Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

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Probably means people would pay not to see it....

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Iceland thinks long and hard over extreme smut web ban law

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Re: If the lady is simply (according to you) some kind of "lefty lesbo" whose opinions.......

"First off, the minister in question is male, hardly lesbian as such."

He might be a lesbian trapped in a man's body.....

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I'd like to know how they plan to stop it?

China is now planning banning VPNs cause their firewall works so well.

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Google misses privacy-policy deadline, incurs EU wrath

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"the EU regulators will now continue their investigation and convene a working group in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer."

Summer 6049.... Can't rush these things

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Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

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"A troll is simply someone who has patent property rights who has the gall to enforce those rights"

No a patent troll is someone who has patented an idea (usually something obvious) and then proceeds to threaten anybody who tries to make something to extort money from them.

There one patent lawyer who's whole existance is working out where technology is heading and patenting the ideas before someone makes it happen. He's a lawyer. He invents nothing. He earns around millions every year because for most companies, it's cheaper to "licence" it than to fight him.

The problem is now, that there is so many trolls all wanting a cut that there is little left for inventors.

The problem is the patent office hands out patents like lollies and it costs a fortune to fight it. Yes you may well win the fight but if the fight will cost you a million and licencing it will cost you $100K, do you fight? If you fight, will you get your costs back? No you won't. Trolls make nothing and the patents are owned by $2 shell companies with no assets. You win and the shell company vanishes leaving you with squat.

Problem is you end up feeding the trolls cause it's cheaper than fighting them and the real problem is now that there are so many trolls you can't afford to feed them all.

I've been there. I fought. I won. I lost a stack of money even thought I won

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And considered all the unemployed judges and lawyers if the trolls couldn't sue people, I can't see it getting passed

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Re: This whole debate...

"Putting the time/money into building a framework - libraries, tools, etc - that would allow a remnant of the population to survive the harshest conditions following a major event seems better. For the cost of a program to build a self-sustaining colony on Mars, we could surely build 100 equivalent kits which could be used to re-colonise Earth!"

Aren't you assuming there will be an earth to re-colonise? There are plenty of potential disasters which could mean that the earth can't be re-colonised. A good bet is another planet and the best bet is another star system

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Re: I have to agree with this article's title

"And which step is figuring out a way to feed everyone on this planet?"

Soylent Green

More food and less people eating. Problem solved!

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Re: none of this is new

"Traveling to distant planetary systems is impossible. I repeat, impossible."

Why is it impossible? Even with current technology we could build a multi generational colony ship. The only reason why we haven't is politicians won't spend money on something that you won't see the results for hundreds of years.

If they knew the earth was going to be wiped out and knew it couldn't be stopped, then money is no object.

If you look at possible improvements in robotics, cryogenics and zero G manufacturing, getting to another star system becomes a real possibility. The first step is to work out where our best bet is as far as possible star systems.

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Re: Space Monkeys

"Though if we're going to be spending money, surely it's easier to work out ways to divert an asteroid than to move a chunk of civilisation into space."

It's all wonderful diverting an asteroid but you have to see it coming. Not only do you have to see it coming but you have to see it soon enough to do something about it. The majority of the night sky isn't watched.

Also asteroid are not the only danger that might wipe out all human life. The long term survival of humans requires us being able to get off this rock. It's the whole "eggs in one basket" thing.

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Official: America now a nation of broadband whingers

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Re: 550MB per day for fapping?

"You've got a problem mate."

Not enough bandwith?

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100Mbit fiber NBN

Suck that bitches

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Fire danger as iOS mislocates towns, again

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Re: Why an app?

"When droid has the largest market share, surely writing for droid first would make more sense?"

Not really. iSheep are more likely to get burnt to death due to their own stupidity and such need an app to keep them safe. Why having them burn to death is a bad thing, I don't know...

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"Meanwhile Google maps send murderer to the wrong house."

Google maps can't find right house. Apple maps can't find entire towns.

Who do you trust more?

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Re: A little more background...

"I fail to see why Coke should give compensation here. When your dentist says "Gee, maybe you should let up of the coke, hun?" As he's pulling rotting teeth out of your face, you should probably take that as a hint to cut down a bit."

At least she'll never have to see that smug bastard of a dentist again...

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"Forget the warnings on Coke, why don't they post warnings on the cigarettes she was puffing away at every day?"

They could put her lovely toothless smile on Coke bottles as a warning like cigarettes. That will cut down consumption...

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Re: Somehow I don't feel sorry for her..

And with eight kids she can't even win a Darwin award....

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Journo says Elon Musk apologized for Tesla battery fiasco

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Re: Yes but

"That doesn't address long trips, but for most drivers those are rare (a few times a year) and never unexpected."

So you need to own two cars just in case you actually need to go somewhere further than to work and back?

So far I can see the market for these being innercity greenies, who don't go anywhere. What about the other 99.9% of the world?

A fast recharge that still takes an hour to do stops electric cars from ever becoming mainstream

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Yes but

Whatever way you look at it, electric cars will never take off until you can refill in five minutes or less

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$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

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Re: estimates are a tad pessimistic

"I suspect if you could get it down to Earth you could make over 100 beellion dollars by marketing it as some sort of ET water with magical health benefits "

Just call it iWater. Fanbois are use to being overcharged for shit.

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Re: Just wait for...

Some....

Crashing into some other countries could make the asteroid more valuable.

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Re: Just wait for...

No. It's value is in space. Getting the remains off the moon makes it significantly less valuble. If you could get it into Earth orbit, it would be worth more (assuming you don't crash it into the earth and wipe out Canada)

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Watchdog casts an eye over ‘throttling’

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Re: Nothing to do with pirates

If they didn't want P2P then why sell 100+ gig a month accounts?

It's like selling you a Ferrari and then taking back the wheels to make sure you don't speed.

In reality it not even to stop you speeding but so they don't have to fix the crappy roads.

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Nothing to do with pirates

Telstra is doing this so they don't have up upgrade services while waiting for the NBN to come in.

Why spend money on DSLAMS if you need to rip them back out in a couple of years (or less)

Pirates are a good excuse to to reduce traffic to delay upgrades to save money. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

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Re: @Thorne

No shadow, time for a sandwich!

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Re: @Thorne

If there is a shadow, time for sex?

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"Rolling in wearable computing may void the warranty."

But wearing nothing makes the sundial work better...

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Re: Wow, like playing darts.

If your iOwl is running iMaps I don't like the odds of him finding Starbucks let alone making it back home...

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"If you have a moment I can drop my trousers and a sundial will be projected from my arse"

Wouldn't be easier to roll over and think happy thoughts?

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Australian Parliament issues summons to Apple, Microsoft, Adobe

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And the net result will be?

Squat!

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Now UK must look out for crappy SPACE weather - engineers

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"I'm increasingly worried about pianos falling from the sky"

Don't buy a Morris Marina

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Australia joins hunt for corporate tax dodgers

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"it's a catch 22. Companies are putting mucho money into politicians pockets so the politicians keep passing the laws to allow them to get away with it. Hell, many politicians are doing the same thing!"

Pollies leave the loop holes because they use them themselves

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Kickstarter project says open source can blast Death Star costs

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Re: not to mention...

Did anyone check if the satellite NK launched was a mini deathstar?

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