Re: What if .......
That was Siri when she heard the word "no".
1261 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012
That was Siri when she heard the word "no".
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
No Palpatine is only retiring from being Pope so he can concentrate on the Deathstar project
"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.....
"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
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.
"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.
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.
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
"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.
"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.
It may not excuse it but everyone including TPB is amused by it. Nothing funnier than making your enemy look like an idiot.
What else can you say?
"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...
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.
Probably means people would pay not to see it....
"First off, the minister in question is male, hardly lesbian as such."
He might be a lesbian trapped in a man's body.....
I'd like to know how they plan to stop it?
China is now planning banning VPNs cause their firewall works so well.
"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
"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
And considered all the unemployed judges and lawyers if the trolls couldn't sue people, I can't see it getting passed
"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
"And which step is figuring out a way to feed everyone on this planet?"
More food and less people eating. Problem solved!
"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.
"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.
"You've got a problem mate."
Not enough bandwith?
100Mbit fiber NBN
Suck that bitches
"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...
"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?
"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...
"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...
And with eight kids she can't even win a Darwin award....
"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
Whatever way you look at it, electric cars will never take off until you can refill in five minutes or less
"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.
Crashing into some other countries could make the asteroid more valuable.
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)
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.
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.
No shadow, time for a sandwich!
If there is a shadow, time for sex?
"Rolling in wearable computing may void the warranty."
But wearing nothing makes the sundial work better...
If your iOwl is running iMaps I don't like the odds of him finding Starbucks let alone making it back home...
"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?
"I'm increasingly worried about pianos falling from the sky"
Don't buy a Morris Marina
"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
If you want to make them pay, change the law. Name and shame is a total waste of time. Don't blame them for legal tax minimization.
Did anyone check if the satellite NK launched was a mini deathstar?
5 years in the big house an then retire to a luxury villa in the Cayman Islands.
Still sounds like a bargin...