918 posts • joined Tuesday 10th April 2012 23:53 GMT
"Personally I rather like the idea of the rover trundling over the Martian surface with "Ride of the Valkyries" blasting out."
A nuclear powered, deathray wielding robot pumping out "Ride of the Valkyries".
(Plan B is Star Trekking. Less awesome but more funny)
Re: @ Fading
"Do Bears shit in front of the tree, or behind?"
Bears shit where ever they like and then eat the hiker with the camera
Re: cheap and relatively easy
"You do not have to be rich or powerful to get a patent approved. Patent filing does take a little paperwork but mostly that consists of describing your invention in detail. It is cheap to file, less cheap if you use a lawyer's assistance but still no barier to getting a patent. Actually getting the patent takes a while because of the backlog but everyone (corps and natural persons) are in the same queues."
Cheap? When are patents cheap? I have a couple and it's non stop filing fees for every damn country and you have to keep paying else you lose the patent and every cent you spent so far. Patents are anything but cheap.
"Don't be an ass. WYSIWYG has been around for decades and is not exclusive or magically brought to us by the wonders of OSX/iOS."
Slide bolts have been around for thousands of years yet Apple still have it patented. You have an existing idea and an existing device and you simply patent the idea of putting the two together
Re: patents = profits
"But if you are a "man/woman in a garage" type inventor who wants to build a business from a good idea then the patent system is the way to protect your idea. If you don't protect it then a huge company will just copy you and you'll end up bust before you've even started."
Patents don't stop people from stealing your ideas. They are nothing but a blunt club. You still have to have the financial muscle to swing the club and the more financial muscle you have the harder you can hit. If you don't have the money, you can't defend your patent.
Garage inventors usually have all their money in their invention so don't have the financial muscle to defend themselves from thieves or trolls and usually have to sell their soul to an investor/s if a court challange happens.
The way to fix patents is to make them harder to get and easier to defend. Apple is famous for it's BS patents such as "Slide to unlock", "rectangle with rounded corners" and "two or more fingers on a touch screen". The problem is now everyone is making BS patents to troll everyone else. The only defence is to have your own BS to troll the troll (which doesn't work for true patent trolls cause they make nothing)
Nobody wants true patents because that takes time and money in research when a simple broad concept is harder to get around and requires no research
Re: So they are livestock farmers?
"Ants are the real rulers of the planet."
They will be when the radios are upgraded to lasers
Nobody seriously thinks cars will be driven by mobiles. It's useful enough as a portable computer for prototyping but you don't want angry birds taking control of your car and running over some pigs...
"Or even better. Will drive you home after a heavy session down the boozer, stopping off on the Kebab shop on the way home to pick up the Doner with chilli sauce it pre-ordered based on your preferences."
Bugger waiting for the kebab. The car will pick it up on the way to collect you
Re: "Sharing of cars would make things so much easier and modernized."
Realistically it's not going to make much difference to the number of cars and in fact may actually increase the number because people who currently cannot drive will be able to use a self drive vehicle.
Husband has his car. Wife has her car and a third car picks up and drops the kids at school / sport / swimming / grandma's house.
Where self drive will make a difference is cars will be able to drive faster, closer and safer than a human driver so the same roads will be able to carry more vehicles. Parking issues will also be solved as the vehicle can come and pick you up.
A lot of these vehicles refuling won't be an issue as they can be completely electric. After the vehicle drops you at work, it returns home and plugs itself back in for recharging.
Re: "Apple must..."
Yes but mentioning Apple makes the story more news worthy
Kiddy porn and terrorists are the most wonderful things to happen to governments. You can remove all sort of rights under the guise of protecting us from one or the other. Of course once we're "protected" other government branches can use said protections for their own benefit.
Re: Anders Breivik
"The justice system in Norway is generally aimed more at rehabilitation than punishment for punishment's sake, as I understand it. Interestingly enough, the reoffending rate in Norway is around 20%, compared to around 50% in the UK or around 60% in the USA. Now I'm not suggesting that there is a direct correlation between having nice prisons and not reoffending - there are many other factors involved - but still, makes you think."
He can be rehabilitated? The guy is a whackjob to the Nth degree. They should have sacked the police who arrested him for not accidently shooting him while trying to escape. He surrended just so he could stand up in front of the press and preach his message.
Re: "very serious charges"?
"I find it even stranger that people would call Assange a "douche", while blatantly ignoring the US military atrocities and government corruption this "douche" exposed to the world."
Assange is a douche bag but in the role he plays, a douche bag is perfect. His arrogance is perfect as he won't bend to threats or bullying and he will publish what he gets and doesn't edit it to make third parties look better.
If Wikileaks folded due to American/corperate pressure the stuff will never get published. As far as Assange is concerned, publishing this stuff is his God given right and no damn government will stop him. He thinks he's smarter than them and enjoys the publicity. It's just a game to him and he's winning.
Trouble is the US government is dumb. The only way to beat him is to ignore him. Drop the charges and pretend he doesn't exist. That will hurt his ego far more than martyring him.
Re: Video of RFID fraudsters in action.
The problem is RFID is used as the password instead of the verification.
For a phone it should work like such
Wave phone near reader
Reader send transaction request to your bank
Bank sends confirmation to your phone
You enter your pin on your phone
Phone sends confirmation to bank
Bank send confirmation to store
Off you go.
To steal your details they would need to steal your phone and have your PIN. PIN is no good without the phone and vice versa.
"Apple is not that bothered about licensing their unique stuff, because they like to keep their innovations to themselves. Fair play to them."
Yeah like slide to unlock and rounded corners. Truely innovative shit and not some dull obvious patent club to beat competitors senseless with...
Re: Cloud talk
"If Apple tried to make a car they'd get brutally bitch-raped on day one by the Germans and Japanese, pre-emptively, because of how they've behaved in the phone sector. Rightly so, too, given their form."
No they wouldn't
Apple would preemtively patent having four wheels on a car and sue them into oblivion.
Re: harder to design
"I see your point, but I think you're too quick in dismissing software in relation to hardware. Each need their own skill set, and in either environment you have talent, workers and idiots."
Yeah Slide to Unlock was far more innovative than any processor
Re: Why Not?
"Lots of people may want to turn their washer on and off when they are out so they know it will be finished for when they get in without the clean washing sitting festering for most of a day.."
Buy a washer/dryer and not only will it be clean when you get home, it will be dry. Didn't need the phone
Re: thieves unite
Actually if the corps control it, the corps lose out.
The three strikes policy in France has dropped the rate of piracy but it has also dropped the legit sales.
As for the people who think the corps can't let people watch it for free, we do now. I can turn my TV and watch a show now for free. The show is paid for by ads. Streaming on demand can still contain ads which pays for the content. The NBN would just allow me to watch what I want, when I want, not what they want to play at times they feel like.
What streaming will kill is DVD sales.
Re: A countryside with few animals in?
It will all become suberbia anyway
Soylent Green anyone?
Stuff the steak! I want the set of ribs Fred Flintstone gets
Re: mwah hah hah haah
No, there will be some bitchslapping and then both will retire to their corners snarling at each other
Re: Helping those who got in
"Weapons is big business and they get sold to the strong to oppress and steal from the weak"
Actually Weapon manufacturers sell to both side. Actually they'll sell to anyone. They'll even start the fight so they can sell to both sides
Re: By the same reasoning...
God made us equal. Winchester made us more equal
Re: It's like watching someone play Battleships
The real difference is Battleship ends as where this crap drags on and on.
Re: Why doesn't he stop writing?
"As was stated before, a dead drone probably worries the government MORE than a dead soldier, given the expense of a drone vs the expense of recruiting and training a warm body. I don't buy this guy's premise at all."
No a dead drone is less of a worry. You can fix a drone or buy a new one. Soldiers on the other hand get hurt and then spend the next fifty years on a pention, untold cost of rehabilitation and doctors expenses not to mention public anger when they get hurt. I'm not saying they don't deserve it cause they do. My father is a Vietnam veteran so I've seen it first hand.
Soldiers wouldn't be so bad if they got killed as it would be over and done with but the enemy knows a wounded soldier is a drain on resources so everything is geared to maim soldiers where possible.
Nobody cares when a preditor gets shot down (except the accountants) but everyone cares when a soldier comes home with no legs. War are still going to happen because countries are still run by politicians.
Idiot! Since when has the government worried about casualties? A robot getting blown up means it wasn't someone's son instead. Wars are still going to happen. You'd have better luck asking the workers not to make bullets. At least that will stop soldiers.
"its 6 years later and she's still fine"
Ah yes but she has to die sometime and cancer has pretty good odds
Re: Can anyone tell me
"Why do Psychics need to advertise and use TV?
Surely they can just broadcast their shows telepathically to everyone"
I always thought that if I needed a psychic help line, they should already know and would ring me
I'm still waiting...
Re: Homeopathic remedies?
"Are these also included in the ban?"
Yes along with bibles, korans and all other junk purveyed by people and their imaginary friends
I saw this on the Holy Grail
Bedevere: What makes you think she is a witch?
Peasant: Oh, she turned me into a newt!
[Bedevere gives him a disbelieving look]
Bedevere: A newt?
Peasant: Well, I got better.
Peasant Crowd: Burn her anyway!
Re: We seem to be ramping up for war with Ecuador...
"Wouldn't we be lucky if we could get our local plod to do 100th as much when we had a real complaint..?"
Couldn't get the local police interested when my house was broken into which in my eyes, is a worse crime than not wearing a condom.
Re: Abducting a UKUSA Citizen
"With respect to the Aussies, Assange hasn't contacted them for assistance, so they aren't going to do anything."
Australia is Obama's bitch.
Australia has a history of selling out it's citizens to the US.
Assange would be better off booking a flight straight to the US. He'll still end up in the same location but he'll save 20 hours of flying.
Re: This is probably just embarrassing.
"Long and short of it – even if the charges are a bit hoaky and it’s all a bit weird, if you get accused of sexually assaulting a woman, which is truly a most heinous of crimes, then you lawyer up and go to court."
Umm maybe you should read up some more. He's wanted for questioning about not wearing a condom during consentual sex. It's idiots like you who try to make out he is some kind of rapist.
Considered he's only wanted for questioning, he offered to do it at Scotland Yard or the embassy but the Swedes said no he had to come to Sweden. He said that he's happy to go if the Swedes guarenteed that he wouldn't be handed over to the US after the matter was finalized of which they refused to guarentee. Now the UK are threatening to storm the embassy and take him by force to send him to Sweden.
Personally I find this whole thing rather dodgy. Someone is going to a lot of effort for a misomeaner which of all likelyhood has a maximum punishment of a small fine.
At the end of the day, no amount of "Lawyering Up" is going to save you when you end up in GitMo
"In fairness, the article does state he was making £35,000 a month on the site, so he was arguably profiting from piracy"
Actually he just linked to the pirated content so really he profited from someone else's piracy.
Actually if you really think about it, someone else linked the pirated material so really he profited from providing a mechanism for others to link to someone else's piracy.
Re: insurance problems and texting
"1) There's these old farts here who are completely oblivious. They drive 10MPH under the speed limit in town, and about 20MPH under on the highway. At stop signs, they'll look if an intersection is clear, then pull out like 10 seconds later (even if by then the intersection is no longer clear!) They pull right in front of cars (then don't try to accelerate to match their speed), change lanes without looking, and so on, completely oblivious to the near accidents they almost constantly cause. BUT, they are driving slow and smooth -- BAM! LOW INSURANCE RATE!"
The insurance company looks at their age and up it back up anyway. Young people are more likely to be in a single car accident but old people are more likely to be in a multi vehicle accident.
"2) I tend to accelerate briskly onto the interstate -- it's safer to have a little extra speed and coast at the end than to find out you don't have enough speed to match the flow of traffic and find a gap. Some jerks will slowly cruise up this ramp, and try to merge into 70MPH traffic at 55MPH, ignoring the yield sign at the end of the ramp. These cars who fail to yield to the 70MPH traffic would get a lower rate because they are not accelerating "excessively", AND would cause insurance penalties to the cars on the interstate who have to abruptly brake or change lanes to avoid the badly driving car."
Yes it might be safer but you can still get booked for it. My brother was once booked for accellerating too quickly to the speed limit. He didn't even squeal the tyres.
Re: "police wireless hotspots"
"or, they might take advantage of the reasonably well-established cellular networks that are already in place. Like such existing technology actually does."
Maybe but how would the cellular system cope with suddenly millions of new devices? Not to mention all the extra signals degrading the system.
Easier and cheaper to have hotspots on roads downloading passing cars. You'd also have police cars fitted with mobile ones.
Big Brother doesn't have to watch you anymore when your driving the all new Ford Informant.
Re: Disable the phone?
Personally is a dumb idea. Phones have a GPS. You could just lock and mute the handset if the speed is over 10km an hour. Ok so can't use it as a passenger or on a bus or train but thats not always a bad thing anyway.
Sending SMSs to parents is just rubbish
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