* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Americans massively back call for more police body camera tech

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Re: Wearing the cameras is only part of the solution

> Presently, in most jurisdictions, the field video is owned and controlled by the police department.

At least this is one thing that Britain's Surveillance State got right: If you appear on CCTV or other such video footage which has been taken by the Police or similar authorities you have a right to see that footage.

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@Big John

> Cops know where to look to find most of the trouble.

It's curious, they go looking for trouble and, even if there wasn't any to start with, they seem to manage to find some.

Ask Constable Savage for more information

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Oh, Zuck off: Facebook under attack for its attacks on net neutrality

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"the 30 advocacy groups – only five of which are based in India"

And how many are based in Egypt? None? Oh, well then they clearly shouldn't object to FB doing anything in Egypt, should they? In fact they obviously shouldn't object to *anything* happening in *any* country that they're not based in...

> We're not a small, vocal group, complains the small, vocal group

The "small, vocal group" which probably has an awful lot of members all around the world, people who are interested in everyone having access to the internet (and that's *all* the internet, not just the walled garden that Zuck wants you to pay to step outside of).

> "[...] unfounded and divisive attacks" – like the one they just launched into"

Hmm, I'm wondering if El Reg has Another Opinion-holder who writes articles that should be entitled "Opinion" rather than being presented as fact...

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Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

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Re: HSBC =

Highly Suspect Banking Corporation

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Library web filtering removes info access for vulnerable, says shushing collective

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@1980s_coder

If you only have access to a small local library, there may not *be* books on the subjects you want (or those books may be 20 years out of date).

There's an awful lot more information out there on the internet and it's much easier to search through it and find the bits that are actually relevant to what you want to know.

And if you find information "offensive" or "dangerous", don't look at it!

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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@Steve Davis 3 - Re: and award for openess

> pretty well eveyone readint this site is in violation of at least 20 patents just for getting out of bed in the morning

And if they stay *in* bed then they are in violation of my patent for the utilisation of a device constructed of woven fabric intended to maintain a comfortable body temperature...

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Intel, Warner lock horns with hardware biz over HDCP crypto-busters

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So in *this* case...

... encryption is ok?

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SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

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Re: Pretty soon....

No, I ordered the Hawaiian, not the Pepperoni...

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

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A reminder re: "Nagging Pop-ups"

How to get rid of them

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It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

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Re: RTFR

> Read the report and try and form your own opinion.

Certainly, Matt. And my first opinion is (unsurprisingly) that you've cherry-picked quotes that support your position whilst missing out other, very relevant, sections.

For instance:

There is a further related issue – the level of vetting required for control room operators to access police Airwave or the ANPR system. It is currently, rightly, the decision of the Chief Constable on whether or not to give access to the Local Authority control room. This is important and my concern is the lack of consistency and the absence of a recommended standard. This is something I have raised with the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) via the ANPR and CCTV policing leads.

And also:

It is now possible for UK police forces to interrogate in excess of 11 billion records per year lodged on the system. The main ways that the data can be exploited through data mining are outlined as:

• vehicle tracking: real time and retrospective;

• vehicle matching: identifying all vehicles that have taken a particular route during a particular time frame;

• geographical matching: identifying all vehicles present in a particular place at a particular time;

• network analysis: by identifying the drivers of vehicles and their network of associates, ANPR can be used to indicate vehicles that may be travelling in convoy;

Now whilst, of course, someone like you would argue that this is a good thing for finding paedophiles and drug dealers and terrorists, someone who has a slightly broader perspective would realise that this also contains a risk of abuse since it could be used to identify anyone whose vehicle was in the vicinity of an event which was not officially approved by the State.

In 2015 the Home Office has committed approximately £5 million to support the development of the National ANPR Service which includes cloud based storage.

Hmm, cloud based storage? I wonder if any of that is based in the USA or owned by US corporations who are, of course, required to hand over any and all such information to their Security Services on demand (and not tell anyone they've done so...)

And in the section titled "Legitimacy of ANPR system use by police" where the author of El Reg's gets the quote about the lack of "statutory authority for the creation of the national ANPR database, its creation was never agreed by parliament, and no report on its operation has even been laid before parliament" (so, clearly, Kat Hall *has* RTFR) it also says:

These issues fall into sharper focus given the desire within some quarters in the police to extend retention periods from the currently agreed two year period to a maximum of seven years. I have referred these concerns over the legality of ANPR to the Home Office.

(Perish the thought that the Home Office would disagree or retroactively change the rules...)

Then in the section "Compliance with Guiding Principles within the Surveillance Code of Practice" the report's author says:

I have openly called for greater transparency from the police relating to the numbers of ANPR cameras deployed and any evidence relating to their efficiency and effectiveness to also be published. It is not acceptable to have to rely on submitting Freedom of Information requests. Police forces should be willing to publish this information on websites and engage in debates around its usage.

So I think my opinion is that the report's author isn't quite as "supportive" of ANPR and the database it generates as you assert...

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@Bernard M.Orwell - Re: Just to annoy the tin-foil attired!

Yes, Matt is correct in *one* small detail, but, as I pointed out, that's only a tiny part of this. (Of course that won't stop him declaring victory...)

> one of the valid defences is to claim that someone other than the named driver was operating the vehicle at the time of the offence

It is not enough to *claim* that someone else was operating the vehicle, you have to *name* them as the law requires that you to know who is driving your vehicle at all times and fibbing about this tends to get you into trouble as a certain ex-MP found out...

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Re: Just to annoy the tin-foil attired!

"And it's Bryant, he's got the ball, he shoots... he moves the goalposts... HE SCORES!! And the crowd goes... meh."

Let's see what is *actually* being said:

There is no statutory authority for the creation of the national ANPR database;

such a move warrants a specific statutory basis and "clear mechanisms for accountability and governance". Privacy, data protection and human rights concerns must also be properly addressed,

No justification has ever been made for the change in the use of ANPR technology from a tool used to target suspected vehicles to the enormous national database

The lack of statutory oversight highlighted [...] should be urgently addressed [...] drivers are none the wiser as to what is happening to their data

the public must be made aware of how advancements in technology can alter the way they are monitored. There needs to be consultation and debate on matters that can severely impact on an individual’s right to privacy

So, whilst privacy is mentioned in there, it's only one *small* part of the overall picture and to claim that it's ok because the data on registration numbers themselves is not "personal" information is disingenuous at best and laughable at worst.

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@Sirius Lee - Re: Being too literal?

This is not about "the police using a specific record to convict someone of some crime", it is about *everyone* being considered a potential suspect and paedophile/ terrorist/ drug dealer (Oh my!) such that we must *all* be tracked and our journeys recorded just in case we may do something wrong.

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Re: Grey Pants Retarden "There is no statutory authority.....

Let's see:

We have a report from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, the guy who was appointed *by the Government* to look at these matters on one hand and, on the other, a Funding *Bid* which *recommends* "that the Commissioner approve the submission of a bid to the Police Innovation Fund that if successful would support the development of the National ANPR Service" and a page from Wikipedia that Matt has managed to dig up to support his usual argument that we should allow the State to snoop on all of us, because *he* thinks that's a good idea.

Which one do you consider the more reliable, boys and girls?

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"There is no statutory authority for the creation of the national ANPR database...

"... its creation was never agreed by parliament; and no report on its operation has even been laid before parliament."

"Well, yeah, but nobody told us we *couldn't* do it. (Of course we didn't actually bother to ask anyone...)"

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Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve

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Obligatory warning...

... about walking plants...

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Facebook must face furious shareholders in class action over IPO

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Re: Suing because they "lost out"?

If it was just because they'd "lost out", then there wouldn't be a case.

If, however, FB deliberately witheld relevant information from potential purchasers in order to encourage people to buy over-valued shares, that's another matter entirely...

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Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

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"Interesting debate"?

Here's what the law says:

* * * * *

Sexual Offences Act 2003:

66 Exposure:

(1) A person commits an offence if—

(a) he intentionally exposes his genitals, and

(b) he intends that someone will see them and be caused alarm or distress.

* * * * *

So unless he was waving it around and shouting "Get a load of this, darling!" no offence was committed.

(PS for pedants: Although it says "he", that's simply for convenience and brevity and it includes women too)

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

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And I was expecting...

... it to be this story from the USA about the "Hoverboard" that caught fire and caused a shopping mall to be evacuated!

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Why does anonymous call blocking...

... not block anonymous calls?

When I do 1471 and get a message saying "We do not have the caller's number", THAT is as good a definition of "anonymous" as you can get, yet those calls *still* get through to my phone.

WHY? It is hardly rocket science to realise that if I can get that message *after* I do 1471, then my phone company can do it *before* they put the call through and, if it thinks "Oh, I would play the 'we do not have the caller's number' message if someone does 1471, then it does *NOT* put the fucking junk call through!

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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

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Anyone heard of this thing called the internet...?

That started with the military, didn't it?

Now try asking Firefighters or Mountain Rescue teams or any other such group who may need to carry heavy equipment over rough terrain that is impassible to 4x4s and see what they think...

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No, drone owners – all our base are belong to US, thunders military

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Re: Accidents happen...

> What kind of nutcase would put something like that in the hands of a child?

The point is, even in the hands of an experienced pilot, things can go wrong. If some idiot decides to fly a drone near an airport or over a busy road or off the top of a block of flats and there's a problem, there is a risk to anyone below. And even a moped in the wrong place can cause an accident...

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Accidents happen...

Ask Skier Marcel Hirscher who was nearly decked by a falling drone during a slalom race.

I'm sure the drone pilot was experienced and there was no malice or stupidity involved, but none the less, one of these things dropping from the sky is bloody dangerous!

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EU privacy watchdog calls for new controls on surveillance tech export

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Dual use? ITYM Dual Standards...

... In other words, it's ok when *we* do it...

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I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age

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Star Wars (Atari arcade) 1983

Ah, that brings back memories!

Not only great graphics and gameplay, but also voice clips from the film: "Red Five standing by", "Look at the size of that thing!" and, of course, Obi Wan urging you to "Use the force Luke" when you did the Death Star trench run where, if you could complete it without firing your lasers, you got a bonus to your score!

A team of three once played the game for over 5 days, racking up a top score of one *billion* (and twelve) points before calling it quits! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_%281983_video_game%29#Records

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India may have binned Facebook's freebies on net neutrality grounds

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Let me fix that for you...

"Every time Zuck is able to put the Internet's resources to work collecting people's information it's a win for him and his advertisers..."

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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@Tromos - Re: There's easier ways to destroy a planet

Populating (or over-populating or even going for all-out nuclear war) won't destroy a planet. Sure, it'll majorly fuck up the ecosystem, but the big ball of rock will still be there.

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All that...

... and not a mention of Von Neumann machines or Berserkers?

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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Re: Common sense

Common sense *should be* designing an app with security *first* in mind, not 27th after all the bells and whistles and pretty bits...

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UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

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Re: @Vimes - Ambivalent @Graham Marsden

> Even if I decide to call the MDs office?

Then you get the switchboard drone who is unlikely to put you through... :-(

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@John Miles 1 - Re: Whats the problem

I suggest you look at the "success" of such filtering systems like that of Australia where it wasn't just porn that was being blocked, but other sites which were considered to be "objectionable".

If you want your ISP to block stuff, feel free to ASK them to do it, but don't be so arrogant as to assume that everyone else wants the Nanny State to tell them what they can or cannot see, simply because you don't like it.

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@Vimes - Re: Ambivalent

> I would be strongly tempted to call up customer services and make things as awkward for them as possible

Unfortunately, of course, this will just be awkward for some call centre drone who had nothing to do with Uncle Rupert and Nanny David's puritanical decision making... :-(

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25 years ago: Sir Tim Berners-Lee builds world's first website

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As soon as I read the subject line...

... I was thinking "Yeah, but how long before the first kitten pic was posted?"

(Followed by "I bet it was after the first porn appeared...!")

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Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…

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@robertcirca - Re: Brainless people

> I still like driving my BMW on a german highway.

But can you still use the indicators (unlike most British BMW drivers)...?

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@2+2=5 - Re: to walk in the shoes of others....

> other dvr< cars moving out of the way automatically.

Well at least they're more likely to move over when I'm filtering past them on my motorbike :-)

(Instead of being a cunt and deliberately moving to block me because "If I have to sit in this jam, then so should everyone else...)

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EU reforms could pave way for smells and noises to be trade-mark protected – expert

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Ok, guys...

... bit early for April 1st...

... What? You're *serious*???

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Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'

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Gods forbid...

... they don't go the British route where simply refusing to reveal your password becomes a criminal offence (supposedly it was to "protect" us from terrorism, but nobody bothered to include that stipulation in the law, so it's wide open for abuse...)

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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"fake news has taken on a much more unpleasant tone...

"...with people creating fake news stories in order to reflect their own hatred and prejudices."

Or even taking deliberate spoofs ( eg the fake video clip which intentionally took quotes from Obama and made it sound as if he was admitting that he wasn't an American citizen) and stripping out the bit at the beginning making it clear that it's not real, simply because it fits their political biases and they want others to believe that it's real.

Unfortunately too many people are willing to "like" and "share" such things without even bothering to apply the slightest critical thought to whether it is real or not :-(

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How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

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We're not...

... the droids you're looking for...

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Re: I can subsist on brown rice & legumes & other veggies ...

> human ones are cheaper and so much more fun to make.

And can be built by unskilled labour...

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EE Power Bar recall: Telco will waive £5 fee for laggards

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"We have no plans to..."?

That's one of the politicians' classic Weasel Phrases. It doesn't mean "We won't", it just means "We won't *YET*, but we haven't ruled out doing it later..."

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Philips backs down over firmware that adds DRM to light

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@Grade% - Re: Aww, who'd a thunk it.

> my toaster demanding a certain brand of bread

Howdy doodly-doo!!

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Canadian live route map highlights vulnerabilities to NSA spying efforts

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Remind me again...

... why they want backdoors into encryption methods...

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Congress strips out privacy protections from CISA 'security' bill

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Well...

... there's a surprise...!

(See icon for details)

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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"Si non confectus, non reficiat"

("If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Motto of Lord Vetinari)

A fundamental principle of engineering is that function defines form, so if you have a design that works, why mess around with it? (Certain software producers could take better note of this!)

Not only that, but, as has been pointed out elsewhere, the amount of money spent on building not just one, but *two* Death Stars, could have been crippling to Imperial Finances, so when the Alliance took over, they'd not have a lot of dosh to play around with (but hopefully they had more sense than to go on a programme of Austerity!)

So widespread, centralised development probably stalled and it was only the Elon Musks of the galaxy who would actually be engaged in bringing new equipment and technologies to the market.

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Bigger than Higgs? Boffins see hints of bulbous new Boson

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Re: Something new in physics. Finally!

Time (again) for one of my favourite quotes, from Isaac Asimov:

"The most exciting phrase to hear in physics, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"

ADDENDUM: Bugger, just read further down the comments and noticed that Joseph Eoff beat me to it... :-/

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Samsung appeals to Supreme Court to bring patent law into 21st century

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@ Sean Timarco Baggaley - Re: Design Patent approximately UK Registered Design

> Please, do point us at the phone that was identical to the first iPhone, including its user experience

Please do try to get it into your head that that is *NOT* what is being appealed in this case!

Quoting from the Documents linked in the original article:

The court allowed the jury to find infringement based merely on similarities in “overall appearance” and indeed, based on “any perceived similarities or differences” whatsoever.

Compounding this problem, the Federal Circuit allowed the jury to award Samsung’s entire profits from the sale of smartphones found to contain the patented designs—here totaling $399 million. It held that Apple was “entitled to” those entire profits no matter how little the patented design features contributed to the value of Samsung’s phones. In other words, even if the patented features contributed 1% of the value of Samsung’s phones, Apple gets 100% of Samsung’s profits.

The Federal Circuit did not dispute that such a result is ridiculous, but said it was compelled by Section 289 of the Patent Act.

The argument is that the Federal Circuit was *not* "complled by Section 289 of the Patent Act" and the awarding of 100% of the profits is completely disproportionate.

I also have to wonder what would happen if they were found to have infringed *two* such "patents". Would they have to pay out *twice* the profits...?

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

Homophobia is not exclusive to any particular national group or religion!

And I, too, fear an open and liberal society is being eroded, but generally that's by our short-sighted "we must be seen to be doing something" politicians who can't (or won't) consider the long-term results of their actions because they're not going to appear until after the next election. Again, though, this isn't down to the actions or demands of one particular group.

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How to build a real lightsabre

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@Captain DaFt - Re: Uh, point of order.

> while a light saber's a very cool weapon, it's hardly "the deadliest in the universe".

"The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force,,,"

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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"Fire up any computer running Windows 7 or 8...

"... and you'll be used to a message or three inviting you to upgrade to Windows 10."

Not mine...!

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