No sympathy for Microsoft, but this patent is ridiculous.
3466 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
I really doubt that a pad without a proper keyboard can ever be something people want to do serious work on.
The iPad was a SOMEWHAT logical move, after Apple noticed the way many people were using iPod Touches to surf the web or play games. Making it larger does make it better to surf, play, or watch videos.
But claims of a productive pad runs directly against all the comments found on this very web site: a laptop or a notebook is way more useful.
I was lucky enough to use a web site of the French government that lets users choose a password. Considering this was a government web site, and for an important purpose, I chose carefully a rather high-level password.
The web site then happily sent me an email, with the line: "so that you do not forget it, this is the password you choose:" followed by the password, in clear, in a simple email.
Assange seemed to have a very particular way of asking for help checking the documents. He says that the Pentagon is "trying to bankrupt Wikileaks" by refusing to help checking the documents.
What I understand from this is that he basically told them:
"We will release the documents, filtered or not filtered. You want them filtered? The filtering will cost Wikileaks a lot of money, so please kindly send $$$ to the following bank account..."
It would be difficult to get closer to blackmail than this
I guess we are going to see... My hunch is that apart from a few vocal people, Germans give F... all, like the rest of the world.
Of course, the opposition already has an excuse ready: They all happened to be on holiday for the same exact month they were supposed to register.
I don't know if the New York Times story is true, but the idea of paying for giving priority to your data makes me really uncomfortable. This could easily lead to high-speed delivery for rich corporations web sites only, and 9600 baud modem speed for everybody else. Google can easily pay a million a week so as to offer a speedy youTube, but who else can? Especially among newcomers?
At least, Google is denying any such plans... for now. But I'm going to be jumping at shadows for a long while.
And I did see at least one article (Henry Blodget on Business Insider, may he rot) stating that "of course ISPs Should Be Able To Charge Higher Rates For Premium Traffic", on the lines that "pipe companies" have spent billions on infrastructure, they should be allowed to charge anyway they want. Lovely.
But how many are used?
As in, not just to register on web sites you don't want to give your real email to?
Or just to be able to use Microsoft Messenger?
I have two hotmail accounts that I use for these very purposes... And I never read the inbox.
I never could forgive hotmail for regularly sending me spam emails about its "features". The messages precised they were "part of the service", and that I could not turn them off (!)
Yet, I like Apple.
This is an attempt to take something that has been done for years on the web, put an extra-thin layer of originality on it, and patent it as an app. Why not go ahead and patent "everything that has been done on the web, but not yet on a cell phone app" while they're at it?
Considering so many apps are a simple copy of a website, I really hope the patent office decides that processes that exist on the web cannot be patented as an app. But anyway, Apple will be able to scare off developers for years with the words "patent pending", even if the patent are ultimately rejected. And who knows, they might even be granted...
Insert long list of swear words.
When I had a Dell laptop, I used to plug in a mouse whenever I could.
Now that I have a MacBook, I am happy using the multi-touch trackpad.
It does make a difference.
I am not sure the Bluetooth part is useful, though. How often do you need to recharge?
I already have too many gadgets to recharge.
The kind you can use on Nokia(?) phones to know if you are taking a picture of yourself or of the ceiling with the phone camera.
...Except that now that the iPhone has a front camera, it seems kind of useless. For taking high-quality pictures of you, maybe? (the back camera is better than the front one, right?)
Of course, it is also more useful on flip-open phones, because it acts as an outside screen when the phone is closed. Maybe Apple will have flip-open iPhones, now?
A touch pad might just be possible, but not a track pad - way too small for the appletastic pinch-and-sweep moves.
There is also a good chance that it is a prototype that will never see the day.
"We give examples (which may or may not have prior art), but the list is not complete. Which means: any idea that has not explicitly been used or patented yet belongs to us."
I will put a patent on "cool stuff like personal space ships and time travel." The list is not exclusive. From now on, anybody with a new cool idea will have to pay me royalties.
And THIS is what patent lawyer use to sue companies??
I believe it is the first time a telco is sued for failing to provide appropriate coverage...
But I am sure they have already legal words in their contracts to deny any responsibility or liability when you cannot make a phone call.
I am not a fanboy, but some lawyers belong to the flames.
"This isn't to say that the markets are right in these valuations, but to point out that they can only be explained by people being long term in their estimations of these values...."
That is the ONLY explanation? Wow. And here I was thinking that it could be a bubble, or that people could be buying because they are fanboys, or because they hope it will go up in the next month (and it likely will)... Good to know that the market always acts rational!
Beware of people who say there is only one explanation for anything in the stock market...
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