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Comment: curb expenses or limit representation? (Score 1) 99

by 4wdloop (#49551769) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

So how about a system in which the only representation of both sides is from a pool of appointed a "universal legal service" (kin to "universal medical services" of some countries)?

Or at least both sides are limited in their expenses?

Similarly to what small clams court does to even the playing field?

Comment: Re:Probably just to prevent accessory competitors (Score 1) 55

by 4wdloop (#49077417) Attached to: Apple Patents Head-Mounted iPhone

This is not iPhone specific. FTFPatent:

"In accordance with the invention, a head-mounted display system and method of operation are provided in which the system can allow users to couple and decouple a portable electronic device with a head-mounted device. The portable electronic device may for example be physically and/or operatively coupled and decoupled with the head-mounted device. In some embodiments, the two devices may be considered temporarily integrated. "

It appears to patent any holder ("a head-mounted device") of any portable device worn on one's head that's providing a "display".

Comment: Is it Asha OS? "Nokia" ejection ready? (Score 1) 150

by 4wdloop (#48737439) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

It figures, not an android, and not a back to Asha (

The phones with mini browsers (WAP) and email clients were available for many this is not really a "smart" phone (as in a phone with 1000s of apps).

BTW, since "Nokia Lumia" is now "Microsoft Lumia", the low end phones are now "Nokia" do they gettinh ready to span "Nokia" out of M$?

Comment: Re:5G will make your phone 5x as heavy (Score 1) 216

by 4wdloop (#48501011) Attached to: How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Not assuming much...but for such wide-band channels (up to 2GHz) either a "dramatic" reorg of current radio spectrum is needed likely through "harmonisation" - normalization of standards or a new tech is needed to go into an unused spectrum (hence a push to ~60GHz).

I just wonder how a "dramatic overhaul and harmonisation" could look like in practice for 5G?

There seem to be no place to put even a single 500MHz channel anywhere below 6GHz, yet alone a 2GHz one?
Re-purpose current GSM and CDMA, etc. bands (take back the licenses and combine bands)?
Have single carrier become "MAC" provider and others use it (something akin to "ma-Bell & ATT&T" arrangement)?
Or what?

Comment: 5G will make your phone 5x as heavy (Score 1) 216

by 4wdloop (#48499635) Attached to: How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything for all the DSP the 5G would need (constant beam forming and 2GHz BW) you'd need one hell of a battery. The good thing is that @62GHz band you'd always have to be within few meters of a power plug as RF does not propagate far (water absorption).

"5G will be a dramatic overhaul and harmonisation of the radio spectrum," - really? How?

Comment: Re: A law's bad effects aren't decisive (Score 1) 260

by 4wdloop (#48356701) Attached to: Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

Ianal...but I also fear apis are creative works. The author can however donate them to public domain to stay consistent with APIs intent (promote interoperability). There may be APIs that are too obvious for copyright (as well as music that consist merely of banging on a C note?)

Can a copyrighted api use also be a subject to copyright?

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"