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+ - Newegg infringes Spangenberg patent, must pay $2.3 million->

Submitted by rminsk
rminsk (831757) writes "Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of a lawsuit tonight. An eight-person jury returned to court shortly after 7:00pm and found that the company infringed all four asserted claims of a patent owned by TQP Development, a company owned by patent enforcement expert Erich Spangenberg."
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Comment: Current FIRST Mentor and former Student (Score 1) 64

by Ancantus (#42524117) Attached to: 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off
The object of the game (and I know it sounds cheezy) is not to win, its to learn. When I was a student, the mentors let US do the programming, designing, etc. While the robot wasn't as good as the adviser-bots; when your in the pit and YOU'RE working on the robot...well I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world. You might not have a full practice field (hell I don't think we ever had the robot WORKING in time to practice anything!), but it really is fun no matter what place you finish in.

Now as an adviser, it drives me nuts when the students don't want to take the path I think is best. But FIRST is about experience, it shouldn't be a classroom where students sit down and watch engineers build things. Let the students make the mistakes (to an extent) and of course let them to ALL the work.

If your looking for good mentors, ask around the local college (if there is a engineering/technical minded college around your area). I know after I graduated from high school, I was eager to come back and work with the team as an mentor.

Comment: Re:No Nexus 7? (Score 1) 75

by Ancantus (#41055067) Attached to: CyanogenMod 9 Achieves Stable Release
Not much at the moment, just some extra settings (and I am not an expert, this is my first android device with CM). I wanted it just to give it a try, and I am intending on custom compiling it at some point to try and play around with some kernel features.

But from what I have seen, its really surprisingly stable. I have not had any issues so far.

Comment: Re:One server per service is stupid (Score 1) 330

by Ancantus (#37160862) Attached to: Linus Thinks Virtualization Is 'Evil'
We use Solaris zones at the University i work at, and while we dont do one service per zone, it is pritty close. It is invaluable to have his when your moving to new servers or adding more functions. You can clone a new zone from an existing, add new functions or copy it to the new server. Test it all out, then pull the plug on the old zone after the dns name has been changed. It provides a nice compartment for individuals to work in and not screw up something someone else is doing.

Comment: Re:Bimonthly release cycle == overhead? (Score 1) 555

by Ancantus (#36606510) Attached to: Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses

For my college (we use active directory, but the profiles are almost blank) and we use a shared network drive that we run all most of the programs from. The programs don't suffer too much in speed because Windows caches the program running. Updating the program is as easy upgrading the shared drive, and all the labs are done instantly. Also you might consider installing all the popular browsers, and have a small program that lets the user choose their browser. We implemented that and it saves a lot of time, cause people choose what they are familiar with.

Comment: Interesting Concept (Score 1) 202

by Ancantus (#36234216) Attached to: Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

I like the overall idea, however according to the video, it seems like you still require librarians to sort through a bin of 100 books for the book you requested. I know that this is probably the first automated library of this scale, but if your going to spend the 81 million, you might as well make it totally automated without human interaction.

On a positive note, the library really does look like a library from the future. I would love to go there and read books on my eReader.

Comment: Dedicated to: (Score 4, Interesting) 105

by Ancantus (#36050710) Attached to: KDE 4.6.3 Released

It isn't mentioned in the summery, but:

The 4.6.3 release is dedicated in memory of the young daughter of KDE developer Daniel Nicoletti who tragically passed away after a car crash last month. The KDE community wishes to express their deepest sympathy and support to Daniel and his family in this difficult time.

Kinda nice, I am not to familiar with the KDE release cycles, do they dedicate every release?

Comment: Kinda Cool (Score 1) 220

by Ancantus (#36037130) Attached to: JavaScript Gets Visual With Waterbear

I think I am with most slashdotters when I say this isn't for me. But its good to see people making these languages accessible for someone just starting out. My first programming language was a point-and-click drag-and-drop programming language, and I think they are really useful for teaching people the basics of computer programming. Now if someone is going to try and make their entire website like this...well good luck with that, I hope you like carpal-tunnel.

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