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Comment Service issues? (Score 1) 79

I live in a predominantly ATT area and a couple of years ago tried one of the ATT MVNOs for a month. What I found was worse coverage, a lot of dropped calls, (more) unreliabe data and generally sucky service. I reinstalled the ATT SIM and reset the phone in less than a week. About 2 weeks later I came across an article (I think here on /.) that pretty much said that MVNOs were treated as "2nd class citizens" on the respective network so it pretty much made sense. I haven't seen anything to support the notion that has changed in the last 2 years since the test.

Patents

Submission + - In court battle, Apple can't have its cake and eat it, too->

zacharye writes: Apple was awarded more than $1 billion earlier this year when a California jury determined more than two-dozen Samsung devices infringed on the company’s protected design and technology patents. Not content to take the money and run, Apple also asked the United States District court for the Northern District of California to ban the sale of 26 different Android-powered Samsung devices in the U.S. Judge Lucy Koh formally denied that request late Monday. While Apple is expected to appeal the ruling, it’s not all bad news for the Cupertino, California-based company: Koh also denied Samsung’s request for a retrial based on claims of jury misconduct...
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Patents

Submission + - Judge Koh: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either->

SternisheFan writes: Apple has failed in its attempt to obtain a permanent ban on several Samsung products in the US, but Samsung's accusations of jury misconduct have also been rejected. As she has so many times before, Judge Lucy Koh kept things even between Apple and Samsung by rejecting most of their requests. After Apple won $1bn in its patent infringement case against the Korean firm, it set about pursuing another win in the form of permanent injunctions on the products in the case. The fruity firm wanted a California court to stop sales of the Sammy mobes and tablets in the US, but the judge said the company hadn't done enough to legally support such a ban.
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Facebook

Submission + - Instagram Wants to Sell Users' Photos Without Notice->

DavidGilbert99 writes: "Many Instagram users have reacted angrily to a proposed change to the apps terms of service by owner Facebook, which would give the social network 'perpetual' rights to all photos on Instagram, allowing it to sell the photos to advertisers without notice — or payment to the user.

The new policy will come into effect on 16 January, just four months after Facebook completed its $1bn acquisition of Instagram. It states that Facebook has a right to distribute any content posted on Instagram without paying the user royalties:"

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Google

Submission + - Amazon Preps Google Adsense Competitor-> 1

hypnosec writes: Amazon has built an automated ‘real-time bidding’ platform to rival Google’s Adsense it has been reported. The online retail giant has been busy building an advertising platform that has the potential to turning the ecommerce company into a big-time media company. The real-time bidding will let Amazon analyze buying habits of its clients based on which it shall present them with tailored ads.
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Music

Submission + - Legal action aimed at blocking Irish access to the Pirate bay->

roreilly writes: This is the first action taken since Sean Sherlock, Irish minister for innovation and reseach, introduced his amendment to Irish copyright law last february. It gives music and film companies the right to seek injunctions against internet companies hosting sites that are believed to be infringing on copyright. The full story can be read at the Irish Times:

"A legal action aimed at blocking access by Irish internet users to the free file-sharing website Pirate Bay and related websites has come before the Commercial Court. About 200,000 Irish users access the Pirate Bay site monthly, the court heard. Four music companies have brought the case against five internet service providers (ISPs) aimed at requiring them block or disable access by their subscribers to the sites.

The aciton is by EMI, Sony, Warner Music and Universal against UPC, Imagine, Vodafone, Digiweb and Hutchison 3G Ltd and all the defendants consented today to the case being fast-tracked in the Commercial Court. In an affidavit, EMI chairman Willie Kavanagh, who is also chairman of the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), said the Pirate Bay website operates as "a vast directory of what is overwhelmingly copyright material" that internet users are making available for downloading, copying and onward distribution by other internet users.

That directory indicates what is available and who is making it available, he said. An expert for the plaintiffs had estimated the minimum advertising revenue of the Pirate Bay website at between US$20.5m to US$36m dollars. Mr Justice Peter Kelly said it appeared the defendant companies were "innocent parties" seeking to achieve a constructive end to the litigation and he indicated the best approach may be to have experts for the sides get together to work out a way forward.

The case will involve the first court examination of issues arising from new copyright legislation introduced last February, he noted."

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Submission + - How Amazon manages 35 Orders per Second->

dryriver writes: The BBC has put up a video report that gives insights into how a popular online retailer like Amazon.co.uk copes with the daily order load it faces — an order load that peaks at up to 35 orders per second during the holiday buying season. The video shows a lot of the warehousing techniques and logistics behind a large scale online retail operation like Amazon. Most interesting perhaps is the "random storage" paradigm Amazon uses to store products in warehouse shelves. No product occupies a particular or permanent space on the Amazon shelves. Instead, Amazon's worker bees scan the barcode of any product that is delivered to the warehouse, and intelligent software finds a suitable nearby spot for it on the shelves. The BBC report describes the process as "Tetris-like". The software analyzes the size and weight of the product, and intelligently assigns it a slot on Amazon's warehouse shelves. The software also shows the Amazon workers in charge of fulfilling customer orders the shortest, most efficient route around the facility — which is the size of 6 football pitches — to get all the products a customer has ordered. Also shown in the report are automated conveyor belts that route product packages around the facility, and the machine that sticks the buyer's address on packaged goods before they are sent out. All in all, the video gives good insights into the complex, physical, real-world processes that kick in once you order something from Amazon with the click of a mouse button.
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Businesses

Submission + - Late night snacks will be costing more...->

ChemGeek4501 writes: "It looks like late nite snacks are going to be costing more soon, if this franchise owner passes along the cost of implementing the Affordable Care Act in the US. Unfortunately, it will not only cost the consumer more per meal, but will cost many of his employees their full-time jobs in the franchises"
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Comment Re:How many ways can you (Score 4, Informative) 205

Correlation does not imply causation. Your co-worker's paralysis could could have been caused by a number of factors and probably was not thoroughly explored. The curezone article that was shown is a mis-mash of peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed "articles" from main-stream, generally chemophobic press and even some of the books.

Even the recent thermisol flap was debunked by three research agencies in the US: CDC, FDA with the results being reviewed by three independent agencies (NAS-Institute of Medicine, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Still after this tremendous amount of research, we still have TV stars warning us about the evil of vaccines and those containing thermisol in particular. As people hear the tripe without investigating, the begin to believe then they stop immunizing their children, and as such we have seen a resurgance of childhood diseases such as whooping cough.

Generally speaking, flu vaccines won't "prevent' the flu as much as it helps reduce duration and severity of the sympotons, as the virus mutates pretty rapidly. One has to look at the risk/benefit of vaccination, not only for themselves but for society as a whole.

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