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Comment: Re:What the hell is going on a the USPTO? (Score 2) 58

by Fnord666 (#49453191) Attached to: After EFF Effort, Infamous "Podcasting Patent" Invalidated

Perhaps better than the IPR mechanism would be an appeals process by which anyone can make an 'obviousness' challenge to any patent approved by the rank and file PTO staff to a higher-level and more technical board that must review the patent before it's actually enforceable.

As soon as you create this process someone will build a system that automatically submits an appeal for every patent issued and we end up worse off than before.

Comment: Re:No one ever got fired for buying IBM (Score 1) 232

by Fnord666 (#49378757) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

somebody else can do it - somebody who isn't trying to make a product that will last. Startup type people who will bang something out and then, if it proves successful, rewrite it in boring technologies anyway.

Startup types will use whatever technology lets them shortcut their way to being first to market. Once it's up and running they move on to the next startup and leave it to the new owners to figure out how to implement it using a boring technology that will actually scale and be a viable business.

Comment: Re:It makes sense (Score 1) 193

Oh, horseshit ... what's the waiting list for a Harley Davidson?

Uh, none? Maybe you're thinking of HD from 2003 or so. These days their showrooms are full of bikes with some still left over from last year. Want a particular model/color? There's usually 3 dealerships within 50 miles that have it in stock and will discount from MSRP to sell it to you.

Comment: Re:Are the CAs that do this revoked? (Score 2) 139

by Fnord666 (#49332347) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

In the meantime, you can always delete the trust yourself. Open your Browsers Certificate List ("Options, Advanced, Certificates, View Certificates" in Firefox), find CNNIC's certs (there are two in Firefox - "CNNIC ROOT" and "China Internet Network Information Center EV Certificates Root") and either delete them altogether or edit the trust and remove the ability to sign websites.

What happens the next time there's an update to firefox?

Comment: Patent or Patent Application? (Score 1) 126

by Fnord666 (#49325117) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology
Is this an actual patent or just a patent application? TFA doesn't seem to be very clear about that point, although they do say

While Boeing may been granted the patent, it's unclear how long it will be before the company deploys the real-life force fields.

This makes me think that this is just a patent application.

Comment: Re:Prototype (Score 2) 126

by Fnord666 (#49325083) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology

I'm pretty sure the plume of molten copper of an RPG couldn't give a crap about a shockwave.

Actually I believe it does. Thats the whole principle behind reactive armor. My understanding is that the detonation of the armor produces a counter shockwave that disrupts the precisely shaped detonation of the warhead and the plume ends up splashing rather than boring through.

Comment: Re:Duh! (Score 1) 269

by Fnord666 (#49275423) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

Absolutely. Contactless is pointless and expensive as fuck for merchants. I can't imagine many businesses where the "neat-o" factor from a few phone enthusiasts to be able to pay with their phones is going to outweigh the costs.

You do realize that newer EMV cards support contactless payments as well, right? No phone needed. You get the convenience of "tap and go" with the added security that EMV provides.

Comment: Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 1) 269

by Fnord666 (#49275371) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

I like the looks of Apple Pay, and think it's a great move forward but even as an Apple fan, it seems bizarre for Apple to move forward on their own payment standard rather than the industry creating one. I mean, I know they did it so that they could skim profits off the top, and that they got away with it because they're worth 700 gazillion dollars and could probably make demands of the ocean, but I really wish this had come about via an industry standard.

You don't get to be first to market by waiting for an industry standard. In fact, if you wait for that to happen you probably won't even get into the market. You build it out as fast as you can using as much existing infrastructure as you can, then pivot if and when the industry gets around to creating a standard. In the meantime you build a leading market share and can even leverage that during the standards creation process.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.