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Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We've written a few times about Rockstar Consortium, a giant patent troll that was created when Microsoft and Apple (and a few others) teamed up to outbid Google, Intel (and a few others) in buying thousands of Nortel patents. Nortel admitted that it had bulked up on many of these patents for defensive measures, but once Nortel went bankrupt they went to the highest bidder (and the bidding went pretty damn high).

The winners of the bidding kept a few of the patents for themselves, but then dumped them all into "Rockstar Consortium" which was a new giant patent troll and which, importantly, was not subject to promises that Apple and Microsoft initially made (to avoid antitrust problems) to license the patents under reasonable terms."

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Comment: Re:i'm not going to see this (Score 1) 337

by UnknownSoldier (#48664935) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I'm not sure why The Hobbit is so bad. One was OK, Two was more meh. It was like all the heart, soul, and magic of LOTR vanished in a poof of smoke for The Hobbit. I mean, come on, one of -the- best parts in one was the dwarves singing "Misty Mountains" and the song is not even 2 minutes long! It is like they don't have any faith in their ability to please the non-ADD crowd ...

Speaking of foreign films ...

Wheat (2009) was a great foreign film .. IF you can find it !

It opened at the Shanghai International Film Festival, but I guess it is not dumb action like Prometheus so it got panned ...

Comment: Re:Liability? (Score 2) 90

by AuMatar (#48655949) Attached to: Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

You, for owning and running it. You may then have a claim against Google if you can find fault or negligence. And yes, you'll have to have insurance just like you do now. If you lend your car to your friend to drive, you're still on the hook to insure the car for damage it can do to others, you just might have a legal claim to recoup from the friend.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 0) 169

It is the same fucktards who spend $100,000+ on a watch. Hell, even spending $10,000 on a Rolex are idiots -- Who knew the price of vanity was so high!

> To anyone about to say real estate is an investment, go look at his electric bill, cleaning bill, and property taxes.

Spot on!

If it costs you money it is a liability
If it makes you money, it is an investment.

People who buy watches over $5,000 only prove that they have more money then brains.

Comment: Re:As with all space missions: (Score 1) 200

by geekoid (#48618845) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

"Okay, a fundamental question then... What's the mission? "
Develop technologies the make life here better? learn more about human biology beyond earth. Make another step to spreading our species, Conduct better tests on captures particle. Control descent to the planet with sensors. Look for life in the upper atmosphere.

Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.