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Comment: WTF? Both are eyewear therefore the SAME! (Score 2, Insightful) 108

by GodInHell (#46595315) Attached to: Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?
The use cases for google glass (overlaying information ontop of really - i.e. augmented reality) and Oculus Rift (a VR display that supplants and replaces your view with a different view - i.e. virtual reality) are entirely different. That would be like buying a car manufacturer to help catch up with SpaceX in building heavy launch vehicles - yeah, both are things you catch a ride in - but the technology that powers them doesn't cross pollinate.

Comment: Conspiracy or act of legislature? (Score 5, Insightful) 395

by GodInHell (#46529379) Attached to: Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

In fact, in addition to the 37 percent of respondents who fully agreed that U.S. regulators are suppressing access to natural cures, less than a third were willing to say they actively disagreed with the theory.

Marijuana is still illegal, right? I mean, it's it a conspiracy theory if I can point to the status and rules at issue?

Comment: Re:The term of art is "obvious." (Score 1) 406

by GodInHell (#46467001) Attached to: Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents
I have a better bright-line rule to suggest: no method patents - ever.

Patents should be restricted to the implementation of physical mechanisms - machines, circuits and widgets. Not pseudo code - like the one you linked. What you linked is an idea - an abstract concept of how to solve a problem. The specific implementation could be subject to copyright protection (for the code) and trademark protection (if the slide style became a hallmark of the product) but a patent? No way.

Comment: The term of art is "obvious." (Score 5, Insightful) 406

by GodInHell (#46459953) Attached to: Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents
You're not allowed to patent an obvious advancement.

But patent law is offensively fucked up. Basically, it's a war of money. Both sides line up patent lawyers (one of a very few formally recognized specializations for attorneys in the U.S.) and burn money until someone gives up. This case will almost certainly wind up before the Supreme Court eventually - unless Samsung folds and pays to make apple go away. Fortunately, Samsung is sufficiently profitable that it can saturate the process with more money than required and write it off as a margin cost for continuing to compete in the smartphone market.

Apple's patents are offensively bad. There *is* enough there to require a jury verdict to nullify them rather than a summary ruling by the Court (preferably one where the foreman doesn't lie about having a personal stake in proving that software patents are nearly always valid - like the last trial between these two) but in a sane system of patents there would be no question that "slide to unlock" is a variation of long established design concepts - i.e. a latch.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 390

by GodInHell (#46423423) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Fucking insane ideas are also interesting - not good - but certainly interesting. More seriously, when I mod, I tend to up-vote both sides of a conversation as long as the responses are civil and well-thought-out. Interesting is what I usually use for "I don't agree, and don't see anything informative, but you have a valid point of view and are contributing to the conversation" or "that's fucking nuts and the best way to prove it is to raise the profile of this post so people can discuss its implications".

Comment: Re:Federal lawyers (Score 1) 59

by GodInHell (#46368565) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata
Suggestion from a lawyer: Copy to disk drive. Turn off PC. Remove disk drive and place in safe. (Repeat for what could be petabytes of data).

Alternatively, print to hard copy and prepare for histrionics when Defendants find out there are eight warehouses filled with nothing but stored paper copies.

Comment: Re:Heat is the limiting factor in our muscles, too (Score 1) 111

by GodInHell (#46305397) Attached to: Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle"

There might be use for this thing, for example in a mechanically simple heat engine, but it doesn't even remotely compete with hydraulics.

In those applications where hydraulics / winches and cables work - sure - but what about where they're a poor substitute for something that acts like natural muscle - like say - robotics?

Collaborator Professor Geoff Spinks says it is a much-sought breakthrough that could open the door to the use of artificial muscles in clothing and prosthetic manufacture, robotics, and as a green energy source.

- from TFA.

Notably - the article claims that the reaction is nearly as fast as human muscle - which could be interesting. Also, most of the practical applications listed in the article take advantage of the fact that the fiber responds to heat - which can include ambient temperatures, to automate the opening and closing of vents and other heat control systems without spending energy on control systems or motors.

Comment: Re:Do they need it? (Score 1) 212

And ... another fact-free denial. The 2012 election had the HIGHEST percentage turnout since 1968, and by raw voters, the third highest in U.S. history. One source of many you could read: Wikipedia - Voter Turnout in United States Presidential Elections.

America rejected the Republican party - if you cannot accept the numbers then all the analytics in the world are going to be worthless to you.


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