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.
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.
By keeping his identity anonymous, he was protected against time travelers visiting him on the day he created the algorithm and having it stolen from him.
Well, now we know what John Titor was really looking for with his leet IBM 5100 mining rig.
Because if he dies and didn't leave an error
.... not even a kernel panic?
Unless you share your home with children.
When our silverware (decent, stainless steel, not cheap, but not silver) started disappearing, I determined it was because of yogurt. Our kids would open a yogurt cup, grab a spoon, eat the yogurt, and toss the cup...and the spoon.
I've stopped trying to figure out why. My mother says they'll stop being stupid when they live on their own and have to pay for their own spoons. However, her and my mother-in-law both confirm that none of their children were as dumb as ours.
My solution: I bought a 36-pack of cafeteria grade stamped stainless steel spoons & another one for forks (knives didn't seem to be disappearing as fast).
After 10 years, I just had to buy another set.
Strangely, they get excellent grades, and do really well outside of our house. They are admired by all the other parents. My wife and I are the only ones suffering, and I have maintained that I consider that reasonable.
However, In another 8 years, I'll be able to legally throw them all out of the house. I look forward to changing the locks and having nice things again.
You think "governmental actors" care about $615,000? That's adorable.
$615,000 in drug, terrorist and child porn money? Or assuming some innocent parties involved in Bitcoin, at the very least $615,000 of juicy leads and contact details for the people who are dealing the hard stuff? Yes, it's conceivable that they perhaps might. You know, since tracking and catching thsi stuff is pretty much the number one job of all the West's police, intelligence and militaries at the moment.
Lie down with Bitcoins, wake up with whatever it is that Bitcoin merchants are selling. And possibly the FBI knocking on your door to ask nicely if you have any drug dealers or terrorists in your address book.
The concept of currencies outside of government control tends to make governments nervous.
Yes, because the advocates of those currencies are loudly crowing that the entire point is to enable criminal acts. That it's a perfect money laundering service and that this is a great thing.
But if a government responded rationally to this widely advertised lawbreaking by shutting down the people who launder money and the mechanism they're using to do it, that would somehow be immoral, and anyway they wouldn't do it. Because, um. Government bad, government inefficient, Bitcoin rules, FBI drools?
I'm shocked, shocked that Bitcoin exchanges might conceivably be running into money problems related to fund and transfer freezes from ongoing international drug investigations. That's simply not possible, because Bitcoin!
Is it possible this is some grand conspiracy? Sure it is.
Yeah, since deliberately thumbing your nose at multiple international anti-money-laundering treaties by associating with blatant drug dealers and then having all the governments which subscribe to those treaties respond rationally by shutting you down, is.... a conspiracy.
I don't see what's hard to understand about this. Bitcoin's primary market appears to be criminals. Bitcoin advocates advertise this fact widely and make it one of their primary selling points for cryptocurrency. Therefore, anyone trading in Bitcoin-to-national-currency is waving a huge sign saying 'I'm moving money for criminals, please arrest me now. Oh, but you can't because it's cryptocurrency and you don't know for sure that I'm a criminal myself! Just, you know, that I've made millions selling services to criminals! Double dare you to arrest me! Triple, quadruple, googolplex dare you! Phpppppttttt! Ha ha, stupid cops!'
And then mysteriously! Bitcoin exchanges start getting... unspecified "problems".... to do with not being allowed to bank any more.... which they can't talk about because of... unspecified "investigations".
Yeah, I'm going to put that down to a completely coincidental series of bizarre freak accidents with no connection whatever to international law enforcement's rational response to widely advertised international lawbreaking. That seems perfectly plausible and anyone who suspects that it's just a case of crooks getting into trouble from cops is a 'conspiracy theorist'.
Alternatively, print to hard copy and prepare for histrionics when Defendants find out there are eight warehouses filled with nothing but stored paper copies.
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.
Of course but, if you really need financial stability, I don't recommend being in on the ground floor of a startup.
Especially a completely illegal one based on experimental, buggy technology under ongoing cyberattack, selling products that ruin people's lives, are supplied by organised crime, and are actively targeted by high-level federal and international prosecutors with access to military espionage technology - and a complete dump of your predecessor's transaction databases.
There's high-risk, and then there's unethical high risk, and then there's completely stupid, unethical high risk, and then there's... whatever this is, it's pegging the scale.
I'm not going to say "good luck", but I would advise even the rubberneckers to stand well clear of the impact crater.
The only planets never to have been the subjects of bespoke space missions from Earth are
Am I misunderstanding the definition of "bespoke" and its application within sentences?
I think you could substitute "tailor-made" for "bespoke" in any context - including actual tailoring - and get exactly the same meaning. It's a linguistic metaphor, yes. Do you object to any other commonly-used metaphors?
I do hope to God that they don't remake "Forbidden Planet" though...
Of course it will happen. But in these liberal times it will be retitled "Permitted Planet".