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Comment: Re:The best the SCOTUS could do is wipe software p (Score 1) 192

by Insanity Defense (#46630215) Attached to: Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents
And there are multiple appeals at the PTO. As I recall on the FAT patent MS was finally confirmed by the PTO and the final level of appeal took place behind closed doors with only the Patent Office people and Microsoft representatives, the people opposing it were not allowed to take part or review what happened. So even the PTO level appeals can go on and on and on.

Comment: Re:Change (Score 1) 742

by Insanity Defense (#46324689) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

I know what MS is up to. they sell software and I'm their customer.

You are not and never were Microsofts customer. You are at most the customer of Microsofts customer.

We the end users were not clamoring for DRM, but we are stuck with it. If we were the customer DRM would not exist as we don't want it (especially when it bites us on the ass for being honest). We didn't clamor for a Phone UI on a desktop computer. Neither did we ask for an online store that is locked to Microsoft. So why is Microsoft shoving all this down our throats if we are the customer?

Comment: How about the invalid patent they "violated"? (Score 1) 278

by Insanity Defense (#44996455) Attached to: How BlackBerry Blew It
What was the fine they had to pay in the U.S. over a patent that was found invalid? $600,000,000 or so wasn't it? That couldn't possibly have acted to slow them down and screw them up in their biggest market now could it? Not to mention the money and effort wasted there not available for actual work.

Comment: Re:Not dogmatic? (Score 1) 123

by Insanity Defense (#43197963) Attached to: UK Government Mandates 'Preference' For Open Source

Document formats. If you change suppliers later can you use all the files you created or are they locked in to your current supplier? Also are you dictating that those you send documents use the same software to read it that you used to create it thereby as government giving a defacto monopoly to your supplier?

Comment: Re:A sudden attack of reason (Score 1) 238

apply it to a suspected terrorist with a dirty bomb.

So close yet so far. The word suspected is part of the key. Remember the guy who was accused by the government of having a "dirty bomb" plot? Arrested, held for years without trial or charge and then charged with something else as there was no dirty bomb plot. Killing based on suspicion alone and without due process is unconstitutional.

Comment: Re:Just tax it. (Score 3, Informative) 212

by Insanity Defense (#42792377) Attached to: Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

Not for everyone. For some people (like myself) the problems caffeine cause are subtle and work in combination with other things. With caffeine in my system I'm allergic to perfume, cigar and pipe smoke and sunburn in 15 to 20 minutes. Caffeine alone does nothing obvious but add any of the other things and my health goes to hell with the appearance that it is the 2nd thing causing it alone. Only by accident did I learn of the caffeine connection and solve my lifelong health problems.

Comment: Re:caused $800,000... (Score 1) 148

by Insanity Defense (#42303193) Attached to: No Charges In UK For Gary McKinnon

Key words: accused of.

Actually he admits his guilt. He wanted to be tried and punished in the UK in proportion to his crimes. The prosecution wants to punish him in proportion to the amount spent doing a security audit and putting in place security that should have been there in the first place. They also want his time (the rest of his life) in maximum security with physically dangerous people in a U.S. prison.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234

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