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Comment: IANAL (Score 2) 175

by Jaytan (#41498015) Attached to: US Court Says Motorola Can't Enforce Microsoft Injunction In Germany

An injunction is a court order instructing a party to do or not do something. Injunctions are enforced via threat of more legal action. In this context:

Microsoft sued Motorola Mobility / Google in the US in 2010 to enforce MM's licensing promise on a worldwide basis.
Motorola Mobility / Google sued Microsoft in Germany eight months later.

The German court granted an injunction in the German case to stop Microsoft from selling Xboxen and Windows in Germany while the court decides if Microsoft is violating Google's patents. Despite what might show up in headlines this is not the same thing as the German government banning those products. There is a whole bunch of nuance involved, but if Microsoft continued to sell the infringing products Google would need to bring a suit and the German court evaluates whether Microsoft did indeed violate the order and if so what to do about it.

What the US court did was grant an injunction to stop Google from bringing that suit while the US case is still going on. Basically the court is calling Google out on using the German court to try and get leverage to force Microsoft to settle the US suit that had been filed first. Google could ignore the US order and it is unlikely the German court would factor the US court's injunction into what it decides; however, if Google did that Microsoft could bring a suit against them in the US and the court would likely put quite a smack down in response.

In other words, the problem is the language used by the journalist. The US court didn't decide "Google can't enforce German Microsoft injunction" and the German court didn't "ban the sell of windows".

Comment: Re:it's too fast (Score 1) 500

by Jaytan (#41304265) Attached to: More Warnings About High-Frequency Trading

The problem with your analogy is that there isn't a shelf of stock waiting for someone to pick them up.

There are sellers who want to sell stocks, there are buyers who want to buy them. HFT works by taking advantage of sellers who are selling "too low" and/or buyers who are willing to buy for "too high". Where "too low" and "too high" are defined by the algorithm employed.

Comment: Re:I'll die happy (Score 3, Informative) 251

by Jaytan (#41182429) Attached to: Calorie Restriction May Not Extend Lifespan

Cooked bacon is about 38-40% fat and 38% protein, and Wendy's Baconator still provides almost half of its calories from carbohydrates.

You provided a link to the nutrition facts, but this statement is false. The Baconator has 970 calories, and the website lists 570 of those as being from fat. 400 is close to half sure, but you're ignoring the sources of the calories.

The website says a Baconator has 63 grams of fat, 40 grams carbs and 60 grams protein. 1 gram of protein or carbs is worth 4 calories, and 1g of fat is 9 calories.

Using that a Baconator's gets it calories from the following sources:
567 calories from fat. (~58.5%)
240 calories from protein. (~24.7%)
160 calories from carbohydrates. (~16.5%)

So carbs aren't anywhere near almost half of the calories in a Baconator.

Comment: Re:So - pretty much like Washington? (Score 1) 369

by Jaytan (#40275377) Attached to: An HTTP Status Code For Censorship?

Comment: Re:The real loser is Microsoft (Score 1) 156

by Jaytan (#35835922) Attached to: <em>Portal 2</em> Bringing Steam To the PS3, Possible Early Release

Strangely, Sony can't even get their act together to do cross platform play in a game they developed (DC Universe Online). Officially it is because

We want DC Universe Online to be an experience that's fun, rewarding and balanced for both console and PC gamers, so we've decided to keep the platforms separate.

but I've been told by people in the know it is because of an accounting argument between Station Cash and PSN dollars.

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