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Comment Re:Cooling is the issue (Score 1) 421

So what I gather from all these comments is that CFLs are less robust in all important respects: power stability, switches, and enclosures, all of which are common. In addition, they are more expensive and they produce a harsh light.

I wanted to use them for all the right reasons, but went through 3 packs of 8 in under two years (actually, there is still one working).

I'll wait until they're ready to real life, thanks.

Comment Re:End of Firefox? (Score 3, Insightful) 477

The article is wrong. According to the MPEG-LA, there are patents on H.264 in at least the following countries:

Germany, France, UK, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Slovenia, Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Canada, Mexico, Australia


Comment Re:Free or Pay? (Score 1) 182

Article doesn't mention if it's intended as a theatrical release or bit torrent release

It is a short animated film of roughly 11 minutes. It will be screened in a number of theaters and can be purchased on DVD, but you likely won't be able to purchase a ticket to go see it at theaters except at film festivals.

Comment Re:Not Valid? (Score 2, Informative) 477

Whether or not a patent is valid in a country is not necessarily related to whether or not the patent was or could have been issued there.

Oh, how come? When the local law states that algorithms, math etc. can't be patented, what bearing on it has whether there is or isn't a patent on that in, say, the US? If a patent hasn't been issued here, then there is nothing to break here.

Comment Re:Sounds to me... (Score 1) 1067

even I don't have time to answer all the emails I get... Just sayin'.

Because some people report their emails get replied to by Steve, that does not mean that he takes the time to answer all the emails he gets, either. It's just that all those stories where people sent an email to Steve and did not get a reply never made it to slashdot.

Comment Re:Illegal? (Score 1) 418

it's a nice easy way to lock up 'bad guys'

the labour government was all for shortcuts to locking people up. They campaigned hard for the right to lock them up for 42 days without even charging them with anything.

the Poor Man's James Bond is available at the pirate bay's%20James%20Bond/0/99/0

as is the Anarchist Cookbook.

this is a classic example, the son looks like a bad guy - but the police can't actually pin anything 'real' on him, so they do him for possessing information.

FWIW, I downloaded the anarchist cookbook many years ago and it has lingered in my personal documents since then.

Comment Re:Some of us were waaaaay ahead it seems. (Score 2, Interesting) 502

You can always go to Hulu and catch up.

You can always go to Hulu and catch up, if you are an American. - FTFY.

Let's see... I've got several seasons of Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, and all of Stargate-SG1 to go through before I start working on Lost. I'm not sure if I should do X-Files.

Comment Re:Too weird (Score 1) 174

My understanding is that Microsoft is not a patent troll. Microsoft completely understands that software patents are a minefield, and use their large portfolio for protective purposes against companies like Apple.

I think your understanding may need an update. Microsoft is using Acacia to attack Redhat, just like Ballmer threatened to do. Microsoft claims Linux infringes msft patents, but msft refuses to specify which patents. Msft funded the entire scox-scam.

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."