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Comment: Re:how cool/innovative is that (Score 1) 160

by PanAmaX (#46637851) Attached to: Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses
Agreed.. you could modify the attachment method from a bayonet to mag-lock or some other clip in/snap out and avoid prosecution. I think this patent is well within the rights to be patented due to the slightly novel ways of detatching to prevent damage and the way it recesses into the body. I wanted to scream at the screen and rant.. but reading saved me the stress.

Comment: Re:Completely Foolproof (Score 1) 162

by PanAmaX (#46366323) Attached to: Inside Boeing's New Self-Destructing Smartphone
yeah, you'd notice..

but Im guessing the goal here that C0R1D4N was getting at was getting the data and not letting you believe that no one had tampered with your phone

if the goal was steal it and get access to the contents of the phone by accessing the underlying hardware directly.. then this seems (at least on the surface) like a suitable approach. As stated in the short description 'Any attempt to disassemble the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable,". So if the goal is data retrieval.. don't use the screws.. simply dremmel out everywhere you can while not damaging the SOC then remove that from the pcb and then break it out to some predetermined jig and read the contents of all memory on the device.

Comment: Sounds like a job for self swarms of drones (Score 1) 867

by PanAmaX (#44378961) Attached to: Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan
So why not take the man out of the equations and get everyone to install a package dock on their roof?
the self organising drone swarm acts as the on foot postman and ferries the packages/letters from the central depo to your house.
24/7, returning to base to charge and only taking breaks when there weather contitions prevent the drones from flying..


Deploy the flying monkeys!

Continue the research.

Comment: Re:Welcome to reality (Score 1) 146

by PanAmaX (#44152043) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Spending In Engineering?
dubbreak nailed it here.
I've been in a similar company in the past and seen this happen first hand. The short term gain is what they get rewarded for, they move up the company while riding on their high before the effects of their poor decision making is felt and then transfer to another company on an even higher position and proceed to make the same poor calls.

The second paragraph is where the truth of the matter lies. The money men drive the company even though the R&D is the engine room, with this kind of Mr Magoo shortsightedness expect a fatal car crash for your company within 3 years.

Comment: All your eggs in one basket (Score 0, Flamebait) 226

by PanAmaX (#44047973) Attached to: Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?
What a truly stupid post.

Enterprise Google Services are a paid service which has awesome support (the free ad driven versions do not) and as such come with a level of availability.. if they are going do discontinue a service that is truly an enterprise service they offer an export of your data so that you can migrate to another service.

Far reaching projects with one eye on the future which are truly pioneering and revolutionary are best developed with the full expectation that they might fail. Failure is the risk of any ambitious project.. managing that risk by diversifying your future direction based on expanding into areas where your current strengths lie is just sensible! to put all your eggs in one basket with the knowledge that your one idea could fail is a sure fire way to become extinct and also to go out of business.

These two things are completely unrelated. Their current offerings of enterprise services is a separate part of their business to their horizon projects.

Comment: Re:version control (Score 1) 480

Have to agree with the parent suggesting version control.

If you are able to recall your timestamped version with your name in the code from the interview room on any web connected device, you're golden...
But still, it doesnt change the fact that the person maintaining your work is fraudulently claiming cedit for creation rather than adding their name into a list of maintainers and what their changes were like a normal change log. Not sure what you can do about that to be honest...

Comment: Re:Too Late (Score 1) 213

by PanAmaX (#43913327) Attached to: iPhone 4, iPad 2 Get US Import Ban
Actually you raise a very good point in the following line

"let's not even get into the fact that you often don't licence the patents individually and instead pay for them collectively when you purchase an off the shelf part for your device"

that is 100% accurate as usually it is the component manufacturer that will pay for the fact that their component operates according to the accepted standard of which the FRAND patent applies. So (forgive my ignorance on this one as I'm guessing) wouldn't apple have bought the components off (lets say) Samsung? and hence have already paid for the use of that patent?

I mean obviously this isn't the case otherwise this patent wouldn't be in the suit.. So perhaps its that apple have built their own component which has not paid for the use of the essential patent? in which case it becomes fair game.

In any case I agree with you 100% that the value of a patent should be a fixed cost per use and not as a % of a device. That's just ludicrous. I wasn't aware that was what Samsung were claiming.


There is however one point I disagree with..
"Apple absolutely wants to pay a fair rate, as they do for every other frand patent they licence."

Im not sold on this point, as lets face it, there seem to be a hell of a lot of FRAND patents being thrown at Apple in these patent suits. If they really were committed to paying whats fair, then this wouldn't come up so often. And the amount of effort it takes to develop a standards essential patent is a LOT greater than the design and trade dress of a product. Hence that effort should be rewarded through the appropriate payment of licencing. Who are apple to say how much is fair rate for a technology they didn't develop? if thats the cost, and its shown to be that for every vendor, then so be it.. suck it up, or develop your own standard and try and get everyone else to adopt it.

Comment: Re:Too Late (Score 1) 213

by PanAmaX (#43913017) Attached to: iPhone 4, iPad 2 Get US Import Ban
"There's no financial losses to Samsung from Apple using this patent, other than the licencing fees, since it's in the pool."

This is part of the penalty I was referring to.. it doesnt matter whether its FRAND or not.. if you don't pay the licencing fee of a FRAND patent then you're in violation of the terms of use of the patent.

"They're asking too much money for this" on one side and "They don't want to pay, we believe x is a fair price" on the other."

unfortunately the only things that really count here is that the licencing is Fair.. Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory.. hence unless Apple can prove that Samsungs rates to them are discriminatory, then they need to just shut up and pay the licensing fee

I was just saying that banning the old products does nothing, and the court should be forcing apple to pay the cost of licencing per product (as you state either as agreed by the court, which in my opinion is ridiculous as the court doesn't know the value of technology, or they pay the rates which samsung requested, which is the same fee that everyone else using that essential patent pays.) plus a slight penalty as they quite blatantly decided not to pay the licencing for the FRAND patent.

Quite frankly without some kind of extra penalty why not employ this as a standard mode of operation. Use all frand patents without licence and then only pay the licence after being forced to by a court with no extra penalty.. thats not in the spirit of patent law.

Comment: Too Late (Score 1) 213

by PanAmaX (#43912637) Attached to: iPhone 4, iPad 2 Get US Import Ban
Is it just me, or is an import ban on a 3 year old iPhone 4 and a 3 year old iPad 2 really going to make much difference to Apple? Those products are winding down anyway? So banning them now is a bit too little too late. When you compare this to the billion dollar lawsuit from a year ago, this is not much of a punishment at all. They should also impose a penalty for every single unit of these makes that has been sold within the U.S. and make apple pay that to Samsung. That's only fair. Also I agree with an earlier poster who said that if Obama can overturn this ruling, what is the point of the whole system in the first place.

Comment: I dont get it... (Score 2) 482

by PanAmaX (#43731369) Attached to: Global Warming Shifts the Earth's Poles
How exactly is the surface temperature which is insulated from the magnetic core by quite a large layer of crust changing the orientation of the earths magnetosphere? I thought that the movement of the pole was caused mostly by an increase in seismic activity over recent times (as in we've had more severe incidents which have been said to shift the pole) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Magnetic_Pole It has been known ALL MY LIFE that the magnetic poles wander, and in fact have undergone complete pole reversal on average once every 450,000 years. This is not a linear process, and will experience times of acceleration and deceleration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomagnetic_reversal in fact there were articles on how the magnetic north has been shifting further and faster each year all over the place and something about runways having to repaint the north indicator on runways. (you look it up) Anyway.. to throw some tinder onto this fire.. I've always believed that our period of climate change (bear in mind we are always in a period of climate change as climate is NOT static and its stupid to think it is) may more directly influenced by cloud formation than we are lead to believe. Hence changing the magnetic north will change the distribution of Cosmic Carged Particles and this in turn will affect local climate areas. Not to mention that since the mass adoption of Jet engines (the time scale on this matches with a lot of the accelerating climate change graphs too by the way) on aircraft we have noticed artificial coalescence of clouds by compression of the water vapour through the engine.. this causing Contrails or whathaveyou which if you watch over the course of a day (anecdotal - take with a grain of salt) seem to cascade into larger cloud formations.. this plus the location of clouds in respect to the land mass I believe needs more studying before we can make any solid claims on the trends that cause/indicate/influence global climate.. and further than that local weather. ALSO it is very important to note that in a warmer environment that there will be increase in atmospheric CO2 as the ocean will not be able to absorb as much CO2 at higher temperatures (check out solubility of CO2 in water). http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/09/cosmic-rays-and-clouds-potential-mechanisms/ So in summary while I strongly believe most of these types of reports are funding seeking scare mongering nonsense, I do believe that we are in a state of climate change, people do have an effect, and we should all be doing our part to plan for a better future.. but please.. please.. base decision and actions on an accurate model. if the model doesnt work with more data, fix the model. Im not a denialist.. I just dont believe we have an accurate model yet.

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...

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