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Comment: Re:The cost of consonants (Score 1) 243

by PatPending (#45389625) Attached to: Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors
Is the possessive apostrophe particularly expensive these days?

"...told Bloomberg that Apple next iPhone models will come with..." and "...would be Apple largest iPhones."

Why not "Apple's next iPhone" and "Apple's largest iPhones?" Because as girlintraining posted elsewhere,

"Dice doesn't have dedicated slashdot editors anymore. They are editors of a dozen or so sites. Really now, what kind of quality do you expect now that they've sold out and now monetize the web synergies to create a new market paradigm of customer-focused informational advertisements?"

Comment: Once again... (Score 5, Funny) 114

Since Rock-Paper-Scissors dates back to the time of the Chinese Han Dynasty, the Japanese built this in order to diplomatically resolve the dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands.

Actually: in Japan, there's a "strip-poker" variant of rock-paper-scissors. The loser of each round removes an article of clothing. The game is a minor part of porn culture in Japan.

Once again, porn drives innovation!

+ - Google: Gmail users have no expectation of privacy->

Submitted by PatPending
PatPending (953482) writes "FTFA: Google has made it clear that people who send or receive email via Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private.

In a 39-page motion filed in June to have a class-action data-mining lawsuit dismissed, the Web giant cites Smith v. Maryland, a 1979 Supreme Court decision that upheld the collection of electronic communications without a warrant.

"Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient's assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient's [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, 'a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.'""

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+ - Shields for Privacy in a Smartphone World->

Submitted by PatPending
PatPending (953482) writes "Anytime, anywhere: co-workers, strangers, and others are using their smart phones to secretly take your photograph, record your conversations, and record videos to potentially be used against you. What can one do to protect one's right to privacy in the face of technology? (Aside from never leaving your mom's basement.)"
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Comment: Re:Moth-eye (Score 5, Informative) 112

by PatPending (#40395709) Attached to: New Film Renders Screen Reflection Almost Non-Existent

I'll see your Wikipedia reference and raise you two USPTO patents granted to SONY for this:

8,027,090 and 7,633,045.

Note: according to another of SONY's patents, moth-eye can also be used to record info on optical media:

"Today, there are seven primary methods by which information can be recorded on optical media. All methods heat the recording layer to a certain temperature. The methods are known as ablative, alloying, bubble-forming, moth-eye, phase-change, dye/polymer and magneto-optic which cause or could cause some mechanical deformation of the substrate."


Unlike TFA these patents include detailed drawings and SEM photographs.


I remember when the authors of tech articles did this kind of background research. Sigh.

HELP!!!! I'm being held prisoner in /usr/games/lib!