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Comment Re:How can they tell... (Score 1) 746

And when we recently saw snow in India, how can anyone take a 6oC *rise* seriously.

Seeing how Himalaya (parts of it, anyway) is in India, I fail to see much shocking in this.

Some places are getting hotter, some are getting colder, nature will adjust itself as always.

Indeed. And that means that previously fertile areas will dry out as climate patterns shift, infrastructure designed for warm/cold climate will become unsuitable for the new conditions, and coastal areas - which are the most heavily-populated pretty much everywhere - flood as the sea level rises due to melting icecaps and expanding (heat expansion) water.

It's not that global warming spells the end of our planet, biosphere, human race or even human civilization; in fact we could even conceivably end up benefiting in the long run. It's simply that the cleanup required to adapt our societies to their new surroundings will be massive, and that makes them expensive. And of course the societies which can't perform them fast enough due to political or resource issues will end up having massive problems, possibly leading to mass deaths and major wars.

Comment Printer vs Scribes (Score 1) 219

How many scribes is one printer worth? I don't have any idea what the exact number could be, but I'm pretty sure this comparison wasn't included in CNet's article because there's no way you can get the scribes to win.

Comment Re:Not interested in Cloud Computing (Score 1) 155

If the Chrome OS is only an access point into a Google (or other) cloud then it is of no interest to me and shouldn't be of interest to anyone else.

Its not.

Its primarily designed as an interface into remotely hosted applications (though supporting applications that can run in an "offline mode" is a key feature) using web standards, but cloud computing (server abstraction and dynamic provisioning) have little to do with that except that it can provide a convenient platform for web apps, and the parts of "cloud computing" (really, just remote application hosting, which was around long before cloud computing) that Slashdotters tend to complain about ("ZOMG! I can't control my own data!") have even less to do with it, since nothing stops the apps you use on your Chrome OS device from being hosted on the inexpensive Linux-based server you've got plugged into your home router.

About the only thing either of those have to do with Google Chrome OS is that some aspects of Chrome OS will leverage facilities on Google's cloud, and that Google of course hopes that beyond that, Chrome OS users will find it a convenient platform for using Google's existing cloud-based apps. But its an open source project, so the first of those things can be replaced, and you are no more forced to use Google's other cloud apps with Chrome OS than you are with the existing Chrome browser.

Comment Re:Link to Amended ABSTRACT is Wrong (Score 1) 91

The PDF linked by the submitter is the amended Abstract. What legal weight does the Abstract have? NONE.

So, essentially, the submitter has tried to claim that the attorney's fixing the length of the abstract, which bears no legal weight whatsoever and is merely for use in searching patent databases, somehow solves any question of patentability and novelty. And that's just wrong, and stupid.

Why shouldn't the USPTO judge patent applications based upon the abstract as well as the claims? Since the abstract is used for the purpose of performing preliminary searches of patents, poorly worded abstracts, or those that don't properly summarize the patent claims should be a basis for denial. Polluting the patent database with misleading data is one thing that the examiners should be taking into account.

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