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Comment: Let's not forget that patents expire (Score 1) 59

by RoLi (#48672217) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

Everybody, including the people who wrote the summary are treating patents as if they were perpetual - but they are not.

AFAIK the really good patents (about the FAT-filesystem) are expiring 2015. There are still some shady non-essential FAT-patents that expire IIRC until 2017, but those are easily worked around, have tons of prior art, are about non-essential features and/or are laughably frivolous.

So of course a patent-portfolio purchased in 2011 may be worth a lot less today. It may be even worthless, depending on what patents have expired. Basically the worth of a patent portfolio can be calculated by how much money could be milked so far (by royalties or monopoly pricing) from it multiplied by the time still left until expiration. So most patent portfolios will lose value over time (although there may be rare exceptions when some revolutionary products come out - but that did not happen since 2011).

People, do you remember the gif-pdf patent outrcry? It's ancient history now - and all these patents will be history in just a few years because most of them were filed in the 1990s.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 377

by RoLi (#48572323) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

I agree with you about MP3/Ogg - but the Javascript decoder (used for example in could make all the difference.

Basically it means that the server admin can reap the benefits (bandwidth) while the user has to handle the legacy conversion (Javascript runs on the user's machine). Therefore there is practically no downside for those who decide what is on a webpage.

And once this format is even just semi-widespread, browsers will start to support it too - and then it's a standard.

Comment: Re: uh, no? (Score 1) 340

by RoLi (#48401821) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

It doesn't matter that it's obviously fake.

After all, 10 or 20 million people honestly believe that your president was actually born in Kenya, simply because someone made up a preposterous tale that they desperately wanted to believe.

I've checked out the birth-certificate directly from - and it's also obviously fake. - And it doesn't matter that it's obviously fake, nobody who matters in the US cares. And those who care are just insulted as racists.

Of course that doesn't establish that he was born in Kenya (unlikely), but there must be a reason why they faked it...

Comment: Re:uh, no? (Score 1) 340

by RoLi (#48401729) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

I'd say there's maybe a 90-second window (at most) for anyone with an average smartphone camera who want to gather evidence of a launch with this missile system.

With several thousand soldiers usually having nothing better to do (and also having the order to) watch the front - on both sides - that is ample time to take a picture.

And in fact it is also ample time to have some paper trail in the chain of command - again on both sides. Because a large missile starting will get reported when it happens near the front.

Smoke trail or not, the complete absence of any reports of a rocket starting is indeed evidence that indeed no rocket started there.

Comment: Re:Why does not one ever listen? (Score 1) 265

by RoLi (#48370211) Attached to: Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

You must have been sleeping for the last 20 years, because that is exactly what I've heard numerous times in the 90s.

Then Linux started to dominate webservers. (late 90s)
Then Linux started to dominate supercomputers. (early 00s)
Then Linux started to dominate embedded systems. (mid 00s)
Then Linux started to dominate cellphones. (early 10s)
Now Linux is starting to dominate tablets.

Yes, Linux is not (yet) dominating desktops - but even without the desktop, the number of markets Linux dominates right now is pretty impressive. That's not hobbyist.

You know you've been spending too much time on the computer when your friend misdates a check, and you suggest adding a "++" to fix it.