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Comment: Apple just made a big legal mistake. (Score 4, Interesting) 300

by Animats (#48184285) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Sending the content of every search request to Apple? Notifying Apple if the user sets up a non-Apple email account? That's a blatant violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act unless Apple properly discloses that up front and gets the user's consent.

Apple didn't do that.

The EULA for MacOS isn't on line on Apple's own site. This matters. It violates the FTC's "clear and conspicuous" rule on disclosures. It's just like bundling spyware, which the FTC and state attorneys general have routinely hammered vendors for trying.

This puts Apple in the uncomfortable position Sony was in when they put a root kit on an audio CD.

Comment: Re:Only usefull for wine? (Score 1) 52

by pavon (#48176993) Attached to: Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

Think of it this way. If you are a company that has a D3D application that you need to port to linux, does it make more sense to spend a small amount of time making wine-lib based port that works with any video card driver. Or to spend a larger amount of time to create a native port that only works with specific drivers, causing all sorts of complications for your potential user base. It's a no brainer; you take the path that is less work for you, and more compatible for your customers.

Comment: Re:Only usefull for wine? (Score 1) 52

by pavon (#48175915) Attached to: Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

This native D3D9 support only works for drivers based on Gallium3D, which includes Noveau and the newer cards supported by the Radeon driver. If you are using the proprietary NVidia or AMD drivers, then this won't work. I can't imagine that any company would want to support a Linux port that required you to have specific graphics card drivers installed. Especially a company that didn't care enough about cross-platform support to use OpenGL from the start, and especially when many of the people who care about gaming on linux will be running the proprietary drivers, since that is what works best for most other games.


The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google 197

Posted by timothy
from the surprisingly-it's-not-I-am-Rich dept. writes Jim Edwards writes at Business Insider that Google is so large and has such a massive need for talent that if you have the right skills, Google is really enthusiastic to hear from you — especially if you know how to use MatLab, a fourth-generation programming language that allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, Fortran and Python. The key is that data is produced visually or graphically, rather than in a spreadsheet. According to Jonathan Rosenberg , Google's former senior vice president for product management, being a master of statistics is probably your best way into Google right now and if you want to work at Google, make sure you can use MatLab. Big data — how to create it, manipulate it, and put it to good use — is one of those areas in which Google is really enthusiastic about. The sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. When every business has free and ubiquitous data, the ability to understand it and extract value from it becomes the complimentary scarce factor. It leads to intelligence, and the intelligent business is the successful business, regardless of its size. Rosenberg says that "my quote about statistics that I didn't use but often do is, 'Data is the sword of the 21st century, those who wield it the samurai.'"

Comment: IP is licensed separately. (Score 4, Informative) 224

by Animats (#48154779) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Yes, you should explicitly refuse to implement your patented IP for the company without a separate licensing fee. This is completely separate from employment.

In particular, you don't want to use your IP in their product without a licensing deal in place. That creates a conflict of interest situation, one likely to result in litigation later. What if, later, you sold your patent rights to another party and they sued your employer? Your employer could then sue you for putting them in that situation.

Bring in a lawyer. Welcome to the big time.

Comment: There is no battery (Score 2) 395

Prof Chen and his team will be applying for a Proof-of-Concept grant to build a large-scale battery prototype.

In other words, they haven't built a battery yet.

Why are so many "nanotechnology" articles like this? People find some new surface chemistry phenomenon in the lab, and immediately announce it as if it were a product ready to ship. Then it turns out that the phenomenon only works under limited conditions, or is really expensive to make, or doesn't even perform in the intended application. The nanotechnology crowd should STFU until they can demo.

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