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Comment: Java stole from C (Score 1) 198

by amoeba1911 (#45607513) Attached to: Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

Why does Java have C's syntax? Java entirely ripped off the C syntax to ride on C's fan base.

If implementing your API based on another language API is a copyright violation, then I don't see why implementing your syntax based on another language's syntax isn't a copyright violation.

This whole case reeks of rent-seeking. It's disgusting and frustrating. Imagine how much faster technology would evolve if people competed by making better stuff instead...

The world of technology has always been a ruthless race, the ones that fall behind get gobbled up. But in the past decade the contenders are spending majority of their time trying to stab the other contenders instead of actually racing. Imagine in the Olympics, 100m dash, the runners are ready to run, the gun goes off.... and the runners start throwing dirt at each other's faces instead of actually racing. Sure, the runner who throws most dirt and kills the other runners will be able to get to the finish line first... but there will be no winners! EVERYONE loses!

Comment: Re:Those Who Cannot Compete... (Score 1) 476

by amoeba1911 (#45299763) Attached to: Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android
Animals never drown quietly. They will grab at anything nearby to prolong their futile final struggle. Companies are the same way.
Microsoft is gasping for air.
Sony has swallowed some water.
RIM is already face down in the water.
Apple is only neck deep but its life jacket died a year ago.

Their demise is inevitable, all they can do is delay it.

Comment: Re:Justia link (Score 5, Funny) 476

by amoeba1911 (#45299543) Attached to: Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

This invention relates to an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network. The machine receives from a user, a search request including a search argument corresponding to the desired information and searches, based upon the received search argument a first database having data network related information to generate search results. It also correlating the received search argument to a particular advertisement in a second database having advertisement related information. The search results together with the particular advertisement are provided by the machine to the user.

Yep... that's the "patent". Let's narrow this down a bit:

This invention relates to an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network.

Let's refactor this:
"within a data network" - where else is he going to search? What if he's in a car? and who cares where he's searching?
"user searching for desired information" - what other kind of information would he ever search for, undesired information? That's the whole point of "searching" is to find desired for information, so let's shorten that to "user searching" to get rid of redundancy.
"to a user searching" - Who cares what the user happens to be doing at the time? What if they're scratching their ass, and the machine serves ads to the user scratching his ass? What the user happens to be doing is irrelevant.
"machine which provides advertisements to a user" - what if the user is a web-crawler? Your invention will still work if it's a web crawler randomly pretending to be a user, so the invention is providing advertisements to not just a user, but to any client that connects. So we don't need to specify the "to a user" part either.
"This invention relates to" - this is the abstract for your invention, we know what you're talking about already, don't repeat.
"an advertisement machine which provides advertisements" - What else would an advertisement machine do? make coffee? By definition an advertisement machine is a machine that provides advertisements. Let's simplify this to "an advertisement machine"

After removing all the fluff, we're left with just:

An advertisement machine.

Good job! This patent would be awesome if you also invented a time machine, because ads have been around for a very long time.

Comment: I did it (Score 1) 81

by amoeba1911 (#44985213) Attached to: Metadata On How You Drive Also Reveals Where You Drive
I have progressive and I went ahead with their snapshot program. It's really neat because I would go on the web site every night and look at my driving record. The web site displays the time, driving speed, time and duration of each ride, along with number of "hard stops" made. It considers a velocity drop over 7mph/s to be a "hard stop". I hardly ever made hard stops.
I had that device plugged in for six months. During those six months I made a round trip to Florida. Most of the trip I was going at least 80mph, sometimes 90 and occasionally I exceeded 100mph. It was all recorded and displayed in the graphs on the web site. Overall, I drove like a speed demon, but my hard stops averaged to less than 0.1 hard stops per hour of driving.
After the six months were over, my insurance rate went down 27%. My insurance rate was already fairly low to begin with, so 27% amounts to just a few dollars per month.

Comment: Re: Sounds good to me (Score 1) 555

Anyways... if you lay down on a metal surface containing Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, or Gadolinium, and have ingested one of these; you may be placing a sufficiently magnetic surface close enough to a powerful magnet, that there is a danger.

Not at all. The only danger is if you eat two neodymium magnets more than a few minutes apart but within a 24 hour period. If you eat one, nothing happens, it comes in your poop. If you eat several at same time, nothing happens, you poop several at same time. The problem is that small intestine crosses near itself in countless places. If two magnets are traveling in different parts of the small intestines that cross closely they will start to pinch, and the prolonged pinching will eventually perforate the intestines. Magnets are fun, but they are serious toys, not something you hand over to someone who can't understand the consequences of ingesting questionable items.

Comment: Re:Federal prison (Score 5, Informative) 255

No, staying in public eye will do nothing. Despite all the brainwashing by the media, the majority of American public feels Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a traitor. Yet the government still pursues him as a traitor. There is a huge disconnect between government and people. The government no longer does what's best for the people, the government does what's best for the government at the cost of people. Revealing that the government does unethical things that harm the governed is considered treason. Eventually, speaking out against your government will become a crime as well.

Comment: They Thought They Were Free (Score 5, Insightful) 255

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security."

But Then It Was Too Late

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen