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Comment Re:What benefit to announcing it? (Score 2) 202 202

Having worked for a phone manufacturer, the biggest red tape of all is the complete lack of budget to pay for maintaining software on a device that has been sold and is generating no revenue after that point. The only companies that make $'s are the carriers, the app sellers and Google. The carriers can and do twist the arm of OEM's to keep SW updated, but I've never heard of a carrier willing to pay a maintenance fee to OEM's for this. Anyone else know if this happens?

Comment Re:Social Media Outrage? (Score 1) 371 371

..and he got terminated from all of his positions.

If it stopped at him being mocked, that would be fine. Still an overreaction, because his comments were taken out of context and completely not understood (perhaps *willfully* misunderstood, as was the case with may who piled on Justine Sacco). But, whatever.

But he also got fired. And that's why this is a serious problem.

Comment Re: 1 thing (Score 2) 583 583

What I did was stall. I continuously gave the HR person homework to do every time they asked. One tactic was to use the "total rewards" approach that companies like nowadays. Salary is just a small component of the whole - which includes bonus, stock grants, health care, etc. so I asked them what their offer would contain and how it would all come together. In the end, I got them to give me a number for the salary as a "starting point". I then used the "if you are not embarrassed by your counter offer, it's not high enough" to ask for more and took it from there. I did have to give my salary in the end for their due diligence, but it was way past the negotiation point. After being hired, I was able to talk to an HR person who told me that they typically try to offer 15% over what a (desirable) candidate is earning in order to make them feel inclined to join the company. Given the huge effort it took to relocate my family, and the various costs involved, even with relocation assistance, I still only broke even in the first year.

Comment I don't understand HBO NOW (Score 1) 140 140

I don't have a TV subscription and haven't DVR'd a show for years, but I was talked into subscribing to HBO NOW by the girl because she wanted to watch Game Of Thrones because all her friends were watching it. HBO NOW is pretty good - like Netflix and Prime but with a few better movies and some material they make themselves. What I can't work out though is that half the "seasons" seem to be only a few episodes long. It's like they haven't finished shooting them or something. Take for example, Silicon Valley - Season 1 is there - great - it's actually quite good. But Season 2 is only 3 episodes. Why is that? I don't see that on Netflix with their shows. Did they get cancelled or something?

[Edit] I was just told by a colleague that apparently, HBO actually "broadcast" their shows on a timetable. What? Why? The upshot is that we have to wait for some arbitrary time before the episodes become available. Sheesh. Talk about old fashioned...

Comment Right To Fix - needed now! (Score 1) 96 96

This is just one example of why there needs to be a clear "right to fix" when it comes to firmware. For *any* object with firmware in it, the owner of the hardware MUST have a legal right to unlock (if locked), reverse engineer (if required), change, update and fix the firmware. We are heading into an abyss where flaws/bugs/exploits in our cars, thermostats, TV's, phones, IOT tags, routers, etc. etc. WILL be found years after they have been sold. There is no way we can rely on the original equipment maker to keep these objects up to date - indeed they might not even be around in a few years when the objects become popular enough to become a target - so we must demand a clear, unambiguous right to fix!

Comment Plugin Dev Here - what I'd like to see (Score 1) 208 208

I develop Minecraft plugins for servers and have a plugin in the Top 100 that's played by 100,000's around the world. Developing plugins is a hobby, not a job, but it'd be great if I could make it my job. Right now, that's really difficult and indeed, doing plugins is very much like developing mobile apps before the App Store or Google Play arrived because there's no eco-system, just a giving-system. What I'd really like would be for a way for players to be able to give me $1. I.e., make it just like smartphone apps. I don't think that would be unreasonable. Then I could quit my job, etc.etc.... I assume that Nadella is changing things up in Redmond, so if you work for MS and are responsible for MC planning, give me a buzz and let's talk!

Comment Re:First day of *nix training... (Score 4, Funny) 329 329

Has anyone actually gone into root and executed the command-that-shall-not-be-named? It's like being in a slow-motion train-wreck. I'd like to say I did it once just to see what would happen, but that would be a lie. I was a fresh-faced admin on a Solaris workstation with root access cleaning up the hard drive of extraneous data. Imagine the scene: the finger comes down in slow motion, the Enter key depresses and a few microseconds after, everything speeds up to real time as the brain realizes what just happened. That little bit of skin between your legs crushes up and you feel like your guts are falling out of your body. You rapidly try to find the process and kill it before those very commands get wiped, but it's too late....

Comment Not very broad (Score 4, Informative) 105 105

This patent covers how to unlock a computer by raising your hand vertically about 20 cm. It's limited to that, so it's hardly "broad".

Quick Analysis of the independent claims (the broadest ones):

Claim 1. A method, comprising: receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the gesture comprising a rising motion along a vertical axis in space wherein the hand performs the rising motion for at least an unlock gesture distance at a minimum unlock gesture speed; and transitioning the non-tactile 3D user interface from a locked state to an unlocked state upon detecting completion of the gesture.

Summary: Covers raising your hand to unlock a computer.

Claims 2,3,4 & 5 add additional specifics around this.

Claim 6. An apparatus, comprising: a sensing device; and a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface and configured to receive, from the sensing device, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of the sensing device, the gesture comprising a rising motion along a vertical axis in space wherein the hand performs the rising motion for at least an unlock gesture distance at a minimum unlock gesture speed, and to transition the non-tactile 3D user interface from a locked state to an unlocked state upon detecting completion of the gesture.

Summary: Same as #1, but it's for an apparatus. It's still to unlock a computer.

Claims 7,8,9,10 just add detail to Claim 6.

Claim 11: A computer software product comprising a non-transitory computer-readable medium, in which program instructions are stored, which instructions, when read by a computer executing a non-tactile user interface, cause the computer to receive, from a sensing device, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of the sensing device, the gesture comprising a rising motion along a vertical axis in space wherein the hand performs the rising motion for at least an unlock gesture distance at a minimum unlock gesture speed, and to transition the non-tactile 3D user interface from a locked state to an unlocked state upon detecting completion of the gesture.

Summary: This makes the invention a machine rather just an algorithm, because that like makes it patentable.

Claim 12: A method, comprising: receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the gesture comprising a rising motion along a vertical axis in space; determining whether the gesture of the hand included a rising of the hand by at least 20 centimeters; and transitioning the non-tactile 3D user interface from a locked state to an unlocked state upon detecting completion of the gesture, wherein the transitioning of the user interface from a locked state to an unlocked state is performed only if the upward gesture included a rise of the hand by at least 20 centimeters.

Summary: The cherry on top claim that just sums up all the others into one that is actually what the invention most likely does in real life.

Comment Nokia ringtone and hour beeps (Score 1) 790 790

Not the melodious version, but the tinny mono piezo one. Gahhh, it was everywhere!

Second, hour beeps. Back when digital watches were gain ground, the manufacturers decided to add a handy beep, beep feature on the hour. It was great. Except at school assembly, when about 300 watches would all beep at roughly the same time, ish.

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