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Comment: Re:Do they charge patent royalties for Windows Pho (Score 1) 103

by beelsebob (#49550777) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

This is getting pretty weird. Windows Phone is now free, right? So if a phone maker builds WinPhones, do they pay Microsoft nothing for the same patents? Is that legal - to charge a patent royalty to device makers using somebody else's software - using no Microsoft code, while allowing makers of devices using Microsoft software to pay no software or patent fees?

Why would it not be legal - you can offer whatever licensing terms you like both on your own patents and on your own software.

Comment: Re:/me is waiting for the cheaper Tesla baby! (Score 1) 622

by beelsebob (#49528501) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Not quite as great, but there are beginning to be options for not crap, and not insanely priced electric cars. The VW eGolf and the Ford Focus both spring to mind - they both look just like normal every day cars, and are built to fairly reasonable quality standards.

Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 5, Informative) 409

No, the point is that in order to use the dog, they need to have probable cause of another crime having been committed. There wasn't any probable cause here, so they couldn't use the dog (whether it took longer or not).

In the UK at least (not sure about the US on this part), at a traffic stop, the police absolutely are not allowed to search your car in any way, unless you give them permission, or they have reasonable suspicion of another crime having been committed.

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