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+ - Biggest "patent troll" slapped hard by appeals court->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Dozens of companies were sued over an old Polaroid digital imaging patent.

The most litigious "patent troll" in the US has lost a major case after the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found its patent was too abstract.

Court declines to stop software patents altogether.

The ruling from last week is one of the first to apply new Supreme Court guidance about when ideas are too "abstract" to be patented. In the recent Alice v. CLS Bank case, the high court made clear that adding what amounts to fancy computer language to patents on basic ideas shouldn't hold up in court.

The patents in this case describe a type of "device profile" that allows digital images to be accurately displayed on different devices. US Patent No. 6,128,415 was originally filed by Polaroid in 1996. After a series of transfers, in 2012 the patent was sold to Digitech Image Technologies, a branch of Acacia Research Corporation, the largest publicly traded patent assertion company. A study on "patent trolls" by RPX found that Acacia Research Corporation was the most litigious troll of 2013, having filed 239 patent lawsuits last year."

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+ - Tesla Model S hacking prize claimed ->

Submitted by savuporo
savuporo (658486) writes "AutoBlogGreen reports: The $10,000 prize for successfully hacking a Tesla Model S has been claimed. A team from Zhejiang University in China claimed victory at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan360) event in Beijing by exploiting a "flow design flaw," whatever that means, to gain access to vital systems including the door locks, horn and window controls, while the vehicle was moving.

Last year, potential security pitfalls of high-tech electric and hybrid cars came to light when the DARPA successfully hacked into hybrids from Ford and Toyota. For illustration about why this might become a big deal, here is a video report about Prius ECUs and internal CAN network being messed around with while driven."

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+ - PayPal allows change of amount without customer confirmation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Like if a restaurant owner could change the billed amount in the card-terminal _after_ you entered your PIN,
or just like changing the amount in an already signed cheque by the recipient without knowledge.

The worst part is that PayPal actually calls this a 'feature' and not a BUG.."

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Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

by godel_56 (#47328205) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

I lost the password in a hard drive crash.

Apparently he admitted to the cops that he could decrypt the drive, but wouldn't. Which once again goes to show that when you are arrested by the cops SHUT THE HELL UP, or use TrueCrypt in "plausible deniability" mode (yes, I'm aware of TrueCrypt's current situation).

The fact that the defendant is a lawyer makes his admissions even more stupid.

Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

by godel_56 (#47328119) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

It amazes me that you subscribe to the idea that a local desktop hard drive crash wiped out all email for a high-ranking IRS official... and that the IRS is essentially shrugging at any notion of ineptitude. Clearly you know fuck all about tech.

I thought so too, but when you read the Ars Technica article on what a clusterfuck the IRS IT system is, It becomes a little more believable.

Comment: Rural Applications (Score 1) 199

by godel_56 (#47310181) Attached to: FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

While drone delivery is a stupid idea for the city and suburbs, I think it has some real possibilities for rural areas.

Being able to fly long distances over largely unpopulated regions, line of site and not affected by road conditions and with no on-board pilot/driver, seems potentially efficient.

Of course these are also the areas with toothless yokels with shotguns, so that may pose some problems.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin mining? (Score 1) 89

by godel_56 (#47294767) Attached to: Computing a Cure For HIV

Imagen if all that computer power was put to use such as finding the cure of HIV.... We would be done by lunch time.

If anyone wants to contribute to computer research on HIV with their own systems then there is a World Community Grid project called Fight Aids At home (FAAH) that uses your computer's spare cycles to work on AIDS research, using the BOINC platform.

There are versions for Windows, Apple, Linux, and Android software.

Comment: Re:Can a company patent it? (Score 1) 207

by godel_56 (#47258135) Attached to: Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

Gaining a drug's approval by the Food and Drug Administration in the US — and similar government agencies in other countries — is a very expensive process. The expense is normally offset for by the patent(s) granted to the pharmaceutical company, that developed the drug, which make it an exclusive maker/seller of the medicine for decades.

However, if the drug is long-known — and only needs an approval for new application — who will undertake to pay for the approval, if there is no way to patent it and the approval will allow all drug-makers (both domestic and foreign) to put their own versions on the market?

Or, the parents can just take their kids to Mexico for a week.

Comment: Re:Genetic programming - mutate and let fittest li (Score 1) 84

I'm quite scared by that. You first irradiate them, causing huge amount of genetic mutations. Then you change the environment, killing weakest mutants and let the best live on. Isn't it a recipe for eventually creating super-bug?

Did you miss the part where it's all done in a closed laboratory and they chop the mosquitoes' heads off?

Comment: Re:The Roman Empire? (Score 2) 348

by godel_56 (#47102735) Attached to: Why Snowden Did Right

Snowden would be a hero in my mind if he'd stopped at just revealing the illegal spying the NSA was doing on US citizens, but he went farther than that. He revealed a lot of the things the NSA does to spy on foreign powers. That is their job and I expect them to do it, and I do not expect a citizen of the US to reveal our sources and methods of intelligence gathering.

You mean spying on foreign powers like, um, the Bahamas?

Comment: Re:And Everything Just Get's More Inconvenient (Score 1) 193

by godel_56 (#47061201) Attached to: eBay Compromised

I have not noticed date of birth being in the phone book. It actually bothers me that companies such as eBay think that they need or should even ask for a date of birth. All they need to know is that I am over 18, then piss off with the intrusive data gathering.

You're right, but who the hell gives their right date of birth anyway, unless it's to someone like the government, life insurance company etc?

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