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Comment: Re:Webcast (Score 2, Interesting) 62

by Curunir_wolf (#47703321) Attached to: Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

Better to call it a webcast, i.e. episodic publication of audio files on the Internet.

Podcast is just Apples branding of the webcast for its iPod, and it came later.

This patent troll claimed *podcasts* infringed on its patent, as they came later ,

This is all completely wrong. First, Personal Audio is not technically "troll" - it didn't buy patents to troll, it actually developed the (somewhat obvious) technologies. Paul Logan is a real inventor that has brought real products to market.

Second, there is no patent for "podcasting" at all. The Personal Audio patents are about distribution and organizing of episodic content. Yes, they had a real product that did that, until Apple incorporated the same techniques into iTunes.

Paul Logan's Slashdot interview might be a little instructive for those that have only heard Adam Corolla's inflammatory fundraising scheme.

Logan: Well, I could answer this question by arguing that I did try to build a product. That I spent $1.6 million of my own money trying to realize our vision of a custom listening experience that ended up, at the end of the day, being implemented in the form of a cassette tape product, and not the digital player system we envisioned and patented.

When I left MicroTouch to start Personal Audio in 1996, we employed 500 people making touch screens in Massachusetts. Without those patents, we would never have gotten the company off the ground.

Comment: Not "Podcasting" (Score 2) 62

by Curunir_wolf (#47702717) Attached to: Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

Personal Audio has been trying to assert patents they claim cover podcasting

This is completely false. The patents don't cover podcasting per se, rather they cover methods for displaying and indexing podcast directories for distribution, the way they are organized in, for instance, the iTunes store. You can podcast all you want, distribute your podcasts and do everything else with them without Personal Audio making a claim, unless you put them into an iTunes store-like directory.

Not saying that it's a whole lot better, but this patent is easily avoidable, and the description is just disinformation.

Comment: Re:Never mind the quantity, feel the quality (Score 3, Funny) 318

by Curunir_wolf (#47690277) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

That's why they , hold various campaigns, negotiate with relevant parties in domestic disputes and so on.

LOL I missed that in my first reply. You've really been sold a bill of goods, and bought into some specious marketing claims

patrol the streets

Very little of police resources are used for this type of activity, but when it is, it is more properly termed "looking for someone to arrest for something."

hold various campaigns

...In an attempt to "improve their image". You've obviously bought into this marketing, but many people have not.

negotiate with relevant parties in domestic disputes

There are now federal rules (Violence Against Women Act) that generally requires an arrest to be made when a domestic call is made. The "negotiation" you're so fond of the police conducting is basically an exercise of "deciding who to arrest" and "collecting evidence on the perp". The only "prevention" aspect of this is that someone gets locked up, and prevented from beating up their domestic partner again for a day or two.

Comment: Re:Never mind the quantity, feel the quality (Score 4, Insightful) 318

by Curunir_wolf (#47689253) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

"only 40% of its versions can be stopped by antivirus software" Take a general case. What proportion of crime is stopped by the police?

Bad analogy. Antivirus software is designed to stop virus infections, but the police are designed to make arrests, not to stop crime.

Comment: Douche (Score 1) 422

by Curunir_wolf (#47672871) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

In addition to being the creator of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup is a Managing Director in the technology division of Morgan Stanley

So first he screwed us with that god-awful bastardization of C, then screwed us again with convoluted derivatives that no one could figure out were worthless, ushering in the worst global economic recession since World War II.

Pitchforks and torches are too good for this guy, I say. String him up on the yard arm.

Comment: Re: The DEA and CIA are both rogue agencies. (Score 1) 120

It distinguishes a person more closely to the culture they spring from like the difference between saying European or German( although it may be nice to break this subset down to their staadts as well.).

The trend is just the opposite in the EU, though. I've been dealing with a lot of folks from France lately, and they almost universally refer to themselves as "European", or "from Europe".

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen