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Comment: Re:Should be simple (Score 1) 56

by kelemvor4 (#49365359) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

From TFA:

It turns out that Smart Projects had trademarked the Arduino brand in Italy in December 2008, before Arduino LLC got around to filing in April 2009 in the USA.

So... what's to discuss. I don't think there's a law against being a complete asshole, so smart projects wins.

You don't "trademark" things -- you register a trademark. Registration is not strictly necessary in most jurisdictions -- as long as you are actively using the branding, it is automatically considered your trademark. Order of registration only matters if you're talking about two commercial entities independently coming up with the same brand. Here we have two entities with an existing contractual relationship. Smart Projects therefore was not ignorant of the informal body that later became Arduino LLC. Who initiated the contract and who came up with the name? What did the original contract say about the name? Clearly the initial contracts were poorly drafted, or there would be a clear answer, and we wouldn't be having this conversation!!

Well I learned something today. I guess I should have assumed that lawyers would make the problem as difficult to resolve as possible.

Comment: Re:How many minutes until this is mandatory? (Score 1) 282

by kelemvor4 (#49333393) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Don't forget roads with variable speed limits and electronic speed signs. They should invest in up-to-the-minute over-the-air GPS map updates!

There's also temporary limits imposed by road works.

If the conditions are so bad you can't read road signs, you shouldn't be driving.

GPS is not the answer.

Or they could use the existing gps augmentation systems. SiriusXM and FM radio both provide traffic updates. It would probably be simple to add information for variable speed zones.

Comment: Re:Why plea deal? (Score 2) 102

by kelemvor4 (#49068035) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

Wouldn't you rather have your day in court to fight bullshit charges?

Only if you really think you can win. Otherwise folks who ask for their day in court (In the US anyway) are severely penalized vs those that plead guilty. It sounds like this is a "Plea bargain" situation, too. Where the perpetrators of the case bought his plea in exchange for a lesser sentence than he might have received on his own.

Comment: Re:Taken to the cleaners... (Score 4, Insightful) 132

by kelemvor4 (#49067263) Attached to: LG Exec Indicted Over Broken Samsung Washing Machine

Agreed. Touching a competitor's setup at a trade fair is bush league.

I don't buy that "testing" defense for a second. If you're a company that large you test by buying a machine anonymously at retail, take it to your labs, complete a test plan, then take it apart the see the build and components. Just randomly poking at stuff before a trade show isn't even going to give you much data.

While I wouldn't be surprised if he broke the machines on purpose, I'm assuming these weren't available for purchase yet. That seems to be how companies work (including Samsung and LG) in other spaces such as televisions. In fact, many of those other products that they bring to shows are just concept devices that never make it to market without significant changes.

While there probably is detailed testing like you describe going on, I think it's reasonable for an exec to check out the competition at a show.

Comment: Re: IF true... (Score 2) 164

by kelemvor4 (#49061705) Attached to: Researcher Developing Tattoo Removal Cream

Or we could stop having superficial bosses with superficial ideas. They tend to be dying off at faster than replacement rates so perhaps there's hope for us yet. I can't wait for the last of the suit and tie set to die off.

BTW, I have no tattoos and don't especially like them. I just like corporate attitudes a lot less.

Because nothing says "I make good decisions" like permanent marks all over the body, right?

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990