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Comment: Re:Why can't they fairly negotiate? (Score 1) 47

by hey! (#49184405) Attached to: SpaceX's Challenge Against Blue Origins' Patent Fails To Take Off

There was a period in the early 00's when one of the my company's manager would periodically walk through my office door and the first words out of his mouth was "I just read about this patent..." and I'd stop him right there.

"This is going to be one of those things where the extent of the filer's 'invention' was to take something people were doing with LORAN fifty years ago, cross out 'LORAN' and write in 'GPS', isn't it?"

"Well," he'd begin.

"I don't want to hear about it. It's guaranteed to be invalid on the basis of obviousness, but if they get lucky in court and I've actually read or even heard about that specific patent they'll be able to take us to the cleaners."

You'd be amazed at some of the technology patents the patent office grants. Stuff anyone who'd been a practicing engineer for more than a few months would laugh his ass off at if he were patent examiner.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 523

if romney or mccain had won versus obama, we would have no ACA.

This is another example of your partisanship. Every republican candidate (and democrat candidate, for that matter) in 2008 had a healthcare plan. Obama ended up implementing something that looked a lot like McCain's plan.

Comment: Re:Windows Phone looks decent enough but... (Score 1) 289

by DogDude (#49183729) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough
MS needs to come up with something that convinces people it's worth switching!

I dunno. I think their try it out campaign was pretty good. Anybody who uses the windows Phone for about a minute goes "wow". It makes Android and iOS look really dated by comparison.

Comment: Re:If it can run some win 10 apps (Score 1) 289

by DogDude (#49183663) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough
I really don't think that "apps" are that big of a deal. If you're using your phone as a toy, then sure, you probably want all of the neat whizbang "apps". But if you're using it to communicate with people, Windows Phone is way beyond Android and iOS in terms of usefulness.

Comment: Remembering Nimoy this way is illogical. (Score 5, Informative) 149

by hey! (#49183661) Attached to: <em>Star Trek</em> Fans Told To Stop "Spocking" Canadian $5 Bill

His family has requested that donations be made in his memory to one of the following charities

Everychild Foundation http://everychildfoundation.or...
P.O. Box 1808
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Foundation http://www.copdfoundation.org/
20 F Street NW, Suite 200-A
Washington, D.C. 20001

Beit T’Shuvah Treatment Center http://www.beittshuvah.org/tre...
8831 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Bay-Nimoy Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel of Hollywood http://www.tiohnurseryschool.o...
7300 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Source: http://www.startrek.com/articl...

Comment: Re:But realistically... (Score 1) 289

What choice does Microsoft have at this point? If they simple cede the mobile market, they risk Google marching right up the middle with a series of devices that come to resemble a full computing platform. And that most certainly is Google's intent. That's why they're putting considerable resources into Google Docs; they want it to be good enough, and once it is good enough, then suddenly that Chromebook looks like a pretty decent competitor to a more expensive Windows laptop.

At the end of the day, Microsoft has to at least gain some market share or it will begin to see its most valuable market; Exchange-Office, begin to leak away.

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