"Adding to the confusion for Watson, there are cities named Toronto in the United States and the Toronto in Canada has an American League baseball team. It probably picked up those facts from the written material it has digested. Also, the machine didn’t find much evidence to connect either city’s airport to World War II. (Chicago was a very close second on Watson’s list of possible answers.) "
One example would be IBM which sells services and hardware on top of open source.
Red Hat is profitable by selling services and support on top of open source.
Another example would be Google and their Chromium project. An open source browser is a gateway to their profit engine which is selling advertisements through their search engine and web apps.
Is Microsoft About To Declare Patent War On Linux?
Headlines with question marks at the end annoy me. Reminds me of an old episode of The Daily Show where Jon Stewart makes fun of cable news headlines ending with a question mark.
IBM U.S. labor force numbers.
Where IBM hired in 2009:
Latin America: 7,112
Here are the detailed numbers from the IBM March 1st, 2010 layoffs (2,901 cut so far)
STG Technology Development: 24
STG Sales Support: 80
CIO Application and infrastructure: 160
Software Group WPLC: 50
Software Group Information management: 99
GBS Global Account: 98
GTS Security Systems: 41
ITD Transition, Quality & Service Mgmt: 276
ITD Application Hosting and Database: 158
ITD Service Management Delivery: 66
ITD Storage Management: 178
ITD Distributed Server Management: 318
ITD SSO (IDMM): 120
GTS North America East IMT Region Maintenance & Technical Support: 66
Sales and Distribution Headquarters: 73
ITD Complex Engagement Services: 34
SWG Application & Integration Middleware: 119
ITD Shared Services, Security & Risk Management: 216
Sales and Distribution Global Sales: 57
Human Resources Global Administration: 124
STG Global markets: 12
CIO Client Value Tranformation: 76
Corporate Marketing & Communications: 48
CIO Operations & Enterprise Portfolio Management: 8
STG Software Development & Lab services: 39
GBS Financial Services: 24
GBS AIS: 84
GBS ASAA: 202
Total cut so far: 2901
If you read the actual patent, it is talking about validating the text input as the characters are being typed in and highlighting the specific characters that don't match the regular expression. For example if you type in a SSN as: 1112-113-1111, then the 2 and 3 within the text field would be highlighted (e.g. highlighted red) as not matching the regular expression for a SSN. I think the key is that the error highlighting is done inside the text field. The highlighting of the text wouldn't occur until some timer expired (e.g. 200 ms without any new typing). This makes it so that the error highlights don't show up as you are typing but as soon as you stop. This is definitely more novel than the comments on this article make it out to be.
Should this or other software algorithms be patentable? No. However companies like IBM are forced to patent because if they don't then other patent troll companies sue them and win because they have trouble proving prior art. It is not illogical for companies like IBM to simultaneously pursue patent reform and continue to patent as much as possible under the current legislation. This is just taking advantage of the broken system while talking about how broken it is.
"This presents an interesting chicken and egg problem with circumvention software. How do you get the software in the first place if it's source of the software package is censored?"
apt-get install tor privoxy
I've been in countries where use of any method to circumvent state censorship is criminal, all known proxies are blocked, all proxifying/anonymising software websites are blocked, tor.eff.org is blocked and so on. But there are Debian mirrors hosted by the state funded university. No more censorship
That implies you have a choice of which OS to use which just isn't the case in China. Most people use a cyber cafe connection running on Windows XP. Most Chinese simply can't afford the cost of a computer of their own. Nor could they afford the cost of an internet connection of their own.
Being the dork that I am I spent a good chunk of time playing around with the Great Firewall of China. One thing that baffled me was the ease of which I could find "censored" material. For example the wikipedia page for the Tiananmen Square protests was accessible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989).
Searching Google images for "Tiananmen Square" came back with hundreds of tanks, bloody civilians and the like - no different than in the U.S.
Yet some things were banned. I found that all the free http proxies that I tried were banned. I couldn't get to wikileaks.org. And I couldn't get to the Tor website to download the installer.
This presents an interesting chicken and egg problem with circumvention software. How do you get the software in the first place if it's source of the software package is censored? I ended up asking a buddy of mine in the U.S. to send me the Tor program via gmail, but not everyone has that option.
I was only on a very slow 8k/sec connection so at times it was difficult to tell if a site was banned or if it just was really slow. I could only really tell by running a trace route. It would always time out at the same router, presumably the router that bridged between inside and outside China.
In case anyone is interested here is a tracert going to a banned site.
Tracing route to wikileak.org [22.214.171.124]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 490 ms 298 ms 298 ms 126.96.36.199
2 298 ms 299 ms 299 ms 188.8.131.52
3 298 ms 280 ms * 184.108.40.206
4 280 ms 342 ms 296 ms 220.127.116.11
5 432 ms 439 ms 439 ms 18.104.22.168
6 438 ms 459 ms 459 ms 22.214.171.124
7 358 ms * 1107 ms 126.96.36.199
8 499 ms 480 ms 479 ms 188.8.131.52
9 * 1108 ms 479 ms sl-gw22-ana-1-0.sprintlink.net [184.108.40.206]
10 498 ms 500 ms 518 ms sl-crs2-ana-0-1-2-2.sprintlink.net [220.127.116.11
11 518 ms 519 ms 539 ms sl-crs2-fw-0-13-3-0.sprintlink.net [18.104.22.168
12 536 ms 538 ms 558 ms sl-crs2-kc-0-0-0-2.sprintlink.net [22.214.171.124
13 537 ms 558 ms 538 ms sl-crs2-chi-0-8-0-3.sprintlink.net [126.96.36.199
14 528 ms 539 ms 539 ms sl-st21-chi-11-0-0.sprintlink.net [188.8.131.52
15 537 ms 539 ms 540 ms sl-bigpi4-209998-0.sprintlink.net [184.108.40.206]
16 536 ms 559 ms 539 ms rc2ch-pos10-0.il.shawcable.net [220.127.116.11]
17 537 ms 719 ms 539 ms rc1ch-ge1-0-0.il.shawcable.net [18.104.22.168]
18 556 ms 560 ms 559 ms rc2sh-pos13-0.mt.shawcable.net [22.214.171.124]
19 558 ms 557 ms 559 ms ra2sh-tge10-1.mt.shawcable.net [126.96.36.199]
20 597 ms 578 ms 580 ms rx0sh-hydro-one-telecom.mt.bigpipeinc.com [66.24
21 578 ms 559 ms 559 ms 188.8.131.52
22 779 ms 779 ms * tol-gsr.telecomottawa.net [184.108.40.206]
23 * * * Request timed out.
24 * * * Request timed out.
25 * * * Request timed out.
26 * * * Request timed out.
27 * * * Request timed out.
28 * * * Request timed out.
29 * * ^C