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Comment: Re:Silly patents, tricks are for kids... (Score 2, Informative) 451

by sharkb8 (#29686157) Attached to: Patent Claim Could Block Import of Toyota's Hybrid Cars
1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising: at least two pairs of wheels, each pair of wheels operable to receive power to propel said hybrid vehicle; a first alternating current (AC) electric motor, operable to provide power to a first pair of said at least two pairs of wheels to propel said hybrid vehicle; a second alternating current (AC) electric motor, operable to provide power to a second pair of said at least two pairs of wheels to propel said hybrid vehicle a third AC electric motor; an engine coupled to said third electric motor, operable to provide power to at least one of said two pairs of wheels to propel the hybrid vehicle, and/or to said third electric motor to drive the third electric motor to generate electric power; a first alternating current-direct current (AC-DC) converter having an AC side coupled to said first electric motor, operable to accept AC or DC current and convert the current to DC or AC current respectively; a second alternating current-direct current (AC-DC) converter having an AC side coupled to said second electric motor, operable to accept AC or DC current and convert the current to DC or AC current respectively; a third alternating current-direct current (AC-DC) converter coupled to said third electric motor, at least operable to accept AC current and convert the current to DC; an electrical storage device coupled to a DC side of said AC-DC converters, wherein the electrical storage device is operable to store DC energy received from said AC-DC converters and provide DC energy to at least said first and second AC-DC converters for providing power to at least said first and second electric motors; and a controller, operable to start and stop the engine to minimize fuel consumption. essentially, they patented a triple electric motor hybrid, wit the third motor capable of driving wheels, but also being connected to an engine to generate power.

Comment: Re:Frivolous Lawyer (Score 1) 1251

by sharkb8 (#28940351) Attached to: Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable
RTFA. The Article says she has not hired a lawyer. She filed this case pro se. All you need is $210. It'll get booted for "failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted."

And lawyers get fined for filing frivolous cases. They even get suspended or disbarred, but that's fairly extreme. The bar for a frivolous case is pretty high, and any decent attorney can find some kind of fraudulent inducement claim that'll survive summary judgement.

Comment: Re:What's a C student at Monroe College? (Score 1) 1251

by sharkb8 (#28940211) Attached to: Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable
Monroe College is a for-profit institution, similar to the University of Pheonix. Here in New York, they advertise on the subway. This is generally bad. Monroe College offers degrees in vocational-type training (physician's assistant, dental assistant, etc.) It's basically a vocational school, not a university.

Comment: Re:Document everything (Score 1) 508

by sharkb8 (#26348983) Attached to: Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?
you can't patent an idea, you can only patent an invention, which is the implementation of an idea. Or at least fool an examiner into thinking you've figured out how to implement it. After looking at Woz's granted patents, the implementations are fairly well described, so he had some idea of how to implement it. It wasn't a case of patenting a cure for cancer without knowing how to actually cure cancer.

Comment: Re:Document everything (Score 1) 508

by sharkb8 (#26344875) Attached to: Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?
If you don;t share it with them, they couldn't have stolen it. If you keep your diary secret, it's not prior art, because it wasn't published. If you don't publicly use your ideas, those aren't prior art because there was no public use. Inventor's notebooks are only good for establishing the conception and reduction to practice of an invention.

Comment: Re:probably not a single mouse... (Score 1) 773

by sharkb8 (#25318211) Attached to: Qantas Blames Wireless For Aircraft Incidents
Without transmissions, you don't have waves, and therefore no standing waves. However, you make a good point, because without proper boundary conditions, you don't have anything standing, so no standing waves. And I also remember doing my EMag homework, but that was 15 years go. (We didn't have Emag apps, we had signals and systems).
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+ - Teen "Pirate" Sues Record Industry

Submitted by wile_e_wonka
wile_e_wonka (934864) writes "A 16-year-old boy being sued for online music piracy is fighting back. He has accused the recording industry on Tuesday of violating antitrust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats. In papers responding to a lawsuit filed by five record companies, Robert Santangelo, who was as young as 11 when the alleged piracy occurred, denied ever disseminating music and said it's impossible to prove that he did."

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