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Comment: Re:I will never understand (Score 4, Interesting) 66

by gnasher719 (#49552207) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls
Simple way to level things is what is used in Germany - fees are limited to a fixed small percentage of the value being argued about, but if you demand a large amount and get only a small amount, you actually count as the loser (so a large corporation suing you for 100 million dollars and awarded $100 would actually pay 99.9999% of the total cost).

In the case of patent trolls demanding huge money, even if they are rewarded a small amount, they would have to pay all the cost.

Comment: The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 5, Insightful) 59

The pool of people who are knowledgeable about the practices, challenges, and daily business realities of the telecommunications industry (or any industry for that matter) is a small one indeed; good luck finding someone in that pool with the experience necessary to lead an agency the size of the FCC who hasn't worked for the industry at one time in his or her life.

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 4, Informative) 74

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49551953) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid
In addition to being cool stuff, mercury also has a very long history of use in gold extraction. I don't know about the people who built this particular structure; but mercury-amalgamation gold extraction is known to have been in use in South America well before the Spanish showed up. Given the human enthusiasm for gold, that's another point in mercury's favor as a funerary good, along with being weird and cool looking.

(Large scale extraction is now usually done by cyanide leaching, since that's somewhat less nasty than mercury amalgamation; but small scale miners often still use mercury. As one might imagine, the 'now heat the amalgam with a blowtorch to drive off the mercury and recover the gold' step is about as good for you as it sounds, possibly worse.)

Comment: Re:Next up... (Score 2) 98

by Shakrai (#49551825) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

That's a matter of perspective. I've been there numerous times and have found that the Canadian side has the best views but the American side is less of a tourist trap. The Canadians have done a piss poor job of keeping development in check, in fact, there's a school of thought saying that the Horseshoe Falls are perpetually mist covered (historically they weren't) because of changes in the local wind currents brought about by development on the Canadian side.

Besides, the coolest thing there is the Cave of the Winds, and that's in good ole USA. No trip would be complete without seeing both sides, but there are plenty of people (myself included, obviously) that think the American side is at least the equal of the Canadian side.

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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 49

by Jane Q. Public (#49549667) Attached to: Microsoft Opens Vulnerability Bounty Program For Spartan Browser

The "information highway"? WTF is this, 1995?

No... more like 480 BC. It seems reasonable to think that "Spartan" refers to "Sparta" which in turn implies (with deference to Slashdot's notably horrible character handling): "Molon labe"... which would mean in this context: "Come and get it." The reply to Xerces when he demanded they lay down their weapons was "come and get them".

The historical reference hit me right away, and if Microsoft didn't really intend it, they screwed up bigtime. Because the name of their browser is historically a challenge to "try to go through me". So...

Let's go try it. I kind of doubt if seriously attacked it would stand as they did.

Comment: Re:Windows !!! (Score 5, Insightful) 80

by Shakrai (#49548841) Attached to: Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

Why they didn't use Linux, BSD, even the Russia or RedFlag version ?

Ask Siemens. They designed the equipment the Iranians are using and wrote most of the control software to operate in a Windows environment. Not that it would have mattered, once you've got an agency with the resources of CIA or Mossad after you it's only a matter of time before they find a way in. Linux is not proof against malware delivered via HUMINT assets.

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann