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+ - Patent troll targetting users of scanners; wants $1000/employee->

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earlzdotnet writes "A new patent troll is in town, this time targetting the users of technology, rather than the creators. They appear to hold a process patent for "scanning a document and then emailing it." They are targetting small businesses in a variety of locations and usually want somewhere between $900 to $1200 per employee for "infringement" of their patent. As with most patent trolls, they go by a number of shell companies, but the original company name appears to be Project Paperless LLC. Joel Spolsky said in a tweet that "This is organized crime, plain and simple...". I tent to agree with him. When will something be done about this legal mafia?"
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+ - Nothing Faster Than Light Speed? Not So Fast->

Submitted by agelesshero
agelesshero (1433791) writes "A northern Tennessee physics teacher, and former Sandia National Laboratories scientist, claims the Coulomb force is faster than the speed of light. Using a fairly simple experiment Allen Robnett found the Coulomb force moves too fast to be measured, and therefore exceeds the speed of light by an unknown factor.

If true the finding could upset a number of physics concepts we take for granted, up to and including the Law of Conservation of Energy. It also may help explain such phenomena as dark matter and dark flow among other astrophysics mysteries."

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Comment: Re:Who needs WiFi? (Score 1) 80

by systemidx (#42292679) Attached to: The State of In-Flight Wi-Fi

A lack of network access is a sure fire way to ensure you pick a game that's not reasonably completable without a faq. So many games during the NES and SNES era just didn't give you enough information, so you'd have to buy the guide or subscribe to Nintendo Power. These days it's GameFaqs.

Yes, it's cheating. But I play games to have fun, and looking around for hours and hours without making progress is no fun at all. I do always give myself a couple hours to really make sure I'm stuck.

I would agree with that for most of the NES games that required thought, but most SNES games could be completed without them. Sure, you may not have gotten all of the special easter eggs and whatnot (and yes - there ARE some outliers that are baffling without some sort of guide -- the latter Lufia 2 puzzles used to piss me off).

Comment: Who needs WiFi? (Score 1) 80

by systemidx (#42291941) Attached to: The State of In-Flight Wi-Fi
When you have emulators?

Any kind of cross-country (or rather anywhere) flight and I break out my cheap ass laptop and open up ZSNES.

I highly doubt that any of these planes utilize QoS properly anyway. So the second anyone uploads a file or attempts to sync their e-mail, the entire connection comes to a screeching halt.


Sometimes people should just take the x hour ride as a chance to relax and catch up on your sleep/reading/video game time. Lord knows that the workaholic middle class could use it.

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