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+ - White House must answer petition to "Build Death Star"->

Submitted by EdIII
EdIII (1114411) writes "The White House petition to secure funding for building the Death Star has garnered 25,499 petitions, meaning the White House must officially respond.

I can't wait for the response... but my question to Slashdot readers is what modifications would you add to the proposed Death Star?

Obviously, as one journalist put it, "guardrails around any of the facility's seemingly endless number of bridges, spans, shafts and pits""

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+ - How do I handle a Patent Troll->

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weiserfireman writes "We received a letter today from a company claiming they are the licensing agent for some US Patents, 7986426, 7477410, 6771381, 6185590.

They are claiming the integration of scanning and document management into our workflows violates their patents and we have to license their technology as an end user.

An example of an infringing technology is the use of an HP MFP scanner to send an email or scan a document to a network folder or Microsoft Sharepoint.

I am pretty sure that these patents could be invalidated by prior art. I've worked with document management systems since 1999. But my company is so small that a patent fight as an enduser of these technologies is not financially feasible.

I have started the process of trying to get HP's Legal Team involved, does Slashdot have any other suggestions?"

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Comment: What happened? Consumers wised up. (Score 1) 425

by theinvisibleguy (#37061794) Attached to: How Apple Is Beating Nintendo At Its Own Game
The 3DS had almost no good launch titles and still suffers from a lack of first party nintendo games, no one wants to buy a console that doesn't have a decent game library. Additionally most people are probably waiting for the inevitable 3DS light or 3DSi upgrade version coming in another year or two that promises improved and additional features at the same price as the original 3DS.

Comment: Re:Enter the Matrix was OK... (Score 1) 397

by theinvisibleguy (#30835634) Attached to: Failed Games That Damaged Or Killed Their Companies
That's too bad, I never encountered any bugs in the game, on PS2. I actually thought it was a pretty good game, the fighting looked much better/more complex then it actually was, you could do some cool stunts, and the game had an actual story which contributed to the plot of the movie.

Comment: NEAT (Score 4, Informative) 167

by theinvisibleguy (#28622985) Attached to: Experimental Video Game Evolves Its Own Content
This game has come a long way since I saw a demo version in my AI class at UCF, the techniques have a lot of potential to be utilized in other video games as well for dynamic content creation. The NEAT algorithm (NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies is really cool too, in fact I believe it's open source and can be found at Professor Ken Stanley's UCF website.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.