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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.
The Courts

Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor's Cyberlaw Record 384

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the yes-but-does-she-know-what-she-is-talking-about dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Thomas O'Toole writes that President Obama's choice for Associate Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, authored several cyberlaw opinions regarding online contracting law, domain names, and computer privacy while on the Second Circuit. Judge Sotomayor wrote the court's 2002 opinion in Specht v. Netscape Communications Corp., an important online contracting case. In Specht, the Second Circuit declined to enforce contract terms (PDF) that were available behind a hyperlink that could only be seen by scrolling down on a Web page. 'We are not persuaded that a reasonably prudent offeree in these circumstances would have known of the existence of license terms,' wrote Sotomayor. Judge Sotomayor wrote an opinion in a domain name case, Storey v. Cello Holdings LLC in 2003 that held that an adverse outcome in an administrative proceeding under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy did not preclude a later-initiated federal suit (PDF) brought under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). In Leventhal v. Knapek, a privacy case, Judge Sotomayor wrote for the Second Circuit that New York state agency officials and investigators did not violate a state employee's Fourth Amendment rights when they searched the contents of his office computer (PDF) for evidence of unauthorized use of state equipment. While none of these cases may mean much as far as what Judge Sotomayor will do as an Associate Supreme Court Justice 'if confirmed, she will be the first justice who has written cyberlaw-related opinions before joining the court,' writes O'Toole."

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