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Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 2) 278

by tinkerghost (#44765415) Attached to: Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

"patents they've never disclosed" is kind of a contradiction in terms. Usually the claim is that they haven't disclosed which patents are being cross-licensed.

"Patents they've never disclosed" is acurate. They go to companies using Android and say - "Linux uses our patents, pay us or else.", but they never disclose which patents Linux infringes on - they just take the money for a no-sue promise.

Comment: Re:Nice summary (Score 4, Informative) 278

by tinkerghost (#44765315) Attached to: Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS
Actually, 2.25% was the opening request - the same opening request they made to Nokia, Sony, and a bunch of other companies. MS ran to the courts to complain rather than negotiate. Not sure how it's abusive to make an initial offer that's higher than you expect to get. Now, had Motorola/Google refused to negotiate that 2.25%, it might be abusive - but that's not what happened.

Comment: Re:SPOILERS (Score 4, Informative) 1233

by tinkerghost (#44657113) Attached to: Don't Fly During Ramadan
Silver nitrate in the film will set off the detectors they use - as will a wide variety of hand lotions and even perfumes.
Other things that will set off the detector/test if you handle your lugage at any time while contaminated with them include:
  • potting soil, grass patch, plant food, and of course straight fertilizer.
  • Cleaning products - anything with amonia in it.
  • attending a show with pyrotechnics
  • gun powder residue - black or smokeless.
  • nitrate based medicines for heart conditions
  • insecticides

The list goes on, but the point is, even transporting your lugage in the same trunk as you carried potting soil in 2 months ago is going to get you flagged as a positive. After that, it's going down hill for you.

Comment: Re:I'm not a patent lawyer, but I can tell you thi (Score 1) 342

by tinkerghost (#43583879) Attached to: Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office
I disagree, I haven't seen a patent in the last 10 years that isn't a pile of steaming crap wrapped up in leaglease.

Even when the idea is worth the patent, by the time the lawyers get through with it, it's entirely worthless to actually try and duplicate it. General and vague references that paint a broad picture of the problem supposedly solved and hints of how to do it.

As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.

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