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+ - Lexus creates a hoverboard->

walterbyrd writes: Lexus says it won't be sold. It's for demonstration purposes. It operates using magnetic levitation, with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets that "combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible." It says it is working with the world's leading experts in super-conductive technology.
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Comment: Re:Thanks but no thanks (Score 1) 85 85

I'm not buying it.

Our patent system is broken, and msft is exploiting it, simple as that.

If somebody stole a real invention that would be one thing. But we both know that msft patents have almost nothing to do with real inventions.

What did Microsoft really invent? What did Apple really invent? Yet they have patents by the thousands.

Comment: Why single out Disney? (Score 1) 229 229

Don't get me wrong, I am happy to see Disney criticized.

But tech companies like: IBM, Microsoft, and Facebook, are *far* worse H1B abusers than Disney.

And Indian contracting firms are probably a bigger H1B scammer than the US companies combined.

I guess everybody will figure that the problem has been solved now.

+ - European court decision: Websites are liable for users' comments->

walterbyrd writes: In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers. As the digital rights organisation Access notes, this goes against the European Union’s e-commerce directive, which "guarantees liability protection for intermediaries that implement notice-and-takedown mechanisms on third-party comments." As such, Peter Micek, Senior Policy Counsel at Access, says the ECHR judgment has "dramatically shifted the internet away from the free expression and privacy protections that created the internet as we know it."
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Comment: Why just Google? Why not Bing or Yahoo? (Score 1) 337 337

Seems like they are singling out one search engine to be treated differently than others. Hard for me to see how that is fair. Just because Google has been successful, is no reason that the law should not be applied evenly. I guess that is how Europe "thinks."

Comment: Re:Not computer science, basic skills maybe? (Score 1) 179 179

> Millenials are often touted as "technology gurus" and "digital natives" because of the fact that they grew up from birth with modern computers

IMO: knowing how to use Facebook, and how to take selfies, is not my idea of a technology guru.

Comment: IMO: the term "computer science" is misused (Score 1) 179 179

Learning MS-Office is not learning "computer science" anymore than learning to use the copy machine is electrical engineering.

Maybe we should "computer usage skills" or something?

A course in algorithms is computer science, not learning to use MS-Windows.

+ - Prenda Gets Hit Hard With Contempt Sanctions For Lying To Court->

walterbyrd writes: Given all of this flat out deceit, it's actually a bit anti-climactic that the court then orders sanctions of just $65,263 against Steele and Hansmeier for contempt of court over the lies. As for the obstruction of discovery, the court orders Duffy and Steele to pay Booth Sweet's costs, which the lawyers are told to submit. Some people (including us...) are still reasonably wondering why none of this pattern of deceit, lying and abusing the court system still have not resulted in anything more serious. However, these court records are likely to be useful for those facing either Steele or Hansmeier in their new careers as ADA trolls...
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