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Submission + - East Texas judge throws out 168 patent cases (

walterbyrd writes: The ruling comes from a surprising source: US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap, the East Texas judge who has been criticized for making life extra-difficult for patent defendants. Gilstrap, who hears more patent cases than any other US judge, will eliminate about 10 percent of his entire patent docket by wiping out the eDekka cases.

Comment IMO: Fiorina did remarkable well (Score 1) 326

Fiorina is completely incompetent and never accomplished anything worthwhile.

Yet she became extremely wealthy, and influential. For reasons I cannot explain, a lot of people still listen to her.

Apple has always been a dickish a company, and Jobs was the worst dick of them all.

That Apple pulled a fast one, on somebody as incapable as Fiorina, is hardly surprising.

Comment Re:The question is 'why' (Score 0) 308

> For one thing, the POSIX API is there and remains unchanged, and is identical across all Linux variants, not to mention all the BSDs variants. POSIX is the #1 reason to stick with Linux or an open source variant.
> All this systemd non-sense?

Those two statements seem contradictory. I think systemd kills POSIX.

Submission + - Appeals court grants injunction to Apple, bans some features from Samsung phones (

walterbyrd writes: The 2-1 ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is a rebuke to US District Judge Lucy Koh, who held that Apple should be satisfied with monetary damages, and didn’t deserve an injunction.
The market impact will likely be limited, since the lawsuit was filed in 2012 and covers products that came out that year, like the Galaxy S3. Furthermore, software updates to Samsung software mean that the patents may not be infringed anymore. For instance, Samsung’s Android phones no longer use a “slide to unlock” feature on the bottom of the phone.

In dissent, US Circuit Judge Sharon Prost paints a sharply different picture from the majority. “This is not a close case,” she writes, noting that Apple’s patents cover a spelling correction feature it doesn’t use, and two others cover “minor features” out of “many thousands.”

Submission + - Plants as Intellectual Property: Patently Wrong? (

walterbyrd writes: Curcumin has shown some promising effects against a wide range of diseases, so well in fact that curcumin appears to possess all the desirable features of a designed-from-scratch, multipurpose drug.

If it’s so safe and effective, why aren’t more studies being done? Part of the delay is attributable to a U.S. patent, granted in 1995 to researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, for curcumin’s wound-healing properties, which prevented its development as a therapeutic. In a landmark case, highlighted in my video, Plants as Intellectual Property: Patently Wrong?, the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research spent years arguing and finally proved that curcumin has been part of the Indian traditional system of medicine for centuries and so should be considered part of the public domain. It’s like patenting broccoli. The patent was finally over-turned in 1997, a triumph for those trying to stop the misappropriation of traditional knowledge by multinational corporations. But if no one profits, who’s going to pay for research?

Submission + - Drones and driverless tractors – is this the future of farming? ( 1

walterbyrd writes: Ian Beecher-Jones, a precision farming consultant, recently told Farmers Weekly magazine that about 60% of Britain’s farmland is now being managed by precision methods, which include sensor systems, cameras, drones, microphones, virtual field maps, analytics and GPS-guided tractors. These technologies – examples of the so-called internet of things – are fuelling what is being called the “new agricultural revolution”.

Submission + - Academia determined to make English language more PC

walterbyrd writes: Washington State students risk a failing grade for saying ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ ‘female’. White students in Professor John Streamas—who previously generated controversy by calling a student a “white shitbag” and declared that WSU should stand for “White Supremacist University”—also demands that students “understand and consider the rage of people who are victims of systematic injustice.” University of Tennessee tells staff and students to stop using 'he' and 'she' — and switch to 'xe', 'zir' and 'xyr' instead. Gay rights official at Knoxville campus wrote new language instructions. Tells students and staff to use unusual, gender-neutral pronouns like 'xe'. Donna Braquet said that the new regime would make campus 'inclusive'.

Comment Are you trying to imply that systemd is faster? (Score 1) 747

1) The only thing that systemd might do faster is boot. Since Linux servers are not booted that often, that is a trifling advantage, at best. Certainly not worth breaking everything that works.

2) Systemd does not always boot faster. Only under certain circumstances.

3) More resource intensive generally means slower on the same hardware. Systemd may boot faster, but it runs slower.

4) There are ways to improve boot speeds without breaking everything that works.

Comment Ever stop and ask why? (Score 5, Insightful) 747

This has been going on for years, and has years more to go. This is a long term strategy.

But why?

Why has Red Hat been replacing standard Linux components with Red Hat components, when the Red Hat stuff is worse?

Why isn't systemd optional? It is just an init replacement, right? Why does Red Hat care which init you use?

Why is systemd being tied to so many other components?

Why binary logging? Who asked for that?

Why throw away POSIX, and the entire UNIX philosophy? Clearly you do not have to do that just to replace init.

Why does Red Hat instantly berate anybody who does not like systemd? Why the barrage of ad hominem attacks systemd critics?

I think there is only one logical answer to all of those questions, and it's glaringly obvious.

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