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Comment: Re:MPEG (Score 1) 107

by zapakh (#31381270) Attached to: TiVo Time Warp Judgment Affirmed

I'm not sure why EchoStar couldn't use a similar technique; unfortunately, it's possible that the courts interpret the patent broadly and figure that difference doesn't matter.

Such an interpretation seems probable. From the fine ruling, as linked from TFA (look for "2. Infringement of the '389 Patent"), emphasis mine:

EchoStar argues that because TiVo failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that the redesigned devices infringe, it is not in contempt of the infringement portion of the injunction. ...[A]t the very list, the claim limitation "parses video and audio data from said broadcast data" is not met by its new software. It argues that the district court improperly found infringement based on the simple fact that the software includes a PID filter [a mechanism designed to distinguish between various television programs] that parses some data. The filter, however, EchoStar argues, looks only at the header of a data packet, not the payload where the video and audio are contained. Therefore, EchoStar urges, its modified software does not parse any audio and video data.

TiVo responds that the district could has previously construed the term "parses" broadly to mean "analyzes," a construction that has never been challenged, and all that is required for the modified software to meet this limitation is a component that analyzes video and audio data. TiVo argues that EchoStar's attempt to differentiate header data from the packet payload is improper because both are part of an MPEG packet, and the whole packet is video and audio data. Moreover, TiVo argues that experts for both sides testified at trial that PID filtering meets the parsing limitation under the court's claim construction.

The ruling is a great read, and great fodder for at least one aspect of what is wrong with software patents, even when they verge on hardware. EchoStar provides a DVR feature that is found to infringe a patent. In response to an injunction, EchoStar implements around the infringing idea by doing something it called "Indexless DVR". Now they're found in contempt of the injunction, essentially, because they found another way to implement the same feature.

This patent is, in effect, not being interpreted as covering an implementation. Or rather, the implementation being covered is so effing broad ("analyze this data and provide this functionality") that it may as well be covering something more broad than a single implementation.

This business of the container format being interpreted as part of A/V data is one thing that broadens the interpretation so.

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+ - TiVo Time Warp Judgment Affirmed-> 1

Submitted by zapakh
zapakh (1256518) writes "'A federal appeals court this week upheld a lower court decision that accused DISH Network and EchoStar of continuing to infringe on TiVo patents.' This is a follow-on to a Slashdot story from October. Despite a 'Herculean effort' by EchoStar in redesigning its DVR software, the ruling agrees with the district court that that was not a major redesign of the software. The patent in question is titled 'Multimedia time warping system'. TiVo is pleased with the ruling"
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Windows

New Crossover Release With Improved Compatibility 104

Posted by kdawson
from the lin-win dept.
solanum writes "On March 2nd Crossover 9.0 was released. CrossOver 9 features a new user interface that focuses on making installation of Windows software quicker and easier than previous versions. Another new feature is CrossOver's ability to download installation 'recipes' directly from CodeWeavers online Compatibility Database. 'If another CrossOver user has figured out how to use CrossOver to install a Windows application, they can upload that installation recipe to our database,' said Jeremy White, CodeWeavers chief executive officer. 'As we go forward, and build this online storehouse, CrossOver will begin to automatically install that same application for other users. This enables us to move closer to a world where CrossOver will begin to run the majority of Windows apps, and not just an officially supported subset. In other words, our diabolical plot for world domination is going exactly as planned,' he added. Early reviews and comments are positive, and my own experience is that many more Windows applications work in this new version than previously."

Comment: Re:Well, at least the important keys still work. (Score 1) 324

by zapakh (#31339370) Attached to: Microsoft Says, Don't Press the F1 Key In XP
You have a good point, and here my car analogy, and those like it, break down because of the complexity of the beast.

I had forgotten about F1, instead referring people to go online to find answers to their computer questions. But I wonder if I haven't been doing the wrong thing directing people to community support when they're ill-equipped to distinguish good advice from bad.

Comment: Re:Well, at least the important keys still work. (Score 3, Insightful) 324

by zapakh (#31339168) Attached to: Microsoft Says, Don't Press the F1 Key In XP

You pretty much defeat defeat your own argument without realizing it.

GP is comparing two broad classes of knowing how things works, and asserting that ignorance of one of them is a problem. This is not contradiction, it is drawing a distinction.

I don't need to know how my fuel injection system works, but I had better know what to do at a stop sign.

Comment: Re:Stunts (Score 1) 227

by zapakh (#31338014) Attached to: Trade Your Bible For Porn

I find that people who feel the need to perform stunts like this to make a point usually have trouble making a point in any other way, and a need for attention for themselves and their "cause." Yes, we get it, you hate the Bible. But you have no actual arguments against it beyond your dislike, and you're boring.

I find that people who feel the need to write a post like this to make a point usually have trouble making a point in any other way, and a need for attention for themselves and their "thesis." Yes, we get it, you are superior to everyone. But you have no actual arguments for it beyond your pretentious attitude, and you're annoying.

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