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Comment Were I dictator: (Score 2) 189

The way I would have the patent system work, were I in a position to change it, is thus:

A patent application would grant five years of exclusivity prior to implementation. If the company implemented the patented idea before the five years expired, this period would end.

The next phase would be a further five years of market protection. No company would be permitted to sell a product or service using this patent for a further five years from market launch of the patentor's idea, without paying appropriate royalties or licensing fees.

If the first period expires without a marketable product being released, nobody gets the market protection. This cuts down on patent-trolls who just store up patents for later weaponisation, and encourages constant innovation and development. Five years is a huge lead time to have on your competition in the market, huge, and to try and snag this five year lead, developers will always want to be the one to launch the next big thing.

Comment Re:Thanks for the heads up, Apple (Score 1) 160

If I were in charge of Samsung, I'd have had "supply difficulties" long ago, around about the time of each new lawsuit. It would be hard to prove a deliberate malicious reduction in supply, and furthermore, hard to say if that's in fact, illegal. Nobody is forcing Apple to use parts made by their primary competitor.

Comment A lot... (Score 1) 280

Aside from the machines I personally use, that is my work PC running Windows XP, and my two laptops at home running Windows 7 and Mint, each, my Android phone and my Android tablet (Gingerbread and ICS, respectively), I also use a lot of bootable tools at work (I repair computers).

Comment Re:Business only! (Score 1) 732

Indeed, when I was selling phones, I found it easier to give customers something close to what they wanted, because there was a lot of variety. Selling computers, I have to think "Well what do you want from me? The ones over here run Windows 7 Home Premium, these ones over here run Pro, both sets are split about 50/50 for mediocre and high power machines, and the only differentiating features are really whether or not it has bluray or an SSD on board!"

Comment Re:Business only! (Score 2) 732

Full disclosure, I sell these where I work, but the Toshiba Tecra series ticks all the boxes you mentioned. There is an SSD model, fairly standard GPU, Core i5 processors, and optical drives. Battery life is a bit better, too, being as you're not wasting power spinning metal platters.

Comment Re:The prophecy of the Simpsons. (Score 1) 125

Also worth noting, Gundam Wing and Gundam 00 both made it plain how positively evil an unmanned army can be. Gundam Wing with the Mobile Dolls, unmanned mobile suits with one guy at the button, and Gundam 00 with the Automatons, little hyper-aggressive R2D2 like things, loaded up with guns, they seem to have two modes, exterminate, and off. They get dropped on civilian and military targets alike, one guy pushes a button, nobody feels anything when thousands die.

People are fond of the phrase, here "1984 was not an instruction manual", I personally favour saying "The bad guys in Gundam are not a positive role model for governments!"

Comment Re:Time for the Judges ruling? (Score 1) 475

I'm reminded of a scene from Ugly Americans:

Twayne hands Leonard a checque, and says "I'm going to give you this, you're going to give me your company"
Leonard crows "A BILLION DOLLARS! WOOHOO!" (or something to that effect)
Callie slaps Twayne in the back of the head and says "You IDIOT! I said give him a THOUSAND dollars!"
Twayne: "Doesn't a thousand have nine zeroes?"
Callie: "JUST HOW RICH ARE YOU?!"
Twayne: "Ionno... How much is twelve zeroes?"

Not that this is actually relevant in any way, just felt like sharing with the class.

Comment What a load of shit... (Score 1) 257

All the investors who put their money in at gunpoint, raise your hands!

Right, all the others, when we're done with Nokia, let's bring a suit in Vegas for all the money we've lost in the casinos, too!

It was a bad business decision. If the investors thought so at the time, they wouldn't have invested. If they decided to practically give someone their money, then there was an inherent risk in that. Just because they lost doesn't mean they have the right to sue Nokia for this. They probably have firmer grounds to sue Microsoft because their operating system wasn't up to snuff (not that I really think they could do that, successfully).

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