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Comment China's Explanation (Score 2, Funny) 515

President Hu Jintao: "Ogh! You must have very big pee-anis!"
President Obama: "Excuse me? I was just asking you what you’re up to with these cyber attacks on America Companies!"
President Hu Jintao: "Nothing. We are very simple people. With very small penis. This hacker's penis is especially small."
Chinese Hacker: [fakes a sob] "Uh, smuh, so small."
President Hu Jintao: "We cannot achieve much with so small penis. But you! Americans. Wow! Penis so big! SOOO big penis!"
President Obama: [flattered] "Well uh, he—I guess it is a pretty good size."
Chinese Hacker: "Minata, kite kite!" ["Everone, come come!" A group of Japanese women move in, chattering] "This-a man has veh-ry big penis!" [the women applaud]
Woman 1: Take takeru o da ne? ["It’s rather large, isn’t it?"]
Woman 2: Hai. ["Yes."]
Chinese Hacker: "Uh, hoh, what an enoah-mus penis-uh!"

Comment Re:what? (Score 4, Insightful) 304

"associating a piece of data with multiple categories" is simply how TFA summarized the patent. It's not that simple, patents rarely are. If you look at the patent in question, it has several claims that go into detail about the processes involved in their system. It's likely one of these processes that is the focal point.

Now, are these claims patentable? I don't know. there is a lot of long-windedness in patent claims, and it depends on how borad or narrow they are interpreted. Obviously the examiner found them to be narrow enough to be patentable. I doubt it's as simple as a one-to-many relation in a database, because even though examiners miss things, they really wouldn't have missed that. Maybe the judge will overturn it though, if he reads the patent more broadly.

Comment Re:Who is running Nielsen anyway, Leslie? (Score 2, Interesting) 248

Even is there was a DVR-viewing log, would it save your shows? Ok, you watch it on DVR, but chances are you don't watch the ads. An advertiser would be foolish to pay as much for an ad if actual "ad viewership" isn't all that great. So the show is less profitable for ABC, despite how cool it is, and is canned.
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Submission + - Social Media Banned from College Stadiums (

RawJoe writes: Today, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is expected to release a final version of its new media policy that, at the moment, can best be described as a ban on all social media usage at SEC games. Earlier this month, the conference informed its schools of the new policy, which reads:

"Ticketed fans can't "produce or disseminate (or aid in producing or disseminating) any material or information about the Event, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the Event."

Translated, that means no Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, TwitPic, or any other service that could in any way compete with authorized media coverage of the event. In the case of the SEC, authorized media coverage rights belong to CBS, who has a $3 billion deal with the conference over the next 15 years according to The St Petersburg Times.

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