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Comment Examiners mailing rejection letters from home... (Score 2) 342

...is entirely possible. For the last several years, the U.S. Patent Office has been moving to a distributed model where comparatively few patent examiners live in the D.C. area except during their initial training period. I know two patent examiners, and both live in Ohio. In any case, this text-hissy-fit likely did no favors for the lawyer or their client.

Comment Re:TV Series! (Get good writers) (Score 1) 396

Yeah, but once Hollywood is done with it the series will be called Gotham Junior High...

Some exec at the WB requested almost exactly this in the late '90s after Batman:TAS ended -- they wanted a show with Bruce Wayne and most of Batman's rogues galley as high school students. Apparently it was bandied around for a while and eventually split into two separate ideas, an animated show about a teen Batman and a live action show about a fledging superhero in high school. These became "Batman Beyond" and "Smallville", respectively.

Comment Open letter to the Westboro Baptist Church (Score 1) 699

Seriously, I have to ask: Which part of "Love your neighbor as yourself" was unclear?

Yes, the U.S. Constitution says you're allowed to do your picketing. However, it doesn't require me to listen to you, or see you as anything other than a bunch of sad, deluded, hate-filled little nut-bars.

Comment Every action has an equal and opposite reaction (Score 1) 230

Barnes & Noble, which paid almost $14 million for Borders' intellectual assets (including customer information) at auction last week, said it should not have to comply with certain customer-privacy standards recommended by a third-party ombudsman.

In unrelated news, I say customers should not buy anything from Barnes and Noble ever again.

Comment Re:Linux already runs on thousands of cores (Score 3, Interesting) 462

Um, no. The early Itanium-based Altixes (Altices?) could go up to 512 cores running a single copy of Linux. The new Nehalem-based Altixes can have up to 2048 cores in a single system image IIRC. We just finished acceptance testing on an SGI Altix UV 1000 with 1024 cores. It runs one copy of Linux on it.

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