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Comment Re:People Should Read, then Post (Score 1) 221

I don't see why an access point couldn't be a base station either, by the obfuscated description in claim 1. The base station is triggering the event, not controlling the client device. I've used a Tasker profile that detects the SSID and puts my phone in silent mode for meetings at work, and the it's the WAP that's detecting the phone, allowing it to connect, and causing the change in profiles on the phone.

Comment Re:How is it even possible to innovate these days? (Score 1) 286

What's even more absurd is that Apple filed for another patent, which I think was recently awarded, that removed the dependency of the "along a predetermined path" language. The claims are incredibly vague and probably cover any current and future implementation of unlocking a touchscreen, aside from using a physical button.

Comment Re:Thats one way.. (Score 1) 216

That doesn't make sense though. The Galaxy Nexus never used the "rubberband effect", it originally shipped on ICS which uses the glow effect to indicate the end of a scroll. I think all ICS devices use that, including the S2 currently, but perhaps because the original firmware was Gingerbread, it's included? I'm not that familiar with Touchwiz so I'm not positive.

Comment equal? (Score 2) 216

I don't personally think the rubberband effect when scrolling is particularly novel or ingenious, or should be considered as an "invention". That's just my opinion. But I don't see how one can argue that a patent on a visual trick is held in the same significance as one (or two, in this case) that covers wireless technology. Developing the latter was likely to be vastly more costly and resource intensive. I think this type of ruling discourages real invention in favor of cheap software patents, and I don't want to see technology stagnate because of that.

Comment not unique (Score 1) 362

Always Innovating announced the Touch Book almost a year before the iPad was revealed. I think it even started shipping months before that as well. I didn't own one, but I remember the buzz at the time, and the difficulty they had fulfilling orders. Apple's claims of the uniqueness of the iPad and that similar devices can't be developed independent of each other are preposterous.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 2) 165

Because he's not a lawyer or a paralegal. But he apparently believes that he's still qualified to be an "expert" on patent-related litigation, and much of what he writes on his blog is inaccurate, untruthful, and sometimes downright foolish. Furthermore, while he was once vehemently opposed to software patents, he's now bedfellows with Oracle and Microsoft--two of the most ardent supporters (and in recent time, abusers) of software patents. The guy has a major credibility problem.

Comment Re:How is market research relevant? (Score 1) 221

I'm not sure it's a smoking gun either by any stretch, but I suppose this revelation proves that Apple's design process isn't closed, but rather based largely on perceptions of their products respective of their competition. Clearly, adopting things like OTA updates, the notification bar, unlock directly to camera, and so forth already prove that they've closely monitored their competitors, integrated their features, and adapted to where the market is going. Contrary to Apple's claims, they haven't always been the pace car leading the pack, they've done quite a bit of following too, as has everyone else producing these devices. It's not clear what connection Samsung is trying to make, but it's probably something along these lines.

Comment Unbalanced (Score 4, Interesting) 165

The problem is that Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, and Ericcson spend billions of USD annually on research that has contributed to the underlying technology that makes mobile phones work. Apple hasn't and has little to offer in a cross-licence agreement, since most of their mobile patent holdings consist of weak software patents--many of which probably wouldn't hold up under reexamination. I can imagine why the negotiations have failed, but I've also wondered if the FRAND licenses held by component manufacturers like Qualcomm extend to Apple.

Comment Re:My old Uni did this. (Score 1) 172

I'm not sure how HIPAA relates to a university email system, but it's taken pretty seriously in healthcare. HIPPA goes beyond technical requirements; it mandates policies and procedures to be in place to prevent inappropriate disclosure of PHI. The healthcare system that I work at prohibits patient identifying information from being copied or transcribed from the EMR. This includes email, thumb drives, grand rounds, competencies and education, and research. Penalties are severe, including termination and possible action by the state against individuals.

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