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Comment There's a reason for having a curriculum (Score 2) 866

It was high school chemistry, particularly organic, that really got me to where I am today. Had I not been required to take at least one introductory class, I don't think I would have had the pragmatism at that age to sign up on my own. I also had to study Shakespeare, which I can't really say has contributed to my career, but it's made me a more well-rounded person. Being educated doesn't only mean being scholarly, it also means being open-minded.

Comment not just Android (Score 2) 129

It's a problem for mobile platforms in general.

FinFisher spyware made by U.K.-based Gamma Group can take control of a range of mobile devices, including Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM)’s BlackBerry, an analysis of presumed samples of the software shows...“When FinSpy Mobile is installed on a mobile phone it can be remotely controlled and monitored no matter where in the world the Target is located,” a FinSpy brochure published by WikiLeaks says. Systems that can be targeted include Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows Mobile, the Apple iPhone’s iOS and BlackBerry and Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android, according to the company’s literature. Today’s report says the malware can also infect phones running Symbian, an operating system made by Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), and that it appears the program targeting iOS will run on iPad tablets.

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Comment Re:Future Monopoly of Intel (Score 1) 286

Intel was caught looking at their shoes the last time AMD was pushed to the brink and spun off their fabs to Global Foundries. I really don't think Intel saw that coming. If AMD starts selling assets again, it's probably going to be the Chinese government stepping in. They wouldn't need Longsoon anymore. That could really hurt Intel, both in terms of the Asian market and the unlimited financial resources that a reorganized AMD would have.

Comment last paragraph sums it up (Score 4, Insightful) 192

Right now rightsholders and the anti-piracy outfits they employ have absolutely no incentive to improve the accuracy of their automated takedown systems, so perhaps it’s time for them to be punished?

That is the problem--they have nothing to lose. If automated detection can't differentiate between illegal, fair use, and completely unrelated content (as in this case), then someone needs to be held liable for that junk.

Comment Re:Samsung cancelled Qualcomm's license (Score 1) 196

Patent exhaustion seems to be a fairly gray area of law, and Samsung seems to have a case from a certain point of view. Apple isn't an end user or a retailer, on which historical precedents are mostly based. They are another manufacturer that incorporates the IP into a product. Of course, we don't know the details of the Qualcomm-Samsung agreement. The terms could be very specific to Qualcomm as a chip producer and Samsung as a customer of Qualcomm. The license fee that Qualcomm may be favorable because of those circumstances. It's also possible that Samsung licenses some tech from Qualcomm as part of the agreement. To assume that the fee Qualcomm pays is the same price that Apple would pay--and does pay in the cost of a chip--really isn't accurate because the two don't share the same license relationship with Samsung.

Also, according to this, the not-to-sue promise was a private contract, not a license; I think this was mentioned on Groklaw awhile back. And if this case was a slam dunk for Apple, I don't think they would have been after Samsung to get a license for the 3G patents in the first place.

Comment Not as clear as the summary makes it to be (Score 1) 339

from the linked article:

Brazil’s electoral law has several restrictions on what opponents or critics can air on television and radio about candidates for office — even comedic needling of politicians is banned during electoral season. The Internet’s role in these cases, until now, was not legally explored, as the government does not license the internet and was considered by most exempt from the law.

...In the northeastern state of Paraiba, a judge also ordered the imprisonment of another Google executive in Brazil earlier this month, also for not removing videos from YouTube attacking a mayoral candidate. That order was overruled by a higher court.

Comment on topic (Score 2) 300

A lot of comments are kind of off track from what the article is linked to. There are two inconsistencies that are kind of connected. On page 7 of exhibit 1, he declares that he settled a lawsuit out of court in which he was sued by a programmer that worked for him over ownership of code. He also appears to have been involved in a second lawsuit, which he doesn't mention, in which he was sued by Seagate. He should have declared that as well. Secondly and more importantly, from the same exhibit, he promises to decide the case based on the evidence presented, and not drawing on any personal experience:

NOW, SAME FOR MR. TEPMAN, AS WELL AS TO MR. HOGAN. YOU ALL HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE, BUT WILL YOU BE ABLE TO DECIDE THIS CASE BASED SOLELY ON THE EVIDENCE THAT'S ADMITTED DURING THE TRIAL?

PROSPECTIVE JUROR: YES.

THE COURT: OKAY. MR. HOGAN SAYS YES.

Comment Re:Anybody read the story? (Score 2) 300

Already moderated in this forum... but posting anyway.

That is NOT what the jury said if you read the full statement. Your as bad as fox news with taking a snippet and carrying on with it, totally out of context. The jury said they took the easy questions first, that could be agreed upon with only a small amount of discussion. And saved the ones where people were really far apart and divided and saved those for later discussion. This is the same way you take standardized tests. You knock out the easy questions first. When this person said they skipped prior art... they didn't disregard it or refuse to consider it. They tabled it for the lengthier discussion due to its complexity (skipped it from the initial discussion) and did indeed discuss it in quite a bit of detail. Please quit putting your faux-news tidbit spin on this. That's been discredited several times. Go read up on it.

Actually OP is pretty close. Watch the Bloomberg interview again, it's on Youtube. You can skip to the 2:00 mark. Hogan states that they were discussing one (Samsung's '460 patent...he's suggesting this is the first one they began discussing) patent on the first day. Later at home, he starts thinking that patent "claim by claim, limit by limit "and how he would defend it in court. His "ah-ha" moment was that the two implementations were not interchangeable because "Apple's software could not be placed into the processor of the prior art and vice versa", so Apple did not infringe. He shared this revelation with the other jurors the next day and they agreed to use his theory to assess the patents one by one, rather than prior art, which Samsung's law team spent a lot of time addressing. This is contrary to the jury instructions that they were supposed to be following.

Comment The government, the terrorist... (Score 4, Insightful) 326

Bin Laden is dead, as are many of the top Al Queda leaders, the network has been dismantled, and spuriously we're safer from attack. But considering the freedoms and rights to privacy that we've sacrificed in the process, I'd choose to live my life in pre-9/11 vulnerability, than a reality where everything I say and do is being recorded and monitored. I feel like "terrorism" has still won.

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.

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