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Comment Re:A Judge did? (Score 2) 109

If a Judge (not a Jury) can invalidate Patent claims (are they THAT skilled in the science of these things?) then what the heck's the Patent Office for? Is there any point in lodging a complaint to the Patent Office, when a Judge appears to be able to do it quicker, and knows the parties involved? So in future, don't waste time with going the usual route, just get a Judge to decide on complex matters, and then the Patent Office, now with more time on it's hands, can start ruling in criminal trials. What a mess.

The summary said US and German courts. German courts haven't had juries since the Emminger reform of 1924, there was an attempt to reinstate juries in 1925 but it was unsuccessful since the verdicts of juries were widely considered to be inconsistent and sometimes downright unjust. Since then German courts have used a mixture of professional judges and lay judges which is a very old German tradition. The lay judges are chosen from the citizenry. People excluded from being chosen as lay judges are those under 30 years old and those who are very high government officials, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, policemen, ministers, priests, or have lived in the community less than one year. I think you also have to be a German citizen but with all the pan-european treaties in force these days I'm not sure. I also vaguely remember reading somewhere that in cases like this lay judges either can be can be impartial experts or such experts are appointed to assist the court. The plaintiff and defendant are of course free to introduce expert witnesses of their own.

Comment Re:NOT ROCKET SCIENCE (Score 1) 450

An AK47 made from a shovel. ...

That's priceless. But as far as I can tell, he only made the receiver (the controlled part that is actually the gun as far as U.S. law goes), and had to buy the other parts. It's still hilarious, though.

I'd like to see a really simple design for a full-auto submachine gun that can be put together with a 3D printer and parts from a hardware store. For that, we need to fall back on simpler designs, like the Sten gun or maybe the MP 3008. I mean with a subgun, I figure rifling is optional. How accurately can you shoot one of these anyway? It's all about volume of fire.

The Sten actually often sucked ass, it was almost too simple so quality varied from gun to gun even from the same maker. When a new shipment arrived at the front the Tommies used to test fire every gun and throw away the ones that didn't work out of the box. When a Sten broke down from use they'd just scrap it, get a new one and pray to god it didn't jam... much. Sten's as a rule weren't worth fixing. You don't really need a 3D printer to make functioning sub-machine guns. That's making your life unnecessarily complicated. You can make a pretty reliable one with basic machine shop equipment if you pick a better design than the Sten or make a Sten to somewhat higher quality standards than the original. Making the Parabellum cartridges isn't very hard either, the Jewish militants in Palestine used to manufacture these cardridges with basic machinery in a factory hidden under a laundry.

Comment Re:NOT ROCKET SCIENCE (Score 1) 450

The most popular magazine for the AR15 is the plastic PMAG made by Magpul. They are widely considered better than metal magazines because they are actually more durable, self-lubing, lighter, and more reliable because they cannot get bent feed lips. Magazines have traditionally been made out of metal because it was cheaper, not because metal is better.

Define traditionally, Box magazines have been around since the 19th century, the first box magazine equipped pistol I can remember off hand is the Borchard pistol of 1893 the Lee-Metford rifle also had a detachable box magazine and it first saw the light of day in 1888. Traditionally box magazines were made of metal because there weren't any plastics around durable enough to make military grade box magazines until the decades following WWII.

Comment Re:Rats, already upgraded (Score 1) 266

No, I'm not trolling. Do you have a response to my comment about the deliberate breaking of autorotation in UIViewController in iOS 6? (If you're not an iOS developer, then never mind.)

Apple provides some of the [least horrible] legacy support for their devices of all mobile vendors. By a WIDE margin


Firstly, untwist your panties, everybody breaks APIs. I develop UNIX/Linux software for a living, I could write you several volumes about the joys of broken APIs.

Secondly, you said:

Conclusion: Apple doesn't care about yesterday's customers, they keep their eyes fixed only on future dollars. When Apple goes down (as all behemoth tech companies eventually do) I shall do a little iDance on their grave, perform an Xpectoration on their development tools, and will be sure to Pee Different(r) on anything else I see lying around.

Which is what he was responding to and which is demonstrably false. I used to have an iPhone 3GS, bought in 2009 and I just upgraded it to iOS 6.1 for it's current owner. That'll soon be four years of regular updates; which is what I call support. I know several people with Android phones whose manufacturers orphaned the devices and stopped supporting them around a year (plus minis a few months) from their market debut. I'm not saying all Android device manufacturers are like that, Samsung for example does a reasonable job with updates even though the first version of the Galaxy tab became a neglected stepchild pretty quickly.

Comment Re:Rats, already upgraded (Score 1) 266

How about the other way around? Every time there is a major OSX release, Adobe programs break, Autodesk products stop working. And of course you don't find out about the software incompatibility until you upgrade. I have both OSX and Windows machines (although most of them run Linux), and have never run into software incompatibility issues with Windows upgrades. Not even from Windows XP -> Win7. On OSX, need to purchase a new version of Adobe and Autodesk products with every upgrade. New versions not available until several months _after_ the OSX upgrade, which completely blows. That's no "best legacy support", sorry. You called your parent a troll, not knowing what he's talking about - the pot calling the kettle black.

I haven't had any of those problems and I used Photoshop CS3 for years until I finally upgraded a few months ago. The only headache I ever had with Adobe software were very occasional segfaults in Photoshop and for a while time I had trouble with the Adobe Reader update program refusing to finish the update process.

Comment Re:about the same as my android (Score 1, Informative) 587

Find a free Samba client for iOS that is not trialware with a tiny file size limit, and a free VLC/Mplayer equivalent.* Ready? Go!

You took two samples, got unlucky with both and condemned iOS based on that? One of my reluctant hobbies is tech suport for a gaggle of friends and family who own a surprising variety of Android gizmos and iDevices. There are things available for free on Android and that are not free on iOS and vice versa and there is an overlappign set of software that is available free on both platforms. Pissing and moaning about the fact that everything you need isn't available for free is naive, developers like to get paid. The most expensive apps I have bought for my iGizmos were a few games and the iWork suite, the vast majority of the other apps I have gotten has been in the $0.00 to $4.99 range and it's no skin of my nose to pay a $3.75 for a SMB capable file browser should I ever need one. As for VLC you have a crusading Nokia employee to thank for VLC being zapped from iTunes because the use of DRM in the iTunes store apparently constituted a violation of the GPL license. So if you want to march your torch and pitchfork parade anywhere, try Nokia HQ. I am assuming that any media player in any app store that is offering any kind of DRM would similarly be in danger of having any GPL'ed software zapped from it's inventory and, yes, I know you can install untrusted apps on Android but given the recent news of Android botnets with in excess of 500.000 nodes I'm sticking with trusted stores.

Comment Re:nonsensical allegations (Score 1) 329

What's a "fair and balanced" result? Wouldn't a search engine returning what it thinks is the best results be "fair and balanced"? Is there any evidence that any of these services being returned aren't what consumers are looking for? Is Google supposed to artificially promote a bunch of crappy map services so it can be seen not to favour its own? Wouldn't that just piss off consumers who are trying to find a good service

An unfair and unbalanced search result is one where Google is modifying search results to assure that it's services are hight on the results list but those of competirors are buried on page 8. If Google is doing that they are engaging in anti-competitive behaviour because they are conciously trying to drive comptetitors out of business like Microsoft did with Netscape.

Comment Re:nonsensical allegations (Score 3, Interesting) 329

So? Even if they were, why is that a problem? A search engine exists for end users to find what they're looking for, not to give commercial entities some sort of equal platform for advertising. I ask a question, Google tells me what it thinks the best answer is. What does the EU want? The ability to vet Googles' search algorithms?

What does the EU want? It wants Google, a company that has a monopoly on the search engine market, to stop abusing it's dominant positon which it is allegedly now using to try and kill off competitors by wilfully burying results that link to their (competing) services. I don't think the EU gives a rat's ass about what is in Google's blackbox as long as you can put in your search term and get output int the form of fair and balanced search results. I watched a documentary yesterday where an industry observer described Google as an 'adolescent' and postulated that we have not yet seen the real giant that Google will become. Now if somebody had taught Microsoft some manners back when it was still a teenager perhaps we would have been spared a whole lot of pain over the years. Microsoft was only taught a modicum of manners (by the EU) when it was far too late but perhaps we can avoid the mistakes we made with MS by teaching Google to behave before it is once again too late and the damage is done.

Comment Re:Assault Rifles (Score 1) 1435

If -- and it's a big if, total hypothetical here, but if -- a dictatorship took power in the U.S. and an armed resistance composed of armed citizens opposed it, the experience of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan

The Vietnamese insurgency succeeded because of massive external aid, ditto for the Afghan insurgency against the Soviets. The current Afghan and insurgency and the Iraqi insurgency proved so troublesome, partly because of external aid, and substantially because both insurgent forces were sitting on enormous government arsenals containing large quantities of heavy weapons that are way more powerful than anything available to the average US citizen. If a dictatorship took power in the US do not take it for granted that you will be able to walk into US army arsenals and equip tens of thousands of resistance fighters with assault rifles, saws, mortars, RPGs, artillery shells for IEDs and even guided munitions like Bush and his crowd allowed the Iraqi insurgents to do.

Comment Re:Poor Sample Pool (Score 3, Insightful) 675

Well, if the population being measured does not include the 'tech-savvy', the results suggest a pretty successful transition.

Let's face it, the most conservative grouches who most venomously oppose anything new in UIs and desktop environments are usually the "tech savvy" and them nerdier they are the more potent the venom. Just take one look at the angry tirades over Gnome 3.... Ok, so they changed Gnome, learn to like the new UI or fork the old one, it's not the end of the world. I'm a Mac user but I actually kind of like the new Windows UI, it's different and innovative. Microsoft deserves some credit for not taking the path of least resistance and aping somebody else's UI like Google did.

Comment Re:Apple bashing (Score 2) 452

You obviously haven't driven in Australia much.. Google maps See how you are driving through national parks and farmland before getting back to an urban area? Well Apple maps just takes you through a different national park and dumps you there. 45C is also 113F. And there is no phone reception or water. And people have already been stuck for 24 hours

With all due respect for the plight of these people and being fully aware of the fact that Apple Maps is crap, I would never go into the outback anyplace relying only on a web based navigation aid and I don't care whose mapping app it is and that includes Google. I'm pretty sure I could find some tiny village in the Chaco Boreal, the jungles of Thailand or the Gobi Desert where Google Maps would get me lost and that's assuming you even get coverage there. I don't care if your destination is the Australian outback, S-American\Asian\African jungles or the Arctic wilderness there is no substitute for proper gear and knowing how to use it. If you really want to go places like that which are seldom traveled by others, take an offline GPS unit with quality maps, carry a reserve offline unit, plenty of batteries, a paper map plus compass and make damn sure you know how to use them. Most places have some sort of hiking club or scout association that gives courses in basic navigational skills.

Comment Re:thank you, summary makes no sense (Score 5, Informative) 118

Wow - there has to be an easier way to explain this. A two three sentence summary perhaps? Like what the problem was before, what great thing was conceived of and what the threat currently is...

Hmmm... simple... let me try.

  1. 1) Once upon a time a small rural library could not afford to upgrade their library management software due to a nasty bug.
  2. 2) The small rural library then got the bright idea to set up a FOSS project aimed at creating a free alternative library management software system and named it Koha.
  3. 3) The Koha library management software project became a big FOSS success.
  4. 4) Due to a variety of reasons the homepage and domains of the Koha project were taken over by a bunch of US American corporate weasels called PTFS.
  5. 5) The US corporate weasels then started a campaign aimed at convincing the world that they have taken over the Koha project and are the only legitimate source of Koha software and support. Basically they are trying to hijack the Koha project.
  6. 6) This campaign by PTFS has now gone so far that they have trademarked the word Koha. in New Zealand for no other reason than to deny it's use to the Koha foundation.

Comment How do I... (Score 1) 516

...get back the enjoyment I used to have writing code?

Change jobs and track down a job with a company that does stuff you find interesting. Startups often do cool work but the pay is often shitty so that's a trade-off you have to be willing to make. I concluded some time ago that the I prefer to do boring stuff for an employer that pays well. It finances the stuff I enjoy doing I do in my spare time which is contributing to a FOSS project.

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