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Comment Re:Come again? (Score 1) 278

Microsoft asked Motorola how much they wanted for their standard-essential patents (which are covered by a FRAND commitment) on H264 and 802.11; Motorola quoted them 2.25% as an initial offer (for context, this is how much Microsoft charges for patents on Android devices). That worked out to $4 billion.
Rather than counter-offer or negotiate, Microsoft filed a lawsuit right away.
(While the lawsuit was in process, Google acquired Motorola. Some people are misrepresenting that bit.)
Microsoft got awarded $14.5 million, on the grounds that 2.25% was not reasonable.

Comment Misleading or false. (Score 4, Insightful) 278

Motorola requested royalties up to $4 billion, sure.
But "demanded" does not reflect that this was their initial offer.
Standard practice for licensing is
1-owner offers to license for $x
2-potential licensee offers to pay $y
3-owner lowers price
4-potential licensee raises offer
5-haggle over what is covered and what it's worth
The impression given is that this was after step 5.
It actually was after step 1; Microsoft sued before they made a counter-offer.

Submission + - Groklaw's PJ calls it quits

idunham writes: Over at Groklaw, PJ has posted the last Groklaw article (Forced Exposure):

The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.
There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum.
What to do?
What to do? I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out. And the conclusion I've reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad. But it's good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how "clean" we all are ourselves from the standpoint of the screeners, I don't know how to function in such an atmosphere. I don't know how to do Groklaw like this.
My personal decision is to get off of the Internet to the degree it's possible. I'm just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can't stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write. I've always been a private person. That's why I never wanted to be a celebrity and why I fought hard to maintain both my privacy and yours.
Oddly, if everyone did that, leap off the Internet, the world's economy would collapse, I suppose. I can't really hope for that. But for me, the Internet is over.
So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't.

I note that at one point in the past, PJ turned over Groklaw to Mark Weber. I'm not sure if Mr. Weber will decide to continue Groklaw or something similar.

Comment Re:Clinging to the boat anchor (Score 1) 200

Here's what I'm referring to, from AMD's press release:


"Seattle" will be the industry's only 64-bit ARM-based server SoC from a proven server processor supplier. "Seattle" is an 8- and then 16-core CPU based on the ARM Cortex-A57 core and is expected to run at or greater than 2 GHz. The "Seattle" processor is expected to offer 2-4X the performance of AMD's recently announced AMD Opteron X-Series processor with significant improvement in compute-per-watt. It will deliver 128GB DRAM support, extensive offload engines for better power efficiency and reduced CPU loading, server caliber encryption, and compression and legacy networking including integrated 10GbE. It will be the first processor from AMD to integrate AMD's advanced Freedom(TM) Fabric for dense compute systems directly onto the chip. AMD plans to sample "Seattle" in the first quarter of 2014 with production in the second half of the year.

Note that this is a FULL processor plus peripherals, not a coprocessor. I don't see any resemblance between this and what you describe.

Comment Re:Clinging to the boat anchor (Score 1) 200

The consoles use a Jaguar core, which is an x86-based chip; and there's an A5 (fairly low-end 32-bit Cortex) included as a coprocessor. So far you are correct, and I've known about it.

But you are completely wrong about the chip I mentioned.
It's a _pure_ ARM chip not a co-processor, and it's an A57, which is currently ARM's top "aarch64" (64-bit ARM) processor.

By the way, could you point me at the Intel chips that you referred to?

Comment Re:Clinging to the boat anchor (Score 1) 200

You look at what AMD and Intel have cooking and you can see where the wind is blowing, AMD already has a fanless APU that maxes at 6w with all sectors of the chip maxed out, IRL it uses less than 3w under typical loads and that gives you a dual core APU with a Radeon chip capable of running 1080P over HDMI, and Intel has Haswell and the new Atom is supposedly down to a couple of watts under load and less than 1w in "functional standby" where it can still receive messages and calls.

The simple fact is ARM just doesn't scale well and no matter how many millions Samsung and Nvidia sink into it they just can't fix this fundamental flaw.

Odd that AMD is making an ARMv8 server chip next year then.
I'm talking about the Opteron "Seattle", which is supposed to be based on the A57, with SeaMicro Freedom chips on board.

Comment Re:Voting on amendment to defund the NSA (Score 1) 276

Looking at Nugent's proposal:

At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the
SEC. ll. None of funds made available by this Act
may be used by the National Security Agency to--

            (1) conduct an acquisition pursuant to section
  702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of
  1978 for the purpose of targeting a United States
  person; or

            (2) acquire, monitor, or store the contents (as
  such term is defined in section 2510(8) of title 18,
  United States Code) of any electronic communication
  of a United States person from a provider of
  electronic communication services to the public pursuant
  to section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

Would someone mind explaining where the hole is?
Oh. Nevermind, it's "(8) âoecontentsâ, when used with respect to any wire, oral, or electronic communication, includes any information concerning the substance, purport, or meaning of that communication;"
In other words, the subject line in an email is part of the contents-but not the fact that you emailed or called So-and-So.

Comment Re:Umm... WHAT is this? (Score 3, Informative) 33

I mean... I get that its some type of "CPU card"... or something, and built on the PCMCIA form factor... but ...WHAT is this for? is it a prototyping board, is it meant to micro server clusterable, is it meant for home media pc?

It's the main guts of a computer, stuck in something the size of a PCMCIA card, and you can stick that in whatever hardware project you want.
Prototyping board is one (probably the most obvious) potential use.
But that's partly because it's useable for so many uses.

Comment Re:Linus management technique works (Score 1) 1501

Completely toxic?
No. Every time that I've seen something about Torvalds swearing at someone, it was someone who
(1) Broke something
(2) Had the breakage pointed out (not always by Linus)
(3) Still insisted that their broken change was the right thing.

If there isn't someone answering those who actively defend garbage, how do you expect to avoid the end result being garbage?

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