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Comment Thanks you (Score 1) 1521

For selfish reasons I am sad to see you go. Slashdot has been a part of my life in a major way over the last 12-13 years. Literally thousands of hours spent on the site.

Thanks for all your work and the great place to hang out. Best wishes to you and your family in the next phase of life.

Comment Mossberg is an Apple fanboi, valid point though (Score 2, Insightful) 568

Mod me as troll if you want, but its not surprising that Mossberg rushes to defend an Apple product in the face of a new competitor. He also neglects to point out in his comparison that the 16 GB of storage on the iPhone is typically filled with music, leaving much less than that for applications.

Comment Re:Go Obama (Score 1, Insightful) 1505

Fiscally responsible? Seriously? He received a raw deal budget wise from Bush, but his own proposed budget for 2010 is $1.178 TRILLION (source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/asset.aspx?AssetId=764). Indeed he's projecting less of a deficit than 2009's budget. Hooray!! But this kind of proposed spending is hardly fiscally responsible.

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Submission + - What are my rights in a patent case?

An anonymous reader writes: Over the past year, I've created an online budgeting website as a hobby in my spare time. Around Christmas, I was contacted by an IP lawyer claiming this site is infringing on one of his client's patents. The specific feature in question is the ability to specify a paycheck and allocate funds from that paycheck into categories. (How that could be patented, I have no idea. But that's a question for another day.) I'm not convinced that I'm actually infringing on the patent. They mentioned claims 1 and 12 of patent #7,213,064. The issue hasn't gone to court, we are just discussing it via email. They mentioned the desire for settlement. How would I go about proving prior art? What are my rights in the matter?

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