Brain waves are VERY low voltage. It takes about 50V to feel a shock. It looks like it feeds-back on itself! Suggestion: Replace the shocker with a buzzer/vibrator.
Its only a patent application that has been very well written. There is nothing novel about it and it probably will be rejected. Many products like MS Windows have done this for some time. Its a form of "nag-ware" that has been applied in areas outside of games too. It is interesting to note it is actually a game in itself. Copyright is a more correct place for this and the USPTO has stated they'll crack down on applications of this sort.
Prior art is everywhere and this is just a matter of how much one can spend on lawyers. I should know. I'm involved in another patent which is probably valid. If its been published in print, that is prior art. Describing it on BBC at the start is not. This is how patent courts work. The test is to see if something previously written in software is 'prior art'. True, the 'one-click shopping' patent is pure troll. (It came from KDE, not my company at the time, DigiCash.) It is really a patent on scripts and what a script does at the most basic (high)level.
If software patents continue, those lands that accept them will lose out. You can't develop anything when you have to do a patent search and then patent it if its new. The end result would be fighting your patent and not doing anything useful.
True inventions apply science. ("Computer science" is a tool for science, not a science itself.) While software is truly engineering, it has no place with inventions: A new material, a novel application of a discovery (almost all inventions) and a process that leads to a novel substance, device or an improvement are inventions. The way aluminium is made today is invention. The structure of a computer and its parts is an invention and covers anything that can be done with it. The later is mathematical and expressly excluded. Modulation methods and codecs are a means to an end and while mathematical, qualify for short term protection. Crypto is probably just where it doesn't qualify. These are where 'the lines are drawn' in a rational legal environment.
Don't know who this guy is, but this is what developers are like. Maybe if they had a key sequence to do it, it would be easier for us. Then again I don't ever expect Mozilla to beat FreeBSD on an exploit.
But FreeBSD will protect you. I doubt Mozilla will ever catch me with a vulnerable version unless you say all Flash is vulnerable -- a point I won't argue. At least I have a 'kill script' to kill an annoying flash page.
While preserving the text I really want. For most viewing (video) I use VLC, clive and a script to glue them together. (written is sh -- hint tested with bash too) See the benefits of open source software?
Sorry Microsoft -- you sold the only good thing you had -- Office. Lets hope the designers will revolt and force the source open. They are, after all the only known RealHackers(tm) in Microsoft!
Amigas, Macs and STs predate the advent of cheap PC clones by a number of years. It wasn't until the end of the 80s that sub $1000 pc clones hit the market and dominated it.
For some subjects, absolutely. I'm still wishing, however, that our local schools' science departments would emphasize the observation/experience connection to wonderment and hypotheses. Instead, we have a (very well ranked) system that focuses heavily on standardized tests (which is probably why they are ranked so high).
Indeed. Consider how fans of certain other OSs show off and brag about their computer platform all for free, anyway.
If Apple were doing this, there'd be nothing but praise.
Cable company DVRs come with an exrta rental charge. Also they dont skip adverts. That functionality is explicitly disabled. Also my mythbox is the core of a whole home entertainment system that has way more features than any cable company dvr.
Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun