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Comment Re:He also used some words... (Score 4, Informative) 534

*BUZZ* Wrong. We do ... but it's not the same as "free speech" in the States.

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech_by_country#United_Kingdom

In 1998, the United Kingdom incorporated the European Convention, and the guarantee of freedom of expression it contains in Article 10, into its domestic law under the Human Rights Act. However there is a broad sweep of exceptions including threatening, abusive, or insulting speech or behavior likely to cause a breach of the peace (which has been used to prohibit racist speech targeted at individuals),[61][62] incitement,[63] incitement to racial hatred,[64] incitement to religious hatred, incitement to terrorism including encouragement of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications,[63][65] glorifying terrorism,[66][67] collection or possession of information likely to be of use to a terrorist,[68][69] treason including imagining the death of the monarch,[70] sedition,[70] obscenity, indecency including corruption of public morals and outraging public decency,[71] defamation,[72] prior restraint, restrictions on court reporting including names of victims and evidence and prejudicing or interfering with court proceedings,[73][74] prohibition of post-trial interviews with jurors,[74] scandalising the court by criticising or murmuring judges,[74][75] time, manner, and place restrictions,[76] harassment, privileged communications, trade secrets, classified material, copyright, patents, military conduct, and limitations on commercial speech such as advertising

Comment Seriously?! (Score 4, Insightful) 255

A computerized method of presenting information from a variety of sources on a display device. Specifically the present invention describes a graphical user interface for organizing the simultaneous display of information from a multitude of information sources. In particular, the present invention comprises a graphical user interface which organizes content from a variety of information sources into a grid of tiles, each of which can refresh its content independently of the others. The grid functionality manages the refresh rates of the multiple information sources. The present invention is intended to operate in a platform independent manner.

Seriously?

A) How was this even granted a patent in 2000? It's really obvious, to anyone with a computing degree.

B) How it wasn't picked up on a patent search.

C) Why didn't they sue two years ago when WP7 was released?

Software patents are fundamentally wrong :(

Comment Re:Developers love USDP (Score 0) 344

So let's have a look at the competition then:

Android syncs nicely to their web based products with a load of immature^Wmaturing APIs

Apple syncs nicely to their cloud with immature APIs

Microsoft has a bunch of bizzaro APIs that have been around a while from Active sync to XNA.

What's common with all of these?

Yep incompatible APIs. There should be a decent OPEN standard for these services. I don't want to goto latitude on my iPhone to see where my google-based friends are and then manually request directions to them. I want to (say) ask siri, and have siri look them up and not say "I dunno where they are, they've not got iPhones"

The futures here, and it's full of shit to okay APIs with poor to next to little interop outside the fifedom of a product range. We should have put this shit to rest a decade or more ago.

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