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Comment Re:What exactly costitutes an expert? (Score 1) 349

The linked article refers to Florian Mueller as a patent expert. What exactly constitutes one?

When it comes to this particular case, this "expert" predicted Motorola's doom by fronting the ideas that it (Motorola), was suing over what he termed as "standards essential" and therefore "weak" attack or defense patents.

No wonder he sounds humbled by this development on his blog.

See signature below.

Comment Re:Full text in case the link gets taken down (Score 1) 354

Jeff Bezos is an infamous micro-manager. He micro-manages every single pixel of Amazon's retail site.

Whut?

Amazon's retail site is a mess. It looks like it was created by checking "Do you want to use the default presentation?" on a retail-boxed online-store app.

So either Bezos isn't quite as involved as this dude thinks, or Bezos is incredibly lax in his personal standards for information, organization, and aesthetics.

R. T. F. A.

Comment Re:It's not a rant, it's a plea for change.. (Score 4, Informative) 354

The weakness of Facebook to me is their developer API... but only because it's far too much of a whore. It reminds me of trying to secure Windows 98 boxes for student use, except (to be as bad) Microsoft would have to log in remotely every other night and change the settings so there's another configurable security hole added with the default setting set to "open".

That may be a weakness in your eyes, but remember that Win95 was an incredibly huge success for Microsoft. Just like the developer API is for Facebook. Warts and all.

Submission + - Think the Market's Efficient? Then P=NP. (ritholtz.com)

stevesliva writes: Barry Ritholtz noted a new academic paper at his investing blog The Big Picture, which claims that if the majority of financial academics are to be believed, then P=NP. This disagrees with the conventional wisdom in computer science. As author Philip Maymin writes in the paper from Algorithmic Finance, "they cannot both be right: either P=NP and the markets are efficient, or P!=NP and the markets are not efficient."

Comment Re:Assumed homogeneity (Score 1) 286

Bullshit. The typical white male on a dating website likes Tom Fucking Clancy because he knows the ladies dig guys who read fatass books.

The ladies on the other hand, can discriminate Tom Fucking Clancy from Toni Fucking Morrison, so they're not impressed, and all the Tom Fucking Clancy lovers stay in web dating purgatory.

Comment Re:The Atoms (Score 1) 362

Something thats been in development for even 5 years and doesn't show any concrete signs of success should at least have alternatives developed for it. After 5 years if you still can't say for certain if its ever going to work, you definitely need to start looking in different directions.

You are misinformed. On our Alpha development machines, working 22 nm devices were already manufactured last year. (source) We are shipping the first commercial EUV lithography machines in the coming year (source, source) A problem for the chip manufacturers is that the capacity on the alpha machines is rather low and needs to be shared among competitors.

Yeah, I think the OP has a little intuition of the relatively common situation where an ailing older technology's flaws are somewhat obvious and well publicized for years and years, but the older technology staggers on far far longer than expected. For both the reason that EUV has been slow to mature, and that 193nm has been surprisingly resilient. It's wrong to conclude that EUV will never be practical, just that one should be very careful about declaring when it is necessary.

A similar situation is going on with the broader issue discussed here-- the eventual replacement of CMOS with some other technology. People are eager to declare the death of CMOS and the need for diamond substrates or nanotubes or whatever, but CMOS will stagger along much longer than the advocates of the new technologies hope because it is easier to extend CMOS than it is to make something truly different more mature and practical.

Comment Re:Does this apply to Apple? (Score 1) 135

Probably not, since Apple does not have the kind of market share in the PC market that IBM has in the mainframe market. Last I checked, something like 90% of mainframes were IBM, versus something like 6% of PCs being Apple products.

Yes, but only something like 0.00006% of servers are mainframes.

If you're going to pretend Apples and PCs are interchangeable, you can depend on the fact that the same sort of substitute goods comparison will occur to IBM.

Comment Re:Born of desperation (Score 1) 245

I was wondering too about the wisdom of this move, but it shows that they are not going to hitch their wagon to anyone's horse but their own, and that they have the ability to modify the horse to pull whatever load is necessary at that moment, a new iPad, new iPhone, AppleTV,

If you're going to discuss consumer electronics manufacturers getting screwed by IDMs and commodity chips, the best example is the first Xbox. Microsoft went with Intel, but Intel's business is offering faster chips for the same price, not the same chip at lower prices every couple years. Some MS ended up with a chip that never got cheap enough. With the second Xbox, Microsoft also designed its own chip (licensed tech from IBM rather than ARM) and they've been shrinking that sucker constantly. Console margins have been increasing constantly.

Apple may hope to have "new" products using the A4 years from now using an A4 that's 1/8th the current cost. That's what owning your own chip allows... not necessarily some awesome roadmap where there's an A8 four years from now, but a roadmap where the phone's using the same processor with very minor redesigns for a fraction of the cost now. It's not that owning the IP allows them to upgrade faster, it's that it allows them to increase margins faster by stringing along the manufacture of the same old chip beyond the point where an IDM would retire it and push something faster and more expensive. Oh, they may call the next thing an A6 or whatever, but the processor performance will eventually be deemed "good enough" and they'll widen their margins on that part and they'll start pushing the other features like much improved battery life.

Comment Re:Buying ARM for a leg? (Score 1) 695

The SEC review process exists so that new monopolies aren't created.

It's the FTC (Federal Trade Comission) that would review the acquisition, not the SEC. And the European regulators have been more active in the arena. They certainly mulled Oracle buying Sun for an excessively long time, and famously nixed the GE acquisition of Honeywell. I do think even the FTC would not allow the designer of the iPhone to acquire the designer of the processor in many other smartphones.

Comment Re:Buying ARM for a leg? (Score 1) 695

I doubt Apple would want to buy ARM and then kill the sales to ARM's other customers.

But that is exactly what Apple did when it acquired P.A. Semi. On a much smaller scale, and with many fewer customers, but it is at least clear what the motivation is.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 4, Interesting) 280

Sure, buy a company and kill off their highest revenue generating, and highest margin products which coincidentally are chosen more than any other platform to deploy your own database product.

Servers were Sun's highest margin stuff? No wonder they plummeted and got bought. But if Oracle doesn't find value in offering servers bundled with software, one would wonder why IBM does. It's pretty clear that servers are now second fiddle to IBM's software business.

Is it just me or was he explicit about maintaining Sparc, but said nothing about x86 servers? I'll have to find the rest of the interview on Reuters.

Java

Submission + - Marc Fleury resigns from Red Hat

taxingmonk writes: Marc Fleury has resigned from Red Hat. At the moment the only reference appears to be at theserverside. As one of the Java communities more colourful characters he's certainly come in for some flak. No doubt people from all corners of the Java world will have a mixture of scorn and praise for a man people either love or hate. Interestingly the author of the story has a few good words for the man who was famously caught astroturfing on the same website as previously covered by Slashdot.

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