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Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 135

At least in this case the innovations/patents are for actual hardware rather than mathematical formulas.

Not necessarily. I would think that Motorola is as capable at filing for bogus patents as other companies, and it would be odd if they had only filed for patents on hardware. Especially if and when they saw significant value in their patent portfolio; why wouldn't you file for easiest ones you can get? Surely they have filed for all kinds of patents, including (but not limited to) hardware ones. It would be nice to get a breakdown of types of patents, as well as years they were applied for; it seems that the trend for bogus patents has been increasing... so older patents may be bit less likely to be bs ones.

Comment Re:Learn who is patent troll and who is not (Score 1) 197

I'd just like to point out its not much of a defense if you don't enforce your ownership at some level.

Usually defensive here means using patent lawsuits in defensive way (against other companies suing you); not so much defending patents themselves. There is no need to defend patents, per se, unless someone is specifically trying to get them invalidated. As in not initiating the court process, but responding.

Comment Re:obvious but probably not helpful (Score 3, Interesting) 229

Gosling did a piss poor job on the design and evolution of Java to begin with.

How so? I thought it was generally consider a pretty decent job, and not just due to actual success of the platform and language. While Java has its quirks like any other programming language, it seems pretty well-rounded and practical. Your statement would suggest much more than that, so what exact things back up your statement?

Comment Re:Google v. Oracle - Solved (Score 1) 229

I agree in that Gosling's checking of codebase is probably not all that valuable in itself (as he can't really be external objective third-party here), but I think it can have positive effect for credibility of Google's defense. It's not about trying to prevent Oracle from suing, but rather in improving chances of winning, or limiting damages. Gosling is obviously knowledgeable on Java and history, but also about various litigations related to Java.

Comment Re:Anatomy of the Hack (Score 1) 415

Thats because the America Revolution wasn't "domestic terrorism".

Many techniques used were in fact labelled as terrorism even back then. And if one uses current de-facto political definitions (as various governments, including some western ones, do), could be construed to be such: guerilla warfare, vandalism, theft, obstruction of legal system...This does not diminish value or righteousness of revolution, just points out dangers of using a label without context; and especially fallacy of equating current laws with moral.

So: given that american colonies were part of English rule, and many activities were criminal (thanks to malevolent laws etc), yes, much of it was technically domestic terrorism. And no, there was nothing wrong with that; due to corruptness of the (legal, political) system of the time.

Comment Re:Cyber terrorisim (Score 1) 334

While it is true that underdogs typically use more of dirty tactics (since they have to, for the most part), how does this absolve either side? Two wrongs do not make right; so as wrong and deplorable as it is to use human shields, it is at least as bad to shoot those children. This is what I do not understand, except maybe as indication of mental maturity level of person arguing the case -- it is a kindergarten kid argument ("but he started it!").

Comment Re:Bitter from competition? (Score 1) 278

Forget for a moment about the irony of bickering over "ownership" of stolen documents.

"Stolen" should be in quotes -- it may unauthorized copying, but as far as I know, original owners still have said documents and what Wikileaks has are copies.

This may sound like nitpicking but it has real life implications, whatwith MPAA's "pirate" labeling of unauthorized copying and other incidents where owners of "intellectual property" are abusing legal system.

Comment Re:Cart Before Horse, Please! (Score 1) 323

I find Android slow, clunky, and Java-based SDK's (like Eclipse and the Blackberry dev environment) to be the same - where XCode is smoothe and elegant

Really? I have not used XCode heavily, but from my colleagues who have, they all swear XCode is biggest pile of crap they have ever used. I am pretty ok with Eclipse in general, but Android plug-in has always been shaky whenever I have had to use it (to help others work around issue Android platform causes with normally well functioning java libs). So I can see why it might make life bit more difficult.

I suspect there is lots of inertia both ways; those who start with obj-C, XCode find it much more appealing than those going the other way. But still... my impression has been that XCode and obj-C both feel bit antiquated, all things considered, which is in odd contrast with modern sleek design of the phone and hardware itself.

Comment Re:Mid-Level $132k, really? (Score 1) 337

Right, all I am saying is just that it'd be even lower in most other states. In WA 140k$ would be kind of high, for example. Not that offers in CA might be stellar per se; and from what I have heard, 140k$ does sound bit low And yes, there are tons of unsolicited contacts currently... job market for s/w engineers is rather hot these days. At least experienced ones.

Comment Re:Mid-Level $132k, really? (Score 1) 337

No, definitely not -- Bay Area has relatively hot job market; and while there are more expensive areas (northeast?) most states have much lower salaries. At least my experience between pacific northerwest and CA suggests that latter has significantly higher salaries, and is confirmed by sites that compare cost of living & compensation.

Comment Re:Software engineer vs. computer programmer? (Score 1) 337

I doubt that. I know full well it makes sense to use term "software engineer" when we discuss compensation (for PHBs it sounds better, hence price disparity; and there is no harm in choosing it over alternative anyway). I would also consider anyone who thinks there is a functional distinction to be a fool with big T.

Comment Re:50 Billion, really? (Score 1) 295

It is bit high, but nothing extra-ordinary. Amazon seems to have P/E of 75 (fluctuates, but this is quite typical value over recent years), and it is much more mature business. And theoretically Facebook's revenue could raise nicely as there is no physical inventory. Netflix has had high P/E too (now at 68), and so on.

Investors are momentum oriented though, so valuation has more to do with explosive growth of Facebook. It is big, way (too) big; I don't use it, but only significant groups of non-users seem to be people without Internet connection and hard-core geeks. :-)

Whether it is overpriced, well, we'll see. It is impossible to know what future brings; investing that drives prices up is pretty pure speculation, and with very strong feedback loops. So there is no "real value", it's all based on opinions; and looking for fundamental correct valuation is a fool's errand.

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