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Comment Re:Jury wasn't the problem (Score 2) 186

It's possible that the jury instructions regarding prior art were misinterpreted but you are wrong about what was said in the post interviews. In the post interviews the foreman said that the jury was having trouble reaching consensus on one patent relating to prior art and decided to move on to deliberate easier patents. When they were done with those easier patents they returned to the difficult issue that they skipped earlier. This is standard behavior in jury deliberations and not against the jury instructions. The false belief that they completely skipped it is commonly posted here and probably stems from a series of erroneous and biased Groklaw articles that were posted on Slashdot in August.

Comment Re:FFS, it's not an "internet tax"! (Score 1) 454

The supreme court ruled that these laws are illegal when applied to mail and phone-order from out of state. The internet isn't a magic modifier to existing laws. New York also passed a similar law a few years ago and Newegg told the state to go fuck themselves. If a retailer has no physical presence in the state of California there is nothing the state can do to compel them to comply with the law.


Comment Re:How is it bait & switch (Score 1) 306

So you don't download iTunes songs, don't watch Youtube videos, don't download Apps and don't listen to streaming audio? What about your phone data usage would you say qualifies as "pretty extensive"? I checked my iPhone data usage and I use about 1GB a month over the past year. I consider myself a light user because my data is consumed primarily by Email. If I actually used the advertised features of the phone it would be easy to exceed 2GB a month. For now I'm also happy to be saving $5 per month.

Comment Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (Score 1) 466

How about an analogy about what really happened?

a Porche is found sitting in a parking lot.
Someone looks in the car and tries to find the owner, no luck.
The person decides not to tell the parking lot attendent about his discovery
The person decides not to tell the police about his discovery
The person takes the Porche off the lot and parks it in his garage at home
The person calls an employee of the owner to tell them they have the car
The employee of the owner says the have no knowledge of the car
It gets hauled off and sold at auction.
The buyer from the auction strips the car down into individual parts possibly causing damage in the process
The buyer from the auction contacts the employee of the owners and offers to GIVE YOU THE CAR back without repaying them for what ever the paid at auction.

The employee still denys the car is his
The buyer from the auction posts pictures of the car parts on the internet and also brags that he knows who the real owner is but never bothers to contact him directly
The owner of the car reports it stolen to the police
The buyer of the car reassembles the car and returns it to the owner
The police execute a search warrant while investigating a report of a stolen car

Crimes: Grand Theft Auto. Possession of stolen goods. Bad analogies.


EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers) 308

captainktainer writes "In one of the largest tests of EVE Online's new player sovereignty system in the Dominion expansion pack, a fleet of ships attempting to retake a lost star system was effectively annihilated amidst controversy. Defenders IT Alliance, a coalition succeeding the infamous Band of Brothers alliance (whose disbanding was covered in a previous story), effectively annihilated the enemy fleet, destroying thousands of dollars' worth of in-game assets. A representative of the alliance claimed to have destroyed a minimum of four, possibly five or more of the game's most expensive and powerful ship class, known as Titans. Both official and unofficial forums are filled with debate about whether the one-sided battle was due to difference in player skill or the well-known network failures after the release of the expansion. One of the attackers, a member of the GoonSwarm alliance, claims that because of bad coding, 'Only 5% of [the attackers] loaded,' meaning that lag prevented the attackers from using their ships, even as the defenders were able to destroy those ships unopposed. Even members of the victorious IT Alliance expressed disappointment at the outcome of the battle. CCP, EVE Online's publisher, has recently acknowledged poor network performance, especially in the advertised 'large fleet battles' that Dominion was supposed to encourage, and has asked players to help them stress test their code on Tuesday. Despite the admitted network failure, leaders of the attacking force do not expect CCP to replace lost ships, claiming that it was their own fault for not accounting for server failures. The incident raises questions about CCP's ability to cope with the increased network use associated with their rapid growth in subscriptions."

Comment Re:Floor mat, really? (Score 4, Informative) 1146

Quoted from

The ES 350 and most other modern vehicles are equipped with power-assisted brakes, which operate by drawing vacuum power from the engine. But when an engine opens to full throttle, the vacuum drops, and after one or two pumps of the brake pedal the power assist feature disappears.

As a result, a driver would have to apply enormous pressure to the brake pedal to stop the car, and if the throttle was wide open might not be able to stop it at all, safety experts say.

"I don't think you can stop a car going 120 mph and an engine at full throttle without power assist," said Ditlow, the safety center director.

"There's a standard where you have to be able to stop the car without power-assisted brakes, but obviously I don't think it includes situations where the throttle is wide open," he added.

Drivers in other crashes also found it difficult to rein in a runaway Toyota. Guadalupe Gomez of Redwood City said he was held hostage for 20 miles on a Bay Area freeway by a 2007 Camry traveling more than 100 mph.

Gomez was unable to turn off the engine or shift into neutral and then burned out his brakes before slamming into another car and killing that driver, said attorney Louis Franecke, who represented that victim's family.

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