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Submission + - Candy Crush Makers Establishes themselves as Trademark Troll 1

An anonymous reader writes: A full four months before popular mobile game Candy Crush was released, an almost identical game, Candy Swipe was published. Runsome Apps, the publishers of Candy Swipe, also got a trademark on the the word "Candy" for use in games, and opposed the trademark application of Candy Crush. To get around this, Royal Games, formerly King and publisher of Candy Crush, from an older company whose game bears no resemblance to either of the games in question. Today, Runsome Apps has given up the fight.

Comment Re:slow news day (Score 1) 168

And why the f#*k would it be more likely that life started on Mars than here on Earth ? I mean for what possible reason would it make sense that life began somewhere else and was then magically transported here through the cold vacuum of space. Mars hardly had the ideal environment to bootstrap life, even hundreds of millions of years ago, and especially when compared to early Earth.

We know that here on Earth, all the necessary building blocks were in place and that conditons were right for basic proteins to form, and from there we just mix it all together in the pot for a few million years and *bazinga*... life!

I get really frustrated whenever I read (fairy) stories about life originating on some extra-terrestrial body (comet, asteroid, planet) because even if (against the massively implausible odds) it originated elsewhere, it must have started there by the exact same mechanisms as postulated for life beginning on Earth. Occams razor says enough for me. Eveyone else is just looking for grant funding.

If you want to suggest that life originated somewhere else, you need to convince me that it couldn't have equally plausibly started here too.

Comment Re:I do not understand (Score 5, Informative) 249

And if Apple doesn't want to enter into negitiations with Motorola over the rate of the license then it is not operating in good faith. Other handset manufacturers have licensed Mototola's standards esdsential patents, probably by being reasonable and negotiating like normal people. Apple have played hardball here by refusing to negotiate up front and going straight to court instead. Groklaw, as usual, have a good summary here: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20121105153442192

Comment I like FreeMind (Score 4, Insightful) 97

I like FreeMind (mentioned in the DrDobbs article). Of course I knew about mind maps before, but the ability to export a perfectly formated map as Pdf, HTML and in various image formats is great. I think I'll be using this instead of paper in the future. I've tried various UML design tools in the past, but they all require that you have already made some of the decisions beforehand.

I think UML is a great way of describing a system once you have made all major decisions, but whenever I need to think about a new project, I have always prefered pen and paper. I'll seriously give FreeMind a go now.

Comment Re:But GOTO is a NONO (Score 1) 307

I see no problem with function/method-local GOTOs. The two main problems I see with the GOTOs of christmas past are:

1. Jumping to a label which is just a number / has no meaning to the developer. GOTO niceNameDescribingWhatIsDoneByCodeFollowingTheLabel removes this problem.
2. Non-local jumping preserves the callers stackframe, but when actually writing the callee code, some of your "locals" are defined in the caller.

Curiosity Starts Driving 35

littlesparkvt tips news that the Curiosity Mars rover began driving today at Bradbury Landing in Gale Crater. The rover rolled forward about 4.5 meters, then stopped, rotated 120 degrees, and rolled another 2.5 meters. The article has a picture of the rover's tracks in the Martian dust, and you can browse the image gallery or raw image feed for more. Matt Heverly, the rover's lead driver, confirmed that the mobility system is functioning perfectly in the lead-up to its first major land trek. "Curiosity will spend several more days of working beside Bradbury Landing, performing instrument checks and studying the surroundings, before embarking toward its first driving destination approximately 1,300 feet (400 meters) to the east-southeast." Reader redletterdave adds news that NASA has released an enhanced video of Curiosity's descent from space, which is pretty cool to watch. There was also some minor bad news yesterday; one of the wind speed sensors on the REMS weather instruments was permanently damaged during landing. Emily Lakdawalla explains,"The reason there were two is that it helped triangulate wind speed and also improve accuracy of wind speed measurements when one of the booms is aimed windward or leeward. So the quality of the wind speed data will be harmed, but there will still be wind speed data."

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