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Comment It doesn't like going through walls though (Score 1) 64

Or anything solid really. If you have line-of-sight it works pretty well but get anything in the way, and you can have serious issues. I tried it for wireless HDMI and it wasn't able to maintain a solid signal over about 25 feet because there was an interior wall in between the transmitter and receiver.

Comment Re:Windows (Score 1) 224

Can't even remember the last time I used Windows.

I can - it was two weeks ago. I booted Windows for the first time in about 18 months to open a .doc a family member had been sent by a government department that would not format correctly in LibreOffice.

Turns out it would not format correctly in Word either! It needed Word95 or something!

Comment Re:Anxiously awaiting opinions (Score 1) 104

My patent lawyer said "Don't read the patents. If you do, then you will face a charge of willful infringement. If you have not read it, the infringement is not willful".

It is highly unlikely that the wording of the patent is relevant to the court case, as none of the jurors will know anything technical, or understand the arguments.

Personally, I want to know why the requirement for "a jury of your peers" does not require the jury to be litterate programmers in the language involved, and with knowledge of the arguments, similarly, accounting fraud does not require the jury to be qualified in accountancy, etc. Patent law requires the patent not to be obvious to "someone sufficiently experienced in the art" - Shirley the jury needs to be so qualified to understand the issues.

Comment Re:Hexadecimal (Score 1) 615

Many years ago, far back in time*, the British Minister of Education made the interesting observation that people could be divided into two types: those that could be further divided into sub-types, and those that could not.

This, of course, led directly to the introduction of binary arithmetic in schools (or its being banned, I forget which).

* I remember it as being the same year JFK was assassinated, but I might have been confused by an excess of "Texas School Book Suppository" jokes, and the fact that my mother was programming IBM mainframes in Octal.

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