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Comment Re:Once you take away the need for FT benefits (Score 3, Informative) 144

Dunno where you work, but around these parts all the part time jobs are scheduled by the week, and half of them will fire you if you can't show up in 30 minutes when they call you in for the lunch rush or inventory night. Oh, you're at your other job? Oh your other job wants you from 11-2PM next week too? Tough shit, but hey, you only lose half your income.

Comment Re:Marketing slowly sneaking up on common sense? (Score 2) 129

The worst part of the whole thing is that the ads following me around are more like. "I see you just bought some pillowcases, here's some more pillowcases you might be interested in." Except that's not really capturing the absurdity of the Amazon ads, since they follow me around AFTER I buy the thing, so it's more like you go back to Bed Bath & Beyond and the sales associate walks up and says "Oh, you bought these pillowcases last time you were here. Would you like to buy more pillowcases?"

Comment "Not I," said the cat. (Score 1) 2

I suspect what you saw is from some javascript inserting new articles without refreshing the whole page. The script is screwing up and inserting them inside the yellow "best VPN" ad box at the top of the page causing the yellow ad box to stretch over them and make them all look weird.

Comment Re: Against TOS (Score 1) 652

Can you point to the article in the Constitution that gives the government the power to demand facebook passwords from people?

The constitution doesn't apply to non-citizens or citizens. It is an exhaustive list of the powers of the federal government, with additional notes on things the federal government cannot do.

Comment Re:Automated CD-R Duplication patent? (Score 1) 94

Also keep in mind that "said computer" is the computer RECEIVING the request for data, not the one requesting the data. IE something on Netflix's end has to receive requests from one or more user interfaces and transmitted to a computer (which creates a task log of incoming requests, stores all data necessary for executing duplication, and take the required data from the storage and transmit it to an output device, which is then commanded to output the data to blank media) that sends the request to an output device and executes the duplication process.

I suspect that the troll is trying to claim that when I download a movie from Netflix, *my* computer is a "said output device" and/or the internet is "blank media". With either of these translations, I don't see a thing in here that any webserver+IE 5.0 didn't do on windows 98 (except for the bits about printing labels, though I bet you could with Avery's website back then). If there was any sort of DRM or even simply a customization step worked in here then you might be able to claim it is unique to how Netflix writes requests to my "output device".

That said, I certainly don't want to spend a million dollars to convince a court of that, and even in the off chance that the judge finds this claim so bullshit that they award attorney's fees, this "Blackbird" company is probably nothing but a paper corporation with one patent, the PO box, and a google voice number, and spends 100% of the income on lawyer fees.

Comment Re:Doctrine of equivalents (Score 1) 94

The doctrine of equivalents is a giant flaming pile of bullshit. If the guy wanted to file a patent for saving to a computer and not blank media, he should have done so.

What really should be done is that if someone invokes the doctrine of equivalents, whatever they claim is equivalent is now grounds for a prior art analysis, and if prior art can be found for downloading an encrypted copy of a video to an "empty area of an already-formatted and currently-in-use media", then the patent is invalid completely, since they made the claim that their patent is equivalent to doing that.

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