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Comment Re:It's not my fault. (Score 1) 405

We had a third-party try to pull this one just this week with the client we both serve. Strange thing is, it actually seems like it was true this time!

I've found a compiler bug one time in my entire career. It was a pretty tough bug to pin down and was only a problem on a specific version of g++ when doing some very unusual things with templates. It was causing a mutex to not initialize properly. It was a nightmare and I wanted to strangle the person who wrote that code once I figured out what was going on. Fixing their code was so difficult that we ultimately just used a semaphore instead of a mutex on that specific platform.

Comment Re: that's the entire point of facebook (Score 1) 81

I'm in the USA, we just passed a law encouraging ISPs to pimp us out to the highest bidder. Controlling opt-in pages isn't enough anymore, so I added TrackMeNot, a noise generator.

Ooh..thanks!!

I'd not heard or TrackMeNot before, I'll look into it.

I was guessing the only thing else I could do was set up and start using Tor for browsing and/or sign up for a pay VPN service.....

Comment Re:that's the entire point of facebook (Score 1) 81

...but my impression is that it's mostly media sharing - I'm not sure that's the aim you want to start out with for business use.

Well, the business is photography/videography...hence the Instagram thought of the first thing to try....

The thing with FB is, they require you to set up a personal account before you can set up a business account. And if you falsify on the personal one and they find out, you're off FB including the business account, which is the one I want in the first place.

So, was thinking of trying to set up a business only Instagram acct....but now, I'm rethinking that. Grrrr.

Comment Re:Tesla is gonna take over - believe me folks... (Score 2) 54

Get an electric smart. Correct number of seats, and cheaper, too!

Well, aside from it looking fugly.......I think I read its 0-60mph times are like 11+ seconds???

Nope..I want a performance car, that looks good too. I'd like something like the original Tesla Roadster...or something in that ballpark for looks and performance but in the range of a Corvette price.

I don't really give a damn about pollution or mileage, but if I could get good looks and performance in an electric car for a reasonable price, I'd do it...

Range is a big deal too...as that I need to be able to bug out of NOLA when hurricanes come this way and often that means long times in traffic if you don't leave quite early enough, on a HOT summer day where AC is a necessity.

Comment Re:Tesla is gonna take over - believe me folks... (Score 1) 54

"Once they release that model 3 for under 30,000"

That's going to take a while. They'll be fortunate to get it released at the promised $35k - although they were promising $30k some years ago and then quietly upped it.

There are more than a few Tesla-bashers who complain extensive auto experience that have been saying that selling the base model at even $45k would be barely profitable, if at all.

I'd not be interested in it even at $30K...has too many seats in the car.

I'm waiting for a Tesla sports car again..if they could put out a Roadster type out again, in the ballpark range of a Corvette....THEN I"d be interested. Until then, its just a speedy "family" car which I have no interest in....

Comment Re:Where's the news? (Score 4, Informative) 248

Seriously though, how can a golf ball have 11 patents on it?

Read Costco's reply to the court, in which each patent is listed along with Acushnet's claims and Costco's rebuttal. You can look the patents up online at the USPTO web site. Let's look at a few, shall we?

Patent# 6,994,638 - Golf balls comprising highly-neutralized acid polymers.
Abstract
A golf ball comprising a core comprised of a polymer containing an acid group fully-neutralized by an organic acid or a salt, a cation source, or a suitable base thereof, the core having a first Shore D hardness, a compression of no greater than about 90, and a diameter of between about 1.00 inches and about 1.64 inches; and a cover layer comprising ionomeric copolymers and terpolymers, ionomer precursors, thermoplastics, thermoplastic elastomers, polybutadiene rubber, balata, grafted metallocene-catalyzed polymers, non-grafted metallocene-catalyzed polymers, single-site polymers, high-crystalline acid polymers and their ionomers, or cationic ionomers.

What is claimed is:

1. A golf ball comprising: a core comprising a center and an outer core layer, the center comprising a thermoset polybutadiene rubber composition having a first hardness; and the outer core layer comprising a polymer comprised of an acid group fully-neutralized by an organic acid or a salt of the organic acid, and a cation source or a suitable base of the cation source; and having a second hardness; and an inner cover layer and an outer cover layer comprising ionomeric copolymers and terpolymers, ionomer precursors, thermoplastics, thermoplastic elastomers, polybutadiene rubber, balata, grafted metallocene-catalyzed polymers, non-grafted metallocene-catalyzed polymers, single-site polymers, high-crystalline acid polymers and their ionomers, polyurethnnes, polyureas, polyurethane-ureas; polyurea-urethanes; or cationic ionomers; wherein the first hardness is from about 50 Shore A to about 55 Shore D and first hardness is less than the second Shore D hardness by at least about 10 points.

Here's Costco's rebuttal:

11. Costco is not infringing any valid claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,994,638 (“the ’638patent”). Acushnet has accused Costco of infringing claim 1 of the 638 patent. Costco’s sales of the KS golf ball do not constitute infringement of claim 1 of the 638 patent, however, because, among other things, the Shore D hardness of the center core of the KS ball is not “at least about 10 points” less than the Shore D hardness of the outer core.
12. The 638 patent is invalid under 35 U.S.C. 102, 103 and/or 112. The claims are invalid under 35 U.S.C. 102 and/or 103, for example, in light of U.S. Patent No. 6,468,169 and other prior art publications and activities

Clearly, a lot of chemistry work went into this patent to make the balls have a certain elasticity. Costco says that their balls do not have the same properties, therefore they did not infringe upon this claim.

Here's another:

Patent# 8,123,632 - Multi-layer golf ball
Abstract
Golf balls consisting of a dual core and a dual cover are disclosed. The dual core consists of an inner core layer formed from a rubber composition and an outer core layer formed from a highly neutralized polymer composition.

Here's the claim in question:

"17. A golf ball consisting essentially of: an inner core layer formed from a rubber composition and having a diameter of from 1.100 inches to 1.400 inches, a center hardness (H.sub.center) of 50 Shore C or greater, and an outer surface hardness of 65 Shore C or greater; an outer core layer formed from a highly neutralized polymer composition and having an outer surface hardness (H.sub.outer core) of 75 Shore C or greater; an inner cover layer formed from a thermoplastic composition and having a material hardness (H.sub.inner cover) of from 80 Shore C to 95 Shore C; and an outer cover layer formed from a composition selected from the group consisting of polyurethanes, polyureas, and copolymers and blends thereof. "

While a multi-layer golf ball is nothing new, this patent builds on an older patent for a multi-layer ball. Acushnet claims this is a new innovation that Costco violated. Costco claims otherwise:

15. Costco is not infringing any valid claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,123,632 (“the ’632 patent”). Acushnet has accused Costco of infringing claim 17 of the ’632 patent. Costco’s sales of the KS ball do not constitute infringement of claim 17, however, because, at the least, the surface hardness of the outer core of the KS ball is not 75 Shore C or greater.
16. The 632 patent is invalid under 35 U.S.C. 102, 103 and/or 112. The claims are invalid under 35 U.S.C. 102 and/or 103, for example, in light of U.S. Publication No. 2007/0281802 and other prior art publications and activities.

So Costco again says that because their balls don't have the same properties, they aren't violating this patent. This is all pretty standard legal wrangling.

Comment Re:Where's the news? (Score 1) 248

Just another reason to SHORTEN the length of patents for none drug inventions. There is NO reason on earth that a patent on a golf ball needs to be 20 years

Why not? Is the research into the aerodynamic characteristics of a golf ball more or less worthy than the research into the hydrodynamic characteristics of a blood vessel stent? For that matter, someone who keeps active as a golfer is likely to be healthier longer than someone who is sedentary and requires drugs and other medical interventions to live. Certainly you'd agree that the sporting goods companies have done more good for public health than Martin Shkreli ever did as CEO of a drug company.

Research is research, and the law says that inventors can profit from their inventions. I'm sorry you don't like that.

Comment Re:"Shows Why We Can't Have Nice Things For Cheap" (Score 2) 248

I believe the Costco balls were actually rebranded Nike balls. So the company that makes the balls has the rights to make the ball and had the right under Nike. Costco is only selling the balls.

I was guessing the same thing.

I"m not sure who makes all of the Costco Kirkland booze...but it sure is good.

Their gin I"m currently trying out is very well made IMHO.

Science

'Sightings' of Extinct Tasmanian Tiger Prompt Search in Queensland (theguardian.com) 75

Elle Hunt, writing for The Guardian: "Plausible" possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in northern Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have died out more than 80 years ago. The last thylacine is thought to have died in Hobart zoo in 1936, and it is widely believed to have become extinct on mainland Australia at least 2,000 years ago. But sightings of large, dog-like animals that are neither dingoes nor foxes have persisted over the decades, despite widespread scepticism. Recent eyewitness accounts of potential thylacines in far north Queensland have spurred scientists from James Cook University to launch a search for the animal long considered extinct. Professor Bill Laurance said he had spoken at length to two people about animals they had seen in Cape York peninsula that could potentially be thylacines, and that they had given plausible and detailed descriptions.

Comment Re:"Shows Why We Can't Have Nice Things For Cheap" (Score 4, Funny) 248

And the amateurs will do/buy anything to improve their game. I do some work at a country club and the schlock on sale to golfers makes global warming skeptics look like Einstein.

So, Titleist are the Monster Cables of the golfing/country club set....?

;)

Comment Re:While its not my cup of tea (Score 5, Insightful) 614

So, if he'd been gay, it would have been ok, right?

But just because his sexual proclivity is into BDSM and some wild fantasy stuff....it isn't ok?

Seriously...why do they draw a line at one thing and not another?

As long as both are legal activities, why should someone be fired for whatever gets them off in the bedroom AFTER they leave the workplace?

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