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Comment Re:Ban guns (Score 1) 2166

A poster further up (not you, I realize) basically says it's irresponsible to not luck up your gun in a safe, lest it be stolen). You're saying that a home invasion is a good reason to have a gun. But what good is a gun in a safe going to do in a home invasion? Are you going to have time to get the gun before the bad guy gets to where you are? Or do you keep a gun in a safe in every room in the house, just in case? Consider the Chesire, CT home invasion murders, probably the most famous recent case:

...Upon their early morning arrival, [the assailants] found William Petit [,the father in the family,] sleeping on the porch. With a bat Komisarjevsky had found in the yard, he bludgeoned William and then restrained him in the basement at gun point...

Do you plan on not sleeping, too?

Comment Re:Patent Trolling (Score 5, Informative) 265

Bzzt! Wrong. From :

In order for an invention to be patentable it must be new as defined in the patent law, which provides that an invention cannot be patented if: "(a) the invention was known or used by others in this country, or patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country, before the invention thereof by the applicant for patent," or "(b) the invention was patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country or in public use or on sale in this country more than one year prior to the application for patent in the United States . . ."

If the invention has been described in a printed publication anywhere in the world, or if it was known or used by others in this country before the date that the applicant made his/her invention, a patent cannot be obtained. If the invention has been described in a printed publication anywhere, or has been in public use or on sale in this country more than one year before the date on which an application for patent is filed in this country, a patent cannot be obtained. In this connection it is immaterial when the invention was made, or whether the printed publication or public use was by the inventor himself/herself or by someone else. If the inventor describes the invention in a printed publication or uses the invention publicly, or places it on sale, he/she must apply for a patent before one year has gone by, otherwise any right to a patent will be lost. The inventor must file on the date of public use or disclosure, however, in order to preserve patent rights in many foreign countries.

Even if the subject matter sought to be patented is not exactly shown by the prior art, and involves one or more differences over the most nearly similar thing already known, a patent may still be refused if the differences would be obvious. The subject matter sought to be patented must be sufficiently different from what has been used or described before that it may be said to be nonobvious to a person having ordinary skill in the area of technology related to the invention. For example, the substitution of one color for another, or changes in size, are ordinarily not patentable.

But hey, feel free to go ahead and make stuff up about continuous development - that'll get you an upmod, despite it being hogwash. Not that GP was completely correct - there's that one year window where somebody else can describe / publish an invention that you have been working on but haven't filed a patent for. If you can file within the year and prove you started inventing it before the other person, then you have a chance of a valid patent. But after the one year window, it doesn't matter when you started working on your invention.

#include "ianal.h"

Comment Re:Fine Line Indeed (Score 1) 716

To answer the question you posed:

Apparently you don't draw it at My Frame 1.2 seeing how it's in the App store. Who is writing these articles? Google?

From the OP:

There is no alternative platform, despite what others may say about Android, it's immature and their app store(s) are a wild west nightmare. It really is Apple's way or the highway....

I'll have to go with "No", it's probably not Google.

Comment Re:Won't someone please think of the children (Score 1) 256

Apache can't easily* host multiple SSL-enabled web sites with one IP address; see for details. I don't know if IIS or other web servers can do multiple host names with one IP address.

* One way to work around this is to use a non-standard port (4443 instead of 443, for example).

Comment Re:Illegal in NY State (Score 1) 494

Not if they meet the requirements of HR 727 / Public law 107-319 . See which says (in part):

        ``(b) For the purpose of this section, the term `low-speed electric
bicycle' means a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable
pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose
maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a
motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20
        ``(c) To further protect the safety of consumers who ride low-speed
electric bicycles, the Commission may promulgate new or amended
requirements applicable to such vehicles as necessary and appropriate.
        ``(d) This section shall supersede any State law or requirement with
respect to low-speed electric bicycles to the extent that such State law
or requirement is more stringent than the Federal law or requirements
referred to in subsection (a).''.


        For purposes of motor vehicle safety standards issued and enforced
pursuant to chapter 301 of title 49, United States Code,

[[Page 116 STAT. 2777]]

a low-speed electric bicycle (as defined in section 38(b) of the
Consumer Product Safety Act) shall not be considered a motor vehicle as
defined by section 30102(6) of title 49, United States Code.

Comment Re:I hate journalism (Score 1) 518


The impromptu tutoring session apparently caused Mr. Cole and Mr. Cheney to ignore air-traffic controllers for about 90 minutes on Wednesday night, and forget to begin preparations for landing in Minneapolis. Instead, the plane flew about 110 miles to the skies over Eau Claire, Wis., as more than a dozen air-traffic controllers in three locations serving Denver and Minneapolis tried to get the pilots' attention.

90 != 11 or 12. You don't land a plane at cruising speed.

Comment Re:A server failure? (Score 1) 304

You're modded funny, but having only 1 server might have been best given their apparent system design. If failure of only 1 server is enough to cause all of your customers to lose their data, you're better off having only 1 server. For example, having 3 servers would triple the risk of system failure.

Of course, it is rather insane to have a system where one server failure loses all your customers' data, but everybody (including, now, the Danger people) knows that.

Comment Re:Google is doing what the FCC should (Score 1) 95

From an article in USA today (

Rural phone companies are allowed to charge about 2 cents to 8 cents a minute to connect long-distance and wireless calls to their networks. The fees, up to 100 times higher than rates charged by large local phone companies, offset the rural companies' high costs and low call volumes.

Sorry, but if your business's cost structure is 100x that of similar businesses (i.e., more urban phone companies), you don't deserve to have a business. The article makes clear that a bunch of scumbags got into the scam^Wbusiness to make a quick buck, then got shut down, and now the CLECs are getting in on the act. Google's in the right on this one - screw the CLECs. If the CLECs customers don't like it, find another phone company (the first C in CLEC stands for competitive, after all).

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