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Comment Maybe Apple is right (Score 1) 282

If what apple says is true, i.e., the patent was inside a standard and later Samsung raised it to claim money, there is precedent that the case will get thrown out. In an earlier case of QCOMM vs BRCM, the Qualcomm patents were disqualified as they were patented prior to the standard and were introduced into the standard without revealing that they have a patent on that topic.

Comment Re:Well, good thing I didn't research this area. (Score 1) 251

This can be done without the paper part of it. Every voter registers his email address with the election council. At the last step, instead of paper print, you send out an email with a secret code associated with that email. Now all news channels/NGOs/Etc conduct exit polls as before and your voter can go and enter the secret code/email address to each one of those exit polls. If all the exit polls match closely with the election results then we can assume that the voting machine is fair. Also, since the voting results are with a huge section of the society [i.e., the media], it is more difficult than paper machines to tamper the results.

Comment Re:Tax planning and rich people (Score 1) 2115

Of course they have to contribute.

But I challenge you to come up with any sane argument that anyone should pay more to the government than anybody else.

Simple: Taxation is a extortion mechanism by the government to make sure that nothing happens to you are your property. You pay based on how much you own. If you own a lot, you need to pay more, since a street riot is more likely to loot your house than someone who is living under $2/day

Comment Re:Uh, don't we maybe NEED that hormone? (Score 1) 404

The mouse was genetically modified to secrete high levels of CRF. Therefore a CRF blocker can grow back hair, that was lost due to high levels of CRF. However, is baldness caused solely due to stress? I don't have the stats, but my guess would be that there are zillion reasons for baldness. Its unclear that CRF blocker would be of any benefit in these Zillion-1 cases, where baldness is not caused by stress.

Comment What Innovation is this? (Score 1) 199

AT&T screws over its customers ..OK. But they are also screwing the investors? I mean, look at their P&L sheet. In the US there is very little competition, prices are sky high and even after such price gouging, the net income is 5% of your revenue? For the sake of comparison, top service providers in India routinely rake up 25-30% of their revenue in net-income. And, the place is far more competitive (> 15 operators), consumer prices are far lower.

Looking at it in another way, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE for AT&T to do any price drop (or provide more for the same money) as it would effectively kill its bottom-line. So /. readers you may complain all you want about the crappy service from AT&T, but it is not going to get any better. There has to be a business innovation before any service gets any better.

Comment Is real time collaboration a good thing? (Score 1) 126

I write documents a lot of it. Most of the time, one person is in charge of either reviewing, commenting or making edits. I am unable to imagine why 10 authors sitting across the globe HAVE the urge to work on a document at the same time.

Have /. users done this type of real-time collaboration? What is the scenario? Did you guys find it useful?

Comment What can go wrong? (Score 1) 162

I mean it, seriously! What is wrong with your medical history showing up online? How can anyone monetize it?

Seriously, what is with you privacy folks?

I actually want my medical history to be online so that different doctors can view it and suggest if something different could be tried. Honestly, I never trust the doctor. Doctors have vested interest to push for a option in which they are good at. This happens very subtly and people may not notice it.

I have seen two common complaints about unlimited access to medical data. In my opinion both lack any merit.

1. Insurance rates go up: Sure they do. Its better that your insurance rates go up (if you have a problem that is), as opposed to the entire community's. You are at fault so you pay for it.

2. Employer Screening: This is even better. The employer is the best judge (at least before hiring) on what the job takes. If you have a problem and you wanna hide it, how will it help you while you are performing the duties. It is better for the employer and the employee to have the access to medical records. For example, if you are a former drug addict, I wanna know that before I hire you.

Comment Re:Hacking Pays Off (Score 1) 613

The "golden age" of the US was during the cold war. It is true that economy expanded big time, technology conquered newer heights, but most of all, there was unity! Unity among americans fighting a common enemy, the commies. Fast forward to 2011, the biggest commie threat has disappeared and now replaced with so many other great internal threats such as Abortion rights, Gay marriage, ObamaCare, Yellow levels of terror alert. Now think of projecting China as the greatest threat to America. I think, in another 10-20 years, the cold-war era mindset will be back, replacing Russia with China. The unity is good for the country. This also helps China. How? Chinese own a shit load of dollars & Euros. Without a strong American economy/ European economy, their exports die quickly. Furthermore, they will be hit with a lot of refugee problems from Russia, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, India and a zillion more countries. So, it is good to have the tension mounting.

One Night Stands May Be Genetic 240

An anonymous reader writes "So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very well be in their DNA. In a first of its kind study, a team of investigators led by Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has taken a broad look at sexual behavior, matching choices with genes and has come up with a new theory on what makes humans 'tick' when it comes to sexual activity. The biggest culprit seems to be the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism, or DRD4 gene. Already linked to sensation-seeking behavior such as alcohol use and gambling, DRD4 is known to influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."

Comment Re:Who have they ever caught? (Score 1) 354

There is a fundamental problem with the DHS thought process here. Terrorists are not interested ONLY in blowing up planes. They are willing to do anything that can bring peace/economy down. Single act of failed terrorist plot is costing american taxpayers and travelers so much money. This is exactly what the "terrorists" want. If planes become difficult to bomb, they will bomb the airport. If airport becomes difficult, they will move on to bombing embassies. If you patch that, then they will move on to UPS cargo planes. How many patches will you put? The real solution is a holistic economic development, one where all these "terrorist havens" are economically developed. If people have real jobs to work on, they don't have time to go around bombing others. They might just have enough time to vent their anger on /.

Comment Re:Photos from the same spot but not the same seas (Score 1) 895

The problem is that the article takes pains to explain that it was shot at the same place, but cleverly (or rather dumbly) leaves out of the fact on the timing. Secondly, the question "what time of the year in 2010 would correspond to the same time as the 1929 photo was shot" is quite tricky so answer. There is the variability due to earth's revolution not being 1 year exact (Given that we take 365.25 years, he needs to have visited the place 20 days later in 2010 than when it was visited in 1929), other factors (non-global warming related) such as direction of the wind and its changes, etc Only after this has been well scrutinized, one could possibly conclude that the loss is due to AGW.

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