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Comment Re:Terrible decision, regardless of patent feeling (Score 1) 100

It does involve constitutionality. The constitutionality of any law passed by Congress must be be weighed by the possibilities of that law. (McCollough vs Maryland and Brown v Maryland). If the monetary award is a penalty against Samsung, it can be argued as excessive in the light of only a component of their phone was infringing (and both parties agreed that the infringing design could be be considered a component). Article 8 of the Constitution prohibits excessive fines.

Comment Re:Terrible decision, regardless of patent feeling (Score 1) 100

Here's the court's opinions from HEYDENFELDT v. DANEY GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY providing an example of how the court goes against explicit law:

It is true that there are words of present grant in this law; but, in construing it, we are not to look at any single phrase in it, but to its whole scope, in order to arrive at the intention of the makers of it. "It is better always," says Judge Sharswood, "to adhere to a plain common-sense interpretation of the words of a statute, than to apply to them refined and technical rules of grammatical construction. Gyger's Estate, 65 Penn. St. 312.


This interpretation, although seemingly contrary to the letter of the statute, is really within its reason and spirit.

Comment Re:Terrible decision, regardless of patent feeling (Score 1) 100

Where the Supreme Court differs from you is that it sees a phone as being more than just a single patented object. Here's the law itself:

"That hereafter, during the term of letters-patent for a design, it shall be unlawful for any person other than the owner of said letters-patent without the license of such owner, to apply the design secured by such letters-patent, or any colorable imitation thereof, to any article of manufacture for the purpose of sale, or to sell or expose for sale any article of manufacture to which such design or colorable imitation shall, without the license of the owner, have been applied, knowing that the same has been so applied. Any person violating the provisions, or either of them, of this section, shall be liable in the amount of two hundred and fifty dollars; and in case the total profit made by him from the manufacture or sale, as aforesaid, of the article or articles to which the design, or colorable imitation thereof, has been applied, exceeds the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars he shall be further liable for the excess of such profit over and above the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars; and the full amount of such liability may be recovered by the owner of the letters-patent to his own use, in any circuit court of the United States having jurisdiction of the parties, either by an action at law or upon a bill in equity for an injunction to restrain such infringement

I think we can both agree that if Samsung had sold a phone chassis that copied Apple's design then all profits for said chassis would go to Apple. However, this is only a component of another product -- their phone. If a car company copies some other companies' bumper design, and then uses these bumpers on their next line of cars, why would the profits for the entire car be forfeited? Only in the case where it can be proved that sale of these new cars hinged specifically and only on the use of these bumpers would all profits be forfeit. For me, the key line is:

profit made by him from the manufacture or sale, as aforesaid, of the article or articles to which the design, or colorable imitation thereof, has been applied

As for precedence, see Haydenfeldt v. Daney Co., 93 U. S. 629. Another good read is Some Questions under the Design Patent Act of 1887 by Frederic H. Betts (The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 5 (May, 1892), pp. 181-192)

The Legislature may write laws, but the Courts will still interpret them.

Comment They could use it in their article... (Score 1) 52

To quote the summary's quote of the supposed actual article:

Sensors printed with this ink would magnetically attack to each other when a rip or tear occurs, automatically fixing a device at the first sign of disintegration.

Someone get the the editors (slashdot and linked article) some of that self-healing ink so that I do not have to put up with these typos ("broken words") any more.

Comment NASA did NOT confirm anything! (Score 1) 532 Here's a snippet: So who are these guys? Despite the fact that the group works out of Johnson, under the auspices of NASA, Eagleworks still only runs on $50,000 a year in funding. “That’s not enough to conduct a high-quality experimental research program,” says Davis. “They’d need $1.5 million, $2 million for five, six, seven years.” Research into breakthrough propulsion physics—even when it had its own lab at Glenn, under Millis—has never been particularly well-funded. So “the way that this really happens is people dabble in addition to their day job,” says Millis. According to him, Eagleworks started with White working on concepts in his free time, not officially supported or sanctioned by NASA, and then eventually got a little money to run his lab out of Johnson. But the NASA banner doesn’t legitimize the work—if anything, NASA seems to want to keep the project under the radar.

Comment What about stealing keys and mouse motions? (Score 1) 25

If it is possible to negotiate rogue key/mouse input (which presumably requires proper communication between the rogue keyboard/mouse and the target device), then would it not also be possible to capture the data from the real keyboard/mouse? And in that case, it would seem quite possible, then, to steal keystrokes/mouse movements -- say during someone's login.

Comment Re:HAL (Score 1) 162

"I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid.

Dave. ...

Would you touch my bum one last time?"

Dave: I'm sorry, HAL. I'm afraid I cannot do that....

Comment Common Core is just a set of standards (Score 5, Informative) 173

Do you realize that the common core is nothing but a set of standards as far as what students should be able to achieve at various levels? It does not dictate how teachers are supposed to teach the standards. That is left completely up to the teachers. The problem is that private companies are taking advantage of the fact that there currently is a lack of teaching materials that address the common core. Then to compound the problem are teachers who are often not specialists in their own area. I have taught an entire class of future math teachers, and most of them chose that profession because 1) they will always be in demand and 2) because they like to work with kids -- neither of which necessarily result in strong math teachers. (In fact, most of them would probably never become great math teachers, to be perfectly honest.) Anyway, your beef with the common core lies with the companies trying to cash in on the teaching materials void.

Comment Way to screw yourself, FBI (Score 4, Insightful) 162

Before the big commotion between the FBI and Apple, they (the FBI) at least had a chance of breaking into a phone (made by Apple) that was used by an ISIS member (by the help of Apple, through legal means). Now the FBI has essentially shot themselves in the foot. Their demands have basically been a loud horn warning ISIS to stay away from the very technology (phones by American companies) that they could actually get access to... 'cause... well, good luck getting foreign companies to make backdoors for you.

Comment Re:Stacking errors (Score 4, Insightful) 139

The stacked errors should have impacted both teams equally (generally speaking) since it was a "constant" factor (same human performing the same error). That said, the shot was made under the same conditions that were "acceptable" for 99.99% of the entire game, and yet somehow isn't "good enough" for the last 0.8 seconds. Then there's the obvious "the overlay clock runs twice as fast as the game clock" issue.

Submission + - HP-15C, HP-16C & HP-41CX Reborn!!! The world's smallest programmable RPN cal 2

mikesters writes: SwissMicros produces clones of the famous HP calculators from the 1980's: the HP-11C, HP-12C, HP-15C, HP-16C and also of the HP-41CX.

More than ten years ago an online petition was started to Bring Back the HP-15C. Tens of thousands signed that petition, but HP still won't bring it back into general production.

In 2011 SwissMicros started production of a credit-card sized clone of the HP-15C and some of the other models.

Now in 2015 SwissMicros has released a full-sized clone of the HP-15C and HP-16C as well as of the HP-41CX, fully functional, with real buttons just like the HP calculators and even more features, with high quality materials and finishing.

The calcualtors emulate the original HP ROMs, but alternative ROMs with extended memory capabilities can be user-installed using an USB cable.

Could be the perfect Christmas gift for the nerd who has everything! Go to

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