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Submission + - Nuance Loses Patent Trial Over OCR Tech

rtobyr writes: The Recorder is reporting that Nuance and partner Mofo have lost a suit over patent infringement of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) against Russian competitor ABBYY Software House.

Nuance had accused ABBYY Software House of infringing three of its patents and mirroring its packaging. Both companies market software that uses optical character recognition technology, or OCR, to convert scanned images of text so they can be searched and edited digitally. Represented by a team of lawyers from Morrison & Foerster and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Nuance argued that ABBYY's FineReader was little more than a copy of its signature product OmniPage. The Burlington, Mass.-based company also sued Lexmark International Inc. for its use of ABBYY's products and sought more than $100 million in total damages from the two companies. Nuance did not prevail on any claims in Nuance Communications v. ABBYY Software House, 08-0912. MoFo partner Michael Jacobs, who is co-lead counsel for Nuance with fellow MoFo partner James Bennett, declined to comment.


Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Submission + - Negative Keywords/Anti-words? 1

rtobyr writes: "I've been videoing some of the most memorable moments of my daughter's 10th birthday pizza/ (and first ever) slumber party. With the consent of all parents involved, I intend to edit clips into an iMovie "trailer" of a "documentary" about the effects of sugar (cake & ice cream) on 4th grade girls, and post it on YouTube. My problem is that I wouldn't be surprised if some troll labels my video as being the work of pedobear. My question is this: Is there a mechanism by which certain search criteria will cause my video to NOT appear in the results? Imagine a keyword, "-pedo" which causes any searcher whose search criteria includes "pedo" to NOT see my video in his or her search results?"

Submission + - Why is Microsoft/Bill Gates "The Enemy"? 2

rtobyr writes: "We /.'ers love to bash on Microsoft and Bill Gates. I'm no exception. Among many reasons, I hate DOS vice Bash. Bash is so natural. "man" is so useful. DOS is--by comparison--an abomination. Yet, DOS scripts ("batch files") are so much more common--dare I say: the standard--when compared to Bash scripts. Why don't I look at *sh as the abomination?

Barring complaints of the Win8 UI, Vista, & ME (we all make *some mistakes*), Windows OS's starting with 2000 have been satisfactorily stable--even when compared to *nix competitors (including OSX). I can't remember having to reboot a Windows server unless I was updating it.

As much as I really hate to admit it, Windows Server does more than other OS's. I can use IIS if I want, but I can also use Apache or NginX. I can use DotNet or C# if I want, but I can also use C, C++, Python, Perl, or any number of other languages.

Most of "us" prefer Linux over Mac, and Mac over Windows. We prefer Tovralds over Jobs, and Jobs over Gates. Why? Which of them have done the most good? The B&M Gates Foundation gives billions of dollars (to include the lion's share of Warren Buffett's fortune) to charities. Jobs is not known for being a philanthropist. The same goes for Stallman & Torvalds, yet we favor them as role models.

Why? Please don't be to sarcastic. I honestly wonder why my loyalties lie where they do (BSD > Linux > Mac (Actually BSD... I know...) > Windows) when Gates is actually doing more for the impoverished than Stallman, Torvalds, Jobs, and Cook combined?

What phenomenon compels me to internally condemn the most generous, and yet idolize those who--based on what I know of them--are A-Holes?"

Comment When magnetic poles switch: evolution leaps? (Score 1) 1142

We know that the magnetic poles switch about every 200,000 years. During the 1,000 year process, we experience double or more radiation from the Sun. Do you suppose that evolutionary leaps result, which could account for some of the sudden leaps in evolution that Creationists like to point out?

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