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Apple Applies For Color-Change Patent

Hemos posted more than 11 years ago | from the theming-your-machine dept.

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Secret300 writes "Apple is applying for a patent to release "devices capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative appearance." If this is a success, it would considerably boost Apple's presence in the technology world." So, perhaps we can not only theme our desktop on the machine - but our *literal* desktop.

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IN SOVIET RUSSIA (-1)

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (621411) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981111)

We let people comment in our stories!

MOD PARENT UP !!! (0, Offtopic)

ContemporaryInsanity (583611) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981142)

They did it on purpose, didn't they ? Posted an article (Computers Not Working in Education) about numeracy & literacy, with speeling mistakes, and removed the ability to comment... BASTARDS!!!

It wasn't off topic... (1)

ContemporaryInsanity (583611) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981315)

...it was a quality trole!

Computers don't make the man (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981160)

I was going through middle/high school during the "lets buy all the computers we can so us teachers dont have to do our jobs" phase.

Now dont get me wrong, I love computers. Im a verified geek. I have been ever since my parents sat me in front of the old Apple IIe at the age of six. (And gave be a BASIC book at the age of 7)

Computers arent the savior of education that everybody was hoping they would be. Computers are a tool and nothing more. You will always have the children who choose not to use the tools available to them, as well as the children who have no tools available to them.

I remember one time in elementary school we were in the computer lab of Apple IIe s and I decided to have a little bit of fun with the people in there - so I wrote a little program to show just how l33t I was:
10 PRINT "THIS SCHOOL SUCKS"
20 GOTO 10
You wouldnt believe how much trouble I almost got in for that little stunt. I distinctly remember sitting in the hallway for the remainder of the class - with a large smile on my face. (This only got worse when I started going into Radio Shack Stores - Some of the messsages I came up with there probably affected sales quite a bit :-)

Anyway - I remember in highschool (around 1995) when they built the computer lab full of older IBM 486 Lan Manager machines. We spent a large amount of time there (to my great surprise) - but it was only to waste time on substandard "education" games and work on composing some research presentation using some Powerpoint wannabe called "Linkway" or something.

The point is: Most of those kids learned absolutely nothing. Most of them just goofed off in the computer lab. The teacher didnt even really know what the heck she was doing in there.

The morale of the story kiddies: Computers are like an encyclopedia - they are only useful if you are willing to open the cover and explore. Until then - they are useless.

Re:Computers don't make the man (2)

AlgUSF (238240) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981255)

I remember a friend of mine hacked the server on our high school computer lab LAN. If you could call it hacking, he just guessed really good at the teacher's password, and deleted a bunch of stuff and screwed with all of the settings. There was a consultant there for a week trying to fix everything, and I bet that cost some real $$$$$$.

official COMPUTERS NOT WORKING IN EDUCATION thread (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981170)

That's the thing: Teachers do not know ... if computers can actually be used to solve the most pressing problems of literacy and numeracy - the sorts of things that get kids through exams."

Computers cannot, on their own, solve any problems - they can perform complex calculations, sure, but you have to feed them the exact steps to follow. If kids do not understand the principles behind something as simple as multiplication or division, say, how do you expect a glorified calculator to help them? Sure they could use it to divide 22 by 7, but do they understand why they are doing that? Sure they can use spell check on grammar check, but is that any substitute for actually understanding sentence structure or knowing how words are properly spelled? That is how you solve literacy and mathematic deficiencies. You have to work at it - technology isn't the magical panacea everyone appears to think it is.

You don't see architectecture schools talking about how power actuated fasteners are changing how they teach, do you? Of course not, they are just tools that save on labor. Computers are the exact same thing, and the quicker people realize that a computer is just another form of tool, the quicker everyone will realize that there is nothing mystical about them and their operators. Realizing this will help to devalue the artificially high prices of computer "engineers", cut down on overhead drastically, and provide just the shot in the arm our stock market needs to rebound.

I don't mean to bash on our dedicated teachers - they are doing the best they can, given their abilities and environment, but hyping up computers as a replacement to study isn't a good idea. There's a reason we weren't allowed to use calculators until Calculus class when we were in school, and that is why we hand to hand write exams without a dictionary available. It is nice to have technology available, but it should always be as an assistant to aid the individual in his work- it should not direct his work

Re:Computers Not Working In Education (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981247)

Its been my experience (as a web development instructor with a private post-secondary school) that teens these days, despite the stereotypes, actually posess LESS computer literacy than geeks of my generation.

I learned DOS and UNIX on the command line. Windows and Mac will stunt your understanding of how a computer works, and make you think only of pushing around cute little icons. WIMP interfaces make people WIMPISH. They can't understand how the computer works, so they end up relying on 'geeks' to fix their problems.

Teach programming to everyone and teach kids a command line in school. Make them understand the technology that they'll use every day of their lives. Let our kids develop some computer savy and BRAINS.

Re:Computers Not Working In Education (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981278)

While working on a grant at SDSU, I heard of an instructor in Maryland who found that her students who used a DOS-based PC to write english papers received better grades then did the Apple Mac counterparts. A 2 year study found that she was correct in that the DOS-based PC users used larger words, had a higher wordcount per sentance, and used more complete sentence structures. The students were enrolled in an English class because they didn't fail the entrance exam but also weren't good enough to bypass the English requirements altogether. The English department at the university didn't determine exactly what was going on but figured it was because at a DOS-prompt, you have to think about what you need to do next. In a GUI, you are prompted.

The DOS-based users has the DOS prompt staring at them and _they_ had to figure out what the next step was. When they got to the wordprocessor they were already in a higer thinking mode then when _icons_ lead you thru the task.

Once you're well versed and trained in the skills the computer is _helping_ you with, you don't need to have such a bare-bones interface to get to what you want to do. Teach kids how to think and they will take off from there.

This covers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981112)

...when they changed from a rainbow to various monochrome logos back in 1998.

new imacs (1)

alta (1263) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981118)

I can see the new imacs now... they change color like a biolum. jellyfish. Cool.

Re:new imacs (1)

sheean.nl (565364) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981232)

Aren't they ruining their own market with this? In the past you had to buy an entire new mac if you wanted to change its colour...

Look it can chang its own colours, just run to the nearby computer store, buy a new mac in different colour, install the software, and look at all the colours...absolutely amazing!

The Art of Cunniligus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981119)

Hey, I have a lot of respect for all you guys who like to eat pussy because there are too few of you out there. And I'm not the only woman who says this. Furthermore, some of you guys who are giving it the old college try are not doing too well, so maybe this little lesson will help you out. When a woman finds a man who gives good head, she's found a treasure she's not going to let go of him too quickly. This is one rare customer and she knows it. She won't even tell her girlfriends about it or that guy will become the most popular man in town. So, remember, most guys can fuck, and those who can usually do it satisfactorily, but the guy who gives good head, he's got it made.

Most women are shy about their bodies. Even if you've got the world's most gorgeous woman in bed with you, she's going to worry about how you like her body. Tell her it's beautiful, tell her which parts you like best, tell her anything, but get her to trust you enough to let you down between her legs. Now stop and look at what you see.
Beautiful, isn't it?

There is nothing that makes a woman more unique than her pussy.

I know. I've seen plenty of them. They come in all different sizes, colors and shapes; some are tucked inside like a little girl's cunnie and some have thick luscious lips that come out to greet you. Some are nested in brushes of fur and others are covered with transparent fuzz. Appreciate your woman's unique qualities and tell her what makes her special. Women are a good deal more verbal than men, especially during love-making. They also respond more to verbal love, which means, the more you talk to her, the easier it will be to get her off. So all the time you're petting and stroking her beautiful pussy, talk to her about it.

Now look at it again.

Gently pull the lips apart and look at her inner lips, even lick them if you want to. Now spread the tops of her pussy up until you can find her clit. Women have clits in all different sizes, just like you guys have different sized cocks. It doesn't mean a thing as far as her capacity for orgasm. All it means is more of her is hidden underneath her foreskin.

Whenever you touch a woman's pussy, make sure your finger is wet. You can lick it or moisten it with juices from inside her. Be sure, by all means, to wet it before you touch her clit because it doesn't have any juices of its own and it's extremely sensitive. Your finger will stick to it if it's dry and that hurts. But you don't want to touch her clit anyway. You have to work up to that. Before she becomes aroused, her clit is too delicate to be handled.

Approach her pussy slowly. Women, even more so than men, love to be teased. The inner part of her thigh is her most tender spot. Lick it, kiss it, make designs on it with the tip of your tongue. Come dangerously close to her pussy, then float away. Make her anticipate it.

Now lick the crease where her leg joins her pussy. Nuzzle your face into her bush. Brush your lips over her slit without pressing down on it to further excite her. After you've done this to the point where your lady is bucking up from her seat and she's straining to get more of you closer to her, then put your lips right on top of her slit.

Kiss her, gently, then harder. Now use your tongue to separate her pussy lips and when she opens up, run your tongue up and down between the layers of pussy flesh. Gently spread her legs more with your hands. Everything you do with a woman you're about to eat must be done gently.

Tongue-fuck her. This feels divine. It also teases the hell out of her because by now she wants some attention given to her clit. Check it out. See if her clit has gotten hard enough to peek out of its covering. If so, lick it. If you can't see it, it might still be waiting for you underneath. So bring your tongue up to the top of her slit and feel for her clit. You may barely experience its presence. But even if you can't feel the tiny pearl, you can make it rise by licking the skin that covers it. Lick hard now and press into her skin.

Gently pull the pussy lips away and flick your tongue against the clit, hood covered or not. Do this quickly. This should cause her legs to shudder. When you sense she's getting up there toward orgasm, make your lips into an O and take the clit into your mouth. Start to suck gently and watch your lady's face for her reaction. If she can handle it, begin to suck harder. If she digs it, suck even harder. Go with her. If she lifts her pelvis into the air with the tension of her rising orgasm, move with her, don't fight her. Hang on, and keep your hot mouth on her clit. Don't let go. That's what she'll be saying too: 'Don't stop. Don't ever stop!'

There's a reason for that - most men stop too soon. Just like with cock sucking, this is something worth learning about and worth learning to do well. I know a man who's a lousy fuck, simply lousy, but he can eat pussy like nobody I know and he never has trouble getting a date. Girls are falling all over him.

But back to your pussy eating session...There's another thing you can do to intensify your woman's pleasure. You can finger-fuck her while she's enjoying your clit-licking talents. Before, during or after. She'll really like it. In addition to the erogenous zones surrounding her clit, a woman has another extremely sensitive area at the roof of her vagina. This is what you rub up against when you're fucking her. Well, since your cock is pretty far away from your mouth, your fingers will have to do the fucking.

Take two fingers. One is too skinny and three is too wide and therefore can't get deep enough. Make sure they're wet so you don't irritate her skin. Slide them inside, slowly at first, then a little faster. Fuck her with them rhythmically. Speed up only when she does. Listen to her breathing.

She'll let you know what to do. If you're sucking her clit and finger-fucking her at the same time, you're giving her far more stimulation than you would be giving her with your cock alone. So you can count on it that she's getting high on this. If there's any doubt, check her out for symptoms. Each woman is unique. You may have one whose nipples get hard when she's excited or only when she's having an orgasm. Your girl might flush red or begin to tremble. Get to know her symptoms and you'll be a more sensitive lover.

When she starts to have an orgasm, for heaven's sakes, don't let go of that clit. Hang in there for the duration. When she starts to come down from the first orgasm, press your tongue along the underside of the clit, leaving your lips covering the top. Move your tongue in and out of her cunt. If your fingers are inside, move them a little too, gently though, things are extremely sensitive just now.

If you play your cards right, you'll get some multiple orgasms this way. A woman stays excited for a full hour after she's had an orgasm. Do you realize the full impact of that information? The potential? One woman was clocked at 56 orgasms at one sitting. Do you know what effect you would have on a woman you gave 56 orgasms to? She'd be yours as long as you wanted her.

The last advice I have for you is this: After you've made her come, made her your slave by giving her the best head she's ever had, don't leave her alone just yet. Talk to her, stroke her body, caress her breasts. Keep making love to her quietly until she's come all the way down. A man can get off and go to sleep in the same breath and feel no remorse, no sense of loss. But a woman by nature requires some sensitivity from her lover in those first few moments after sex.

Oral sex can be the most exciting sexual experiences you can have. But it's what you make it. Take your time, practice often, pay attention to your lover's signals, and most of all, enjoy yourself.

The G-Spot

This does exist. And in over half of the women out there, it works better than anything else you can do to cause a strong, prolonged orgasm. The original name is the Grafenberg spot, after a doctor, Earnest Grafenberg, who documented the area (which may have been known by people here and there throughout history) in the fifties.

This "spot" is a small "mound" of tissue inside the vagina, between a penny and quarter in size, which responds to being pressed upon. It's almost certainly not the skenes glands, (which are located around the urethra, which is behind the G-spot area), as has been suggested by a few people. In fact, the G-Spot is the tissue in that raised area of the vagina, which has a higher concentration of sexual nerves, and produces hormones similar to those made by the male's prostate gland.

A sort of map to the area -- Imagine your lover lying on her back, legs spread. Your position is between her legs. You would slide a finger inside her vagina, palm up. With your finger straight back, middle finger is best, you would curve it toward yourself, gently, as if you were gesturing to someone to "come here". In doing so, the area you press on should be pretty near her "G-Spot" area. If you know enough to follow the urethra (the tube that leads from the bladder to where the pee comes out), along the inside of her vagina, you may feel a slight swelling (if she's excited) at the point where the g-spot is.

She must be excited, especially if either you or she is new to the g-spot, for the g-spot to have any real effect at all. It's not the ideal area for getting your lover aroused.

But when she is excited, this area (more often than not) is the best way to bring her to orgasm. You work your way back to it gradually, teasing her (typically, this works best) with your fingers, slowly and gently. It's easier to hit the right area with two fingers, but this may not be comfortable for her, depending on how "tight" she is at that moment. When you have your fingers around the right area, try gently pressing, not too quickly. The movement should be fairly rhythmic. It's typically best if you're licking her clitoris (or near it, depending on the woman) at the same time...don't make a big deal out of the "quest", this will often make her feel self-conscious, or distracted. The licking should seem to be the primary activity.

When you find the right area, she should respond by getting more excited. Most of the vagina's inside surface isn't really that sexually sensitive, believe it or not...most of the excitement of randomly inserting fingers is more psychological than from the actual stimulation.

While more complicated techniques work with some women, some of the time, the best basic technique, upon finding the g-spot, is to continue to slowly, rhythmically press on it, while licking her clitoris (for a few women, the labia (lips) are sensitive to licking, too).

This should cause her to build up to an orgasm.

A G-Spot orgasm is different (always, when it works at all) than any other kind women have. It is possible, with some women, to have different qualities and kinds of orgasms from vaginal, clitoral, anal, and even breast stimulation...but with other women, those kinds of orgasms are all pretty much the same. But the G-Spot orgasm not only feels different; it also causes her body to react in a different way.

First, it often causes a "push out" orgasm. The area around, or "above" (farther inside, that is) your fingers seems to swell up or to contract toward the opening of her vagina.

If you find the right combination of pushing back when this happens, and slacking off to let it push out, you can cause (in perhaps half of the women) her orgasm to continue happening, long after normal ones would have subsided. In some women you can even keep her at a "plateau" (raised level) of sexual excitement, like a prolonged orgasm (or a little less than one) afterward, building up to an even bigger climax.

That brings me to another important point; G-Spot orgasms sometimes causes a huge amount (relatively speaking) of lubrication (juices, wetness)...far more than even the most excited woman gets from "conventional" stimulation.

When that extra wetness combines with the push-out orgasm, you get actual ejaculation...like a guy, but much better tasting. The built up juices can shoot out in such volume that you, or she, may be afraid that she lost control of her bladder. That is (almost always) not what happened. The fear that she peed can be enhanced by the fact that the urethra is behind the g-spot, so that in rare cases the woman can sometimes get the feeling that she needs to pee, even though she does not.

In reality, in both men and women, enough sexual excitement prevents peeing, unless you try really hard. This is a built-in reflex, because urine is something of a spermicide. The "pee hard-on" that men get in the morning is partially his body taking advantage of this reflex, to keep him from accidentally wetting the bed with the urine that built up while he was sleeping.

Taste

Anyone who likes, say, coffee or beer should have no room to complain about the way most women taste. No, I don't mean it tastes like coffee or beer, genius...I mean that beer and coffee are, at best, acquired tastes...they are not naturally pleasant to a human being, no matter how much your addiction to one or both has convinced you otherwise. Most people, whether they remember it or not, had to learn to like the taste of beer/coffee, and had the desire to be Like the Adults to help them along. Well, I'd list taking pleasure in cunnilingus above drinking addictive beverages on the list of things that prove maturity. Aside from that, there's the fact that many people who give it an honest try genuinely enjoy the taste/smell.

Re:The Art of Cunniligus (0, Offtopic)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981171)

Doesn't this belong on Everything2 ?

Re:The Art of Cunniligus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981178)

Why would you waste your time copying this crap over...this kinda thing won't help Slashdot guys...you gotta get a woman naked first. Think for once, won't you?

Re:The Art of Cunniligus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981256)

much funnier when you realise that this was written by mr. eric s. raymond.

"devices capable of changing their color" (2)

torpor (458) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981120)

... sounds an awful lot like an LCD screen to me, which'd be prior art.

What's special about their patent? Are the surfaces non-planar or some such thing?

Re:"devices capable of changing their color" (5, Interesting)

WPIDalamar (122110) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981139)

Sounds more like a patent to change how the mac looks, not just the display. Maybe my mac's case is blue in the morning, and yellow at night? If this is the case, there MUST be things that do similar things.

Hell, wouldn't certain animals qualify as prior art?

And what about novelity (is that a word?)? Screw the prior art searches, we need examiners that can say "This is not novel, so it's not patentable, even tho no one else has done it."

Re:"devices capable of changing their color" (5, Insightful)

MrAndrews (456547) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981213)

Quite aside from the patent-worthiness debate, I'd say that, after reading about this everywhere I could, this is a VERY novel patent. Much more so than any patent I can remember in the past few years. The ability to change the skin of objects (like an iPod, or a cell phone or what have you) really would make a big impact on many industries. That is a far better patent than, for instance, tabbed window interfaces.

Re:"devices capable of changing their color" (5, Informative)

sydb (176695) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981223)

And what about novelity (is that a word?)? Screw the prior art searches, we need examiners that can say "This is not novel, so it's not patentable, even tho no one else has done it."

"Novelty" is "newness". "Novel" means "new". If no-one else has done something then by definition it is novel.

You might argue that "novelty" suggests something which is actually imaginative. But I think that here the word "novel" is used to define what is imaginative.

So don't throw away your prior art database out of a desire for novelty; you'll be throwing away your primary objective indicator of novelty.

Re:"devices capable of changing their color" (1)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981249)

Those little fiber optic Christmass Trees that fade from color to color using an internal light.

Re:"froots capable of changing their color" (1)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981289)

Hell, wouldn't certain animals qualify as prior art?

Heck, certain apples qualify as prior art. The Golden Delicious is green when unripe, then turns a nice yellow, and finally a rotten disgusting brown... Looks like Apple (the computer maker...) not only infringes on the name, but also on the color changing ability of this tasty fruit (while yellow...)

Mobile phones? (1)

evilmonkey_666 (515504) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981300)

Nokia have been pushing mobile phones with changable covers for the last few years. Surely this is prior art.

Re:"devices capable of changing their color" (1)

ZorinLynx (31751) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981226)

Not to mention the hordes of toys made over the last decades that change color with temperature... Who is Apple trying to fool?

Re:"devices capable of changing their color" (2)

motardo (74082) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981262)

what about the oh-so-cool t-shirts from the late eighties, early nineties that changed color?

Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981122)


Their next machine should be a color changing box.

BTW, why the fuck can't we post in the last story?

Re:Great (4, Funny)

moc.tfosorcimgllib (602636) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981253)

> BTW, why the fuck can't we post in the last story?

I'm guessing because it's a story about the decline of quality education in america that uses the word "plase".

Hemos (0, Offtopic)

Iamthefallen (523816) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981123)

Wanna activate comments in the "Computers Not Working In Education" article?

Re:Hemos (1, Offtopic)

robbyjo (315601) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981161)

You know, after looking at his face [everything2.com] , I lost my animo to type comments... Oh wait...

Computers not working at Slashdot either. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981317)

Yeah.

cost (1)

SnAzBaZ (572456) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981124)

This sounds expensive, who would fork out extra for something trivial like this.

Re:cost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981151)

imacs seem to be popular. and you can bet your ass its not for the functionality software or hardware of the device.

theres a whole lotta art majors out there

Re:cost (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981187)

Every MAC-head on the planet...remeber who their customers have traditionally been.

Re:cost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981234)

remeber who their customers have traditionally been.
People who want to interface with a GUI day-in and day-out that WASN'T designed by a confused pack of ignorant howler monkeys?

Wtf? You're on a site that's pretty much front-ended by PowerBooks nowadays and you mouth off with that shit? Get a clue, mouth-breather...

Uh oh (1, Funny)

X-BOX LIVE DEV TEAM (637223) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981126)

Apple is applying for a patent to release "devices capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative appearance.

So Christians will start hanging Apple computers around their douglas firs come December?

hmmmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981127)

"devices capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative appearance."

Translation, Apple computer to buy Mr. Potato Head factory.

Oh Really? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981130)

If this is a success, it would considerably boost Apple's presence in the technology world.


Oh, so I guess their quest for a PPC Chip that is at least half as fast as the current Intel speed demon would be moot then?

Re:Oh Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981202)

Guess what retard?

If we have to explain the "Mhz is but one factor in a CPU's overall performance" to you short-busser's one more time we're gonna have to get the belt out next time you open your dumb mouths......

Theming Potential? (2, Interesting)

1stflight (48795) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981132)

Imagine the theming potential here, you could change EVERYTHING!!!

Now I have to hate Apple, too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981133)

This sounds like it may cover paint that changes color when the machine heats up, etc... are they going to try to collect royalties from those eighties t-shirt companies who shirts changed to outline a woman's breasts based on body heat, too? Come on apple, go back and build something useful.

I can see the office pranks... (5, Funny)

johnthorensen (539527) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981134)

Just what I need when I come in to the office...

finding that some joker has put my computer into "adaptive camoflage mode" and stashed it somewhere in plain sight. :-/

-JT

You mean like a Mood Ring? (1)

jck2000 (157192) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981136)

See Subject of posting.

Additional discussion.... (5, Informative)

imac.usr (58845) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981138)

They're talking about this over in the Mac forum on Ars Technica: Interesting Apple Patent [infopop.net]

Homos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981140)

Wanna let people comment in the "Computers not working in education" story?

fs (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981141)

fuckstick! yes, you whores, FuCksTiCk ! suck it up and deal!

Good news, bad news (-1, Troll)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981144)

The good news is that they can make millions from this idea.

The bad news is that first they'll have to invent a time machine so they can get the patent in the 50's, before mood rings came out.

Re:Good news, bad news (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981251)

sorry, no +1, Funny for you!

Sounds like flashing LEDs.... (1)

SSonnentag (203358) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981146)

Oh, great! Now we're going to get translucent iMacs and iPods with multi-colored flashing LEDs in them. Your iPod can flash in rhythms to the tune you're listening to! :) If you're using an iMac in a classroom you can flash messages to your classmates too! Wow! I can see the classroom now. As if teachers didn't have a hard enough time already keeping the kids' attemtion.

Ok is it me (2, Interesting)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981148)

or did the previous story become the very first one I've ever seen here with no comments allowed?

To comment on THAT story - computers themselves won't teach anything. It's small groups of enthusiasts like The R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S. (Whose motto was the totally cool 'Each One Teach One') or the MIT Computer Club that actually teach things.

And since most teachers are clueless re computers, only small groups can ever exist.

To comment on THIS story, this is just another land-rush patent crap that's caused by an incorrect patent system that will one day be corrected.

Re:Ok is it me (2)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981240)

Two thoughts -

One - computers actually CAN teach something. When I was at Humber College I took a JCL course on computer. This was the 70's and the course was in a room of dumb terminals all wired to a box watched by this bored guy and the box talked to a bigger box at Seneca that actually ran the course.

It was WONDERFUL and I asked the bored guy if he had any other courses. 'Just one on finance but you won't get any credit for it'

Well I took it anyways and it was also wonderful except I never got a grip on the rounding rules. I was often off in my mortgage calculation by a penny and it always marked me wrong for it.

I've never pursued education like that before or since.

As for the other remark, I don't mean to imply you won't get a computer education at MIT except in the private clubs.

What I mean is a lot of the bedrock people of the Internet were the original hackers (in the explorer sense) and learned good stuff in extra curricular activities.

I've been saying... (2, Offtopic)

X-BOX LIVE DEV TEAM (637223) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981155)

...for many months now that after the release of OS 10, Apple now has the most appealing computers by far of any technology company.

This seems like yet another cosmetic improvement for the now technologically superior Powerbooks, G4s, and iMacs. I for one think this sounds great. And hey, it comes just at a time in which I thought their products could not get any better!

Combining a solid BSD core at the operating system level with a wonderfully intuitive and creative GUI and adding in beautiful hardware that's as easy to add as plugging in a switch is as good as it gets IMHO.

Way to go Apple!

theme... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981157)

I want my Apple to look like a window. (and install like one) This way, I can have pretty landscapes easily.

Just think... I can be close to the eiffel tower... or have a "Slashdot Billboard" outside my window...

Too broad for no prior art. (5, Insightful)

Bonker (243350) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981159)

A television screen, for example, or any other CRT can alter both it's functional and decorative apperance with just a change in display signal.

Imagine a display on a CRT surrounded by a decorative border... like we see in most applications.

Now if Apple had filed a patent specifically for a computer case that could change it's appearance at whim and provided a mechanism for it to do so, they'd be set, but no, the want to corner the market before there is a market. Boo, Apple!

Re:Too broad for no prior art. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981186)

Yes and this [thinkgeek.com] little device [thinkgeek.com] also would seem to fit (based on the info in the article). I'm sure there are plenty of other examples including those cool Van something or other generator plasma display thingies.

So what does this mean? (2, Insightful)

The Other Nate (137833) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981163)

And when the open source community (or anyone else) figures out how to do this, they'll be sued by Apple?
Does nature count as prior art? (chameleon)
Is there a patent on covalent molecular bonds? Man, I could really clean up.

Once again, apple comes in first. (2, Interesting)

joebagodonuts (561066) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981166)

They've always worked at setting themselves apart, creating computers that were interesting in appearance as well as easy to use. They work, and look good doing it. I miss my apple. I enjoy linux on x86, but I know my next purchase will be an Apple, and not just because of the insides. Apple works (and usually succeeds)at delivering the complete package.

When you can't beat them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981167)

Mac OS X is quite an innovative abstraction of BSD. It is just painfully slow. Meanwhile, the Linux/UNIX community still makes futile attempts to mimmick what Microsoft and Apple are so good at (GUI usability). I cannot wait until Apple decides to port to faster processors such as the x86 ... until then no Macs for me. I cannot understand why Apple continues to focus on style of the box and not the contents.

I can't imagine porting Mac OS X to another processor would be that difficult, but Apple wants to sell hardware that changes color centered around a processor that has been left behind long ago ... not a platform that combines the power of a UNIX flavour and an interface that wreaks class. Using a Mac today is like waiting for ketchup to leak out of the bottle. I have been so tempted to make the Mac move (I'm a major Windows enthusiast), but I can't step backwards in performance to the dark ages.

Re:When you can't beat them (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981245)

Put OSX on commodity hardware and you just have another windows XP, with some slightly different desktop behaviors.

Not that that's a bad thing, but the percieved instability of windows that everyone whines about stems largely from the insane amount of devices that it has to support.

When you can keep the hardware OSX runs on as limited as Apple does, theres less drivers to write, less testing to do, etc, etc..

Frankly, a lot of mac owners buy them for the cozy feeling of knowing everything matches everything else and its all within Steve Jobs comforting womb.

Boost what? (5, Insightful)

cloudmaster (10662) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981168)

If this is a success, it would considerably boost Apple's presence in the technology world.

I'm not sure how pretty colors will bost them in the technology world, let alone the ability to change amongst various pretty colors. Remember those sneakers with the clear logo and replacable colored inserts? That didn't boost the shoes in the technology world, why would a similar tech boost Apple? Have their shiny colored computers boosted them "considerably" so far, or was it their generally good hardware architecture and cleanly-integrated OS? Sigh.

Re:Boost what? (2)

micromoog (206608) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981243)

Have their shiny colored computers boosted them "considerably" so far, or was it their generally good hardware architecture and cleanly-integrated OS? Sigh.

Their shiny-colored computers have boosted them more than anything else. Remember the first iMacs? That's when the great unwashed began to take notice of Apple again.

Re:Boost what? (1)

luisdom (560067) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981328)

do you know how many mobile phone covers are going to be sold this christmas? It's not the same, but...

RICE BABY YEAH!!!! (4, Funny)

AssFace (118098) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981174)

This would allow me to fufill my quest to fully rice out my desktop computer. I have swollen fenders on it, a pumping neon glow that throbs to the beat of ABBA, and of course the ubiquitous spoiler that keeps my computer from flipping over when I'm crusing.

If my computer could change colors as you walk around it like some of those wonderful paint jobs that I've seen on many a Honda Civic... well, then I would probably shit my pants with joy.
Come to think of it, and judging my that smell, I guess it doesn't have to be with joy.

I hope that having color changing exteriors won't cause them to give up hope of the slowest JVM, fire causing power supplys, and expensive underclocked RAM.

This sounds to me like... (1)

The Wooden Badger (540258) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981175)

A lava lamp case.

Is this how the patent system works now? (2, Insightful)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981181)

"devices capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative appearance."

I thought that a patent had to be on a particular method or device, not on a general class of devices that has a capability to do something.

If Inventor A patents Mousetrap A that works using a mechanical spring baited with cheese, and Inventor B invents Mousetrap B that works using poison, if Inventor A holds a patent on Mousetrap A, it shouldn't affect B's ability to build or patent Mousetrap B. It's not the capability of the device (the capability to trap mice in this case), it's the *method* or the *design* used to achieve that capability.

Or has the patent system gotten completely screwed up?

Re:Is this how the patent system works now? (5, Informative)

WPIDalamar (122110) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981209)

read the patent.

It's on a method of doing it using light to shine through the case.

resolving patentdead issues @around 40 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981182)

i think we have the writes to colors. if anybody gets to "own" colors, it will be stevIE&bill, not yOUR steve. weed love to comment on "computers not working" storIE, but unfortunately cannot. don't ask US why.

"In the case of software sales, which often involve multiyear deals, a major gray area exists in determining whether to book the revenue when the deal is signed, or when some or all of the software is delivered and installed. The problem worsened during the boom, when both software and Internet companies were signing many multiyear deals ultimately ?worth? tens of millions of dollars."

L0L(tm) [trustworthycomputing.com]

"People who are compensated in options had an incentive to inflate prices," he said.

"There is a pattern here," he said, referring to company behavior. "There will be more indictments."

maybe the kingdumb will call IT, FUDux.0h0h

doesN'T l00k LIEk they're goon to be abull to call IT Lindows(TMp). that sure would have been handy. would have made a nice name used to priNT up some more phony billonly stock markup payper, to "spin" off onto trusting old J. et AL.

likely, that bullshipping(tm) co. won't go for the FUDox lowgo. has anyone heard how elmer fudd's name dilution/defamation litigation is going? he was the won whois hurt the MoSt, we think.

Whats your favorite color HAL? (5, Funny)

Ogrez (546269) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981185)

Blue... no! GREEN!!... aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

WOW! (5, Insightful)

CashCarSTAR (548853) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981191)

Apple invented the light bulb!!

Seriously 'tho..after reading the patent I don't think this is anything that special. It seems like Apple is going to start putting RGB LED lights inside a specially designed case so you can change the color of it to match your surroundings.

Is it just me or is this the hardware version of feature creep? Is Apple going to fit all its devices full of cute doodads just to raise the price more? My opinion is that Apple should be investigating an open architechture for its hardware..but that's just me.

Re:WOW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981273)

"Open architecture," eh?

Well, let's see... they're using the (standard) OpenFirmware, integrate (standard) PCI, AGP, USB, and IEEE 1394, use (standard) PC133 or DDR RAM, and (standard) PowerPC processors.

Yep, looks awfully proprietary and closed to me!

Re:WOW! (2)

CashCarSTAR (548853) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981321)

I'm actually more talking about getting rid of their mini-case format, or at least having a tower size option. Mini-cases are ugly and just don't feel right, even excluding the lack of upgrades. Just my personal taste 'tho..

Naturally (1)

hhg (200613) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981195)

This means they will effectively have patented the Cameleon. Funny, rather, wonder if God-made creatures counts as prior art..

Visuals (4, Interesting)

Daleks (226923) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981196)

iTunes visuals on your computer skin or even your iPod case would be awesome. It would make every case-modder out there green with envy.

From the applicatrion. (1)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981199)

'
1. A computer system, said computer system comprising: a microprocessor configured to control operation of said computer system, said microprocessor producing or receiving monitored events while controlling operation of said computer system; a data storage device; a light system configured to provide a dynamic light effect based on the monitored events; and a housing containing said microprocessor, said data storage device, and said light system, wherein said light system provides said housing with a dynamic ornamental appearance. '

So, if the anyones done a mod using the LED lights (that show the status of HDD's, power &co) and some plastic that will carry the light and 'glow' to the appropriate colour then Apples buggered.

So what else is new? (0, Offtopic)

X-BOX LIVE DEV TEAM (637223) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981201)

In ancient Rome, Christians were persecuted physically and politically. Today they are persecuted scientifically. But, as always, The Truth does not bend.

It's all about conservation of energy. The sun puts out 386 billion billion megawatts. Expressed in scientific notation, that 3.86e26 watts, which is 3.86e26 joules per second. According to Einstein's famous equations, that's also 1.29e20 kg/s. But the Earth is so small, we only intercept one one-billionth of that, which is 1.29e11 kg/s. The mass of the Earth is 5.89e24 kg. Divide the one into the other and you have a mere 1.5 million years, much much shorter than evolutionary "scientists" say it would take to spontaneously create simple DNA, let alone the profusion of God's creation that we see around us. And that's being generous and assuming there was no rock here to begin with (which we know is false from Genesis). My gut feeling is that the calculated figure of 40,000 years is probably right on target.

Re:So what else is new? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981246)

Ok, I'll bite.

How in the heck do you get that Christians are persecuted scientifically? Oh wait, that was a troll.

Chamelion Computers??? (1)

Big_Monkey_Bird (620459) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981203)

I can't wait until I can make my PC look like a POLICE BOX with ONE CLICK. Then I'll have APPLE, the BBC, and Amazon breathing down my neck.

That should help productivity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981207)

Maybe the Mac people should put down the bong and figure out a way to get at least one decent game on the platform within 2 years of it coming out on the PC.

COSMETIC (1)

_PimpDaddy7_ (415866) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981212)

This is purely cosmetic, I dont see what the big deal is...I thought Apple was about simplicity, although is is somewhat definitely thinking differently...

So, what's the point? (2)

red_dragon (1761) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981220)

This sound interesting: changing the colour of the computer's case (and maybe peripherals too), perhaps under software control - I'm sure that case modders would love to be able to do this. But, seriously, think about it: why would you worry about changing the case's hues When You Still Can't Change The F***ing GUI's Colours? Being able to only change the desktop background and window buttons just doesn't cut it. If they still can't get this one feature through, why should they even bother with the outside?

(Yes, I'm aware of theme-changing utilities, but they're not a standard feature).

Re:So, what's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981293)

You can change the colors. Aqua Blue or Graphite, your choice.

Prior art abounds (3, Interesting)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981233)

From the patent: " The electronic devices generally include an illuminable housing. The illuminable housing, which includes at least one wall configured for the passage of light, is configured to enclose, cover and protect a light arrangement as well as functional components of the electronic device. The light arrangement, which generally includes one or more light sources, is configured to produce light for transmission through the light passing wall(s) of the illuminable housing."

Is Apple trying to patent case mods?? Plenty of prior art... those neon-lights-behind-a-window case mods, anyone? And yes, the patent speaks of changing the color or pattern of the light. Been there, done that: there's a case mod that emits a light ranging from blue to red, depending to the CPU temperature.

Previous Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981236)

Hey! What is the deal with the previous post? I guess comments are now being banned from /.

Slashdot hypocrisy pseudocode (5, Insightful)

duffbeer703 (177751) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981238)

if ( $org within ("Microsoft"|"Amazon"|"Intel")
&& $topic == "patent" )
{
post.story("Patents are evil, Linux r0x0rZ!");
}
elsif ($org within ("Apple"|"Transmeta"|"VA")
&& $topic == "patent" )
{
post.story("Feature xxx is cool! $org r0x0rZ!");
}
else {
ignore.story();
}

They may be too late (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981239)

From the Globe and Mail [globeandmail.com] today:
"Canadian and German military researchers are developing a chameleon-like armoured vehicle capable of altering its appearance on the battlefield to conceal itself from the enemy," writes Roger Highfield in The Sunday Telegraph.

That's just great. (2)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981241)

devices capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative appearance.

Sounds like Apple is patenting women. Women are closed source enough as it is, now they're patented?

Keyboards... (1)

The Black Dragon (636244) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981242)

I wonder if there's a patent on keyboards... I wonder if I should apply for one. Ok, so that's a bit extreme, but so are a lot of the patents I've heard of lately. I personally think that the patents allowed on technology are frivolous and hinder technological advance. $0.02 well spent.

/. "business" modell .not working? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981244)

is robbIE /.ing himself? will va lairy get to stay being a billyunheir? stay tuned...., just in case IT doesn't get any better than this [trustworthycomputing.com] ?

Definately prior art ... (2)

mustangdavis (583344) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981248)

Apple is applying for a patent to release "devices capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative appearance.


As mentioned before, this sounds like an LCD, but there are other things that this would infringe upon ...

Paint for automobiles that you can hook up to an E.Q. that will change colors based on the electric current that passes through the paint already exists ...

... so I guess Apple is getting into pimping out cars as well ....

Transformers.... (2)

Querty (1128) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981274)

"robots in the sky"

Prior art?

This has already been done... (2)

Anonymous Custard (587661) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981288)

This has already been done... You manually rearrange oversize translucent colored pixels to create designs which appear when you turn on the lightbulb inside. It's called LiteBrite. (and u can play with a virtual LiteBrite here [sfpg.com] !.

These new macs... (2)

hermescom (624888) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981290)

Will work like the children's toys such as easy-bake oven:

Dip it into icy water, and it will turn hot pink. Wipe it down with a warm wet cloth and it's blue. Bake it in the microwave, and it will light up in all colors of the rainbow.

Ain't technology grand?

My vote, new iMac. (1)

kindstickysoft (632171) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981302)

Remember when they came out with the funky iMac cases with weird designs and colors. Well, they have expressed the belief that the old iMac was very successful, so maybe they are just going to follow the lead of their previous success. If giving the old iMac model color and design helped to generate or sustain robust sales, maybe they are adding the ability to change the outside design and color of the new iMacs through the software. I hope that this is not one of the big announcements at MacWorld, but it sounds pretty cool to me.

Mood Mac (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4981305)

"I was like... Bummed... And my Mac turned, like, black and stuff..."

What would Ellen do?

Mood ring / mood laptop (2)

z_gringo (452163) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981307)

Anyone remember "mood rings"? They changed color based on something, probably body heat, and each color supposedly meant what mood you were in.. Yeah, they were really cool in the 5th grade, but anyway, The inventor of those, might be able to claim prior art.. I would like to see some of the technical details.

So, they're patenting the mood ring? (3, Insightful)

Thag (8436) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981311)

Or those t-shirts that change color, or those coffee mugs....

Serisouly, even if they are changing color dynamically, isn't that basically just wrapping an object in "electronic ink" paper?

Jon Acheson

prior art (3, Funny)

slothdog (3329) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981318)

two words: mood rings.

Prior Art (5, Interesting)

Zapdos (70654) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981329)

See it here [dynamism.com]

I changed... color, that it. (2, Funny)

jeepliberty (624159) | more than 11 years ago | (#4981330)

Move over, GEICO gecko, here comes the Apple Chameleon.
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