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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

AC-x So lets see... (157 comments)

So lets see... Indiegogo (because kickstarter doesn't allow vapourware projects) check! Flexible funding (so they can just runoff with whatever money people give without ever delivering anything) check! Zero actual photographs of anything real (and lots of impractical looking CG images) check!

3 days ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

AC-x Re:I May Not Agree (1111 comments)

but it is a scary precedent to get rid of people based on their personal beliefs and political activities.

What about being forced to resign because of a massive public petition against them? He was never fired for donating to prop 8, he resigned because of public pressure for him to resign...

about two weeks ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

AC-x Here's your prior-art (408 comments)

Here's your prior art. Seriously, taking a common real world design and making something on a touch-screen that looks like it should never be patentable. It would be like patenting an on-screen control that looks like a dial or an on-screen meter that looks like a galvanometer.

about two weeks ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

AC-x Re:This isn't how patents work... (408 comments)

That's a design patent though, which means it should only cover a device that has the same sized curved corners with the same straight thick bevelled edge and curved back

about two weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

AC-x Can we start by making UTC a thing? (224 comments)

How about we start by making UTC a thing? Seriously last summer there was an online live stream advertised in PST and GMT. This is while the UK was on BST. So, did they mean UK local time (BST) or GMT (which is one hour behind)?

about three weeks ago
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NASA Snaps Shot of Mars-Bound Comet

AC-x Re:In The Grande Scheme of Things... (38 comments)

Yet we managed to go to the moon on an economy not based on living the brand lifestyles.

about three weeks ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

AC-x Most smartphones can last as long as an old Nokia (217 comments)

Most smartphones can last as long as an old Nokia, just turn mobile data / wifi off and don't use much screen time. Seriously without it constantly downloading emails in the background they last for ever.

about a month ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

AC-x Re:It's a bit close for comfort (653 comments)

You have to admit tho, even if that multimeter was yellow it would still be more different to the Fluke meter than the Sparkfun meters are. Of course if it were up to me I'd give the Sparkfun meters a pass, but the design is still much closer than it needs to be.

about a month ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

AC-x It's a bit close for comfort (653 comments)

Not just the yellow, but the entire design is a bit close for comfort to this Fluke model, it's probably not just the yellow but the combination of shape and control placement with a yellow outline and grey front.

about a month ago
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Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

AC-x Re:Any contacts at Samsung we can call? (126 comments)

Well, given the recent Nexus phones have been by LG with Qualcomm modems, I'm pretty sure they're free of this Samsung/Infineon modem firmware.

Of course what security issues the LG/Qualcomm firmware do contain are anyone's guess.

about a month ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

AC-x Re: How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

Here's your prior art.

Should a company really be able to patent taking a well known physical object and replicating it on a phone's screen? It would be like granting a patent for an on-screen button that looks like a switch or a push-button, a volume meter that looks like a galvanometer, or a power meter that looks like a battery etc.

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

AC-x Given that even the transponder stopped responding (461 comments)

Given that even the transponder stopped responding, I suspect this device would have also stopped transmitting at the same time...

about a month ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

AC-x Re:11000 miles? (330 comments)

I'd imagine it would be easier to have large power storage facilities at the receiving stations on Earth than to set up the long-range energy transmission system required to pipe all the electricity from the moon-facing side of Earth to the other side anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

AC-x Re:11000 miles? (330 comments)

Why DC?

about 2 months ago
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Drive-by Android Malware Exploits Unpatchable Vulnerability

AC-x Re:err not 4.2 (120 comments)

2.3? Your statistics are very out of date, 2.3 now only accounts for 20% of users, with 4.0 - 4.2 making up 68% of Android users.

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

AC-x Re:Banned from Battlecraft (511 comments)

I don't think Mr Newell has anything to do with Battle.net so I'm not sure what you're complaining to him about it for. Have any examples of false positives in VAC games?

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

AC-x Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

Don't worry, all the DNS names were MD5 hashed, so Gabe will only know you visited b80747491a0922eeaf0d800983ddc886 :)

about 2 months ago
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Wine On Android Starts Allowing Windows Binaries On Android/ARM

AC-x Re:how pathetic is it... (140 comments)

Out of interest, what legacy apps are you so desperate to run on your phone? Up until a few years ago it wouldn't have even been feasible to run an x86 emulator fast enough to emulate anything newer than Win95, and even now I can't imagine what you'd want to run on a slow CPU emulator that there aren't already plenty of good native alternatives for. Well, maybe on an Intel based Android phone it might work ok.

On the other hand I can already access my full PC remotely on my phone via Vnc...

about 2 months ago
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Wine On Android Starts Allowing Windows Binaries On Android/ARM

AC-x Re:how pathetic is it... (140 comments)

We've been asking for this from MS for EVER

They just can't win can they?

Everyone: We want the same apps on our phone and tablet as on our desktop!

MS: Ok, with Windows 8 we'll created a unified UI and Dev experience so the same app can be released on all 3 platforms! Neat huh?

Everyone: We don't want our PC to be like a phone, we hate Windows 8!

about 2 months ago

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Famous Judge calls U.S. patent system "dysfunctional"

AC-x AC-x writes  |  about 2 years ago

AC-x (735297) writes "Famous U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner calls patent system "dysfunctional", wants to have the trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents dismissed with prejudice because "it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement".

His involvement and his anti-patent blog posts could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that is regarded as spiralling out of control."

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