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Are Google's Patents Too Weak To Protect Android?

AKMask Re:So google has less patents (257 comments)

You seem to have missed the point of the analogy. Come swim with me and Mr. Google in this medium-sized sea we have bought, drained, and filled with solid gold doubloons. Theres a staff of hula girls clad in skirts made of hundred dollar bills to see to all your beverage-related needs. Its sometimes hard to get a handle on the wads of cash google has. The CBC last night made the point that the only single chunk of the worlds economy larger then google is Exxon-Mobil. Thats a lot of money in a place stocked top to bottom with engineers. Kevin Rose put the google method as such: 'Here's 30 million dollars. Go invent something. If it sticks, hey, bonus.'

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

AKMask Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

No, you're citing the understandably angry postings of a developer who im sure is quite talented and recognizes if WebM goes anywhere then he just flushed some amount of years of his life away.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

AKMask Re:Market Share? (765 comments)

I know im just anonymous guy on the internet who could be lying, but thats worked flawlessly for a year for me on chrome. Perhaps you're running the beta or dev channel?

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Radeon HD 6950 Can Be Unlocked To HD 6970

AKMask Re:If this (191 comments)

They did real physical disabling not that long ago... remember the early celerons? Up spec P3's underclocked and a laser dragged over the connection to half the L2 cache. Also, not a Mac fanboy, but i feel compelled to point out your sig is referring to IE for Mac, which used the Tasman rendering engine, not Trident like the one on windows and was quite impressive in its time, actually.

more than 3 years ago
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If the FCC Had Regulated the Internet From the Start

AKMask Re:Pure Fantasy (191 comments)

This is a moronic comment. Study history yourself, there was and still is a pressing need for child labor laws. And your distinction between attendance and education strike me as the supposedly bulletproof legal theories spouted on slashdot that get blown up in real courts routinely. Remember the response to Reiser's conviction?

more than 3 years ago
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If the FCC Had Regulated the Internet From the Start

AKMask Re:soooo ? (191 comments)

Until last year I had never had the opportunity to purchase unlimited internet. Hell, until 2005 the biggest chunk i could buy was 5 gigs, every gig after that was 20 bucks. And im not out in the sticks, im in a state capital. Regulation should have come to the internet 20 years ago.

more than 3 years ago
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Angles On Anonymous

AKMask Re:Very easy explanation (383 comments)

Thats the most bullshit argument ever. I mean really, it flabbergasts me that its been used. Even Joe Strummer called this one out... You have the right to free speech, as long as your not dumb enough to actually try it.

more than 3 years ago
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Angles On Anonymous

AKMask Re:The most successful trolls (383 comments)

Don't call them "bunches of people who have never met" or the US Govt. will give them a name like Al Qaeda or something.

replace 'al Qaeda' with '4chan' and you've pretty much nailed it.

more than 3 years ago
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Convert a SIM To a MicroSIM, With a Meat Cleaver

AKMask Re:As a fan of cooking... (302 comments)

The hardness scale isn't what determines how quickly a knife blade dulls. Hell, the quickest way to need a new edge on a knife is to cut paper with it. A knife blade isn't the nice coherent surface you see, its made of thousands, probably million of these little tiny teeth or burrs. When they're all straight your knife is sharp, as it gets used they start spreading, going in opposite ways and being bent back over themselves. Thats what gives you a dull knife. A sharpening steel or oiled leather doesn't carve a new blade, it properly aligns those little teeth again.

more than 4 years ago
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Yelp Founder Says "No Extortion — Just a Misunderstood Algorithm"

AKMask Re:East Bay EXPRESS (120 comments)

How awesome, I got some /. love in the summary.

more than 4 years ago
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Yelp Founder Says "No Extortion — Just a Misunderstood Algorithm"

AKMask East Bay EXPRESS (120 comments)

Not the East Bay Examiner. Writer was thinking about the San Francisco Examiner, which did not run the story.

more than 4 years ago
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Designing the Computer UIs In Movies

AKMask Re:Clever girl (371 comments)

there was a great bash quote along the lines of 'if i want to look like a "1337 haxx0r" in front of my friends I just compile KSolitaire or something and it looks like im breaking into the NSA for 40 minutes'

more than 4 years ago
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Google-Microsoft Crossfire Will Hit Consumers

AKMask Re:openness(Google) vs. openness(Microsoft) (336 comments)

the paywall on the financial times and the wsj makes sense from a business stand point. They're both highly specialized news outlets doing work no one else really does, or if they do they don't do it well. It's business analysis by well trained people doing popular, but ultimately niche work compared to standard reporting. And heavily utilized by businesses, who just feel more comfortable paying for things. Ad supported news makes more sense in general reporting: The reporter doesn't need a post graduate degree in economics and experience interpreting SEC filings to tell you whats going on at the rally down town last week.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

AKMask Re:So let's just forget about a fair trial! (571 comments)

That's crap. The stress doesn't 'cause' him to do that, he chooses to if thats what he wants to do. It's the same trick a 4 year old tries when they threaten to hold their breath till you give them what they want. He needs to grow up.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

AKMask Re:Good grief! - Bend Over! (571 comments)

He tried to quench that 'thirst' by breaking in to a highly sensitive military computer network directly or indirectly depended on by many people in harms way every day. Sounds a hell of a lot like it SHOULD fall under terrorism laws. Think of it this way, if he had bypassed and broken security in person, slipping in to the heart of an actual highly sensitive military base because he was 'curious' his motivation would hardly matter. I'm just glad the terrorism laws are being applied to someone who actually broke them rather then the usual trumped up charges.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

AKMask Re:Good grief! (571 comments)

Why would it be inappropriate to extradite him? The fuckwit caused massive amounts of damage, and committed what is unquestionably a criminal act, breaking in to the Pentagon computer network. If he had taken it a step farther and sold the information found in there lives could have been lost. He was intelligent enough not to do something leading to murder charges, so it's obvious he knew what he had already done was wrong and illegal. This contrasts nicely with copyright cases that are only a civil issue. It's easy to tell the people who want to reform internet law with those who want to do away with it altogether in threads like these.

more than 4 years ago

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