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Kodak Sues HTC and Apple

Augusto Resizing an image is not patentable (177 comments)

the camera screens have smaller resolutions than the photo so you will need an algorithm to downgrade the image, that part is patentable. icloud does something similar where the photo stream images are lesser resolutions than the original. so i guess apple could have ripped them off if they used the same algorithm

You can't patent the general concept of resizing and image, you could potentially patent a particular algorithm to do this, that is non trivial and not well known (like compression algorithms can be patented).

about 3 years ago

Amazon Is Recruiting Authors For Its eBook Library

Augusto Horrible idea (130 comments)

I'm sure the money is tempting but I really dislike this. I'm trying to imagine a future where publishers stop printing books, and we end up with an all eBook world that requires you to have a particular platform or device to read said books!

Do we really want to follow an "exclusive for this platform" model like consoles for books?!?!?

more than 3 years ago

Google Wrestles With Privacy Bugs In Google+

Augusto Facebook friend lists are a pain to use!!! (163 comments)

That's why;

a) A lot of facebook users are not aware of the feature
b) Few users actually interact with them

The Friend Lists feature is badly designed from a usability standpoint. It is also pretty well hidden by facebook, and I don't mean that lists are hard to create (they're a pain compared to circle) but just the gymnastics users have to go through to use them with the padlock icon make this feature unusable to most.

It's also inconsistent on Facebook mobile. On their mobile webapp, it's not available, but on the iOS native app it is (and it's actually easier to use than the desktop app), although it's not obvious.

I've seen people dismiss circles like this before so I put it in screenshots to make the point;

more than 3 years ago

Crashed Helicopter Sparks Concern Over Stealth Secrets

Augusto Re:I don't understand (484 comments)

That would have killed a lot of civilians, undermining the decision to use special forces in the first place.

more than 3 years ago

Richard Stallman Says No To Mono

Augusto Are you new here? (1008 comments)

Just wondering ...

more than 5 years ago

Emigrating To a Freer Country?

Augusto I'm not trying to excuse it ... (1359 comments)

... just expressing how I see that in the context of my current state of mind. Read my comments and response above.

more than 5 years ago

Emigrating To a Freer Country?

Augusto I don't mean it like that at all (1359 comments)

Hopefully you read how I qualified my comment, I don't mean it as an excuse at all. I'm just expressing how I feel about this in the context of this past few weeks. I'm not even saying that's a fair criticism of what he's saying, just expressing my opinion with regards to this with my current state of mind. Ask me any other week and I'll probably be more receptive to it.

Just being honest.

more than 5 years ago

Emigrating To a Freer Country?

Augusto Sorry but ... (1359 comments)

But to be quite honest with you, with what is going in Iran at this moment, your request seems frivolous.

I know I'm being a bit unfair, and that the mere existence of Iran doesn't excuse any violations into your privacy that you feel exist, but considering what is going on in the world this post seems ill-timed at best.

I think the word "freer" in this case is misleading, it almost sounds more like you crave for a society were privacy is respected and more protected, which I see as a different thing.

more than 5 years ago

The Worst US Cities To Work In IT

Augusto In Tampa (538 comments)

I also work from home and live in Tampa. Don't really understand why they put Orlando on the list, it seems the writer doesn't like warm/sunny weather.

Every time I met with co-workers outside the state, or go to a conference, people ask me what the heck I'm doing outside of FL and express a wish to work here too. The weather is great, and yes we have hurricanes but at least you get a fair warning.

more than 5 years ago

"Anonymous" Hacks Palin's Private Email

Augusto Hi "n00b" (1733 comments)

>> 4) No attempt to disguise her identity in the user name

Are you new to the internet? You've never seen firstname.lastname@randommail.com used before?

more than 6 years ago


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