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Company Claims Ownership of Digital Messaging

Cadallin Re:Patent system is broken! (325 comments)

Given that they granted "Method for swinging on a swing" I wouldn't doubt that they'd grant it.

more than 3 years ago

Company Claims Ownership of Digital Messaging

Cadallin Patent system is broken! (325 comments)

Here's the problem, even ignoring issues like software patents, and the morass they cause. The USPTO has stated that they're overwhelmed, so they're just checking the paperwork, and if its all in order, they rubber stamp it and grant the patent, the courts can sort out what patents are valid, they say. Meanwhile, the Courts are continuing to defer to the expertise of the patent office, and are EXTREMELY "reluctant" to void patents. So we get any invention, no matter how obvious, no matter how old, being patentable. And as long as you're smart about who you sue as a patent troll, (pick targets who can't afford to defend themselves, and file in known friendly courts), you're golden. The system is totally borked.

more than 3 years ago

'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt

Cadallin Re:Not news (484 comments)

Think the current recession is bad? Why yes, yes I do, given that by any indicator available to use, the current one is worse. Nice attempt at blatant revisionism to justify your Libertarian tin foil hattery, though.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Test Space Beer

Cadallin Re:Fermenting in space? (113 comments)

Um, because beer is water, and water is HEAVY? Therefore its enormously easier if you can recycle water you already HAVE rather than shipping the stuff from sea level. Which also is another major problem for beer in space. Beer is unquestionably affected by water quality. And you're going to be producing the equivalent of beer made with distilled water. Which would probably be quite disappointing. To put it another way, Does anyone really think beer produced with last weeks urine that's been run through reverse osmosis or other adequate purification is going to be remotely drinkable? It might be up to bud light standards, but I'd rather do without. Something like vodka is a MUCH better target. Or another distilled spirit that could be (approximately) made from a grain extract. Or just give up and make grain alcohol to mix with your Tang.

more than 3 years ago

7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail

Cadallin Re:Zombies don't need to be dead (320 comments)

Rabies causes vaguely similar symptoms, but it has a very long incubation time. A rapidly progressing rabies variant (incubation time of hours, rather than weeks to months) with the same psychological symptoms might be somewhat similar to a zombie outbreak. However, Rabies-Zombie hoards wouldn't be self-sustaining. Death follows onset of psychological symptoms (not coincidentally) in about the time it takes to die of dehydration. Zombie-Hoards are quite difficult to manage without the trick of raising the dead.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Turbo Boost vs. AMD Turbo Core Explained

Cadallin Re:"Your next build" - who builds PCs anymore? (198 comments)

Um, people who read Slashdot? Or in other words, who are you and why are you posting from someone else's account?

more than 4 years ago

How To Get 39 Megapixels From a 53-Year-Old Camera

Cadallin RAW (347 comments)

It is called raw, but the other reply is otherwise incorrect. Some older DSLRs (early 2000s) used to have a TIFF option, but that isn't the same thing, just a lossless version of the processed image. RAW output is the data read off the sensor, and is pre-bayer, and other processing (usually with some lossless compression applied). Meta-data is also included, like focal length, and exposure settings.

more than 4 years ago

Completely Farm-Bred Unagi, a World First

Cadallin Re:japanese will eat anything i swear. (204 comments)

Which has what to do with eel? Eel is fucking delicious. Its not even "weird." Its just a long thin fish fillet.

For what its worth, Eel consumption is also rather common in any area of Europe where Eel happens to be found, its not at all some "crazy" unique Japanese thing.

more than 4 years ago

House of Commons Finds No Evidence of Tampering In Climate E-mails

Cadallin Re:Don't worry (650 comments)

Dude, people routinely climb mountains with heights in the 5000-6000m range with no supplemental oxygen at all. People have even climbed Everest, at 8848m, without supplemental oxygen. You're just flat out wrong.

more than 4 years ago

Perelman Urged To Accept $1m Prize

Cadallin Re:This is hilarious (421 comments)

There is also

C) The person is a threat to others.

However, Mr. Perelman has shown no signs that I know of that he is a threat to other people. Being annoyed at harassment by the press is not a sign of such. He should be left alone. It is not a crime to be asocial, or to turn down an award you do not want.

more than 4 years ago

Jack Kirby Heirs Reclaim Marvel/Disney Rights

Cadallin Re:Annoying (380 comments)

Ahem. Boo-Fucking-Hoo. My heart is simply rent asunder by my grief for large corporations.

They snatched the property from its owner, extracted economic rent (if you don't know what "economic rent" is, look it up) using it for decades, and now they might have to return control to the creators descendants? What a fucking crying shame.

Where the fuck does this conception that, of all things, contracts must be absolutely fucking sacrosanct come from? Heaven forbid that someone be able to get out from under and abusive and exploitative contract! That'd be the end of society as we know it!

more than 4 years ago

Father of Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug, Dies at 95

Cadallin Re:Public Enemy #1 (227 comments)

Yeah, that it.

It nothing to do with DDT being a known Carcinogen, Neurotoxic, an abortifacient, terratogenic and an Endocrine disruptor in humans. Not a damn thing.

It doesn't take a conspiracy nut to see all this.

Why, yes, yes it does.

about 5 years ago

Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars

Cadallin Re:That Analogy Falls Apart (917 comments)

In order for it to work, it requires a concerted effort. It would be perfectly acceptable, if for example, several years of supplies had been stockpiled at the landing site in advance, in addition the plan would be for the first arrivals to work on creating the infrastructure to support successive waves of people making the one way trip. Once you get enough gear, and enough people (labor) there, its possible to the colony to start being not only self sustaining, but self expanding.

I think you're also overstating how "rich" the "New World" was for the first waves of colonists. Due to a lack of knowledge, plenty of them starved to death. We have the advantage of enormously greater technology. We can be extremely confidant that starvation won't be a risk.

Granted, there's a big "What if?" there, that IMO is fairly critical to start exploring. We know that people don't handle effective zero-gravity very well for prolonged periods, but we have no data at all on the effects of prolonged exposure to gravity much greater than 0G but noticeably less than 1G. How about reproduction in that environment? Again, we have no idea. That's another task the first colonist(s) should be tasked with: animal studies of reproduction in reduced gravity. If mice and rats can handle it just fine, then full speed ahead! We could have native born martian-humans within a few decades.

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One

Cadallin Re:Know your market. (964 comments)

Oh and this crudely photoshopped image is better? After all, nothing says "We Care" like 5 seconds of photo manipulation. Even in the most favorable interpretation, this image indicates whoever made the decision didn't give a shit enough to actually use an appropriate photo for the ad.

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One

Cadallin Re:Know your market. (964 comments)

At the very least, this sort of thing is in remarkably poor taste. Its done in a very unprofessional way, which IMO sends the wrong signals and reinforces a perception of racism. Had they actually substituted in a real picture which had only whites, instead of just "hiding the Black Guy" it would be far less obvious that was the intent. Instead they've crudely modified a picture in such a way that its clear their intention WAS to "hide the black guy."

It definitely reveals racism somewhere, and Microsoft's (Poland Office?) concern about appeasing it, if not acting on internal racism.

Seriously. Its a professionally dressed dark skinned man. Is that so offensive to delicate Polish sensibilities? Why? Even if there's not a single dark skinned man in all of Poland, why should it be a problem?

If you'd care to offer one, I'd like to hear your explanation for modifying a picture to remove a depiction of a person of a specific ethnicity that doesn't fundamentally boil down to racism.

about 5 years ago

StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010

Cadallin Re:What about the Beta? (453 comments)

You seem quite behind. Not only have they dumped the "Spawn" feature, they've dumped LAN play as well. They announced it months ago. It's all now.

more than 5 years ago

Censorship Struggle Underway In Iceland

Cadallin Re:Ireland? (251 comments)

I think you're confusing Ireland and Scotland.

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Awarded $675,000 In Tenenbaum Trial

Cadallin Re:bankrupt then what? (492 comments)

So are you also going to tell me what I can eat (no big macs I presume?) and what recreational chemicals I can enjoy (no nicotine or booze?) because those can increase your costs as well? What about hobbies? Going to tell me that I can't engage in skydiving or bungee jumping because of the increased risk of injury? Where does it end?

Find me a case anywhere in the the first world where any of that has ever happened.

You also clearly have no idea what it means when hospitals refuse treatment based on inability to pay. Have fun dying unconscious in the ER because you were in an accident and no-one knows who you are or where your insurance card is.

Or are you planning on getting yourself chipped with credit rating and insurance info? Is that the free conservative utopia you imagine? A society in which the EMTs first action is to scan a potential patient for their income and social status?

more than 5 years ago

New Map Hints At Venus' Wet, Volcanic Past

Cadallin Re:we always focus on mars (118 comments)

Or we'd have to do something at least as difficult as adding an atmosphere to Mars, slam asteroids into Venus in exactly the right way to speed up its rotation. FYI, a martian day is already quite close in length to an Earth day.

The whole completely replacing the crust every half billion years that theorized to happen on Venus is a bit of an inconvenience as well.

more than 5 years ago

Disney Strikes Against Net Neutrality

Cadallin Re:Proper response by ISP (442 comments)

You know, there's a really profound point there. Whenever someone starts to make an argument about how the market, through the rational behavior of consumers will correct abusive behavior by corporations, they should be forced to work Customer Service/Support lines for 8 hours.

THEN, they can come back and tell us about how well the system works. If they can manage not to choke on their bullshit then, I would be amazed.

more than 5 years ago


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