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Self-Assembling Robots Using Flying Drones

ChasmCoder Re:Red Planet (33 comments)

Hehe, you beat me to it!

about 2 years ago
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Wireless Power Over Distance: Just a Parlor Trick?

ChasmCoder Re:As it was before (215 comments)

You are very correct! That is precisely what I meant :) I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention ;)

about 2 years ago
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Wireless Power Over Distance: Just a Parlor Trick?

ChasmCoder Re:As it was before (215 comments)

I was just getting on to comment about Tesla. Here Here!

about 2 years ago
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Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

ChasmCoder Re:Figure 1 (255 comments)

Note "Some definition of Humorous"
"
humorous (hjumrs)

— adj
1. ***funny***; comical; amusing
2. displaying or creating humour
3. archaic another word for capricious

funny (fn)

— adj , -nier , -niest
1. causing amusement or laughter; humorous; comical
2. ***peculiar; odd***"
-Dictionary.com, 2012-10-31 @ 12:21PM PST


The whole point being, they are suing someone for using their patent, whose own patented and licensed material was utilized as a visual aid in their patent application. This brings "fair use" into play. My opinion, for whatever it is worth, would be that the use of those specific visual aids wouldn't fall under "fair use" and could be used by Microsoft against the Patent Holders.

Now, I'm also not condoning the use by Microsoft of a Patented technique without first acquiring a license. But I've a general distaste for attempts at patenting method of producing GUI elements or generally trying to patent anything to do with a GUI, save perhaps for some proprietary technology that facilitates a more rapid and memory efficient method of displaying GUI elements. That would be an invention. There is nothing special about displaying a grid of "tiles" as a "Tile" could easily be considered a Border-less Child Window of a Multi-Document Interface (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_document_interface) being displayed in "Tiled" mode. Something that has existed possibility since Windows 3.0 released on May 22, 1990 (so would say the Might, but fallible WikiPedia) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiling_window_manager). Further, windows are sizable and their contents scale-able. So, MDI with border-less child windows scaled to fit the screen or some other bounds.

I again state, "I'm not FOR Microsoft(or anyone for that matter) using a patented technology or technique without first acquiring the license.". I do however suggest that it has already been patented under another name before and, in general, such "technologies" should not be patent-able in the first place.

My $0.02 is that the arrangement of GUI elements or categories of GUI elements, visual queues, etc. Should not be patent-able. I have, rather a strong opinion on the subject. So I'm going to end it here.

about 2 years ago
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Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

ChasmCoder Figure 1 (255 comments)

Among other things, I find it humorous ( for some definition of humorous ) that in Figure 1 they show "Tiles" of Outlook Express and Explorer.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

ChasmCoder Mwahahaha! (789 comments)

If I told you, then SkyNet would know! So ... "I'llll Neeevvveerrr Teeeelllllll..." (head rotates 360 degrees)

more than 2 years ago
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Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

ChasmCoder Re:I like to think... (720 comments)

And a wonderful place for me to make heinous spelling and grammatical errors :) *misinformation

more than 2 years ago
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Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

ChasmCoder I like to think... (720 comments)

That the internet is place for me to give prying eyes miss-information ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Face-Mounted Nose Stylus Created For Phones

ChasmCoder It's A... (208 comments)

LIE!.... Yeah I know.. ha ha ha... *three slow claps*.

more than 3 years ago
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Officials Say "Capes For the Unemployed" Plan Not Super

ChasmCoder Re:Missed opportunity (392 comments)

Actually, it turned ridicule away from the individuals receiving the capes, to those who thought up the idea in the first place.

more than 3 years ago
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Officials Say "Capes For the Unemployed" Plan Not Super

ChasmCoder Re:Don't like it (392 comments)

Here Here!

more than 3 years ago
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Officials Say "Capes For the Unemployed" Plan Not Super

ChasmCoder Re:Don't like it (392 comments)

I agree completely. This "attempt" at boosting confidence could easily be seen as a completely demeaning act.

I also agree the individuals responsible ought to be fired and made to wear the device of their own invention.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

ChasmCoder Utilizing My First Amendment Rights (379 comments)

I think the TSA is the most inefficient, invasive non-federal, federal, organization I have ever encountered this side of the rest of the government. I despise all things TSA. Do not get me wrong. Security is important, but this 'indicator' is BS and only intended to intimidate JOE Air Traveler from complaining about the Invasive Full Body Scan or Pat Down. Amongst The Plethora Of Other Issues One Encounters Whilst Trying To Travel. Any "Terrorist" worth their salt is going to know PRECISELY WHAT TO DO to NOT be detected. This pathetic excuse for Airport Security that is the TSA is not going to thwart any serious terrorist threat/plot. That is all.

more than 3 years ago
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Senator Wants to Tax Internet Shopping

ChasmCoder Re:The Democratic Logo Says It All (705 comments)

Going to answer both those replies with one. To by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 13, @08:30AM (#35806262): I wouldn't be caught dead listening to RUSH, but NPR proves daily just how imbecilic both major parties are. This discussion simply revolved around something a democrat said that I disagree with. Also, in order for you to know that that was something Rush might say that must indicate you listen to him to know what it is he would say yes? To by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 13, @12:54PM (#35809574): In fact my wife has called me the democratic mascot on more than one occasion as have others. I sincerely doubt they were referring to it politically however.

more than 3 years ago
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Senator Wants to Tax Internet Shopping

ChasmCoder Re:Good. (705 comments)

I sincerely disagree, incompetent individuals being elected by uninformed individuals, that is the cause of the many states floundering in debt. There need not be a new tax in place, if they were not spending increasingly more money every year. When you have federal organizations, who could easily make do with less budget and in fact end the year with a surplus (rather would end the year with a surplus) they will go on an end of the year spending spree to ensure they get equal to or greater than the same budget next year. The horrid state and federal debt is caused by greed, ignorance, and the inability to properly manage what the individuals we elect are entrusted with.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Won't Pull Checkpoint Evasion App

ChasmCoder You misunderstand! (343 comments)

He said that Google Said That "..the apps in question No Not appear to violate these policies.." Which is a double negative, which in turn means Google is going to pull the app right? RIGHT?

Lol, but seriously, how many DRUNKS, I mean genuinely DRUNK Drunks, do you know who can even use their cell phone whilst inebriated? Let alone operate an app that helps them avoid DUI Check Points?

I do not, nor shall I EVER, condone Driving While Impaired. However, I think a lot of people misunderstand the significance of this post. The point is that Google did not bend to the will of the Government and preserved the rights of the developer. I am proud of them for this move. Though the application is incredibly useless, people die from various means every single day. It is not important what the application is or is not for. It is important that Google did not give in to the Government Request and continue to set incredibly dangerous, and freedom reducing precedents.

more than 3 years ago
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Blogger Fined $60K For Telling the Truth

ChasmCoder Clear Cut Case Of .... (433 comments)

Mularky,

The fact that the researcher lost their job, should not have prompted them to pursue the blogger, rather they should have pursued the establishment that "released" them.

The only reason the researcher should have been let go in the first place, due to their fraudulent mortgage, would be if they were skewing the data in some fashion so as to make it unreliable, or un-empirical.

I sincerely believe this is a repercussion or such organizations as WikiLeaks and clearly demonstrates their effects on individuals who do not know how to think for themselves.

The charges against this individual should certainly be dropped on appeal.

That is, however, merely my opinion.

more than 3 years ago
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Should We Have a Right To Be Forgotten Online?

ChasmCoder My $0.02 (210 comments)

I personally believe that, "Yes, we should have the right, no the means, to be 'forgotten'/'vanish' from the World Wide Network".

That said, given the number of bots roaming around the internet collecting data, how possible is that? I can think of a few methods that one might employ, and some extensions to common protocols that might better facilitate, the removal of your "presence" from the internet. However, the sure volume of data, and number of times it is cached, or mirrored every day, the potential for open standards, and the ability to create one's own personal networks, offline media such as CDs, USB Keys, Hard Drives, Floppies (Yes Some Still Use Them), Tapes, etc. Make the removal of data from this vast expanse of bits virtually impossibe

To the historical question, what of historical importance, is there about my self? True that I am a male person, who lived in the united states between the year I was born and now. That data is available through public records, and I have been counted in the census. Data that is truly important, will find it's way into a book or file somewhere (the electronic kind or otherwise). That coupled with the copious misrepresented and erroneous data on the World Wide Network, makes the larger percentage of the datum fairly ambiguous and of little use. The are obvious, concerted, efforts to maintain repositories of useful , accurate, data, historical or otherwise. However, the open and diverse nature of the users of said network make those efforts difficult.
Just my two cents.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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MasterCards Get A Facelift.

ChasmCoder ChasmCoder writes  |  about 2 years ago

ChasmCoder (1818172) writes "The familiar face of the MasterCard in all it's plastic embossed glory is changing, in a Big Way. (For some anyway).

"In Singapore, MasterCard has unveiled a credit card to be released in January 2013 that includes "an embedded LCD display and touch-sensitive buttons," the company said this week. Eventually, this card might use its display to show "real time information such as available credit balance, loyalty or reward points, recent transactions, and other interactive information." But for now, the technology will be used to generate one-time passwords as an extra security measure." -ArsTechnica 11-8-2012 0846"

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The Two Guys From Andromeda Re-unite!

ChasmCoder ChasmCoder writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ChasmCoder writes "The two guys who brought us Space Quest are back! Following hot on the heels of the successful funding of : "Leisure Suit Larry In The Land Of The Lounge Lizards". They are trying to produce "SpaceVenture" if it is anything like Space Quest, I can't wait."
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The Voice Behind The Lost In Space Robot ( Dick Tu

ChasmCoder ChasmCoder writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ChasmCoder writes ""Dick Tufeld, a longtime radio and TV announcer who intoned "Danger, Will Robinson!" as the voice of the Robot in the 1960s science-fiction TV series "Lost in Space," has died. He was 85.""
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Journals

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Interviews.

ChasmCoder ChasmCoder writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I am apprehensive about my upcoming interview with Timble Forestry Automation. I have been studying like a mad man trying to beef up my knowledge of.NET, OOP, software design practices, design patterns, etc. I am even working on cloning their flag-ship product in an effort to oooh and ahhhh them.
I figured it could not possibly hurt to take some initiative and show them what I can do in two weeks.

I had never used NHibernate or NUnit before, so I decided that it would be a good idea to learn them.
So, I did lol. I decided to implement the Data Access Layer of both the Loader and Truck classes using NHibernate and to use ADO.NET for the Office Client.
I thought this would give me a good review of ADO.NET.

I have a way to Go, and my interview is on Tuesday May 25th. Yeesh! So Much to do and I am sitting here writing this Journal Entry!
Off I go, back to my application and study.

I am going to study: Remoting, Reflection, SQL, Joins, Views, Triggers, Cursors, ADO.NET, Delegates, Lambda Expressions , Linq, Threading, Anonymouse Methods, Generics, etc.
Wish me Luck!

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