Ask SIashdot: How to Write Legal Software?
IANAL, but in the US if you know about a patent and infringe upon it then that's considered "willful" infringement and they can triple the damages against you. Therefore many people in your position don't look at any patents whatsoever so they can plead innocence if a patent infringement occurs and minimize any potiential settlement. If you start looking for and reading over patents to try and cover your ass, you may end up digging a deeper hole later on.
Given the huge number and scope of some patents, even if you do look you may miss one or think that one doesn't apply when a lawyer/judge thinks otherwise. If you start pulling in large amounts of cash, keep a good laywer on retainer and pray none of the big guys with large portfolios decide to come after you.
Pirate Bay Down; Police Raids Across Europe
I've been trying to get on Pirate Bay this morning and most times my connection either times out or I get an error page about connecting to a caching server and only after mashing the reload button many times do I actually get a page.
Then again this could just be the effect of everyone reading news stories about it being down and trying to "test" if the site is up, thus overloading and taking down the server for real. Hooray for self-fulfilling prophecy!
Could Crowdsourcing Help the SEC Detect Fraud?
I don't know much about finance (IANACA) but wouldn't "an exercise in finding numbers that do not match" be something a computer could do rather easily and quickly to even large amounts of data?
iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'
So instead it should say that iPad owners who use Facebook and like online surveys are selfish elites? Glad we cleared that one up cause almost nobody ever uses Facebook anymore (add sarc mark here).
Open Sarcasm Fighting Copyrighted Punctuation
What happened to the Open Sarcasm website? I can't open it so I have no idea how to add that sarcasm mark to the end of this question asking why the site is down!
BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon
I hate to be a cynic but if you take the cost savings on cutting safety corners across all their operations (rigs, refineries, etc) for the time the company has been operating them, I bet they still came out on top and BP wouldn't change a damn thing about how they operate short of some regulatory body (lol MMS) forcing them to.
Forced iAds Coming To OS X?
If you RTFA:
"According to the patent application, users could also choose to access the advertisements when they choose, delaying an ad by 10 minutes, or choosing to watch one immediately. This would help to ensure that the ad is not overly intrusive, appearing while the user was in the middle of an important task."
You're right they aren't "randomly bombarding users with ads" they are "regularly bombarding users with ads".
Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom
While I agree that a single test wouldn't account for any variance and thus isn't very accurate as one system may have just "gotten lucky" that day, Google Navigation along with many other high-end sat navs pull traffic data to avoid congestion due to local traffic, car accidents, or adorable families of ducks. This is why each system probably recommended different routes instead of the geographically shortest route which you'd except to be fairly consistent.
Apple Doesn't Appreciate Toilet Humor
Damn imagine how much Apple could've raked in if they had of named it eMac, ePod, ePad, ePhone... Those poor saps using "eMail" would never stand a chance in court! They should've picked a different name after all, sheesh.
Proximity Sensor Presents Latest iPhone 4 Issue
Oh god, car analogy... Why am I even bothering with this?
This (your terrible analogy) would more be like Honda removing your in-dash espresso machine (jailbreaking software) every time you bring the car in for an oil change (updating your iOS for some stupid bugfixes).
The Tuesday Birthday Problem
You failed to see that the independent events are conditionally dependent on having a particular outcome. Since you like the dice example:
Say I have a cup with 2 fair 6 sided dice. I roll them and turn over the cup so you can't see them. I peek under the cup, look at both dice, and without changing either die I slide out one of the dice to reveal that is a 6. Do you think the odds of the other dice being a 6 is still 1/6? No, it's 1/11 and here's the breakdown:
Odds of not rolling any 6s: 25/36 (I can't reveal a 6, so these cases are impossible as I showed you at least one 6)
Odds of rolling exactly 1 6: 10/36 (I reveal the 6 and the other die is not a 6)
Odds of rolling exactly 2 6s: 1/36 (I reveal either 6 and the other die is a 6)
It's like a mini Monty Hall problem. The key is that I have advanced knowledge of the outcome all the events and selectively reveal information. The only way the die I revealed is a 6 and the in the cup is a 6 is if I rolled double 6s to begin with (odds 1/36), and by revealing one of the a dice as a 6 I eliminate 25 of the possible cases to make the remaining odds of double 6s 1/11, which is still worse than 1/6 on an independent roll.
BP Robot Seriously Hampers Oil Spill Containment
Oh no, it's much worse than that.
(Disclaimer: Obligatory XKCD.)
Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy
I think in the case of the Texas' curriculum it was more of a political issue than a religious one. Same tactic, different game.
Canadian Arrested Over Plans to Test G20 Security
This makes me wonder at what point his "test" would have proven their security passed or failed if he wasn't expecting them to arrest him just for trying.
iPad Left Vulnerable After Record iPhone Patch Job
Except the problem is that the exploits in iOS that jailbreaking software uses to break in to your phone in the first place are still there. Someone could easily write a piece of malware that infects your PC, waits for your iPhone to connect via USB, then silently slips in a malicious payload in the same manner. Your phone has no measure of security to stop or even alert you of anything that makes it in.
Being aware that my phone is vulnerable no matter what but having more transparency like being able to sift through my phone's filesystem gives me just a little more peace of mind.
iPad Left Vulnerable After Record iPhone Patch Job
Quick question: How many times has your house been broken in to?
Follow up question: If you answered "never" then why do you bother locking your doors when you leave?
VLC 1.1 Forced To Drop Shoutcast Due To AOL Anti-OSS Provision
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How does XBMC get away with SHOUTcast support then? Or should I be asking this question?
iOS 4 Releases Today
Almost all my friends end up jailbreaking their iPhones after playing with mine for a few minutes and seeing what you can do when a bunch of Apple's restrictions are lifted. A few who aren't "techy" people by any stretch even became much more interested in tinkering around with their devices as a result. I don't think the problem with the public is apathy like you suggest, it's basically ignorance that there is an alternative that works with what they want.
Apple Reverses Rejection of Ulysses Comic
There are plenty of complaints about Sony and Microsoft, just not in this thread. Maybe you could start by looking at a thread actually about those companies like this one: http://slashdot.org/story/10/03/29/0227251/Install-Other-OS-Feature-Removed-From-the-PS3
There's been plenty of resentment over companies thwarting "homebrew" on consoles. We're not only picking on Apple.
The Matrix For Businesses
I'll go get the gun for you.
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