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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

ComputerPhreak This isn't how patents work... (408 comments)

This same crap keeps coming up on slashdot, where someone takes some 'evil patent' that's 'so obvious', hunts down an example of something vaguely similar, and shouts 'look, prior art, prior art! it's invalid!'. This isn't how prior art (or patents) work. These are the same kind of idiots that seriously think apple patented a rounded rectangle, or call microsoft a patent troll, or whatever... if you don't like (software) patents, that's great, but take the time to understand them before flinging fud.

about 10 months ago

Tylenol May Ease Pain of Existential Distress, Social Rejection

ComputerPhreak Re:I have become.... (190 comments)

You do realize both naloxone and naltrexone are opioid antagonists and that their sole purpose is to deter abuse when paired with an opioid? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphine/naltrexone "Embeda is formulated with morphine pellets and has an inner core containing naltrexone. The purpose of this formulation is to prevent people from crushing the tablet for intranasal administration or from injecting themselves. If it is crushed, the naltrexone would mix with the morphine and naltrexone would competitively antagonize the effects of morphine in the body. The inner core containing naltrexone is formulated so that if ingested orally, the core encapsulating the naltrexone would not be digested by the gastrointestinal tract."

about a year and a half ago

IBM Researchers Open Source Homomorphic Crypto Library

ComputerPhreak I dunno.. (130 comments)

this release sounds pretty homo to me

about a year and a half ago

FDA Unveils Biosimilars Guidance

ComputerPhreak May further widen gap between brand and generic (30 comments)

Anecdotally, a lot of people (including many who are well-educated about the pharmacology behind drugs) swear there is a difference between some generic and brand drugs, and between the different generics. Sure, most of the time it's a placebo effect, but there are legitimate factors that can cause real differences, such as different binders and fillers being used, that can change the rate of absorption of the active ingredient, or even cause unrelated side effects or affect the bioavailability of the active ingredient. It will be interesting to see if these new, more complex molecules will widen the (perceived or real) differences between brand and generic medications.

more than 2 years ago

Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

ComputerPhreak Re:Or perhaps.... (657 comments)

Up to you if you want to believe him, but Steve Jobs has said time and time again that the reason there is no Flash on the iPhone is because Adobe has failed to deliver something that performs remotely acceptably. Again, up to you to believe it but the fact that after all the years they had to make a "light mobile friendly" flash version, you can't really claim this is a first gen and forgive it. They supposedly have been working on mobile versions of Flash since before they started whining publicly about Apple not letting them put whatever they had ready out there.

Sound familiar to Apple, I think Steve is tired of being at the whims of other companies to implement hardware/software Apple relies on. Microsoft with IE, Motorola with PowerPC, IBM with the same, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Epic Releases Free Version of Unreal Engine

ComputerPhreak Re:Still behind id (217 comments)

Still behind id software and their GPL releases of the game engines.

What a troll. id releases its old generation engines as GPL, not the current or even last-generation engines. Unreal Engine 3 is not comparable to the Quake 3 engine, it's more like the id Tech 5 engine, which certainly isn't available for free licensing let alone GPL distribution.

more than 5 years ago

Interview With Brian Kernighan of AWK/AMPL Fame

ComputerPhreak Re:The Practice of Programming (117 comments)

I think you're missing the point of "The C Programming Language." It wasn't (isn't) a book about programming, it basically set the standard for the C programming language at the time. It's a reference manual, not a guide on how to write code.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox To Replace Menus With Office Ribbon

ComputerPhreak Re:Eyecandy in cost of usability (1124 comments)

I agree with your post but...

It's why a badly-written Win32 app can't be minimized, usually can't have its window moved, might swallow its mouse pointer, and needs ctrl-alt-delete to be involuntarily killed

This simply isn't true (except perhaps the ctrl-alt-delete part). You can still minimize, maximize, and move a non-responsive application's window, its just that the contents won't be redrawn. The mouse pointer isn't drawn by the application, so it won't ever be 'swallowed' by the window. Also, in Vista and later (and with some display drivers under XP iirc), window contents are buffered by the system so even if an application stops responding, it won't 'blank out' or have weird visual aberrations.

more than 5 years ago

The World's First Four-screen Laptop

ComputerPhreak Yo dawg... (134 comments)

Yo dawg, I heard you liked LCD screens, so we put an screen in your screen in your screen in your screen in your laptop so you can watch porn while you watch porn while you code while you watch more porn.

more than 5 years ago

Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

ComputerPhreak Re:talk about not understanding the industry! (745 comments)

Wow, just stunning. If the lack of an idealized phone were the problem, WinMo wouldn't have anywhere near the marketshare it has. For Android to take over, one simple thing needs to happen - a wider selection of Android phones on a wider selection of providers, at a wide selection of price points.

And Apple's success is because there is such a wide selection of iPhones on a wide selection of providers, at a wide selection of price points?

more than 5 years ago

Wolfram Promises Computing That Answers Questions

ComputerPhreak Sounds a lot like True Knowledge (369 comments)

Sounds like a copy of True Knowledge: http://www.trueknowledge.com/ I asked 'How many bones are in the human body?' and got the result:

I understood your question to mean:
How many bones (a rigid organ in the skeleton of vertebrates) does a human body (the physical aspect of human being - in contrast to the organism conceived as a person) have?
This conclusion is based on a single fact in the knowledge base:
206 is the count for the meronym holonym pair bone and human body - agree / disagree

It will even show you how it pieced together known facts to answer your question. It's pretty neat, although you have to register to be a beta tester to use it as of right now.

more than 5 years ago

We're In Danger of Losing Our Memories

ComputerPhreak So... (398 comments)

So I RTFA and I have several salient points to make. Firstly... uh. Um. Well it seems I've kinda forgotten what it's about, now that I think about it...

about 6 years ago

Carefully Timed Jerks Could Power Space Elevator

ComputerPhreak Interesting summary but... (270 comments)

Interesting summary but for some strange reason after I finished reading it I felt like I had just finished watching an Enzyte commercial...

about 6 years ago

Cold Reboot Attacks on Disk Encryption

ComputerPhreak This is pretty epic... (398 comments)

To everyone saying 'if someone has physical access you're hosed anyway'... that simply isn't true. If you have a laptop and encrypt your data correctly, it was thought that it was mathematically infeasible to recover the data if your laptop was stolen. But with this (new?) technique, if it works well enough to be reliable, you could still be fucked even if you took the precaution of encrypting everything.

more than 6 years ago


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