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Patent Troll Ordered To Pay For the Costs of Fighting a Bad Patent

Guybrush_T Re:Sounds awesome except.... (191 comments)

An easy way to fix this would be to have the USPTO grant every patent (for a fee) as it does currently, but also every time you want to sue someone, you would need an USPTO expertise granting you the right to sue.

That way, creating bad patents would cost you money ; suing for nothing would cost you money, and invalidate your patents at the same time. And the USPTO would get enough money to have real experts look at each case.

about 3 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

Guybrush_T Re:This (417 comments)

I would agree if official taxis really knew their area, had a GPS in their car, did not try to refuse drives that don't fit them, and didn't try to steal you. I don't know for London, but in Paris and Dublin, I experienced it. No GPS, doesn't know the address, use the wrong (more expensive) fare, ...

The regulation is so hard that any taxi that pass it tends to consider itself "safe" from competition.

Taxi lobbies fight for more protections ... states gives them more protection [real failure here] ... user experience lowers ... competition arises ... chaos.

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

Guybrush_T Re:mac only? (121 comments)

The fact that it is only available on Mac makes me wonder if Atom is that great ...

Unless I didn't understand the idea (not easy to find out what Atom is, actually), they're developing a javascript editor on top of Chromium. How could that NOT work on Linux and Windows ?

What the incentive for doing yet another editor ?

Having an editor running inside a web browser to develop javascript code could be a nice idea (especially to instant-test code), but looking at their website I'm a bit puzzled ...

about 4 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

Guybrush_T Re:Forcing password changes is never a good idea (288 comments)

So True.

When will people understand that most of the password we use are not stored on a passwd file we can crack off-line ? Basing the password policy on a brute-force offline cracking time is just annoying for everyone. Brute-force mitigation is very easy to do, and transforms a 4 character password into a very hard to crack password.

So, to all those shitty web-sites, stop enforcing annoying policies to your users (as if it would improve security) and implement other useful techniques such as mitigation on trial-error / IP attack detection, ...

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

Guybrush_T Re:Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (202 comments)

I'm amused to see that in the US, having an internet access is still optional :-). Are the US considered an under-developed country ?

That said, I'm sure your comment only makes sense to a very small portion of the population ; which will make cable companies useless in the short term.

about 4 months ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Guybrush_T Re:Yes, they are (477 comments)

What you described is not prohibited by the agreement.

The idea is only to count the work you do 24/7 as "working hours". And any hour above 35h / week will give you some rights (salary, vacations, ...).

That way, your work contract will be clearer -- no hidden things, no change in situation like your boss sending you e-mails more and more without a pay increase to reflect the extra hours you're doing.

But again, it does not prevent you to check your e-mails at home.

Disclaimer : I'm french.

about 5 months ago
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Turkish Finance Minister Defends Twitter Ban

Guybrush_T Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (94 comments)

Censorship is a very relative concept. There is no such thing as "free speech". In every country, there are laws against harassment, racism, libeling, that can make what you say (or tweet) illegal.

Now, what makes the US laws better than the Turkish laws ? If they decide some message is illegal, they are perfectly sovereign in preventing people from viewing it.

You can call for freedom and democracy if you have proofs (or arguments) showing that the court decision was not taken in a democratic way.

about 5 months ago
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Turkish Finance Minister Defends Twitter Ban

Guybrush_T Re:USA sets the example here (94 comments)

Agreed.

And besides, Twitter may be hosted in the US, if they want to do some business in Turkey, they have to obey to turkish laws - or risk a ban. The government filtering does the right thing : remove most of the traffic which makes it a (potentially) profitable company.

The fact that the court order is good or bad has little to do here. If some court decided that a message is illegal (harassing, threatening, racist, ...), Twitter has little right to decide if they agree or not if they want to make some business in the country.

I don't see what is so strange that a government ban illegal (in their laws) websites. You can discuss the court order, you can discuss the law, but the fact that Twitter did not comply to the court order is a political decision (with consequences).

about 5 months ago
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In Praise of Micromanagement

Guybrush_T Re:Steve Jobs on PCB traces (136 comments)

Jobs wasn't wrong. If someone posts images of the PCB board of an iPhone 5, everybody will be interested in looking at it. At this period of time, showing a PCB board was just awesome. It looked like the future. Having a beautiful PCB could have been a strong communication point. Maybe Jobs didn't think about that and was just plain wrong at this time, but I'm not convinced the situation is so clear.

about a year ago
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MediaNet Sued for Licensing Unlicensed Songs

Guybrush_T Re:Where is the burden of proof? (73 comments)

Mann also says she has not been paid any royalties by the company since Sept. 30, 2005

Looks like the company did receive the termination notice. But likely a *software bug* in the streaming software missed the removal ...

about a year ago
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10GbE: What the Heck Took So Long?

Guybrush_T Connectors (295 comments)

The main reason why 10GbE took time to arrive is simple : connectors are not the good-old RJ45 used for 10Mb, 100Mb and 1GbE. The RJ45 connector is small, cheap and backward compatible. The 10GbE connectors are deep, expensive and not RJ45-compatible, hence cannot be used as a 1GbE port.

10GbE is appearing on servers because the price order is compatible with the expensive and deep connector. It won't appear on commodity motherboards until a smaller connector is designed.

about a year ago
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USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers

Guybrush_T Re:Stupid, stupid, *stupid* (247 comments)

Quoting http://askville.amazon.com/dangerous-car-batteries/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=4217899 :

It is not dangerous to touch the positive terminal with your bare skin, because 12V is not a hazardous voltage.

So the answer is simply : no, it is not dangerous to touch my car battery (though the battery can be dangerous in a lot of other ways).

I learned something today :-)

more than 2 years ago
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USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers

Guybrush_T Re:Stupid, stupid, *stupid* (247 comments)

Hum ... so you mean that touching my car battery + and - which is just 12V DC is not dangerous ? I kinda doubt that.

more than 2 years ago
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The Science Behind Fanboyism

Guybrush_T Wrong analysis (272 comments)

I'm I the only one who is concerned by the validity of their experiment. The last experiment lets me very dubious.

Imagine you have 3 smileys. They have similar ratings, but for sure there is one you prefer, one you rate 2nd and one you rate 3rd. Now, let's just see the result we would have for each scenario.

Rating of cards 1/2/3 ; 3rd card chosen after initial choice ; 3rd card chosen without initial choice (so just between card 2 and card 3)

1/2/3 ; False (1 chosen on first pass) ; False
1/3/2 ; True (1 chosen on first pass) ; True
2/1/3 ; False (1 chosen on first pass) ; False
2/3/1 ; True (2 chosen on first pass) ; True
3/1/2 ; True (1 chosen on first pass) ; False
3/2/1 ; True (2 chosen on first pass) ; True

Which makes in the first experiment 50% chances of choosing the third card and 66% when we made a previous "preselection". This is approximately the figures children had. Monkeys had lower 3rd card preference, maybe because they prefer to take cards in order.

About the rest of the article, I'm just as dubious. If you choose a product, for sure you rate it better. It's called the cause of you choosing it, not a consequence ...

more than 3 years ago
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After Japan's Quake, Taiwan Helps Fill iPad 2 Supply-Chain Gaps

Guybrush_T Re:OH THANK GOD (98 comments)

Without a steady supply of iPad 2's, civilization would collapse overnight.

I didn't know Civilization had been ported to ipad ...

more than 2 years ago
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Sludge In Flask Gives Clues To Origin of Life

Guybrush_T Re:Who will all just plug their ears (361 comments)

Because .. Stanley Miller was in fact God. Problem solved, everyone agree now.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Commission Says People Have a 'Right To Be Forgotten' Online

Guybrush_T Re:this is so stupid (200 comments)

I would agree that you are responsible for what you put on the internet. Still, what you are calling a "moron" may be more than 50% of internet users. At this level, the responsibility may reside in the big companies that lure masses into their "trap".

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 To Be Released In October 2012

Guybrush_T Windows 8 ? (337 comments)

I'd rather have Windows Love.

more than 3 years ago
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What To Do With a Hundred Hard Drives?

Guybrush_T Re:2 Words... (487 comments)

e Bay ... well maybe. Searching ebay for 3ware escalade cards, you may find some 8 ports or 12 ports IDE controllers. With this, you should be able to connnect 20-40 drives per PC. Hard to find however, but often not so expensive (IDE cards are no more wanted).

After that, the last issue would be the power supply, but I guess this is just simple DIY.

more than 6 years ago

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French provider Free could buy US branch of T-Mobile

Guybrush_T Guybrush_T writes  |  about 1 month ago

Guybrush_T (980074) writes "Iliad, the parent company of Free, confirmed today having made an offer to buy 56% of the US branch of T-Mobile. This could be very good news for the US, since the provider reduced significantly the average price of mobile plans in France since they entered the mobile market two years ago. Their disruptive strategy, featuring an all-inclusive €20/month plan and a €2/month plan gathered 11% of the French market in only two years and lowered the price of plans by a 5 to 10 factor."
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French Mobile company launching all inclusive 20 e

Guybrush_T Guybrush_T writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Guybrush_T (980074) writes "The French DSL company Free entered today the mobile market, launching an all-inclusive 20 euros/month plan. The plan includes illimited voice calls, including some international destination, such as the US, data (3GB/month), SMS and MMS. Free's offer also includes a 2 euros/month plan with 1 hour voice calls and 60 SMS.

This is a major change for the mobile market in France. Free already changed the internet providers market in France, causing the death of AOL in France."
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New Top500 List released at ISC '07

Guybrush_T Guybrush_T writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guybrush_T (980074) writes "The new Top500 list has just been released at ISC'07 in Dresden.
The top 10 is heavily dominated by IBM and BlueGene systems, with only Cray holding rank 2 and 3, Dell holding rank 8 and SGI holding rank 10.
The first non-US system is the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, ranked 9. Japan is loosing ground, with their first system ranked 14.
The full list is also available."

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