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Apple Patents "Enforceable" Ad Viewing On Devices

JasonKChapman Re:From TFA... (439 comments)

How does that "improve the industry"?

By sending business back to Blackberry and the various Android-based phones?

more than 3 years ago

Spring Design Sues Barnes & Noble Over Nook IP

JasonKChapman Wait and see (186 comments)

It's telling that Spring's press release uses more space extolling the virtues of its product than describing the situation behind the suit. It's also curious that the primary features it hypes "full Internet browsing while reading" and "interactive multi-media open Internet access", while the nook won't even have a Web browser. B&N basically says they might add one later, if the users want it. This is totally a wait and see situation, because right now it's not at all clear who the bad guy is.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Says Booting OS X Makes an Unauthorized Copy

JasonKChapman Re:Unauthoriazed Copy (865 comments)

Yes, you can enter without breaking. It's called illegal entry. It applies when no breaking is necessary, such as entering an unlocked door or open window.

more than 4 years ago

Dinosaur Posture Still Wrong, Says Study

JasonKChapman Re:TFA Is slashdotted (226 comments)

The odd thing is that everyone assumes the long blood vessels to be fixed-diameter pipes. If the musculature included a kind of esophageal motion that helped to squeeze the blood upward, the heart wouldn't need to do as much work.

more than 4 years ago

Google Set To Tackle eBook Market

JasonKChapman Re:Cost (170 comments)

Mostly, it's the publishers that control this. Rights are still parceled out on a regional basis and sold separately, even though the model is aged far beyond any practical meaning. World rights cost a lot more than, say, North American rights.

more than 4 years ago

Google Set To Tackle eBook Market

JasonKChapman Re:Cost (170 comments)

I've been using a Sony Reader for a couple of years (since the PRS-500 came out) and have yet to use Sony's store. Why should I, when places like FictionWise exist?

more than 4 years ago

Is a $72.5m Opening Weekend Enough For Star Trek?

JasonKChapman Re:first post! (820 comments)

Well, that'll teach me to rely on memory.

more than 4 years ago

Is a $72.5m Opening Weekend Enough For Star Trek?

JasonKChapman Re:first post! (820 comments)

"The romance between Spock and Uhura was completely cliche and unnecessary."

Actually, it's a reference to a very important historical point from TOS. The episode "Plato's Stepchildren" contained the first ever interracial kiss on television, between Spock and Uhura.

more than 4 years ago

Strange Globs Could Signal Water On Mars

JasonKChapman Re:Science has a high burden of proof. (186 comments)

You're missing two things. Neither is guaranteed, but both are likely. One is that the economy of scale often kicks in very early on at the prototyping level. The error part of trial-and-error gets spread more thinly. The other is that part of the 1X cost includes R&D. Again, that cost gets spread more thinly at 5X.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Secret Prototype Phone Stolen

JasonKChapman Re:An edge? (249 comments)

If we assume said features would be available on half a dozen different phones from a variety of carriers, then from an OS company's point of view, it's an edge.

more than 5 years ago

US Court Orders Company to Use Negative Keywords

JasonKChapman Re:The Wrong Cachet (177 comments)

I guess "Onion Residential Finance" would bring a tear.
Only in appeal.

more than 5 years ago


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