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What Will Ubiquitous 3D Printing Do To IP Laws?

Lashat Re:Impractical? (347 comments)

In theory, it could be circumvented by reverse engineering the BMW. So why not by taking the entire car apart. Catalog the parts. Scan the parts. Up load the parts. Print the parts. Rebuild the parts into the car. This takes a huge amount of raw materials to print with, effort, and experience. However, since this car is owned by the entity that scanned the parts, etc. It's like taking pictures of a car now. It that illegal? Is it illegal for me to post a picture of my car online? Is it illegal for me to sell pictures of my car?

It is most certainly NOT illegal for an OEM entity to make aftermarket parts for production cars. They might not be officially licensed by BMW and could be (probably) inferior to the OEM.

That said I would fully expect BMW to aggressively pursue any legal action against the entity printing exact duplicates of any of their parts without a license. What will the courts decide?

about 7 months ago

Wi-Fi Sniffing Lets Researchers Build Graph of Offline Social Networks

Lashat Re:Illegal (38 comments)

They be Italian types...arrr.

about 6 months ago

Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

Lashat Re:Autonomous safety (287 comments)

This is the biggest problem...the transition.. It will take a urban municipality to mandate an area wide transition. Create the infrastructure. Provide the self-driving cars. Outlaw human driven cars. Think Minority Report shuttles that ran around the city and up the buildings.

about 7 months ago

The First 'Practical' Jetpack May Be On Sale In Two Years

Lashat Practically, practical. (127 comments)

You can say it's the "first practical jetpack".

It costs over $100,000.
It's not allowed in "urban areas"

Not practical for 99.999999999999999% of people.
I could add more 9's but it isn't practical.

about 8 months ago

NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Lashat Re:The Romans found out about lead (780 comments)

Romans didn't die off. Italians and many Europeans have "Roman" blood coursing through their veins.

about 8 months ago

Japan Unveils Largest Warship Since WW2

Lashat Carrier-like is an understatement (282 comments)

Especially if you are launching drones. "Hunter Killer Swarm" coming up.

about 8 months ago

Fighting Street Gangs With Military Counter-Insurgency Software

Lashat Re:Or we could just... (171 comments)

Really ... arm gangs?

about 9 months ago

City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica

Lashat Re:FINALLY! (249 comments)

Very cool web site. Good to know we will survive a 12 meter rise. Sorry Sacramento, bye bye.

about 9 months ago

Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

Lashat Re:Sounds like my kid (770 comments)

thanks for not making me look stuff up. :^)

about 9 months ago

Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

Lashat Re:Japanese mental illness (770 comments)

Can you give us any examples? I live in the US and have visited many places including Japan. I disagree with the other post about putting the "wacky shack". I found that most of the Japanese behavior was clique based. Smaller groups of teens/young adults would define and create a look or sub-culture of their own. While individually it might seem extreme, it was the norm for these small groups.

I found it wonderfully entertaining.

about 9 months ago

Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

Lashat Re:Sounds like my kid (770 comments)

How are you using the phrase "cozy efficiency". Just wondering. Her own apartment?

about 9 months ago

FBI Admits To Domestic Surveillance Drone Use

Lashat New Roofing Material beign researched (207 comments)

Well, not really. I am just in the procrastination stages right now. I am going to discover a new, inexpensive, roofing material that will scatter lidar, radar, infrared, thermal, microwave, and Wi-Fi Giving any home a passive cloaking device. We are looking into umbrellas as well.

Who want to fund my Kickstarter?

about 9 months ago

Genetic Switches Behind 'Love' Identified In Prairie Voles

Lashat Two Words = Red Wedding (102 comments)

timely and socially relevant pop culture reference. thanks

about 10 months ago

'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype

Lashat I don't think people really understand this tech. (558 comments)

Safe-Firearms company to consumers: "I trust you to be able to protect yourself. I really do. Here let me put this on *your* firearm to protect your children."
Safe-Firearms company to law enforcement: "We want to protect the police when they are in the vicinity of firearms, so we have developed this device that will deactivate all firearms in the area, except the special law enforcement/military models."

Safe-Firearms company to nanny state: "Contract Complete."

I know I am stretching this to the extreme, but I seriously want to be able to protect myself when necessary. I don't want any type of electronics on my home defense firearms. I especially don't want the equivalent of an OnStar engine kill switch on my firing pin.

about a year ago

Windows: Not Doomed Yet

Lashat I know this isn't about IBM, but... (737 comments)

IBM is far from not being player in the computing industry. Maybe not the OS segment, but they are doing just fine and they can always fall back on their typewriter patents.

IBM's closing value of $214 billion on September 29, 2011 surpassed Microsoft which was valued at $213.2 billion. It was the first time since 1996 that IBM exceeded its software rival based on closing price. On August 16, 2012, IBM announced it entered an agreement to buy Texas Memory Systems. [34] Later that month, IBM announced it has agreed to buy Kenexa. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter.[35] The deal is worth $1.3 billion dollars and was paid in cash by IBM.[36]


about a year ago

Navy To Deploy Lasers On Ship In 2014

Lashat Re:with frickin' lasers! (402 comments)

ugh.. the WW1 ship was the FIFTH ship to bear the name.

1 year,10 days

Should California Have Banned Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving?

Lashat Baby on Board signs = distracted driving (433 comments)

Driving with a toddler or baby in the car is 10x more distracting than my cell phone map.

1 year,10 days

AMD Reveals Radeon Sky Series For Cloud Gaming, Previews Radeon HD 7990

Lashat NVIDIA..? "Sky" (53 comments)

Will NVIDIA release a repsonse product or do they already have a "cloud" offering that is not announced?


1 year,22 days



OnLive is Dead? Long Live err...something else..

Lashat Lashat writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Lashat (1041424) writes "News is trickling out of vairous sources. The Forbes link above seems to have the most up to date info. Basically, all employees received their walking papers today. Then rumors of a shutdown, buyout, or re-formation as a new company have abounded.


From the first reports...
InXile CEO Brain Fargo also Tweeted that an employee from within OnLive had emailed him that the company was close to going out of business. Here’s the email:

I wanted to send a note that by the end of the day today, OnLive as an entity will no longer exist. Unfortunately, my job and everyone else’s was included. A new company will be formed and the management of the company will be in contact with you about the current initiatives in place, including the titles that will remain on the service.

It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and I’m sure our path with cross again.

When asked for comment, OnLive’s Director of Corporate Communications told Forbes’ Jason Evangelho: “No, let me be clear. We are not going out of business.”

More News

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$115 ticket issued by a BUS camera?

Lashat Lashat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lashat (1041424) writes "San Francisco MUNI bus system has outfitted 30 so far and "Within the next 15 months, every one of Muni’s 819 buses will be outfitted with cameras capable of snapping photos of vehicles illegally travelling or parking in The City’s transit-only lanes. Any car caught on tape will be subject to fines of up to $115."

Read for yourself.

“The cameras have been instrumental in changing driver behavior. When cars see a bus coming, they get the hell out of the way now.” said John Haley, transit director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni.

Now for the scary part: “We’re starting to get a lot of experience with cameras,” said Haley. “With all the footage, I’m starting to feel a bit like Cecil B. Demille.”

WHAT?? Mr. Haley is cutting and splicing footage for his upcoming film project. There is no reason for this office to have access to the footage from the buses. I guess I could get over that since they are techincally making the films themselves so they own the footage.

What I can't believe is that MUNI is being co-opted into being a law/traffic enforcement arm of the City of San Francisco. That is not what the MUNI funds are supposed to be directed towards."

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"Game Over" for BioShock Infinite

Lashat Lashat writes  |  about 2 years ago

Lashat (1041424) writes "While seemingly masochistic on the surface, I have to admit that I am intrigued by the "1999 Mode" difficulty level being developed for BioShock Infinite.

Instead of being able to reload at your last save players running 1999 Mode "will have to meet exacting demands on health, weapons, and power reserves, using systems absent from the standard gameplay mode. In addition, if the player is killed and lacks sufficient resources for a respawn, BioShock Infinite will show--le gasp!--a Game Over screen."

Definitely Cool. I haven't felt that "Game Over" sense of loss since the last a friend and I were highjacked coming out of Dungeon Destard in Britannia while playing Ultima Online. (I also know you EVE players are more familiar with loss than most gamers today.)"

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VMware Is Trying To Steal Some Of Microsoft's Most

Lashat Lashat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lashat (1041424) writes "Cloud Foundry is VMware's attempt to knock the lights out of Amazon and Microsoft. Thanks to a contribution to Cloud Foundry by a company called Tier 3, Cloud Foundry can now run .NET applications, says says GigaOM.

I for one am a big fan of interoperability. Disclosure: I am a user of both VMware and Microsoft products for business."

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Quest for Sub$100 Tablet.

Lashat Lashat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lashat (1041424) writes "It seems not too long ago that we wished upon a star for that elusive Sub$1000 notebook. Will we soon find a Sub$100 Tablet available? According to Information Week: "HP Blows Through Final TouchPad Stock On eBay HP sold the last of its TouchPad tablet stock through a firesale that nearly broke eBay. Was demand sparked by HP's open sourcing of webOS?" Does this mean that it may soon be possible for a company to build a $100."
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Vmware, a falling giant?

Lashat Lashat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lashat (1041424) writes "According to Ars Technica "A new survey seems to show that VMware's iron grip on the enterprise virtualization market is loosening, with 38 percent of businesses planning to switch vendors within the next year due to licensing models and the robustness of competing hypervisors."

What do /.ers say about moving away from what is IMHO the most stable and feature rich vm architecture available? Full disclosure:I am not clear on how the licensing has changed since that is not my department."

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Smartphone vs GPS unit for Geocaching

Lashat Lashat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lashat (1041424) writes "Looking to get into geocaching with my daughter next spring/summer. I am interested in getting a good device this Christmas season. REI Blog weighs in on the side of dedicated GPS units. This seems somewhat bias as REI sells GPS units but not smartphones. What do slashdot readers think?"
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VGA Awards 2010 - Red Dead Redemption = GOTY

Lashat Lashat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lashat (1041424) writes "Here is the full list of VGA awards given out Saturday. Should be no surprise to any gamers out there that Red Dead Redemption takes Game of the Year honors. It's nearly impossible to dispute the award going to RDR. Some of the other awards, maybe not so much. (Halo-Reach=Best Multi-Player I'm looking at you.)"
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