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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

MarkvW Re:I can see it coming . . . (176 comments)

Doesn't that indicate that Google has just way too much market dominance if they have the power to do that?

about a week ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

MarkvW It's all archaic. (207 comments)

A "license" isn't a thing--it's a right or privilege to do or not do something. The State keeps a complete record of you and the scope of your driving license at the Department of Licensing. All they need is a fingerprint, or maybe even optical recognition of your face, and they can access that data from their patrol car.

An "app" as a "license" is just as archaic as a paper license today.

about a week ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

MarkvW Beloved by Builders and Developers (178 comments)

Garcetti will have the undying love and money of builders and developers for years to come.

about two weeks ago
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Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

MarkvW Another example of inhumanity. (52 comments)

They're gonna kill the exocomps all over again.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

MarkvW Open Source is Winning (415 comments)

Adobe went subscription, and I'm done with them. If Microsoft does it, I'm done with them too.

The next killer app is 3d printing & CNC milling software for the masses. If open-source takes that high ground, the dinosaurs are screwed.

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

MarkvW Crime as Expressive Art? (436 comments)

If I make a threat to kill
The whole world must relax and chill
Because I define the things I say
And you must take them just that way

And when I act offensively
You must accept my artistry
Because my right to have my say
Trumps your right to a peaceful day.

about three weeks ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

MarkvW Damn NSA (110 comments)

I LIKE the idea of the NSA spying on foreigners, but when it spies on American Citizens--without warrants--it becomes a vile and despicable organization that can and should be fully defunded.

about a month ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

MarkvW Re:Toronto Municipal Gov't divided (169 comments)

We have taxicab regulation because unregulated cab drivers rip off consumers.

about 1 month ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

MarkvW Greedy and Criminal (328 comments)

Pretty obviously criminal. The undercover agent put out the bait, the guy recognized it was bait, hesitated, then swallowed it whole.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

MarkvW I suspect a deal. (258 comments)

What would Obama have to offer? Antitrust maybe?

about a month ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

MarkvW Re:The answer (441 comments)

If they do have exclusive skills, you want them on the team for that reason.

If they don't have exclusive skills, you want to include them in the team selection process because you can maximize your chance of obtaining those skills.

Not too hard.

about a month and a half ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

MarkvW Just don't go to the movies. (357 comments)

Why go? The MPAA is a fierce advocate for repressive copyright restrictions. If you stop going to the movies, you stop their money.

Besides, almost every movie in the theaters is an expensive imitative mess.

The "movie industry" should die. We'll do much better with a wide array of cheaply made productions.

about a month and a half ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

MarkvW Re:Not just women (571 comments)

Only problem with that is that there is an increasing number of people who are trying to make a living from the work they present online. Those people need a reputation, and an effective harasser can really hurt their ability to make a living. In this situation, "ignoring the troll" might be the worst thing to do.

Otherwise, I'd agree with you.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

MarkvW Cost of Production (117 comments)

What's the energy cost to physically produce a bitcoin? Anybody know?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

MarkvW Re:Possible sequence (171 comments)

You probably mean 'asymmetric,' but what the hell. Very good post.

about 2 months ago

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Apple Silencing Rejected Appstore Developers

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "This should add fuel to the fire. Apple is apparently slapping nondisclosure agreements on developers who get rejected from the Appstore. I got this from Anandtech which got it from DailyTech."
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Qualcomm Gets Hammered With Discovery Sanctions

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "Qualcomm (and its lawyers) got utterly HAMMERED by a federal court by playing discovery games (wrongfully keeping potent stuff from the other side).

Sporting with the federal court is a risky proposition."

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Patent Law

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "The Supremes held that method patents are subject to the patent exhaustion doctrine like other patents. This is the last paragraph from Quanta v. LG Electronics, a Supreme Court patent opinion that came down today: The authorized sale of an article that substantially embodies a patent exhausts the patent holder's rights and prevents the patent holder from invoking patent law to control postsale use of the article. Here, LGE licensed Intel to practice any of its patents and to sell products practicing those patents. Intel's microprocessors and chipsets substantially embodied the LGE Patents because they had no reasonable noninfringing use and included all the inventive aspects of the patented methods. Nothing in the License Agreement limited Intel's ability to sell its products practicing the LGE Patents. Intel's authorized sale to Quanta thus took its products outside the scope of the patent monopoly, and as a result, LGE can no longer assert its patent rights against Quanta. Accordingly, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed."

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