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Questionable Patents From MakerBot

MoFoQ Re:Oblig Prior Art Question (56 comments)

The author of original article/blog mentions towards the end that he submitted 3 prior arts to USPTO.

about 2 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

MoFoQ Bad idea especially... (362 comments)


Especially since then Tesla would be putting all of it's eggs in one basket and in the investing world...that's a big no-no (I'm more amazed that this "bond manager" is even a manager...let alone a bond one).

Plus recent history with A123 Systems should also say "no" to the battery-only route.

about 2 months ago

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

MoFoQ depends (166 comments)

I think it depends on a number of factors such as the one giving the lecture, the material covered by the lecture, the environment in which the lecture is given, and the one receiving the lecture.

I've had classes in the past that...well...the room was just not that comfortable to listen to a lecture (it was a 3hr class in a slightly overcrowded/warm room in the evening and it was a boring biology class; insta-sleep time).

I've also had classes where the lecturers (this particular class had 3 different professors; it was an American Studies/history class) all give lectures which were material to the class and were on the exams.
Oddly, I found the lectures interesting and was able to absorb the information better than my other classmates who took notes (I did not take notes and according to the professors, the first ever to do so and get a decent grade).

Then I've had classes where the hands-on part was more interesting such as physics with lasers (sadly, there were no sharks).

In essence, a YMMV situation.

about 3 months ago

Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

MoFoQ camera, light, securing... (104 comments), capturing light (or image), then using that to secure something......reminds me of Johnny Mnemonic.
Just need Ice-T and it'll be complete.

about 3 months ago

Stanford Bioengineers Develop 'Neurocore' Chips 9,000 Times Faster Than a PC

MoFoQ crysis? (209 comments)

but will it play Crysis?

that said, what sort of memory (short-term storage) is used? Would that be the current bottleneck?
It would definitely be interesting to see how this continues to develop.
It might be too late for bitcoins but perhaps one of the altcoins can benefit.
Or for weather prediction/modeling.

Then again, the dark side comes to mind to (skynet, SID 6.7, etc.)

about 3 months ago

CISPA 3.0: the Senate's New Bill As Bad As Ever

MoFoQ Re:Sorry, Mr. Becket (132 comments)

I've never voted for her since I don't share her views.

the funny thing is...with regards to the NSA spying stuff, neither do her constituents.

about 3 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

MoFoQ so.....they've solved everything else including... (688 comments)

so.....they've solved everything else hunger?

yea....on a side note, you are luckily....ff on my machine goes to 1.8GB in just a few hours....usually tops off at around 2.4GB until I have to 86 it.

oh, and for the AC, 4) repeat 3

about 3 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

MoFoQ Re:From the actuall trademark document (653 comments)

this IS from one of the sub-departments of DHS; I'm not surprised that they didn't really bother to read the line that says "Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark."

Customs agents aren't lawyers, let alone trademark lawyers or even paralegals.

This just highlights the need for adding an appeals process to the whole thing.
(that and perhaps ICE needs some basic legalese comprehension requirements for their agents)

about 4 months ago

Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

MoFoQ Re:Lies: Show me the legal DRM-free download store (243 comments)

Louis CK does (

It was even covered on here

Sure, it's not a "store" with a plethora of titles but the request wasn't specific. :D

about 4 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

MoFoQ what about... (513 comments)

...restricting them to designated know...a phone booth (call box, or hell...make one look like TARDIS)

about 8 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

MoFoQ Re:Price !!! (810 comments)


if I could afford it, I'd get myself a Tesla Model S

Range is a concern too.

also, some of the other electric cars....are just ugly.
If Tesla can make an electric car that looks as nice and sexy as the Model S, why can't the other manufacturers?
Perhaps, they don't want to or think it won't sell.
Of course, if you make something that people want and at a reasonable price, it wouldn't be a problem.

about 8 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

MoFoQ Re:History rewritten (599 comments)

His lack of finesse and social skills coupled by the complete (technical) incompetence of those at city hall definitely contributed to his downfall.
If I recall, didn't Kamala Harris put the passwords into public record, thus forcing the city IT department to go around and changing passwords on all devices to prevent from someone from "f*cking sh*t up"?

The funny thing is that the statute (California Penal Code Sec. 502(c)(5)) mentions "disrupts or causes the disruption of computer services or denies or causes the denial of computer services" yet....during this whole fiasco, the network was rock-f-ing-solid (at least until the passwords were put into public record without seal).

Not sure why the attorney didn't bring this point up.
If I was Terry Childs, I'd fire the attorney and then sue the city for breach of contract (oddly, for at least the same amount).

about 9 months ago

Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

MoFoQ Kettle and teapot (394 comments)

Very strange and hypocritical.

Especially since Oracle owns several products that are open-source (some that started off as open source as well).

Let's see....

VirtualBox (it has an open source edition)
Oracle Linux (Oracle repackaged version of RHEL and not started from a company they bought out)
And Oracle Linux is used as a base for the following product lines from Oracle:
        Oracle Exadata
        Oracle Exalogic
        Oracle Big Data Appliance
        Oracle Exalytics
        Oracle Database Appliance

I'm sure there's more that people can list....but for me....I don't give a rat's arse about Oracle...shoot, I was rooting for the Kiwi's in the America's Cup and I live in the Bay Area.

about 9 months ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

MoFoQ 800 tickets...1000 by year's end? (1440 comments)

Interesting, 800 tickets...1000 by year's end.

Now if every one of those people who got a ticket does a written declaration, the cop would have to write that may written answers to the court or the ticket will be dismissed.
Effectively, eliminating him from writing tickets that stick since he is either spending his time writing responses and not issuing new tickets OR his tickets get easily dismissed.

At least in California, you can do a written declaration first and if that doesn't work, you still have the option of going to court in person.
The citing officer does not get overtime pay for responding to written declarations but does receive overtime for appearing in court.
Depending on the workload of the citing officer, tickets can be dismissed pretty easily.

about 10 months ago

TSA Reminds You Not To Travel With Hand Grenades

MoFoQ wait...even the Holy ones? (378 comments)

wait...even the Holy ones?

What about the foam ones? or the ones that are really balloons (but not filled up with anything yet)?

about a year ago

Moscow Subway To Use Special Devices To Read Data On Passengers' Phones

MoFoQ Re:note to self. (163 comments)

the resealable kind are nice...they can do double-duty: block spies and allow me to go swimming.

1 year,9 hours

Moscow Subway To Use Special Devices To Read Data On Passengers' Phones

MoFoQ note to self. (163 comments)

note to self: When visiting Moscow, pack mylar bags.

1 year,9 hours


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