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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

PatentMagus Re:Yes (152 comments)

I'd love to be downgraded to the old style google search where verbatim meant verbatim instead of "there's a synonym nearby". They've made google scholar almost pointless because matching exact phrases is extremely important when you're searching for something specific.

I guess the solution is some sort of federated search dongle that submits the search query to google, gathers the results, and throws out everything that isn't actually verbatim or otherwise matching the search query.

about two weeks ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

PatentMagus Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

I've been in the vine program for over five years and have written a lot of negative reviews. I haven't been kicked out or anything like that and still get the occasional cool item. It is true that you get a lot more "helpful" votes for five star reviews though. It isn't that big a deal for me because I do most of my buying from amazon and have lots of opportunity to give positive reviews of things I actually like.

I once got into a pissing contest with a marketing flak over one of my reviews and they flagged that review, every one of my responsive comments, and a bunch of other reviews es as unhelpful. It's like they though they were punishing me. It made me feel pretty righteous.

about 3 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PatentMagus Re:Move along , nothing to see here. (1198 comments)

Nah, someone got a girl friend and is stomping around flinging poo like an alpha-simian. The outrage is real.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

PatentMagus Re:why? (778 comments)

I object to your use of the racially inflammatory word "cracker."

about a year ago
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Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)

PatentMagus Re:competition (297 comments)

People keep saying " look at the Monsanto Protection legislation," but pretty much no one actually looks at it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

PatentMagus Re:version control (480 comments)

Assuming it's work for hire...

If it was work for hire then the client owned the rights and original poster, samzenpus, had no right to put his own copyright into the header. The new developer/maintainer wouldn't have that right either.

If it wasn't a work for hire and samzenpus was the original author, then he has a case for copyright infringement. A cease and desist letter might get the headers restored.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

PatentMagus Re:its normal (605 comments)

What ages are most of the people in the class?

Someone in their late 20's should notice lots of qualitative differences between themselves and most relatively fresh high school graduates. That is especially true for someone who has been working for a living.

The smart move, if you're having such an easy time with the course work and acing the class, is to pick up on those youngsters. This is probably the height of their physical attractiveness (and the waning of yours). You'll never be so well positioned again either.

about a year and a half ago
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Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee

PatentMagus Re:How can multiple companies send demands? (227 comments)

It could be N different licensing companies with the patent holder paying commissions. It could be scammers having no relationship with the patent holder at all. It could be a mix.

In a court action, the plaintiff must assert that they are either the patent holder or are holding some actionable interest in the patent (such as a license that includes the right to enforce the patent). The defendant can contest that assertion and thereby require the plaintiff to provide proof. Normally, no subpoena is needed (subpoenas generally go to third parties, not the plaintiffs/defendants). At worst, just a normal discovery request is needed. If the plaintiff outright lied about this then the judge is likely to get medieval. Only a very foolish law firm would fail to check the patent's chain of title and their client's right to sue.

Similarly, the plaintiff must clearly specify the defendant's infringing action. Failure to do so can result in near immediate dismissal of the case plus sanctions. This is particularly true with patent enforcement. That is one reason the Project Paperless letter is so laughable. It tells the defendant to do the investigation and then send money. If they sue because, as the letter says, "your company fits the profile" then the law firm filing the action could well get sanctioned without the defendant ever formally answering the complaint.

about a year and a half ago
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Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee

PatentMagus Re:My client received on of these ... (227 comments)

That looks like Project Paperless, LLC v. BlueWave Computing, LLC et al, Georgia Northern District Court, Docket Number: 1:12-cv-00995

My client received the letter from a different "licensing" company. That's one of the reasons I thought this might be some new type of scam.

about a year and a half ago
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Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee

PatentMagus My client received on of these ... (227 comments)

One of my clients received one of these letters. It's a pretty laughable attempt at extortion. Because:

1. You can't tell if the extortionist is related in any way to the patent holder.
2. They tell you to do your own investigation, provide some pointers, and provide bank routing money for your EFT.
3. They haven't done their jurisdiction homework (RightHaven got hammered for this).

and these are just some of the procedural problems. The prior art issues don't even come into play. I don't think their letter even supports suing for a declaratory judgment against anyone. If they sent me one of these then I'd just throw it away without giving it further consideration. On the other hand, as a patent lawyer and litigator I can afford a far riskier strategy than most.

I think the extortionists waited until the patent reexamination/review process got significantly more extensive before they started their campaign. The America Invents Act raised the fee for ex-parte reexamination to $17,750 and for inter-partes review to $27,200.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Culls Sex Offenders From the Online Gaming Ranks

PatentMagus Re:Why not just block messaging? (511 comments)

Should the non-denominational left wing nannies fuck left off?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

PatentMagus no to t-mobile (288 comments)

If you absolutely have to keep using that nexus 1, then you may be stuck with t-mobile or (maybe) at&t. Make that "trying to use that nexus 1". I reluctantly gave up on GSM phones in the US when I couldn't get signal any more. At first, everything was fine. Good signal. Solid connections. Then t-mobile "optimized" something and I rarely got signal at home. My signal at work was sketchy. The signal was fine down the road a bit. A new phone had the same symptoms. I live and work in a typical sprawled out american city. T-mobile gave me a one time refund on my bill and then refused to budge because I still got service when I wasn't home.

Yes - that's right. T-mobile thought it was perfectly reasonable to bill me because I could go down the road a mile and make a call, check voice mail, etc.

Anyways, I now have a contract with verizon. I pay more. I can't swap a phones by moving a GSM sim card. I can't play with the cool new google phones. But I -can- actually make calls, receive calls, message, use that data plan, etc.

I'm going to buy a simplemobile sim card today just to test things out.

more than 2 years ago
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NSA Chief Denies Claims of Domestic Spying

PatentMagus Re:Loophole (149 comments)

Loophole no longer needed. Remember when Candidate Obama promised to end illegal spying on American citizens? Who would have dreamed he intended to end the illegality by making it "legal" (quote marks to indicate not tested in court). At least he addressed the issue. The other 2008 candidates thought it was just fine the way it was.

It's kind of quaint to look back at how mad I was about the spying when I now tiredly shrug my shoulders about the assassinations and that "due process" now means there is a process instead of meaning a chance to defend yourself in court.

more than 2 years ago
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DC Comics Prevails In Batmobile Copyright Dispute

PatentMagus No great achievement there (115 comments)

This is laughable. Getting a patent application accepted is no great achievement. Package up the data an figures onto properly sized pages, make sure the correct sections are present and it's done. Unless it's a provisional application. Then you just fill in a cover sheet and submit whatever it is you have and then things a re magically patent pending. Or maybe it's a design patent. Huge value there.

more than 2 years ago
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ITC Rules Apple Does Not Infringe S3 Graphics Patents

PatentMagus Re:Here's a pdf of the ITC findings (81 comments)

We are in violent agreement that AMD's ownership claim wasn't disputed. They only only had to decide S3 didn't have any rights in the matter. I read the rest of it as dealing with the administrivia of getting the case off their docket. You can almost feel the ITC's disgust towards S3 oozing through. I wonder if Apple will seek sanctions against S3.

Sorry for inferring that you didn't read the finding before posting. I conflated your response with the plethora of uninformed ones. I apologize for that.

more than 2 years ago
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ITC Rules Apple Does Not Infringe S3 Graphics Patents

PatentMagus Here's a pdf of the ITC findings (81 comments)

The bits about AMDs motion is in the second to last paragraph.

The actual finding

Anyways, give it a read before discussing what it says.

but wait, this is slashdot, rtfa? nah

more than 2 years ago
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B&N Pummels Microsoft Patent Claims With Prior Art

PatentMagus BS - access to courts isn't the issue (332 comments)

Every venue statute I've ever read makes it fine to sue anyone/anything on the defendant's own turf. For federal law, check 28 USC 1391.

For patent cases against corporations, check 28 USC 1400(b) and see how it relates to 28 USC 1391(c). Basically, you can file a patent infringement suit against a corporation like microsoft in any federal district court..

more than 2 years ago
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The Privatization of Copyright Lawmaking

PatentMagus Use it against them (213 comments)

Laws get changed when the right people (corporations) scream loudly enough. If you really believe that 'big corporations' can send out false DMCA takedown notices without a meaningful penalty, then the solution is simple. Send them your own. If the penalty is all that light then it won't bother you. This is obviously not legal advice, a recommendation, or a call to action.

more than 2 years ago
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Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database

PatentMagus Defenses and motivations (433 comments)

Whoever related this to the SCO litigation is closer than he knows. The timezone database has been widely hosted and replicated - most notably on *.gov servers. A finding of copyright infringement could allow the plaintiff to collect against all sorts of entities - including the US government. I also suspect that statutory damages are possible. So, winning this case would be a massive massive payday.

The defenses include that the data itself is factual and that the atlas data itself has been used openly and notoriously for so many years that the copyright is extinguished by laches. Something that can add strength to the defense is that the form (as in formatting, data storage, etc.) of the factual data is different.

Regardless of all that, this case could get pushed pretty far through the appeals process. Those US government pockets are deep are about as deep as they get. Someone also mentioned IBM's bug squashing abilities. Has the database been hosted off a *.ibm.com location?

For those wanting to check out the case law, the place to start is:
Feist Publications, Inc., v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991)

In a more open source centric mode, has anyone thrown down a web site for gathering timezone info?

more than 2 years ago

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