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Microsoft Patents Shape-Shifting Display

PinkyDead Re:Lemme guess.. (112 comments)

People realized that requiring prototypes made it impossible for small companies or individual inventors to get patents, particularly where the prototype alone might cost a million dollars to make.

And of course, it also make's it very expensive for large companies to come up with a slew of extremely embryonic ideas and patent them.

Of course, it does help the small inventor by quickly showing him that any creative effort on his part is a complete waste of time, and he would be better off getting a job making the coffee in Microsoft.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Is a Dying Consumer Brand

PinkyDead Re:Netcraft confirms it (585 comments)

Damn right.

Netcraft couldn't confirm a restaurant booking.

about 4 years ago
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Microsoft Giving Rival Browsers a Lift

PinkyDead Re:Overreach. (272 comments)

You forget that this settlement was agreed with the EU by Microsoft.

The original position of the EU was probably that Microsoft was abusing their monopoly position and they should be denied the right to ship a browser with Windows at all - which would put Windows at a serious disadvantage.

Remember that a similar case in the US had the DOJ at one point looking for the break up of Microsoft.

This browser "solution", while farcical to you is in fact the best compromise that they could come up with, and given the alternatives I don't think your point of view would be supported even by Microsoft.

more than 4 years ago
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Earliest "Writing" On 60,000-Year-Old Eggshells

PinkyDead Re:The writing says (214 comments)

Or "First Post"

Damn you!!

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists To Breed the Auroch From Extinction

PinkyDead Quick! (277 comments)

Trademark the name McAuroch - you'll make a fortune.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Bots Effectively DDoSing Perl CPAN Testers

PinkyDead Re:Probably just a bug. (332 comments)

Microsoft don't have any tools that can effectively read that format.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox 3.5 Now the Most Popular Browser Worldwide

PinkyDead Beg to differ... (422 comments)

First, why does market share make any difference at all? I'm not going to use IE ever and no amount of statistics is going to change that.

However, when companies and governments provide products and services they will always target the most popular browsers and they will most definitely include the version number, and that will go on the side of the box.

These figures now mean that I, with my firefox 3.5, will be given the best and earliest consideration when services are provided, followed by those using IE8 - so for instance when I go to buy some thing off a website, my experience will work, while those using IE6 (bless!) will have to suffer (Mwahahahahahaha!!!)

The total figures are just for fanboys who want to claim Microsoft is better than Linux or vice versa or whatever. Good luck to them, I'd rather have stuff that works.

more than 4 years ago
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As 2010 approaches, I expect the next year ...

PinkyDead What blatent arrogance! (444 comments)

How can you possibly predict that next year will be 2010?

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Crack 'Entire Genetic Code' of Cancer

PinkyDead Lightweight! (235 comments)

I quit 4 years, 3 months, 9 days, 7 hours, 14 minutes and 52 seconds ago.

And I don't miss them at all.

more than 4 years ago
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Eolas Sues World + Dog For AJAX Patent

PinkyDead Are you joking? (647 comments)

I must be misunderstanding you...

You seem to be suggesting that someone with no self-esteem is worse off than someone who is the deceased victim of some deranged Thomas Harris-styled lunatic serial killer?

That's really going to help raise their opinion of themselves.

more than 4 years ago
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One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption

PinkyDead Re:It's that computer called the brain. (257 comments)

This was extremely useful in the 1980s when certain television channels were available from Sweden and Holland but only in a scrambled form.

more than 4 years ago
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National Satiety Alert System should be set at ...

PinkyDead Blue! Hooray! (272 comments)

Hang on, I read that wrong:

"National Satiety Alert System".

I thought it was something else. My bad.

Red, definitely Red.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Publishes 500,000 9/11 Pager Messages

PinkyDead Re:So much raw data (309 comments)

Can't I have both?

more than 4 years ago
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Vulgar Comment On Newspaper Site Costs Man His Job

PinkyDead He ate a cat!? (643 comments)

That's disgusting.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Patents Sudo's Behavior

PinkyDead Re:This is why software patents shouldn't be allow (657 comments)

I know this is petty - but what the heck.

CajunArson, what hope is there for me reading 20 odd points of a complicated patent application, when you can't even read 9 characters of a user name?

more than 4 years ago
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Reporting To Executives

PinkyDead Mission Statement (301 comments)

Agree with your executives what your mission is: security, stability, reliability, user friendliness, whatever...

Then the reports you need are those that demonstrate how well you are fulfilling you mission. Anything else is just extraneous BS.

more than 4 years ago
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Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome

PinkyDead Re:Dupe! (456 comments)

I know that they've been around for so long that the mistake is easily made - but you are aware that the Simpsons is only a cartoon?

more than 4 years ago
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Swarm of Giant Jellyfish Capsize 10-Ton Trawler

PinkyDead Mod parent redundant (227 comments)

Well, fair's fair... I doubt he tastes good either, why should we care about him? He just wants to get out his shotgun and start hunting these poor creatures.

Equal treatment for Jellyfish NOW!!! We need naked models to raise awareness of this issue!

more than 4 years ago
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UK's Channel 4 To Broadcast In 3D

PinkyDead Re:BBC (126 comments)

Channel 4 is a British broadcasting corporation, is it not?

It's not the British Broadcasting Corporation granted - but the definite article was not included in the tag.

more than 4 years ago

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Google vs the Data Protection Act (Part 2)

PinkyDead PinkyDead writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wow! When they called it snail mail, they weren't joking.

Got a reply yesterday.

Essentially, the story is the information is collection and maintained by Google in the U.S. - where I basically have no data protection rights.

They did seem to suggest that I wasn't using the 'proper legal channel' which was irritating - though I would have said that when only 1 contact address is given then that is the proper legal channel - which I contact at considerable personal expense.

Anyway, I might just e-mail them (now that I have an e-mail address) and see where I get - which I suspect at this point is nowhere (not criticizing Google - if the information is in the US , then fair's fair.)

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Google vs the Data Protection Act

PinkyDead PinkyDead writes  |  more than 6 years ago

This looks like a challenge:

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=514742&cid=22998138

So I'm going to write to google and see what they say.

I'll be making the application under the Irish Data Protection Acts as described here:
http://www.dataprotection.ie/ViewDoc.asp?fn=/documents/rights/2d.htm&CatID=17&m=r

Just in case anyone thinks I'm doing this to annoy Google - I'm not. It's just a simple test. The result is going to be (a) Google were really nice and did exactly what I asked of them in a friendly way or (b) Google laugh me out of their office and get me to sue.

The person I have to write to is Graham Law (http://www.google.ie/intl/en/contact/index.html) who doesn't have an e-mail address, so I have to use the old snail mail.

Dear Mr Law,

I want to make a request for my personal information under the Data Protection Act can you tell me what information you require in order to complete this request and what fee you charge for this.

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