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New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders

Rayban Re:Good thing (949 comments)

Your analogy between "borrowing something without asking first" and copyright infringement doesn't hold water. There's a big difference between borrowing your Ferrari and making a molecule by molecule copy of it that doesn't deprive you of your car.

more than 4 years ago

Google Enhances Street View With User Photos

Rayban Re:uh silverlight works in linux (133 comments)

How does Moonlight figure into it? That's like saying Flash is open-source because Gnash exists. Both are incomplete re-implementations of proprietary plugins. Neither of them can catch up to the canonical implementation.

more than 4 years ago

How Does the New Google DNS Perform? (and Why?)

Rayban Re:Pointless hype (275 comments)

Just tunnel the traffic over a v... oh.

more than 4 years ago

Trying To Bust JavaScript Out of the Browser

Rayban Re:Javascript is actually a great language (531 comments)

All strings coerce to boolean true in JS, as they do in C (with the exception of the empty string):

char* a = "false";
if (a) {
    printf("a is true?\n");

In fact, most values coerce to true except integer zero, NaN, undefined, null and empty string.

more than 4 years ago

Mandatory H1N1 Vaccine For NY Health Workers Suspended

Rayban Re:science shows limitations to current flu vaccin (292 comments)

That study's results haven't been replicated yet and it was pre-publication when it was reported on. It's the scientific equivalent of a rumor.

more than 4 years ago

"Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb

Rayban Re:Park Plus (863 comments)

Yep, I've used Park Plus here in Calgary and I think it's great. It's convenient for first time users (walk to any Park Plus box, enter your license plate and leave). For more frequent users, the mobile version is even easier.

Being able to pay only for the parking time you need is fantastic.

about 5 years ago

Electricity From Salty Water

Rayban Re:neat (301 comments)

This would be a great way to power all those desalinization plants on the coast!

more than 5 years ago

How Apple's App Review Is Sabotaging the iPhone

Rayban Re:So... (509 comments)

Yeah, you nailed the point. If Apple allowed arbitrary apps to be downloaded from the web (outside of the App Store), this would be a non-issue.

more than 5 years ago

New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

Rayban Re:Pictures versus digital photos... (345 comments)

Exactly - copyright has never been to encourage "hard work", though it may in some cases. It is primarily for progressing the state of the arts and sciences:

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"

A small (but trivial) counterpoint: many aspects of mechanical work could involve copyright, but they would have to be genuinely creative (ie: copyrighting your specific plans for laying out a mechanical motor).

more than 4 years ago

New Binary Diffing Algorithm Announced By Google

Rayban Re:Also less overhead for Google (192 comments)

DeltaRPM uses bsdiff - an impressive but generic binary diff algorithm.

Courgette is designed to replace this binary diff with one that understands compiled code well enough to optimize the binary diffs by a significant amount.

more than 5 years ago

Faulty Marvell Chips Delay SATA 6G Launch

Rayban Re:Interface speed only (90 comments)

... "modern SSDs are nearly saturating the existing standard" ...

more than 5 years ago

NASA Plans To De-Orbit ISS In 2016

Rayban Re:I didnt sign up for this (554 comments)

I'm either not familiar with your fancy money math here or you meant that NASA could send people to Mars for "20 billion".

more than 5 years ago

BD+ Resealed Once Again

Rayban Re:Piracy Wars and the Halting Problem... (460 comments)

If they were smart, they'd release the keys for ripping after a month and get everyone but the most dedicated pirates out of the loop. I'd feel a lot better about buying BD disks if I knew a guaranteed rip was coming one month later. As it stands right now, I'll rent them but hold off on buying them until I could possibly rip them (which I might or might not, but I like to have the choice).

more than 5 years ago

Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More

Rayban Re:Tethering lawsuit? (770 comments)

Correction: In the USA, AT&T is the exclusive provider. In Canada, Rogers and Fido (same company basically) offer the iPhone, officially.

more than 5 years ago

Mozilla Preparing To Scrap Tabbed Browsing?

Rayban Re:Is New Window considered harmful? (554 comments)

That was the argument against tabbed browsing in the first place (if you don't like all the windows on your desktop, get a better window manager!). That never really worked out very well for the anti-tabbed-browsing set.

more than 5 years ago

Mapping Hidden Twitter Data For Epidemiology

Rayban Re:Long commute (75 comments)

Obviously the location of the island. Now that we've discovered it, they're going to have to move it again.

more than 5 years ago

New Pattern Found In Prime Numbers

Rayban Re:Stock market analysis? (509 comments)

I've always wondering how I could figure out when someone was trying to pass off a list of fraudulent primes. Glad to see that this problem is finally solved!

more than 5 years ago



Microsoft sues over Linux patents

Rayban Rayban writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Rayban writes "Looks like it has finally happened. Microsoft is suing Tom Tom for patent infringement and has brought its Linux-threatening patent arsenal into the fray. Included in the suit is the infamous '517 FAT filesystem patent:

"The complaint [PDF] is online. The patents involved are 6,175,789 (Vehicle computer system with open platform), 7,054,745 (Method and system for generating driving directions), 6,704,032 (Methods and Arrangements for Interacting with Controllable Objects within a Graphical User Interface Environment Using Various Input Mechanisms), 7,117,286 (Portable computing device-integrated appliance), 6,202,008 (Vehicle computer system with wireless internet), 5,579,517 (Common name space for long and short filenames), 5,758,352 (Common name space for long and short filenames, again), and 6,256,642 (Method and System for File System Management Using a Flash-Erasable, Programmable, Read-only Memory). Stay tuned, it could be interesting."


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