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Is the Quick Death of Failed Tech Products a Good Thing?

SideshowBob Why are you posting about this on Slashdot? (181 comments)

Why are you posting about this on Slashdot when you could be out making your fortune. Go get yourself an Android license and start cranking out $150 tablets. You're going to make a killing!

Well, why are you still here?

about 3 years ago
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Samsung Cites 2001: A Space Odyssey In Apple Patent Case

SideshowBob trade dress and/or design patent (432 comments)

Trademark - a distinctive sign or indicator used by an individual, business organization, or other legal entity to identify that the products or services to consumers with which the trademark appears originate from a unique source, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities.

Trade dress - characteristics of the visual appearance of a product or its packaging (or even the design of a building) that signify the source of the product to consumers.

Design patent - a patent granted on the ornamental design of a functional item. Design patents are a type of industrial design right. Ornamental designs of jewelry, furniture, beverage containers (see Fig. 1) and computer icons are examples of objects that are covered by design patents.

Trademark is the least correct of the three in this case.

about 3 years ago
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Judge Dismisses Google's Complaint Over Android Code Viewing

SideshowBob Re:No standing? (87 comments)

Then they should stop calling it open.

Here is the source to most of OS X (including the most recent version which was released mere weeks ago:) http://www.opensource.apple.com/

The AOSP is no more open than, and in some ways arguably more closed than Apple's OS, and yet Google is somehow the darling of the open source world.

about 3 years ago
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Gates: Not Much To Show For $5B Spent On Education

SideshowBob Vouchers fix nothing (496 comments)

Vouchers are equivalent to dismantling public education. Since every family will have a voucher worth $X the school with the best reputation will simply charge $2X. The well off parents will put their kids in that school, leaving the not so well off and poor for the bad schools. You may as well have not bothered with the vouchers in the first place. Not to mention that I want no part of a system that takes my tax dollars and sends them to religious schools that fill kids' heads up with dogmatic nonsense.

The goal of public education is not to reinforce the societal class system. It's not even to 'train' kids for their 'careers'. The goal of public education is to help democracy by ensuring a well informed citizenry. It's failing at that objective but that *is* the objective. Dismantling public education would guarantee failure indefinitely.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program

SideshowBob No standing (388 comments)

Unfortunately it isn't you whose rights are being violated because you don't have a constitutionally guaranteed right to fly on Delta's or American's planes. It is they whose rights are being abridged by the government making it mandatory on them to require that their passengers be screened by the TSA. And they aren't likely to sue to defend their rights. What we need is some airline to step up and refuse the TSA and then challenge it all the way up when they get shut down for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

SideshowBob Re:bullshit (577 comments)

You don't understand? Apple is Slashdot's lesser Satan (Microsoft is the Great Satan around here.) Slashdot's willing to give airtime to any implausible FUD if it fits the prevailing narrative.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 Previewed At D9

SideshowBob Dashboard (330 comments)

The environment with HTML widget tiles reminds of OS X's Dashboard. You pop into it to check the weather or movie times and then drop back to the traditional desktop to do real work.

more than 3 years ago
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Major Release of Miro Aims to Compete With iTunes

SideshowBob Re:Not going to work (201 comments)

It's interesting that you chose those 2 examples because I would assert that their success is due to similar reasons. They both benefitted by filling a void neglected by the top competitor. In Firefox's case Microsoft had allowed IE to languish. In Android's case Apple was stuck in an exclusivity deal with AT&T and Android was something that the other networks could run against the iPhone.

more than 3 years ago
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Bug Forces Android Devices Off Princeton Campus Network

SideshowBob Re:WTF? (309 comments)

It's available for purchase in stores. It's either finished or people are getting ripped off.

more than 3 years ago
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Melbourne College May Give iPad To Every Student

SideshowBob Re:Well of course (350 comments)

Yes, of course. If it had been Android tablets or Linux netbooks that would've just made good practical sense to Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Mandates Microsoft's Office Open XML

SideshowBob Re:Naming of OOXML a really dirty trick by MS (317 comments)

It's as open as WebM (arguably more open - it's been accepted by a standards body), yet WebM is praised up and down Slashdot precisely for its supposed openness.

Could you define the word "open" so that it only applies to WebM and not OOXML?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Slams Google Over HTML5 Video Decision

SideshowBob Vimeo (453 comments)

I don't know what Microsoft would say, but I bet Vimeo would be thrilled.

more than 3 years ago
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FTC Is In Talks With Adobe About the 'Flash Problem'

SideshowBob Re:Steve may have been right (179 comments)

Weren't those exactly the reasons Jobs gave?

more than 3 years ago
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First Electric Cars Have Power Industry Worried

SideshowBob Re:Regulation protects industries, not people (450 comments)

Do you seriously believe that unregulated markets are immune to manipulation? My god, man! What's the free market price on a bushel of corn in Mogadishu this time of year?

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Postings Lead To Arrest for Heresy In the West Bank

SideshowBob Re:Barbarians... (496 comments)

The accomplishments you speak of aren't attributable to Islam any more than the Renaissance is attributable to Christianity.

more than 3 years ago
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Factory To Make Biodiesel From Chicken Fat

SideshowBob Re:That's disgusting (207 comments)

How can you make a blanket statement like this? Is this true of all hunter-gatherer societies worldwide, and throughout (pre-)history? For instance it would surprise me to learn that Great Plains Native Americans only ate buffalo meat once per 20 days.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Jailbreak Modified Into CC Sniffing Malware

SideshowBob Re:If the platform were open... (120 comments)

You completely missed my point. The type of altruistic people that find and report holes would do so regardless. The type of people that take advantage of exploits for their own gain would also do so regardless of the openness of the target.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Jailbreak Modified Into CC Sniffing Malware

SideshowBob Re:If the platform were open... (120 comments)

Can you cite an example of this behavior? I believe hackers that would exploit a hole on a closed platform would also exploit the hole if the platform were open. The key issue is not whether the platform is open or closed but that there are hackers willing to exploit holes for their own gain.

more than 3 years ago
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How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

SideshowBob Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (1193 comments)

Because the economic environment that made all of those things valuable is only possible with a government regulating it.

I hear taxes are low in Somalia, maybe you'd be happier there.

more than 3 years ago
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How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

SideshowBob Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (1193 comments)

The Households column in your linked chart uses thousands as the unit. Therefore the number of households in the top 1.5% is 1.699 million.

more than 3 years ago

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