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Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus

Stratoukos Re:I thought it was for "human beings". (449 comments)

I've been doing something similar on OS X.

Every application's Help menu item has a textbox that filters all menu items. You can also reach this textbox through a shortcut (cmd+shift+?).

So, for example, if I'm editing a document and I want to make some text superscript, Instead of hunting through its menus, I just hit cmd+shift+?, type 'sup' and hit enter.

about 3 years ago

Avira Anti-Virus Detects Itself

Stratoukos Re:Avira (142 comments)

It's not bundled with Windows and you're not prompted to download or install it when you're installing the OS. You actually need to visit a website to download it.

As far as I know, it's not even the most poplar anti virus software out there, so the bad guys are probably more concerned with the 3rd party AV packages.

more than 3 years ago

After Firing CEO, Yahoo Puts Itself Up For Sale

Stratoukos I am confused (264 comments)

There's a slashdot icon for Yahoo?

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Offers to Take Revenge On Sega Hackers

Stratoukos Re:I think LulzSec trolling. (244 comments)

I think LulzSec trolling

Stop the presses!

more than 3 years ago

Apple Defends App Makers Against Lodsys

Stratoukos Apple's letter (108 comments)

Full text of Apple's letter to Lodsys:


May 23, 2011

Mark Small
  Chief Executive Officer
  Lodsys, LLC
[Address information removed]

Dear Mr. Small:

I write to you on behalf of Apple Inc. ("Apple") regarding your recent notice letters to application developers ("App Makers") alleging infringement of certain patents through the App Makers' use of Apple products and services for the marketing, sale, and delivery of applications (or "Apps"). Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license. There is no basis for Lodsys' infringement allegations against Apple's App Makers. Apple intends to share this letter and the information set out herein with its App Makers and is fully prepared to defend Apple's license rights.

Because I believe that your letters are based on a fundamental misapprehension regarding Apple's license and the way Apple's products work, I expect that the additional information set out below will be sufficient for you to withdraw your outstanding threats to the App Makers and cease and desist from any further threats to Apple's customers and partners.

First, Apple is licensed to all four of the patents in the Lodsys portfolio. As Lodsys itself advertises on its website, "Apple is licensed for its nameplate products and services." See http://www.lodsys.com/blog.html (emphasis in original). Under its license, Apple is entitled to offer these licensed products and services to its customers and business partners, who, in turn, have the right to use them.

Second, while we are not privy to all of Lodsys's infringement contentions because you have chosen to send letters to Apple's App Makers rather than to Apple itself, our understanding based on the letters we have reviewed is that Lodsys's infringement allegations against Apple's App Makers rest on Apple products and services covered by the license. These Apple products and services are offered by Apple to the App Makers to enable them to interact with the users of Apple productsâ"such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and the Apple iOS operating systemâ"through the use or Apple's App Store, Apple Software Development Kits, and Apple Application Program Interfaces ("APIs") and Apple servers and other hardware.

The illustrative infringement theory articulated by Lodsys in the letters we have reviewed under Claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 7,222,078 is based on App Makers' use of such licensed Apple products and services. Claim 1 claims a user interface that allows two-way local interaction with the user and elicits user feedback. Under your reading of the claim as set out in your letters, the allegedly infringing acts require the use of Apple APIs to provide two-way communication, the transmission of an Apple ID and other services to permit access for the user to the App store, and the use of Apple's hardware, iOS, and servers.

Claim 1 also claims a memory that stores the results of the user interaction and a communication element to carry those results to a central location. Once again, Apple provides, under the infringement theories set out in your letters, the physical memory in which user feedback is stored and, just as importantly, the APIs that allow transmission of that user feedback to and from the App Store, over an Apple server, using Apple hardware and software. Indeed, in the notice letters to App Makers that we have been privy to, Lodsys itself relies on screenshots of the App Store to purportedly meet this claim element.

Finally, claim 1 claims a component that manages the results from different users and collects those results at the central location. As above, in the notice letters we have seen, Lodsys uses screenshots that expressly identify the App Store as the entity that purportedly collects and manages the results of these user interactions at a central location.

Thus, the technology that is targeted in your notice letters is technology that Apple is expressly licensed under the Lodsys patents to offer to Apple's App Makers. These licensed products and services enable Apple's App Makers to communicate with end users through the use of Apple's own licensed hardware, software, APIs, memory, servers, and interfaces, including Apple's App Store. Because Apple is licensed under Lodsys' patents to offer such technology to its App Makers, the App Makers are entitled to use this technology free from any infringement claims by Lodsys.

Through its threatened infringement claims against users of Apple's licensed technology, Lodsys is invoking patent law to control the post-sale use of these licensed products and methods. Because Lodsys's threats are based on the purchase or use of Apple products and services licensed under the Agreement, and because those Apple products and services, under the reading articulated in your letters, entirely or substantially embody each of Lodsys's patents, Lodsys's threatened claims are barred by the doctrines of patent exhaustion and first sale. As the Supreme Court has made clear, "[t]he authorized sale of an article that substantially embodies a patent exhausts the patent holder's rights and prevents the patent holder from invoking patent law to control postsale use of the article." Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Elecs., Inc., 553 U.S. 617 (2008).

Therefore, Apple requests that Lodsys immediately withdraw all notice letters sent to Apple App Makers and cease its false assertions that the App Makers' use of licensed Apple products and services in any way constitute infringement of any Lodsys patent.

Very truly yours,

Bruce Sewell
  Senior Vice President & General Counsel
  Apple Inc.


more than 3 years ago

RIM Announces BlackBerry 7 OS

Stratoukos Re:Why did they buy QNX? (129 comments)

Now you are just being unfair. They are also going to put it on smartphones that no one will care about.

more than 3 years ago

Endeavour Crew To Be Interviewed Via YouTube

Stratoukos Intelligent discussion will ensue (39 comments)

YouTube users will vote on which questions they want to see answered.

I see no problem whatsoever with this statement.

more than 3 years ago

Razer Hydra Brings Motion Control To PC Gamers

Stratoukos Pass (111 comments)

While motion controllers are becoming a staple for console gamers with the release of the Wii, PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect, PC gamers have been left wanting.

No, not really.

more than 3 years ago

Sex After a Field Trip Yields Scientific Discovery

Stratoukos Nice job (143 comments)

His wife must be excited!

more than 3 years ago

Flash-to-HTML5 Translator: Smart But Not Pretty

Stratoukos Oh boy! (77 comments)

Oh boy! An article from InfoWorld.

Let me just click the print button and watch the karma pour in.


more than 3 years ago

Android Devices Are Hives of License Violations

Stratoukos What the hell? (299 comments)

The article doesn't mention Android separately. It has one set of numbers for both Android and iOS. Exact quote:

A new study from open source services vendor OpenLogic reports that 71 percent of Apple iOS and Google Android apps are not in compliance. OpenLogic scanned 635 apps, including both free and paid on the Apple App store and Google Android Marketplace. Of those 635 scanned apps, 52 apps include Apache licensed code while 16 included GPL/LGPL licensed code.

Who the hell wrote that summary?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Negotiates For Unlimited iTunes Downloads

Stratoukos Re:Apple is Evil? (133 comments)

Plus, do your homework, Apple blatantly ripped off Xerox's PARC designs for their paperless office and made it into their Lisa and Mac offerings.

If by "blatantly ripped off" you mean "paid them good money to get access to" then you are absolutely correct.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Support Company Sues Customer For Complaint

Stratoukos It's called System Graph (292 comments)

You don't even read the stories you post, do you?

The company is called System Graph.

about 4 years ago

Security Researcher Finds Hundreds of Browser Bugs

Stratoukos Re:Hard to get reproducible results (145 comments)

This might help explain at least part of the difficult communication with Microsoft.

But not Mozilla, the Webkit team and Opera?

about 4 years ago

Open Source After 12 Years

Stratoukos Re:12 years ? (174 comments)

See, watch:

1) I, for one, welcome our Open Source dupe overlords, but do they run Linux?
2) ???
3) Natalie profits, naked and petrified and covered in hot grits.

Yeah! With frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

more than 4 years ago

Nigerian Email Scam Victim Sues Bank, Loses Appeal

Stratoukos Go for the real thing (312 comments)

Haha, what a tool. Everyone knows that only Nigerian citizens are the real deal.

more than 4 years ago



Opera Submits Opera Mini for iPhone to App Store

Stratoukos Stratoukos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Stratoukos (1446161) writes ""Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today. A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February. Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone."

If Opera Mini is accepted it will be the first browser for the iPhone that doesn't use the built-in WebKit engine. There is also a video demo and a counter since they submited Opera Mini to the App Store."

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