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Out-of-the-Box, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS To Support TRIM On SSDs

TheDauthi Re:TRIM? who needs it! (133 comments)

Excitement is a bug - not a feature - in a filesystem.

about 8 months ago
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Lockheed Martin Purchases First Commercial Quantum Computer

TheDauthi Re:Hold the freaking phone (189 comments)

These are marketing qubits.

more than 3 years ago
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USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent

TheDauthi Re:Encoding voice is not patentable (35 comments)

Yeah, I was building a theoretical scenario for the response above.

My other example, about transmitting gravity or a stab to the face was explicitly about if they were -not- converted to data and somehow transmitted. It's not possible, but if it were, it would be a new and novel use for the internet (transmitting something other than data), and patentable.

The latter part was trying to logically stretch his already-strained metaphor about alphabet as a transmission carrier for data.

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent

TheDauthi Re:Stop the madness (35 comments)

I think your example is flawed. I'm not sure if it's flamebait as modded above, but let me take a stab at it.

I believe that a better way of putting the parent's arguments would be - moving data over TCP is public domain. I believe we can reason from something being in public domain that it is no longer obvious. Because moving data is no longer "not-obvious", moving a specific type of data is no longer "not-obvious". Things that are obvious are not patentable. Thus, moving a specific type of data is not patentable.

This does not prevent any of the other parts of the process from being patentable. For example: under his suggestion, transmitting VOIP data across the internet is not patentable. But encoding the voice into data still is. And presenting the data on the other side of the connection (as voice, or text, braille, etc) is still patentable.

To extend this: if you created a method by which to encode and transmit a person across TCP/IP as data, it's not patentable. But the process of encoding the person -into- data is. And the process of decoding the person back into a person (or saving to your desktop or whatever) is still patentable. Furthermore, if you invented a way to transmit something other than data across the internet (say, a stab in the face, or gravity), that would still be patentable. So long as it's not data.

It's difficult to put this into your example, but to really stretch your analogy I believe the best way of putting it would be that since using an alphabet to communicate is public domain, languages (different systems that use alphabets to communicate) are not patentable. Books, however, are a display medium, and would still be patentable.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

TheDauthi Re:Deus Ex (1120 comments)

You should also check out Shifter (if you haven't already). The latest versions fix a number of the AI bugs previously present in the unreal scripts, adding better detection of stealth, better aiming, enemies actually using items, etc. There's also another project that fixes even more of the AI bugs, making them much more aggressive, as well as smarter about finding you. It's based on shifter. Wish I could remember the name of it, but if you're interested, I suggest looking around on the internet for a bit.

HDTP fixes a lot of the models to look considerably better.

Also, check out Deus Ex: New Vision. It's a complement to the HDTP project.

more than 5 years ago
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Blizzard Confirms No LAN Support For Starcraft 2

TheDauthi Re:luckily! (737 comments)

Some of us did exactly that. Others started playing WoW.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 Will Be Free For a Year

TheDauthi Re:Good idea (528 comments)

I was thinking it was a gateway bug

more than 5 years ago
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Mississippi Passes Law To Ban Traffic Light Cameras

TheDauthi Re:Holy cow... (629 comments)

We have them, but they're mostly just ignored. I think the reason we're no longer using the cameras is that the expenses for mailing all the tickets outweighed how much money would actually be paid.

more than 5 years ago
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Illinois Declares Pluto a Planet

TheDauthi Re:Politicians wonder... (512 comments)

Getting them or trying to protect us from them?

more than 5 years ago
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The Hairy State of Linux Filesystems

TheDauthi Re:Where's NTFS ? (187 comments)

It's only possible because these "Linux" guys took a lot of the code they're using from an existing company named SCO.

more than 5 years ago

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