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Canada's Supreme Court Tosses Viagra Patent For Vagueness

Tragek Fantastic (100 comments)

My favourite part of the whole thing:

Writing for a unanimous court, Mr. Justice Louis LeBel said that the quid pro quo of patent legislation dictates that inventors can have an exclusive monopoly on a product provided they forthrightly disclose how it operates.

"If there is no quid – proper disclosure - then there can be no quo – exclusive property rights," he said.

Damn straight.

about a year and a half ago

Election Tech: In Canada, They Actually Count the Votes

Tragek Re:Politicians are actually allowed to govern (500 comments)

The CAQ (Coalition Avenir Québec) pulled third, but all in all, I totally agree.

In total, Québec has 16 parties running more than one candidate. Alberta's last election had 9 parties. Similarly, in Alberta, a new party got seats.

There's a dynamic in Canada where new parties will rise, sometimes killing old parties. Methinks the Liberal dynasty of Canada will be one such victim.

about 2 years ago

Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

Tragek Re:Can You SHow Me (607 comments)

My father's Sony drives me nuts with it's 120hz interpolation. I can attest to the soap-opera effect; it makes everything look very strange. Mission Impossible was positively ODD.

  I was always curious if it was an effect of the high frame-rate or the interpolation algorithms. Worryingly this story seems to indicate it's the frame-rate, not the algorithms.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Fusion Researchers Answer Your Questions

Tragek Re:Thanks for the diagram (244 comments)

Agreed. the diagram was a great thing to see, and mostly covered my question too.

more than 2 years ago

Ask MIT Researchers About Fusion Power

Tragek What level of investment would get fusion going? (318 comments)

Do you think a program of the size of the Apollo program could kickstart fusion to general availability? Or would a rather smaller program suffice?

more than 2 years ago

One Sci-Fi Author Wrote 29 of the Kindle's 100 Most-Highlighted Passages

Tragek Re:great book! (239 comments)

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree on 'A Canticle for Leibowitz'.

'A Canticle for Leibowitz' is self-indulgent tripe.

No vote on Hunger Games, haven't read.

Just needed to balance your comment out.

more than 2 years ago

Reversing the Loss of Science and Engineering Careers

Tragek Job availability is a big deal (375 comments)

Being only a few hundred kilometres from major oil deposits, I see tonnes of people graduating from my institution with Petroleum engineering degrees. Do the majority of these people have a undying passion for the subject? Nope. The jobs are available, and they pay excellently, without having to risk fingers as a rig-pig. It's a smart choice.

I would be curious though to see the employment rates across the US for degrees. Are there engineering degrees for which there is demand, and how does that break out of the overall statistics presented in the article.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus

Tragek Re:Innovation (449 comments)

I missed that. Found the PC pro article, and one from omgubntu, but didn't see the original Shuttleworth announce.

Heaven knows I wish he hadn't mentioned Minority report though.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus

Tragek Re:Innovation (449 comments)

I dunno about genuine innovation; Maybe I'm missing the parallel but it looks a lot like Aza Raskin's Enso Launcher. Take a peek at the second half of this video.

I'm not faulting them for implementing it; After all, Enso Launcher looked fantastic but as far as I know never got much uptake and certainly never ran on linux. But I just think it's being forgetful to call this a new innovation.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

Tragek Re:Sorta useful suggestion (377 comments)

I think the idea's a lil bland, I mean ... yay you put some free apps they could go get anyway.

Ditto: Results in Present Face.

more than 2 years ago

CarrierIQ: Most Phones Ship With "Rootkit"

Tragek Re:"Smart" phones are a dumb buy. (447 comments)

But if you were worried about privacy and control, why exclude the baseband firmware? If one is powerful and malicious, wouldn't that be the ideal place to put surveillance tech?

more than 2 years ago

CarrierIQ: Most Phones Ship With "Rootkit"

Tragek Re:"Smart" phones are a dumb buy. (447 comments)

But if you're worried about privacy and control, doesn't it worry you about what can be hidden in the baseband?

If I were a government of power, trying to add surveillance tech, that's where I'd put it!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tablet/App Combination For Note-Taking?

Tragek thinkpad iPad. (425 comments)

If handwriting is desired, I generally would recommend against an iPad. I've been using one with a stylus, and the non-intelligent screen just doesn't work well enough.

A friend of mine has a convertible X-series thinkpad, and it's great for them, with intelligent built in stylus + OneNote.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tablet/App Combination For Note-Taking?

Tragek Re:NoteOne (425 comments)

Honestly that's the first time I've been Goatse'd in a long time. Thanks for refreshing my memory.

more than 2 years ago

Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Tragek Re:VMS filesystem (803 comments)

I never understood overlaid directories until now. That actually sounds fantastic.

more than 2 years ago




Safari and Slashdot

Tragek Tragek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Step One: Open Safari.
Step Two: Open Activity monitor.
Step three: Rig it so you can see both windows at the same time (or use the floating CPU window)
Step four: Open a big slashdot discussion. Apple's iPod release let's say.
Step Five: Have the new comment system on slashdot.
Step six: Scroll.

Watch as your CPU usage goes out of this world.

Bonus: Install a temperature monitor, and watch as you scroll and your temperature spikes too.

It's too bad last time I tried Firefox2 on OSX I tried to shoot myself.

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