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US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

Uninvited Guest Re:Why wasn't this already required...? (143 comments)

Except in patent cases, apparently. The SCOTUS is saying that the patent holder, whether defendant or plaintiff, always has the burden to prove that the other party infringes their patent(s).

about 8 months ago

US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

Uninvited Guest Re:Yawn.... (143 comments)

Correct. The long version: The plaintiff in a patent case is usually the patent-holder, who is seeking damages for infringement. In those cases, the patent-holder-plaintiff already had the burden of proof. In this case, the (potentially infringing) plaintiff is seeking protection from patent infringement lawsuits by suing the patent holder, requiring the (patent holder) defendant to prove that the patents are valid and/or that the plaintiff infringes the patents. Normally (and the appeals court found), the plaintiff would have the burden of proof. According to the appellate ruling, the plaintiff (potential infringer, seeking protection) would have to prove that they were not infringing, or prove that the patents were invalid. The Supreme Court reaffirmed the lower court ruling: The patent holder, whether plaintiff or defendant, must prove that the other party (plaintiff or defendant) infringed the patents, and that the patents are valid.

about 8 months ago

Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends

Uninvited Guest Re:Steamboxen (263 comments)

Ah, Steamboxen, like XBoxen.

1 year,20 days

Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

Uninvited Guest Re:Games are not played in the living room (395 comments)

Indeed, the Xbox One seems to be still based on taking turns, not sharing. If it's your turn to control the Xbox One in the living room, life is good, and world is your oyster. If it's someone else's turn to control the Xbox One, life is kind of boring and crappy.

about a year ago

Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

Uninvited Guest Re:a chemical explosion in a school bathroom is ok (1078 comments)

According to the incident report, "Mr. Durham advised Kiera told him she was conducting a science fair experiment... Wilmot advised she did not know what would happen when she mixed the ingredients. Wilmot advised she thought it would just cause some smoke." There were no injuries, no damage, not even clear intent. Where is the felony crime here? It's only in the mind of Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty.

about a year ago

Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

Uninvited Guest Turn a deaf ear to DRM demands (394 comments)

Netflix is facing some hard choices. With Microsoft abandoning Silverlight on its own sites, the writing is on the wall. I say, let Netflix demand anything it pleases, and ignore all such demands. Eventually, Netflix will have to switch from Silverlight to something, and HTML5 is the obvious choice. If Netflix can't get DRM in the standard, they'll still have to find a way to keep streaming using existing standards.

about a year and a half ago

Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

Uninvited Guest Re:Silverlight greatness (394 comments)

The great thing about HTML5 is that it runs on all devices at no cost unlike Silverlight.


about a year and a half ago

Not Even Investors Know What Google Glass Is For

Uninvited Guest Google Glass records, too (496 comments)

Google Glass doesn't just present information; it can record, too. And if you record every little thing you see, it's possible to review and discover small, but critically important events later. For example, one of my college instructors has a child with autism. Video from his child's second birthday party helped make the diagnosis, but more and earlier footage would have helped diagnose it sooner. If my instructor had been wearing and recording with Google Glass every time he saw or watched his child, he would have had a wealth of material for evaluation and diagnosis.

about a year and a half ago

RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'

Uninvited Guest Open != Free, but that's OK (433 comments)

Google never said Android was free software. Google does maintain that Android is open, and they'll release the source code when they think it's ready. Android does not have to meet the FSF's strict definition of free and open source software; it doesn't even use the same license. A reality check by Brian Proffitt:

about 3 years ago

Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dead

Uninvited Guest Second-hand markets support new product prices (547 comments)

digital downloads have the secondary effect of entirely cutting out the popular market for second-hand films and games — a plus for publishers, but a big negative for the consumer

It's a negative for publishers, too. Just as with cars and many other products, a healthy used market supports high prices for new products. Buyers are more willing to pay full price for new when they know they can trade it in or resell it for a substantial portion of the purchase price. Eliminating the secondary market reduces the overall demand for new products, reducing prices, unit sales, or both.

about 4 years ago

BSA Says Software Theft Exceeded $51B In 2009

Uninvited Guest Re:Lost sales? (350 comments)

I wonder about this, too. My suspicion is that pirated commercial software currently impacts the spread of FOSS, too. If commercial software really were locked down, much of the current base may instead turn to other free software options, including FOSS. If that change is sufficiently widespread, we might see a rapid adoption of FOSS as standard software, and commercial software as a lesser used alternative.

more than 4 years ago

"No Scan, No Fly" At Heathrow and Manchester

Uninvited Guest X-Ray backscatter blocking clothing (821 comments)

Back in 2002, Slashdot reported on Demron, a lightweight fabric that blocks radiation as well as lead. It's $600 for a medical apron that would effectively cover the torso, but worthwhile for some, perhaps. Such clothing might even become popular and reasonably priced if, say, it was designed to include a message or image viewable only on an X-Ray backscatter scanner.

more than 4 years ago

If We Have Free Will, Then So Do Electrons

Uninvited Guest Determinism is consistent, but not supportable (610 comments)

This is the best summary I could tease out of the follow up paper:
Although, as we show in [1], determinism may formally be shown to be consistent, there is no longer any evidence that supports it, in view of the fact that classical physics has been superseded by quantum mechanics, a non-deterministic theory. The import of the free will theorem is that it is not only current quantum theory, but the world itself that is non-deterministic, so that no future theory can return us to a clockwork universe.

See it? At a certain level, future events are inherently unpredictable. These small uncertainties bubble all the way up to our level. So, while we can predict with confidence that the sun will rise tomorrow, certain other smaller events are inherently unpredictable. That's a a circular way of saying that subatomic particles and big things like people have free will, because at least some of their actions cannot be determined by past events and circumstances.

They do this with a proof that first assumes such a model of events exists, and then go on to prove such a model is mathematically impossible. There are no hidden variables or forces, because quantum mechanics won't allow any. The world is non-deterministic, and it's no longer possible to prove that it is deterministic.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Says IE Faster Than Chrome and Firefox

Uninvited Guest MS, you forgot to round to the nearest tenth (532 comments)

Differences of less than a tenth of a second aren't generally noticeable to users, so it makes no sense to measure down to the nearest 0.01 seconds. If all of the numbers are rounded to the nearest tenth of a second, then 4 sites are a dead heat, and Chrome is the overall winner.

Single winners (>0.1 seconds difference):
Chrome: 7
FF: 1
IE: 6

2 winners (=0.1 seconds difference):
FF, IE: 2
Chrome, IE: 2
Chrome, FF: 2

Dead heat: 4 (=0.1 seconds difference)

more than 5 years ago

Google Unveils First Android Phone

Uninvited Guest Re:Like Android, don't like the G1 (546 comments)

The phone is tied to one, and only one, Google account. That account is the only one the phone can use for GMail, GCal, Google Docs, personalized Google Maps, Picasa, etc. The only way to switch to another Google account is to reset the device to factory defaults. Even if you do get the account without providing any information, if you actually use your Google account, eventually it will have far more important personal information fed into through the phone. You'll be de facto tied to that anonymous GMail account.

about 6 years ago


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