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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

UnknowingFool Re:Someone teach me something here... (360 comments)

I never said that inflation was 1.4%. I said if you had to suddenly pay 1.4% more for every purchase you'd not be happy. That includes taxes, fees, etc.

2 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

UnknowingFool Re:Not good enough (224 comments)

For some of my acquaintances, labeling something as "Faux News" is enough especially the latest "no-go zones" fiasco.

about a week ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

UnknowingFool Re:Someone teach me something here... (360 comments)

We are talking averages here not specific points of temperature. If you had to pay an average of 1.4 more cents for every dollar or euro for purchase you made, you'd be pissed.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

UnknowingFool Re:Inhofe in charge of the EPA is scarier (496 comments)

Yes because Obama needs to fly to other countries every single time there is some sort of event in the world. No, if he did that then you'd complain how he doesn't take domestic issues seriously and how he wastes tax payer dollars by traveling overseas so much. Either way you will complain about what he does.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

UnknowingFool Re:without any of the major drawbacks? (150 comments)

It runs Series 30 software which isn't Windows and is limited in capability. So technically while it may have Internet, it may not have many apps. So it's not a replacement for a smartphone for many people.

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

UnknowingFool Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (278 comments)

How much manual labor do you do?

Why does that matter? I don't run marathons for the labor involved.

When I worked in fast food and manufacturing, I spent more of my spare time reading, gaming, and writing software. I still do those things in my spare time, but now, as a desk jockey, I do a lot more woodworking, cooking, and biking. I trained for a week long bike ride across Iowa. Best shape I've been in in years because of it. As I spoke with my fellow riders among the corn fields, I found a lot of professional workers. I didn't find any carpenters or plumbers or electricians.

Among the people I run with are contractors, police officers, EMTs, etc. They run the whole gamut of professions from those who do a lot of manual work to those who do very little.

I assume that one of the reasons you find running to be rewarding is because of the amount of work it takes to successfully prepare for a marathon. Running a marathon in anything under 5 hours is a major achievement. We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Some guy that builds houses for a living? He doesn't need any more hard work.

Well I know of two guys who did run marathons who built houses for a living. One of them has since sold his business but that's what he did. It may be true that those of perform manual labor are not as likely to run but they are there.

about a month ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

UnknowingFool Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (278 comments)

How so? I work sometimes 60 hours a week. In my spare time I used to play video games, rock climb, watch anime, etc. But now I choose to run because I like to run. It keeps me healthy. It is my zen moments during runs. And for everyone that trains with me they have their own reasons; none of them do it because they feel like they don't do real work.

about a month ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

UnknowingFool Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (278 comments)

Similarly, people who don't find themselves doing enough real work do things like running marathons.

As a marathoner, I resent your implication that I don't do enough real work. Training for and running a marathon is my hobby. I train with doctors, lawyers, housewives, entrepreneurs, students, wait-staff, etc. It takes a lot of time and is like getting a second job but it's not because we spend all day doing nothing. Some people choose to watch TV in their spare time; some people choose to play video games. You may not choose a marathon over your current hobbies but that is your choice; don't denigrate those who simply choose differently.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

UnknowingFool Re:Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

You have a strange definition of stop.

Again I refer you to the transcript. From the initial stall warning at 2 hr 10 min, there are stall warnings in every minute. Then the plane crashed.

I do not know where you get the impression that we disagree about this. Of course they stalled because their speed was too low and the AoA was too high.

Your conclusions have been wrong about Air France 447 because you have been wrong about the facts. The conclusions of the BEA specifically contribute the accident to the pilots and a number of other factors including the pitot tube design. However, the failure of the pitot tubes should not have led to a crash by themselves. You seem to want blame everything else except what is clear in the report. The computer did not "panic". The stall warning did correctly identify the problem that occurred. The pilots under a number of alarms did not establish initial control. There was a communications breakdown between the pilots. The pilots ignored the stall warning until too late.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

UnknowingFool Re:Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

This is a factual bit we disagree about.

You can read in the transcript. The stall warnings never stopped. They didn't alarm all the time but they didn't stop. The plane eventually stalled because the pilots did not correct the problem. I refer you to the final report of the accident not the opinion of a pilot's union.

The aeroplane went into a sustained stall, signalled by the stall warning and strong buffet. Despite these persistent symptoms, the crew never understood that they were stalling and consequently never applied a recovery manoeuvre. The combination of the ergonomics of the warning design, the conditions in which airline pilots are trained and exposed to stalls during their professional training and the process of recurrent training does not generate the expected behaviour in any acceptable reliableway.

That is unless you want to argue with conclusions of the official report.

Do you really think you need to tell me what a stall is?

When you posted something factually incorrect about what a stall is, I expect you to admit that you posted factually incorrect information. I'm not a professional pilot but I know enough about aviation to know what a stall is. Stalling due to high speeds is unlikely especially when that was not the case in Air France 447. There were climbing; their air speed was not too high. They were stalling because their air speed was too low and the AoA was too high; they just didn't believe the warnings.

Yes, the stall happened because airspeed was too low. However, the stall warnings did the worst thing possible: turn off when airspeed is low and turn on when airspeed increases.

There were a number of contributing factors to this accident, but you seem desperate to dismiss that the fact that the pilots made errors that led to the crash and blame everything else. The computer did not "panic"; it did exactly what it was supposed to do. The stall warnings while intermittent did alert the pilots to the exact situation that caused the plane to crash. This was a recoverable situation, and the pilots did not apply the proper procedures: Establish initial control then deal with the situation. Instead the crew panicked not the computer.

More generally, the double failure of the planned procedural responses shows the limits of the current safety model. When crew action is expected, it is always supposed that they will be capable of initial control of the flight path and of a rapid diagnosis that will allow them to identify the correct entry in the dictionary of procedures.

about a month ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

UnknowingFool Re:Are people sick of the MPAA? (400 comments)

Agreed. I was talking to two couples a while back (an older couple and a younger couple who happened to be one of the children of the older). The older couple remarked that when their children were growing up they didn't go to the movie theater for almost 10 years on a date. So they didn't see many movies. It was a big deal to get a babysitter for a movie night, etc. The younger couple who have a child too said time commitments meant they didn't go to the movie theater much. The difference was the younger couple still watched movies while raising a child while the older did not. Streaming, Red Box rentals, Digital and physical purchases meant that they didn't miss out on any movies the younger couple wanted to watch; they could do it on their own time schedule.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

UnknowingFool Re:Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

I am not sure why you think the part you copied from the transcript contradicts what I said. .

No you said that the stall warning stopped when the pilot pulled up (read above). That is not correct. The stall warnings happened continuously throughout the time until the condition was corrected. It was never corrected.

The stall warnings sounded multiple times, whenever airspeed got high enough (i.e. the pilot was doing the right thing) to make the system believe the readings

No that is also incorrect. Stall warnings are when there is not enough lift. Most of the time (and in this accident), this is when the airspeed is too low or the angle of attack is too high. Stalling at high speeds is possible but not in this case especially since the pilot was climbing not diving.

The pitot tubes were working correctly for the majority of the accident, precisely because there was no ice on them for the majority of the accident.

The pitot tubes were to be replaced per schedule because they had a tendency to ice up during flights. I point you to the wiki article on the flight as multiple incidents led to the replacement advisory.

Yet the computer system stuck in alternate law, encouraging the pilot to do the entirely wrong thing.

The computer did not get "stuck" in alternate law. The computer with conflicting airspeed readings goes to alternate law by design. This is basic flight (and computer system) protocols. As for "encouraging the pilot to do the entirely wrong thing", I don't know where you get this idea: The computer did not goad the pilots into climbing nor told them what to do. The computer realized it could not fly the plane according to its program and switched to alternate law giving the pilots full control of the aircraft. It is up to the pilots to fly manually (which they are supposed to be trained to do).

The problem is the pilots did not follow training or procedures. It may be an increasing problem as more pilots rely too much on autopilot. This has been identified as a trend in all airlines as more airlines are created with more flights and more planes. The US is also subject to this problem; however, the US has a larger pool of ex-military pilots who were trained to fly manually.

about a month ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

UnknowingFool Re:Are people sick of the MPAA? (400 comments)

Not only the price has gone up; the experience has gone down. I do see movies now and then but I am selective where I see and which movie. I am fortunate to live within driving distance to a movie and dinner theater like Alamo Drafthouse or Studio Movie Grill. They are what I consider "adult" theaters (not porn) in that they bring back the experience of a movie for adults.

  • No one under 18 (unless it is a kid's event)
  • no talking
  • no texting
  • no arriving late
  • real food and alcohol served to you at your seat

In fact Alamo a few years back threw out a seemingly drunk individual for texting and turned it into a pre-movie PSA.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

UnknowingFool Re:Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

Read the cockpit transcript. The stall warnings stopped whenever the crew member pulled the stick back and made the stall worse. (They stopped because the computer was programmed to treat the ridiculously low airspeed indications as instrument failures and disregard them).

I have. That's not what I read in the transcript. 2 h 10 min 03: Cavalry charge (autopilot disconnection warning)
2 h 10 min 10,4: SV: stall
. . .
2 h 10 min 13,0: SV stall
. . .
2 h 10 min 41,6: Weâ(TM)re in... yeah weâ(TM)re in climb
2 h 10 min 51,4: SV Stall
(for the next minute until 2 h 14 min 01,7 there are stall warnings)

It has 2 pitot tubes and 1 failed.

This is incorrect:

On 12 August 2009, Airbus issued three Mandatory Service Bulletins, requiring that all A330 and A340 aircraft be fitted with two Goodrich 0851HL pitot tubes and one Thales model C16195BA pitot (or alternatively three of the Goodrich pitots)

Apart from that the aircraft was in perfect condition. The failing pitot tube recovered during the fall, so all equipment worked correctly.

The pitot tubes failed because of icing. There would be no ice when they were recovered so "working correctly" isn't exactly true as the conditions of the accident were not in place when they were recovered.

The autopilot shut off and the computer put the plane into alternate law, where pilots are allowed to do stupid things like stall the plane. The computer had one perfectly working airspeed indicator to rely on, but instead it panicked.

Do you know what happens when one of the pitot tubes fails in these conditions? It give erratic readings. So the autopilot cannot determine which one of the 3 readings is correct. It's not "panicking" if it is meant to do that.

about a month ago
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South Korean Activist To Drop "The Interview" In North Korea Using Balloons

UnknowingFool Re:And who will watch it? (146 comments)

The North Korean people do have access to DVD players and computers. North Korea isn't in the stone ages when it comes to some technology as some people have access to cell phones. One of main problems has been a lack of enough food and totalitarian control of outside communication like the Internet . In this Frontline report, blackmarkets items include DVDs and thumb drives smuggled from China (24:20).

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

UnknowingFool Re:No group "owns" any day on the calendar. (681 comments)

Happy Holidays offends _me_ only because it is so damn generic and politically correct.

The point is to be generic. Personally I can't tell by looking at someone if they are Christian or Jewish or Hindu. Remember it is not "Happy Holiday" as Hannukah lasts 9 days, Pancha Ganapati lasts 5 days, and Kwanzaa lasts 7 days. It covers all bases.

So I think I will just go with "Have a merry Santa Claus Day and a happy new year" (Unless we don't want to offend people following other calender new years.)

Go right ahead. But the point is that someone deciding to say "Happy Holidays" instead is their choice.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

UnknowingFool Re:Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

If that stall warning had kept working, AF447 would likely not have crashed.

Even towards the end, there were stall warnings. They were being ignored because the other failures kept the crew busy.

If the autopilot had not panicked and disabled the normal computer control because of a single faulty sensor, AF447 would likely not have crashed.

The autopilot did not panic. The Airbus had 3 pitot tubes and they all failed. Since the autopilot can no longer determine airspeed it cannot accurately compute throttle and altitude settings. So it shut off and alerted the pilots that it was shutting off; however, since the airspeed indicators failed this triggers other alarms.

If the plane had synchronized sticks, the other pilot would likely have taken control and AF447 would likely not have crashed.

My understanding is there is a procedure for emergencies. The Pilot Flying (PF) usually is the right-side pilot. The Pilot Not Flying (PNF) is the left-side and deals with the computer, instrumentation, etc while the PF flies. Now there are procedures for the PNF to take control by declaring like "Taking control" or "My aircraft". This alerts the PF to stop inputs and he acknowledges relinquishing control "You have control" or "your aircraft". That did not happen in this case. At best both pilots never communicated when the PNF should or would take over.

Synchronized sticks may have helped but the more distressing problem was a communications and training breakdown.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

UnknowingFool Re:Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

From what remember a major breakdown in procedure was that the pilots didn't follow training to take control of the aircraft by setting at 85% thrust and 5 degrees first then trying other things if that didn't work.

NARRATOR: As they [simulator pilots] edge around the storm, Alder triggers the critical moment of Flight 447: he fails all three airspeed indicators.

SIMULATOR CO-PILOT: Okay, we have NAV ADR 1 fault. We have unreliable airspeed.

NARRATOR: The automatic flight control systems shut down.

SIMULATOR CO-PILOT: We're flying with no auto-pilot or auto-thrust.

SIMULATOR CAPTAIN: Okay. Autopilot's off. I have control.

SIMULATOR CO-PILOT: You have control.

NARRATOR: If their actual airspeed rises or falls by as little as 10 knots, they could suffer a catastrophic loss of control. But the pilot uses standard procedures, learned in training. He moves the throttle levers to set thrust at exactly 85 percent.

SIMULATOR CAPTAIN: And I'm selecting...I've got 85 percent set.

NARRATOR: Then, he raises the elevators to pitch the nose up at precisely five degrees. With engines at 85 percent power, and five degrees upward pitch, the aircraft should always settle at the same safe speed.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

UnknowingFool Re: Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

There are 3 sensors on that Airbus but they were all the same type. On earlier flights of other planes it had been found that the pitot tubes were icing up and there was a plan to replace them with other types that didn't ice up. The aircraft was scheduled to have them replaced but it never made it.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

UnknowingFool Re:Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

With the pitot tubes covered in ice the airspeed would have been completely wrong. An issue was the throttle position is not true to the actual throttle amount. On the Airbus, it has autothrust so that the throttle itself doesn't move but the computer changes the speed according to what is needed.

JOHN COX: The thrust levers themselves, the throttles, don't move. Unlike some other airplanes, where you can feel the throttle in your hand moving, with Airbus aircraft, that throttle doesn't move with auto-thrust engaged, so you have to look at specific engine power indications.

When the auto-pilot shut off, it didn't reset the throttle amount to the position, it stayed where the setting had been by autothrust.

NARRATOR: The power indication is displayed here, on the central control panel. But if auto-thrust switches off while the engines are in low power, the crew might lose track of the low thrust level.

JOHN COX: If you're very task-saturated, your concentration's going to be directly in front of you. What's the power output of the engines? You're going to have to physically turn your attention and look to the center console area..

This is not going to be done as frequently as looking at, at the things right in front of you. It, it's certainly going to be in the scan; the question is, "How often?".

NARRATOR: The aircraft is now nearer the lower end of its safe speed range. But overloaded by fault warnings, the crew might not realize they need to increase power..

about a month ago

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Apple DRM lawsuit loses last plaintiff; judge rules against dismissal

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a month and a half ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In the Apple DRM lawsuit, the last plaintiff in the case has been disqualified but due to the number of potential consumers affected, the judge has denied Apple's motion to dismiss. The plaintiffs' lawyers will have to find a qualified plaintiff. To recap, the suit lost both plaintiffs in the last week when Apple reported to the judge that their iPods were not eligible (iPods must be purchased between Sept 2006 and May 2009). The first plaintiff withdrew when all her iPods were found to be outside the time period. The second plaintiff produced one iPod that was not eligible but two others that were eligible; however, Apple challenged the two eligible ones as the plaintiff could not prove she purchased them. They were purchased by her ex-husband's law firm. With one of the main claims of suit being that the price of the iPod was raised due to Apple's actions it was important to establish that she purchased them.

At the heart of the case is that Apple's use of DRM harmed customers by raising the price of the iPod and that Apple removed other competitor's music from the iPod namely RealPlayer's Harmony music files. Apple does not dispute that it removed RealPlayer's files but contends it was done for security reasons as RealPlayer was able to get the music files onto the iPod by posing as Apple FairPlay files. In testimony, Steve Jobs called RealPlayer's move "a hack" and there was considerable discussion at the time."

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iPod DRM lawsuit might be dismissed: Plaintiffs didn't own affected iPods

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 2 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "The lawsuit involving Apple and iTunes DRM may be thrown out because the plaintiffs did not own the iPods for which they are suing. The lawsuit covers iPods for the time period between September of 2006 and March of 2009. When Apple checked the serial numbers of the iPods of the plaintiffs, it appears they were not manufactured during this time. One plaintiff did purchase an iPod in 2005 and in 2010 and has withdrawn from the suit. The second plaintiff's iPod was manufactured in July 2009 but claims purchasing another iPod in 2008. Since the two plaintiffs were the only ones in the suit, the case may be dismissed for lack of standing."
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Microsoft shows off Windows 10

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 4 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Today Microsoft unveiled the next version of their OS but it will be called Windows 10 instead of 9. No reason on the skip in version numbers but Microsoft hasn't been known for their consistent naming conventions before. Windows 10 will be "mobile-first, cloud-first world" and operate both tablets and desktops. Some considerations however have been given for desktop users with Windows 7 type features. Also a feature called Continuum will change the UI depending if the user is in desktop mode or tablet mode. It is due to be released in spring 2015"
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Supreme Court rules for and against EPA on greenhouse gases

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 7 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, the Supreme Court ruled against the EPA on some limits to greenhouse gases but also upheld other limits. In a 5-4 partial decision, the high court ruled that EPA overstepped their authority in requiring permits only for greenhouse gases for new and modified facilities using the Clean Air act. Such regulatory action can only be granted by Congress. But in the same case on a 7-2 decision, the court also ruled that the EPA can enforce greenhouse gas limits on facilities that already require permits for other air pollutants. This leaves intact the most of the new regulations proposed by the Obama administration earlier this month as many coal plants produce other air pollutants that can be regulated by the EPA."
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MS to sell Xbox One without Kinect and separate Apps from Live Gold

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 8 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Starting June 9, MS will offer a $399 Xbox One that will not be come with a Kinect peripheral. Many fans wanted the Kinect optional as they did not feel the need for it. Additionally streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and HBO Go will no longer require a Live Gold subscription. There are some apps like Game DVR that will require Live Gold."
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Supreme Court makes it easier to get lawyers fees in patent cases

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 9 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In a pair of unanimous rulings yesterday, the Supreme Court made it easier for defendants in patent cases to collect attorneys fees if the litigation was frivolous. In the first case, Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness , the court ruled that a standard used by lower courts to award attorney's fees was impossible to meet. The original standard under Brooks Furniture Mfg., Inc. v. Dutailier Int’l, Inc. had ruled that a claim had to be both “objectively baseless” and “brought in subjective bad faith” before fees could be awarded. The high court ruled that fees should be awarded merely when the case is “exceptional” and not when the defendant must prove there was zero merit.

In the second case, Highmark v. Allcare Health Management , the Supreme Court also noted the “exceptional” standard in reversing the appellate court's decision but specifically ruled that appellate courts should give more deference to the lower courts on rulings of fact. In Highmark, the district court found that Allcare had engaged in a pattern of “vexatious” and “deceitful” conduct throughout the litigation and awarded fees. The appellate court while agreeing with the lower court about part of the case reversed the fees in their de novo review of the case. In de novo reviews, the court case is essentially retried with the higher court. The Supreme Court iterated that de novo reviews should be done typically for “questions of law” and reviews on “questions of fact” are done if there are clear errors with decisions on matters of discretion “reviewable for ‘abuse of discretion.’” In other words, the appellate courts can review a case if a lower court has not correctly interpreted law; however, they should not retry a lower case on facts unless the lower court made a clear error. Also unless the lower court abused their power in some way, the appellate court should not review their final decisions.

For example, if a person is tried for murder, an appellate court could rule that a district court misinterpreted a statute about sentencing if the person if found guilty. The appellate court should not retry the facts of the case unless the lower court had made a clear error like ruling that there was a DNA match when there was not. Also an appellate court should not reverse the lower court if they sentenced the person to a reasonable time. Now if the district court sentenced the person to 400 years for one murder, then the appellate court should intervene.

In effect the two rulings make it easier for companies to recover money should they be sued in frivolous patent lawsuits. This would make the risks greater for those who sue."

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GM announces first female CEO Mary Barra

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Right after the US Treasury Department sold off its last stake in GM, two surprises followed . First, CEO Dan Akerson announced his retirement, and the board chose long-time employee Mary Barra as his replacement as GM's first female CEO. While there will be comparisons to Carly Fiorina because of gender, there are major differences between the two situations. Barra has been with GM for 33 years and started working as a university co-op student while Fiorina was hired from Lucent. Barra started out as a plant engineer before completing her MBA and rising through the ranks to varied positions like plant manager, head of HR, and senior vice president of global product development while Fiorina was always in management."
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SCOTUS agrees to hear case to clarify software patents

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "The Supreme Court agreed today to hear the case of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International to help establish clearer guidelines on what may be patented in software. The case involves Alice Corporation who holds four patents originating in the 1990s of which was for "a computerized system for creating and exchanging financial instruments such as derivatives." These patents were challenged by CLS Bank International in 2007. The district court ruled summarily for CLS in that none of patents were valid. The Federal Circuit initially reversed the lower court; however, the full panel (en banc) voted (7 out of 10) to affirm the district court but also issued 5 separate concurring and dissenting opinions.

This confusion was noted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in its amicus brief:

" . . . the Federal Circuit has failed to implement a workable standard—or, frankly, any standard at all—as to what computer- and Internet-implemented inventions are patentable. The resulting legal instability has driven up the already-ballooning costs of patent litigation . . ."

In my opinion, it appears that main patent simply added "on the computer" to an existing process, namely in an business transaction between two parties, there is a third party that ensures that payment is made and is facilitated. The computer made the transaction faster and more automated as noted by Judge Lourie in his opinion.

“simply appending generic computer functionality to lend speed or efficiency to the performance of an otherwise abstract concept does not meaningfully limit claim scope for purposes of patent eligibility.

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US FDA moves to ban trans fat

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Citing growing health concerns about trans fat, the FDA today proposed measures to eliminate it from the US food supply. While trans fat can still be used, the new measures now place the burden on food processors to justify the inclusion of it in a food product as experts have maintained that there is no safe level of consumption and no health benefits. Since 2006, the amount of trans far eaten by the average American has declined from 4.5g per serving to less than 1g as restaurants and the food industry have reduced their use of it. There will be a 60 day public comment period for the new proposal."
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Blockbuster to close remaining US locations

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Blockbuster announced that it will close its remaining 300 US locations by January and discontinue the DVD by mail service. Before being bought out by Dish, the chain was slowly closing locations. From an all time high of 9,000 locations in 2004, the chain has fallen on hard times and had emerged from bankruptcy in 2011."
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Blackberry ends attempts to sell itself, will replace CEO

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Blackberry has announced it will no longer sell itself and will attempt to raise $1B from investors and shareholders. Also CEO Thorston Heins will leave in two weeks, replaced by John Chen, former CEO of Sybase. This is the second change in leadership in the last two years as Blackerry's finances have struggled against the rise of Apple and Android smartphones."
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Windows 8.1 for RT update pulled from Windows store

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "After reports of update problems including bricking of some devices, Microsoft has pulled the 8.1 update for RT from their store while they investigate.



"Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience. We will provide updates as they become available"

While update problems are not new to software, could this be a consequence of MS not releasing 8.1 RTM to developers? Developers may have experienced problems earlier and alerted MS before it went live."
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Yale "Freakonomics" professor: Bing is not preferred 2:1 as Microsoft claims

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In 2009, Microsoft launched a national TV and print advertising campaign for Bing claiming that their study showed that it was preferred 2 to 1 over Google in search results in a head-to-head challenge reminiscent of the Pepsi challenges from the 1980s. MS then invited consumers to take their own test at www.bingiton.com.

Yale law professor Ian Ayres (of Freakonomics fame) and his law students published a paper On their study that found that Google was preferred over Bing 53% to 41% with 6% ties. This was far from the 2:1 ratio MS claimed. Professor Ayres matched the small sample size (1000 people). Although the commercials gives the impression that the results of the MS was a head-to-head street challenge, the results came from a online study MS commissioned through Answer Research.

Noted differences between the two studies was that the Yale study randomly assigned the user one of three different sets of searches: 1) Bing supplied searches, 2) top 25 web searches, or 3) user defined searches. One Bing searches the results were almost the same but users preferred Google in the other two sets. Another main difference is that MS has not published the methodology used or tracked individual user responses.

Legally, one conclusion of the study was that Google might have a deceptive advertising suit against Microsoft."

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Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: With new kickstand!

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "For consumers who had hoped that Microsoft would greatly upgrade their recent entries into the tablet market, leaks and rumors have said that both machines will receive modest hardware changes. Surface Pro 2 will sport new Haswell processors which will increase battery life to 7 hours. RAM is expected to increase from 4GB to 8GB. Surface (formerly RT) will get Tegra 4 processors. The only other confirmed change will be new kickstands that have 2 positions instead of one."
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Parallels for iPad: Game Changer for Productivity?

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year and a half ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "While the iPad has been a tranformative tool for consumers and businesses, it suffers in productivity due to the focus of the device more on the consumption side than the productivity side. This gap may be bridged with a new app by virtualization software maker Parallels, Inc. called Parallels for iPad. Unlike Parallels for Mac, this program does not simply add hardware virtualization to run other OSs like Windows, Linux, etc. Instead this software installed on a desktop and iPad will act a server/client to an iPad so that the iPad can run "applified" versions of desktop software like Word, Excel, etc.

What this means is that users can now run productivity software from their desktops on their iPads. While the effectiveness using a touch GUI with applications not designed for touch has not been demonstrated, Parallels says that Parallels with translate the touch UI interactions into desktop ones. Some writers say this spells bad news for Microsoft and others. Users will not need to buy mobile app versions of their software. These are downsides to the app. First the $79.99/yr price tag. Second it requires a constant Internet connection so airplane mode is not likely possible."

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Xbox One launch delayed in 8 countries

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year and a half ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "At E3, Microsoft announced plans to launch the Xbox One in 21 countries in November. Now MS has announced that launch in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland will be delayed to 2014. Countries that are still scheduled for November release are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. MS has not announced a new launch date only that it would be available "as soon as possible". It seems to me that consumers in Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, and Switzerland can just cross the border into a neighboring country and get the Xbox One if they wanted."
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Microsoft: Xbox One will no longer require Kinect to function

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year and a half ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Microsoft has reversed course on another aspect of the Xbox One. Though the console will come bundled with a Kinect sensor, the console will work without it. Critics were had suggested that an always-on video and audio sensor could be used to spy on users. This is the latest reversal from Microsoft since the E3 unveil."
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Windows 8.1 To Be Relased Mid-October

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year and a half ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "According to sources, Microsoft will release 8.1 to the public in mid-October. For those that don't know 8.1 will attempt to correct many of the issues with Windows 8. Some issues like the Start button have not been really addressed in the minds of many here on Slashdot. The release puts Windows 8.1 in time for the holiday season."
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Latest SCO Claim: Novell decision "has no bearing" on remaining case

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year and a half ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In June 2013, Judge David Nuffer allowed SCO v IBM to continue after a long delay due to SCO's bankruptcy proceedings. He asked that SCO to file a brief on which claims were closed by the Novell judgement where Novell was found to be the owner of UNIX and UNIX copyrights. SCO filed its brief titled: "Proposed Judgment Dismissing SCO's Claims Mooted by the Final Judgment in SCO v. Novell" where they listed three claims where the Novell decision "has no bearing":
  • VI: Unfair Competition where IBM is accused to undermining and destroying UNIX and harming SCO in Project Monterrey by giving to Linux "SCO’s valuable [UNIX] source code"
  • VII: Interference with Contract where IBM supposedly encouraged others to develop Linux by reverse engineering, modifying, and creating derivative works of UNIX
  • IX: Interference with Business Relationships where IBM discouraged others from doing business with SCO. (I believe SCO suing everyone did that).

IBM not only responded that there were no claims left, they objected to the term "mooted" as IBM points out: "The claims are not moot; they are barred under principles of issue preclusion (or collateral estoppel)." From my understanding, "moot" means unsettled but unimportant which IBM points out that the claims were decided and SCO cannot re-litigate them again. IBM also points out in that Project Monterrey in VI was not a "joint venture" as SCO describes it."
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NVidia CEO: We are working on next generation Surface

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year and a half ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has told CNET that NVidia is working with Microsoft on the next generation of Surface tablets. While sales of the first generation have been poor, Huang believes the second generation will be more successful with the inclusion of Outlook."
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