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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

backslashdot Re:Duh (175 comments)

Nobody that resorts to such a cowardly and fear driven act as torture is a badass. A badass wouldn't be so scared of the consequences of not torturing someone that they would be willing to give up their humanity. Only fear, paranoia, and revenge can drive someone to torture another.

3 days ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

backslashdot Duh (175 comments)

Dropbox has Condoleeza Rice on its board of directors. If anyone remembers, she was Secretary of State and also the president's National Security Advisor during the Bush administration. She basically allowed torture, and is responsible for Guantanamo. She had no problem with torturing people without even doing a basic check to see if the person being tortured was guilty of the crime he was being tortured for. And you want to talk about spying? She was part of the administration that developed the PATRIOT Act. The justification being "it's ok to spy on foreigners" .. Oh and we can DECLARE you a foreigner without any due process by making you prove your Americanness. She was cool with torturing foreigners without giving them any sort of due process, so why would you assume that she wont torture citizens if she was scared into doing so? We already know she doesn't think people need privacy.

4 days ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

backslashdot LHC (91 comments)

Everytime the LHC makes the news ... I think congratulations to the EU and then I think about the Superconducting Super Collider being built in Texas which was cancelled in 1993. We should have had these breakthroughs come out 15 years ago. In the United States. Thanks Congress for slowing down the pace of physics. Much appreciated .. NOT.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

backslashdot FBI crime prediction (435 comments)

Wow, the FBI is so awesome, they can predict exactly what a criminal is gonna do in advance. How about they actually solve a murder, rape, or kidnapping once in a while? 35% of murders don't get solved .. maybe when they get that number down to like 5% I'll start believing the feds when they say it's gonna rain tomorrow. Meanwhile anything to reduce the 30,000 highway deaths per year will be appreciated. If automated cars are illegal, only the federales will have automated cars with a dummy driver.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

backslashdot Re:Wow. (204 comments)

LOL +Insightful +Funny if I had the mod points

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

backslashdot Re:Yes (381 comments)

I agree with your comment. I remember when I posted right here on slashdot in 2005 that phone displays were too small and that we needed touchscreen and voice UIs .. of course I got response that phones didn't need to have a big screen because people have TVs --seriously?

Proof: http://hardware.slashdot.org/c...

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

backslashdot Re:Betteridge answers (381 comments)

But very soon smartwatches will require no charging at all. My guess is they will work off whole room chargers at first and in a few years they'll be so low power that they'll be automatic off movement kinetics -- this would require the display to be ultra low power OLED or e-ink or something like that.Still, at first they can work off whole room charger systems like the one produced by Ossia (google it). Ultimately of course we need new battery technology.

about two weeks ago
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Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

backslashdot Re:Chen? Sounds Chinese (178 comments)

And what about Hendrik Schön, where was he from?

Or maybe it's not just the Chinese, your brain locks onto fake patterns.

about two weeks ago
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Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

backslashdot Re:No voice control? (88 comments)

It would be trivial for a computer to realize something is being said mid-sentence by measuring the time between your previous word and when you say "computer, adjust the volume".. AS for a demo playing in the background .. yeah that is an issue but i try not to play demos of voice UI interaction in the car. If I did, I would make sure the trigger word to activate a voice command is not "computer" but some name that is rarely used like "Cthulu of the Netherworld".

about three weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

backslashdot You think? (385 comments)

Well we have known this for a long long time. Problem is how do we get the government to stop subsidizing fossil fuel?
Voting against the tea party nutcases might be a good start. They are they ones forcing these subsidies: http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/29/...

Land Area that is needed to power the whole world with solar panels using existing technology: http://www.gembapantarei.com/s...

about three weeks ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

As an aside, I think I figured out why you never use the "quote parent" button. It's because you absolutely refuse to answer questions or admit when you're wrong. Accordingly, you're just wasting my time.

And again, I should point out that (i) you failed to use the 'quote parent' button or otherwise quote me; (ii) failed to answer any questions from me to you; and (iii) changed the topic yet again, once I pointed out you were wrong. This is just pathetic.

i) I did quote you (using " " rather than quote parent) in my response at http://slashdot.org/comments.p...
ii) I did answer the ones worth answering. If you have specific ones ask them again I will answer.
iii) I may have been wrong about 35 USC 135 or 35 USC 156 being abused. However my main point is that patent attorneys (probably ones more competent than you) know how to manipulate the patent system such that their patent applications get delayed for long periods. I admit I am very likely wrong about the details of the process in which that is achieved. I thought it was by getting the patent appeal to respond to various issues raised in the application. For example, after you respond to an RCE .. doesn't it throw the clock back onto the USPTO such that the delay extends the term (if it goes over 3 years)? I know that the USPTO delays are not random .. there is something about the patent application that causes it to get into delay hell .. and that's being manipulated. Why is it that the HDTV patents are still unissued? When they do get issued it means (for example) Sony will be able to continue to collect royalties for 17 years from that date. That means HDTV technology will not enter public domain for a very long time.

about a month ago
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Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

backslashdot No voice control? (88 comments)

Without usable voice control, this thing is useless. And the only way to make voice control work non-annoyingly is if someone like Google open sources their Google Now speech to text stuff and put the needed patents into the public domain.

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

You said that USC 135 cannot be used to delay a patent in a manner that counts toward it being extended.

1. Have you ever filed a petition to institute a derivation proceeding?
2. How long did they take to even get back to you with a response?

As for 35 USC 156, do I need to handhold you through the million ways they can make a product subject to regulatory review? One way is to say is that it's going to be in a medical device or a medical device is going to use it.

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

AFTER I said "the patent issuance delays are not random .. anyone skilled in the art knows how to manipulate it." You said

"There are reasons we manipulate delays - for example, where the patent owner is unsure whether to proceed with the application or not, and wants to stall while they release their product or talk to investors - but to get increased patent term extension is not one of them. "

So you admit that the delays can be manipulated, yet patent term extensions aren't a reason. This strongly implies that an applicant has no interest in having a delayed issue date. The only reason they would have no interest in a delayed issue date is if it offered no gain.

1. A greatly delayed issue date can result in a term extension.
2. You state that applicants/their lawyer have ways to cause patent issuance delays.
3. You say that applicants have no interest in a term extension.

The only reason #3 would make sense is if there was no interest, financial or otherwise in a delay.

Also, your reasoning that applicants merely want to stall while they talk to investors or decide whether to proceed makes no sense. They've already paid the fees, why would they need to stall or not proceed with an application? Unless we are talking about a situation where they are concerned about trade secrets, there is no reason for someone to not want a patent. Going the trade secret route is very very risky. Also, since the application is already in process it would get revealed within 18 months anyway and if it gets abandoned .. there is zero protection.

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

OK, so now you admit that deliberately causing delays are possible and that you know of ways to do it. Since you seem to think that forcing patents into the RCE backlog doesn't help the application get delayed, and that USC 135 & 156 are useless .. why don't you tell us some of the ways you do use?

Also, you claim that a patent applicant has no gain or financial interest in a delayed patent issuance date .. that is ridiculous for many cases and you know it. Especially given how broad or widely used some patents can be.

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

Also, there is no why the law has to say that the USPTO must grant extended time. Let's say the patent office issues in 2015 a patent filed in 2000. The applicant can still sue infringers for back royalties. In fact this "sue for back royalties" has been the trend among patent trolls. The USPTO "realized it" (ie, got called on it) relatively recently and therefore started publishing most pending applications after 18 months so that people can at least check if they might get sued at a later date for using a patent pending idea. Anyway the fact that a patent owner can sue people for back royalties means that with delays patent owners can have monopolies on technology for extended periods of time far beyond 20 years. For example if you get your patent delayed 30 years (not unreasonable when you consider some HDTV patents from the 1990s have yet to issue) then you basically get to earn royalties on for 50 years. Furthermore you can demand huge sums in back royalties for the delay periods. How is that fair?

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

Yes they can. They can word their applications in such a manner that increases the delay likelihood substantially and whether it triggers RCEs etc. What can I say, you don't know the basics of getting the USPTO to delay while technically making it fall under the statutes I mentioned you obviously know absolutely nothing. Until I proved it, you didn't even know that some patents issue quickly whereas there are still patents in the queue from the 1990s and even the 80s (in fact, know of one from the 70s that is not yet acted on but the reason for that particular one is not the applicant's fault). Anyway, the patent issuance delays are not random .. anyone skilled in the art knows how to manipulate it.

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

What can I say, obviously I know a lot more than you. If you don't know the basics of getting the USPTO to delay while technically making it fall under the statutes I mentioned you obviously know absolutely nothing. I guess you didn't even know that some patents issue quickly whereas there are still patents in the queue from the 1990s and even the 80s (in fact, know of one from the 70s that is not yet acted on but the reason for that particular one is not the applicant's fault). Anyway, the patent issuance delays are not random .. anyone skilled in the art knows how to manipulate it.

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

BS.

There are many many patents with extensions ... for example .. just randomly typing patent numbers you can find many .. for example US patent# 7349837. It's patent term was extended by 715 days. Just look up that patent in the uspto website and then click on images to see the pages .. you will see halfway down that it says "Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 715 days."

http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?D...

Before you accuse me of cherry picking .. try typing searching random patent numbers on the USPTO website above 7,000,000 and below i guess 8,500,000. It wont take you long to find ones that have had their patent terms arbitrarily extended. Especially ones for stuff like communications, images, video etc.

about a month ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

backslashdot Re:Extremely scary (211 comments)

I also want to add that 35 USC 154(b) is also very relevant here (and should be unconstitutional in my opinion).

about a month ago

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Biohackers are engineering yeast to make real vegan cheese. No cows needed!

backslashdot backslashdot writes  |  about a month ago

backslashdot (95548) writes "A collective of biohackers from the San Francisco Bay Area have joined forces to produce the world's first real vegan cheese in baker’s yeast. The aim of the project is to produce a renewable and sustainable, closed-loop food source that will provide the same nutritional value as non-vegan cheese and taste just as great! No cows, cruelty, or animal products needed. Additionally, the project will provide a real cheese for vegans, the lactose intolerant, and those that have food allergies to certain animal-derived milk proteins. A crowdfunding campaign launched on July 1st (today) has already raised nearly 25% towards the funding goal."

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