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Who Cares If Samsung Copied Apple?

camperslo Re:What Innovfation? (544 comments)

If you want to get nit-picky about it, Microsoft stole nothing either...

Stolen Quicktime code was found in Video For Windows, the apparent fix for inferior performance in the previous version. Apple had previously refused to license that code. As mentioned in the other posting, the investment of $150 million in Apple stock, removal of the Apple code, agreement guaranteeing continued updates to office, and Apple continuing to include Explorer for a short time were the major components of the out of court settlement reached.
Involving a third party in getting the code doesn't excuse using stolen code.

The earlier issues went beyond the look of an icon. The functional behavior of multiple windows was a major issue that I recall.


"QuickTime for Windows vs QuickTime for Video for Windows
Apple brought QuickTime to Windows by simply porting large chunks of the Macintosh's native drawing system. QuickTime performance on Windows was vastly better than Microsoft's Video for Windows because Apple bypassed the GDI Windows graphics subsystem.

Microsoft and Intel were both shocked to find that Apple could deliver smooth video on the PC that was beyond what either company had imagined to be possible. When Microsoft requested a free license for QuickTime for Windows in 1993, Apple refused.

Meanwhile, Intel wanted to accelerate Microsoft's Video for Windows in hardware. It approached Apple's partner Canyon to develop a video driver that would provide similar performance to QuickTime.

While knowing that Canyon possessed Apple's code, Intel did not specify that Canyon needed to do clean room development, and gave the company an unrealistically short timeframe to develop the code.

As expected, Canyon simply delivered Apple's code to Intel, which then licensed it to Microsoft. When Video for Windows suddenly improved in 1994, Apple investigated and found that Microsoft had simply stolen code from QuickTime in order to compete with QuickTime.

Apple sued and won an injunction that stopped Microsoft from distributing portions of the stolen code, and the case was eventually resolved as part of the 1997 agreement between the two companies."

Going to the Apple partner that had the Apple source code and ending up with it was not legitimate Windows innovation.

more than 2 years ago

Who Cares If Samsung Copied Apple?

camperslo Re:What Innovfation? (544 comments)

Apple did considerable development beyond what they bought. And they didn't steal anything. Apple did offer to license the disputed technology to Samsung, and has always been willing to pay the basic industry standard rates for glue technology.

The anti-competitive behavior of Microsoft was very damaging to Netscape, Apple, and many others. It is fortunate that Apple recovered. Many others didn't.

This Harvard writer doesn't seem to be very insightful or even well informed. It also seems that many coming out of business school are severely lacking ethics.
One thing is for sure, it wasn't business school types that made Apple successful.
Is this another MS paid blogger? One was exposed posting pro MS revisionist history to the IEEE. It looks like we're being flooded with corporate "free speech".


more than 2 years ago

Curiosity Rover Fires First Laser Beam At Martian Rock

camperslo Re:One problem... (167 comments)

What if the martians ARE rocks?!

Maybe they feed on energy and like a fresh blast.

Meanwhile, pet rocks on Earth are nervous. Hopefully this won't stir religious conflicts on Earth involving those who believe the spirits of their ancestors live in rocks.

Curiosity will also be giving us data on energetic protons from solar events. Since Mars has essentially no magnetic field, much lower energy particles can reach ground level than on Earth. Measurements were made on the way there. From the background levels, it looks like about half makes it through the Martian atmosphere.
Studying solar weather on Mars may provide some insights as to what to expect when our magnetic field at home weakens. It's dropped 10% or so in the last 150 years which is a relatively fast rate of change.



more than 2 years ago

US Carbon Emissions Hit 20-Year Low

camperslo Re:OR (245 comments)

The article and title here are very misleading since they actually refer only to power production, not overall CO2...

While gas has advantages over coal, there are serious issues with fracking.

âoeThe oil and gas industry is a significant source of VOCs, which contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog),â said the EPA in announcing new rules for drilling issued this April. The EPA said methaneâ"what natural gas is made ofâ"is a highly potent greenhouse gas. The agency blames oil and gas production and processing for âoenearly 40% of all U.S. methane emissions.â



As with what's happening with corporate "free speech", money/stock may be an influence elsewhere. The study showing that it was toxic waste fluid injection wells causing contamination, not fracking itself, came from someone who received over 1.5 million in salary/stock (and didn't disclose that either).
Even stranger, he was a senior official at the USGS, which instead of showing their own studies on fracking related quakes, linked to a similar outside study. There are many brilliant people at the USGS that don't deserve reputations being soiled by a key player.


more than 2 years ago

Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

camperslo Re:Another perspective (1218 comments)

Legitimate science isn't about simple majority opinion or Democracy. There's scientific method with peer review applying critical thinking. That requires open-mindedness. Separation of church and state should protect us from populist "intellectual hooliganism".

False science and false history of intent of our government forefathers go hand in hand.


more than 2 years ago

Scientists Store Entire Textbook In DNA

camperslo Re:Brewster you've screwed us all! (160 comments)

Why did the scientists do this?

Are they planning to add a EULA, manifesto or wiki-backup to some biological creation?

It could be handy if DNA was well-commented source code. Hidden jokes anyone?

Better that than cookie storage.

more than 2 years ago

Cyber Attack Knocks Offline Saudi Aramco

camperslo Re:When I was (67 comments)

These sorts of attacks go well beyond an inconvenience on a desktop, potentially affecting physical operations. It seems like the media doesn't know enough to dig deeper when something goes wrong.

Examples of media not doing investigative journalism:
No reports that I could find mentioned the possiblity of a cyber event, or solar flares and the arriving CME as possibly affecting power in India recently. They were quick to blame capacity, even though the initial outage struck at about 2 AM, which is not at peak demand.

Poop spills in California

"alert system" sure sounds like control system to me. And two of them were affected at once, not typical for a hardware problem.


And the Richmond refinery near San Francisoc had problems around the same time.

more than 2 years ago

Use Google's Nexus 7 Tablet As a VoIP Phone, For Free

camperslo Re:Really?!! Shocking!! (91 comments)

If they really want to make waves with free, the devices should include a free low-bandwidth net access package. Google owns or has contracted for enough fiber that they could probably do that in many places. With income from a store function, Amazon probably could too.

Really free VoIP seems no more far fetched than the free (ad supported) PCs or net access of 20 years ago. Wasn't NetZero one of those?

Some of that television spectrum taken from us should have been made available to support free or nearly free services.

(reminder to self: look up subsidies AT&T and others are getting for rural broadband)

more than 2 years ago

Australian Watchdog Frets Over BitCoin, MMOs' Money Laundering Potential

camperslo Re:Easy target (134 comments)

Yes, it seems the closer one looks, the more there is to find with dirty deeds in the banking industry. And it's not just what has been done, but the scale of it.

"In 2010, Wachovia, now owned by Wells Fargo, settled out of court for the largest violation of the Bank Secrecy Act in US history. They paid a fine of $160m for laundering a whopping $378.4bn from Mexican currency exchange houses between 2004 and 2007. Much of this cash is thought to have been drug money, moved without proper documentation from Casa's de Cambio in Mexico to US banks. "


more than 2 years ago

UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

camperslo If we could ask the writers of yesteryear... (1065 comments)

What would Aldous Huxley say about all this? It's interesting to look at what some said over half a century ago.

On 21 October 1949, Huxley wrote to George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, congratulating him on "how fine and how profoundly important the book is". In his letter to Orwell, he predicted:


Within the next generation I believe that the world's leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Bases $5 Fee To Not Publish Your Phone Number On 'Systems and IT' Costs

camperslo Re:Revenue Stream (331 comments)

There's nothing you can do.

yeah? Maybe they'd notice if everyone here called up Verizon, asked about this, and gave an informed opinion. Some people might switch to other carriers, or some looking for one might avoid them. If that's the case, be sure to tell them why they're losing your business, so they are fully aware of the opportunity to improve.

Responsiveness varies depending on who you talk to, so it is possible it would be worth calling more than once.

Since they're regulated by government agencies, feedback to those is appropriate too.

more than 2 years ago

"Severe Abnormalities" Found In Fukushima Butterflies

camperslo Re:OH SHIT! (189 comments)

In a strange twist, radiation from cold-war era atomic testing in the South Pacific about half a century ago is responsible for those Japanese monster movies. They were inspired by fishermen returning home with severe radiation sickness, following exposure during a test.

So it isn't just the current butterflies resulting from release of radiation. The movie monster characters did too.

more than 2 years ago

"Severe Abnormalities" Found In Fukushima Butterflies

camperslo Re:butterfly effect? (189 comments)

How does this affect the butterfly effect?

Putting the polonium in pollinate. Ask Arafat.

more than 2 years ago

Disney Turns Plants Into Multi-Touch Sensors

camperslo Re:Sensitive Plant (97 comments)

I think there were some on the old tv show, The Adamms Family.

Then there was the Lost in Space episode, "The Great Vegetable Rebellion".
(on Hulu?)

As the Robinsons celebrate the Robot's birthday, Dr. Smith sneaks off in the space pod to a planet dominated by plants. After pulling a flower, he is accused of murder by Tybo, a carrot-man, who punishes him to an eternity of literal tree-hugging. The family lands to search for Smith and meets a purple-haired botanist named Willoughby who explains that Tybo is the one in charge. After Smith is transformed into a talking stalk of celery, and Penny grows into a flower bed, the Professor and Major West try sabotaging Tybo's moisture-control system to stop the plant tyrant.

more than 2 years ago

Disney Turns Plants Into Multi-Touch Sensors

camperslo Re:Botanical abuse (97 comments)

While an interesting development, I don't believe the average plant would thrive with the abuse of a std remote control usage.

Perhaps a more massive plant should be the subject of experimentation:

The Couch Potato.

more than 2 years ago

US Freezes Nuclear Power Plant Permits Because of Waste Issues

camperslo Re:Should have stayed with the Yucca plan (347 comments)

Actually, they should be recycling it to get at the 95% or so of the unused refined fuel.

Unfortunately while recycling works to extract useful fuel, since that is a small percentage of the total it does nearly nothing to reduce the amount of high-level waste posing a storage problem. It's also a very complex and hazardous process, far more so than refining raw ore was originally. An additional problem is that some of what is recovered poses even greater weapons-related concerns than the original fuel. France, which processes more spent fuel than anyone else, still does so with only a small percentage of what they produce.

Beyond coping with products of normal fuel production, operation and dismantling, Japan has vast amounts of contaminated material to put somewhere. Someone was joking that they should make another island out of it, and have some government, power industry, and banking officials live there.

So other countries are off-shoring fuel processing, and requiring that the waste not be shipped back. If that's not obscene exploitation of a poor country, I don't know what is.

more than 2 years ago

Indian Government Mulls Giving Away Mobile Phones To the Poor

camperslo Re:I would guess.. (104 comments)

This is done typically in India, just before elections, to make sure the voters forget their inefficiency and incompetency while choosing their leaders.

A significant percentage of the population doesn't have electricity. I doubt that a free-phone will make them forget that for very long. I suppose those people would also have to be given some sort of solar charger?

Although much has be said about incompetence and insufficient infrastructure related to the recent wide-scale power outages, A few things suggest that many have jumped to conclusions. Here's another possible explanation:

1) They routinely have shorter outages from a practice called "load shedding" (what the U.S. called "rotating outage blocks"), so high demand along with insufficient generating capacity should not cause a grid failure. The frequent outages seen by many are of this non-failure variety.

2) The first outage wasn't at a time of peak demand, being around 2 AM.

3) The outages occurred during a minor geomagnetic storm and the arrival of a CME (coronal mass ejection) that followed a flare event. Storms sometimes may trip protective circuits without major components failing.

4) The last wide-scale outage there was on January 2nd, 2001, also during solar events seen of the previous solar maximum.

more than 2 years ago

War By Remote Control, With Military Robots Set To Self Destruct

camperslo Re:I think I've heard of this kind of warfare befo (144 comments)

I believe they're called 'missiles'

Or people could have merged wireless toys with tractors.

They'd be a bit much for crowd-control (Soylent-Green style) but might be helpful in scraping up nuclear messes?

There's nothing like a vehicle that can make its own parking space.

more than 2 years ago

The Pacific Ocean Is Polluted With Coffee

camperslo Re:Caffeinated Fish (294 comments)

So that's why the dolphins are talking so fast. I can't even understand them.

Maybe the caffeine is getting some extra kick from some Japanese cesium.

more than 2 years ago



BART Pulls a Mubarak in San Francisco

camperslo camperslo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperslo (704715) writes "The original protests faulted BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System) police for the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man last month, but now encompass larger free speech issues after BART shut down cell phone voice and data communications in its trains and stations during a protest on Thursday. The killing has outraged many, the cellular shutdown brought responses from the EFF and Annonymous. Some related websites were hacked and data posted."
Link to Original Source

Japan Criminalizes Virus Creation

camperslo camperslo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperslo (704715) writes "This legislation is a major move for Japan since the constitution there provides for privacy of communications, in sharp contrast with some other countries.

"Japan's parliament enacted legislation Friday criminalizing the creation or distribution of computer viruses to crack down on the growing problem of cybercrimes, but critics say the move could infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed privacy of communications.

With the bill to revise the Penal Code passing the House of Councillors by an overwhelming majority, the government intends to conclude the Convention on Cybercrime, a treaty that stipulates international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace.""

Link to Original Source

Demonoid Returns, well mostly

camperslo camperslo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperslo (704715) writes "The news on Demonoid sums it up: "We received a letter from a lawyer represeting the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and we need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this.

Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience." (typo is theirs)

As posted here, the Demonoid trackers were up yesterday, the website went live again today.

It's good to see the Green Demon alive and kicking (of course its pretty well swamped at the moment)"

camperslo camperslo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

camperslo (704715) writes "Playlist reported that Walt Disney President and CEO Robert Iger said that 125,000 downloadable movies had been purchased in the week since Apple's debut of movies on the iTunes Store. That sales level generated $1 million in revenue for Disney, which works out to $8 per movie. They also state that "Iger told attendees of an investment conference in New York on Tuesday that Disney anticipates seeing about $50 million in revenue from the venture during its first year"."


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