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Motorola Scores Patent Wins Over Microsoft, Apple

dogmatixpsych Re:COOL! (158 comments)

I wasn't disingenuous at all. Kodak started the suits (Jan. 2010). Then, as I said, "Apple and HTC sued each other (Apple first)". I'm not defending Apple, I was just correcting the post above implying that Apple started all the suits - they didn't. Besides, Motorola (the company this story is about) went after Apple before Apple went after Motorola.

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Scores Patent Wins Over Microsoft, Apple

dogmatixpsych Re:COOL! (158 comments)

I meant to include in my previous reply that this particular patent win for Motorola was related to the October 2010 suit against Apple, precisely the one that started this particular battle (i.e., it was not Apple who started the war).

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Scores Patent Wins Over Microsoft, Apple

dogmatixpsych Re:COOL! (158 comments)

Motorola sued Apple first. They sued before Apple started suing Android manufacturers. I'm not defending Apple or Microsoft or attacking Motorola, it's just that Apple did not start the smartphone patent wars.

Kodak sued Apple in January 2010. Then Apple and HTC sued each other (Apple first) around April 2010. Things started escalating. Motorola sued Apple Oct. 8, 2010 and then Apple countersued a few weeks later. Check out this link for an infographic of the suits (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399098,00.asp).
Also, this article for the Motorola v. Apple suit: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2010-10-06/tech/29972735_1_motorola-patents-motorola-mobility-patent-infringement.

If anyone started the wars, it was Kodak. Apple has played their part in escalating the war but as far as Apple and Motorola are concerned, Motorola started that particular battle.

about 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

dogmatixpsych Re:Put them to work (1054 comments)

"Yeah but in the minds of conservative"

Way to wrongly stereotype all conservatives. This is an example of an extreme minority of conservatives in one part of the country. PETA is the liberal equivalent of these conservatives; I'm sure most liberals wouldn't want to be lumped in with PETA or some of the extreme greens or animal rights activists.

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense

dogmatixpsych Re:Canada Here I Come (747 comments)

The LDS Church sued, as you said, over copyright. It had nothing to do with trying to "silence critics with lawsuits". It was about protecting copyrighted materials that were used incorrectly by a couple who spent all their time attacking the LDS Church (Gerald and Sandra Tanner); seriously, that is all that couple did (does? I can't remember if they are still alive or not). The LDS Church simply ignores critics (some individual church members will respond though). It is a doctrine of the church to let people worship how, what, or where they may (that includes worshiping nothing or attacking the LDS Church). The Church will on occasion respond to critics but will not try to silence them.

about 2 years ago
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Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

dogmatixpsych Re:Marketing is not the problem (1091 comments)

I've seen this same switch in my neuroscience/neuroimaging field (but over the past 4 years). For a long time neuroimaging post-processing was all Windows. Then it went to Linux (mostly). Now it is almost all Linux and OS X (with some Windows). At conferences or training meetings, most people seem to be running Macs. They have all the benefits of Linux/Unix plus, as you wrote, all the benefits of OS X (plus it's trivial to also run Windows on Macs {yes, that's true for most boxes running Linux}). I keep thinking I should be using Linux more than I do but I have no reason to when I have all the tools I need from Linux in OS X and I don't have fiddle around just to get Linux working flawlessly on my computer (some distros do "just work" now, mostly).

about 2 years ago
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Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

dogmatixpsych Re:You know (481 comments)

Maybe they still mutate. Maybe they are mutant aliens. Maybe they mutated into turtle-looking creatures. Alien and mutant are not mutually exclusive.

about 2 years ago
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Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

dogmatixpsych Re:Tonight I Dine On Doritos Soup (481 comments)

"as much as I think Michael Bay is possibly the most inept and visually retarded filmmaker of all time"

That's giving so many other directors way too much credit (obvious example, Ewe Boll).

about 2 years ago
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Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

dogmatixpsych Re:Just what Hollywood needs.... (481 comments)

I really enjoyed the Star Trek reboot. In my opinion, it was the the best of the Star Trek movies (but I was never a Trekkie) - yes, I know some people would hang me over that statement. I liked some of the original TV show and movies (as well as Enterprise) but as I said, my life didn't revolve around Star Trek. I just think the new movie was the best of the Star Trek films.

about 2 years ago
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Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

dogmatixpsych Re:TMNT: Mostly Sucks (481 comments)

Some of his movies are pretty good. I'll admit that I thought The Island was pretty good and almost thought-provoking. There are many worse movies out there and worse directors.

about 2 years ago
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The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

dogmatixpsych Re:Apple killed it (311 comments)

The shift in CD prices started earlier than 1999. I only rarely paid $15-$20 for a CD at that point, most of them were in the $10-$12 range (purchased on "sales" and online). What Apple did was solidify that price point without having to scour around too much for a deal on an album.

about 2 years ago
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The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

dogmatixpsych Re:It's not piracy (311 comments)

Further, singles were almost always $3-$5 (usually closer to $5). I purchased one single in my life back in the 90s (it was a song not available on an album) but generally would purchase an entire album because I could get the album for $10 (this was when there were starting to be reasonable CD prices). Now singles are inexpensive but back in 90s or earlier, if a song was available as a single, it was still pricey.

about 2 years ago
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iOS Vs. Android: Which Has the Crashiest Apps?

dogmatixpsych Re:This is not a valid study (358 comments)

I've never had the OS of any of my iOS devices crash (I've had apps crash on occasion but it's really quick to get them open and going again). My Android phone (a $300 Motorola model, new last July) has many app crashes, many more than I see on iOS. Further, I've had the OS crash 5 times in the 7 months I've owned the phone. It's more stable with a custom ROM than it was with stock but it's still far more unstable than anything I see in iOS.

Yes, most of the time they are app crashes and not OS crashes but the OS crashes occur too.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Overturns Motorola's German iPad and iPhone Sales Bans

dogmatixpsych Re:Just desserts. (120 comments)

Motorola sued Apple about this issue (maybe not in Germany but certainly here in the U.S.) before Apple really started going after other companies. I'm not defending Apple, I'm just pointing out that this didn't happen to Apple because of them "flinging around lawsuits", Motorola went after Apple before that happened.

more than 2 years ago
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President By Day, High-Tech Headhunter By Night

dogmatixpsych Re:On the campaign trail (494 comments)

True, but why didn't he do this when he had almost a supermajority of Democrats in Congress (during the first 2 years of his time in office)? Getting things passed at that point should have been easy for him (like the massive environmental bill, the massive health insurance reform, and the various stimulus bills were easy). The problem is that Pres. Obama says he cares but he does not do anything about it, except for when he can self-handicap himself (like he can do now with Republicans in control of the House) and reduce his apparent culpability for inaction (i.e., it's the Republicans' fault). Pres. Obama had a wonderful chance to make so real changes to the tax code and other fiscal policy measures but he did not do anything. Conrgess didn't do anything. For better or worse, at least Pres. Bush and the Republicans made changes to the tax code (the changes were positive, the massive increase in spending including for 2 wars were not positive).

more than 2 years ago
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How the GOP (and the Tea Party) Helped Kill SOPA

dogmatixpsych Re:It's True (857 comments)

Many government meetings begin with prayer; this occurs less than it used to but prayers before government meetings have been the norm since the founding of the nation. Being able to have a prayer at a political rally or a governmental function is a right protected by the 1st Amendment. What is prohibited is declaring a state religion (e.g., the only recognized and sanctioned religion is the Catholic Church or the Methodists or the Baptists) and impeding the free exercise of other religions.

Our nation was founded as a true Judeo-Christian nation, which means that diverse religious or irreligious beliefs are accepted and respected. Our Constitution would not exist without the influence of Christianity (I'm not saying a particular church, I'm referring to the broader Christian belief system). It also wouldn't exist without the influence of some important philosophers. I'm merely saying that Christianity (but particularly the freedom of religion sought by many of the early immigrants to the New World) was a necessary but not sufficient condition for the Constitution.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Nets 350K Textbook Downloads In 3 Days

dogmatixpsych Re:They're also stupidly overpriced (376 comments)

They are targeting high school and middle school first then will likely move on to college level. It's still a good start for bringing the price of textbooks down.

more than 2 years ago
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Chevy Volt Passes Safety Investigation

dogmatixpsych Re:So, they know of no fires (200 comments)

I agree completely. If I had the money for one, I'd buy a Volt in a heartbeat.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Unveils Software To Reinvent the Textbook

dogmatixpsych Re:No more paper books.... (416 comments)

The past is already censored. We don't study the past so we already don't learn from it. A few people study history but many of our history sources are biased already. The only way to get the least unbiased sources are to go to the primary sources, which few people do (or have the ability to do). Even then, what we have about the past is limited and biased towards/by the literate.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Unveils Software To Reinvent the Textbook

dogmatixpsych Re:I'm the target for this, and I won't be using i (416 comments)

Do what I plan on doing. Put a book together for class and offer it as free. Then, provide all the materials (text, images, videos, etc.) to students without an iOS device; the formatting doesn't have to be as nice.

more than 2 years ago

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Norway Shooting Suspect "Trained" With Video Games

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "Anti-game activists will have a heyday with Breivik's statement: "I just bought Modern Warfare 2, the game. It is probably the best military simulator out there and it’s one of the hottest games this year. I see MW2 more as a part of my training-simulation than anything else. I’ve still learned to love it though and especially the multiplayer part is amazing. You can more or less completely simulate actual operations."

MW2 is a lot of things but realistic isn't one of them."

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OS X Lion Improves Security

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "Early reports say that Apple's new Lion OS "has definitively leapfrogged its rivals by offering an operating system with state-of-the-art security protections that make it more resistant to malware exploits and other hack attacks." Some of the enhancements include: full ASLR, tightened web processes, full disk encryption, and built in virtualization."
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Federal Stimulus Cost 1 million Jobs

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dogmatixpsych writes "A team of economists estimate that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed in February 2009 created as many as 450,000 government sector jobs while destroying or delaying 1 million private sector jobs. They do present a best case scenario with the ARRA creating or saving 659,000 jobs, mostly in government. That best case scenario means each created/saved job cost $1.2 million."
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TSA Backscatter Scanner Safety

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "One biochemist writes about his concerns with the TSA's backscatter body scanners and how they might affect people at risk of developing cancer. He cites, in part, a letter (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ucsf-jph-letter.pdf) sent by some UCSF scientists to the TSA covering their concerns about the backscatter machines. Even though the dose of radiation from the machines is low, it is absorbed almost entirely in the skin, which potentially results in high levels of radiation in the skin, especially in areas where the skin is particularly thin (e.g., testicles or breasts). An article on Ars Technica similarly covers the topic: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/12/the-physics-and-biology-of-the-tsas-backscatter-security-scanners.ars. The general conclusions are the the TSA has not done enough to assure the public that these machines are safe and that further testing needs to be conducted on the machines before they are widely implemented."
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How the U.S. Federal Bank Scammed the World

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "How the U.S. Federal Bank Scammed the World: $12.3 Trillion in zero to low interest loans without Congressional authorization or oversight. "The Fed doled out $12.3 trillion in near-zero interest loans, using the American people as collateral, demanding nothing in return, other than a bunch of toxic assets in some cases. They only gave this money to a select group of insiders, at a time when very few had any money because all these same insiders and speculators crashed the system.""
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Apple Software Update to Fix iPhone4 Signal

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the drop in signal when holding some iPhone4s is due to a software glitch in how the phone displays signal strength: "'Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don't know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars,' Apple said. 'Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.'""
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Best format for OS X and Linux HDD?

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "I work in a neuroimaging laboratory. We mainly use OS X but we have computers running Linux and we have colleagues using Linux. Some of the work we do with Magnetic Resonance Images produces files that are upwards of 80GB. Due to HIPAA constraints, IT differences between departments, and the size of files we create, storage on local and portable media is the best option for transporting images between laboratories. What disk file system do Slashdot readers recommend for our external HDDs so that we can readily read and write to them using OS X and Linux? My default is to use HFS+ without journaling but I'm looking to see if there are better suggestions that are reliable, fast, and allow read/write access in OS X and Linux"
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Understanding Economics Linked To Political Views

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "From the authors: "We gauge economic enlightenment based on responses to eight economic questions.... For people inclined to take such a survey, basic economic enlightenment is not correlated with going to college." The authors found that those with more conservative political ideologies answered fewer basic economic questions incorrectly than did people with more liberal leanings. Also, those who made the most money tended to answer more questions correctly than those who made the least amount of money. Further, Republicans were more accurate than Democrats and those who shopped at Walmart more frequently were more accurate than those who never shopped there."
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First human embryonic stem cell study approved

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "The FDA recently approved a privately-funded study where human embryonic stem cells will be transplanted into subjects with complete spinal cord injuries. All trials will be paid for and conducted by researchers working for Geron Corporation. The stem cells come from the existing lines Pres. Bush approved federal funding for in August 2001. With Barack Obama now president, many scientists believe federal funding will soon become available for embryonic stem cell research on new cell lines, resulting in more similar studies."
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Back to Slashdot

dogmatixpsych dogmatixpsych writes  |  more than 6 years ago Well, after spending most of my social online time for the past year or so on Digg I've decided to come back to Slashdot (not that I ever left, I just haven't been spending much time here). Digg is becoming like Fark in a lot of ways and I left Fark a while ago because I couldn't stand the puerile comments and mostly useless stories (plus rabid anti-religion, anti-Conservative, anti-Republican stories and comments). Digg is much like that with such unbalanced stories and comments that it's not really possible to have intelligent conversations. At least Slashdot is pretty balanced and certainly more intelligent than Digg. If I saw a story on Digg that I wanted good commentary on I would come to Slashdot to see if the story was on here because the commentary would be so much better. Anyway, I'm back now. I've even cut off Digg cold turkey. I feel like a recovering addict (not that I really know but how I imagine it would be) who is finally coming out of the misty void into the light.

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