Patent System Not Broken, Argues IBM's Chief Patent Counsel
Of course he will say that, his job depends on there being patents to work and litigate with.
Yes, let's just ignore his decades of experience in patent law and years of studying patent history that comes with the territory because he has a vested interest. On the other hand, he makes some fairly good points. If we all but abolish the patent system for technology companies they would easily be overtaken by whomever has the largest manufacturing capacity. Ever wonder why Foxcon didn't just grab android and make an iPhone clone? Why be subject to Apple if there are no IP restrictions at all? People bemoan the quandary of the small innovator, and this is a legitimate concern, but it must also be weighed against the benefit patents (software and hardware) confer to large companies who must decide how much to spend on R&D.
Stallman is an activist against tightly controlled intellectual property, copyright and otherwise. That isn't a something to hold against him, it's just a fact that one must consider when listening to his opinions and analysis. Please try to keep that in mind when reading analysis from the other side.
Another Rasberry Pi? $49 ARM SBC with Android
A 'VIA' core makes about as much sense as an 'Apple core' or a 'samsung core'
This product includes a WM8750 processor, it is an 800 mhz arm 11 processor.
if this makes the front page, please call the processor by it's name; an ARM11 processor
Windows 8 will not play DVD discs anymore, unless you pay for the Media Center
People forget that the content decryption scheme on DVDs requires a licensed key from the DVD Copy Control Association (CCA). Yes, you can download grey-market/illegal decryptors for free, but Microsoft can't bundle this software with your PC legally without paying a fee.
In the past it was usually that hardware manufacturers that paid the DVD CCA, so I wonder Microsoft is changing this practice to encourage WMP uptake or if the article is merely stating that win 8 computers will lack only the MPEG playing software out of the box.
Could open source governments be successful?
Did you think about what 'open source government' even means?
I think our government is already open-source. The constitution is freely available for all to see, but it can only be changed by a super-majority vote (sounds a little like Debian).
Quantum Theory and Abortion Rights
Apparently Richard Stallman knows as little about the nature of the abortion debate as he knows about quantum mechanics.
The cornerstone argument of his paper is that soul's form gradually because they are governed by QM... of course if they were governed by QM, then the current assumption that they form instantaneously is actually more likely to be true since there is no intermediate state. Along with several other broad and inaccurate generalizations he proceeds to use Schrodinger's cat as evidence that his position holds merit (whereas the thought experiment was designed to show the limitations of QM applied to physical systems).
Anyways... doesn't deserve front page, I hope /.ers see through this trash.
(Yes RMS is great and stuff, but being a Free Software guru doesn't make you a meta-politico-physical expert)
Warp drives may come with a killer downside
um, arrive orthogonally to your destination.
Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014
38k MVA deaths in 2009.
200 deaths caused by backup accidents is 0.6% of the national total.
12400 deaths caused by alcohol impaired drivers is about 38% of the national total.
Rear view cameras = $800
Breathalyzer key lock = ~$1500
For less than twice the price, you can get 62 times the life saving potential. Just food for thought.
Commercial, USB-Powered DNA Sequencer Coming This Year
Perhaps you didn't read my post.
Also, to the best of my knowledge, a target protein would not need to be crystallized in order for an aptamer to be developed. I'm pretty sure they just screen the proteins against a large aptamer library and then sequence the bound aptamers to see what worked. I'm a little fuzzy on this, so somebody correct me if I got that last part wrong.
Commercial, USB-Powered DNA Sequencer Coming This Year
The article and slashdot story claim that the chip can sequence proteins. The video I linked to below shows that their chip 'analyzes' proteins by reading specialized aptamers for recognition (aptamers are a bit like a small nucleotide based antibody; they can bind to target molecules with high specificity).
While this is potentially very useful in many fields, not the least of which is medical, it is not the claimed disruptive sequencing technology. The method proposed by ON requires a great deal of forethought and design; it would only work on well characterized proteins that have been isolated with enough purity for aptamers to be developed.
Pharmacy On-a-chip Dispenses Drugs Automatically
"This avoids the compliance issue completely, and points to a future where you have fully automated drug regimens."
I say this jokingly now, but first they will start using it on psychotic people who will not self administer. Then.... who knows.
How much of your music/video entertainment is streamed online?
If you are a paying customer, Spotify has no adds. Juxtaposed with hulu where I basically pay for the privilege of watching their ads, Spotify seems pretty good. Their local storage feature also allows me to have all my music with me and not go over the data cap.
Yes, I love spotify.
As for your hi-fi love, the human ear can barely discern 192k mp3 from CD quality, and 256k is pretty much beyond the ability of all but the most acoustically inclined.
CES Recap: Gadgets and Blisters
Slashdot joins SOPA protest in last minute decisio
How many Reddit users are out there pouting because of their move. The impact really has nothing to do with /. readers. This morning the SOPA blackout was covered on my local morning news. People who would never even considering getting info from slashdot or reddit are hearing about this protest. Yes the 800lb gorilla is Wikipedia, but strength comes from numbers and Slashdot is influential enough that local media organizations (many of which rely on sites like slashdot for their tech beat) will take notice.
ViaSat Delivers 12 Mbps+ Via Satellite
I don't think the geostationary distance is responsible for the latency. It probably has a lot more to do with the task of transmitting and receiving broadband data from a satelite. The phased array would increase their investment in launches, as well as ground based hubs. In addition, most customers would be priced out of the service since the hardware would need to track the satellite; not an easy or cheap task for something you mount on your roof and never service again.
In summary, geostationary is the only viable option for this sort of service.
In the simplistic left/right divide, I'd call myself
Are you saying that an appendix has the same value as a 8 week old fetus. Why then would an assault leading to a burst appendix get somebody a year or two in jail (at most) whereas the same exact assault leading to the miscarriage of an 8 week old fetus could lead to more than a decade in jail in many states?
The Spartans drew the line on abortion some time shortly after birth, I don't imagine you would advocate practice that even if it was conclusively proven that infants are not sentient. What about 1 day before birth? Seems kinda arbitrary doesn't it? If the baby is viable would it not be more humane to just extract it and give it up for adoption, it wouldn't be that much more dangerous medically. Let's go the other way now; should we draw the line on abortion at the moment of conception? That's a tough sell, especially since it would make murderers out of ever woman using an IUD.
What I'm trying to say is that nobody will get anywhere in this debate if we use the slippery slope argument and hyperbole to attack the other side. As a wise man once said, the slippery slope argument works both ways.
Inductive Charging For EVs To Be Tested In Berlin
Actually, spilt gasoline is a big deal. Aside from it's detrimental effects on the environment, it's also has mildly toxic fumes and it is highly flammable. Every year many people are burned while pumping gas, we just don't hear about it much because, like car accidents, it is one of those risks that we just accept.
As for 'grandma' using a 300 amp plug. I think a clever engineer could come up with a relatively safe plug that doesn't sacrifice as much efficiency as inductive charging does.
Inductive Charging For EVs To Be Tested In Berlin
I suppose when you only need a few watts of energy for a cellphone or something, I can understand the use of inductive charging. But if you lower your efficiency by a significant amount in a single step while charging a car (a few dozen kWh), and this is multiplied across a population of EV owning people, this is potentially adding a lot of unnecessary strain to the electric grid.
Is it so hard just to plug the dang thing in? We don't have tubeless fuel transfer do we?
Liquid Metal Capsules Used To Make Self-Healing Electronics
Neither of those metals are cheap, even in minuscule proportions. Indium is about 80 times the price of copper at current rates, and gallium is not much cheaper.
I suppose in some mission critical applications this would work, but I don't see this coming to consumer electronics, I'll bet it would just be cheaper to replace most devices than it would be to add this technology.
Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?
I just learned how to encrypt email for the first time in response to this posting;
my method (it's long):
install Mozilla Thunderbird
install GnuPG for windows
install Enigmail extention for thunderbird (a GnuPG plugin)
Make yourself a key using GnuPG
Use that key to sign outbound messages. Distribute it to everybody you know who also uses PGP standard encryption (all zero of them) so you can have two-way signed and/or encrypted messages.
Best of luck finding other people who know how to use it, now I realize how pointless it really all is. If it were more user friendly it would have a chance. That's not happening soon.
HIV Vaccine Approval For Human Trials
Attitudes like yours are the reason it took so long for us to get around to curing this disease in the first place. As many of you know, for a long time AIDS was known as as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency). Who would want to cure GRID? Who would want to cure any disease if we can justify that those suffering the disease somehow 'deserved' to get it through karma or some sort of cosmic justice?
I know what you said was a joke, but it highlights a real issue. I hope it's modded up; if only to show people that this mindset still exists even down in the region of our brains where we mask our prejudices with humor.
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