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Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

fangorious Re:The King is dead (391 comments)

Microsoft and Google.

about a year ago
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Judge Refuses Apple Request For Samsung Ban, But Denies New Trial, Too

fangorious Re:Thank the gods. (156 comments)

Also this

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Refuses Apple Request For Samsung Ban, But Denies New Trial, Too

fangorious Re:Thank the gods. (156 comments)

Most patents are incremental improvements to existing inventions[1][2][3]. But the patent-holder has to license the original patent for you to build your idea on top of it. [1] http://inventors.about.com/od/inventing101patents/f/can_be_patented.htm [2] http://www.fr.com/Patent-Math--Making-Sure-Your-Strategies-Add-Up-05-31-2010/ [3] http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2012/09/do-patent-and-copyright-law-restrict-competition-and-creativity-excessively-posner.html

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Refuses Apple Request For Samsung Ban, But Denies New Trial, Too

fangorious Re:Thank the gods. (156 comments)

If nobody can develop their improvements to your invention because you're just hoarding your patents, that's a stagnated market. Mobile devices have lots and lots of different technologies in them. HTC had to remove the features in their web browser because of a patent on touching a phone number opening a dialer. So in 14 years (utility patent) can restore that feature. At the rate of current development in other areas like real time natural language speech processing, feature-rich touch input processing will be taken for granted like a scrolling with a mouse. So the longevity of that one patent is going to stagnate touch-screen browser development on mobile devices.

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Refuses Apple Request For Samsung Ban, But Denies New Trial, Too

fangorious Re:Thank the gods. (156 comments)

What a laughably stupid statement. The purpose of patents is most certainly NOT to allow others to create products, it is to encourage invention and the release of information.

The purpose is to ensure that inventions and works of art are shared, to improve all of society.

The exact phrase is: To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

Seems to me 'exclusive rights' are exactly what the patent law is there to provide.

See how that starts? "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts." That's the purpose, promoting progress. The second half, the half that you're focusing on, is how patents accomplish that purpose. By offering a limited time exclusive right. The problem is the limited time is currently 14 years for utility patents and 20 years for design patents. That's several generations of obsolescence in mobile tech. That doesn't promote progress. It promotes a stagnated market with no consumer choice whatsoever. We have an alternative form of intellectual property protection that lets the holder hoard it in private forever. It's called Trade Secret. It would be more in line with the stated purpose of patents to simply require all patent holders to license their patents under FRAND rules.

about a year and a half ago
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Rumors Pointing to September iPhone 5 Ship Date

fangorious Re:Does this one work? (93 comments)

If it were a joke, it would have gotten at least one "Funny" moderation. So it's not a joke. And thus it is a troll, not insightful. QED

Mods tend to give a few non-Funny mods so the poster gains some karma (because Funny mods don't give karma).

more than 3 years ago
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Pandora App Sends Private Data To Advertisers

fangorious Re:sigh... (198 comments)

That's a bad analogy though. Apps in the market give a detailed list of all permissions the developer has requested, just the same as a detailed list of ingredients. And in both cases you must accept all or nothing. I can't buy my favorite brownie mix without the corn syrup. I can either buy that brand or not buy that brand. I can either accept all the requested permissions and install the app or not accept the permissions and not install the app.

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola May Ditch Android, Revive ARM Partnership

fangorious In-house OS for docks, not phones (207 comments)

I think I saw it on reddit, but someone suggested that an in-house Web OS would be more likely targeted at the webtop docks introduced with the Atrix. Motorola did say they want that functionality added to all their smartphones. That seems to make a lot more sense than Motorola ditching Android on their phones. I think it would have been an obvious development effort for Google to have had this kind of docking functionality be a core feature of ChromeOS from the beginning.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Voice Discovered Allowing Pure VoIP Calls

fangorious Re:Not really news (110 comments)

You can make phone calls, to peoples' mobile phone, or home landline, using a data-only connection on your mobile phone running Google Voice. And they can call your Google Voice number from their home landline and it rings on your mobile phone thru the data connection. (Mobile phone without a minute plan).

more than 3 years ago
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T-Mobile To Begin HTC G2 Preorders

fangorious Re:Marketability? (132 comments)

The G2 uses the Scorpion core, which is capable of 1.2 GHz but clocked down to 800 MHz (probably for battery life). It's superior, even at 800 MHz, to the 1 GHz snapdragon. The GPU performance is much on par with the Galaxy S, so they don't need the CPU running at a high clock speed like on the pre-GPU phones you compare it to (except the Galaxy S, which this performs comparably too).

more than 3 years ago
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T-Mobile To Begin HTC G2 Preorders

fangorious Re:Marketability? (132 comments)

Only the Sprint version of the Galaxy S line (Epic 4G) has a physical keyboard. The T-Mobile (Vibrant), AT&T (Captivate), and VZW (Fascinate) versions are all screen-only. Not sure about a keyboard version in other countries.

more than 3 years ago
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T-Mobile To Begin HTC G2 Preorders

fangorious Re:HSPA+ Is NOT 4G (132 comments)

Sprint's WiMAX isn't 4G either. Sprint is using 802.16e whereas the 4G proposal (because it hasn't actually be accepted and made an official ITU-R standard yet) is 802.16m. The 802.16e spec is capable of about 1/10th of what the IMT-Advanced (the real name of 4G) requirements specify. Now I know you didn't actually say anything that is contradicted by what I'm saying, but some people will read your post and think Sprint's Evo 4G == way better data than T-Mobile G2, which is not true. T-Mobile's HSPA+ network is proving to be faster than Sprint's WiMax network. They're both pre-4G, T-Mobile's is just better.

more than 3 years ago
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Jupiter Is Missing a Belt

fangorious The BIG Lebowski (187 comments)

All the Jupe ever wanted was it's belt back. It really tied the moons together, man.

more than 4 years ago
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Nexus One Update Fixes 3G, Adds Multitouch

fangorious Re:3G (174 comments)

phone rings, I answer.
Idiot: We lost internet access.
Me: Plug the DSL equipment back in.
Idiot: Ok .... It's working now!
...
facepalm
Happened more than once.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Probes Google and T-Mobile For Double-Whammy Fees

fangorious Re:Fuck T-Mobile (127 comments)

I've always had 6+ months lag between my contract expiring and signing a new one, and I'm on my third contract with T-Mobile. I even switched to prepaid for a couple months between the 1st and 2nd contracts with no issue. I take that back, there was an issue with the amount of my phone subsidy after going from pre-paid back to contract post-paid. But never any problems with the contract terms.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Probes Google and T-Mobile For Double-Whammy Fees

fangorious Re:Fuck Google (127 comments)

Here's their plans page. Some plans it's a $10 difference. The plans with a subsidy don't mention options for adding unlimited text and web like the non-subsidy plans do.

more than 4 years ago

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