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Portable, Super-high-resolution 3-D Imaging

genmax Colonoscopies (31 comments)

Go for the money shot .. as it were. I wonder though, would patients prefer a hard camera tube, or clammy gel shoved you know where ?

more than 3 years ago

Designing Wireless Sensors To Be Dropped Into Volcanoes

genmax Re:I don't think so (126 comments)

Heat insulated condoms.

more than 3 years ago

Khan Academy Delivers 100,000 Lectures Daily

genmax Re:Youtube? (213 comments)

One way to ask nicely is to spell his name right -- "Khan" not Kahn. In your defense, its misspelled once as Kahn in the summary.

more than 4 years ago

Yelp Founder Says "No Extortion — Just a Misunderstood Algorithm"

genmax Re:Sham (120 comments)

What is more, there is a number next to the reviewer's name which says how many reviews s/he has submitted. Shills are unlikely to have reviewed 120 other establishments to prop up one. Perhaps that's what they meant by an algorithm for ranking reviews ?

more than 4 years ago

NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee

genmax Re:Simon Singh (507 comments)

The point of the libel case is that Simon's decision to make the argument that promoting and selling remedies without scientific backing is disingenuous is being classified as a smear --- and the relation to this article is that that's almost exactly what the MPs are saying about homeopaths.

There is nothing wrong with the ideal of disallowing libel, but it is the way in which that ideal is implemented in British law that is what causes most people to "bitch". For example, in the chiropractic case, the courts have essentially asked Simon to defend against the worst possible allegation that one could possibly read in to his case --- he now essentially needs to prove dishonest intent on the part of the chiropractors, which is even more unfair by the fact that *his* intent to make that claim dishonestly was assumed with little opportunity for him to defend it.

Specifically, his statement was "despite a lack of evidence, the BCA happily promote these remedies ..." and the judge decided that the claim of dishonest conduct was implied by the use of the word happy. I don't know how you feel, but I'd say that any fair reading of that statement is not going to assume that that claim was made. The upshot of all of this is that Simon Singh has to prove that chiropractors are intentionally dishonest or pay up around half a million pounds. He can't just argue that reasonable people should have some reason to believe a remedy works before they sell it! He's clearly being sued for making a statement which was an expression of his opinion.

A law is judged by the way it is implemented, and the effect of the British libel laws (in this case and many others) has been to chill criticisms. I disagree with you --- I think the American system, which also allows people to sue for Libel, but asks the plaintiff to prove that the defendant stated something specifically untrue as fact, is far more ideal. There may be a lot more "noise" on the news, but at least no one's being censored.

more than 4 years ago

NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee

genmax Simon Singh (507 comments)

Simon Singh is being currently driven to bankruptcy because of a libel suit in the UK, for saying exactly the same thing about Chiropractic remedies. I hope the homeopaths sue these MPs for libel, and just perhaps, that will make lawmakers think about reforming the ridiculous British libel laws.

more than 4 years ago

The FBI's Newest Tool — Google Images

genmax Wow (220 comments)

This makes sharing your name with someone on the no-fly list sound like a lucky break!

more than 4 years ago

Antitrust Case Against RIAA Reinstated

genmax Re:Why was I modded Troll? (163 comments)

It is also collusion that lets stuff like DRM live on. I think the comment about eMusic in the summary is telling. If the record labels had in reality been competing with each other, DRM would be history by now. It would just take one label to start selling music as mp3s, and customers would flock to them.

more than 4 years ago

Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate

genmax This is shameful (506 comments)

The people on whom the connection is not lost, would see this as a tribute from Google to Philip K. Dick. It would be sad if this sort of unbridled greed on the part of some discourages companies and people from expressing their admiration for the contributions of others.

I do not have a problem with an author's children trying to assert their legal rights --- but this would've been as wrong if the author himself had talked about suing. There is really no reason, legal or otherwise, for Google to be paying money to the Dick foundation. Trademark laws do not apply here. And, does anyone think the name is going to "help" Nexus / Android sales ? Or that there will be people who will buy the nexus thinking it is a Dick novel ? Is Google really profiting or abusing Dick's IP ? Are book sales going to be affected ?

more than 4 years ago

WARF and Intel Settle Patent Suit Over Core 2 Duo

genmax Re:Hope he never gets funded again (79 comments)

Or perhaps,

Intel: The work you do has had an immense impact on the field, and helped us a lot. Thank you, and here's some money so that you keep working on this.
Sohi: Thanks man!
(After research)
Intel: Hey, we own everything you make!

Or even,

WARF: Here's $$$$$$ so that you can set up your lab, hire graduate students, buy equipment. As a condition for the money, we would like to explicitly state that we should own patent rights to your inventions.
Sohi: Sounds good.
Intel: Here's $$ -- consider it a gift.
Sohi: Thanks man. .. sohi invents something ..
WARF: Nice job, we'll patent that now.
Intel: Hey, no fair, we paid some money too, we own the rights.
Judge: (to intel) No you don't!


I'm a graduate student, and I can tell you that it is quite common for companies to fund faculty members via gifts --- that come with no strings attached. Why, you ask ? Altruism -- not really. It is often in a company's interest to have a good relationship with a faculty member / university lab. It means that the faculty member is more likely to work at solving problems that the company would like solved. It is often understood that if the problem is solved, the solution may be in the public domain or that they may have to license it from the university --- but that's better than not having a solution at all. The money that the company pays is often peanuts compared to what they'd have to spend to build a similar research environment themselves.

more than 4 years ago

The Kafka-esque Nightmare of Palm App Submission

genmax Re:Windows Mobile (332 comments)

Actually, getting certified is not essential for Symbian platforms --- it is possible to disable/ignore "not certified" warnings when installing an app. This seems like a good trade-off to me: Nokia's providing users the option of only installing vetted software, but if someone believes that they know what they're doing and are able to spot malware, then these certificates aren't binding.

This is true of only unlocked phones though --- don't know about the AT&T branded ones.

more than 4 years ago

Goldman Sachs Code Theft Not Quite So Cut and Dried

genmax Re:Copyright law applies to internal distribution (306 comments)

Yes. For instance, you can accept a contract to develop changes and agree not to release your changes until the client says ok. This is permitted because in this case no GPL-covered code is being distributed under an NDA. You can also release your changes to the client under the GPL, but agree not to release them to anyone else unless the client says ok. In this case, too, no GPL-covered code is being distributed under an NDA, or under any additional restrictions.

I think that would cover it.

about 5 years ago

Goldman Sachs Code Theft Not Quite So Cut and Dried

genmax Re:Copyright law applies to internal distribution (306 comments)

That analogy is, unfortunately, wholly incorrect.

The GPL requires you to distribute the source code to everyone you give the binary. If you do not distribute the binary but keep it in house, there is nothing that forces you to hand out any changes you've made to the source.

This isn't even a loophole in the GPL, this is in there by design --- if I "buy" GPL software from someone, I own it --- I am free to modify it in any way I see fit, and unless I'm seeking to profit by re-selling it, I have no further obligations to the person gave or sold me that software.

about 5 years ago

Chicago Tribune Reporters Don't Want Readers' Pre-Approval

genmax Re:In other votes. (176 comments)

And this move by the newspaper formalizes the notion that the primary criterion for whether a story is reported is if it will increase sales. Perhaps there's nothing wrong with it, after all a newspaper is a business too - and many are in danger of going bankrupt. But somehow, "yelp"-ifying journalism sounds a little disconcerting.

more than 5 years ago

Antarctic Ice Is Growing, Not Melting Away, At Davis Station

genmax Re:Welp, (633 comments)

I remember a quote from the former Indian prime minster Indira Gandhi - "Poverty is the biggest polluter."

more than 5 years ago

Sweden Sees Boom In Legal Downloading

genmax Re:Waiting for verdicts (121 comments)

I don't think that's a valid counter argument to what the article is claiming. You're saying that the dip in sales corresponds to people being cautious in the wake of the new laws, and buying music instead of 'stealing'. But that still corroborates the *AA companies' claim that if there were no piracy, they would be making a lot more money -- and hence p2p file sharing is depriving them of income. I would really challenge the doubling claims which, as other poster have pointed out, is coming from an obviously biased source. I'm not sure why InProdicon is unwilling to give out actual numbers, and I think they need to do a lot more work before credibly claiming that any increases are because of the IPRED law.

more than 5 years ago

Netflix Throttling Instant Video Streaming

genmax If true ... (207 comments)

... this doesn't make any sense. Its not like Netflix has a number of online offerings, and wants to prevent abuse from streaming movies - streaming movies IS the only (online) service they provide, and at 48kbps, their watch instantly feature is, as the poster said, completely unusable.

I suspect that this is a bug - they're probably detecting your internet connection incorrectly and streaming at a much lower speed than can actually be supported.

If this is deliberate - what did that expect - that nobody'd notice ?

more than 5 years ago

Roundup of Microsoft Research At TechFest 2009

genmax Here's hoping ... (123 comments)

... that some of this research actually helps Microsoft in turning in to a company that derives its revenues from the fruits of its innovations rather than monopoly-based marketing hacks, and lock-ins into poorly written code.

Say what you will about Microsoft's software, Steve Ballmer, etc. - Microsoft Research does some really cool work, and its track record of supporting fundamental math/cs research (and researchers) is quite commendable.

more than 5 years ago

Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

genmax Re:Audio books are worth more than e-books (539 comments)

I meant the question of copyright law only comes in ... - it may still very well be legal, but that's what copyright law decides.

more than 5 years ago



Apple removes "Baby Shaker" from iPhone ap

genmax genmax writes  |  more than 5 years ago

genmax (990012) writes "Macworld reports that Apple has removed a controversial game from the iPhone store.

The release (and subsequent removal) of an iPhone app called Baby Shaker this week has Apple in hot water with angry parents and children's groups, who are demanding answers from Apple. Developed by Sikalosoft, Baby Shaker features a crude drawing of a baby, and the object of the game is to stop the baby from crying by shaking the iPhone until red X's appear over the baby's eyes...

The article questions Apple's judgment in certifying the game in the first place. But while it's arguably a pretty sick game, the application does no actual harm and I don't even see a case for this motivating anyone to go "shake" babies to death in real life. Jack Thompson Syndrome ?"


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