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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

gnupun Re:Another Slashdot Beta progress report (57 comments)

Why are they still developing it? What are the goals of the new design? Who is target market for the new design? There should be a slashdot poll asking which format users prefer:
a) beta
b) classic
c) both
With this we can discover if the naysayers are a minority or not.

It seems pointless to continue developing something so inferior (but slightly prettier) to the original. Just create a nicer looking skin for classic and be done with it.

4 hours ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

gnupun Re:Basic lack of humanity (266 comments)

But where does the BSD license say, "If you use our code and make over $1 billion in sales, you must donate some money to our foundation?" It doesn't, so Apple pays nada. Why all the hate and jealousy? If you throw thousands of dollars on the street, don't expect the money to multiply and return to your pocket.

3 days ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

gnupun Re:Especially solar cells and carbon fiber windmil (214 comments)

only one problem, the solution of windmills, DON'T FUCKING WORK dumb shit!!.

Have they tried placing windmills near the ocean? It's very windy there.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

gnupun Re:Whatever you may think ... (444 comments)

Which does not mean that a court of law will uphold it

Well, writing bug-free software (as in 100% defect free) is insanely difficult and expensive. Is the consumer ready to pay 100x the original cost? Formally proving even small segments of code requires a long difficult proof and the proof itself may have bugs. Doing the same for large non-trivial programs exponentially so.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

gnupun Re:Poor poor bigot (1109 comments)

Bigot? Not really. He's not opposed to gay people. He just wants them to prevent them from ruining the (religious) institution of marriage. The govt. and the courts did not invent marriage, religion did. So the courts have little power or right to redefine marriage to include same-sex partners.

about a week ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

gnupun Re:Seems pretty different, not a gesture (408 comments)

Correction to second paragraph: The left-to-right and right-to-left sliding toggle switch in the video greatly resembles Apple's slide to unlock and should probably be considered prior art.

about two weeks ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

gnupun Re:Seems pretty different, not a gesture (408 comments)

Can anyone explain why dead bolts [ebaystatic.com] are not sufficient prior art?

This should be considered as prior art as it performs exactly the same function, looks similar and most importantly has the same unlock mechanism as the iphone's slide-to-unlock. That is, both user interfaces open a door. The dead bolt is a real world representation (used in millions of homes around the world) of the idea whereas the apple's patent seems to have copied that idea into the computer software domain. So it fails the non-obviousness test. Just because you port something so common into computer UI does not make it non-obvious. Therefore it is not patent-worthy.

The video, on the other hand, does not show prior art of slide to unlock, just many variations of computer-based toggle switches. The solutions she presents is only vaguely related to slide-to-unlock (toggleness).

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

gnupun Re:maybe the internet should be put in space (223 comments)

Or the gov installs the fiber to all the property and then leases access to the fiber to anyone who wants it.

The problem with that is the government is neither capable nor interested in being on the cutting-edge of latest internet technologies. They should just provide the infrastructure that makes whatever type of cable the network provider is interested in installing cost-effective.

Each pizza delivery company doesn't need to build their own roads to deliver pizza,

True, but road technology does not change every few years, the internet "roads" change.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

gnupun Re:maybe the internet should be put in space (223 comments)

Satellites are too expensive and slow. Instead, why doesn't the govt dig the trenches for the internet optical fibers using taxpayer money, then lease them out to competing internet providers. That is, the the conduit/hole/trench belongs to the govt and the local people, but the wires within the conduit belong to the internet companies. This way, many internet companies can compete because of they only have to install new fibers in already existing trenches, drastically reducing cost and encouraging competition and thereby lowering costs to consumers per Mbps speed.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

gnupun Re:Regulate last mile (223 comments)

But utilities are upgraded at a very slow pace because the govt regulates how much profit a utility company can make, putting brakes on innovation. With the internet, we want to replace/upgrade everything every 10 to 15 years and that is not possible if the internet is classified as a utility.

Utilities are fine for phone and electricity because they are mature technologies that don't change much year-to-year.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

gnupun Re:Something From Nothing. (392 comments)

But scientists don't usually say "we don't know." Rather, they say emphatically, "Creation did not come from God." This is the whole Creation vs. Evolution theory debate.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

gnupun Re:And people think Linux is GOOD? REALLY? (175 comments)

Can kernel panic info also be saved to a disk log instead of just showing it on the screen? It could also be logged to a USB drive or something connected to the network or in the extreme case, CMOS space in BIOS.

Whatever the method, the log information should be easily accessible on reboot without the use of cameras/cell phones etc.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

gnupun Re:This is a REALLY bad idea (328 comments)

This law is kinda like:

"If you run with scissors and hurt someone it's okay to criminalize and sue the scissor manufacturer."

about two weeks ago
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Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

gnupun Re:Universities should have no patents (130 comments)

BU is a private university. I see your point for public universities, but a private entity should be able to do what it wishes in this regard.

But what about the grad/phd students who actually invented this stuff? Do they see even a penny of this settlement? I don't think all the lab equipment and tools in the world is worth 100% of the patent rights going to the university.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

gnupun Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

So it only took about a year of screaming from the users and slashdotters before Microsquishy paid attention and brought back the MENU instead of that god damned useless start screen

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but can anyone explain how the start menu is better than metro app grid? To launch an app from the start menu takes 4 or more clicks:

Start menu --> programs --> scroll through all programs and click on program group --> launch actual program

Furthermore, all the above steps requires the user working with tiny 12 point font menus.

Now compare this with metro app launching:

Start menu --> scroll until you find your app --> click to start app.

Step 2 (scrolling) can be eliminated if you place all your favorite programs in the first page. So why is the start menu better?

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

gnupun Re:The best the SCOTUS could do is wipe software p (192 comments)

Software is not inventing math... just using it similar to how every field in engineering uses math. Pop open any vhdl or verilog book -- it looks like ada/pascal and C respectively. And yes, this software-like code that looks like algebraic formulas is used to create electronic circuits. The circuits and the code are patentable. So why can't software be patented? Stop repeating the same nonsense thousands of times that "Software is math!" It's not, it's technology.

about two weeks ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

gnupun Re:Free market (353 comments)

Yes. The internet (automation) will help replace the taxi cab phone operators who assign taxis to customers. Instead of humans, the taxi driver will receive his instructions from a smartphone app.

So cab companies and their phone operators will probably become obsolete as they cannot compete price-wise with a computer server that will do their job for 1/1000th of their cost. The taxi drivers are not obsolete (yet). But they might get a new boss soon. This is very likely to happen just as large grocery stores like Wal-mart, Safeway etc. replaced the mom-n-pop stores.

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

gnupun Re:The best the SCOTUS could do is wipe software p (192 comments)

"We're not an intellectual property company."

Few manager/executive type people say things like this. Their choice is either keep it a trade secret or patent it... unless the stuff you're creating is not very important to the business. Most companies' existence is based on various secrets they possess.

Which effectively meant, it a competitor saw our system at work, copied it and patented it we'd probably be willing to pay them a license fee just to get off our backs - shocking, but probably the case.

So generous, maybe you should copy your product's source code tree to a usb drive and hand it over to your competitors to save them the trouble.

As for Microsoft and Zynga, they're both standing on the shoulders of giants

Read MS-DOS' history. You'll find that MS bought Q-DOS (aka 86-DOS) which was created by Paterson. According to DR-DOS creator, Kildall, Paterson pretty much cloned the entire interface of CP/M to create Q-DOS. The lack of software patents at the time meant he could legally do this. Back then microprocessors were rare and software for them rarer. Do you want to remove s/w patents and promote this type of lawlessness?

about two weeks ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

gnupun Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

No, not just games/graphics. Some of his books apply to all software

about three weeks ago
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Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

gnupun Re:Does it matter? (108 comments)

this. Augmented reality is about interacting with the real world. Virtual reality is about being cut off from it.

But virtual reality can be based on real data. Imagine you want to visualize certain aspects of the billions of petabytes of data that Facebook has mined from its users. What's better than a VR headset for such a purpose?

about three weeks ago

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