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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

niftymitch Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1050 comments)

The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine nearly killed me when I was a child.

So you should want everyone else to get it. While hypersensitivity to a vaccine is rare, it does happen and is a valid reason to get get vaccines. But if everyone else does, you are still protected. (Herd immunity) Or, keep your tinfoil hat on and continue denigrating people who have 12 years more training than you do in exactly this. Darwin works, and you will solve yourself soon enough.

How do we know that it was the vaccine that nearly killed one quote above..

Hypersensitivity to one item is rare but to all the things in life a lot less rare.
How do we as readers eliminate the possibility that this was not hyper sensitivity to peanut butter
or other common trigger.

I would offer those that fear hypersensitivity that a subcutaneous bubble/ blister or tine test could
be developed to screen for this risk. Perhaps it should be. Those with allergies know the chess
board grid on their back screening method. Also an epi pen could be sealed in a container
and used if needed. Because it is sealed it could be reissued after resealing a couple weeks later.
The darn things have gotten expensive... (for crazy patent reasons).

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

niftymitch Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1050 comments)

Mercury containing preservatives are used in some flu shots.

HOWEVER all those that point to this as a problem talk about %% or ppb
numbers in the product.

The ones that flabbergast me most are the ones that fail to translate the %%
into total body burden. They fail to compute the mercury from a years
supply of tuna fish sandwiches and compare it to the 1 cc of vaccine.

Mercury is multivalent and has very different body activity depending
the compound and chemistry of the compound. Mercury is nasty as
heck but the lack of specifics in measurement si troubling.

Lead in brass is one such troubling topic. If you open the tap, reach for
a glass and fill it it is unlikely that any lead could be measured. However if
the fixture has the brass brushed with a wire brush and then water is
allowed to stand for a week it might be easy to measure with modern tools.

Some modern legal enforced health levels have no health data to support them.
However with each instrumentation improvement the legal levels are reduced
to match these new instrumentation capabilities. Many of these "legal" levels
are matters of regulation and are revised by a bureaucrat with questionable
loyalties, qualifications and motives. The answers to these questions may
vindicate the action but need to be asked and documented.

It is possible in some of this that we are seeing the correct answer for the wrong
answer. A process that enables this is troubling and risks greater wrongs....

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

niftymitch Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1050 comments)

You should read the Texas curriculum standards and textbook reviews. It would be an education about "education".

Err... no do not waste your time ....

Unless you are of a mind to address the foolishness....

I was lucky -- I had a science teacher that taught us about the Hollow Earth
and what might be hidden in it and what it might look like.

In part this class taught critical thinking.

One contrary force is the problem of standards testing.
If the question pool is so large then nothing else can be taught
then we degenerate into dogma or repetition of dogma.
The Baltimore Catechism comes to mind....

If the question pool is too small, we risk too many 100% 'ers.
The 100%ers are then in a position to challenge the foolishness
of the test pool and pool answers and those in power seem to
be in fear of this.

Pay attention to the school system...
Pay attention to the notion of zero tolerance in schools
as it has morphed into a form of intolerance. The justice
system in schools establishes the expectations of our children
and when justice is corrupt we risk teaching despair.

5 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

niftymitch Authors know this (567 comments)

Authors know this.
That is why all content looks wrong.

Content authors of all kinds seem to have better
and more displays than their customers. Fonts
are too small, page layout is all wrong, page breaks
are all wrong.

Phones that rotate make authors that care confused....
CSS always pulls in crud that has a different style view
of the end page result than all the other CSS authors.

about a week ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

niftymitch Re:How is this good? (172 comments)

One of the most nasty things a disease can do is to slowly replicate without causing symptoms. These long incubation periods are why Ebola, Tuberculosis, and Rabies are so dangerous. ......snip....

It is necessary to add some measures of infection and transmission (transmissibility). If a person is infectious for a long period
with no or difficult to detect symptoms the world has a massive problem if the end result is kin to the final week or two of a hemorrhagic
fever like Ebola.

Transmissibility i.e. the evolutions of a virus ability to infect others is missing in the original article.
A virus could become benign OR it could combine the long incubation of HIV and Ebola but acquire the
rapid transmissibility of influenza and run wild across the globe reducing the population by +80%.
The 80% is a personal SWAG that assumes the collapse of health care that today gives Ebola victims
a fighting chance.

Another risk is for a very infectious hemorrhagic fever class virus to emerge and attack livestock, poultry,
fish and swine. Oceanic fish infections scare me.... Any of these might cause global or regional famine
and global or regional conflict.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

niftymitch Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (172 comments)

From TFA: "Some virologists suggest the virus may eventually become "almost harmless" as it continues to evolve."

Yes, I realize the the article says "Some" and "almost" but still I'd rather it be like dealing with a common cold than a full shutdown of my immune system.

"May" and "almost harmless" not in my lifetime.

Ask any person that suffers shingles, virus populations in West Africa may evolve a less lethal
variety of Ebola... but I am not going to bet on it. Singles hides in nerve tissue and can attack
60 years after infection..... that is like three generations.

At best we might see a Cowpox/Smallpox pair but as world history shows Cowpox does
not visit a population far and wide enough to make Smallpox go away. Smallpox is still
a global risk. The fact that we have "eradicated it" means that most will not get immunized
at all today.. unlike my generation where I was immunized at least three times gives me
pause. The risk of smallpox escaping from immunization manufacturing scares the industry
so much that they are unwilling to be in the business.

The only hope for people with regard to HIV & Ebola consists of social changes
an if we are lucky immunizations. Condoms, monogamy will help with HIV.
Major religious changes that eliminate the very dangerous funeral practices combined
with better sanitation, cooking practices and aggressive health care mobilization
by a trusting population are needed for Ebola.

But not in a lifetime....

about two weeks ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

niftymitch Re:No more broken iPhones.. (203 comments)

They're so cheap, it's better to replace them?

No broken is broken.
If you want to replace one that is all well and good.
I have found that the the old phone makes a handy media
player. With Chromecast and youtube, netflix or whatever a
little phone can be happy serving up music or streaming video
via WiFi.

But broken is broken... not good for anything worth doing.

Oh and BTW this second life is the biggest reason all my
phones must have a replaceable battery. AND on the sad
day that a phone goes swimming or a run through the laundry
a short visit to the phone store I can activate the old one. I
can get a prepaid SIM for travel where roaming plans or message
rates go nuts. Because it is a novel number I get little or
no "hey good buddy" expensive ill timed calls from many time zones
away.

about a month ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

niftymitch No Instruction restart, No MMU... (147 comments)

Not an interesting project.
the MC68000 has no way to restart an instruction and no MMU.
Both of these are critical to running a Linux kernel today!
You could emulate a 68000 on a Beaglebone Black and have
it run faster.

*nix like OS have been built and run on a 68000 Idris is one
historic port of Unix. Little or no protection to keep processes
from running over memory and I/O and doing bad things but a
worthy *nix all in all for its day.

Step up a little to the MC68010 add an external TLB/MMU built
from modest size fast static RAM and Bob's yer Uncle... A
68010 does have the ability to restart instructions so you can recover
from a page fault. An external TLB/MMU is easy and designs
abound in 25+ year old paper documents.

When you are done a Raspberry-Pi or Beaglebone Black will still
run circles around it.

If you want to have fun build yourself a machine like the "magic 1"
and you will learn what all the buzz be about.

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

niftymitch Perception dominated the ... (561 comments)

Perception dominated the knee jerk reaction.

In my experience modern computers and operating systems
are beyond any one person knowing all the answers.

I recall working with an astoundingly clever and smart network type
that was tasked with tuning the lowest nasty bits of the network
stack. However he had no experience in setting a machine up
and installing a base system and adding initial users so he could
test what he was doing.

Same is true for a lady hardware designer. A true wizard at termination
of very high speed transmission lines and world class in coding VHDL
to eliminate random TTL logic on a board... Again the random decisions
made for setting up a user could not be deduced from raw logic....

The toy company should have had an ethnic and gender mixed help desk.
But that does not give the foolish critics a free ride.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

niftymitch Re:Intro to algorithms. (223 comments)

Solar charger, battery, Raspberry-Pi side loaded with compilers
extra boot memory cards..... Hunt the new RasPi with microSD slot
and improved USB power. HTML5 is new enough to study.

Haskell is high on my list as is a good lisp. Never ignore Python.

about a month ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

niftymitch Re:There's a clue shortage (574 comments)

X years... and product/ language only out for Y...
So true...
In 1996 I saw a job description mandating ten years of experience with Java.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

niftymitch Re:Never mind that Steve Jobs was not gay (430 comments)

Evidently gay is highly contagious. Scientists say it's not airborne, but some of them have got it, so there's obviously a lot they don't know about how gay is spread. It stands to reason we should do everything we an think of to reduce the public exposure to gay.

I can see the global angst now as a current US president sits down
in front of a fireplace with a handful of trusted but silent aids to reassure
the nation and the world that "gay" is not contagious if you wear
head to toe protective....

Then in less than a week he or she imports a word like tzar from Russia
to explain it all.....

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

niftymitch Re:Because (430 comments)

You heard it here first, folks-- no shirt? You gay, buddy.

These pederasts. I swear, m8.

Burqas for boys... seems to be the next step....

about a month and a half ago
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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

niftymitch Does it run Android? (1 comments)

I was hoping this was a new Android wrist watch.
Sadly it was not when I looked at the original article.

Sill it is cool as heck.... Recall the palmdale bulge that might have
been a 10cm uplift of the bed rock. This could measure this...

An array of these clocks in well chosen places might tell us a lot
about this little blue ball we live on.

Since this is the first week after some of the globe flipped off Daylight Savings Time
it is obvious to me that the old WWV radio controlled clocks are so last year.
I would like to see some NTP-WiFi + WWV + GPS clock designs. Perhaps with
better displays than the current pile of fixed 7 segment type display.

Cool as heck... but I doubt I can afford one today.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

niftymitch Everest was so last year. (594 comments)

Climbing Everest has become so last year that a new
expression of "stuff" is needed.

So up up and away....

BTW: Everest is lethal too.

about a month and a half ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

niftymitch Selective.... I say not. (257 comments)

If he wants to be forgotten then "forget him".

Invoking the right to be forgotten should not be selective.
Flush it all and let us not visit this again.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

niftymitch Moving... (613 comments)

Moving back to Arizona I am...

about a month and a half ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

niftymitch Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

If they work, I don't care. The scumbags bricking devices are the problem.

There are a couple dirtbags here.
First the math:
Three dirtbags does not equal a scumbag.

The initial dirtbag would be the clowns that made parts that reported that
they were a different part but not also acted differently but were a lame
subset of the original. Fraud on the data sheet or marking on the part
is worthy of prosecution.

The second dirtbag is FTDI that can effectively disable a vastly more extensive and
expensive device and deny the purchaser that did nothing wrong and has no possibility
of auditing the content of the device they purchased.

The third dirtbag is the vendor that knowingly uses a less costly part or the distributor
that delivers a less costly part knowing or turning a blind eye to the fact that the
alternate part is a sad knockoff.

Counterfeiters are a real problem and in the modern age of 3D printing
are likely to find another media to abuse.

I dislike the strategy taken by FTDI it attacks the end user and risks others -- furthest from the fraud
and least likely to know or be able to know anything about the abuse of the trespassing on FTDI's
design intellectual property.

about 2 months ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

niftymitch Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

Do not forget that the EPA shut the incinerators off in these hospitals.

As for the dozen or so high isolation beds in the US that FoX and others wants
all patients to be sent to... Oh wait there are many in isolation and only
13 beds... 1,2,3, many... none can count high enough for sure.

The way to think about these 13 beds is that they are 13 lab rat cages.
Not designed for anything beyond experimental access to astoundingly
ill individuals.

about 2 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

niftymitch Flat footed a bit. (478 comments)

The CDC is a bureaucratic machine.
It has a US centric view... it does not have a global charter.
It does watch for things outside the US but depends on others.

They seem to be almost flat footed on this. Had the folk in
Texas not stumbled they would look good. The folk in Texas did
step on it and now are trying to catch up.

If they had done their job and the politicians done their day job
we would have seen Governors, Mayors, President Obama formally
introduce experts then sit down and listen. However they wanted
camera time, they wanted to be in charge and here we go.

Early on I had a question about Ebola and because I could I submitted
a question that took a day to frame (unlike this 40 second /.). A week
later I got a reply... that was in effect "good question, we do not have
an answer today, we will and here is where you need to look.
Very responsible, very organized but navigates like three oil tankers
and two aircraft carriers tied together with half a million rolls of duct
tape. Slow ponderous relentless... comes to mind. Something about
five captains and a couple dozen tug boat captains applies too.

I went looking for my favorite kitchen rubber gloves today at my
favorite big box shop.... None. Like bottled water after the Napa
quake they have apparently been shipped to high demand locations like Texas
and I hope Africa. There were still gloves that work fine but not
my favorite type in the large economy box. Lots of them at the
local flu shot clinic today so the medical community here is golden.

I should give the important SUMMARY:
My meatloaf smushing and habanero slicing is still safe.

about 2 months ago

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Ebola and the War of the Worlds

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 2 months ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Compare and contrast todays news coverage on Ebola and the topic of the upcoming PBS special replay:
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
War of the Worlds
Aired: 10/29/2013 52:10 Rating: NR
Shortly after 8 p.m. on the Halloween Eve, 1938, a panicked radio announcer broke in with a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic. It turned out to be H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds performed by Orson Welles."

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Sure blame the computer -- Ebola

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 3 months ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes ""The Dallas hospital treating a patient with Ebola blamed a flaw in its electronic health records as the reason he was first released despite telling a nurse he had come from West Africa".
Now blame the computer....

OK flabbergasted I am. The blame game begins.
Five individuals under voluntary quarantine were threatened by officials
for going out to get food. Now under mandatory quarantine.

Silly rabbits know.
Quarantine for 21 days without food is tantamount to a death sentence.
Especially with screaming healthy small children inside a 1000 sq ft apartment.
If there are any complications starvation is serious.. Yes M. Ganhdi did fast for 21 days...

Removal of soiled linens and the bed but no plan to replace them will have
them sleeping on the floor. Oh wait now the carpet must be ripped out because
the carpet is now bedding.

Removal of common trash. Can common water bottles be recycled with other
trash. Can food scraps be composed in the local landfill."

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A Polygraph is not private, OH MY....

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 5 months ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "

"TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – WIAT 42 News has obtained a copy of Justin “Ross” Harris’ personnel file from the time that he was employed as a dispatcher with the Tuscaloosa Police Department. The documents detail Harris’ employment history, some drug use, and the results of a polygraph test that was conducted before his hire. Harris was hired as a tele communicator basic with the police department in June of 2006. He was promoted in his second year with the department, and then in May 2009, he resigned."

This is a tangle of astounding reach. A polygraph is a process to coerce "honesty" from individuals... But there is no US constitutional protection and no privacy as this release demonstrates."
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SF-fire-chief-bans-helmet-cameras BUT WHY?

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about a year ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "San Francisco's fire chief has explicitly banned firefighters from using helmet-mounted video cameras, after images from a battalion chief's Asiana Airlines crash recording became public and led to questions about first responders' actions leading up to a fire rig running over a survivor."
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Like this cannot be hacked...

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Like this can never be hacked.... One can hope.

"A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely.

"The technology, but not an actual gun, was demonstrated Tuesday at a wireless technology conference in Las Vegas and was shown to The Associated Press in advance. It comes at a time when lawmakers around the U.S. are considering contentious smart gun laws that would require new guns to include high-tech devices that limit who can fire them.""

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Should health departments relax in emergencies?... radiation did it...

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "State health officials said several vendors have set up in Moore to help provide food to residents and workers in the area, but some are failing to follow basic health guidelines. Cleveland County Health Department officials say there have been reports of numerous vendors in the area giving away or selling food for people living and working in the area.

The director of the state health department's consumer health service, K.C. Ely, says that while they appreciate that people want to help, they are finding "multiple food safety hazards."

Ely said a check of several vendors found no means for washing hands, water, screening, overhead protection or other basic food safety requirements."

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Man Jailed in UK 4 fake detectors.

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes ""A British judge on Thursday sentenced a businessman who sold fake bomb detectors to 10 years in jail, saying the millionaire had shown a cavalier disregard for potentially fatal consequences.

"James McCormick made an estimated 50 million pounds ($77.8 million) from the sales of his non-working detectors — which were based on a novelty golf ball finder — to countries including Iraq, Belgium, Niger and Saudi Arabia."

Now will the purveyors of the of those body scanners to the TSA be next?"

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CNN anchor Deb Feyerick opened with a rather odd question

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "The fifth branch of the US gvment needs an education!

On Friday, an asteroid will come within 17,000 miles of the Earth—“a very close shave” by space standards, as my colleague Phil Plait puts it on Bad Astronomy. Recently, Bill Nye the Science Guy went on CNN to discuss the phenomenon—and anchor Deb Feyerick opened with a rather odd question: “Is this an effect of perhaps global warming?”

BTW: The fourth branch is special interest groups."

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Moo, Tracking School Children With RFID

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates Radio Frequency Identification Device chips to monitor livestock, a Texas school district just begun implanting the devices on student identification cards to monitor pupils’ movements on campus, and to track them as they come and go from school.

Tagging school children with RFID chips is uncommon, but not new.

The risk is in the abuse. Merchants and many many more locations can deploy readers and track these passive ID tags. The result is that it is not only the school that can track the students."

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The clairvoyant patent.. OMG #7,958,388

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "And I quote from US patent 7,958,388
====================
United States Patent 7,958,388
Bullen , et al. June 7, 2011
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"The above description of the preferred embodiments has been given by way of example. From the disclosure given, those skilled in the art shall understand the invention and its advantages, but will also find apparent various changes and modifications that can be made to the methods and structures disclosed. We seek therefore to cover all such changes and modifications as fall within the spirit and scope of the invention, as defined by the appended claims and equivalents thereof. Thus, it is intended that the specification and examples be considered as exemplary only, with a true scope and spirit of the invention being indicated by the following claims."

Which I take to claim that anything a workman like programmer discovers as missing is included even if they have not thought of it yet.

OMG"
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It is illegal to talk.

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Apparently it is illegal to talk about the superbowl. .....descriptions are a violation of copyright. Listen closely right before the commercials and you will find yourself being told that not only are unauthorized reproductions a no-no, but so are..."
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Zappos - zapped

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Zappos tells us.

"First, the bad news:

"We are writing to let you know that there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on Zappos.com, including one or more of the following: your name, e-mail address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, the last four digits of your credit card number (the standard information you find on receipts), and/or your cryptographically scrambled password (but not your actual password).""

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How to file a friend of court brief?

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 3 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "What is unique and novel in Patent number: 7822816 System and method for data management J. David Payne...

This claim sounds like BSD "learn" to me:
      "creating a questionnaire comprising a series of questions" or even the SAT tests. With swizzled bubble .vs. question mechanism to make shoulder surfing near impossibe.

Another sounds like classic bubble test read by a machine and even Myers brigs tests.
  "tokenizing said questionnaire; thereby producing a plurality of tokens representing said questionnaire".

This is hitting the courts in MacroSolve, Inc. v. Whoop, Inc.; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Civil Action No. 6:11-cv-00523

The whole thing reads like: "I patent the use of the following things when used in the manner that they were designed for and intended to be used." i.e I patent any method where when you have a hammer and you hammer nails.

The mention of XML is interesting because the design of XML was to address difficult to maintain compact data encoding methods. i.e. compact encoding predates XML.

Another claim reads like the "dragon book" where compact intermediate tokens are designed to be used as input for another program.

Anyhow the captcha for this is :retard: which makes me wonder if /. is a magic eight ball in disguise. Is it the patent or me.."
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Obama Tax Plan implemented at ATT

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 3 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "AT&T announced that it will reduce the data throughput speed of its biggest data users on the unlimited data plan. The company stated it's responding to the explosive growth in data usage and the network congestion that comes with it. ......
Instead, it's targeting the top 5 percent of heaviest data users on the unlimited plan, who use 12 times more data than other users, according to AT&T."

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