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New Largest Known Prime Number: 2^57,885,161-1

psxndc Re:7 Megabyte Number (254 comments)

Serious question (it's been many moons since I've coded): what sort of data structure is used to represent these insanely large numbers? And how are they manipulated/utilized so they can be used for computation?

Clearly it's well beyond the traditional long datatype.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Patents Electronic Gifting

psxndc Re:Did Amazon invent this? (164 comments)

What it does is make it harder for the real inventor to revoke a patent once it has been awarded.

Now I think you're just trolling. Section 6 of the AIA actually establishes a process for ANYone to challenge the validity of the patent right immediately after it is awarded and for MORE reasons than currently exist for filing a reexamination.
 

The purpose of AIA was to lower the amount of court cases contesting patents and free up the USPTO from having to handle "prior art" claims

That was just two sections of the 30+ sections in the bill, many of which have nothing to do with either of these. Please don't pretend like you know what the purpose of the bill is when you don't even know what it contains.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Patents Electronic Gifting

psxndc Re:Did Amazon invent this? (164 comments)

God, your comment is so misinformed I want to explode.

  1. First-to-file actually doesn't go into effect until March 2013 so you are wrong on that front.
  2. This patent was filed in 2008, well before the AIA was signed into law, so even if the first-to-file aspect of AIA had gone into effect on Sept. 16, 2011, it would be irrelevant anyway to this patent
  3. Your comment - I assume - is some form of dig that first-to-file means companies have carte blanche to file patents on obvious ideas just because somebody doesn't already have a patent on it, which seems to be a viral misunderstanding of the law here on slashdot. First-to-file itself has nothing to do with determining patentability. The AIA - if anything - made it harder to get a patent because it increased what things could be considered when determining novelty of a claim, i.e., under the old laws, some invalidating product could be on sale in another country more than a year ago and it wouldn't be considered, whereas now it will be.

FFS, please STFU until you educate yourself on what you are commenting about.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Patents Electronic Gifting

psxndc Re:This Patent won't live long... (164 comments)

Thank you, Theaetetus. I've enjoyed reading your responses over the last week. Slashdot has beaten me down to point where I don't have the energy to try and correct people, so I appreciate you saying all the things I'm too tired to say myself.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Orders Do-Over On Key Software Patents

psxndc Re:Isn't sponsored advertising prior art? (167 comments)

That sounds like a pain in the ass. I agree: Solving that problem 12 years does sound like innovation. Oh, I see. You're the type that thinks innovation has to be lightbulb-level innovation. Well, agree to disagree.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Orders Do-Over On Key Software Patents

psxndc Re:Isn't sponsored advertising prior art? (167 comments)

Could you be a little more specific? Is there a place you can buy them and get them for free, but to get them for free you have to watch an ad first?

The patent is directed to a website that sells things.

And the patent goes back to 2000.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Orders Do-Over On Key Software Patents

psxndc Re:Isn't sponsored advertising prior art? (167 comments)

No, that is not what the patent is about.

It's about offering the content for sale AND offering it for free, but you only get it for free if you watch an ad first.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

psxndc Re:In other news (171 comments)

Did YOU actually read the letter? The whole letter and not just the excerpt that you linked to? Here's the whole letter.

http://www.temple.edu/lawschool/dpost/mcphersonletter.html

Maybe you should do a little more digging before you grab your pitchfork.

First, even in the excerpt you cited, Jefferson acknowledges that progress can be made towards forming a general set of rules. He's not saying there shouldn't be anything such as IP (which is what you and every other knee jerk engineer seems to quote this for).

Second, he actually requests that the very letter you're excerpting not be used to misrepresent what he's saying:

"I have thus, Sir, at your request, given you the facts and ideas which occur to me on this subject. I have done it without reserve, although I have not the pleasure of knowing you personally. In thus frankly committing myself to you, I trust you will feel it as a point of honor and candor, to make no use of my letter which might bring disquietude on myself."

Long story short, you do much disservice to your point when chastising me for cherry picking points but then rely on them yourself as your sole support for your main argument.

And I'M the troll.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

psxndc Re:In other news (171 comments)

And yet Jefferson was the first Commisioner of the Patent Office. Kinda undermines his repeatedly copypasted quotes.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

psxndc Re:In other news (171 comments)

You're supposed to be able to patent the cotton gin, but not "a process for separating cotton from seeds."

Based on what? Processes are absolutely meant to be patentable. 35 USC 101 says:

Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.

It says processes are patentable right there in the statute and has for 50+ years.

more than 2 years ago
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The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up

psxndc Re:Treble? (205 comments)

By the way, you claim that Edison patented "his lightbulb." You assume he only had an appatatus claim. Just out of curiosity, would you change your opinion if one of the claims of his patent said "a method of producing light..." Choose your answer carefully.

more than 2 years ago
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The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up

psxndc Re:Treble? (205 comments)

I'm actually not being facetious. So did Edison discover that running a current through a filament when encased in glass makes it glow or did he invent it? Seriously.

more than 2 years ago
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The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up

psxndc Re:Treble? (205 comments)

I disagree that it's disconnected from reality and common sense. It's the same invention, we're just looking at it from different angles. You claim to want to protect inventions, but are drawing a very narrow definition of what is an invention (apparatus) and what is not (process).

more than 2 years ago
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The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up

psxndc Re:Treble? (205 comments)

And I'm sorry it's so confusing for you. Legally, there is no difference.

more than 2 years ago
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The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up

psxndc Re:Treble? (205 comments)

No, same invention, different way of casting it. I've cast it as a method, you've cast it as an apparatus. It's the same invention though.

And "copying" has nothing to do with patent infringement. If someone came up with the light bulb independently, they'd still infringe.

more than 2 years ago
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The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up

psxndc Re:Treble? (205 comments)

By that argument, anything ever made was "discovered." I discovered that when I ran electricity through a filament, it lights up. And I discovered that I can encase it in glass.

Agree to disagree.

more than 2 years ago
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The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up

psxndc Re:Treble? (205 comments)

So any new process that is invented - like something equivalent to the invention of the process to make steel - cannot be patented? Yeah, that seems like a great idea.

more than 2 years ago
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Congress Asks Patent Office To Consider Secret Patents

psxndc Re:Catch 22 (285 comments)

Thank you, thank you, 1000 times thank you.

Right on all accounts.

IAAL.

more than 2 years ago
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Fark Founder Drew Curtis Explains How Fark Beat a Patent Troll

psxndc Re:Best defense against a true patent troll (59 comments)

True patent trolls, entities that solely exist to acquire patent portfolios and weaponize them for profit, do not know anything about the content of the actual patent.

Straight up WRONG. For every non-techie litigator that a patent troll has, there is a technical patent attorney with an engineering degree that is supporting the litigator.

I say this having represented defendants in about a dozen patent troll cases.

Sincerely,
A patent attorney with a comp. sci. degree

more than 2 years ago
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Twitter: 'We Promise To Not Be a Patent Troll'

psxndc Re:The HP Way (103 comments)

I guess it's not cynical for me to recognize everyone on slashdot is a torch-and-pitchfork wielding anti-corporation zealot either, huh? I mean, you guys have been proving me right for about a decade now.

why do I even bother to come here?

more than 2 years ago

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The tirade against Flash

psxndc psxndc writes  |  more than 11 years ago Wow. First Journal entry. The recent tirade against my pro-Flash post has prompted me to do a little justifcation, and rather than do it in-thread, I'll do it here:

Flash is a lot like a gun. It can be a very useful tool when used for what it was designed to do. It can also be very nasty, evil tool when misused.

Flash is great from a design standpoint because it gives you real control over what you are presenting. If you think the webpage author shouldn't have control, that the user should, then we should just all go back to text and scrap the IMG tag. Yes, some people use 800x600 resolution and some use 1600x1200 and your page should allow both to view it equally well, but what other products allow such customization based on the consumer? Newspapers? No, you get the whole paper, even if you just read the funnies. Shoes? You can choose your size, maybe the color within that size, but you can't choose to get the chuck taylor's in alliagtor skin instead of canvas. At some point, you either have to take what the author is presenting or simply not use/read their product. It's up to the author to maximize their market.

Another comment I saw referred to HTML being great because it's a standard that all clients can read. First, HTML is a MARKUP language, not a LAYOUT language. Nested tables are a kludge and they suck ass. Period. Flash gives you the ability to do both. And 99% of the browsers out there have a plugin for it. *cry* "B...B...But there's no lynx plugin or Amaya plugin for RedHat 5.2" Seriously, tough shit. You brought it upon yourself. If you want to be an elitist and not use something that has a Flash plugin, then piss off. They've made it for a crap load of configurations, including Linux.

That all being said, Flash is not the end-all, be-all of web applications. What it _does_ give you though is a centralized, totally configurable, readable by 99% of the browsers out there, way of authoring a site. You don't have to agree with me. I don't even expect you to, but the fact is: Flash _can_ be a great tool if used properly and I'm sick of all the Flash-bashing here on /. I finally had to say something.

-p

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