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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

speedplane The Terminator (142 comments)

Is it just coincidence that the embedded YouTube video has a terminator style soundtrack?

about three weeks ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

speedplane Re:Double-edged sword (118 comments)

The intellectually hard work of software isn't the idea. It's almost entirely within the coding.

Good ideas usually come in a flash, so they appear to be "cheap." However, they are also usually the result of trial and error over and over again and being deeply entrenched in the field.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

speedplane Re:American Capitalism at its Finest (182 comments)

This particular case is about increasing rider safety and reliability. Lyft and Uber compete for drivers, and here, they are going head to head to get the most number, and best drivers.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

speedplane American Capitalism at its Finest (182 comments)

This is American capitalism at its finest. Who is really morally invested in Uber or Lyft anyway? As long as they don't lie or burn riders, this tough competition will likely only help riders.

about 2 months ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

speedplane Re:where's the money?! (213 comments)

Change the acronym to Applying Computers to Money and you'd have a popular organization.

about 3 months ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

speedplane Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

So then running software is not a concrete implementation of anything? That seems a bit silly. Software is complex with lots of moving parts. There are abstract ideas for particular components within software, but as a whole it is not abstract the way an equation or observational relationship is.

about 4 months ago
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Red Hat Assistant General Counsel Analyses Supreme Court's Patent Ruling

speedplane Re:Software Patents Are Just Wrong (43 comments)

IBM has more patents than any company in the world. Indeed, they patented just about everything they thought up. And now they receive an untold amount of licensing fees from just about every other major computing company, and life goes on. Take a look at the following report below, listing all of the major patent holders. #2 is Samsung, #3 Canon, #4 Sony, #5 LG. http://www.ipo.org/wp-content/...

about 4 months ago
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Red Hat Assistant General Counsel Analyses Supreme Court's Patent Ruling

speedplane Re:Patent the invention (43 comments)

I entirely agree that something that is otherwise not eligible for patent protection should not become patentable because someone adds "on a computer". However, the reason that it should not be patentable is because it would be obvious to do just about anything on a computer. If we are being honest with ourselves, adding "on a computer" to some otherwise abstract concept does indeed make the concept much less abstract.

about 4 months ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

speedplane Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

So then a concrete implementation of a mathematical formula would be patentable, no? Isn't that exactly what software is?

about 4 months ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

speedplane Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

Hardly free. I give up a good deal of privacy and I'm subjected to countless paid influence peddlers (i.e. advertisements) to receive the benefits that google "sells". Not saying that it isn't worth it, but it's certainly not free.

about 4 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

speedplane Nickles... (627 comments)

If I had a nickle for every slashdot post with the title "Using an IDE makes you a faster/slower/dumber/smarter/sexier/thinner/holier/racist/terrorist programmer", I'd be a richer man

about 8 months ago
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National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

speedplane Re:I look forward to the day they ignite (127 comments)

I think it's fair to say no one living today will see fusion in their lifetime, especially anything from the national ignition facility.

about 8 months ago
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Google Faces Off Against Intellectual Ventures In Landmark Patent Trial

speedplane Re:Massively useless article (53 comments)

I dunno, this sounds like more than just a description of a screen:

1. An illumination device, comprising:
a light source, comprising an array of a plurality of light emitting devices;
an illumination uniformizing means disposed in front of the light source to uniformize a light emitted from the light source, the illumination uniformizing means comprising:
an incident plane, the light emitted from the light emitting device array is incident therefrom;
a bottom plane, comprising a scattering pattern thereon;
a projection plane opposite to the bottom plane, wherein:
the light incident from the incident plane being scattered by the scattering pattern, while the light incident from the incident plane being totally reflected between positions of the bottom plane other than the scattering pattern and the projection plane; and
a reflective side plane opposite to the incident plane, wherein the scattering pattern is gradually condensed from the incident plane towards the reflective side plane; and
a polarization converter, disposed between the illumination uniformizing means and a light valve, to polarize the light from the illumination uniformizing means into a polarized light.

about 9 months ago
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Google Faces Off Against Intellectual Ventures In Landmark Patent Trial

speedplane Re:I hope google loses (53 comments)

These patent wars are all just a big circle jerk. Google first invests in IV, now they fight with them. Nest, a company that Google just bought for $3B, recently bought a bunch of patents from IV, which Google is now the beneficiary of. Google also bought Motorola, largely due to its patent portfolio that it could use in retaliation from other patent lawsuits. This is not a moral war with good guys and bad guys, it's just a large cluster-f#@% among corporate tech titans.

about 9 months ago
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Algorithm Aims To Predict Fiction Bestsellers

speedplane Uck (146 comments)

Does this article make everyone else as sick as it makes me?

about 10 months ago
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BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

speedplane Re:All I can say to that is... (226 comments)

I don't think it makes sense to allow patents on good ergonomic design for the same reason we don't allow patents on food recipes or fashion designs, or board game rules.

Actually, board games, food recipes, and fashion designs are all patentable.

Board Games: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2011/12/22/patenting-board-games-101/id=21356/
Recipes: http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/independent/eye/201306/ADVICE.jsp
Fashion: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2008/10/16/nike-sues-walmart-on-design-patents/id=217/

about 10 months ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

speedplane Re:It's not about innovation (219 comments)

It's not just a rectangle. It's a rectangle with curved corners. Further, the glass extends end-to-end extending over the bezel and giving it the appearance of a single monolith. From a lateral position, there is a slight curve, rather than sharp corners. There is only a single button placed directly in the center and symmetrically opposing is the camera. All ports are on a single side with the main port centered. These are all distinctive features and calling it a "rectangle" oversimplifies it greatly.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

speedplane Sell it to Intellectual Property Law Firms (219 comments)

Patent lawyers trying to bust patents from the mid 1990s live on this stuff. Call your local friendly intellectual property law firm and see if you can unload the whole batch. They'd probably pay much more than $1.00/book.

about a year ago
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Doubleclick Cofounder Responds to Patent Troll by Filing Extortion Lawsuit

speedplane Drop in the Bucket (225 comments)

"he pledged $1 million of his own money to fight the troll that went after his company"

One million is a drop in a bucket. A good legal team can burn through that in about three months. It will take a lot more than that to get through the 10,000 or so patents owned by the big trolls like Intellectual Ventures.

about a year ago
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Interview: Ask Jimmy Wales What You Will

speedplane Does Wikipedia Make People Smarter? (161 comments)

Does Wikipedia Make People Smarter? It seems that wikipedia is developing a very clicky culuture; you read the first few sentences of an article before clicking on to the next. It repudiates hard study and concentration in exchange for instant gratification. Is this a good thing? Shouldn't our culture strive to make incredible objects of beauty and knowledge rather than a shallow understanding of everything?

about a year ago

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Did Obama Already Solve the Patent Troll Problem?

speedplane speedplane writes  |  about a month ago

speedplane (552872) writes "A relatively new patent-only court celebrates its second birthday this month, and may be sounding the death-knell for the biggest abusers of the patent system:

After a slow six month ramp-up, the number of petitions challenging patents under the new system has grown significantly, reaching nearly 200 new filings a month. It takes 18 months for a patent challenge to make its way through the PTAB, and we are now finally seeing the effects of the influx. Now, with 75% of all trials resulting in every challenged patent claim being invalidated, it’s clear that the PTAB will have a very broad reach in patent litigation.

Some observers have seen this development coming. A (now retired) Judge at the Federal Circuit, commented that the PTAB is a patent "death squad"."
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Tim Wu, Founder of Net Neutrality, is Running for Lieutenant Governor of NY

speedplane speedplane writes  |  about a month and a half ago

speedplane (552872) writes "Tim Wu, the popular Columbia Law Professor, author of The Master Switch, and the guy who coined the term Net Neutrality, is running for Lieutenant Governor of the great state of New York. He "has waged a shoestring anti-establishment campaign," that is well underway, and has even begun receiving attacks from the incumbent:

It has not always been smooth for Mr. Wu .... Surrogates for Mr. Cuomo have pounced on his admitted lack of "message discipline" for comments he made comparing net neutrality to the suffragist movement (which he says were taken out of context) and sympathizing with Airbnb (which he says is "fair game" because he has a "wait-and-see approach" to regulating start-ups).

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SpaceX Jumps into Patent Dispute with Blue Origin Over Rocket Sea Landing Tech.

speedplane speedplane writes  |  about 2 months ago

speedplane (552872) writes "Last week, Elon Musk's SpaceX fired two challenges (PDFs) at Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin over U.S. Patent 8,678,321, entitled Sea landing of space launch vehicles and associated systems and methods.

The patent appears to cover a method of landing a rocket on a floating platform at sea. In their papers, SpaceX says that "by 2009, the earliest possibly priority date listed on the face of the patent, the basic concepts of 'rocket science' were well known and widely understood. The “rocket science” claimed in the ‘321 patent was, at best, 'old hat[.]'" Blue Origin has approximately three months to file a preliminary response to the challenge.

You can review the litigation documents here and here.

Disclosure: I run the website hosting several of the above documents."
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Intellectual Ventures Makes its Case For Patent Trolling

speedplane speedplane writes  |  about 2 years ago

speedplane writes "How many stories have we read hating on the biggest patent troll of them all? Finally we see Intellectual Ventures making their case in a Wired op-ed, filled with everything you would would expect from a company suing the tech world on thousands of dubious patents: "the system needs intermediaries within the market – companies like Intellectual Ventures – to help sift through and navigate the published landscape. By developing focused expertise, these patent licensing entities and intermediaries can function as patent aggregators, assembling portfolios of relevant inventions and providing access through licensing." And my favorite gem: "Ultimately, the users of those products – you – are the ones who benefit.""
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