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3-D Printing Comes To Amazon

tebee Printing useful things too (62 comments)

I have to disagree, there are certain areas where 3D printed items are usefully filling gaps in the market.

One group is model railway people who now have many previously unobtainable items made this way. Interesting the first hackers were model railroaders too ! See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

I'm one of the small scale manufacturers who makes his living by selling 3-d printed model trains, both direct to public through Shapeways ( https://www.shapeways.com/shop... ) and reselling things I get printed through eBay and other outlets.

Because there is so little up-front costs involved it's possible to cater for market segments where it would not have been economically viable before and make items profitably that may sell in tens rather than thousands - this is the beauty of 3-d printing.

It's just finding those niches - spare parts for household items is probably another one, it just needs someone to start designing them and then workout some sort of online database so the rest of the world knows how to find them.

 

about 5 months ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

tebee Re:no problem (342 comments)

Sadly too true

not to mention canceling my incorrect moderation .......

about 5 months ago
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China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

tebee Re:quality? duplication? (86 comments)

Doesn't that also apply to the US one as it is implemented, rather than as it was intended?

about 6 months ago
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OmniPage Maker Nuance Loses Patent Trial Over OCR Tech

tebee Some one has to do it (56 comments)

Patent Trial Ends in Total Loss for MoFo Client

By Julia Love Contact All Articles
The Recorder

August 26, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — After a two-week trial, Nuance Communications Inc. came up empty Monday when a jury found that a Russian competitor had not infringed any of its patents or trade dress.

Nuance had accused ABBYY Software House of infringing three of its patents and mirroring its packaging. Both companies market software that uses optical character recognition technology, or OCR, to convert scanned images of text so they can be searched and edited digitally.

Represented by a team of lawyers from Morrison & Foerster and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Nuance argued that ABBYY's FineReader was little more than a copy of its signature product OmniPage. The Burlington, Mass.-based company also sued Lexmark International Inc. for its use of ABBYY's products and sought more than $100 million in total damages from the two companies.

Nuance did not prevail on any claims in Nuance Communications v. ABBYY Software House, 08-0912. MoFo partner Michael Jacobs, who is co-lead counsel for Nuance with fellow MoFo partner James Bennett, declined to comment.

From his opening statement to his closing, ABBYY's lead lawyer, Gerald Ivey of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, urged the jury to honor the American spirit of competition.

"That's what [this verdict] does," he said in an interview Monday. "It allows ABBYY to continue to compete fairly and on equal footing with all the other companies that are interested in the OCR technology that ABBYY is a real leader in developing."

The trial before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White revolved around Nuance's U.S. Patent No. 6,038,342, which covers a "trainable template" that is updated during the process of converting scanned images into searchable text. The technology was roundly applauded when OmniPage debuted in 1988, Bennett said during his closing argument.

"It's not often in a patent case where you have the kind of widespread, third-party corroboration of the breakthrough, revolutionary... nature of an invention," Bennett told the jury. "And that's what we have here."

Bennett took ABBYY to task not only for infringing Nuance's patents but also for eroding the prices his client could charge for its products with deep discounting.

"OmniPage and Nuance, from the time that ABBYY entered this market, have been targeted," he said.

But Ivey insisted that the technology underlying ABBYY's products bears little resemblance to its competitor's. In contrast with Nuance's trainable template, ABBYY's program relies on a system of weighted guesses to determine word variance in context, he explained in an interview Monday.

"That is a very different philosophical and technological approach," he said.

Nuance also cried foul over ABBYY's packaging, which for a time made use of similar colors and images. During his closing argument, Ivey questioned the distinctiveness of Nuance's package design. He noted that there had been no documented cases of consumers mistaking the two companies' products. . And he took issue with the suggestion that his client was trying to masquerade as another company.

"ABBYY has proudly displayed its name on its packages since it entered the U.S.," he said in an interview.

During his closing argument, Ivey recounted ABBYY's beginnings as a startup, a story reminiscent of many Silicon Valley companies, though it unfolded in Moscow. The company's founder and CEO both testified in English, though it is their second language.

"Jurors had an opportunity to hear from them directly," he said. "I think that mattered."

about a year ago
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Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be Abolished

tebee Is everybody scared of the NSA ? (297 comments)

Interestingly, out of the first 13 posts on this topic, only 2 have been by named individuals, the rest by anonymous cowards.

Is everyone so scared of getting on the NSA's "of interest" list, no one want's to be identified? Maybe our new tyrannical overlords have won already.

about a year ago
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Demonoid Resurrection Dismissed As Malware Was Legitimate

tebee A link to it (83 comments)

To save having to read the linked articles it's here http://www.d2.vu/

about a year and a half ago
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Inside an Amazon Warehouse

tebee Re:Don't ever plan on getting old then. (206 comments)

Also forgot how to spell minutes :)

Na, never did know how to spell it, I'm an ex-programer and dyslexic - all the best programers are dyslexic :)

(and I had to look up to see if dysleic was spelt with a i or a y !)

about 2 years ago
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Inside an Amazon Warehouse

tebee Don't ever plan on getting old then. (206 comments)

I use very much the same system in my room. Worked fine when I was young, had a brilliant memory and knew where everything was. Now I'm at the "get off my lawn" age, I forget where I put things within two minites of putting them down, Spend half my life looking for things.

Would get myself organised, but at my age the payback time is probably not worth the time spent doing it.

about 2 years ago
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Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group

tebee Call me a cynic but.... (94 comments)

I think it's a sad reflection on our political system that we need to do this.

The next question is will it be it be dishonest enough to grease the right palms and have some real influence?

But it's good that such a large industry now has a voice there.
     

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Training To Rekindle a Long Tech Career?

tebee Do what you enjoy (162 comments)

I would caution against trying in-home support unless you live in a well off neighbourhood or can afford to live on a low wage. Problem is there is some young buck, usually the son of a friend of a friend, who gets off on messing with computers and will do it for pocket money. It's hard to make a living wage against competition like that.

If this sounds bitter, yes I've tried it. I'm a bit similar to you started my IT career doing assembler programing on IBM 360's , became a systems programer, then started doing network support, then pc support, then ended up doing PHP programing. I hate managing and at an early stage became a freelance contractor to get decent money but avoid all the management politics.

I had to give all up when I had to take 3 years out to look after my terminally ill mother. Tried to get back in after but I was too far behind and frankly not in all that good a state myself by then.

Tried the home PC support but it's very hard to find a price level that you can afford to live on and people can afford you, though I very much enjoyed the work and meet real live people again after 2 many years in 2nd line support. Did a few other non-computer ventures for a while ( Ran a bar, worked as a photographer) but was never really as happy as when I was messing with bits . Neither did I make as much money , and that with the loss of most of my capital through two divorces forced a rethink.

In the end I stumbled in into a job I really enjoy. I'm a model railroader by hobby and started using 3-d cad to make models by 3-d printing. A year and a bit later I have a business that almost supports me and my family.

If you have been in the biz for 39 years, like me you're not getting any younger - go find something you enjoy and do it.

 

more than 2 years ago
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US Grabs More Domain Names, $1.4M From Online Counterfeit Operations

tebee That's just capitalism working. (69 comments)

Much as I feel sympathy for your cute girls, if they are not making money from this it's probably because they are/were paying too much for the licence fee. They made a bad business decision somewhere down the line and flunked out. I have no personal knowledge of the market for Loony Tunes car floormats but would suspect it's not huge anyway.

If their themed mats are markedly more expensive than an ordinary mats then people just will not buy them. To blame pirated mats for this is just trying to find reasons to avoid taking the blame themselves.

To a large extent this is how the capitalist system works though, we need survival of the fittest businesses to ensure the market works. The companies that sell the licences will always try to get higher fees for them, it's only the fact that a number of the licensees fail that stops these fees going up any more and us the public having to pay even more for our goods.

more than 2 years ago
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Jury May Be Deadlocked In Oracle-Google Trial

tebee What a waste on money (110 comments)

I can't help feeling this whole thing has be a gigantic waste of time and money

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga Accused of Cloning Hit Indie iPhone Game Tiny Tower

tebee immoral but probably not illegal (245 comments)

OK it does look like they cloned the game but you can't copyright the ideas behind a game only the artwork and the like. Though there are people who would like to extend copyright in this way and are to a certain extant succeeding.

See the thread a few hours ago on Similar, but not copied, image found to breach copyright.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advancing a Programming Career?

tebee Re:Figure out what you like (165 comments)

I'd add my vote to that too - I've been a programer since the days of Assembler on IBM 360 days and have drifted through many jobs over the years, from support to networking to consultancy but always keep my hand in doing a little coding.

About 7 years ago had several major crises in my life that made me review my life priorities and realized that though I was still a good(but dyslexic) programer, there were young bucks who could do it faster than me and people in the third world who could do it for 50th of what I wanted to charge.

Re-invented myself as a 3-d designer making things for my hobby - making a fraction of my consultant's fees, but it's steadily growing and I get to do things I enjoy all day.

I've also downsized my life , bought a house in a cheaper country for cash and don't run flash cars any more, got a new wife and am as happy as Larry. Now these choices may not be right for you, but they worked for me, you need to decide what is right for you.

     

more than 2 years ago
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All French Nuclear Reactors Deemed Unsafe

tebee Re:And that is the problem with nuclear (493 comments)

Yes but the deaths are nicely spread out so no one notices them. It's like car accidents vs train or plain crashes. By most statistics more people get killed in the former but what sticks in our minds is the big ones of the latter we see on the news.

It's just a human failing, if one that our addiction to a constant stimulus of easily digestible news nuggets only re-enforces.

It's also one many unscrupulous people exploit for their advantage, drumming up public support for something based on some newsworthy incident that everybody knows about, to push through laws or policies to further their own advantage , but thats a failing of our current democratic system.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Keeping You On Windows?

tebee Re:Work and fun (1880 comments)

I'm another person for whom Photoshop is one of the major sticking points - apart from anything else I even have a paid for licence for it, though admittedly not the version I'm currently running .

Other thing I use on it is Autodesk Inventor - Linux CAD packages are sadly few and far between, certainly for what I need. You would think that Linux was the prefect rock-solid platform to build such a demanding package on but it doesn't seem to have happened yet.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple's Secret Weapon To Influence Industry Pricing

tebee All the same = not perfect for anybody (407 comments)

Yes having little variation in the range results in economies for the manufacturer, but the "one size fits all" approach combined with Apple's resistance to letting the people who buy their stuff do any changes to it means that very few people are perfectly served by the model range . The more choices you have in choosing a device and what you run on it the more like is the result you end up with something that severs your needs, rather that the needs the manufacturer feels you should have.

more than 3 years ago

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Online magazine article indexing system

tebee tebee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tebee (1280900) writes "One of my hobbies has benefited for 20 years or so by the existence of an online index to all magazine articles on the subject since the 1930's. It lets you list the articles in any particular magazine or search for an article by keyword, title or author, refining the search if necessary by magazine and/or date.

Unfortunately the firm which hosts the index have recently pulled it from their website, citing security worries and incompatibilities with the rest of their e-commerce website: the heart of the system is an 20 year old dos program! They have no plans to replace it as the original data is in an unknown format.

So we are taking about putting together a team to build a open source replacement for this – probably PHP and Mysql.. The governing body for the hobby has agreed to host this and we are in negotiations to try and get the original data. We hope that by volunteers crowd sourcing the conversion we will be able to do what was commercially impossible.

But it occurs to me that there could be existing open-source projects that does roughly what we want to do , maybe something indexing academic papers. But two days of trawling through script sites and googling has not produced any results.

Remember that here we only point to the original article, we don't have the text of it online, though it has been suggested that we expand to do this. Unfortunately I think copyright considerations will prevent us from doing it, unless we can get our own version of the Google book agreement!

So does anyone know of anything that will save us the effort of writing our system or at least provide a starting point for us to work on?"

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