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Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

the_povinator Re:Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

Mod me flamebait, but I am with Microsoft on this one. As mentioned in their press release at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us..., Samsung agreed that "Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform".

I don't know how Samsung thinks it can use Microsoft products without paying for them. I paid for my copy of Windows, and I expect Samsung to do the same.

about a month ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

the_povinator Re: Coanda effect? (204 comments)

I don't believe he has published, but you might be able to get something from his patent:

http://patentscope.wipo.int/se...

the patent seems to talk in terms of surfaces for heat transfer, and does not mention anything about turbulence. When he first mentioned to me that he was working on it, I conjectured that it was vanes or ribs of some kind, and he told me that it was more complicated than that and had to do with the interaction with turbulence (I forget whether to increase it or decrease it). However, nothing like that seems to be reflected in the patent. I'll ask him to respond here on Slashdot if he can.

about 1 month ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

the_povinator Re:Coanda effect? (204 comments)

Re-posting this not as AC...

Dr. Povey mentioned to me that turbulence had something to do with how it works. [He's my brother.]

about 1 month ago
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Data Mining Shows How Down-Voting Leads To Vicious Circle of Negative Feedback

the_povinator Re:BS (293 comments)

I read TFA, and unfortunately the research is very weak. They did not do a proper randomized study, they merely trained a classifier to figure out how good they thought a post was, and then divided up posts into pairs where their classifier thought they were the same but the feedback was different. They assume that their classifier is accurate, i.e. really reflects the goodness of a post. The rest of their research follows from this assumption.

If it had been a proper randomized study (i.e. roll a dice and up/down vote posts) I could have believed it.

about 4 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

the_povinator Re:Long story short (178 comments)

What I wonder is-- how did the Syrians get hold of a zero-day vulnerability in Flash? I doubt they found it themselves. Did they buy it, or did the Russians give it to them?

about 4 months ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

the_povinator Re:Thanks! (304 comments)

I'm wishing there was a "+1 troll" option for moderation.

about 5 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

the_povinator Re:Data caps (466 comments)

This is not an argument about pricing mechanisms for Internet providers; I think we all agree that charging people more for more data is reasonable. The issue is extorting people like Netflix just because they can.

about 5 months ago
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Replicant Hackers Find and Close Samsung Galaxy Back-door

the_povinator Re:Dupe (81 comments)

I didn't realize replicants existed at all, much less replicant hackers.

Does anyone know if they are working on ... a pleasure model?

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK

the_povinator Re:OOXML not included in old Office either (89 comments)

Their statement seems to imply that Google Docs supports OOXML but not ODF, but the reverse is true: it supports ODF but not OOXML. I just tried the file->download as link on a document there, and one of the options is "Open Document Format (.odt)" but there is no OOXML option.

about 6 months ago
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Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode

the_povinator Re:Cause and effect may be backwards (382 comments)

A lot of people in this discussion are suggesting that pot users may be "self-medicating" and this may explain the correlation with schizophrenia. I don't follow the science closely enough to be able to cite specific studies that contradict this, but it's unlikely for the following reason. Marijuana and the drugs that are used to treat schizophrenia have *opposite* effects on the brain. THC increases dopamine; anti-psychotic drugs decrease dopamine.

about 8 months ago
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Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers

the_povinator Re:Breach of contract, copyright infringement (259 comments)

I have better things to do than to sue Elsevier. Anyway, I'm pretty sure you have no such recourse against false takedown notices.

about 9 months ago
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Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers

the_povinator Re:Breach of contract, copyright infringement (259 comments)

I had this problem, nearly a year ago, and as a result had to move my website from pages.google.com to my self-hosted website at www.danielpovey.com (I explain the situation there).

What happened is I made available online a preprint of a paper that I had submitted to an Elsevier journal... this is explicitly allowed by the terms you agree to (the preprint is the draft version that you submit to the journal, before the reviewers suggest changes). Anyway, Elsevier's people submitted a DMCA request to Google, even though what I was doing was 100% allowed, and this caused Google to take down my whole homepage. Google restored my website about a week later, after I submitted a counter-notification or whatever they call it, but by that time I'd decided to move to self-hosting.

So yes, fuck Elsevier.

Dan

about 9 months ago
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Linux Kernel Running In JavaScript Emulator With Graphics and Network Support

the_povinator Re:Rich applications (177 comments)

I wonder how long before someone claims it's faster than running Linux directly on hardware?

about 10 months ago
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Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

the_povinator Re:It's a fact. (473 comments)

Funny.

about a year ago
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GovernmentAttic Publishes Declassified Survey of Worldwide Bio-War Research

the_povinator Re:No Russia? (62 comments)

The part on the USSR only covers tissue culture, it seems to be separate from the biological weapons reports.

1 year,22 days
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GovernmentAttic Publishes Declassified Survey of Worldwide Bio-War Research

the_povinator No Russia? (62 comments)

They have a section on "European Communist Countries" but it does not include Russia. I guess that part of the report was not released? That was the only thing I was interested in as there are some scary rumors out there about what they have (ebola/smallpox hybrids, etc.)

1 year,22 days
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Use Tor, Get Targeted By the NSA

the_povinator Re:Good for the economy. (451 comments)

Way to put him in his place! I don't think this "Anonymous Coward" will be showing his face around here for a while...

Um, wow. Where to begin?

"eth0" doesn't live at /dev/eth0. It's not a character device....

about a year ago
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Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law of Robotics To Smartphones

the_povinator Encyclopedia Galactica (305 comments)

This kind of phone will be like the Encyclopedia Galactica of phones. Much better than the standard phone (i.e. the Hitchhiker's Guide), but slightly more expensive, a bit boring, and nobody will buy it.

more than 2 years ago

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Pentagon Shooter has Jihad code on Sourceforge

the_povinator the_povinator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_povinator (936048) writes "CNN reports that the pentagon shooter had a video on Youtube about "information currency" under the userid jpbedell. This seems to no longer be on YouTube but has been reposted on a white-power site (search Google for jpbedell youtube video). Following the links in the video we find the user jpbedell at sourceforge.net; he has another project, "openinsurgent". The text is quite innocuous, saying its aim is "to create an MMORPG simulation of low-cost defenses against futuristic, modern, and historical military opponents", but it ends with the Arabic text "inshah-allah" (God willing), and the tags applied to the project include (in Arabic text) "al-jihad" (jihad) and "Edl" (justice, I think). Looks like he was interested in Islamist violence."
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Pentagon shooter had Jihad code on sourceforge

the_povinator the_povinator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_povinator (936048) writes "The Pentagon shooter, J P Bedell, seems to have code on Sourceforge related to Jihad-- in Arabic text, this is one of the tags of the project. This project pre-dates 2007, judging from the text on the page. The text of the project also ends with (in Arabic text) "Inshah-allah", or God willing."
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