Patent Troll Ordered To Pay For the Costs of Fighting a Bad Patent
> we just need to look at how often the patent database is used by inventors as a resource when they're looking for solutions to problems they have.
This has probably been brought up before, but typically companies will instruct their people to _not_ look at existing patents. The reason for this is that if they do create something that is similar to an existing patent, they can justifiably claim ignorance and avoid the treble damages associated with 'willful infringement'.
German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up
>then the photographer owns the copyright. I don't see how that can be undone.
It can't. The problem is that there is (generally) no model release form. Posting photos anywhere would require written content of the model. I'm surprised I haven't heard of any cases using this idea. Or am I missing something.
Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show
>Actually (to answer the AC), Wesley Crusher was the annoying one, mostly due to the Mary-Sue-ing scriptwriters
The glut of Wesley episodes (many substandard) came about like this: A writer writes a WC episode that's well received so producers tell writers to whip up some more. Writers' Strike comes along and all they have all these WC scripts which end up getting aired as a result. Or something like that.
Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode
We have different "languages": Legalese, Tech speak, memes, Diplomatic speak. I would expect that such would be the case here. The metaphor speak may be their formal form. At least, that's my take on it.
Favorite episodes: The Inner Light, Best of Both Worlds, Family
I prefer my peppers ...
Another protip: suck on ice cubes. It deaden the receptors.
I prefer my peppers ...
> So I wiped them. With the hand I'd been holding the pepper with.
My wife does this with jalapenos more of than she should. She did it with habaneros. Once.
Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic
I am a self-admitted troll but I do it for the lulz, never maliciously. There are different kinds of trolls and this study does not differentiate between them, unfortunately.
Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search
There are times where "double jeopardy" (seemingly) does not apply. Specifically, if a judge is corrupt and has been paid off to throw a case for a defendant, the case can be tried again once the corruption has been revealed. This admittedly is a borderline situation but it does happen.
SCOTUS To Weigh Smartphone Searches By Police
>, especially the 3rd is so irrelevant
Not true. There is a civil case ini the northeast where somebody is suing the police on 3rd amendment grounds. The police wanted to use this guys house as a part of some police operation. He refused but the cops intruded anyway and the guy got arrested.
Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible
Even if Windows has this caching turned off, the root problem is that USB devices lie. This causes huge problems with ZFS making USB drives virtually unusable with this filesystem. No problems with e-sata or firewire, however.
USB drives may often lie about committing code with an fsync and claim that the data has hit the disk before it actually has. This can cause ZFS' always valid on disk guarantees to become invalidated.
Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents
***He'll continue to be cheered on by a certain demographic of IT guys who idolize hacker culture because of *scope* of his infiltration, and not the benefit he's provided the country.***
As a former IT guy/hacker/geek I cheer the results of what Snowden has provided and will provide (the scope is incidental). It makes the world a better place. It does not matter to me how he acquired the information that is being revealed. I draw the line at torture, but it is apparent, so far, that he did not water-board anybody while he was living in Hawaii.
Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March
***so this mask is a mask of fail***
I think you mean Epic Fail, Guy.
30% of Americans Get News From Facebook According To Pew Research Poll
I get my news from:
- Jon Stewart
- Stephen Colbert
- My personalized Google News page
- A "Liberal Left" friend of mine (on FB) who apparently likes HuffPo (more of an entertainment feed than news)
- www.icanhascheezeburger.com (because FU, I like cats)
Scientology's Fraud Conviction Upheld In France
The CoS is concerned with a profit not the Prophet.
Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban
X is no longer used by the MPAA. They switched over to NC-17 in the late '80s. The first film with that designation was Henry & June in 1990.
What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?
Understand that every line of code you write may/will be maintained by somebody else. Architect/Design/Write/Test accordingly.
US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor
> I cannot determine the security of their setup
I think Snowden did a good job here.
An Animated, Open Letter To J.J. Abrams About Star Wars
> starships landing on planets when they never did before
*cough* Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home *cough*
400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin
I first that read as "homophobes" and promptly became very confused...
FBI Cyber Division Adds Syrian Electronic Army To Wanted List
How can people tell if it's the SEA, NSA, CIA, or FBI that is misbehaving? Press releases?
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