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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

zapatero His Wife is From Chicago (98 comments)

Yep, George married Mellody Hobson, and she's a native of Chicago - born there, grew up there. Think she had any influence on this?

about 7 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

zapatero Re:200,000 Euros? (507 comments)

The license and gov't regulation really is the issue of the "fairness" here. The Taxi industry is highly regulated and licensed, in Europe & the U.S... Taxis & Limos that enter an airport area are highly monitored, and regularly fined if it's found by the monitoring police that the vehicle lacks a current license.

Uber side steps all of this gov't regulation, and, say what you will about that regulation, it is unfair to those drivers who are paying the governments the right to pickup and drop-off passengers at the airport. Of course those licensed taxi and limo drivers would be pissed.

One way to make it fair is to drop all the licensing requirements of the taxi drivers.

about 8 months ago

The Real-Life Doogie Howser

zapatero Re:Fibonacci number (303 comments)

The fib. projection for 34-virginity assumes he's been on a date by 21. If not then date at 34, virginity at 55.

more than 2 years ago

Cognitive Scientist David Rumelhart Dies At 68

zapatero Neural Networks were a distraction (24 comments)

In Speech Recognition and Text-To-Speech neural networks were the diregeur fashion, a long with lisp. But in the end it was Hidden Markov Models, and even Baysean modelling that ended up solving these AI-ish ventures.

Neural Networks influenced a great deal of collateral and tangential research, the the Neural Networks themselves really went no where. They just weren't usable, not even for machine learning -- at least not in the "pure form".

more than 3 years ago

Trick Used To Pass French "Three Strikes"

zapatero Let them eat source code (488 comments)

This is /. not the Huffington Post.

To bring this topic back home; much better would be 3 strikes and you're assigned to a write man pages for the opensource X.org projects.

more than 5 years ago

IBM Granted "Paper-or-Plastic?" Patent

zapatero The answer. (517 comments)

Q: does this pass the 'significant technical content' test?

First the long answer: Nope.
Now the short answer: No.

more than 6 years ago



TiVo wishlist for patent finally recorded.

zapatero zapatero writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zapatero (68511) writes "TiVo's now 5 year patent dispute with E*Star/Dish has finally reached a near final point. Today the long awaited ruling from Judge Folsom on whether Echo Star's self-described patch to their DVR made their device compliant under the October 2008 verdict came in. Judge Folsom ruled in favor of TiVo again. He awarded TiVo yet another $100 Million. This ruling puts a serious bite in TiVo's DVR patent. The case has already been appealed and dismissed by the US Supreme Court. It appears that TiVo's Patent is now the real deal. Industry beware. Who will TiVo go after now? AT&T's Uverse? Time Warner?"


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