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Comment Re:Hyperbole stew (Score 1) 443

As I said in the part of my post you didn't quote, "[t]his topic is definitely something we need to vigorously discuss." I actually agree with pretty much everything you said.

But that has nothing to do with my original point (clearly missed by reflexive mods) that spewing rhetorical nonsense like Larson is doing is unnecessary and counterproductive to a thoughtful, rational discussion about the subject.

Comment Re: Hyperbole stew (Score 2, Insightful) 443

so if it only happens to 1 in a 1000 people it's ok?

Yes, dear AC, if it happens due to some level of reasonable suspicion. I take it you would prefer a system where CBP has no authority to search anything under any circumstances? Hopefully you don't actually live in the U.S. and thus benefit from its protections as you sit in the comfort of your own home (ok, ok, or your parent's basement) and crank out ignorant anonymous posts.

Mod me down again, anarchists.

Comment Hyperbole stew (Score -1) 443

If we do nothing to resist, pretty soon everyone will have to unlock their phone and hand it over to a customs agent while they're getting their passport swiped

Think about how much time and manpower that would take. Think about it. That's not going to happen.

This topic is definitely something we need to vigorously discuss, but giving airtime to over-the-top nonsense like this isn't the way to do it.

Come on, Slashdot.

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 1) 250

except that she 1) did so in her CNN contributor capacity (and got fired from it over), 2) it was a blatantly obvious question that anyone should have seen coming (Debate in Flint MI, gee, think they're gonna ask about the water crisis? Duh), and 3) CLINTON FLUBBED THE QUESTION ANYWAY

So it wasn't an attempt to steer the primary because 1) she had the foresight not to send it from her DNC email account, 2) it wasn't a very good idea, and 3) it didn't work very well? Come on.

And even putting all that aside, it was a pattern, not an isolated incident.

Comment Re:The 10,000 patents are useless against trolls (Score 1) 31

You've a far better respect for the patent office than I if you think they wouldn't issue slightly different patents for more or less identical procedures

Of course they would, and have in the past. But that's perfectly consistent with what I said. The out and out prohibition is against two patents covering exactly the same thing. After that, it becomes a question of degree.

Comment Re:The 10,000 patents are useless against trolls (Score 1) 31

IANAL, but if you claim that you're operating under licensed patent from MS, and the troll claims that you're violating their patent, don't they have to go fight MS now?

No. Different patents are legally required to cover different things, so the fact that one aspect of something I do might be covered by one of MS's patents has no bearing on whether a different aspect of it might be covered by the troll's patent.

Comment The 10,000 patents are useless against trolls (Score 4, Informative) 31

The summary (as well as the cited article) gloms together two unrelated issues. The 10,000 patents have nothing to do with protection against patent trolls -- by definition, trolls typically don't have an active business and therefore there's nothing to infringe patents that a defendant might counter-assert.

The original MS blog post clearly separates the unlimited indemnification (useful for all patent suits, including troll suits) from access to the 10,000 patents (potentially useful for patent suits filed by real operating companies who might have products of their own that fall under MS's patents).

Comment Re:Automated CD-R Duplication patent? (Score 1) 94

That said, I certainly don't want to spend a million dollars to convince a court of that, and even in the off chance that the judge finds this claim so bullshit that they award attorney's fees, this "Blackbird" company is probably nothing but a paper corporation with one patent, the PO box, and a google voice number, and spends 100% of the income on lawyer fees.

That's not necessarily as bulletproof of a position as it sounds anymore. Last month Judge Gilstrap in the Eastern District of Texas held the person behind the shell company behind the shell company that filed a frivolous case personally responsible for almost $500k the other side's attorney's fees, and even sanctioned the local attorney running the case $25k.

Comment Re:Automated CD-R Duplication patent? (Score 1) 94

You have to meet all the major claims of the patent to be infringing, though, right?

You have to meet all the elements of at least one claim. Taking one of the broadest claims (claim 1) as an example, you would have to perform all the recited steps, and the computer would have to have all the recited modules/connection:

A computer-implemented method of digital data duplication comprising:
      taking requests at one or more user interfaces;
      transmitting said requests through a network to a computer;
      assigning each of said requests to one of a plurality of output devices; and
      executing the duplication process,

wherein said computer comprises:
      at least one first module configured to create a task log based on incoming requests;
      at least one second module configured to store all data necessary for executing said duplication process;
      at least one third module configured to create a subset of said data stored in said second module, further configured to download said subset to one of said output devices, and further configured to command said output device to transfer said subset onto blank media; and
      a connection through which said second module communicates with said first module and said third module

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