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Got my Raspberry Pi
Authored by: kuroshima on Sunday, August 19 2012 @ 12:40 PM EDT
Finally got it. It's an incredibly sweet machine, and even
of the software side of it is still a little rough, it
performs quite well.

Now, the sad thing is that it can only play H264 video using
hardware acceleration, as it seems that Broadcom would have
asked much more if the Raspberry Pi foundation had wanted to
include more codecs, probably due to patents. If it had
better support for other media formats, I could see this
becoming the set top system of choice for most people.

Doesn't make you cry, when you see tech is chained down by
IP? Reverse engineering this will probably hard, because
even getting the spec sheet requires an NDA...

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An excelent use for a Nokia Winphone.
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 05:14 AM EDT
Engadget chortles "The secret? Just an old Nokia device (obviously) plus a bit of preparation the day before -- "mainly by drinking." This should be an Olympic event Click for chuckles.

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Why Do We Assume Patents Are Valid?
Authored by: artp on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 08:53 AM EDT

Another article from TechDirt, entitled Why Do We Assume Patents Are Valid When Patent Office's Own Numbers Show They Get Things Wrong All The Time?. A title which is too long for Geeklog's Title Block. Who would have known?

Here's the punchline, but read the article.

If the number was below 90%, I'd think the system was in trouble and needed some fixing. If it was below 70%, I'd think that we should be declaring the system a failure. If it was below 50%, I'd be questioning the entire basis of the patent system. So what is it?

Would you believe that only 22% of re-examined patents have all claims confirmed? 22%! That means that 78% of all patents that are granted a re-exam had serious problems with their original claims -- and remember, 92% of re-exam requests are granted. All these patents were initially approved and enjoyed the presumption of validity, which would may have cost companies millions (or more). This isn't just a failing grade. This is an epic disaster. It's true that 67% of the re-examined patents still are allowed with "claim changes", and only 11% are completely rejected, but those numbers are little comfort when we're told that we need to presume all of the claims in all patents are perfectly valid.

Original document from the USPTO available in the article.

Backs up my biases.

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Userfriendly on WGA server outage:
When you're chained to an oar you don't think you should go down when the galley sinks ?

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Where do they find these geniuses?
Authored by: JamesK on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 10:01 AM EDT
‘Legitimate rape’ comment by Republican Senate hopeful sparks outcry

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The following program contains immature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Fall of the mighty
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 10:50 AM EDT
Forbes has a piece up that claims Apple's iPhone alone is outselling Microsoft's
entire product line combined!

If Apple wasn't such a control freak company, I'd cheer.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/08/19/apples-iphone-is-now-worth-mo
re-than-all-of-microsoft/

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Ken Stark needs you
Authored by: kattemann on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 03:50 PM EDT
Ken Stark of the Helios Project needs you more than ever. http://linuxlock.blogspot.com He has given so much, now please give back.

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