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Android iPhone In Brazil
Authored by: lnuss on Sunday, December 23 2012 @ 07:19 PM EST
Wow! Ironic? ROFL

Larry N.

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The Apple vs Samsung Verdict, A Critique
Authored by: myNym on Sunday, December 23 2012 @ 07:36 PM EST
Cut-n-pasted from previous article's comment, but clickified..

The Apple vs Samsung Verdict, A Critique

Great article. Forbes e-interview with PJ on the Apple- Samsung case. Go PJ!

And Happy Christmas and a Very Merry New Year to PJ and everybody who helps make Groklaw _grrrreat_! :-)

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Genetically Monetized Food
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, December 24 2012 @ 07:10 PM EST
One thing that always bugs me about GMO foods is that they can
be patented, but when it comes to safety issues the FDA
considers them to be "substantially equivalent" to their non-
modified counterparts. It seems to me it should be one way or
the other, if they are "substantially equivalent" then no
patents, if they are not "substantially equivalent" more
safety testing.

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Gun huggers: Deport Piers Morgan
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, December 25 2012 @ 03:40 AM EST

"The petition, now over 45,000 signatures, asks the White House to deport
Morgan, a CNN host, for what it calls an attack on the second amendment. Morgan,
who is British, has been an outspoken advocate for gun control in the aftermath
of the Newtown shootings earlier this month. The petition calls his advocacy a
“hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution,” and demands that he “be deported
immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting
his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the
rights of American citizens."

Piers Morgan: "Wanting America to ban assault weapons & high-capacity
magazines isn't 'anti-constitutional' - it's called 'common sense'. "

Merry Christmas!

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Rebuilding the Web We Lost
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, December 25 2012 @ 06:03 AM EST
The article uses the term 'gaslight' but doesn't define it.
Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception and sanity.
Gaslighting is used by psychopaths and the case has been made that corporations tend to psychopathic behaviour. Gaslighting seems, to me at least, to be the close cousin of FUD. The use of FUD by SCO should have made us quite sensitive to the evil that it represents. In that light, Facebook is beginning to look quite bad.

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$45 tablets already for sale, but not yet in the US
Authored by: IMANAL_TOO on Tuesday, December 25 2012 @ 08:48 AM EST
$45 tablets already for sale, but not yet in the US, still only in Shenzshen.
"This was a 7-inch tablet, Wi-Fi only with all the attributes of a good tablet. Capacitive touchscreen. Snappy processor. Front facing camera. 4GB of internal memory and an expandable memory slot. I later found out that these devices are now all over the supply chain in Shenzhen. At volume, say 20,000 units, you can get them for $35 apiece. My device ran full Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and had access to the full Google API, including Gmail, Maps, YouTube and Google Play (not quite sure how that works either). Once my heart started beating again, the first thing I thought was, “I thought the screen alone would cost more than $45.”"
With $35 a piece, who will be the first to sell import these babies and sell a sub $40 tablet in Sacramento, California or Bridgeport, Connecticut? Marketing might not be needed, really.

Oh, there numerous sellers on wroom/white-box-tablet.html

$35 apiece! Think of the marrrgins



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Experimenting with Your Privacy
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, December 25 2012 @ 01:39 PM EST

Sorry, EFF has got it wrong again. Facebook is not experimenting with anyone's privacy, they're just continuing as they always have, disregarding users' privacy. People use FB because they want publicity. FB is built on the premise of exploiting these people's desire for publicity. Those, like EFF and GL readers, who value their privacy have no place on FB. We can, and arguably should, protect the ignorant and innocent. Can we do this without destroying FB's business model?

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Tablet as Teacher
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, December 25 2012 @ 02:53 PM EST
I call it cultural genocide .
The goal of the project is to get kids to a stage called "deep reading," where they can read to learn. It won't be in Amharic, Ethiopia's first language, but English, which is widely seen as the ticket to higher paying jobs.
There are no local newspapers or radio stations in English. The "higher paying jobs" are in the big cities, or overseas. This program will syphon intellect out of local communities. How many will remain to translate the needed health, hygeine and agricultural teachings into the local language?

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Glenn Hubbard, Leading Academic and Mitt Romney Advisor, Took $1200 an Hour
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, December 25 2012 @ 07:42 PM EST

Matt Taibbi is a really good writer. He has a good eye for the important bits.


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Gun permits in your neighborhood, all mapped
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, December 26 2012 @ 07:09 AM EST

"The map indicates the addresses of all pistol permit holders in
Westchester and Rockland counties. Each dot represents an individual permit
holder licensed to own a handgun — a pistol or revolver. The data does not
include owners of long guns — rifles or shotguns — which can be purchased
without a permit."

"To create the map, The Journal News submitted Freedom of Information
requests for the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in
Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. By state law, the information is public

Public annoyance or useful?

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Randi Zuckerberg - Dan Lyons takes a swipe
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, December 26 2012 @ 08:06 PM EST

"How awful this must have been for you! How... invasive. What a violation.
How terrible that someone might take something that belongs to you and use it in
ways that you had not anticipated, and for which you had not given explicit

What kind of world are we living in when just because you post something on a
website someone else can just take your stuff and do things with it?

Oh wait."

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News Pick University wins record $1.17 billion verdict against Marvell Semiconductor
Authored by: dio gratia on Thursday, December 27 2012 @ 01:40 AM EST

University wins record $1.17 billion verdict against Marvell Semiconductor.

The jury verdict is available at Scribd, Justia has the docket partially available, missing the actual trial and as well as complaint ( CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY v. MARVELL TECHNOLOGY GROUP, LTD. et al). There are two patents with one claim each in suit one noticed at the trial date the other limited to the previous 6 years before the infringement action was filed ( 35 USC § 286). The jury found willfulness and there is no readily apparent support for damages visible perusing the portion of the docket available on Justia. Also the judge apparently trimmed the claims down severly in August (See Judge Trims Carnegie Mellon's IP Suit Against Marvell for those having privileges on Law360 where I believe the original complaint is available as well).

The reported 2.34 billion units dating back to 2003 would be presumably for the one patents claim, while the other would be for a restricted to since the action filing date. You'd imagine that would without punitive damages assigned by the jury put the patent license value in the 30 - 50 cent per unit range for the longer infringed patent. Their production rate has ramped up over the years.

On the other hand if the damages hold or are tripled it might drive Marvell under bankruptcy protection. Marvell's market cap was $3.96B after the news drove the stock down to 7.40 from a previous close of 8.25, with a P/E of 12.67 and approximately 2.5 times the average volume. If the stock price drop holds that would put their stock price off 47% YTD. In other words CMU wouldn't likely want equity in lieu or the headaches.

You could just imagine this causing disruption in the supply of HDDs. With a limited number of customers for patent licenses used in silicon embodying the patented inventions and who also actually producing drives You'd think CMU could easily kill off one of their few potential cash cows. Both patents expire in April 2018. Now you have to wonder what HDD volumes will be like in five years, not to mention how short term availability could be affected.

So exactly how is this helping innovation? On the other hand both sides might be interested in settling about now.

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