Re: Elephant in the cab
171 posts • joined 12 Jul 2012
You may be right. The only sweepers I've seen though seem to have brushes with plastic bristles on. It's popular in the lock picking community to use the stainless steel strips found in wiper blades as tension tools, but I've not seen them used as picks. They might be a bit too thick, and they'd certainly need a handle of some kind added too.
I agree about not buying from Amazon if you can.
I wanted to buy a Velux window opening stick. Amazon had the correct thing, but I looked around and found a small window company in the UK selling them for similar price (maybe a pound more or so), but who didn't mention their postage charge. So I emailed them asking what it was, and waited. Few days later I just bought from Amazon, as they didn't get back to me.
Trouble with Amazon is that they make it so easy to buy from.
Mr Kroes, I don't know where you learnt your patent law, but you have it all wrong. You can't renew a patent every 20 years. After 20 year it dies and is free to use by anyone.
Please link to some of these patents that cover gibberish that you mention. Patents aren't the easiest of documents to read, but to successfully sue someone you have to show they are infringing the claims of the patent. If it's gibberish then nobody will be doing that.
You can't patent the idea without explaining how the invention can be made to function. The patent is not valid if that is the case.
There is a requirement that a patented idea works. And if there wasn't, and I had a patent for something that didn't work, then nobody would infringe it, and it would have no value.
You are correct that litigation is expensive (although you have exaggerated the costs). There is in the UK the IPEC that is a lower cost approach, and so is within the scope of many smaller businesses.
I get that you hate patents, but there's no need to come out with this nonsense about them.
I think it's a reasonable question. Huawei made the mistake of being too successful, and hence economically threatening Apple, Cisco etc. in the USA, so Trump banned them. He says it's for security reasons of course, but I don't buy that personally.
Xiaomi will also be in the firing line if and when they are big enough, if it happens with Trump still in charge.
It's passive in the sense that it's not generating any RF power of its own, and so is not detectable as a source of such power. A bit like how RFID tags in bank cards etc are passive - they modulate the impedance of the pickup coil, which is detectable by the transmit coil in the card reader, and so transmit energy without generating it. The term "semi-passive" is often used for such things.
Apart from a few people (who will be present in bigger numbers on this site I suspect), it's not currently necessary. If your current link can provide a couple of streaming services and a bit of browsing without falling over then that suits most families.
I think 5G is a bit pointless for most people for similar reasons.
I realise that this isn't about Android, but I'm on the brink of removing Firefox from my phone because it insists on giving a stubborn push notification that keeps coming back after I swipe it away, if there is a video on a page I've looked at. Does anyone know how to stop it happening?
From the use cases I've seen, I can't help thinking that 5G is solving a problem that doesn't really manifest itself for most people. I'm not sure why I would like to download a film in 5 second when it still takes may 1.5 hours to watch. A 5 minute download would suit me fine.
I'm sure there are lots of good applications for it, but I've yet to hear them - please tell me I'm wrong below...
There's a whole load of problems you identify that took a good while to correct. I would, in my naivety expect better from them. And when they broke my original Nexus 7 with their software update and never corrected it, I think I'll probably pass on buying any more Google kit for a while.
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