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Apple re-arms the iMac with 10th-gen Intel Core silicon

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Re: I believe....

"Given how big Apple is in certain industries, the software for those industries *will* follow. Besides, Apple has a track record of ensuring transitions such as these go smoothly. I wouldn't be surprised if in many cases all you needed to do was to change the compilation target"

That will almost certainly not be the case and Apple will take a software hit at the professional end of things not least because a lot of scientific software relies on cross platform open source standards that Apple is now completely abandoning. In addition, Autodesk will no longer be producing their Alias and VRED software for Macs and that is just the start of what is to come as a direct result of Apple's voluntary move to Arm architecture.

I've seen this happen numerous times on Apple forums where professionals have been displeased by the performance of the Mac butterfly keyboards and gimmicks like the touch bar so much so that they've left the entire Apple ecosystem, iPhones included and they've taken their families with them. More of that type of desertion is almost certainly on its way.

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Re: There are some people who will prefer x86 Macs

"Why do you think moving to ARM will...to bet they best the x86 duo there as well"

It will be for independent adjudicators, such as Phoronix, to judge whether and by how far Arm beats x64 Intel. Furthermore, any advantage will be relatively modest and certainly not earth shaking order of magnitude territory.

Arm Mac users should be able to use and enjoy Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and Serif Affinity software from the start. They should also be able to play Apple Arcade games natively but that will not make up for the loss of existing, and non-porting of future, AAA games. Similarly, Boot Camp will be a thing of past too and that is likely to lose professional customers who can't now use specific Windows software that way any more.

Apple's deprecation of common open standards will have negative consequences for professional software and there will almost certainly be the loss of some CAD, scientific, engineering, architectural, 3D compositing, etc software packages making the Apple software ecosystem poorer so making Apple products less desirable to professionals and scientists.

All that could have been avoided if Apple had partnered with AMD instead.

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Re: I believe....

"....Mr. Cook stated quite clearly, in plain English understandable even on the other side of the Atlantic, that the replacement of Intel processors with Apple silicon would take place over the next two years. Not next week, not by the end of this year (though two Apple Silcon laptops are rumored), but by 2022 July"

While this move should allow seamless access to the iPad and iPhone software ecosystems, at the other end it could also mean the loss of some serious professional software big names and products.

A safer option might have been to ditch Intel, pair up with AMD instead and go for flawless emulation of phone and tablet apps on Macs.

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Re: There are some people who will prefer x86 Macs

"That will be kind of painful on ARM Macs for Windows applications that aren't ported to ARM"

There might be other unforeseen consequences of the move to Arm chips, particularly in respect of professional, technical and scientific software.

For example, Autodesk has already stopped producing two applications for macOS and that phenomenon might increase if other software companies perceive that this is effectively a further move for Macs from being serious professional machines to becoming lifestyle toys.

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"Given the general long life of Macs (annoying OS-based planned obsolescence aside), could the announcement of impending ARM chippery see a bit of Osborne Effect?"

Now that they are effectively on death row, there is no way I'd buy, or suggest to others, a new Intel Mac because that runs the strong risk of being a severe waste of money not least because of the very real threat of early deprecation by Apple.

A more cost efficient option might be to buy a used Intel Mac as a stopgap and then buy a new Arm Mac when they go on sale.

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Re: Their older hardware is good enough (and that's the problem)

"They definitely do like to pull the rug after about 5 years"

If I remember correctly, when they last changed microprocessor architecture, they stopped supplying new operating systems for the old architecture after only three years.

Tim Cook has shown himself to be a serial deprecator, so much so that this month's Tech Advisor told readers not to buy any new Intel Macs because they'd likely only get short term support despite the current Apple promises...cue potential Osborne effect.

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Re: Their older hardware is good enough (and that's the problem)

"But it's completely and utterly useless to me now"

There are online instructions, including on Youtube (look up DOSDude1), about how to install later operating systems (Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra) on older Macs. Similarly, there are hacks around to run older software, such as the much missed Aperture, on later operating systems.

If all else fails you can try to install a Linux distribution.

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

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"Google to pull plug on Play Music..."

The Kings of Deprecation are at it again. You know something's wrong when Google is terminating more apps (some of which have been very good) than Apple.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless

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OK then, just where are all the winged Brexit unicorns flying in with jobs for everyone, free crocks of gold for every family in the United Kingdom and all the other fake news promises of the two Brexit campaigns?

Those Brexit campaigns were founded on lies and mostly racist lies at that along with delusion that the UK is up there in terms of economic power status with Germany and Japan when the reality is that the UK is now sliding down the world GDP rankings.

All and any forms of Brexit will be damaging to the British economy and the harder the Brexit is, the more economic damage will be done to the UK but none of that apparently matters to ill-informed and pig ignorant Brexit supporters.

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Re: If you look carefully at the edits.....

The problem though is that so many economically self destructive decisions are now being taken purely because of the crude, ignorant nationalist outburst that is Brexit and they will have long term and very negative consequences for the United Kingdom.

All rationality has been jettisoned in favour of uneducated sloganism such as "We've got our kuntry back now!" even if that comes at the expense of the car and aircraft industries and the financial services sector.

Cornwall councillor suggests authority paid £2m for Oracle licences that no one used on contract originally worth £4m

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Re: Oracle and SAP should be banned in the public sector

"When have they *ever* delivered value for money...?"

They do delivery very good value for money...but only for Litigation Larry and the other senior executives.

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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"Solar System's mysterious 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole"

I am sorry but that is just completely unsubstantiated horsepoo and I would expect to find a lurid claim like that in the Daily Star or National Enquirer.

Despite the searching not even the predicted Planet Nine has been found yet and the only certainty in the far out solar system is that Eris really does exist, that it's more massive than Pluto and that a probe would take decades to get there with current technology.

Oracle tempts users to run its cloud in their own data centres – for a mere '$6 million' commitment

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"Other commentators said they were concerned that the switch could drive up costs for customers in the long term"

Since this is Oracle that we're talking about, costs and prices going up is a given.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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Re: What's the need?

I fully agree with you although they might not have needed to get to this stage if users in the developed world had been more generous with their donations, especially regular reliable ones. After all, developers deserve to be paid for their hard and dedicated work.

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Re: "RedHat has done it for years"

"Where's RedHat now?"

You presumably mean the one that's by the far the most successful and profitable Linux distribution to date.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: Full-blown kakistocracy

Exactly - this mad dog Brexit fantasy will just be a colossal waste of taxpayers' money and the bills will mount up with absolutely nothing in return.

The best thing to do is just use the Americans' GPS service and have done with it.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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"Whitty pled guilty on May 18 via video link from HMP Altcourse — a Category B prison in the Fazakerley area of Liverpool — where he was warned a custodial sentence was inevitable"

Good, and I hope this case is widely publicised so that other ill-educated conspiracy theory vegetables get the message that they will go to prison if they set fire to phone masts and thereby recklessly endanger lives.

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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Re: Never Change

"Novell never sold Unix. See if Groklaw is archived somewhere. It was SCO v IBM and SCO were funded by both Microsoft and Sun if my memory serves. Novell also spent years on this and its sunset endgame was to protect Linux. As an aside Microsoft always alleged there were 57(?) unspecified patents that Linux infringed providing a dark cloud over commercial adoption. Unspecified because every time someone specified a patent someone else did a clean room replacement. Andrew Tridgell "Tridge" and NTFS for example."

That comment is very deeply unfair to the open source-friendly Sun Microsystems (RIP). If anyone wants an accurate summary of what went on in the bad old days then I'd suggest reading Stephen Shankland's online article, "Fact and fiction in the Microsoft-SCO relationship".

India opens its space industry to private companies

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"India is militarizing the outer space and now..."

^ That is just fourth rate propaganda rubbish not least because India has contributed significantly to civilian space science including space physics, Earth sciences, meteorology and lunar and Martian space exploration.

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers

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Re: Good for him!

This incident, along with other recent reports, shows that Bezos is a toxic, uncaring and unethical employer, period.

Bezos to the Moon: Blue Origin joins SpaceX and Dynetics in a three-horse lunar lander race

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"Blue have plenty of credibility"

Bezos certainly has plenty of credibility...but only in respect of paying staff poorly and treating staff poorly.

Regarding Blue Origin, they've already had their fair share of disasters and all they've basically done is suborbital flights, i.e. just repeating the Mercury project test missions. By any objective standard, that's not that much progress at all.

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer

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"But isn't a fact exactly that, a fact? The lawyer was charged. Fact of action, by the police, and is public record. It doesn't matter if the charges were dropped later. The charges were filed"

Indeed, and all this action by this plaintiff has done is reawaken everything and draw everyone's attention to the plaintiff's background and original charge. In my view, this is just one huge publicity own goal.

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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"Aurora certainly exists because it was inadvertently outed by a weather satellite" - link?

Right, go to Youtube, look for aviation journalist Nick Cook's 'UFOs The Secret Evidence' documentary, go straight to 1hour 38 mins and watch from there on - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKa9lGgSVJw

It's also been covered by our very own The Register (please see https://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/15/aurora/ ) and by the reputable Flight International magazine (please see https://www.flightglobal.com/video-existence-of-secret-aurora-hypersonic-sucessor-to-sr-71-blackbird-revealed-in-uk-defence-ministry-ufo-report/67937.article )

Do I think that the USA has a highly capable, better performing successor to the now-retired Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird? Yes I do, not least because the USA has both the capability and the track record of successfully undertaking such black projects.

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"Awww specially the last one, why couldn't they release more of the video"

I think the comments of the pilots are equally interesting in these and previous incidents. These objects appear to be under intelligent control whether that's from AI or living beings.

The contentious bit is the origins of these objects. Are they advanced secret US drones and piloted aircraft (Aurora certainly exists because it was inadvertently outed by a weather satellite), are they extraterrestrial vessels drawn to this planet by the quite clearly artificial electromagnetic emissions (military radar, escaping broadcast signals etc) or is it a mixture of both sources?

If these flying objects do not originate from this planet then they must originate from outside of this solar system because there is no other inhabitable planet in this solar system (poor old Mars effectively died during its early Noachian Period since it's only one-ninth the mass of Earth and that has severe negative consequences).

IBM Watson GPU cloud cluster Brexits from London to Frankfurt – because GDPR

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Re: Pointless And Political

"Complete BS from IBM..."

The only complete BS came from the two Brexit campaigns and their supporters with their completely bogus claims that the UK would be transformed into a land of gold, jewels, riches, overflowing jobs and blue passports and that there would be no adverse consequences whatsoever from leaving the European Union.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: Wow!

"Amazon likes to fire workers who protest in human robot-based warehouse working conditions! News at 11 !"

Indeed, and all it shows is that Bezos is just another repressive tycoon who cares not for human health or welfare.

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

In which case, they ought to have a full review; go with Saturn V, stay with SLS or cooperate more with capable private providers. While using up spare Saturn Vs might seem initially attractive, there will still be huge costs in bringing that old kit up to 21st century standards and I'm not sure that it will ultimately be worth it.

Oracle makes some certifications and cloudy content free, in case you have time on your hands

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Re: No rest for the wicked

"People should remember that nothing from Oracle is ever truly free"

^ Exactly this because a few months later comes the phone call, "Hi, this is the Oracle license compliance section", and the rest is history.

Thought you'd go online to buy better laptop for home working? Too bad, UK. So did everyone. Laptops, monitors and WLANs fly off shelves

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Re: and desks and chairs at IKEA

Actually, once you get to know the Scandinavian language pronunciation rules they become easy because they are far more consistent than English is.

Among my favourite Swedish place names are Växjö (Vekshur), Norrköping (Norshurping) and Göteborg (Yurtehbory).

Microsoft's GitHub absorbs NPM into its code-hosting empire: JavaScript library vault used by 12 million devs now under Redmond's roof

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Re: Embrace...

It is the continuation of this braindead assertion after the departure of Ballmer that is the pointless conspiracy theory. It is all over except in the minds of a small minority and nowhere else.

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Re: Embrace...

"The Extinguish step is going to be interesting to watch"

FFS, why does this outdated conspiracy theory continue to be peddled? Linux has basically won everywhere apart from the desktop and now Microsoft has no choice but to coexist with Linux.

Microsoft's hostility to Linux and all things open source ended the day that brain sloth Balmer left Microsoft back in 2014.

(from a Linux user)

Come back, AI. All is forgiven: We know we've mocked you in the past, but we need help analyzing 26,000 papers on COVID-19, coronaviruses

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You will find for the most part that corresponding authors listed on published scientific reports will freely supply papers on polite request plus papers of interest can often be found on places like ResearchGate.

Oracle staffers in Europe weather cloudy job cuts: As many as 1,300 workers face chop after sales slide

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Re: Oracle can only decline

I agree but their business practices and the way they can treat their customers is appalling. Personally, I would sacrifice some efficiency in order to have absolutely nothing to do with Oracle.

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Oracle staffers in Europe weather cloudy job cuts...

I am now going to quote the wise sage Yoda:

"Work you for Larry's Oracle, shafted you will get".

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research

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In part, the problem lies with the phone manufacturers (here's looking at you in particular, Samsung) who refuse to release OS upgrades and subsequent standard updates to phones and tablets even though they're capable of receiving those upgrades. It's decidedly environment unfriendly because those same manufacturers want you to buy a shiny new phone from them even if there's a negative environmental cost.

Open-source, cross-platform and people seem to like it: PowerShell 7 has landed

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Extend, embrace, extinguish...

...is completely outdated horsepoo these days and those who continue to spout this nonsense ought to get out more and get a life.

Microsoft's hostility to all things open source and Linux ended the day that Steve Ballmer departed the company (and no, you are not missed). Linux has won everywhere bar the desktop which is why Microsoft has had to learn to coexist with Linux. You also know when Linux has won when Microsoft's own Azure Sphere and Azure Cloud Switch operating systems have a Linux kernel.

(from a Linux user)

Fancy that: Hacking airliner systems doesn't make them magically fall out of the sky

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"Study finds most A320 pilots shrug, ignore dodgy systems and land safely"

You couldn't pull that stunt in a Boeing 737 Max though.

After 1.5 million days of computer time, SETI@home heads home to probe potential signs of alien civilizations

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After 1.5 million days of computer time, SETI@home...

I suspect their best hope will not be due to intentional attempts at contact but will be due to unintended signal leaks instead. The combination of ever improving reception equipment combined with AI analysis might at some point deliver something interesting.

Gartner vision quest sees Microsoft, Google and IBM nipping at Amazon Web Services' heels in cloud AI

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Gartner vision quest sees Microsoft, Google & IBM nipping at Amazon Web Services' heels in cloud AI

That's looking promising for IBM but there are no crumbs of comfort for Litigious Larry (and no, I do not feel sorry for him at all).

Boeing didn't run end-to-end test on Calamity Capsule, DSCOVR up and running, and NASA buys a Falcon Heavy

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"Boeing didn't run end-to-end test on Calamity Capsule"

What the 737 Max scandal has taught us is that Boeing's supposed 'quality control' took a very distant second place to churning out planes on time and that conscientious engineers raising points of concern were completely ignored and sidelined.

Windows 7 goes dual screen to shriek at passersby: Please, just upgrade me or let me die

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Re: I did

Windows 8.1 + Start8 is a Windows 7 replacement that is supported until 2023 and that's enough time to look for a long term replacement.

Apple checks under the couch for $500m in spare change, offers it to make power-throttling gripes disappear

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"Apple checks under the couch for $500m in spare change, offers it to make power-throttling gripes disappear

Proposed settlement to end 66 class-action cases awaits judicial approval"

As Mr C of The Shamen said on the Ebeneezer Goode soundtrack, "Naughty naughty, very naughty!".

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

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"HS2 is looking um, a bigger white elephant"

Both HS2 and a UK Brexit Galileo are just enormous and pointless huge wastes of taxpayers' money which could be spent on better things.

Instead of HS2, what's needed is more electrification and more First Great Western new super fast Intercity Express Trains at a fraction of the cost. As for the global positioning issue, all that requires is a pragmatic agreement to use either the existing EU or US systems.

Famed Apple analyst chances his Arm-based Macs that Apple kit will land next year

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One of the great advantages of the Apple ecosystem is the huge variety professional software that's available for Macs. That's all currently coded for x64 hardware so a good and efficient emulator will be required in the first instance. The interesting thing is going to be how much of that software is rewritten to make it directly compatible with ARM architecture.

Given Apple's previous record, I expect them to stuff up at some stage and successfully upset their customers.

Tutanota cries 'censorship!' after secure email biz blocked – for real this time – in Russia

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"Tutanota cries 'censorship!' after secure email biz blocked – for real this time – in Russia"

Back in the old days of the former Soviet Union, it was bibles that were smuggled in to that country. Since Russia is still under oppressive demagogue leadership, it is perhaps time that we now started smuggling in Qubes, Tails and Whonix on USB sticks.

Early adopters delighted as Microsoft pulls plug on Mobile Backend as a Service. Haha, only joking – they're fuming

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"...and all Google products"

Right now, Google are the Kings of Deprecation but unfortunately Microsoft now seems to want to challenge them for that unenviable title.

I really don't like it when good software is abandoned on an executive's whim, irrespective of whichever company it is.

Everything OK down there in the Oracle trench? Good. Big Red has a cloud-based data science platform for you

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"Big Red is producing technologies new to the field, its shiny Cloud Data Science Platform might appeal to those already heavily invested in Oracle's software"

...and to those not yet already heavily invested in Oracle's software, do not even think of even going there for you will be fleeced/threatened/sued/all three.

Microsoft and Oracle, sitting in a cloud... in-ter-ope-ra-bi-li-ty: Friends-with-benefits deal is working out nicely for both

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Re: Oh, joy!

It won't be "Oh, joy!" for long for it is only a matter of time now before Oracle launches a synthetic lawsuit of some form or other against Microsoft (more fool them for having anything to do with Oracle).

Oracle tells Supremes: Fair use? Pah! There's nothing fair about 'Google's copying'

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Re: A plague on both of them

"...but should I care ?"

You should care because if Oracle wins this legal case then the implications for developers are horrendous.

While I take a dim view of Google's corporate behaviour these days, they are in this instance the lesser of two evils and I sincerely hope that they prevail in this case. Many other major tech companies are also on Google's side in this matter, e.g. Microsoft, IBM and others, and I hope that their interventions help Google's cause.

Startup Mycroft AI declares it will fight 'patent troll' tooth and nail after its Linux voice-assistant attracts lawsuit

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Startup Mycroft AI declares it will fight 'patent troll'

Patent trolls are nothing more than chancer parasites trying to cynically cash in on the work that other people are doing.

Joshua Montgomery was right to say that “This is a textbook case of why the US patent system is fundamentally broken”, although some legal jurisdictions, e.g. Nebraska and California (abstract ideas are not patentable), increasingly take a dim view of these parasite operations. I very sincerely hope that Mycroft wins this case.

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