* Posts by (m)any

10 posts • joined 28 Nov 2019

Texas jury: Apple on the hook for half a billion dollars after infringing 4G LTE patents


Patent registration fees

Perhaps we should start looking at registration fee structures to clear up this patent mess. For example, registration cost could double every year: a fee that starts at $1,000/yr in year one will be $512,000/yr in year ten. This way companies will be able to recover their initial investment, but will not be able to hold on to them indefinitely. Upon registration expiry they should automatically flow into the public domain.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services


Re: "There's no slave in git though"

"Until the master gets remastered..."

Until the main gets remained...

Squirrel away a little IT budget for likely Brexit uncertainty, CIOs warned


"no trade" agreement

The article mentions a quote by Phil Allega, research vice president at Gartner:

"Whether it is a no trade agreement, a goods-only trade agreement or World Trade Organisation rules"

Hmmm -- what a novel idea, this "no trade" agreement: an agreement not to trade.

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions


Re: CEO of SmugMug is currently really regretting his choice of company name.

"interweb" and "irritatingly twatty" go together very well in the same sentence.

Tracking President Trump with cellphone location data, Greta-Thunberg-themed malware, SharePoint patch, and more


Re: Weasel words even weasels don't dare say

We did get advance warning of Doublespeak.

Fuming French monopoly watchdog is so incensed by Google's 'random' web ad rules, it's fining the US giant, er, <1% annual profit


Re: "Google said it will appeal the ruling against it"

It seems that the appeal process is the default setting for Google.

JavaScript survey: Devs love a bit of React, but Angular and Cordova declining. And you're not alone... a chunk of pros also feel JS is 'overly complex'


And uMatrix.


Re: Not Permitted

> You don't order your tin foil hats online I take it.

I do. But only from websites that don't require JS.

I have made websites for nearly two decades. The industry's propensity for JS (and the ridiculous number of JS "flavour of the day" frameworks) is one of the reasons why I lost my appetite for web dev.

And yes, I browse the web without JS whenever and wherever I can. Security concerns aside, I do not willingly participate in JS fueled surveillance capitalism.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some tin foil hat polishing to do. They only work when they're shiny. Obviously.

Googlers fired after tracking colleagues working on US border cop projects. Now, if they had monetized that stalking...


<i>Whether or not one thinks that Google hoovers up user data</i>

Is there any doubt about Google's hoovering practices?

<i>it is hoovered by consent</i>

Is it though? Looks to me that Google is collecting a lot of data about people that they didn't consent to. DNS queries, Google Analytics, email messages sent to other users' Gmail accounts, etc etc. And those are just a few of the more obvious ones.


Re: I can only assume that the stalkage etc moved into legal/crime territory

While I do agree with your comment, I can see justification for "not playing by the rules" occasionally. Whistleblowing comes to mind.

<blockquote>...legally permissible...</blockquote>

Let's remember that laws and regulations change (hopefully to get in line with community expectations). Some things are legal now while they shouldn't be (polluting, lobbying, revolving door concept, etc etc). This has less to do with a person's sense of moral superiority, and more with the fact that the legislative process is being (legally) corrupted by money & power.


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