The Alice patents are covered in complicated-sounding language about computers, but critics like Duan see the complex language as little more than smoke and mirrors. The bloated nature of the patents is cleverly addressed in the amicus brief filed by Public Knowledge and the Application Developers Alliance, written by Duan, which distills the "very simple, basic idea" that Alice hid "beneath a veneer of technical language." Duan took the most broadly accepted claim in Alice's batch of patents, claim 26 of US Patent No. 7,725,375, and wrote a computer program that satisfies all the instructions of the 200-word claim. It is seven lines long: … [Read more...] about How far will the Supreme Court go to stop patent trolls?
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It is worth noting that the employee who brought forth the allegations had been in an extramarital relationship with Rubin according to the sources. She claimed that he forced her to perform oral sex in a hotel room In 2013. It is unclear whether the incident occurred before or after the two’s love affair ended. … [Read more...] about ‘Father of Android’ Andy Rubin allegedly protected by Google from sexual misconduct claims
Exactly what this means — and what triggered the recent takedown notices for visual novels, or their retraction — remains ambiguous. And for creators, this uncertainty and inconsistency can create the impression that any sexual content is potentially a problem. While porn is notoriously hard to define, for the Supreme Court or anyone else, that’s not a clear standard for creators to rely on, especially when crossing the invisible line means potentially losing one of the most lucrative revenue streams in the gaming world. It’s the sort of hit that could spell financial doom for any small creator, regardless of genre. … [Read more...] about Steam’s capricious pornography rules hurt small game creators the most
In the case of military UAVs such as General Atomic’s Predator and Reaper, it means using satellite communications, because there’s no guarantee of wireless communications infrastructure over the areas they fly in—and there’s only so much satellite capacity to go around. A report by Northern Sky Research found that UAV demand for Ku-band satellite could exceed the available capacity for “communications on the move” before 2020. Smaller UAVs operating within a metropolitan area are going to hit a similar wall, as competition for broadband wireless spectrum continues to heat up. So as the skies become increasingly crowded, so do the airwaves. … [Read more...] about Look to the skies: Is it time to stop worrying and love the drone?
Even though the bill had prominent supporters like Schumer, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and even President Obama—all Democrats who would be unlikely to support court reforms that harmed plaintiffs generally—the framing of the patent reform bill as a type of generalized tort reform remained. The fact that some Republican supporters sold it that way to their conservative colleagues didn't do anything to dispel the perception, either. … [Read more...] about How the patent trolls won in Congress