Kill of the software patents as they have no use. Software is covered by copyright already. If two people come to the same solution with different methods this is fine, its only not fine when someone copies the source or just copies the binary but both issues are covered by copyright.
The heat energy absorbed whilst the unit is on or even just during the day far outweighs any energy gained whilst storing data.
The thing about flash and hard disks is they actually start in a higher energy state before you put data on them as you change 0xFF (all 1's, highest energy) to whatever data you have.
So I would counter the argument that kindles get heavier and would say they actually get lighter by an atogram. But that is coming from an electronic engineer (me) who has slightly more grasp of physics and how flash works than the guy that original said this argument (Professor Kubiatowicz) who is a computer scientist.
Money laundering is one of the more funny things Dotcom is charged with.
Money laundering is where a criminal organisation makes money 'legal' by pedalling through a legal business and in the process disguising where the money came from.
For the charge to make sense he has to have received all of the $150 million by illegal means. Then he also has to have moved the money back into his own possession using some external company in order to hide where it came from.
For starters the vast majority of stuff available on Megaupload has been proven to be non infringing, or rather they have failed to prove that it is infringing. Secondly his company was selling a service and not files so the first point is irrelevant anyway.
The company is also very open about their profits, that is how they come to $150 million. So them 'laundering' any of it is a joke.
I tell you what, I am accusing you of money laundering. I'm gonna extradite your ass over hear so I can kick it!
The UK doesn't recognise software patents. I am actually unsure why any other system does either. And in spite of this the UK has a huge game industry writing some of the most memorable games of the past 20 years.
Software is not a physical invention. You cannot just copy it to clone it, you have to rewrite it yourself unless of course you get a copy of the source but that is industrial espionage and a completely other legal playing field with criminal implications.
You mean apple does just fine after copying the iPhone from Samsung, Nokia, LG, etc, etc.
The iPhone was not new or unique when it came out, lots of similar phones had been out for ages. Its just that apple sells to a lot of people that like things because they are made by apple, fanboys if you like. And said fanboys believe that nothing came before the iPhone.