One could think that the FEC would have better things to do, like cleaning up the GOP's racist voter-id laws and voter intimidation policies, than to kick humorists in the nuts! Next to go? None Of The Above!
I used to drive through Texas to visit family in Mexico (Veracruz and Oaxaca) as from Chicago where I live it is a lot shorter a drive than through New Mexico. No more. I won't be driving through Texas on my way back from Mexico at least. So, they will losing a fair amount of my $$ for gas, food, lodging I would spend there on my trip. I hope others feel the same way - Texas has become a Sharia state in just too many ways.
Security is hard. Good security is really hard. Just ask Bruce Schneier. It costs money, and takes a lot of time and development resources to get it right. Car companies, and others, are pressured to get these products to market quickly, so security is given short shrift, to the detriment to their customers. At the least, they could provide an OFF switch to disable all remote internet or other wireless access other than the hardware key that the driver has to have on their person in order to get into or lock the vehicle. I think I will keep my '99 Camry until it falls apart. 250,000 miles and it still runs like a Swiss watch, burns no oil, and gets 25 city and 30+ mpg on the highway.
So, if to the author the publisher is classifying each "license" as a book sale, does that mean that purchasers now "own" the book? Does the First Sale Doctrine hold here? Oh boy, some lawyers are going to have a field day with this one!
Anyone who uses Windows systems to implement/control real-time or safety-critical systems should be sued for reckless endangerment! There are much more robust software systems for such uses, such as Linux RT, QNX, etc.
If Oracle succeeds in this effort to lock up the Java API's, then Java is dead, and they lose. Google is smart enough and has deep resources enough to do something else that will eliminate Java code from all cell phones everywhere.
"The TSA -- presumably appropriately shamed for spending $1.4 million on an app someone could build for several hundred thousand dollars less/without IBM's awesome computing power during their spare time."
I am a professional software engineer with 30+ years experience in the field. I could write this program in about 15 minutes! At $200/hour (my consulting rate - may have to increase that), and a 1 day (8 hour) minimum, ok - $1600 bucks. That is almost 3 orders of magnitude (1000x) less than IBM charged!
Hello! I'm Tom S. Richard from Multi-Mega Galacticorp. I am authorized to offer you this one time fantastic (as in don't believe a word of it) deal - 1Gbps internet access for the small price of only $50 per month! This is a limited time offer (2 days, and then the price increases to 5x that amount). All I need is a valid credit card number, and for you to sign online our (binding) arbitration clause.
Note that the items in parentheses are sub-voce (silent - only thought about, but not said out loud).
What isn't clear is that it will take over a year to get the service to your location, and in the meantime your credit card will be billed the entire amount for the service you aren't getting - and the binding arbitration document you legally signed online will keep you from suing the company for services paid for but not delivered. Tom's Dick indeed!
I vote this for the most stupid, banal patent of the millennium! It shows just how idiotic the patent office is. So, you can get a patent to do something everyone does, but "it's on a computer" makes it patentable? Ok, a computerized machine that can tie your shoes may be a patentable gizmo, but this? Get real folks!