Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

August 25, 2012 1:51 pm
"Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies."
9:29 am

Apple-Samsung jury reconsidering two issues in patent case | LA Times

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Reposted from http://lat.ms/PizieT on August 24, 2012 at 08:40PM

The judge presiding over the infringement case between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. spotted two inconsistencies in the jury’s pro-Apple verdict and asked the nine-member jury to return to the deliberation room to reconsider the issues.

August 24, 2012 8:31 pm
Apple triumphs over Samsung, awarded over $1 billion damages

If something doesn’t seriously change between now and whatever result we get after the endless repeals process, we could be looking at a huge blow for innovation tonight.  3 days to deliberate a case so dense it deserved at least a week, ridiculous.

May 31, 2012 8:10 pm
Netwire: Summary of decisions in Oracle case against Google

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A federal judge in San Francisco has handed Oracle another setback in its case against Google. Oracle Corp. had accused Google Inc. of stealing Oracle’s Java programming language to build Google‘s Android software for mobile devices.

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May 24, 2012 1:25 pm
Oracle v. Google jury foreman reveals: Oracle wasn’t even close | Ars Technica

It’s amazing how much the jury actually got. The entire time we were worried that these people were sitting there befuddled by jargon, but they actually did an excellent job interpreting the legal reasons behind the laws they were debating and applying them to the case. That they ultimately made the decision based on what’s good for the public really blows my mind, you’ll never find that reasoning in a Texas jury. It’s annoying that the judge’s instructions for them to think of API’s as copyrightable made them feel like their deciding power was limited. This part of the case I feel was the most mishandled and definitely worthy of Google’s call for a mistrial. Still, can’t be upset to see a group of Americans come together and make a thoughtful, rational decision after amicable debating.

May 16, 2012 3:09 pm
Oracle and Google take copyright damages out of the jury's hands | The Verge

“If Alsup finds that the SSO is copyrightable, the two minor infringement counts will be bundled along with the SSO charge to be handled in any new trial or appeal. If he rules against Oracle on this point, however, Alsup will simply award Oracle statutory damages — a maximum of $150,000 for each of the two counts. That doesn’t leave Oracle out in the cold, though; Alsup’s ruling on SSO copyrightability will no doubt be appealed, and should it be overturned and the case sent down to be tried again, Oracle will have the opportunity to re-open the two minor copyright counts to go after larger damages.”

May 10, 2012 6:43 pm
Judge Moves to Kill Third Round of Google v. Oracle | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

The only issue I have with this is that whatever decisions are made from the case still stand for future precedent.

May 8, 2012 11:28 pm
"The final jury members selected included a plumber, a nurse, a retired photographer, a store designer for Gap, a city bus driver, and a postal worker — in other words, folks with as little hope of understanding the deeply technical language and concepts they were about to encounter as I would have of understanding the intricacies of plumbing or the city’s public transit system."

Well, this should make those of us that actually care about the outcome of this case sleep better.

(Source: Washington Post)

6:47 pm
Oracle, Google lawyers spar over Android's Dalvik VM as patent phase begins

Second part of the case begins, this is the one I was less confident on for Google. A patent is much more defined, they basically will have to prove it should never have earned a patent. Part of this will depend on how literally the “machine” aspect of virtual machine is taken.

12:32 pm
Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent - SlashGear

“Treating APIs as copyrightable would have a profound negative impact on interoperability, and, therefore, innovation. APIs are ubiquitous and fundamental to all kinds of program development … Allowing a party to assert control over APIs means that a party can determine who can make compatible and interoperable software, an idea that is anathema to those who create the software we rely on everyday. Put clearly, the developer of a platform should not be able to control add-on software development for that platform”

-Julie Samuels, EFF