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Richard Anthony Hein Richard.Hein Stay on Target
  • The World's biggest patent troll

    The article makes it sound like it's a patent for controlling certain kinds of electronic signal, related to LCDs, but can't and doesn't go into details.  Therefore it's impossible to know if this is just a troll (well, from the article he is not just a troll, but actually has done some novel/patent-worthy stuff before/after) or if people really have violated a novel patent.  It could be anything.  It's good that the law has changed.

  • Fungi Defense

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    @Richard.Hein: or it's another case of parallel evolution (like mammal hearts and bird hearts, and our eyes and octopus eyes).

    Yes, that's one of the things I meant by connected, although I wasn't specific.  Also, it could just be connected in the case that networks are just an ubiquitous thing that is present in nature, and networks perform computation by the very nature of network growth\formation\restructuring over time.  For example, if the universe is connected via a network of dark matter, it may compute (as suggested by Stamets in the video).  One of the most interesting things I've read in a while about the formation of life, is this possible underlying thermodynamic cause:  https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20140122-a-new-physics-theory-of-life/ 

    So, in other words, perhaps life is inevitable due to the laws of thermodynamics, and a fundamental component of life is the ability to compute, but the ability to compute (may) invariably requires a network, or a network is a feature of structures which perform computation.  Computation of information is essentially reducing entropy inside a closed system, while releasing heat and thus increasing entropy in the external environment.

    EDITED typos, grammar, attribution.

  • disappointi​ng news.

    @magicalclick: There is still a serious lack of games for the Xbox One, so I think that's the biggest issue right now.  Kinect 2 works great for me, but it is different and takes a bit of time to get used to the changes from Kinect 1.  I don't have cable hooked up to my TV, so I don't know about that.  I'd like to give it a try.  Biggest disappointment is not just being able to access media on file shares, and no Arcade.

  • Fungi Defense

    That was very interesting.  So, it's not completely crazy to think that the origins of the brain (or, more simple neural networks) is connected to fungi.  Hmmm.

  • Lumia ICON announced

    Mmmmm is right

    Mmmmmm is right.  This might become my next phone.  Nice specs.  Nothing on battery life though....


  • this is just horrible. :'(

    , Jason818 wrote

    That is a sick story.

    I fail to see how this relates to software, technology, or Microsoft?

    This is the Coffeehouse and we can talk about whatever we want to talk about, unless it violates the policies of the forum.  :@

  • this is just horrible. :'(

    Completely dumbfounded.  How.  Sickening.  :}

  • Microsoft's Super Bowl ad

    , Jason818 wrote

    How does the girl who has never heard before know to shake her head yes when asked "can you hear me talking?" when she has never heard before?

    I like the add. I saw it on super bowl Sunday. Way to go Sea Hawks!


    , kettch wrote


    Head nodding (up and down) for affirmative and shaking (side to side) for negative is an almost universally recognized gesture. They are used in ASL for the same meanings. Plus, the commercial doesn't indicate if this is the first time she's heard, or merely the first time she's heard in a long time.

    Or, more likely, the person asking the question SIGNED the question at the same time as SPEAKING the question.  She is out of view.

  • Nadella?

    , TexasToast wrote

    @Richard.Hein:  When you have to say you "have no intention" pretty much means I don't want any panic to happen.

    I wasn't quoting Nadella with that statement.  The company email he sent does talk about devices and services and going forward with the One Microsoft strategy, however.  Thus, my interpretation is that they won't sell any devices businesses right now ... they are just getting started.

  • Nadella?

    @TexasToast: From his email to employees, he's got no intention of selling any of the device businesses.  Good, imo.  Notice that John Thompson is the new Chairman, and Nadella "asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products."  Interesting.