"WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. House ofRepresentatives on Thursday approved a bill aimed at reining in"patent trolls," companies that buy or license patents fromothers, then extract licensing fees after filing infringementlawsuits viewed by many as frivolous.
"The House passed the bill overwhelmingly by a vote of 325 to91. The Senate is considering a similar measure and could actbefore the end of the year.
"The White House has expressed support for the bill.Sponsored by Robert Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia, ittargets much-criticized patent assertion entities, for behaviorlike sending large numbers of licensing demands to smallbusinesses without determining if they actually use infringingtechnology."
Why do I call them dark horses? Well, taking a hint from public opinion -- no one talks about them much, compared to Mullaly and Elop. And from experience -- they are the ones Ballmer didn't feel threatened enough by, to bother getting rid of them.
If Mullaly is out, that's good news for Mullaly and Ford, bad news for Microsoft. Better hope it's a false rumor.
With Elop at the helm, Microsoft's future looks grim. We've seen him wreck a company, we haven't seen him fix one.
But there are other candidates, still. Dark horses, and like Elop, too redolent of the old Microsoft to do what's needed.
Over half the team, we're told, are ex-Microsoft.
So, what's going on at Microsoft? I've always thought there are lot of talented people at Microsoft. But it appears a lot of them figure the prospects are better elsewhere.
That's it. You're either a new hire, or an old hand under a new alias trying out a new line of guff. In either case I don't need to read any more. As we used to say, *plonk*.
And yes, I've seen the piece about the Windows 8 device for $779.
*yawn* If I were capable of caring what a snot like you thinks, I would have gone away long ago. So far as I can tell, you didn't say anything.
Okay, Android down 2%, from whatever it is now. I agree, a change of 2% over four years is much less than the margin of error.
Can't speak to Windows/Chrome conflicts, but I can post here just fine using Chrome on Linux.
AdBlock extension for Firefox doesn't help Chrome, though. Not sure what I'll do about that.
"Is there something wrong with saying BING it??"
Yes. According to dictionaries, "google" is now accepted as a common English verb, meaning to search the Internet, while "bing" is not. That's not likely to change soon, as Google has close to 90% usage share worldwide, while Bing is around 4% and hasn't gone anywhere since it was launched.
The same situation can be described more succinctly by looking at the money flow statistics alone, if one has them at hand. What is said is that we spend the great majority of our medical care dollar on the last six months of life, seeking in vain to increase it by a day or two. How much sense does that make?
Very impressive, no doubt. Sounds like the denouement of an Agatha Christie mystery. But what is it based on?
You're in for a treat. Look up on YouTube the Intelligence Squared debate on the issue, Resolved: "The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world." The resolution was overwhelming defeated. Going in, the audience members were fairly evenly divided; at the end they were polled again, and overwhelmingly they voted that the Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world. Arguing against the proposition were Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry.