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And it's not like it's illegal but folk do it anyway -- I have never, ever seen someone do that in my state.

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jff 773 days ago | link

How congested are the roads there? It is legal in California, although I typically don't ride in heavy traffic so I don't feel the need. I'm told that it's also quite common in Washington DC, despite being illegal there.

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To whomever changed the title to eliminate the phrase "new physics": that wasn't in any way sensational or editorial. This is a common phrase within the physics community. From the conclusions part of the paper:

>The results presented here disagree with the SM at the 3.4σ level. Together with the measurements by the Belle Collaboration, and the sizable difference between the measured and predicted branching fraction of B− → τ−ντ [35–39], this could be an indication of new physics processes affecting decays with a τ lepton in the final state.

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And what is a virtual mirror, I ask?

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ktizo 775 days ago | link

In the report I read they were using SQUIDs to make the effect of a mirror that operated in the microwave range.

[edit] you could also use a real mirror, is just very hard to move it that fast.

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I don't see that Yahoo called it that.

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The point of a patent is that you must disclose the method in return for a limited monopoly.

It's to encourage the sharing of techniques!

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roc 779 days ago | link

When a patent is granted, or 18 months after its filing, it's published. Until that time there's no obligation to disclose and no attorney would ever advise it. If the USPTO should rule it not patentable, it could still be a very valuable trade secret.

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mechanical_fish 779 days ago | link

So it is. Go find their patents and read them. Deduce what you can.

The spokesman is under no obligation, legal or otherwise, to make this easier than necessary. That is how the game is played. Nor is he a lawyer, or foolish enough to issue an off-the-cuff statement that undercuts the work of the actual team that has crafted the wording of the patents.

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starwed 779 days ago | link

Ok, but why are you replying to me about this?

I was trying to address kondro's obvious confusion about mikeknoop's point, not pass judgement on anyone in the article.

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What the fuck have people in this thread been drinking? It could be harassment if they'd had sex a hundred times, or no times, if they'd been married, or if they'd never met before. The sex isn't the issue here! Pause for a second, and think critically about the issue, rather than spewing crap onto the internet.

If you ask someone to stop such a pattern of behavior and they don't, that's harassment regardless of your personal history.

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temphn 779 days ago | link

Reread the suit. She claims he harassed her "over a period of years". But during that period, she slept with him consensually! If you don't see how that detonates Ellen Pao's claim that his advances were unreciprocated (i.e. that they were "harassment"), not sure what to say.

Is "harassment" just "I felt mad at him years later" or is there any precise definition you're working from? Because if you define harassment as "unwanted advances", they objectively weren't unwanted back in 2006.

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jarek 779 days ago | link

I'm really sorry I have to explain this, but the fact she slept with him a couple of times doesn't mean his advances weren't unwanted before or after (or, for that matter, those times they were successful).

To really dumb this down, this isn't like a child asking parents for a toy repeatedly and once the toy is given everyone involved is fine and has moved on. This is like an annoying salesperson calling you repeatedly and justifying it with the one time you caved in and bought something from them.

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temphn 779 days ago | link

  his advances weren't unwanted before or after (or, for 
  that matter, those times they were successful).
The successful advances were unwanted? Are you kidding? This is a reductio ad absurdum of feminism and may well be the most ludicrous thing ever posted on this site. Now no means no...and yes means no too! Now it's harassment even when she says yes. Retroactively, even if it wasn't at the time.

You sure you want to take that position?

Let's take it a little further. Suppose, as seems highly plausible, Nazre has steamy emails, texts, or pictures sent by Pao during that period.

Does that obviate the charge of harassment? Because I'd bet that will come out in discovery. I suppose the argument at that point will be that she was harassed into sending the pics.

  This is like an annoying salesperson calling you 
  repeatedly and justifying it with the one time you caved 
  in and bought something from them.
Utterly wrong analogy. Falls down on every level. You don't sue Staples after you buy something from them. Staples didn't steal the money from you (rape), you gave it consensually. Buying something isn't sleeping with someone. Sleeping with someone "two or three" times isn't slipping up once. Suing them six years after isn't suing when the event happened.

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starwed 779 days ago | link

At this point you are so deliberately ignoring what the conversation is even about that I think you must be a troll.

Well, I hope you're a troll. The alternative is too depressing. :(

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temphn 779 days ago | link

What is this conversation about?

Read the complaint. Ellen Pao, an extremely wealthy woman, has issues with virtually every partner at KPCB, one of whom she sleeps with and subsequently charges with sexual harassment years later. By her own admission, over a period of six years she continually complains about other partners and her compensation, title, and responsibilities. On the one hand she demands a transfer; yet on the other hand she wants the "harassers" to include her in meetings and emails and spends a full paragraph on the outrage of not being invited to a dinner party and another on ostensibly being excluded from a get together with junior associates.

She marries a man who made millions off of discrimination lawsuits. To top it off, she then launches her own discrimination lawsuit after seven years at the firm which made her so much money.

These are facts. They come from her filing: http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/22/kleiner-perkins-sexual-hara...

If anyone believes these charges at face value they are simply credulous. She is looking for "monetary restitution", a multimillion dollar payday comparable to what her husband has squeezed out of others in his multiple discrimination lawsuits.

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jarek 779 days ago | link

> The successful advances were unwanted? Are you kidding?

No.

I see you have difficulty distinguishing between harassment and advances, unwanted or otherwise. You do, however, appear to know or are ready to presume a lot about this case, including things that are on a man's phone, so there is nothing more I wish to add to our discussion. Thanks for engaging me!

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temphn 778 days ago | link

Just want you to know that there will be people who utterly reject your worldview (in a phrase, "yes means no") and all it entails. In your mind consent can be retroactively revoked years after the fact (to wit: "the successful advances were unwanted"). This is Kafkaesque and a frontal assault on the rule of law.

Fortunately, in a digital age, the past is not something Ellen Pao can rewrite at will. Future rule of thumb for anyone so unfortunate as to be caught up in an office romance: get her to put it in electronic form. Just one photographic expression of affection is enough to demonstrate to all and sundry that yeah, at the time, yes did mean yes. Since even admissions of consent no longer seem to preclude bogus charges, it's the only way to avoid being railroaded in a spurious lawsuit with people like you cheering on the travesty of justice.

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jarek 778 days ago | link

I'm not saying wantedness can be rewritten. All along I've been saying that wantedness cannot be measured by success of the advances. If I ask you 100 times for a $20, and on the 101st time you give up and give me $20, my requests have been ultimately successful but I doubt at any point they would have been wanted. This lawsuit isn't about the $20, it's about the requests.

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To be blunt, you have no idea what you're talking about here.

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That would be a great game to port to the web.

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> "[We are] flattening surfaces, removing reflections, and scaling back distracting gradients."

That sounds nice. I think the Mac OS is a little bit too shiny as well. And I never liked the fat+rounded style Ubuntu has. I don't use Windows, but if the theming is any good, hopefully other systems will take cues from it.

>"There is no evidence that people want to use [mice]" (John C. Dvorak, San Francisco Examiner, February 19, 1984).

I didn't realise this guy had been making terrible predictions for so long!

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jrockway 781 days ago | link

I don't want to use a mouse. It takes up space and destroys my tendons. It's just that focus-follows-brain doesn't work very well yet.

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InclinedPlane 781 days ago | link

Use a trackball if you have problems with mice destroying your tendons.

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jrockway 781 days ago | link

Actually, using a mouse doesn't hurt me at all. It might have something to do with the fact that I can twist my arm around one time completely, or the fact that I can't sit still long enough to do any real damage. I was mostly speaking for other people :)

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bluthru 781 days ago | link

>I think the Mac OS is a little bit too shiny as well

What's shiny about OS X anymore? The only thing I can think of is a glass panel in iTunes and the stoplight window controls. It's a very subdued, minimal, content-focused GUI.

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redthrowaway 781 days ago | link

"Shiny" could be metaphorical, here. Ever since Lion, OSX has been far too eager to show the world that it exists. Too many gimmicky interfaces, too many half-baked UI structures.... I don't care. Let me do what I want and get the fuck out of my way.

I have a limited number of pixels available to me. If you're a GUI designer who thinks I should give those pixels to you, then you are mistaken. Apple seems to have forgotten that recently (although Snow Leopard is pretty great).

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underwater 781 days ago | link

The dock has that reflective surface.

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I think Ubuntu's monospace font has true italic? (I'm not a font expert, though.)

http://font.ubuntu.com/#charset-mono-regular-italic

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