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Stack Overflow Reveals Results From 'Largest Developer Survey Ever Conducted'

Slashdot Updates - 2 hours 8 min ago
More than 64,000 developers from 213 countries participated in this year's annual survey by Stack Overflow -- the largest number ever -- giving a glimpse into the collective psyche of programmers around the world. An anonymous reader quotes their announcement: A majority of developers -- 56.5% -- said they were underpaid. Developers who work in government and non-profits feel the most underpaid, while those who work in finance feel the most overpaid... While only 13.1% of developers are actively looking for a job, 75.2% of developers are interested in hearing about new job opportunities... When asked what they valued most when considering a new job, 53.3% of respondents said remote options were a top priority. 65% of developers reported working remotely at least one day a month, and 11.1% say they're full-time remote or almost all the time. Also, the highest job satisfaction ratings came from developers who work remotely full-time. 62.5% of the respondents reported using JavaScript, while 51.2% reported SQL, with 39.7% using Java and 34.1% using C# -- but for the #5 slot, "the use of Python [32.0%] overtook PHP [28.1%] for the first time in five years." Yet as far as which languages developers wanted to continue using, "For the second year in a row, Rust was the most loved programming language... Swift, last year's second most popular language, ranked as fourth. For the second year in a row, Visual Basic (for 2017, Visual Basic 6, specifically) ranked as the most dreaded language; 88.3% of developers currently using Visual Basic said they did not want to continue using it."

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Steve Wozniak Invests In Robot-Powered Paper-Digitizing Startup

Slashdot Updates - 3 hours 8 min ago
Steve Wozniak -- along with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer -- have invested in an automated paper-digitization company named Ripcord, which formally launched on Thursday. An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat: Based in Hayward, California, Ripcord has machines that can scan, index, and categorize paper records to make them searchable through companies' existing systems, via the cloud... Upon receipt, Ripcord unboxes the files and passes them to its machines, which scan, upload, and convert the content into searchable PDFs. Ripcord says that the conversion and classification process is around 80 percent automated and covers handling, the removal of fasteners (e.g. staples), and scanning. "It sounds silly at first, but a really big part of the reason why this has never been done before are staples," explains Business Insider. "Existing scanner systems require humans to pull staples, separate three-ring binders, unclip paper clips, and occasionally even unstrip duct tape before they can go through the system -- otherwise they jam up the works." "Our robots work their magic," explains Ripcord's web site. They're charging .004 cents per page -- for every month that it's stored in the cloud.

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Indiana's Inmates Could Soon Have Access To Tablets

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 12 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC57 News in South Bend, Indiana: Indiana is looking to help offenders who are behind bars. Soon, each inmate in the Hoosier state could have their own tablet. The Indiana Department of Correction says the tablet will help inmates stay connected with their families and improve their education. Offenders will be able to use the tablets to access any classwork, self-help materials or entertainment. Officials expect to use entertainment, like music or movies, to reward good behavior. The proposal was first filed in January. Apple iPad's or kindles won't be used. Instead, a company that makes tablets specifically for prisons or jails will be hired. One San Francisco based-company they may consider, Telmate, has a device that is used in more than 20 states, including some jails in Marshall County. INDOC is hoping a vendor will front the costs of the entertainment apps so taxpayers won't have to. INDOC also says it wants to avoid charging inmate fees because charging fees that they can't afford would defeat the purpose of the system. If the company selected pays, the vendor would be reimbursed and still earn a profit.

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Scientists Name 11 New Cloud Types

Slashdot Updates - 7 hours 42 min ago
The increased use of technology capable of photographing and sharing images has prompted the World Meteorological Organization to add 11 new cloud classifications to their International Cloud Atlas. "A far cry from simple white puffs, these 11 new cloud types roll, dip, and menace their way across the skies," reports National Geographic. From the report: These 11 additions are the first updates that the atlas has received in 30 years, and much of the change can be attributed to citizen scientists who can share and discuss clouds by uploading photos to the Atlas's site. 2017 is the first year that the renowned atlas will be published entirely online, but a hardbound version will follow later this year. Asperitas, Latin for roughness, is the cloud type that has citizen scientists most excited and has been a special victory for the UK-based Cloud Appreciation Society. This photo, first spotted in 2006, captured their attention for its inability to be described by existing cloud types. Marked by small divot-like features that create chaotic ripples across the sky, asperitas were championed by enthusiasts who noticed they did not accurately fall under existing categories. Other clouds that formerly went by more colloquial names, such as the wave-like Kelvin-Helmoltz cloud, and fallstreak holes, will now be recognized with the Latin names fluctus and cavum, respectively. You can watch a time-lapse of the newly classified asperitas here.

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Supermassive Black Hole Rocketing Out of Distant Galaxy At 5 Million MPH

Slashdot Updates - 10 hours 42 min ago
The Bad Astronomer writes: Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole barreling out of its home galaxy at 5 million miles per hour. The 3 billion solar mass behemoth formed from the merger of two slightly smaller black holes after two galaxies collided and themselves merged. The resulting blast of gravitational waves is thought to have been asymmetric, causing a rocket effect which launched the resulting black hole away. It's currently 40,000 light years from the galaxy's core. Source: ESA/Hubble

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Why You Should Care About the Supreme Court Case On Toner Cartridges

Slashdot Updates - 14 hours 12 min ago
rmdingler quotes a report from Consumerist: A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn't sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase "patent exhaustion" is probably already causing your eyes to glaze over. However, these otherwise boring topics are the crux of a Supreme Court case that will answer a question with far-reaching impact for all consumers: Can a company that sold you something use its patent on that product to control how you choose to use after you buy it? The case in question is Impression Products, Inc v Lexmark International, Inc, came before the nation's highest court on Tuesday. Here's the background: Lexmark makes printers. Printers need toner in order to print, and Lexmark also happens to sell toner. Then there's Impression Products, a third-party company makes and refills toner cartridges for use in printers, including Lexmark's. Lexmark, however, doesn't want that; if you use third-party toner cartridges, that's money that Lexmark doesn't make. So it sued, which brings us to the legal chain that ended up at the Supreme Court. In an effort to keep others from getting a piece of that sweet toner revenue, Lexmark turned to its patents: The company began selling printer cartridges with a notice on the package forbidding reuse or transfer to third parties. Then, when a third-party -- like Impression -- came around reselling or recycling the cartridges, Lexmark could accuse them of patent infringement. So far the courts have sided with Lexmark, ruling that Impression was using Lexmark's patented technology in an unauthorized way. The Supreme Court is Impression's last avenue of appeal. The question before the Supreme Court isn't one of "can Lexmark patent this?" Because Lexmark can, and has. The question is, rather: Can patent exhaustion still be a thing, or does the original manufacturer get to keep having the final say in what you and others can do with the product? Kate Cox notes via Consumerist that the Supreme Court ruling is still likely months away. However, she has provided a link to the transcript of this week's oral arguments (PDF) in her report and has dissected it to see which way the justices are leaning on the issue.

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'Moore's Law' For Carbon Would Defeat Global Warming

Slashdot Updates - 15 hours 37 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: A streamlined set of goals for reducing carbon emissions could simplify the way nations approach the quest to reduce human impact on the planet. A group of European researchers have a refreshingly straightforward solution that they call a carbon law -- or, as the Guardian has coined it, a "Moore's law for carbon." The overarching goal is simple: globally, we must halve carbon dioxide emissions every decade. That's essentially it. The rule would ideally be applied "to all sectors and countries at all scales," and would encourage "bold action in the short term." Dramatic changes would naturally have to occur as a result -- from quick wins like carbon taxes and energy efficiency regulations, to longer-term policies like phasing out combustion-engine cars and carbon-neutral building regulations. If policy makers followed the carbon law, adoption of renewables would continue its current pace of doubling energy production every 5.5 years, and carbon dioxide sequestration technologies would need to ramp up in order for the the planet to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century, say the researchers. Along the way, coal use would end as soon as 2030 and oil use by 2040. There are, clearly, issues with the idea, not least being the prospect of convincing every nation to commit to such a vision. The very simplicity that makes the idea compelling can also be used as a point of criticism: Can such a basic rule ever hope to define practical ideas as to how to change the world's energy production and consumption? The study has been published in the journal Science.

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Microsoft Delivers Secure China-Only Cut of Windows 10

Slashdot Updates - 16 hours 17 min ago
Earlier this week, CEO of Microsoft Greater China, Alain Crozier, told China Daily that the company is ready to roll out a version of Windows 10 with extra security features demanded by China's government. "We have already developed the first version of the Windows 10 government secure system. It has been tested by three large enterprise customers," Crozier said. The Register reports: China used Edward Snowden's revelations to question whether western technology products could compromise its security. Policy responses included source code reviews for foreign vendors and requiring Chinese buyers to shop from an approved list of products. Microsoft, IBM and Intel all refused to submit source code for inspection, but Redmond and Big Blue have found other ways to get their code into China. IBM's route is a partnership with Dalian Wanda to bring its cloud behind the Great Firewall. Microsoft last year revealed its intention to build a version of Windows 10 for Chinese government users in partnership with state-owned company China Electronics Technology Group Corp. There's no reason to believe Crozier's remarks are incorrect, because Microsoft has a massive incentive to deliver a version of Windows 10 that China's government will accept. To understand why, consider that China's military has over two million active service personnel, the nation's railways employ similar numbers and Microsoft's partner China Electronics Technology Group Corp has more than 140,000 people on its books. Not all of those are going to need Windows, but plenty will.

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US Scientists Launch World's Biggest Solar Geoengineering Study

Slashdot Updates - 16 hours 57 min ago
In what will be the world's biggest solar geoengineering program to date, U.S. scientists part of the $20 million Harvard University project are going to send aerosol injections 20km (~12.4 miles) into the earth's stratosphere "to establish whether the technology can safely simulate the atmospheric cooling effects of a volcanic eruption," The Guardian reports. From the report: Scientists hope to complete two small-scale dispersals of first water and then calcium carbonate particles by 2022. Future tests could involve seeding the sky with aluminum oxide -- or even diamonds. Janos Pasztor, Ban Ki-moon's assistant climate chief at the UN who now leads a geoengineering governance initiative, said that the Harvard scientists would only disperse minimal amounts of compounds in their tests, under strict university controls. Geoengineering advocates stress that any attempt at a solar tech fix is years away and should be viewed as a compliment to -- not a substitute for -- aggressive emissions reductions action. But the Harvard team, in a promotional video for the project, suggest a redirection of one percent of current climate mitigation funds to geoengineering research, and argue that the planet could be covered with a solar shield for as little as $10 billion a year. Some senior UN climate scientists view such developments with alarm, fearing a cash drain from proven mitigation technologies such as wind and solar energy, to ones carrying the potential for unintended disasters. If lab tests are positive, the experiment would then be replicated with a limestone compound which the researchers believe will neither absorb solar or terrestrial radiation, nor deplete the ozone layer.

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To write better games, Chris Avellone takes lessons from Dr. Who

Gamasutra - News - 17 hours 36 min ago

"Throw the players into an environment with a lot of visual mysteries," veteran game designer Chris Avellone told Glixel. "Then you let them explore the environment, & try and solve those mysteries." ...

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Venezuelan Developers Are Using Bitcoin, Rare Pepe Trading Cards To Fight Against a Dismal Economy

Slashdot Updates - 17 hours 37 min ago
According to Crypto Insider, Venezuelan developers have been selling "rare pepes" -- trading cards that contain unique illustrations and photoshops of the character Pepe the Frog. While the trading cards started out as nothing more than a joke, many of them have been traded for thousands of dollars on the Counterparty platform, which is built on top of Bitcoin, and have provided a way for many developers to sustain themselves in Venezuela's poor economy. From the report: The basic idea behind the issuance of rare pepes on top of the Counterparty platform is that it enables scarcity in a digital world. Each rare pepe card is linked to a little bit of bitcoin through a practice known as coin coloring. Whoever owns the private keys associated with the address where the bitcoins that represent a specific rare pepe card is located is the one who owns that particular trading card. Now, a group of developers in Venezuela are building games similar to Hearthstone and Pokemon where the rare pepe trading cards will play an integral role. If you go to rarepepe.party right now, you're mainly presented with a video of what the first game based on the Rare Pepe digital trading cards will look like. The concept is similar to Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering where players essentially do battle with their opponents via characters on trading cards, which have specific stats and features. In this case, the characters are various rare pepes. With many rare pepes already released (you can view them in the official rare pepe directory), the developers behind Rare Pepe Party are attempting to provide a use case for these new trading cards. While some rare pepe cards already have stats on them, the developer who chatted with Crypto Insider says those stats may not mean much when it's time to play the game. While rare pepes are nothing more than fun and games for much of the developed world, they're a matter of survival in Venezuela. "We're based in Venezuela, and our business has been saved by bitcoin many times," said the developer. The developer claims roughly 80 percent of the offices around the area where Rare Pepe Party is being developed have shut down over the past year. The biggest businesses on their street have also dropped as much as 90 percent of their employees.

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Senior Engineer: Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency Inc.

Gamasutra - Jobs - 17 hours 42 min ago
The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency is actively searching for a talented senior engineer to augment our game development teams. The engineer will work with our experienced teams of engineers, designers, tech-artists and animators in the creation of an online multiplayer games. Principal Duties and Responsibilities Network gameplay programming. (Implementation of game flow logic, game modes, character behaviors, animation trees, camera logic and sound support.) Engine system programming. (Implementation of scripting, physics, collision, animation and rendering systems.) User interface programming. (Implementation of screens and huds.) Gameplay prototyping. Tools and pipeline development. (Implementation of game editor extensions to facilitate the game development process.) Providing technical support for the internal development team. Quality assurance testing and reporting. Contributing to game design and technical design documentation. Planning project milestones and effectively managing personal tasks to hit deadlines on time. Effectively communicating with managers and inform them of progress and impediments. Actively maintaining skill-sets and knowledge base to keep up with the latest industry innovations. Desired Skills & Experience Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Game Development Trade School. Proficient in C++ or C# programming languages. Ability to write efficient, clear, maintainable and portable code. Strong understanding of data structures, algorithms and methodologies. Competent in 3D vector math. Positive attitude and a desire to work in a collaborative team environment. Experience with Unity3D or Unreal Engine preferred. Experience shipping console, PC or mobile games preferred.Must be eligible to work for a company in the US. 
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Sr. Business Development Director--#2525: Lionbridge Technologies

Gamasutra - Jobs - 17 hours 42 min ago
Lionbridge Game Services, the entertainment unit of Lionbridge, is looking for a Senior Business Development Director (BDD) to create opportunities, develop new business, and drive revenue for Lionbridge with AAA videogame platform holders, publishers, and game developers in North America. Lionbridge Game Services provides Functional and QA Testing, Localization and Voice Over, and Community Moderation and Management to top videogame companies all over the world. In addition, Lionbridge Game Services provides Compliance and Compatibility Testing, Geopolitical Reviews, and Marketing Services. As the Senior Business Development Director, you will be expected to spearhead the sales effort selling Lionbridge’s high level of game-services expertise and international game-center facilities to top-tier external clients. You will be required to guide clients to the right game services solutions for to their projects and to significantly expand the Lionbridge Game Services business in North America. About the Job: Develop appropriate sales strategies to sell AAA game services solutions to Top 25 videogame platform holders, publishers, and developers primarily in North America, but also internationally as required Identify, rank, and manage prospects and successfully brings prospects through sales pipeline. Build on-going high-level customer relationships within client to provide the foundation for future value creation and servicing opportunities. Develop relationships within new divisions of client while introducing new services and finding new or additional work with clients. Strategize re: growth throughout client and Lionbridge. Create strategies regarding international solutions. Work closely with peer salespeople to meet co-selling account goals, and collaborative selling approach for overall company goals. Build strong, productive relationship with operational delivery teams. Support the preparation of all proposals and client quotations. Support follow-up monitoring of projects to ensure that staff and client work in a harmonious manner to ensure that customer satisfaction is achieved. Respond in a timely manner to any and all concerns that might arise during project. Respond in a timely manner to any inbound inquiry or sales leads. Maintain updated account status and forecasts, as specified by the directing manager Meet goals for cold calling, contacts, onsite visits and other sales criteria Support and ensure that any and all reporting requirements are completed and submitted in the timeframe specified by client Comply with all sales procedures, processes and additional Create and distribute visit reports Communicate trends, successes, opportunities, and recommendations to senior leaders Keep up-to-date with developments in the video game entertainment industry and with the services and technology offerings within the company and our competitors About you: Looking for a hunter, with a proven track record for developing new business within the video games industry  8+ year sales experience   Experience in videogame publishing highly advantageous but not essential   REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Proven track record of sales success to large videogame-services accounts Demonstrated history of initiative and critical thinking to craft large enterprise level deals Track record of being a self starter Knowledge of consultative videogame publisher sales concepts and strategies with significant demonstrated experience and account wins Proven experience with developing videogame services solutions on an international level Broad working knowledge of videogame industry including platform providers, publishers, and developers Solid understanding of digital consumer trends Knowledge of large contracts and proposal process Successful track record of selling multi-million dollar, multi-year, complex engagements to AAA videogame companies Proven track record of both internal and external relationship building Ability to analyze business opportunities, develop effective sales strategies and close business Ability to develop account and territory plans to achieve penetration and grow revenue Ability to develop and deliver value/benefit analysis to technical and business stakeholders Ability to conduct effective presentations to all levels of clients Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of decision-makers and employees of client and Lionbridge Ability to craft and deliver executive-level presentations Excellent oral and written communication skills including use of spreadsheets, presentations, email applications Ability to write reports in a clear and concise manner Ability to represent and communicate with a diverse population Ability to maintain professionalism and confidentiality at all times Demonstrated ability to call on high-level enterprise clients Demonstrated skill in negotiating with clients to create a win-win for both company and client Entrepreneurial acumen Team player who works collaboratively with colleagues, management and all points of the organization EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field of study, or equivalent experience ABOUT THE COMPANY: Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIOX) is a provider of translation, development and testing solutions. Lionbridge combines global resources with proven program management methodologies to serve as an outsource partner throughout a client's product and content lifecycle - from development to translation, testing and maintenance. To learn more, visit http://www.lionbridge.com. Lionbridge is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or protected veteran status. Agencies - Lionbridge does not accept unsolicited resumes from third party vendors. Only resumes received from contracted agencies/vendors will be considered. Any unsolicited resumes sent to Lionbridge will not be recognized and such agency will have no recourse from Lionbridge.
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Hitman dev says the secret to expansive level design is spirals

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:30pm

"They're basically spirals, or a snail house, we call it," IO Interactive's Torbjorn Christensen told Rock, Paper, Shotgun,, explaining the in Hitman levels like Sapienza and Hokkaido. ...

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South Korea Finds Qualcomm Prevented Samsung From Selling Its Exynos Processors

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:20pm
According to the South Korea Trade Commission (SKTC), Qualcomm prevented Samsung from selling its Exynos processors to various third-party phone manufacturers. "The Commission's report claims that Qualcomm abused its standard-essential patents -- which define technical standards like Wi-Fi and 4G -- to prevent Samsung from selling its modems, integrated processors, and other chips to smartphone makers like LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, and others," reports Digital Trends. "The Commission reportedly threatened to file suit against Samsung, which had agreed to license the patents for an undisclosed sum, if the South Korean electronics maker began competing against it in the mobile market." From the report: That bullying ran afoul of the South Korea Trade Commission's rules, which require that standard-essential patents be licensed on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. "Samsung Electronics has been blocked from selling its modem chips to other smartphone manufacturers due to a license deal it signed with Qualcomm," the commissioners wrote. The report provides legal justification for the $853 million fine the SKTC placed on Qualcomm in December for "anti-competitive practices." Qualcomm intends to appeal. "[We] strongly disagree with the KFTC's announced decision, which Qualcomm believes is inconsistent with the facts and the law, reflects a flawed process, and represents a violation of due process rights owed American companies" under an applicable agreement between the U.S. and South Korea.

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Why has BioWare made the same multiplayer game three times in a row?

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:18pm

We take a look at why BioWare has stuck with horde mode multiplayer for Mass Effect: Andromeda. ...

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GameStop lays plans to close at least 150 stores this year

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:51pm

GameStop has confirmed plans to close at least 150 GameStop stores around the world this year in an ongoing effort to close down underperforming locations -- but its opening 100 new non-game stores. ...

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FedEx Will Pay You $5 To Install Flash

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:40pm
FedEx's Office Print department is offering customers $5 to enable Adobe Flash in their browsers. Why would they do such a thing you may ask? It's because they want customers to design posters, signs, manuals, banners and promotional agents using their "web-based config-o-tronic widgets," which requires Adobe Flash. The Register reports: But the web-based config-o-tronic widgets that let you whip and order those masterpieces requires Adobe Flash, the enemy of anyone interested in security and browser stability. And by anyone we mean Google, which with Chrome 56 will only load Flash if users say they want to use it, and Microsoft which will stop supporting Flash in its Edge browser when the Windows 10 Creators Update debuts. Mozilla's Firefox will still run Flash, but not for long. The impact of all that Flash hate is clearly that people are showing up at FedEx Office Print without the putrid plug-in. But seeing as they can't use the service without it, FedEx has to make the offer depicted above or visible online here. That page offers a link to download Flash, which is both a good and a bad idea. The good is that the link goes to the latest version of Flash, which includes years' worth of bug fixes. The bad is that Flash has needed bug fixes for years and a steady drip of newly-detected problems means there's no guarantee the software's woes have ended. Scoring yourself a $5 discount could therefore cost you plenty in future.

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Judge: eBay Can't Be Sued Over Seller Accused of Patent Infringement

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: It's game over for an Alabama man who claims his patent on "Carpenter Bee Traps" is being infringed by competing products on eBay. Robert Blazer filed his lawsuit in 2015, saying that his U.S. Patent No. 8,375,624 was being infringed by a variety of products being sold on eBay. Blazer believed the online sales platform should have to pay him damages for infringing his patent. A patent can be infringed when someone sells or "offers to sell" a patented invention. At first, Blazer went through eBay's official channels for reporting infringement, filing a "Notice of Claimed Infringement," or NOCI. At that point, his patent hadn't even been issued yet and was still a pending application, so eBay told him to get back in touch if his patent was granted. On February 19, 2013, Blazer got his patent and ultimately sent multiple NOCI forms to eBay. However, eBay wouldn't take down any items, in keeping with its policy of responding to court orders of infringement and not mere allegations of infringement. In 2015, Blazer sued, saying that eBay had directly infringed his patent and also "induced" others to infringe. That lawsuit can't move forward, following an opinion (PDF) published this week by U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre. The judge found that eBay lacked any knowledge of actual infringement and rejected Blazer's argument that eBay was "willfully blind" to infringement of Blazer's patent. The opinion was first reported yesterday by The Recorder (registration required).

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How Noisy Is Your Neighborhood? Now There's A Map For That

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:40pm
An anonymous reader share an NPR article: There's no denying it: Los Angeles isn't exactly gentle on the ears. That's one lesson, at least, from a comprehensive noise map created by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. On the interactive U.S. map the agency released this week, which depicts data on noise produced primarily by airports and interstate highways, few spots glare with such deep and angry color as the City of Angels. Blame the area's handful of major airports and its legendary snarls of traffic -- ranked this year as the worst in the nation.

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