Et voila, foofu in the new style.
This afternoons family visit resulted in some nice pictures.
(But what did you expect with such a good looking godchild !)
This is post hundred (100) since I started this blog, hence all the classics:
Things I noticed up ’till now:
Well … off we go to post number 101 and counting …
As I mentioned earlier Alcatel-Lucent had a bit of a squabble with Microsoft over MP3 patents. As it goes, Alcatel-Lucent is the parent company of the famous Bell Labs which in its turn started a lot of the MP3 ideas upon which later on the German Frauenhofer Institute and French Thomson SA joined to build the current MPEG1 Layer3.
Yesterday the US San Diego court decided in favour of Alcatel-Lucent and each count amounted up to payable damages of approximately $750 million (times 2 as it covers 2 counts of patent infringement so that’s a whopping $1,5 billion dollars which is an all time record).
The question now remains whether or not Alcatel-Lucent will try to go after the next batch of “infringers” (Apple Corp., Creative, Sony, … just to name a few). Considering the weak first combined quarter as a new company, there is considerable pressure to go forth with litigation.
On the other hand, Microsoft is not willing to bend and probably will seek aid in federal court to fight the decission. As long as that verdict is unspoken, Microsoft is not likely to hand over their money. But once there is a decission in favour of Alcatel-Lucent they would be stupid not to go after the other possible infringers (not only for non-discrimination sake, but also as an obligation towards the shareholders).
Unless off course software turns out not to be patentable, although this dispute mainly covers a technique, more than a software implementation thereoff.
Recently my router shows severe hiccups. Connections drops (especially on the WAN side) quasi constantly.
Although the wireless connection in itself was never extremely good, it still keeps up and only occasionally drops.
Now I’m in for an dilemma :
aarrghh dilemma’s, I’m not good at them …
This one by now probably has been posted on any blog you can find out there, but it is absolutely hilarious. Furthermore it gives me the creeps how recognisable this is when applied to todays computer user (which off course is the crux of the whole clip to begin with).
(for the language conscious among us, it’s Norwegian spoken and Danish subtitled)