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93349 No. 93349 ID: 697c94 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
The Supreme Court today issued rulings on a handful of cases. One was about two companies nobody’s ever really heard of, arguing over patents for software to manage banking transactions. The details of the patents themselves, and the transactions they deal with, are kind of complicated and insidery — but they’re also not necessarily that important. The broader implications of the ruling, and the legal precedent the Court set with it, though, will have an impact for years to come.

What was the actual case before the Court?

The case is Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. It all started over ten years ago: Alice owned patents on certain computer programs for managing risk in financial trades. CLS started to use a similar technology to solve the same risk problem. Alice said: you can’t do that, we have a patent and we will sue your pants off. CLS said: you can’t patent an idea, we’ll sue you. Lower courts sided with CLS about the validity of Alice’s patents. After many years of suits and appeals, the case came to the Supreme Court and they heard arguments on it in March.
Specifically, the legal question the Court was looking at was “[w]hether claims to computer-implemented inventions—including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of manufacture—are directed to patent-eligible subject matter within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 101.”

Back in English, that question more or less is: can software and computer processes be patented under this section of patent law as currently written and understood?
What was the Court’s ruling?

The Court ruled 9-0 (PDF) to affirm the lower court’s finding that Alice’s patents on the financial software were not valid. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion, with Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor concurring. They found that the particular kind of risk mitigation that Alice held the patents for was an abstract idea, and as such, not eligible for patent.
The justices differentiated ideas from execution, writing:

The Court has long held that §101 [of patent law] … contains an implicit exception for ‘laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas. … In applying the exception, this Court must distinguish patents that claim the ‘building blocks’ of human ingenuity, which are ineligible for patent protection, from those that integrate the building blocks into something more.
So did this undo patents on software?
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>> No. 93353 ID: b338a2
Software is "abstract ideas"?
>> No. 93354 ID: 4325d4
Probably a "natural phenomena" part.
>> No. 93363 ID: 242c84
That kinda makes sense, though. Since "software" is by nature incredibly complicated, it makes sense that one can't simply patent "an idea for a traffic-light system that counts cars by threes" unless one also writes up the code to make that system. Which I think what the court said, that actual work has to be done.

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93283 No. 93283 ID: e28d25 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
The U.S. military is making a startling new claim that a chip, to be implanted in the brains of soldiers and veterans – willingly, of course - will be able treat anxiety, depression, memory loss and the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD has become one of the most important battles facing veterans in the post-war period.

The innovative, and equally disturbing, brain chip to treat PTSD in soldiers and veterans could change the way that these problems are treated.

With $12 million (and the potential for $26 million more if benchmarks are met),

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, already has $12 million invested in the proposed $26 million project.

“DARPA is looking for ways to characterize which regions come into play for different conditions – measured from brain networks down to the single neuron level – and develop therapeutic devices that can record activity, deliver targeted stimulation, and most importantly, automatically adjust therapy as the brain itself changes,” DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez claimed.

The chip would have the ability to record, predict and supposedly treat anxiety, depression and other mood and mental disorders. The chip is in development in association with teams from University of California at San Francisco, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Medtronic. Together, they will use the sizable chunk of money to create a cybernetic implant with electrodes that connect deeply into the brain.

Edward Chang, a neuroscientist at the University of California at San Francisco told Defense One military news that so far, “Little is understood of how the brain’s neural circuitry relates to anxiety and other neuropsychiatric disorders. This project will seek to markedly improve that understanding by obtaining maps of the brain’s electrical activity at higher resolution than has been previously possible. The ultimate impact on the treatment of major depression, anxiety disorders, and other conditions remains to be seen, but a more clear understanding of the basis of these disorders is badly needed.”
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>> No. 93312 ID: 90a126
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It would act (supposedly) like a drug that affects directly the part of your body it is supposed to. Its not like taking Zoloft or Paxil where it affects your weight, your sex drive, your moods, your man tits, and then maybe your depression. All the advantages of the meds with none of the side effects, except maybe hackers stealing your credit card numbers and your sick, sick fantasies and the government mind controlling you into voting Hilary Clinton President for Life..

Also how could you not ask for Anna Navarre? She's crazy sexy with a very large emphasis on the crazy part.
>> No. 93318 ID: 690417
What I meant was I didn't ask for the massive boner I had in my uncomfortable pants.
>> No. 93319 ID: e28d25
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You are involved with a protest or actions around protecting your rights.


This is how it would go most likely.

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Eh, in real life DARPA is less "Metal Gear Solid" and more like a bunch of nerds that give money to other nerds so that they can build self-driving cars, better prosthetic limbs and C3 systems.
>> No. 93348 ID: 388296
>in 2000, Humanity prevented Bat Guano from taking over the Internet
>in 2002, Bat Guano was able to manipulate Humanity into development and deployment of armed UAVs.
in 2004, Bat Guano further manipulates Humanity into using armed drone against other Humans.
>in 2014, Bat Guano made Humans into drones.

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93256 No. 93256 ID: d5e5a4 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
US Supreme Court rules against Abramski.

Purchasing a firearm for someone else that is not strictly a gift and transferring it to them through a FFL is still considered a straw purchase.


>pic kind of related, but both people in this case cleared NICS checks.
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>> No. 93276 ID: 08d0a9
>Read the form, fill it the fuck out, DON'T FUCKING LIE.
Half (or more) of OPchan would be disqualified on 11e if they did not lie.
>> No. 93277 ID: ee1c7f
One shitty implication of this is that if a friend of mine found a hard to find gun that I really wanted in another state or something, and that dealer didn't want to hassle with an out of state purchase, my friend and I would be criminals if I had him buy it to me and ship it to my FFL.

That is beyond fucked up.
>> No. 93290 ID: 5e39d8
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So wait... SCOTUS didn't have time to hear New Jersey out, but they have time for this shit?
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What if I told you
Only Justice Kennedy knows what Justice Kennedy is thinking?

On a serious note, I'm wringing my hands more than serv's grandparents over whether Ruth "The Grim Lich Reaper" Bader-Ginsburg retires before the Chicago Community Organizer of the United States finishes his second season.
>> No. 93314 ID: 13dbd1

Abromski was granted cert because the issue has been previously ruled on by multiple federal courts with decisions coming down on both sides, there was no consensus... that is one of the circumstances that makes a case very likely to receive cert.

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92848 No. 92848 ID: b4c0d5 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
Family members could have you stripped of your 2nd amendment rights if they don't like guns, think you are unstable, and or hate your guts. Every shooting have this crap to look forward to now.
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>> No. 93148 ID: 824045
Also, is SWIFTNet not separate from the open internet? What are you going to do with account numbers?


Not trying to poke holes in what you're saying. Just curious.
>> No. 93149 ID: 824045
As a final thought before I take a shower and go to work; having taken over a physical bank, could Gabriel and company not have simply gotten on to one of the terminals that some employee had probably left themselves logged in to and performed a regular old wire transfer? You probably wouldn't need to hack anything.
>> No. 93152 ID: 5b9651

There's a connection somewhere. There's ALWAYS a connection somewhere. Between human error, oversight, and plain expediency, I 100% guarantee you that there is at least one computer or computers, directly or indirectly connected to both the SWIFT and the open Internet.

Finding stuff like that was 99% of the fun. Only the assholes in the last 1% would exploit it for gain.
>> No. 93220 ID: 13c6d4
Y'all muthafukkas need to read The Cuckoo's Egg.
>> No. 93236 ID: a4a3cf
Sure, here ya go >>/z/2310

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92491 No. 92491 ID: d5e5a4 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Two major resignations in one day? Go go Obama Administration! Most transparent government evar!!!

>Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned in the privacy of the White House on Friday, driven from office by a mushrooming scandal over the agency's health care system that serves millions of the nation's former warriors.


>White House press secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post and his No. 2 is taking over.

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>> No. 93125 ID: 46fbb4

Never thought I would have a favorite alphabet soup agency but the FBI has been stepping up to the plate lately. Can't complain when the g men are taking out the trash like they have been these last couple weeks.
>> No. 93154 ID: 3ea49f
FBI are probably the least shitty intelligence agency in my books.
>> No. 93155 ID: 626b5e
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Souls are currency and playthings in the warp, Lord Mattis shall return.
>> No. 93165 ID: 37d014
That's always been my impression. They tend to care about the things that actually matter.
>> No. 93207 ID: 44e957
I wonder how that first gulf war vet who lives right by the Bedford VA hospital is doing and if he's still alive, I wonder what he thinks of all this. He's had a big ol' flag up hanging on the side of his house complaining that he's still waiting for any VA benefits and it's been up for about two or three years now. I should have gotten a picture of it, I used to go by it every day to get to college.

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93075 No. 93075 ID: e9341d hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
>Seattle Pacific University shooting suspect contemplated other Washington colleges, including WSU, Eastern and Central, before settling on the small, religious school closer to home, prosecutor says.

>Sometime before Aaron Rey Ybarra unleashed a barrage of gunfire last week that left one student dead and two wounded at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), he stopped taking his mental-health medications to sharpen his rage, according to King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

>“He wanted to feel the hate,” Satterberg said Tuesday at a news conference to announce his office would be seeking a sentence of life in prison for the 26-year-old Mountlake Terrace man.

>In the weeks before Thursday’s shooting, Ybarra contemplated which school to target, considering Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and Central Washington University before settling on the small Free Methodist university closer to home, according to Satterberg.

>He even visited the SPU campus a week or so before the shooting and was shown around by “a helpful academic counselor and friendly students,” Satterberg said.

>In a journal recovered by police, Ybarra wrote that he admired the mass shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech and considered the suicidal killers his role models, said Satterberg. In his final journal entry the morning of the shooting, Satterberg said Ybarra wrote of his excitement: “I just want people to die, and I’m going to die with them!”
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>> No. 93109 ID: 5adb5b
Yes, but he owned an AR and a couple pistols too.
I know there is another picture with him pointing a pistol into his mouth.
>> No. 93127 ID: 18bb47
So why does it seem people are only interested in what makes shitheads shitheads? If we're going to dig into what makes someone the way they are, we might as well dig into heroes.

The world needs more heroes.
>> No. 93176 ID: 13dbd1
>we might as well dig into heroes.

We already have, in many cases it's the same gene that causes alcoholism/addiction. It's common to people that are descended from groups with incredibly violent histories: The Irish, (native American) Indians, etc,etc.
>> No. 93180 ID: 9aeae0
I have that gene! Tell me more!

But no really I would like to read more about this if you have a link.
>> No. 93182 ID: 936792
This explains a lot of the alcoholism in the military.

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92889 No. 92889 ID: 09e6cc hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]

>At least three people including police officers have reportedly been killed in a shooting spree near and inside Walmart in Las Vegas.

>An earlier distress call said that police two officers were down in a pizzeria at Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue, where two unidentified assailants reportedly walked up to two policemen and shot them point blank.

>Channel 8 news reports, citing police sources, that two Metro officers were eating when one person shot one officer in the head while the second person shot the second officer. Witnesses claim that the suspects took the police officers' gear, saying before they left the restaurant – “tell the police the revolution has begun.”

Well, like they say, these shootings come in packs.
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>> No. 93069 ID: 58a76a
Guessing it's got a lot to do with Sideshow SoL.
>Joker and Harley were stopped, questioned, and sent on their way
Can't wait to see this never reported by any major news outlet ever.
>> No. 93070 ID: 71d177
>Welp. Prepare for plently of "SEE YOU CAN'T STOP SPREE SHOOTERS WITH YOUR SMALL DICK COMPENSATOR LET'S JUST BAN GUNS ALREADY" never mind the fact that the guy was outnumbered two to one and would have been best advised not to approach the gunman rather than wait for them to get near him if he really wanted to be a hero. IMO, at least.

Just link them to any of the recent articles about CCers stopping bad guys, like this. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/authorities-griffin-police-officer-shot-killed-waf/ngBLC/
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>> No. 93116 ID: 46a793
>More guns don't make for a safer society
Try telling that to the police and the military. Talk about cognitive dissonance.

>It was a bad move.
Because being unarmed has had such a better track record.

>"There is evidence of good guys with guns stopping mass shootings, but it happens rarely."
So sayeth the shill social engineer from a UC school. Mass shootings themselves happen rarely. You know what happens every week on the local news but never makes it to the big networks? Evidence of good guys stopping attacks on themselves.

>"On balance, having a gun in the home doubles the risk of homicide in the home."
Apparently suicides and stopping home invasions count as homicide now.
>> No. 93117 ID: 5b9651
>For the sake of discussion, let’s assume that keeping and bearing arms suitable for self-defense is a bona fide individual right. If so, the fact that 100,000 people a year murder others with firearms, while one man alone uses a firearm to save a life, provides no basis for curbing the individual liberty to own and bear arms. Each individual must, because of his inherent, autonomous ethical freedom, be respected as an end in himself; no prior restraint may be imposed upon his right to own and bear firearms.

All I have to contribute. I wasn't the OP of it though.

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92037 No. 92037 ID: 13dbd1 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]

Tl;dr- Chipotle has requested people don't bring guns in their stores
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>> No. 92673 ID: 924470
>NRA says something reasonable
>immediately backpedals
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Bumping this for some goddamn truth.

>> No. 93083 ID: 46a793
I know this isn't the first time you've been brosephing about OC, but you literally and as a result, also figuratively aren't in a place to talk.
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H,h,hey guys.... h,how do you tell... if you just had an aneurism? AHHHHAAAAAHHHHHH....hhhhhhh!! [starts drooling on self]

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92968 No. 92968 ID: 9d1df4 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
NEENAH, Wis. — Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small.

The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice.

During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.

The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”


In the Indianapolis suburbs, officers said they needed a mine-resistant vehicle to protect against a possible attack by veterans returning from war.

“You have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build I.E.D.’s and to defeat law enforcement techniques,” Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department told the local Fox affiliate, referring to improvised explosive devices, or homemade bombs. Sergeant Downing did not return a message seeking comment.

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Sorry, I don't do private concerts. If you have a technical question make a thread over in /stem/.
>> No. 93018 ID: 459971
No, no that's it though. You got it.
>> No. 93026 ID: 1bddb7
  rip acidman.
>> No. 93031 ID: 5807dc

I was going to send you some information I thought you'd appreciate. But if you don't want it, fine.
>> No. 93067 ID: a2fb77
"Weapons of war have no place on our streets"
-Barack Obama

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MCALLEN, TX - There’s a growing health concern with hundreds of illegal immigrants crossing over into southern Texas.

U.S. Border Patrol agents are worried that what's coming over into the U.S. could harm everyone.

This time the focus is not on the women and children that are crossing over in droves.

Agents are worrying about a viral outbreak.

“We are sending people everywhere. The average person doesn't know what's going on down here,” said Border Patrol agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera.

Cabrera says agents are seeing illegal immigrants come over with contagious infections.

Detention centers and holding facilities have quarantined areas for those who come in sick. But Cabrera says the sick and healthy are separated only by caution tape.

“There's been an outbreak of scabies that's been going on for the past month,” Cabrera said.
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>> No. 92965 ID: 983596
Yes, but how is this relevant in the bigger narrative?

See also: http://www.projectcensored.org/10-culture-cruelty-along-mexico-us-border/

"Migrants crossing the Mexico–US border not only face dangers posed by an unforgiving desert but also abuse at the hands of the US Border Patrol.

During their journey through the desert, migrants risk dehydration, starvation, exhaustion, and the possibility of being threatened and robbed.

Unfortunately, the dangers continue if they come in contact with the Border Patrol.

In “A Culture of Cruelty,” the organization No More Deaths revealed human rights violations by the US Border Patrol including limiting or denying migrants water and food, verbal and physical abuse, and failing to provide necessary medical attention.

Female migrants face additional violations including sexual abuse, according to No More Deaths. As Erika L. Sánchez reported, “Dehumanization of immigrants is actually part of the Border Patrol’s institutional culture. Instances of misconduct are not aberrations, but common practice.”

The Border Patrol has denied any wrongdoing and has not been held responsible for these abuses.
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>> No. 92966 ID: cb4bfc
The Border Patrol better step the fuck up, when those people are in their custody they are 100% responsible for their treatment and well being.
>> No. 92984 ID: 392726
How about we actually give the Border Patrol a budget then? US Customs actually gets the lion's share of the $12.9 billion they'll get for FY2014,(about 70% is the actual figure), leaving less than 30% (about $5 billion)to essentially act as a small army to patrol US borders.

And to be fair, most of the Mexicans are in pretty rough shape when they're caught. Hence them getting caught.
But they're still criminals, doing something bad and got caught. I'd be a little suspect of anything such a biased organization puts out.

Also, just everyone in general, did you know former Mexican presidente Vincente Fox and his successor, Calderon, actually ran on cracking down on illegal immigrants from Central America?

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In other news, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor just lost his primary election to an Economics professor. The news is saying this is the result of backlash within the Republican base to Cantor's pro-immigration-reform positions.

>> No. 93078 ID: f3e2a5
I thought it would be a cold day in hell when a thread vaguely about illegal immigration that doesn't promote amnesty would be derailed over shouts of racism


That won't happen. The Obama Administration has done anything but help the border patrol.

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