Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Feb 2009 09:13 UTC, submitted by stickster
Legal Back in 2007, IP Innovation filed a lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell. IP Innovation is a subsidiary of Acacia Technologies. You may have heard of them -- they're reported to be the most litigious patent troll in the USA, meaning they produce nothing of value other than money from those whom they sue (or threaten to sue) over patent issues. They're alleging infringement of patents on a user interface that has multiple workspaces. Hard to say just what they mean (which is often a problem in software patents), but it sounds a lot like functionality that pretty much all programmers and consumers use.
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zombie process
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Those are meaningless measurements compounded by the fact that we frequently just increase them by an order of magnitude and expect the world to know what we're talking about. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you cant, w/o the aid of google, tell me how many pages of text fit in a megabyte. Furthermore, there's the whole 1024 versus 1000 thing that really gets some people upset. Further proof is that the layman has no idea that a 10 MP picture mailed over dialup will never leave their machine, let alone how "big" it is. When you start describing things to people in terms of how many you could fit on a DVD, you've pretty much ceased to make sense.

My point is/was that as soon as a base unit of measurement is so large that the common practice is to use fractional chunks of it, it loses attractiveness to those not already using it. "Gimme the 350 gram burger" sounds lame to American ears, and frankly, in America, that's all we care about.

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Soulbender Member since:

Gimme the 350 gram burger" sounds lame to American ears, and frankly, in America, that's all we care about.

Well, "Gimme a quarter-pounder burger" sounds lame to people used to metric, and franky, that's all we care about.
That, and using a measurement system grounded in science rather than one using entirely arbitrary and subjective means of measurement.

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zombie process Member since:

"Grounded in science?" Surely you jest. Or, wait, should we rework geometry and trig to include a 1000 degree circle? Or to go back to your computer remark, should powers of two be abolished since people find it so much easier to round off that last 24 in 1024? Subnetting would also be a hell of a lot easier if we just rocked the 1000.1000.1000.1000 ip space - it would have made IPv6 unnecessary for a good hundred more years!

There's nothing scientifically significant about base 10. This however, is sorely off topic.

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