Links for 2013-05-20

  • Newegg nukes “corporate troll” Alcatel in third patent appeal win this year

    I am loving this. Particularly this:

    At trial in East Texas Cheng took the stand to tell Newegg’s story. Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate representative, at the heart of its massive licensing campaign, couldn’t even name the technology or the patents it was suing Newegg over. “Successful defendants have their litigation managed by people who care,” said Cheng. “For me, it’s easy. I believe in Newegg, I care about Newegg. Alcatel Lucent, meanwhile, they drag out some random VP—who happens to be a decorated Navy veteran, who happens to be handsome and has a beautiful wife and kids—but the guy didn’t know what patents were being asserted. What a joke.” “Shareholders of public companies that engage in patent trolling should ask themselves if they’re really well-served by their management teams,” Cheng added. “Are they properly monetizing their R&D? Surely there are better ways to make money than to just rely on litigating patents. If I was a shareholder, I would take a hard look as to whether their management was competent.”

    (tags: patents ip swpats alcatel bell-labs newegg east-texas litigation lucent)

  • Call me maybe: Carly Rae Jepsen and the perils of network partitions

    Kyle “aphyr” Kingsbury expands on his slides demonstrating the real-world failure scenarios that arise during some kinds of partitions (specifically, the TCP-hang, no clear routing failure, network partition scenario). Great set of blog posts clarifying CAP

    (tags: distributed network databases cap nosql redis mongodb postgresql riak crdt aphyr)

  • The $12 Gongkai Phone

    Welcome to the Galapagos of Chinese “open” source. I call it “gongkai” (??). Gongkai is the transliteration of “open” as applied to “open source”. I feel it deserves a term of its own, as the phenomenon has grown beyond the so-called “shanzhai” (??) and is becoming a self-sustaining innovation ecosystem of its own. Just as the Galapagos Islands is a unique biological ecosystem evolved in the absence of continental species, gongkai is a unique innovation ecosystem evolved with little western influence, thanks to political, language, and cultural isolation. Of course, just as the Galapagos was seeded by hardy species that found their way to the islands, gongkai was also seeded by hardy ideas that came from the west. These ideas fell on the fertile minds of the Pearl River delta, took root, and are evolving. Significantly, gongkai isn’t a totally lawless free-for-all. It’s a network of ideas, spread peer-to-peer, with certain rules to enforce sharing and to prevent leeching. It’s very different from Western IP concepts, but I’m trying to have an open mind about it.

    (tags: gongkai bunnie-huang china phone mobile hardware devices open-source)

  • Stability Patterns and Antipatterns [slides]

    Michael “Release It!” Nygard’s slides from a recent O’Reilly event, discussing large-scale service reliability design patterns

    (tags: michael-nygard design-patterns architecture systems networking reliability soa slides pdf)

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