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Anonymous device discovery

2004-02-12 16:53:48.597305+00 by Dan Lyke 9 comments

Just because I've gotten to the point where I think it'd be useful, and it's something that with the current lame state of our patent system might be protectable: An application which sends a broadcast packet to the local network to discover an IP address, and then fires up your browser pointed at that IP.

[ related topics: Intellectual Property broadband Embedded Devices ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-12 17:21:31.193662+00 by: Larry Burton

Things like this are reasons for applying for an ISBN number for this website.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-12 17:44:50.079739+00 by: Dan Lyke

Okay, I've printed out the registration form to get an ISSN.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-12 17:51:10.511401+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Sweet, did not know that was even possible. Wow. (the ISSN number)

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-15 19:39:25.54336+00 by: ziffle

Well its in the public domain now that you published it, no?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-15 22:41:31.022646+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yep, it's my intent to publish prior art whenever possible. As Larry points out, such things might carry more weight with an ISSN for the publication, which is one of the reasons I've applied for one.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-22 22:04:36.344257+00 by: Shawn

So... (and I wouldn't hold anybody here to legal advice, but...) it would be Flutterby itself that is in the public domain, not the content, right? If I were to post something, I would still retain copyright - and in addition obtain [some level of] proof of prior art?

In that vein, I've been wondering: Would the Flutterby readership be interested in semi-regular postings of poetry from yours truly?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-23 02:07:20.914795+00 by: Larry Burton

While IANAL[Wiki], no, the idea of the anonymouse device discovery is in the public domain. Flutterby is copyrighted even though there is no published statement as to what permissions to those rights may or may not be given.

Ideas can't be copyrighted, only patented. Things that are published, through print or electronically, are copyrighted the moment they are published.

I always welcome poetry.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-23 04:10:02.589402+00 by: Shawn

I'll admit that I didn't understand the anonymous discovery topic, so I thought we had veered off into another discussion with the ISSN[Wiki], public domain[Wiki] and prior art[Wiki].

My primary concern is that I have some work [writing] I'd like to publish (using the term loosely) but I would like to have at least some reasonable basis for argument that it's mine if it shows up somewhere else. Flutterby, having dated postings and not being a system under my control (where I could, say, alter timestamps) would seem to meet these requirements. It sounds like you are confirming this perception. Yes?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-23 05:27:56.452893+00 by: Larry Burton

Yes, and you can even give a copyright statement specific to your work when you post it. However, even posting your work on your own site where you do have control over timestamps you still have copyright to that work. Printing the poem out and mailing it to yourself is the most effective way to establish an official date of authorship.