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Ask Slashdot: What If Intellectual Property Expired After Five Years?

AlexBirch Not all Patents are the Same (577 comments)

Pharmaceuticals would still be in clinical trials when their patents would expire. How about we just focus on getting rid of bad patents that don't bring knowledge or insight to society?

more than 2 years ago

Chrome Users Are Best With Numbers, IE Users Worst

AlexBirch Re:Wrong conclusions (203 comments)

Perhaps IE users just reboot their computer after a crash instead of trying to figure out why. According to Google itself, its users ask why it crashes more

more than 2 years ago

New ZeuS Botnet No Longer Needs Central Command Servers

AlexBirch Re:They still need a C&C (137 comments)

The question is how easily will the ZeuS botnet be hijacked by someone else?

more than 2 years ago

"Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched

AlexBirch Re:"Patients and Physicians" (140 comments)

I love all of the side effects placebos cause in clinical studies. It would be great to see patient's feedback asking that a sugar pill quit giving them horrible diarrhea.

more than 2 years ago

"Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched

AlexBirch Re:Another Malthusian Failure (140 comments)

I think he meant "The prototype drug won't work". Sadely(sic) making a new drug (that isn't just a generic copy of another) is like coding a new software with java while you only know C#

I think you mean is like coding assembly for a new architecture from an existing assembly program.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook To Launch In-Browser Video Chat With Skype

AlexBirch Re:how long until... (89 comments)

Microsoft dropped three times the value of Facebook for Skype... that shows:
1.) they have the money to waste
2.) they enjoy wasting money

about 3 years ago

Is Google Playing Fair With Groupon, et al?

AlexBirch Re:wow (193 comments)

or slashdot / blog presenting bad evidence in order to get more views?
Groupon is still marked as important for my gmail account.

more than 3 years ago

Feds Recruiting ISPs To Combat Cyber Threats

AlexBirch Let my server join the National Guard (59 comments)

When I was as a part time system admin, I thought this would be wonderful. I would gladly let the NSA, etc secure my professor's public facing webserver in exchange for the government to use my server when they needed.

more than 3 years ago

Google Wallet: the End of Anonymous Shopping

AlexBirch Re:For Grid's Sake! (253 comments)

Google Wallet doesn't need to have a static number like a credit card does. Just imagine if they changed the number transmitted hourly? Then they could detect exactly where the sniffers are located.

more than 3 years ago

No Verizon Partnership For Google's Nexus One

AlexBirch Re:half a million? (206 comments)

I didn't see antitrust concerns in the article you posted. Perhaps you meant a different one?
It just reaffirms the parent post.

more than 4 years ago

Legal Spying Via the Cell Phone System

AlexBirch Re:Not quite (139 comments)

1) Hire them to spy on a friend
2) Tell friend they're spying on him
3) Friend sues them
4) Profit!!!!

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Unveils 'Pink' Phones As Kin One and Two

AlexBirch Re:Microsoft has lost it (278 comments)

They tried to innovate instead of imitate.
Microsoft is amazing at imitation: word, excel, powerpoint, X-Box, C#, Windows, etc. When Microsoft imitates, they are second to none. What happens when they innovate, they end up with Vista, instead of copying OS X with 7.

My all-time favorite creations are the Zune and Clippy.

more than 4 years ago

How To Find Bad Programmers

AlexBirch Re:Rename .txt to .doc (359 comments)

Then you're losing formating... it's like speaking monotonously at a job interview.

more than 4 years ago

Fixing Internet Censorship In Schools

AlexBirch Re:bad analogy? (207 comments)

'Swimming pools can be dangerous for children. To protect them, one can install locks ... [or] teach them to swim.'

I'm tired & slow today... someone please explain this analogy with respect to internet porn (which is the context from which the quote was taken). The possibilities seem endless.

The analogy is good, because once you learn how to swim, you can never drown.

more than 4 years ago

De Icaza Says Microsoft Has Shot .NET Ecosystem In Foot

AlexBirch Bilski (425 comments)

Could all of Microsoft's software patents be lost with Bilski? Then there wouldn't be any possibility for infringement.

more than 4 years ago

RNA-Loaded Nanoparticles Fight Cancer

AlexBirch Re:Interesting article (69 comments)

HIV mutates very frequently, so it's difficult to design an siRNA reagent to target it effectively. Another hurdle is delivering the siRNA to the infected T cells.

more than 4 years ago

RNA-Loaded Nanoparticles Fight Cancer

AlexBirch Re:Interesting article (69 comments)

This is a bit dated, Sirna was acquired by Merck for this kind of technology over 2 years ago. Alnylam is yet another large player in this game.
Arthritis is a bit more difficult due to delivery issues and known pathways

more than 4 years ago

Court Says Parents Can Block PA "Sexting" Prosecutions

AlexBirch Re:Insanity (383 comments)

Christianity, like the other desert superstitions, seeks to control and ration sex

Oh, I thought marriage was designed to ration sex...

more than 4 years ago

ACLU Sues Over Legality of "Targeted Killing" By Drones

AlexBirch Re:Domestic vs. Foreign (776 comments)

And this has been proven in a court of law? Or is based on the hunch of some intelligence analyst who is contracted through a corporation to provide support to the DoD?

No this is done based on the information provided by Curveball, Knuckball and Slider. They have to be straight shooters, no?

more than 4 years ago

Hollow Spy Coins

AlexBirch Re:X-ray impervious? (322 comments)

Until they start putting all coins through a high power magnet.

Perhaps we can start to use our spy-rectums...

more than 4 years ago



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