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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

Dr Modesto FRAND (376 comments)

I'd like to see all patents be FRAND by default. In addition I'd like to see that include binding arbitration on disputes which can cap the total royalty and duration. I just can't see why a software patent that came out of a 10 minute brainstorming session should have the same rights as something that took a team years of experimentation to discover.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

Dr Modesto How can software infringe a Wi-Fi patent? (347 comments)

How can software be "equipment and method related to the transmission of information" until combined with something to run it on? Maybe the user of the software is infringing, but surely not the provider of the software?

It really bugs me that software developers get chased for patent violations when software by itself doesn't do anything. If every last device that could execute the software were destroyed would it still violate a patent? Many software firms provide indemnity to their users against potential patent violation, but if someone runs a free software project then they explicitly do not.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?

Dr Modesto Re:SCRUM (457 comments)

As a some time Scrum Master I generally aim to not say a word at morning stand-ups except when necessary to stick to the plan (eg no rambling) . After all it isn't *my* meeting and I found keeping quiet really emphasised that. The person to my left would start and we'd work round clockwise. Any issues would be noted down to dealt with later. It does take people a while to get used to the idea, but works well.

about a year and a half ago

Google Backs Down On Maps Redirect

Dr Modesto Re:I don't know why /. does not understand Google. (240 comments)

True. I think the concern though is that if Microsoft or Apple were to gain dominance of the platforms used to access services then Google is vulnerable. Which is why Android was such a good move and explains their ambivalence toward platforms controlled by rivals.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

Dr Modesto A minority of one... (378 comments)

Am I really the only one here who prefers this over the old logo?

about 2 years ago

OnLive Acquires OnLive

Dr Modesto Stationary (154 comments)

And they get to use the old stationary too.

about 2 years ago

Google Seeks US Ban On iPhones, iPads, Macs

Dr Modesto Re:In other news Apple is banning Android devices (404 comments)

Apple and Microsoft don't fight. They already have cross licensing deals in place. I've always wondered why Apple didn't take it's cash pile and discount macbooks to put a big dent into PC sales.

more than 2 years ago

Beware the Nocebo Effect

Dr Modesto Voodoo (239 comments)

Sounds like voodoo to me.

more than 2 years ago

Linux 3.5 Released

Dr Modesto Re:Ha ha he he (277 comments)

What you say is true, however I believe a significant part of the Android's success not just that it was an alternative, but that it was not tied to a manufacturer.

more than 2 years ago

Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great They Should Be Shared

Dr Modesto FRAND (347 comments)

Reading the comments it seems that requiring all patents to be FRAND by default would actually better serve their original purpose.

more than 2 years ago

SOPA Provisions Being Introduced Piecemeal From Lamar Smith

Dr Modesto If I were king (134 comments)

If it were up to me, I'd go further. All US copyright material would require a special license to both sell and own along with huge fines for non compliance. This would be paid for by a levy on the material. Material from elsewhere would be treated as currently. Market forces can be a bitch.

more than 2 years ago


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