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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Herkum01 Re:This is not a new or unique problem (123 comments)

I don't even believe that you have to use Bogus applications, I think you can resubmit rejected applications with slight alterations. Then you can compare the original submission results with the new submission results and see the differences. If someone is not doing the work, it should be obvious based upon the underlying research for acceptance or rejection.

2 days ago

Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Herkum01 The Start (107 comments)

Does this mean we are approaching a preemptive strike from Russia? We always hear about our infrastructure being comprised via the internet, I guess a war with Russia is a good way to find out!

about two weeks ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Herkum01 Re:nuisance fee (376 comments)

They offer a kickback to the ISP for doing a good job, and everyone is happy!

about a month ago

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Herkum01 Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (165 comments)

The Reich had about a viable nuclear program as Iraq did after the US invaded them. They had literally no plans to even consider using creating a nuclear bomb. That is even outside the idea of devoting the resources to building and testing one.

about a month and a half ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Herkum01 Re:Not surprised. (570 comments)

I was renting my house out and had someone managing the property. Part of the property management agreement is filling out a form so that bills are sent to Property Manager when it is unoccupied. Instead the electric company sent bills to the house after my renters moved out. After 3 months they forwarded it to a collections agency.

The property manager cut the collections agency a check, but I kept getting collection notices. Eventually it came down to the collection agency putting the check against the wrong account. After the admitted the mistake they STILL sent me collection notices. I had to send them a formal letter threatening them with a lawsuit to get it fixed. They never responded back to me but they quietly fixed the issue. It took over 6 months to get it straight.

These are not simply billing issues, but accounting issues and the only person who seems accountability to anyone is the debtor; and they have to figure who F**K these people are and if they are doing their job.

about a month and a half ago

Preparing For Satellite Defense

Herkum01 They are stealing from Japan (118 comments)

satellites equipped with grappling arms that could co-orbit and then disable expensive U.S. hardware

They watched Outlaw Star decided that they had uncovered a Top Secret military program and then decided to copy them verbatim. Can these guys do ANYTHING original?

about 2 months ago

Saurabh Narain and His Homemade Lego-Based Rubik's Cube Solver (Video)

Herkum01 Common API (43 comments)

From watching the video he did not come up with the code for this device, but used code someone else wrote. So it is not like he did this from scratch.

Kudos for this kid for completing the project, but it is not quite as impressive as the article made it appear to be.

about 3 months ago

Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Herkum01 Yeah Right (664 comments)

We have backup, guns, radio, jackets — all that stuff civilians don't have.

Except the will to actually use it. Recovering I-Phones don't get great media coverage or the adrenaline high that a drug-bust (or maybe an eviction notice).

Lets call it like it is, people don't trust police to take of these problems. After working with police officers a few times, too many of them are jerks. Not all of them, but enough.

about 4 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Herkum01 Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

I remember doing a project where if someone put in 3,000/year from age 21 till retirement could have a million in savings (on compounded growth of 10%). It is doable, though 10% growth is not going to be the norm in the near future.

about 4 months ago

Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

Herkum01 Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

A photographer may have a copyright,(in theory), but the people whom he is taking pictures also have rights. If you think just taking pictures of something you can distribute however and to whomever you want you are mistaken.

about 5 months ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Herkum01 Re:Meat Bags In Space == Impractical (392 comments)

Yeah I know, with Earth being a type 13 planet, we are really screwed.

At least wait until we discover the mass for the higgs boson particle before we blow ourselves.

about 5 months ago

Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

Herkum01 Facebook the new Microsoft (108 comments)

So lets say Facebook is the king of social media, but they are a one trick pony, they have their web site and little else. I guess they will buy their way into markets. Sound familiar? It is like he copied the Microsoft business plan, buy anything their competitors would be involved in.

It did not work for Microsoft, and it is not going to work for Facebook.

about 6 months ago

Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Herkum01 Re:So what happens when there are no more jobs? (870 comments)

I think these guys live in the bubble imagining that things will auto-magically work out instead of it turning into the Roman Empire where everything just gets stripped to the ground.

Rome only did well as the plunder kept coming in. When that stopped, you are looking at bread and circuses and a matter of time before the existing system(whatever that may be) falls apart.

about 6 months ago

L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Herkum01 Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

The law also does not provide that the police officers can stalk you 24/7 without some sort of warrant.

The laws were originally written when there was no "Orwellian" state where you could anonymously watched/recorded in public everywhere. Lets no pretend incidentally stumbling onto a suspicious conversation is the same as monitoring EVERY conversation.

about 6 months ago

Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

Herkum01 Do the crime, do the time (137 comments)

So, can look forward to anyone doing jail time? That is the really the only way this will stop. That or directly start suing the individuals who implemented the policies and make them pay. After that I am willing to bet once a few executives lose their hard won millions will be a little gun shy about conspiring to do anything.

Actually the more I think about it, the best way to reign these practices in is directly suing individuals. Once they can no longer hide behind the corporate veil, the less inclined they will be collude together.

about 6 months ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Herkum01 Re:Is not going to work! (405 comments)

Sees like the solution would be to ensure that everyone in that family/household gets only 1 type of plates.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Herkum01 Code is not Bricks (716 comments)

To use the building analog, did they use an architect to design the building? Did they have engineers inspect the drawings to ensure that it won't fall down? Did they inspect the quality of their materials to ensure that could support their specifications? Or he just ask you to keep piling bricks and was shocked that bricks were falling out at the bottom?

Is code just a bunch of bricks? Bricks are pretty simple, they don't have to do anything but exist. Code is logic, and given some specifications you write something and hope the specs were close. Should you be blamed if we ask you to add 2 numbers together and complains about errors when he uses strings instead?

If your boss is asking you to work on your own time because of something like this, I would find a new boss. He is just trying to pass the blame and you would be a sucker to accept it.

about 7 months ago

EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Herkum01 Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

I forgot to include the Sarcasm tag.

about 7 months ago


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