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Why Juries Have No Place In the Patent System

Jakester2K Re:overhauling the USPTO is a better solution imo (387 comments)

Agree with you both.

Unfortunately, we seem to have made "never enough time to do it right, plenty of time to do it over" the overarching mantra of... well... everything.

I still haven't been given a reasonable response to the question "why does it have to become a law before it can be declared unconstitutional?" Seems to to me that question should be considered before bothering the pres to get out his pen....

Whatever happened to doing homework before class? Whatever happened to due diligence? Are these just more lies taught to us in childhood?

more than 2 years ago
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Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

Jakester2K Re:They're stupid (1025 comments)

One of the fraudulent distortions of the anti-vax crowd is heir claim that disease rates were going down anyway.

Sounds familiar... Oh yeah: "We don't need the IT people anymore - the machines are running fine!"

more than 2 years ago
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Could Flying Cars Actually Be On Their Way?

Jakester2K Re:In the air? (381 comments)

I'd like to continue feeling safe on the ground, thankyouverymuch.

You feel safe on the ground??! Huh....

more than 2 years ago
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Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, But Fears Overblown

Jakester2K Re:Best part (288 comments)

And dependence on other nations for oil is not a concern as long as access to supply is certain [...]

And we will spend trillions of dollars of tax money and hundreds of thousands of lives to keep that access available.

FTFY.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?

Jakester2K Re:How about advertising? (391 comments)

Whatever happened to advertising a product? Spend money to make money and all that jazz.

Costs too much. Just like in-house beta-testing. That's why the idea was born to release purposely-buggy software and let your (ahem) customers pay for the privilege of doing it for you. It's a small step from there to get people to do your shil... er, advertising for you for free.

The 21st century version is "Spend less and make more."

more than 2 years ago
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The Sounds of Tech Past

Jakester2K Re:oh my word (231 comments)

Meh. The guy started out sorta well, but then the clips got longer and longer, and less and less on point, and were clearly not vetted....

He could have trimmed the videos to include the necessary sounds and maybe a few seconds on either side. And SEVEN MINUTES of Pong?!?!? I didn't go past about a minute or so, but surely he could have done better. And is the only existing sample of a TV channel sign-off something that sounds like an old hand-held cassette player during a brownout? And yeah - WTF with the Cat Stevens?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

Jakester2K Re:Potential Employeer? (550 comments)

Not that this hasn't already been posted a dozen times, but:

"We felt another candidate would be a better fit with our company/culture/team. Good luck in your future endeavors."

You're welcome to join the current mostly-agreed-upon reality any time....

more than 2 years ago
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Startup Wants To Peek Through Your Home's Wired Cameras

Jakester2K Re:The offering to the user... (186 comments)

.... This is more like offering up constant home movies and, in return, getting a free goat that's constantly staring at you.

"The Goats Who Stare At Men" (TM my gf Carole)

more than 2 years ago
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The Internet Blueprint Wants You To Crowdsource Digital Laws

Jakester2K Sigh.... (114 comments)

Oh fer cryin' out loud. Would someone please find a link to Tim Stryker's Superdemocracy and forward it to PK before someone tries to patent this idea? I'm too tired right now.

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Visits the Seattle Pinball Museum (Video)

Jakester2K Re:more than 30 games? (82 comments)

I get it, but I bet they still have the "extra game" function enabled - the one that produces a real hard knock somewhere inside the cabinet....

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Visits the Seattle Pinball Museum (Video)

Jakester2K OXO (82 comments)

Despite less-than-pleasant memories of living with my stepfather, my fondest one is of playing the pinball machine he had in the house.

It was called OXO, and had a tic-tac-toe board as its main feature. The "object" of the game, of course, was to win ttt.

There was a button on the board centered between the angled bumpers just above the flippers which would light up the bottom center square, and the angled bumpers themselves, iirc, would switch what that button would put in the square - X or O.

Sometimes the ball would move so fast - going from one bumper, over the button, and hitting the other bumper - that the electronics would get a little confused and put both the X and the O into the square.

I must have played that thing for hours at a time in my Junior High days. I almost cried when he sold it prior to moving to a new home.

more than 2 years ago
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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

Jakester2K Re:BS (706 comments)

This is like saying guns kill people. BS. People kill people.

With guns. I'm not disagreeing with you conceptually, but - as with Asimov's Three Laws, it ain't quite that simple

People choose to shoot someone. People choose to drink and drive.

Since you can't prevent people from choosing to be stupid, one theoretical solution is to remove the devices. Well, good luck with eliminating guns - and cars.

So, prevent the device of (yes I know it's awkward) drunkenness. It won't work, but it is an attempt.

(Apropos of nothing, a friend once said that it's not guns that kill people, and it's not people that kill people; it's the bullet entering the body at extremely high speed that tends to be the culprit....)

more than 2 years ago
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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

Jakester2K Next up: (706 comments)

Coming soon - many cheap and easy ways to defeat portable breathalyzers.

more than 2 years ago
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SEC Decides Telcos Must Give Shareholders a Vote On Net Neutrality

Jakester2K Re:Shareholder interest is in profits not right/wr (107 comments)

ahh but then the other half would also have a 60% majority and i'm just not sure the universe could handle that.

Wouldn't 10% of each side just annihilate each other? Or, you know... everything?

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

Jakester2K Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

I most certainly would not as any religious beliefs he/she/it/anybody has should always be personal and therefore should always be "my" rather than assuming that everyone else does or should believe the same.

Indeed. I practice Jake.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google Chase 'Got Milk?' Patents

Jakester2K Re:You forgot to get X patent is what I really nee (250 comments)

Nice.

Actually my girlfriend suggested a variant:

Since you may go to one store for milk, and a different store - where milk is more expensive - for something the milk store doesn't have, how about an app that DOESN'T remind you to get milk when you're at the other store.

In other words, I'm going to patent an app that doesn't remind you to get something when you're not at the right place.

With all those apps out there not reminding users, I should be able to sue for billions!!

more than 2 years ago
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Could Crowd-Sourced Direct Democracy Work?

Jakester2K Re:No, it would not work (594 comments)

Simple - you can still delegate your vote, on any subject. And you can revoke that delegation at any time.

Let (1 or more) someone else(s) handle (what you think is) the grunt work. Handle the sexy stuff yourself.

If a vote you delegated... grazing rights, say.... doesn't go your way, rank your rep lower and take back your vote for next time.

more than 2 years ago
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US Gov't Pays IT Contractors Twice As Much As Its Own IT Workers

Jakester2K Re:Interesting Table Flip (382 comments)

The real cost savings.... fire the government employees that are not willing to assume responsibility and do even moderately difficult work.

Can we include Congresscritters in this plan?

about 3 years ago

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Analysis Determines MS-DOS wasn't copied from QDOS, CP/M

Jakester2K Jakester2K writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jakester2K (612607) writes "This could be the tech world’s version of a conviction being overturned by new DNA evidence.

A forensic analysis conducted for the latest issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine appears to have answered one of the biggest mysteries of the PC era: Was the landmark MS-DOS operating system that Bill Gates and Microsoft licensed to IBM an original piece of work, or stolen goods?"

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