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US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

MrNJ Makes sense (143 comments)

Patent is a property right.
If you are suing somebody for violating that right, you have to "make your case" so to speak.

about 8 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

MrNJ Re:Sad to hear (444 comments)

It's too bad we don't have the consumers of the drives informing other consumers.
we need the greasy, grabby hand of the Big Brother to make things right.

about 7 months ago

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

MrNJ Re:Who is right? (606 comments)

logistics vs mail-order is irrelevant red-herring misdirection.

What's relevant is the fact that people voluntarily applied for jobs, were offered jobs and accepted them. Voluntarily. Salary, hours and all.
If they changed their minds and decided they don't like the job, quit.
but no, they want to have their cake and eat it.

about 9 months ago

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

MrNJ Re:this would never catch on in america. (606 comments)

state-by-state corporate legislation works about as well as state-by-state marriage legislation.

That's right. We should have one government for the entire planet. And without saying, you should be the Chair of the planet government. Because you know what's best for everybody Right?

about 9 months ago

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

MrNJ Re: (606 comments)

Yes, that was the good intention which together with other good intentions paved the road to the continued Depression which in turn was only "cured" by the World War and destruction or re-purposing of the industrial capacity of most of the rest of civilized world.

about 9 months ago

Coldest Spot On Planet Earth Identified

MrNJ Re:Epic Fail. (182 comments)

There are no guarantees in life...

Yet disproportionate number of UI recipients find jobs within 1 month prior or after their benefits end date.

about 9 months ago

Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

MrNJ Re:VKontakt (328 comments)

Yep. Durov offered him a job pretty much as soon as he landed in Russia

about a year ago

Barbarians At the Gateways

MrNJ Re:What purpose does HFT serve? (321 comments)

1st, I am not a wizard of "the wall street" (sic). Although I did work at FINRA for awhile.

2nd, whether or not an activity serves our economy makes no difference to me. If the activity serves the people who participate in it, that's good enough reason for the activity to exist. If I don't approve of the equities markets, it's trivial for me to avoid it. Just don't invest. That's it.

about a year ago

Chinese DRAM Plant Fire Continues To Drive Up Memory Prices

MrNJ Re:Just in time... (112 comments)

Not just "those on top"
I immigrated to the USA from the socialist paradise and I am not looking back. As far as RAM - I am quite happy that over the last 20 years the density has increased about 1000-fold, the speed has increased substantially, all at the same price-points. It's no coincidence that the improvement happen in the capitalist economy.

But keep demanding "bread and circuses" See how that works out.

1 year,4 days

Reps Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Legalize Mobile Device Unlocking

MrNJ Re:Paying off a subsidy that's already paid off (133 comments)

As an American I needed to unlock one of my phone about 2 weeks ago and my ATT contract was not up yet. I called ATT, gave them IMEI and within a minute they gave me an unlock code. I had the same experience previously. Not once was I denied an unlock request. Perhaps if you have the phone by a specific manufacturer, they don't allow unlocking. But it's not ATT's fault.

about a year ago

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

MrNJ Re:About those Russians (567 comments)

Are you in Australia? Because on our side of the planet, June 22nd is not the onset of winter.

about a year and a half ago

FTC Goes After Scammers Who Blasted Millions of Text Messages

MrNJ Re:20,000+ people got a free lesson! (79 comments)

I was born in a poor country and came to the USA with little more than a bag of clothes.

My thankfulness goes only to my drive to work full time and study full time in a community college at the same time. That's the only reason I am not poor.
But don't let me keep you from fatalistic, lazy belief that poverty or prosperity are results of mere luck.

about a year and a half ago

FTC Goes After Scammers Who Blasted Millions of Text Messages

MrNJ Re:20,000+ people got a free lesson! (79 comments)

You have cause and effect confused.

It's possible that "the poor" have no choice but to try desperate means to get out of poverty.
More likely they are in poverty because their pattern of bad decisions such as falling for the get-rich-quick scams.

about a year and a half ago

Researchers Say Flame and Stuxnet Share Common Authors

MrNJ Re:Yeah, no shit (114 comments)

Perhaps those with "half a functioning brain" do in fact treat their assumptions as facts. Especially when the assumptions agree with their prejudices.

The rest of us, i.e. those with a fully functioning brain, allow for multiple possible scenarios - at least until there's some proof to narrow them down.

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy Closing 50 Stores

MrNJ Re:They can't blame sales tax (407 comments)

If you have to factor in parking tickets into cost/benefit analysis, you are doing it wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy Closing 50 Stores

MrNJ Re:They can't blame sales tax (407 comments)

So you did the smart thing, right?
-bought from BB
-ordered from amazon
-got it from amazon.
-returned the one from BB

more than 2 years ago

Russians Can't Make Contact With Busted Space Probe

MrNJ Re:Phobos-Grunt? (117 comments)

"grunt" means soil in russian.

more than 2 years ago

Swedish Court Finalizes Jail Sentence For Pirate Bay Co-Founder

MrNJ Re:Swedish Jail? (160 comments)

Nonsense. I've never heard of college dorm where they clean your room for free.

more than 2 years ago

Borders Books, Dead At 40

MrNJ Re:It's their own fault. (443 comments)

Selling at MSRP is hardly "overpriced" and they regularly gave out coupons for large discounts and had sales.

Outside of technical books, I generally prefer going to a brick and mortar for books over a site like Amazon even if it does cost me 20% more. It is much easier to search through a topic or genre for a book that interests me when there is a huge shelf full of actual books then trying to do searches on the internet. I tend to buy books for pleasure reading on impulse, so again, the internet model does not fit my buying habits very well.


is where you can browse and read on impulse. With the added benefit of not having to pay for it. I don't remember the last time I bought a book which was not a textbook or children book (for my children that is)

more than 3 years ago

Legislation To Overhaul US Patent System

MrNJ Re:Translation ... Garage inventer will be screwed (336 comments)

No. Under the current system, the first to invent has 1 year (I think) to use the invention without worrying about "race to the Patent Office" that exists in the "first-to-file" countries. If anything, changing the system to the "first-to-file" rule would result in more filings because companies would be pressed to file as soon as possible to establish priority. Instead, the Congress should clarify the non-obviousness requirement and perhaps require USPTO to hire examiners with experience in the software development to review software patent applications.

more than 7 years ago


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