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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

Pigeon451 Re:Webcast (63 comments)

I would mod you up against the storm of patent-hating middle-aged techies here if I had points. Unfortunately any post suggesting patents are good will get modded into oblivion.

The real issue is the plight of the middle income person trying to fight the corporation. Even if the patent is totally off base, we just can't afford it.

about 5 months ago

Patents That Kill

Pigeon451 Patents are useful, but the system is flawed (240 comments)

Without patents, most people wouldn't have the drive to develop their product. Money drives people, unfortunately. A larger company with more money could come in, take an idea and run with it, leaving the patent-less inventor empty handed. I agree the patent system is flawed and needs correcting, but, entrepreneurs absolutely need to protect their ideas.

Most people seem to think you have a great idea, patent it and develop it and make money. HA. First of all, patents generally cost $10-50k each by the time they're approved. Second, only 0.01% or so of all patents are actually useful and make the inventor money. Third, an inventor has to continually improve on their product, and write new patents to protect themselves. Another company can come along and submit a patent as an improvement on the original patent, thereby skirting the original patent or forcing the original company to license it.

Finally, even if you have a great idea, a great team and good financing, an idea still has a good probability of failing. Writing a patent is pretty easy. Developing the patent into a product, including manufacturing, marketing, etc. is damn hard. If it was easy, everyone would be rich ;).

about 5 months ago

Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

Pigeon451 Re:Universities should have no patents (130 comments)

You obviously have no idea how research at a University works. The money from students, etc. goes to running the school. The vast majority of funds for "research" is acquired through grants and collaborations by faculty, many of which have value in the millions. The school provides the infrastructure, and graduate students. Undergrad students may work in the lab, but they do not really contribute to novel research.

Also blame the textbook costs on the publishers, not schools and requiring new books each year. What a racket.

about 10 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Pigeon451 Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

x264 is great, but why mkv? I've had terrible compatibility with mkv files in portable players or tablets, and proprietary software. Many won't even recognize them. I rarely have issues with mp4. Sometimes a user has no choice on software/hardware.

about 10 months ago

Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Pigeon451 Hard to find GOOD STEM workers (491 comments)

Lots of STEM graduates out there, but not as many who can think and work independently after decent training.

about a year ago

Study: Some Antioxidants Could Increase Cancer Rates

Pigeon451 Re:Not very surprising. (117 comments)

Yes, in many tumors that grow too big too fast, the central region becomes necrotic (it dies). Doesn't affect things much, there are still plenty of cancer cells outside of the dying core. Some tumor therapies try to kill off the new blood vessels made by the cancer, which helps slow growth, but other therapies must be used to kill it off.

about a year ago

Why a Cure For Cancer Is So Elusive

Pigeon451 Re:Bollocks (366 comments)

so a productive approach may be to find what it is that is causing people's bodies to fail to continue to detect and correct cancers in the body. Unfortunately, that has more to do with diet than drugs and so there isn't a strong profit motive to take that vector seriously.

There is plenty of research trying to determine why a person doesn't see the cancer, and plenty of research to train the immune system on how to fight the cancer.
See: http://www.mayo.edu/research/discoverys-edge/training-immune-system-fight-cancer

Diet has an effect on cancer but it's not how you state it. Drugs are all very powerful ally in the fight against cancer.

1 year,22 days

Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

Pigeon451 Content not available on this device (211 comments)

I'm using a blackberry playbook to browse the intertubes this morning, and the video says content not available on this device. I suppose the summary is asking about real tablets though, I got this one for free and would never buy one.

Tablets are great for browsing and reading pdfs, but prefer a laptop to writing documents and productivity things,even if I was to use an eternal keyboard. It depends on the application.

1 year,27 days

DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

Pigeon451 As usual, summary is inflammatory (183 comments)

Title copied from Boing Boing, and the article there is full of hyperbole. T3 is providing digitization to the over 1 million physical media, organize and catalog everything, and then will charge a fee for access (however access for authorized government personnel is FREE). T3 is NOT claiming copyright, they just have an exclusive license for 10 years.

Check this out:
300,000 physical videos (300,000 hours!)
37,000 films (11,000 hours)
40,000 audio clips (1.5 million minutes)
700,000 still images
1.2 million digital images.

Seems reasonable to me. HALF the library is not even accessible on the internet as they are physical only. This is a good way to preserve what has been accumulated, and a lot of it is very old.

A much better summary is here:

about a year ago

China Rejects 545,000 Tons of US Genetically Modified Corn

Pigeon451 Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (215 comments)

Mod parent up. China is evolving at a staggering rate. Anyone who has been there in the past couple years will be amazed. Still lots of work to do (human rights, etc.) but they will all come in time also.

about a year ago

Cyanogen Mod Raises $23 Million Funding All Set To Become Major Android Player

Pigeon451 Re:What about contributers? (133 comments)

I thought people generally contributed to open source to help everyone out and get a better product, not to share potential revenue. Cyanogenmod is open source and must remain so. Now that the maintainers have raised funding to really get Cyanogenmod into the mainstream, you're backing off? Sounds a bit backwards to me. If you really want some cash, maybe see if you can get hired by them...

about a year ago

Cyanogen Mod Raises $23 Million Funding All Set To Become Major Android Player

Pigeon451 Re:Oh, great. (133 comments)

Google has full control over android. ALL purchases and a lot of activity is "logged" by Google. You don't think a more transparent OS would be beneficial to the community? The OS would have to remain open source also. Look at what canonical has done for Linux in the past 10 years...

about a year ago

FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

Pigeon451 Re:FDA is doing you a favor (371 comments)

While 23andme is a for-profit company, I think they will really accelerate genetic-based medicine. They will find many new insights into how people are predisposed to certain diseases, and ultimately open the door for better medical treatment. Once they've created their massive database, they can use their algorithms to find relations that regular academic researchers could not find due to time and cost constraints. I bet they're going to eventually become a very profitable company.

Take for instance certain genes that are known to cause cancer or other diseases with high probability -- I bet there are many more. They discuss specifically Parkinsons, who Sergey Brin has a 30-75% chance of getting according to stats (this will likely be narrowed down as they do more tests and find better correlations).

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

Pigeon451 Nanostation for wifi (285 comments)

For those who have a neighbour across the street or a few houses down, we use a Nanostation as a wifi link. Easily get 40-60 Mbps. We used to use WDS on DD-WRT but it would consistently drop packets and lose connection. Our connection is so solid now that I actually canceled my internet service and we share a better package with faster speeds.

about a year ago

Larry Page's Vocal Cords Are Partially Paralyzed

Pigeon451 Re:I'm tellin ya... (189 comments)

I don't think you know how actual research works. There are many researchers working independently and even with drug companies to develop cures. A magic bullet that can cure a multitude of disease would make the people/company rich regardless of how much it actually costs.

Unbelievable you actually got modded to +5...

about a year and a half ago

Supreme Court Rules For Monsanto In Patent Case

Pigeon451 Re:The farmer's recourse is to sue to sell (579 comments)

Mod parent up. The farmer used the beans for an unintended purpose, and tried to buy beans on the cheap.

Even if you hate Monsanto and the related patent laws, the farmer is in the wrong here.

about a year and a half ago

World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

Pigeon451 Bounce flash? (182 comments)

The strong light coming from the left-area is consistent with a bounce flash. The left-most person has a high amount of directed light, while the rightmost does not. The rightmost is also shielded from the potential flash behind the person carrying the right-most child. If a bounce flash wasn't used, then perhaps a strong reflection from the sunlight from an object. Also, if a remote flash unit was used, it may not show on the metadata.

The picture looks processed, but mostly to bring out the shadows and highlights. Not sure what the rules of the photography contest are, but not submitting the original raw is a little suspicious and this whole mess could be cleared up easily by the photographer.

about a year and a half ago

Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available

Pigeon451 Re:Amazing technology but micro, not nano. (127 comments)

Many technologies in physics are classified as nanoscale, such as nanoparticles 100 nm. I've heard it also defined for 300 nm. Nanoscale simply means in the nm-range.

To get 1 nm resolution, you would need a "pico-scale" device.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Web Content?

Pigeon451 I only block moving ads (282 comments)

I have no need to block static ads. I get annoyed at ads with motion though, but they're easy to block. Animated gifs, just hit ESC in Firefox, they stop.

Then I use flashblock which disables all flash-based content. I can selectively choose any content to view it, such as youtube videos and the rest of the flash ads are still blocked.

Ads still get through, and I'm not annoyed at all the flashing/blinking and bandwidth-hogging ads as they are blocked or stopped. Easy.

about 2 years ago


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