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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

ProfBooty Re:Obamacare exists because... (285 comments)

What did you pay $500 for?

My inlaws are visiting from overseas so no insurance but:

$40 for a check up
$80 for x-rays
$20 for anti-biotics

All in cash.

Later we found out that we could have gotten it all for free via the county health department. I guess it depends on what you are getting treated for.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

ProfBooty Exactly (370 comments)

CLEP is something that should be at the top of the discussion. Get many of your gen ed requriements out of the way for $80 a class.


also has a ton of hints.

about a month ago

EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

ProfBooty mistresses (196 comments)

Americans get uppity about mistresses as it means the politician is compromised in some way. The politician could be blackmailed over it. The politician is not trustworthy. It implies that they are corruptible and have lied and makes us wonder what else they have lied about.

In our military, extra martial affairs are illegal for these very reasons.

about 3 months ago

Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

ProfBooty Re:well i'm reassured! (393 comments)

Blend in with the local populace.

Sailors can have beards at sea.

about 3 months ago

JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

ProfBooty Anyone check the IDS? Duty to Disclose (292 comments)

Anyone check the IDS?

Applicant has a duty to disclose (See MPEP 2001) any and all prior art that they are aware of at the time of filing.

Per MPEP 2001.01

(c) Individuals associated with the filing or prosecution of a patent application within the meaning of this section are:
(1) Each inventor named in the application;
(2) Each attorney or agent who prepares or prosecutes the application; and
(3) Every other person who is substantively involved in the preparation or prosecution of the application and who is associated with the inventor, with the assignee or with anyone to whom there is an obligation to assign the application.

Individuals having a duty of disclosure are limited to those who are “substantively involved in the preparation or prosecution of the application.” This is intended to make clear that the duty does not extend to typists, clerks, and similar personnel who assist with an application.

about 4 months ago

Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

ProfBooty Re:Stability Control (961 comments)

Some people aren't really familiar with slip angles or trail braking either and the role of weight transfer in terms of taking a corner. Most people on this discussion probably have zero HPDE experience let alone seat time at a local autox/rallyx.

about 5 months ago

Pinch-To-Zoom Apple Patent Rejected By USPTO

ProfBooty Re:Pinch Me, I Must Be Zooming (110 comments)

Duty to disclose is only for art that applicant is aware of or believes is reasonably pertanant to the current application. This is why you see information disclosure statements which may have references cited in other pending cases, but may have nothing to do with the current claimset.

If applicant searches and finds new art then they should disclose it in a later IDS. Strangely applicants do cite prior art which reads on their claims and may be found by a foreign office, but do not ammend the claims to get around the prior art until a US examiner writes a rejection. This seems counter to the various compact prosection practices that the office and AIPLA advocate and may cost applicant more money.

about 9 months ago

The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

ProfBooty Re:Yeah. (384 comments)

wait, you read d knows all and whiskey's place too?

about 9 months ago

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

ProfBooty not an all white jury (1737 comments)

Juror b-29 was described as black/hispanic.

about 9 months ago

Bill Regulating 3D Printed Guns Announced In NYC

ProfBooty Re:But... *COMPUTERS*! (322 comments)

You could make an ak47 pretty easily. Just need some sheet metal for the reciever, a jig and a drill press.

Making the barrel would be a bit more challenging if you don't have the right tools, but you really only need a machine shop to build pretty much any firearm.

about 10 months ago

Study Suggests Patent Office Lowered Standards To Cope With Backlog

ProfBooty Re:Correlation != Causation (96 comments)

The office gets money for almost every thing the applicant files. They also make additional money off renewals for allowances.

Strangely not every fee covers the costs of examination.

1 year,15 days

Study Suggests Patent Office Lowered Standards To Cope With Backlog

ProfBooty The patent office has been hiring like crazy (96 comments)

The patent office has been hiring 1,000-1,500+ examiners a year for the past few years. While an increased allowance rate is one factor, when the Office has trippled in size since 2001, its hard to ignore the effects of more examiners.

1 year,15 days

H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

ProfBooty Re:They're not who you think (512 comments)

I've been to china a number of times, and customs and immigration as well as their version of the TSA are all wonderful. Same in Japan too.

1 year,17 days

We Should Be Allowed To Unlock Everything We Own

ProfBooty Re:Obviously (317 comments)

There's short fiction that explored this concept. It played with the idea of fully extening all the rights.... and responsibilities to coprorations that natural persons have.

For this short story, when they imprisioned corporations, they would not let the executives leave the company for the duration of the sentence, nor could they hire new people either.

Death sentences for corproations already exist, its called revoking a charter, but it rarely happens.

about a year ago

For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma

ProfBooty combat arms (728 comments)

Very few in the military are in combat arms. If you join the air force you will hardly ever see a firearm unless you are in the security forces or have to qualify with one. You will more likely be a technician.

Its not that much different in the navy either.

about a year ago

Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

ProfBooty Re:Pathetic. (841 comments)

The thing is though, that you generally have 1-2 hours between track sessions, so you conceivably extend that rage considerably.

Probably still would have to wait a while before you drive home from the track though.

about a year ago

Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

ProfBooty track MPG (841 comments)

That doesn't seem all that out of character, I think they had a supercar fuel challenge, and various supecars were geting 3-6MPG on track.

I know my m3 gets about 9mpg on track, though my previous VW on the track got about 11-12mpg.

about a year ago



Domestic passengers required to be fingerprinted

ProfBooty ProfBooty writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ProfBooty (172603) writes "Millions of British airline passengers face mandatory fingerprinting before being allowed to board domestic flights when Heathrow's Terminal 5 opens later this month. All passengers at the new Heathrow Terminal Five,opening on March 27th will be required to provide 4 fingerprints and have their picture taken when checking in in order to ensure that the person checking in is the same as the person boarding the plane. The BAA insists that the records will not be passed on to the police and destroyed within 24 hours. They feel these measures are needed in order to prevent criminals, terrorists and illegal immigrants trying to bypass border controls as Terminal Five is used for both domestic and international travel.


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