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FCC Proposal Would Cover the US With Public Wi-Fi

SoulMaster Singapore already does this (299 comments)

I realize that it's a much smaller, and MUCH richer country than ours, but Singapore already does this. There, you have a choice: Use the free Gov't access, choose a different provider (or tether), or do some combination of both.

Done right, this could simply be another competitor in what will soon be a crowded field. Obviously, there's going to be some mistrust of how the gov't will use the collected data, but I would guess that the majority of people don't care enough about how (or are ignorant to the fact that) the government is going to use the tracking data for it to be anything other than a minor news story if this moves forward.

My 2 bytes.


about 2 years ago

J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

SoulMaster Re:1 Word (735 comments)

Sorry... that word should be:


7 8 and 9 were already books. And they were awesome!


about 2 years ago

J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

SoulMaster Timothy Zahn (735 comments)

I don't really care who directs it, I just hope they base 7, 8 and 9 on the Timothy Zahn books. I read them long ago and have been waiting for them to be movies for something like 20 years.


about 2 years ago

Roundup Tolerant GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development

SoulMaster Re:Awful headline. (356 comments)

You know, as I was RingTFA, I was trying to figure out how the reporter didn't mention Monsanto at all. Seriously, your quote is modded funny, but not including the fact that Monsanto owns (and TIGHTLY controls) both in the article seems to be a significant oversight on the part of the press.


more than 2 years ago

35% Use Mobile Apps Before Getting Out of Bed

SoulMaster Alarm? (180 comments)

I'd guess this # would go up if people counted their alarms as an App. Mine definitely is, as I use a Droid w/ a Doc and a customizer app to reprogram my camera button into a "snooze". Thus, I use an app before I even wake up.

more than 3 years ago

2012 Mayan Calendar 'Doomsday' Date Might Be Wrong

SoulMaster Well... (144 comments)

That sucks for these guys!

I wonder if they'll honor the policy I bought for 12-21-2012 if the disaster is pushed 60 days!

more than 4 years ago

Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod

SoulMaster It's all about Tethering (757 comments)

I would guess that if Verizon is the one that is requiring this of Motorola, then they are doing it to restrict people's ability to tether 2.2 without having to pay Verizon.

The Android 2.2 platform has built-in wifi tethering that you have to pay your carrier for in order to use, an extra $20/month or some such. Rather than do that, a quick root and install of a free wifi tether app allows the owner to bypass the carrier Tether requirements and build their own little wifi network to access the 'net from any wifi capable device without paying... The data becomes just another set of packets.

If you're looking for a business reason, that's it.


more than 4 years ago

Lidar Finds Overgrown Maya Pyramids

SoulMaster 2012? (169 comments)

Could these newly found pyramids finally unlock the secrets of what will happen (or not) on December 21st, 2012?

Personally, I'm betting we're not going to get these dug out in time. When we do get them un-buried, I'd laugh if they said something along the lines, "Yeah, our whole 2012 thing was just a joke to scare the Inca! See those lines they built at Nazca? We put them up to that too!".

Ahh, the Maya, the great pranksters of the ancient world!

Until then, I'm just going to be happy with the 2012 Insurance Policy I picked up to laugh about this 2012 thing with all my friends!


more than 4 years ago

Is Mimas Hiding Pac-Man?

SoulMaster Let me be the first to say... (99 comments)

That's just COOL! Too bad the writer of the article didn't know enough about Pac Man to realize that he's about to much on a Power Pellet and eat all the ghost-Thetans that are coming his way after liberation by the Scientologists!

more than 4 years ago

Designing a Patent-Incentive Program?

SoulMaster Thank you /. readers (221 comments)

and mad.frog especially,

I really didn't want to rekindle the debate about whether patents (or software patents) are a good or bad thing. I've been a /. reader (responder) for quite a while and understand the general consensus about patents here.

I really am only trying to understand what people who have been involved in these programs have seen before. My overall goal of this research is to help develop a program management will accept before anyone says "you work for us, we own the patents anyway" and does away with PIPs all together. Most of the people I work with (including me) love our jobs and I are just trying to get a fair result.

I suppose I should have mentioned that we have a patent/idea review board in place to determine what we would like to spend time on (judge value, creativeness, patentability) before we begin even the provisional process, but I wanted to keep the question simple.

Thank you to all who have chimed in with the various programs you have seen and/or have been involved with.

Thanks again all,


more than 6 years ago



Patent Incentive Programs

SoulMaster SoulMaster writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SoulMaster (717007) writes "The company I work for (we are a 1 year old start-up) has recently started filing patents to protect some of its intellectual property. At the onset of the patent process, one of the executives drafted a very basic Patent Incentive Program (PIP) which is now under full review to ensure that it is both accurate and fair. The basics of our original PIP are that inventors receive (or co-inventors share): $500 for each provisional filing, $1500 for an actual patent filing (with full claim-sets defined), and $5000 for any patent that is granted by the USPTO. While the current program seems fair to our staff, we have been unable to find anything to compare it to. Moreover, the revamp of the program is likely to grant an equity stake in the company (via an Options grant) rather than cash payouts. I've scoured Google for information, but because internally documented PIPs aren't generally public knowledge, the results are limited. Thus, I have decided to ask Slashdot users: How does the company you work for handle Patent incentives? Do they have them at all? Are they cash or equity based?"

Intel invests in S3 competitor, Nirvanix

SoulMaster SoulMaster writes  |  about 7 years ago

SoulMaster (717007) writes "Quite a few news sites, including Byte and Switch are running stories this morning about Intel's investment in Amazon S3 competitor Nirvanix. From the article: "Nirvanix today announced that it has added Intel Capital, a leading venture capital organization, to its investor base. The investment will provide the Company with additional opportunities to further technology advancements of its Storage Delivery Network optimized for media applications, and further accelerate its global build-out of storage nodes to meet swelling demand for its online storage service.""
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Nirvanix launches as a competitor to S3

SoulMaster SoulMaster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SoulMaster (717007) writes "New start-up, Nirvanix, has announced a storage platform to compete directly with Amazon S3. According to their release, "Emerging from stealth mode today, San Diego-based startup Nirvanix is unveiling its new business-to-business storage delivery service (SDS) that offers on-demand Internet storage for Web 2.0, media application, service provider and consumer electronics""


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