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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

Spamalope Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (96 comments)

If it costs $1.95 billion to research a health problem; try possible directions to address the issue; find promising possibilities; run animal trials that have problems; modify the approach; new trials until; repeat until you have something good enough for limited human trials where some fail and the entire effort is for naught; broad human trials for the few that work; and plan for long term monitoring to identify problems that take years to show the company doing that work needs to recoup the investment or they'll go under. The commercial successes have to pay for all every failure and then some.

The next $0.05 billion that goes to testing and verifying that the manufacturing process is safe, effective and has good dosing regularity is the least part of the expense. You're proposing to let a second company who knows the answers duplicate only the last small bit of expense. Even including human trials the second company would have at least a 90% cost advantage they'd use to undercut the inventor.

Hell, this is the US. The CEO of the first company would form his own start-up, PillagerCo and feed it the winners with insider info to make sure his personal company most successfully raids the company he's CEO of. He wouldn't need to launder that behavior through an intermediary or two as they do now.

2 days ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

Spamalope Re:Similarities seem kind of tenuous (74 comments)

Exactly. If you analyze enough art done by artists who understood composition and the rhythms color, form, space and lighting should take for a pleasing effect you'll see those things repeated. It's not too surprising that two 100 year old inside scenes would both include a doorway, chair, stairs, stove - any common interior furnishings - or that they'd be arranged for the best compositional effect.

Show me how Bazille's paintings recognizably show their his work, then demonstrate Rockwell including those elements into his work and you've got something. Rockwells visual story telling is a telling part of his style, for example.

4 days ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

Spamalope Re:Why (203 comments)

There's just no reason to handcuff him and make him dictate something that you're typing. Why not cut out the middleman?

So it's in his own words, phrased the way he would. If he's a bit crazy, then they wouldn't get that right themselves.

about 2 months ago
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Lyme Bacterium's Possible Ancestor Found In Ancient Tick

Spamalope Re:No, you don't have "chronic Lyme disease" (30 comments)

It is a fact that a significant amount of people chronically suffer from symptoms that are perfectly in line with the symptoms of Lyme, after having definitely had Lyme. So, that is 'a thing'. Whether the cause is indeed recurring Lyme, a yeast infection or damage to the body doesn't really matter all that much to those with the symptoms. Being dismissed as 'kooky' or being told to 'get over it' by assholes as yourself does matter.

Lymes triggers a body-wide continuous red-line overload of the immune system. That's the source of the majority of the horrible symptoms. Adrenalin 24/7 and an immune system on such a hair trigger that it attacks *you* at the least excuse - or without one.

Anything that provokes the bone marrow mast cells can cause that to happen. Chronic infections (lymes), damage to the immune system, genetic defects, and some cancers can (one very rare leukemia is know for it).

So the classic 'lymes' symptoms aren't specific to lymes at all. And that symptom set is 'whatever your immune system is attacking today' so it's everywhere and nowhere, but a least part of the time presents as clearly auto-immune damage or as adrenal fatigue. Our current medical system does a terrible job for these kinds of problems. I know a doctor with those symptoms who was getting a 'there is nothing wrong with you, you just have bad allergies' run-around. It took her 10 years (!!!) to get a correct diagnosis because even as a doctor she couldn't get taken seriously. (The rare leukemia was her problem)


So the symptoms are real, but most are down stream results of breaking the volume knob on an auto-immune system feedback loop. Treatment requires finding the individual cause for each patient.

about 2 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Spamalope Re:So... to summarise: (269 comments)

The destruction of that data is required by law.*

*only when it conveniently helps the government.

Report any data harmful to the NSA as having been destroyed by an automated process per policy. No person is took any objectionable action, and 'policy' is responsible.

Actual destruction of data is optional. Archive it on another classified system and nobody else can reach it.

about 3 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

Spamalope Re:What? (213 comments)

Or, why not just allow free speech? Why do we have to identify sarcasm? Maybe part of the expression of the message is its ambiguity.

Automated propaganda. Sheep herding shouldn't have to be work.

about 3 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

Spamalope Re:The Real Story Should Be... (286 comments)

We'll need a follow up to see if they change the markings back in a year. Every 3-6 months the same intersections in Houston have missing signs with an officer standing by to issue citations. After a few days that sign is returned and the office moves to the next intersection on the list that 'just happened' to lose it's sign *again*.

The traffic light and painted arrows say it's a turn lane? Well, the fine print of the traffic law says it isn't without a sign too, so pay your fine. I feel safer already, and felt even better when I found several more intersections they were playing the same trick with round robin.

about 3 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

Spamalope Re:No Way! (261 comments)

I want a curved monitor.

A new 4k 50" set on my desk would have edges enough further from my eyes that when I focus on the center the edges will be out of focus. A curved monitor could make the image the same distance from my eyes all the way across, which would be awesome!

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Spamalope Re:USA advised Australia not to purchase chinese (297 comments)

And that gave the Aussies a hobson's choice. Be 0wned by the Chinese or Americans.

It is possible that the Aussie spy agencies were working with the US to more thoroughly compromise Aussie network infrastructure.

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Spamalope Re:Hypocritical (297 comments)

Oddly enough, the NSA's MANDATE is "foreign signals intelligence". Note that word "foreign" - it's important.

Also oddly, EVERY OTHER spy agency on the planet spies on *gasp* FOREIGNERS!

For the NSA, anyone who isn't powerful isn't in the 'club', and that's foreign enough. Other spy agencies are valuable as propaganda cover though. If the NSA facilitates domestic spying by them then 'swaps' intel, both agencies claim they aren't spying on citizens! And if they pay or coerce local businesses to spy and turn over the data, why the intel is laundered so it's clean. And clean means it's ok!

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Spamalope Re:Why bother with tricks? (297 comments)

Not if the factory is in China.

And now China has political cover if we notice them inserting their own changes into, say, the ethernet PHY compromising every router regardless of firmware revision. Or adds their own Stuxnet onto the support CDs included with the router.

about 3 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

Spamalope Re:Corporate directed not volunteer direct ... (403 comments)

the API surface will be smaller, the module will be better sandboxed, there will be real security and work to ensure users privacy (Andreas CTO at Mozilla promised this in his blog post on the topic).

Real security from Adobe? Bwahahah! Name an Adobe security success in the past decade!

And we'll get user privacy from the zombie tracking cookie company? Adobe actively opposes privacy as a business! Either your not too bright, or your a shill taking us for morons.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Spamalope Re:Undefined (800 comments)

Swerve in front of the Apple patent lawyer, clip and deflect his car into the Justin Bieber fans knocking them into the telephone pole. Apple's car will doctor dash cam video to clearly show the accident was caused by stolen 'rounded corner' tech Samsung thieves included in 'telephone pole' - which also clearly incorporates Apple mobile telephone IP including the use of 'wire' and 'copper' to complete a phone call.

about 3 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

Spamalope Re:Microsoft make up your mind! (293 comments)

Because it's the only way to get the message across to corporate fucktards that we are in the internet era and updating your software is FUCKING MANDATORY.

Not enough of you are signing up for MS Live and MS Store. That's like stealing. Some corps have even blocked MS Store. That's why we've blocked offline updates to 8.1, made it mandatory and available via MS Store only. YOU WILL AGREE TO THE MS STORE Ts & Cs! In short, you will comply with whatever poison pill we care to server or we'll throw you to the malware thieves. Oh, and have a nice day!

about 4 months ago
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Google Halts Gmail Scanning for Education Apps Users

Spamalope Re:Missing an important information... (67 comments)

The issue isn't the scanning, it is the abuse (potential) of humans inserting themselves into the process to data mine on SPECIFIC users, without any other controls in place. I don't care about my data being aggregated, I care about my data being mined to be used against me. Given enough data, all of us are vulnerable.

Technology isn't the problem. It never was. The problem is humans, and always will be.

How much are the emails of your competitor's best salesmen worth to you? What if they were scanned to forward only those between him and his customers? What if you got alerts when a new prospect emailed? There is so much profitable data in email if only you fully monetize it! (and resell it through a Business Intelligence '3rd party' so you can claim to be the victim when caught!)

about 4 months ago
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Google Halts Gmail Scanning for Education Apps Users

Spamalope Re:Missing an important information... (67 comments)

The summary should read

Google will no longer scan the email messages of students [...] for advertising purposes

. The Google blog post does not mention other types of scanning (neither to confirm or deny their existence, nor to announce that they will cease).

Facilitating scanning for any purpose by '3rd parties' is still on the table too.

about 4 months ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

Spamalope Re:Need laws on effects, not technologies (108 comments)

Thus they'll have the pictures from drivers license photos. They'll make it mandatory for exercising your constitutionally guaranteed rights(* exclusions apply, complaints accepted in 'free speech' zones only) - so press passes, licenses of all types (esp. for guns) will require it.

about 4 months ago
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Electric 'Thinking Cap' Controls Learning Speed

Spamalope Re:its coming... (112 comments)

When somebody can attach a headband on you against your will, you are already enslaved.

Paying for it is a problem too. That's why we had design the Occulus -- so nerds would pay us to put that headband on.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

Spamalope Re:Internal billing is dumb (130 comments)

The problem is the management structure leading to internal billing sounding like a good idea! Flat rate the costs unless they're really significant and you can't gauge who the users are. Make the flat rate based on 'reserved' units. i.e. a portion of the resources have 'priority' access for a dept. based on the amount the dept. allocated to the budget. They are still shared, but the sponsoring dept. has priority access. Infrequent users use the 'free' equipment or any 'reserved' unit not currently in use. Frequent users can fund additional 'sponsored' units if they need more. While imperfect, it's better than treating each bit of equipment like a rent-way rental.

The AC's idea of an RFID timeclock in the room is great if you must internally bill. A crude measure of usage should work if your office politics aren't toxic. If you really have problems with equipment abuse, you can use a webcam and review it only if there is unreported damage. Review the footage only with a managers approval with public knowledge every time it happens (with penalties for snooping) and you'll make junior NSA drama less likely.

Still, internal billing is very expensive operationally.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

Spamalope Re:surprised!!!! (704 comments)

Which one is next?

The one the governmental actors target? We know they want to discredit bitcoin. Why not make the effort profitable too? Stealing bitcoin discredits bitcoin while providing 'clean' funds for covert operations. Win-Win!

The folks who created Stuxnet could do this without a doubt. Why is anyone assuming this is being done by 'criminals'?

about 6 months ago

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