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Patent Troll Now Armed With Thousands of Nortel Patents

U96 Re:Patent troll == bailiff = useful although unlov (220 comments)

Damn, I did not know that banks and lending did not exist before 1997.

Chapter 11 sets a different threshold and regime for repossession, but it's still possible to repossess. What is interesting are the studies that show how the cost of borrowing increased after Chapter 11 was introduced in the U.S.

more than 2 years ago

Patent Troll Now Armed With Thousands of Nortel Patents

U96 Re:Patent troll == bailiff = useful although unlov (220 comments)

problem is the credit industry has the responsibility to VET who they loan to.

You can't just say 'VET better'! Vetting presupposes that you can calculate the risk of default, and the likelihood as a credit company that you'll have to incur the cost of repossessing. If there's no ability to repossess, then vetting is pointless anyway -- only an irrational credit companies would take any such risk.

This isn't arm-chair theorizing. There are countries where home repossession just isn't the done thing (mostly for religious reasons) -- in those countries, any rational vetting procedure would produce the answer: don't loan anything. And this is exactly what happens.

more than 2 years ago

Patent Troll Now Armed With Thousands of Nortel Patents

U96 Patent troll == bailiff = useful although unloved (220 comments)

I am not a lawyer, and I wouldn't usually defend them, but... [sticks head above parapet]

Humour me an analogy: Nobody likes it when a bailiff comes to your door. But the reality is that if there were no bailiffs to repossess property bought on credit when you didn't pay up, then no-one would loan money. For example, in countries where there is a cultural/religious aversion to repossession of homes, it's almost impossible to get a mortgage, and overall rate of home ownership is lower -- the law of unintended consequences here is that if you as a society refuse to kick people out of their homes, fewer people will actually be able to own their own homes.

I think a patent troll company like this is similar. Nortel engineers worked hard to invent stuff. Shareholders of Nortel invested in the company to pay for that stuff to be invented. The value of these patents as assets which could be sold off is in effect a form of 'embodied energy' created in Nortel. Remove the ability for companies like Rockstar to exist and to seek out license fees from stuff Nortel investors paid Nortel engineers to invent them in the past, and you've retroactively denied those investors from some of the return on their historical investment. The end result moving forward is that people will invest less.

Patents serve a purpose, as does their expiry. I could back a plan to shorten patent lifetimes for some classes of patents, but I believe doing away with the whole system would be counter-productive to innovation.

more than 2 years ago

US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law

U96 You forget - 30+ million troops already landed (342 comments)

So behave yourselves -- you won't see us coming if we don't want you to...


more than 3 years ago

'No Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Coming To Florida?

U96 Re:Thats not bad in British Columbia (1219 comments)

So, if I've understood your argument, you're basically saying "the problem with Africa, Mexico and the rest of the world is that ordinary people don't have enough guns" So poverty, thirst for oil, the war or drugs, etc. has nothing to do with it? This is a troll, right?

more than 3 years ago

Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

U96 I fail to see how it's efficient capitalism... (1197 comments)

... to force someone who wants to start up his own business to squander his time with concerns like this. Given the amount of taxpayer dollars spent per capita on healthcare in the U.S. compared to other western countries, it's certainly not an efficient use of taxes either...

more than 4 years ago

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

U96 Re:Because of? (1343 comments)

No, I in fact meant to say that "due to" has been used for "because of" in the Queen's English since about 1955.

more than 4 years ago

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

U96 Re:Not a new thing (1343 comments)

Get out your Fowler's. "Due to" has been used to mean "because of" in the Queen's English since 1955 - and I mean literally in a speech she made to parliament.

more than 4 years ago

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

U96 Re:Because of? (1343 comments)

"due to" has been used for "because of" in the Queen's English since about 1955. Your point?

more than 4 years ago

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

U96 Re:Foreign students at University of Waterloo (1343 comments)

The article would have been much more informative if it had included information about how many of the students failing didn't have English as a mother-tongue. I have interviewed and on occasion hired many U of W students who by virtue of being e.g. Chinese-Canadian had poor English skills but were nevertheless bright and good communicators.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Seeks To Ban Nokia Imports To US

U96 Re:Worthless patents (374 comments)

Cool. A patent troll "troll"

more than 4 years ago

Best Solution For HA and Network Load Balancing?

U96 Round-robin DNS with 2 or 3 Apache Boxes (298 comments)

I remember initially setting up our little site with 3 servers and a "managed" loadbalancer/failover solution from our hosting provider. Our domain name pointed to the IP address of the loadbalancer.

I learned that "managed" is actually a hosting company euphemism for "shared" and performance was seriously degraded during "prime time" everyday.

We eventually overcame our network latency issues by ditching the provider's loadbalancer and using round-robin DNS to point our domain name at all three of the 3 servers.

I was using Apache + JBoss + MySQL, and on each server I configured Apache's mod_jk loadbalancer to failover using AJP over stunnel to the JBoss instances on the other 2 servers. I also chose to configure each JBoss instance to talk to a MySQL instance on each box, these being configured in a replication cycle with the other MySQL instances for hot data backup.

For our load, we've never had any problems with this. The biggest component with downtime was JBoss (usually administrative updates), but Apache would seamlessly switch over to use use a different JBoss instance.

One of the servers was hosted with a different provider in a different site.

more than 5 years ago

Sun Open-Sources Java UI Toolkit

U96 Re:Licence is GPL+Classpath Exception. (59 comments)

How does Classpath Exception help when in MIDP everything gets smushed into the same jar file -- there are no separate modules to "link" to one another. Even if when using IDE tools in Eclipse like EclipseME that make it "look like" you're linking to a jar, that's actually IDE automagical convenience -- for MIDP what's happening under the covers during build is that the toolchain is unpackaging everything out of the linked jar and putting it all in the single MIDlet jar that you ship.

more than 6 years ago



Canada purges asian woman scientist from new $100 polymer bill

U96 U96 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

U96 (538500) writes "The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recently reported that the Bank of Canada purged the image of an Asian-looking woman from its new $100 banknotes after focus groups raised questions about her ethnicity.

"The original image intended for the reverse of the plastic polymer banknotes, which began circulating last November, showed an Asian-looking woman scientist peering into a microscope."

"The image, alongside a bottle of insulin, was meant to celebrate Canada's medical innovations."

"But eight focus groups consulted about the proposed images for the new $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote series were especially critical of the choice of an Asian for the largest denomination."

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