top US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment
The idea of the patent system was that anyone could patent their grand idea and then have legal backing to protect it in court from someone that uses the idea without consent. The filing fees were also designed to be low to keep the barrier of entry low enough that "the little guy" could get the same protection as the big corporations.
This is completely false. Patents were never about the "little guy". Their purpose is to benefit society by providing an advantage to disclosing the secrets of invention so society can learn. Prior to patents, technology was often a closely guarded secret, belonging to individuals or trade guilds, secrets that were often lost with the deaths of the people involved. By making disclosure a more attractive option than secrecy, society could benefit by learning from the details of the inventions.
That is the idea of the patent system. "Little guy" doesn't mean shit, all that matters is having useful knowledge disclosed to society, whether its individuals or mega-corps.
about a month and a half ago
top NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs
I believe you are talking about
top Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper
In the US, more than 1/10th of traffic fatalities are pedestrians. Clearly, helmets should be mandatory for walking then, too.
top Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
Also, not all failures are caused by "not doing there job right", especially when venturing into new territory. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a classic example of a disastrous engineering project, pushed the envelope and collapsed, but not because the engineers didn't do their job right. There hadn't been a bridge of that size with that design before, and aerodynamic concerns weren't taken into account. If that bridge hadn't collapsed and taught the lesson, some other bridge would have.
You can never remove all risk. You may call that 'passing the buck', but blaming all failures, regardless of cause, as "not doing there job right", forces a stone-age technological capability.
top Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines
They correctly identify the number of people who would remain productive members of society while consuming drugs as very small.
Right, there are very few productive people that drink alcohol in the US. Very small group indeed.
top Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks
I vaguely recall an article years ago on something like TheDailyWtf where some idiot webmaster wrote a web application with links instead of buttons to perform tasks, and was confused why his site and data was getting trashed repeatedly, until he figured out it was the crawling bots.
This is nothing new: unskilled developers using the wrong methods and getting burned.
top Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Against Apple, Google and Others Given the Green Light
The 50s and 60s need to be erased from memory concerning policy decisions, because the prosperity at that time is heavily biased by the fact that Europe and Japan were destroyed, and the United States was the only shop in town.
top Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video
The United states does not have a criminal justice system. It has a criminal legal system.
It is an important distinction to make.
top Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth
Map is disappointing. Whomever decided that color scheme should be slapped.
I was expecting something like this:
http://map.itoworld.com/road-casualties-usa but for all countries.
The map linked has every traffic fatality in the United States, and the age, sex, and classification of each death.
top Billion-Pixel View of Mars Snapped By Curiosity
It's quite a bit more than an 'entry level' DSLR. Bring an entry level DSLR to a high-radiation environment like outer space and see how well it keeps taking pictures.
top Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid
If those industries cannot survive without a large pool of free labor, then they should go the way of the dodo.
top Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid
By having them unpaid, you are essentially making those jobs only be accessible to people from wealthy families. Only people from wealthy families can afford to pay the bills while working for free. Everyone else has to find a paying job, which would then exclude them from being able to gain entry into those fields.
top CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record
Yeah, and you wanna comment on how things go for the life during those events? Your first example was likely a major extinction event, and a volcanic eruption
70k years ago nearly wiped out humans
top EA Responds To Its Appearance In the 'Worst Company In America' Poll
When a "worst company in America" competition doesn't have corporations such as Monsanto, Phillip Morris, etc, as contestants, then you know it is a load of shit.
top Aaron Swartz Prosecution Team Claims Online Harassment
Your first mistake is thinking that the US has a 'justice system' at all. The US has a legal system. It is concerned with order, it is not concerned with justice.
top Uniloc Patent Case Against Rackspace Tossed for Bogus Patents
The little rubber boot is not even remotely something that patents should protect. You are subscribing to the faulty, revisionist "dibs" model of patents.
The bargain made in patents is that society provides protection, in exchange for the inventor disclosing how their machine works. The alternative, as was the case prior to patents, was that guilds were very secretive about their processes and technologies, and if something happened to the guild, the technology disappeared along with them. The patent bargain was made to bring their technological secrets into the public domain.
In the case of a rubber boot on an ethernet cable, there is nothing to disclose. You can figure out all there is to it by looking at it for 2 seconds. There is nothing consequential for society to reverse engineer in lieu of a patent. Protecting a rubber boot with patent protection is a terrible deal for society.
top In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks
Wasn't there a similar backlash over Spore, another EA title?
What I want to know is why people still give money to EA when they pull these sorts of shenanigans.
top Best Buy Follows Yahoo in Banning Remote Work
Best Buy is headquartered in Minnesota, an at-will employment state. They can eliminate anyone at any time for any reason, and don't need a bogus excuse to do so.
top Are There Any Real Inventors Left?
Hero did not "technically" invent
the steam engine. He made a steam powered novelty yes, and is credited with making the first steam engine of any kind, but his aeropile still had a long way to go before becoming a device that could power industry.
top How Newegg Saved Online Retail
The point of patents is not to protect anyone's investments. The trade-off of patents is
disclosure. Prior to patents, trades often kept their methods secret, and if any trades died out, so did their technologies. Patents were created to incentivize inventors to share the secrets of their invention, for the public good. A monopoly on the technology was the bargaining token to encourage them to spill the beans.
Patents systems do not care about investments, it only exists to make disclosure a more appealing option than secrecy.
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