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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

galabar Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

Patents are not granted for the benefit of a few. They are granted because: The Congress shall have power ... To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; Having said that, I agree that the question should be "why should they be able to patent it."

about 2 months ago

EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

galabar Re:A bad idea for reasons of basic economics (171 comments)

Oh, come now. You are total wrong here. Look how successful our solar panel manufacturers are. That would have never happened without government investment! I'm sure the same thing will happen in the EU. I mean, if government doesn't pick winners and losers, who will?

about 3 months ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

galabar Re:vote GOP and your student loans will come out o (632 comments)

Conservatives would eliminate government subsidized student loans. So, whether we agree or disagree with that policy, it would guarantee that the situation you mention would never come to pass.

about 4 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

galabar This warms my heart. (397 comments)

Nearly 100% rejection of race-baiting and skin color preferences. Things really have changed for the better.

about 5 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

galabar Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

Damned if you do... damned if you do, I think.

about 5 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

galabar Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

I don't think "affirmative action" means what you think it means. "Affirmative action" as applied is a system were underrepresented minorities are given a preference in admissions and hiring. Asians aren't an underrepresented minority in just about anything. In fact, they represent overwhelming majorities in many areas and are the most hurt by skin-color preference programs (aka "Affirmative Action"). We may hold different opinions on whether we should judge someone based on the color of their skin (I don't think we should), but we certainly can't argue fact, and how "affirmative action" is applied is fact.

about 5 months ago

College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

galabar Re:What is the goal of the SAT? (134 comments)

One of the most insightful comments I've read on Slashdot.

about 6 months ago

Study: Half of In-App Purchases Come From Only 0.15% of Players

galabar Rewarding the developer. (144 comments)

I've played games like "Path of Exile" where I've enjoyed the game so much, I decided to drop $20 or so on in-app purchases, even if they weren't going to actually help me advance in the game. I've done the same for other apps that I've enjoyed. If you enjoy the game, it can't hurt to reward the developer. Now, $10,000, well that is a bit extreme.

about 6 months ago

Carbon-Negative Energy Machines Catching On

galabar Re:Key phrase (228 comments)

Labor and maintenance.

about 10 months ago

Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

galabar Re:Patent trolls suck but.... (255 comments)

I've never been overly positive or negative of Microsoft. However, having just installed Windows 8, I can say that it is seriously good. If that kills my geek street cred, then so be it. If you are worried about Windows 8, you should be. This is the first time I've really "liked" an operating system UI.

about 2 years ago

Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

galabar Re:This is BS... (580 comments)

I agree that this is not a new process. However, we don't know (at least from the article), what type of efficiencies they are seeing (although we can guess). If a reasonably efficient mechanism can be worked out (maybe something above 50%), you could imagine solar factories being built in the middle of deserts or other inhospitable and remote regions. This would be orthogonal to the current power generation infrastructure and would serve to offset some of the petroleum currently being used.

about 2 years ago

Study Shows Tech Execs Slightly Prefer Romney Over Obama

galabar Re:As a technopreneur ... (461 comments)

I think he means that he "has not yet begun to fight!"

about 2 years ago

Toyota Abandons Plans For All-Electric Vehicle Rollout

galabar Re:Largely Demand Driven (490 comments)

Sorry, but I'm not going to swap my new, $10,000 battery for something from the local Sip 'N Go. Now, if batteries were as cheap as propane tanks, then this might be a good idea. However, by that time, battery efficiency and charging technology will be such that swapping won't be necessary. Electric cars will take off when battery technology improves (and becomes cheaper).

about 2 years ago

Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD In 2 Sizes

galabar Re:But it's not the google experience (307 comments)

When I first purchase my Kindle Fire, I thought the same thing. However, I found that I enjoyed reading the Kindle Fire better than my Kindle (2 with keyboard). The back-light and touch screen were great for reading while in bed (for my Kindle, I used a cover with a built in light, which was not great). My daughter (now 10) felt the same way.

about 2 years ago

Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Recommendations?

galabar Re:Ethanol (1080 comments)

I'll ask that shortly after I ask "what happened to all the water-wheel mill operators?", "where did all the ice house workers go?", or "why isn't there a parking spot for my horse in front of that Saloon?" I know, maybe we should refocus our efforts on saving the family computer chip manufacturer.

We need to face the facts that certain practices become obsolete. The family farmer is an obsolete premise -- and only used by agrobusiness to extort more cash from government.

What I find interesting is that your comment is completely void of any point -- do you think farmers should be getting this money, or are you only perturbed by someone assuming that farming is cheap and can be done with a $250,000 government subsidy?

more than 12 years ago


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