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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

hubie Re:How is this remarkable? (466 comments)

I'm not interested enough to click through and read the article, but instead of net worth, maybe they think their annual salary will be a million dollars.

about a week ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

hubie Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (54 comments)

While true one can google for almost anything, that doesn't excuse poorly written summaries. Far too often the article summary doesn't simply add a sentence or two to put the topic in context, especially when it comes to a particular software package or specialized hardware. In my opinion, a decent article summary shouldn't put the burden on the potential reader to click through link after link, or bring up a separate web search simply to determine whether the article is worth their time reading.

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

hubie Re:Proposal (422 comments)

You don't think it is a coincidence that Tax day is about as far from Election day as possible?

about two weeks ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

hubie Re:Taxes are full of scams... (422 comments)

Apparently you need to go through one of the participating companies, but the filing is free if you meet that company's criteria. I suppose it is seen as a win-win: for the Government, free filing for low income people, and for the companies, a sales pitch complete with (I'm sure) plenty of opportunities for the person to be upsold on the "premium" versions.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

hubie Re:Please automate accounting more! (422 comments)

What, you don't want to subscribe to his newsletter?? :)

about two weeks ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

hubie Re:Another reason Intuit is awful (422 comments)

I remember this very well. They pushed that same argument that industry loves to throw around in cases like this: the Federal Government will not start or carry on any commercial activity to provide a service or product for its own use if such product or service can be procured from private enterprise through ordinary business channels. Basically, the IRS should not set up a system where people can file directly with them because that would hurt the private companies who file taxes. It is a completely asinine system because the IRS already has a great system of easily providing PDFs for all their forms and instructions, it would be the next logical step to allow one to fill the forms out and send them in directly. I haven't followed it closely lately, but clearly the law was changed to allow direct filing for 1040EZ forms. I hope they'll open it up beyond that soon.

about two weeks ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

hubie Re:So why is this such a big deal? (146 comments)

I don't know. I actually "science" and after all these years I still think these events are pretty cool. I will make a point of getting up in the middle of the night to see it.

about two weeks ago
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Nature Publisher Requires Authors To Waive "Moral Rights" To Works

hubie Re:Reply from the Nature Group (82 comments)

Sorry all, I copy/pasted this in haste. I should have blockquoted it and I should have mentioned that this was the reply posted on the Duke U. blog (just so it is obvious these aren't my comments and where it came from).

about three weeks ago
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Nature Publisher Requires Authors To Waive "Moral Rights" To Works

hubie Reply from the Nature Group (82 comments)

Kevin, I’m posting this as a comment here to provide clarity for all, given the interest this has generated. I’ve also written to you to suggest a conversation. I am sorry that we didn’t talk with you before we started requesting waivers from authors at Duke University, that would have been better all round. You raise two concerns: about our requesting that authors provide formal waivers of Duke University open access policy; and the ‘moral rights’ statement in our license to publish. I’ll start with the second. We take seriously our responsibility for the integrity of the scientific record. The “moral rights” language included in the license to publish is there to ensure that the journal and its publisher are free to publish formal corrections or retractions of articles where the integrity of the scientific record may be compromised by the disagreement of authors. This is not our preferred approach to dealing with corrections and retractions, and we work with authors and institutions to seek consensus first. We always attribute articles to authors, we have clear contribution policies. See: http://www.nature.com/nature/j... and http://www.nature.com/authors/... We believe researchers should be credited for their work, and as a founding member of ORCID, we have implemented ORCID integration on nature.com to foster disambiguated accreditation. We are requesting waivers from Duke University authors, because of the wide grant of rights as per your open access policy. If we do not request a waiver, Duke University has the rights not only to archive in Dukespace, but to publish and distribute the final version of a subscription article freely to the world at large, in any medium, immediately on publication. We started requesting waivers recently, following an enquiry from a Duke University author. NPG is supportive of open access. We have no problem with you archiving accepted manuscripts in DukeSpace, for public access six months after publication. We encourage self-archiving, and have done so since we implemented our policy in 2005: http://www.nature.com/authors/... This is in addition to open access publication options available on many journals we publish. We are happy to try to answer further questions, and would welcome a discussion with you. We have worked constructively with PubMed Central and institutional repositories for many years, and do not want our intentions and commitment to academic integrity and open access to be misunderstood. Grace Baynes Head of Communications, Nature Publishing Group

about three weeks ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

hubie Re:NASA needs SpaceX. SpaceX doesn't need NASA. (292 comments)

Space 1999 (I kid you not in how I described the plot. A lot of it is summarized in the title sequence). I watched all the episodes when they aired. It was very cheesy, but entertaining for me as a pre-teen, and remarkably good special effects for TV at the time. I also used to watch Mission Impossible reruns in the early 70's, and I knew Martin Landau from that. Later, when Landau won an oscar and he was receiving all the accolades for his career, I couldn't help but remember him from that cheesy show. To be fair, Space 1999 was pretty much where his career really bottomed out.

about a month ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

hubie Re:No (824 comments)

Just like Jon Stewart said about entitlements (in context of the Megyn Kelly maternity leave comments):

Here's the thing about entitlements. They're really only entitlements when they're something other people want. When it's something you want, they're a hallmark of a civilized society, the foundation of a great people. I just had a baby and found out maternity leave strengthens society. But since I still have a job, unemployment benefits are clearly socialism.

about a month ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

hubie Gyroscopic precession (262 comments)

Since you are spinning up a high-speed gyroscope, if you are braking through a turn I wonder if it effects handling in any significant way.

about a month ago
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Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

hubie Re:Pluto (63 comments)

That definition would be consistent with The Little Prince

about a month ago
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Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

hubie Re:+5 Funny for TFS (173 comments)

It made me laugh out loud as well.

about a month ago
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Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

hubie Re:Discovered by Rick Sanchez (63 comments)

I've really taken a liking to that show. It is hilarious.

about a month ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

hubie I don't see them with much use for the home user (251 comments)

They are neat tech, and they are affordable, but for the majority of people out there I just don't see them as particularly useful. We picked up a Makerbot for our lab at work, and it is proven to be extremely useful. We have a Solidworks guy and it is trivial for him to design and fabricate custom mounts and such that we would otherwise have had to kludge up some other solution because it wouldn't have been worth the time and money to have something temporary mount made in a machine shop.

However, for the home user, at least for quite a while yet I see these as being akin to something like a specialized machine in your kitchen like a dedicated espresso maker, bread machine, or yogurt maker. They're really neat and do a great job at what they do, but eventually for most people they sit there unused. I think the 3D printer will be the same thing. People will get them, download really cool models to print, make some of their own stuff, then eventually realize there are just so many charms for charm bracelets, or curio type stuff you can make before the novelty wears off.

about a month ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

hubie Re:NASA needs SpaceX. SpaceX doesn't need NASA. (292 comments)

But what about if something really bad happens on the Moon? What if there are lots of explosions and the Moon gets hurled out of its orbit and goes sailing through space from one adventure to another?? After about a year we will have lost interest in them so an alien with amazing technology will suddenly show up on the moon base, but it will be too late and they'll never make it to a third year . . .

about a month ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

hubie Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

In the case of Fluke, I don't see this as any different than the other well-known trademark cases mentioned. In my own experience, at least within the last 20 years, if someone wanted you to measure a voltage or current, they were equally as likely to tell you to "grab a Fluke meter" as they were to tell you to "grab a multimeter." And Fluke has been very consistent with giving their multimeters this particular look since the 90's, which is an important point to this discussion. Twenty years before that, you'd grab a "Simpson meter," which incidentally also had a very distinctive look and feel (I don't know if they ever trademarked their design, but you know a Simpson meter with just a quick glance).

about a month ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

hubie Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

I don't think it is as much of a big, bad entity buying off anyone with lawyers. From the PTO FAQ:

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.

Do Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents protect the same things?

No. Trademarks, copyrights and patents all differ. A copyright protects an original artistic or literary work; a patent protects an invention.

As pointed out in the Wiki article on design patents, an object (like the Coca-Cola bottle shape) can be both covered by a design patent and a trademark. As you mentioned, a design patent runs out after a certain amount of time, but a trademark is valid as long as it is used in commerce. Also, from this article:

In Qualitex Co. v. Jacobson Prods. Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that color alone may be protected as a trademark, “when that color has attained ‘secondary meaning’ and therefore identifies and distinguishes a particular brand (and thus indicates its ‘source’).” The Court held color may not be protected as a trademark when it is “functional”. There are two types of functionality: “utilitarian” and “aesthetic.” A color is functional under the utilitarian test if it is essential to the use or purpose of the product, or affects the cost or quality of the product. A color is aethestically functional if its exclusive use “would put a competitor at a significant non-reputation-related disadvantage”. If color “act(s) as a symbol that distinguishes a firm’s goods and identifies their source, without serving any other significant function,” it can be protected as a trademark.

If you work around lots of multimeters, as I do, Fluke certainly has distinguished itself by looks. So, don't start up your new package delivery company and paint all your box trucks a certain color brown, don't sell jewelry in little boxes that have a certain shade of blue, and don't design your housing insulation products to be pink. However, I believe you could sell tractors that are a certain shade of green because within that context, green is identified as a functional color.

about a month ago
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Is This the End of Splitscreen Multiplayer, Or the Start of Its Rebirth?

hubie The social interaction is HUGE (126 comments)

I agree that it is a whole lot more fun, even if you only have two people, to have them in the same room. You get that whole extra level of trash talking, finger gesturing, head slapping, etc. that you can't get over a headset. This is especially true on something like the Wii where you have multiple people either on the same screen (like the Mario games), or in a split screens (like in Wii Sports). Plus, it is just nice to have a multiplayer mode where you don't need to connect to an online server.

about a month ago

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