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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

iinventstuff But we have Twitter! (179 comments)

Rejecting reports, because of a dashboard is like saying, "We don't need trade journals, because we have Twitter"!

about 2 months ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

iinventstuff Try, try again? (409 comments)

If we can't contain the disease (** and keep doctors from contracting it **) in Liberia, who's bright idea is it to try to contain it in Atlanta?

I propose sending containment & treatment equipment (trial vaccines, etc.), and medical personnel to Liberia. Staying put is probably easier on the patient that a transatlantic flight.

Transporting a person with such a deadly disease doesn't seem like the best plan...

about 4 months ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

iinventstuff Re:Tom Clancy thought of it first (409 comments)

If you're saying that the only way to make this better is to have a Jack Ryan become President, well, ... I'm game... ;-)

about 4 months ago
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iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

iinventstuff Like The Google Cardboard Glasses (57 comments)

So, the Google Cardboard VR Goggles weren't so ridiculous after all (http://googlecardboardkit.com).

about 4 months ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

iinventstuff Bill Makes Protection Harder? (140 comments)

There doesn't seem to be a lot of $ in this, so did Mr. Bill's patent just make it harder for consumers to acquire 'glasshole' protection solutions?

about 7 months ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

iinventstuff Good As US Economy (330 comments)

The Presidential limo is "too big to fail" and would need continual infusions [of power] just to keep going...

about 8 months ago
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Looking Beyond Corn and Sugarcane For Cost-Effective Biofuels

iinventstuff Algae is better than food sources (242 comments)

We should really explore using non-food sources (e.g., algae) as biofuel bases. We need food to stay inexpensive and gas not to increase in price, because we're using more expensive food sources. Here's a good Q&A about algae as a source of bio fuel (http://algae.ucsd.edu/potential/algae-qanda.html).

about a year ago
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IFPI Won't Share Pirate Bay Damages With Musicians

iinventstuff Same As Tobacco Lawsuits (177 comments)

In the US, the government sued (and continues penalizing) the tobacco industry, because their product causes "wrongful death", "injury", and causes the individual to require significant medical expenses. This product causes all of those things, so the lawsuits were justified. However, one would have thought that at least some of the $16B recovered by 2006 would have been given to the smokers who were suffering.

Instead, the government kept all of that money justifying that they would/might someday provide Medicare for those people -- despite the fact that most did not receive Medicare benefits! The State governments even announced that they were using the funds to build roads and for other projects!

This is one more demonstration that these types of groups seek to champion causes in order to perpetuate themselves, by keeping up the fight (fear), rather than relaying recovered damages back to those who were harmed. It's disgraceful.

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

iinventstuff Lame Tech (1165 comments)

So, a well-planned criminal just needs to hang out at the local shooting range and collect someone else's brass casings before they commit a crime. After they commit their crime, they collect their own shells, and toss out the other person's shells. When police show up, there is a positive ID on the discarded casings, because of the #. This was a good idea, but it is so very easily spoofed because it's non-deterministic and can put innocent people at risk. I'd pass...

more than 2 years ago
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FDA Regulating Your Stem Cells As Interstate Commerce

iinventstuff Can we include sunlight? (332 comments)

My sunlight comes from out of state, too. Should we that with usage regulations and fees?

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook To Share Private Data With Politico

iinventstuff Facebook Abbreviation (157 comments)

Should we abbreviate Facebook Incorporated as FB or is it now better to just call them FBI?

more than 2 years ago
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Why American Corporate Software Can No Longer Be Trusted

iinventstuff Re:The Era of Linux is at hand (240 comments)

Excellent point. No patent or copyright treaty means that there is no violation outside of a specified jurisdiction. We see that between countries today.

The interesting thing about copyright & free software advocates is the way they define 'free'. If free means that I can give my work to others without anyone placing encumbrances, then that's a good definition to advocate. More often than not, I hear the sentiment that since software must be free, anyone can take someone else's work whether they like it or not.

'Free to give' seems to evoke sharing, while 'free to take' creates feelings of protectionism...

about 2 years ago
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Why American Corporate Software Can No Longer Be Trusted

iinventstuff Re:The Era of Linux is at hand (240 comments)

Perhaps ... as long as the definition of 'freedom' doesn't morph to equal 'piracy'...

more than 2 years ago
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Why American Corporate Software Can No Longer Be Trusted

iinventstuff Corporations bad, Pirates good? (240 comments)

Not even commenting on the article's content, is it really better to trust a pirate?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Patents Glove For "Seeing With Your Hand"

iinventstuff Prior Art? (58 comments)

In 1995, I built systems for the USAF / AFRL based on data gloves and Polhemus trackers and I was not the 1st. We used this for 3D environment interactions and had many types of gesture recognition. Reading Google's patent claims, Google positioned the sensor on the finger tip (ours was on the back of the hand) and then applied all prior art to that minor and obvious 'novelty'. This is a minor departure from prior art, but is inline with how the US patent system works: you get a patent in exchange for full disclosure, then others get the opportunity to improve upon your invention and then patent their improvements. As a technologist, I look at this as a cheap copy, but from a patent perspective, they took prior art and built in a new way. If this spawns innovation, then cool, and if not, then it doesn't matter. I predict that, if successful, Google will see a few patent challenges.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving?

iinventstuff Permanent Gov't Archive (368 comments)

Tell her the US Government has a copy of everything and they never go away. With proper identification, she can possibly request the pics under FOIA. ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Testing Mobile Phones For Controlling Space Missions

iinventstuff How about a controlled experiment? (119 comments)

To test the phone, they could do more controlled experimentation here on earth... Also, most of the components were derived from those tested for the space programs and the work that NASA has already done, so it would seem that they don't need to reinvent the wheel. See (http://radhome.gsfc.nasa.gov/)

more than 3 years ago
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Michigan Governor Wants 'Open Source' Economic Model

iinventstuff Re:ha. (237 comments)

The constitutional model just means that the rules are known in advance and doesn't refer to what those rules actually are (left or right). During the last several of decades, the US has given Presidents "Executive Authority" and Congress has failed to assert its constitutional check. The "BS" to which you refer is not due to the constitutional model, but rather to the departure from it.

more than 3 years ago

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Cell Phones As A Radiological 'Dirty Bomb' Detection Network

iinventstuff iinventstuff writes  |  about a year and a half ago

iinventstuff (1888700) writes "The Idaho National Laboratory has built a dirty bomb detection network out of cell phones. Camera phones operate by detecting photons and storing them as a picture. The INL discovered that high energy photons from radiological sources distort the image in ways detectable through image processing. KSL TV reports that the INL's mobile app detects radiation sources and then reports positive 'hits' to a central server. Terrorists deploying a dirty bomb will inevitably pass by people carrying cell phones. By crowdsourcing cell phones, the INL has created a potentially very large, inexpensive, and randomly mobile radiation detection grid."
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Anti-Matter is Trapped

iinventstuff iinventstuff writes  |  about 4 years ago

iinventstuff (1888700) writes "Trekkies, initially rejoicing for warp engines on the horizon, will have to wait a bit longer for anti-matter production. From the article: "It would take longer than the age of the universe to make one gram of antimatter," he said, calling the process "a losing proposition because it takes much more energy to make antimatter than you get out of it.""
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