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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

mean pun Re:Patent Trolls arent just little companies (96 comments)

Fixing the mess is at least straightforward. Discard software patents. Their legality has always been questionable, for sound technical and legal reasons, and they're one of the greatest drains on the patent office. They also have profound, demonstrable adverse effects on industry and on innovation in practice.

Is it really? Now suppose that instead of that clever new valve the OP was talking about I invent a whole new concept of fuel injection that also saves 5% of fuel. And I have an implementation, but as software in a standard electronic fuel controller. Do I deserve a patent? If not, why is it fair that the OP gets rewarded for his mechanical invention, and I am not for my software invention?

2 days ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

mean pun Stupidity (358 comments)

Do you really believe that a culture/tribe/village/group can develop such stupid rituals to deal with the dead and diseased and survive to this day? Do you really think that `primitive' people don't know anything about quarantaine or other measures against infectious diseases? Do you really think that a group of people that has just seen some of their own die in a horrible way will quietly slink off to meditate on their sins rather than seek (quite possibly rough) justice for this? But you're not one of the RFSP, right?

It is quite possible that this attack was stupid, but clearly we're not getting all of the story here.

4 days ago

Fukushima's Biological Legacy

mean pun Re:Population declines (116 comments)

Hmm, this smells like a talking point from a lobbying group.

In any case, it is irrelevant. It is a rare opportunity for a before/after comparative study of the effect of this level of radiation. Why not take it?

4 days ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

mean pun Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

The Pakistani lady I dated for a few months would find that supposed conditioning highly amusing. She had a PhD in a technical subject, had a responsible job in the Pakistani defence industry, and called the Taliban retarded clowns. Sure, there are areas of Pakistan where you better not say this kind of thing, but those are the independent mountainous regions, where the central government never had much influence. Most people in the large cities of Pakistan are just as worldly in their views as people in first-world countries. Nevertheless, she, and all those people, consider themselves muslims. Just like plenty of worldly people in other countries consider themselves Christians, despite the narrow-minded fundamentalist that share their religion.

Unfortunately my relation with her didn't work, but I hope that she has found someone nice, and certainly not someone as narrow-minded as you come across here.

5 days ago

Fukushima's Biological Legacy

mean pun Re:Population declines (116 comments)

To this day there is an area that extends several kilometers from the power plant that is considered too dangerous to stay in. Most of that area was not affected by the tsunami, only by the leaked radiation.

about a week ago

Fukushima's Biological Legacy

mean pun Re:Population declines (116 comments)

By not studying the narrow strip of land that was affected by the tsunami.

about a week ago

Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

mean pun Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

Did you just seriously compare Steve Jobs to Elon Musk?

Steve Jobs wasn't exactly a saint. He redefined "walled garden". But if you're IN the walled garden, I can see how you'd be deluded in to thinking that's ok.

Is that the worst you can throw at Steve Jobs? He created a walled garden for iOS? He did indeed redefine the "walled garden" of game computers and mobile platforms of the time, but to make it far more accessible and affordable for developers. An some users prefer the walled gardens. They rightly feel more safe. This has nothing to do with delusions, brainwashing, or KoolAid, it is simply a choice. That's why there are condominiums in this world, and packaged tours, and restaurants. If don't like living in a condo, or prefer to plan your own trips and cook your own meals, that is fine, but that doesn't mean more service is evil. Similarly, if you prefer the wilds of Android to the walled garden of iOS that is fine, but that doesn't make walled gardens evil.

about a week ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

mean pun Re:Is this actually a question (226 comments)

You're taking the word "taking" out of context: from the context it was clear what he meant, and it was never implied that the original owner didn't have the video any more.

Note that my use of the word "taking" does not mean the OP doesn't have that word any more.

about a week ago

Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

mean pun Re:Headline trifecta (81 comments)

Tesla scares the bejesus out of the car companies because he could very well come in from the side and own the entire industry because he's already patented all the technology needed to actually build these cars.

So what does Telsa do? It starts a patent pool To me it's another sign Elon Musk is not only motivated by the money (or simply is willing to take a more long-term view than mainstream industry).

about three weeks ago

Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

mean pun Re:Headline trifecta (81 comments)

I have long suspected that Elon Musk is trying to provoke other companies into competing with him, exactly because he thinks that what he is doing is important beyond just making some money.

about three weeks ago

Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

mean pun Re:Laziness (150 comments)

Although you certainly have a point, the core problem is often that the documentation is poor. I find that if there is a proper writeup of the solution somewhere on the net, Stack Overflow will mention it (eventually). If there is no proper writeup, sometimes someone bright posts a solution that is right, and sometimes people stumble upon a voodoo solution that nobody understands properly, but sort-of works.

The Android APIs are susceptible to this problem, because they are often poorly documented, have glaring documentation bugs, or don't explain the overall concepts. No matter how brilliant your epibration classes are, and no matter how well-documented all the methods in the epibration API are, it doesn't help at all if you don't explain what the hell epibration is, and when and how you should use it.

Amazingly, security libraries are often in this category. Is there a really good writeup ANYWHERE about SSL, certificates and signing practices? And IPSec with all its intricacies?

about three weeks ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

mean pun Re:Price floors are subsidies (309 comments)

Sometimes the old way of doing things is not worth saving.

And sometimes it is, despite the supposed inefficiencies. That's what the French government thinks, and there are similar opinions in other European countries.

Personally, I'm not sure this particular law is so helpful, but anything that prevents Europe from becoming a cultural wasteland at least gets my sympathy. There is more in life than just financial efficiency.

about a month ago

NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

mean pun Re:Observer effect? (190 comments)

Do you really think that a single launch has a measurable impact on the CO2 levels on earth, or are you just grouching because it feels good to grouch?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Resolving the Clash Between Art and Technology In Music?

mean pun Re:Is it really about "art"? (121 comments)

And the reality of the matter is that digital instruments do a good job of replicating piano, organ and other keyboard instruments.

My son, who is a talented piano player, disagrees. He has played some of the electric piano `replacements', and he says they are interesting to play, but the real thing is still a far richer and interesting instrument.

There are still plenty of effects in real pianos that are not emulated properly. Two examples: resonances in the other strings of the piano when you strike a string, and striking a key, leaving it half-pressed, and striking again. The piano pedals are also not easy to emulate, I understand, but I don't know the details.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

mean pun Re:Salae logic (172 comments)

Since the OP asked in parentheses for spectrum analyser suggestions, he seems to be interested in cheap measurement instruments in general. I don't think a logic analyser is too far off topic.

about 2 months ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

mean pun Re:How does it work? (247 comments)

But at that stage the hope is that the masses of voters like these laws so much that voting against them would be political suicide. Therefore, the Super PACs will have to make these laws controversial in some way, and they will have to start as soon as they can. I have no talent in this area, so I don't know whether these ideas grab your guns, are socialist, harm your children, support terrorism, promote unions/homosexuality/abortion/government, continue the war on christmas, are an IRS complot, don't have a proper birth certificate, land you in FEMA camps, deserve a dog whistle, or introduce death panels, but the mud will be ready.

I'm sure the Eye of Sauron is already on this initiative. The memos have been written, and the mud will start flying as soon as it gathers any momentum.

about 2 months ago

New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

mean pun Re:This is awesome (217 comments)

"He did it too, mommy!" is a valid position to take in a debate only if you're 8 years old.

I totally agree, now please explain how am I using this argument, because I don't see it.

about 3 months ago


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