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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

nnnnnnn Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (533 comments)

Nice narrative, too bad it's not based on facts. You don't need to Google far to see those "who don't support this country" and who's "refusing to live up to basic responsibility of living in this country".

http://globaleconomicanalysis....

      The bottom 20% had average income of $8,100 but received $22,700 in annual assistance, netting $30,800 in after-tax income.
        The second quintile had average income of $30,700 but received $15,200 in annual assistance, netting $43,400 in after-tax income.
        The middle quintile had average income of $54,800 and received $8,100 in annual assistance.
        The second-highest quintile ($87,700 income) paid $8,800 more in taxes each than they got back.
        The highest quintile ($234,400 income) paid $52,500 more in taxes each year than they got back.

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/defau...

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

nnnnnnn Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

If the consumer creates jobs, then there is no reason for employers. Consumer can just pool their money and create a company. Kickstarter style. But wait,even in Kickstarter, there needs to be someone to pitch the product, invest in a prototype, take the risk of launching the product. And not all Kickstarter campaigns succeed and the producer takes a wash. And if the Kickstarter succeeds, then the producer hires employees to create the product. Employees which were either unemployed before or underemployed. So, who created those jobs? The Kickstarter producer or the consumer? Did the Kickstarter producer allocate land, labor, and capital to meet a need of the consumer? Where were the consumers before the product was created? Where were the employees before the producer came along?

about 6 months ago
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Steve Jobs Video Kills Apple Patent In Germany

nnnnnnn Re:Let me get this straight.... (100 comments)

Why would publishing it be automatically considered as an intent to give up your ownership over your intellectual property. And if that is the case, then the same should apply to copyrights. If you don't register with the copyright office your blog post, article, music, source code, graphic design, etc, before making it public, than those would automatically be public domain, where I can take your IP, put my name on it, and sell it for a profit.

http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-register.html

But copyrights are basically free, and apply automatically at the moment they are created by their authors.

http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/
http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

"Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States
(title 17,U.S.Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including
literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This
protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106
of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive
right to do and to authorize others to do the following"

"Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is cre
ated in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship
immediately becomes the property of the author who cre
ated the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights
through the author can rightfully claim copyright"

"Is my copyright good in other countries?"
"The United States has copyright relations with most countries throughout the world, and as a result of these agreements, we honor each other's citizens' copyrights."

So if you create a story about a boy wizard who goes to wizarding school, you own that work and you also get to own the imaginary characters that you created, No one can write a story using your specific boy wizard character. All this happens instantaneously, across multiple countries, for free as soon as you write it.

You spend thousands creating a better internal combustion engine, you have to go the patent office (and maybe get a patent lawyer), pay huge sums of money, wait years to hear from the patent office. and after all that you get to claim that you own your own invention. And you have to do this across each country you want to claim that you own your own invention, so that others can't take it, put their name on it, and sell it for a profit and give you nothing.

about a year ago
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Steve Jobs Video Kills Apple Patent In Germany

nnnnnnn Let me get this straight.... (100 comments)

If I come up with an invention, and pay the state money, I can claim ownership of it.

If I come up with an invention, and not pay the state, or (in the EU) not pay the state before I publicize it, the state takes ownership of it (steals it).

Does that make sense to anyone? If so, I sure would like to hear it.

about a year ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

nnnnnnn Re:Competition (1255 comments)

Cry me a river, average teacher in Wisconsin makes $90k/year (salary + benefits). If you refuse to teach basic English and math concepts for $90k, QUIT and let someone else who wants to be there do it.

1 year,14 days
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

nnnnnnn Re:Competition (1255 comments)

Even monopolies can fire their employees, try firing a teacher from a public school with teachers unions and tenure.

1 year,14 days
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Workers at Chile's ALMA Telescope Strike Over Working Conditions

nnnnnnn Re:Nonsense (274 comments)

Why is it a false equivalence? I take the job either at the stated price or by underbiding everyone else, once I get it, I stop work and ask for more.

1 year,22 days
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Workers at Chile's ALMA Telescope Strike Over Working Conditions

nnnnnnn Nonsense (274 comments)

I hire a contractor for $2000 to fix my roof. He takes the job and begins work. Halfway through he says that $2000 is not enough for his isolation and high altitude. He stops the work, goes on strike demanding more money and prevents me from hiring another contractor. Someone care to explain how that is legal and not a breach of contract?

1 year,22 days
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Steve Ballmer's Big-Time Error: Not Resigning Years Ago

nnnnnnn Re:$20B the value of Steve Ballmer leaving (357 comments)

Who is to say the guy replacing him is any better? Look at Steve Jobs' replacement, a supply chain guy. As if Apple was successful because of their supply chain. If that were the case, Walmart would have been the top mp3 player/phone/tablet maker a long time ago.

1 year,23 days
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

nnnnnnn Re:The incredible irony of.. (353 comments)

Ford paid $5 a day to its workers in 1914. In today's dollars that's $116.75, or $14.60 an hour. The average salary at an Apple store is $11.64 an hour.

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

nnnnnnn Re:Quite so! (401 comments)

Companies are not willing to train people in-house.

Why should they? Isn't that the point of going to college in the first place? Get training? If you go to a mechanics school for 4 years to learn how to fix cars, you want Midas to teach you how to change the brakes on the job?

about a year ago
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A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

nnnnnnn Re:Nice objective summary (578 comments)

Don't waste your breath. Anyone who doesn't immediately understand why a iPhone interface is not suitable for the desktop will never be persuaded by any post.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

nnnnnnn "Creativity" (536 comments)

From the article:"There’s a level of risk and creativity going on that would never have happened two years ago.”

Creativity is not forcing people to use an iPad interface on their desktops, a better word would be idiocy. Idiocy, as in forcing system admins to use an iPad interface on Windows Server 2012. Idiocy, as in having two taskbars, one on the bottom, and one auto-hiding on the right side.

about a year ago
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Windows Store In-App Ad Revenue Plummets

nnnnnnn Re:Serves them right (196 comments)

Win8 is fully functional as a general-purpose OS

Any OS that has two taskbars is not functional.

about a year ago
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The Hypocrisy In Silicon Valley's Big Talk On Innovation

nnnnnnn Re:Innovation has been killed by overzealous IP (208 comments)

, because overzealous IP has killed all American engineering innovation

Hah, like there was no IP in the good old days? You do realize that the integrated circuit, building blocks of every electronic device, was heavily IP'ed.

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit)

The idea of integrating electronic circuits into a single device was born, when the German physicist and engineer Werner Jacobi (de) developed and patented the first known integrated transistor amplifier in 1949 and the British radio engineer Geoffrey Dummer proposed to integrate a variety of standard electronic components in a monolithic semiconductor crystal in 1952. A year later, Harwick Johnson filed a patent for a prototype integrated circuit (IC) ....

Newly employed by Texas Instruments, Kilby recorded his initial ideas concerning the integrated circuit in July 1958, successfully demonstrating the first working integrated example on 12 September 1958.[10] In his patent application of 6 February 1959, Kilby described his new device as “a body of semiconductor material ... wherein all the components of the electronic circuit are completely integrated.”[11]

Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor invented a way to connect the IC components (aluminium metallization) and proposed an improved version of insulation based on the planar technology by Jean Hoerni. On September 27, 1960, using the ideas of Noyce and Hoerni, a group of Jay Last at Fairchild Semiconductor created the first operational semiconductor IC. Texas Instruments, which held the patent for the Kilby's invention, started a patent war, which was settled in 1966 by the agreement on cross-licensing.

about a year and a half ago
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Hardware Hacker Proposes Patent and Education Reform To Obama

nnnnnnn Re:Dumb patents (134 comments)

You assume the patent office actually follows its own guidelines

It doesn't matter what the patent office does. As soon as you try to enforce it, the other sides lawyer will rip up your patent that does not state a specific method of solving a specific problem.

about a year and a half ago
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Hardware Hacker Proposes Patent and Education Reform To Obama

nnnnnnn Re:Dumb patents (134 comments)

"Most software patents are only problem statements and provide no solution to the problem at all"

I don't understand what you're talking about. You can't patent problems, you can only patent a solution to a certain problem. Even if you do patent a problem, good luck defending it against a PTO re-exam or in court, let alone collecting any kind of royalty.

From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent : An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem, and may be a product or a process.

about a year and a half ago

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