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Patents That Kill

non0score Re:Make the cliff of patent expiration gradual? (240 comments)

Oops, bad choice of words. I meant the normalized remaining fraction of the life of the patent. If straight line is used, after 3 years of an 18 year patent, you would have: final damages = damages * (18-3)/18. Then the point is to replace straight line with double depreciation.

about a month ago
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Patents That Kill

non0score Make the cliff of patent expiration gradual? (240 comments)

One way to avoid the patent cliff (and perhaps foster innovation) is to use double declining balance deprecation in accounting. As in, if a patent-holding company sues another company for patent infringement, then the final damages will be reduced by the fraction of the residual value. So patent-holding companies will be compelled to innovate, since at some point less than lifetime of the patent, another company may decide to violate it anyway since it's economic to do so.

Of course, I have no idea how this would apply to embargos.

about a month ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

non0score Cheap press (137 comments)

1) It's not Google's job to fix said issues, nor are they going to get into/win that mess. 2) What's your better alternative? Don't fund it?

about a month ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

non0score You'd be gullible if you believe this (200 comments)

If you believe this, then you're falling for the exact same two-faced argument the cable providers said to the FCC back during the first net neutrality debate. I.e. they told the FCC net neutrality will absolutely DESTROY infrastructure investment, and did an about-face and told Wall Street that it wouldn't put a dent in investment.

"Fool me once...shame on...shame on you. Fool me, can't get fooled again!"

about 2 months ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

non0score Re:Vote (200 comments)

Your argument may have merit in rural areas (quite frankly, I don't know). But in the two biggest metropolitan areas in California, I haven't seen more than one service provider for cable, and one service provider for DSL. When I called the company that didn't offer service, they specifically said "that's [X Company]'s area, so by agreement we can't serve there." What competition are you talking about?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

non0score Re:Surprised? More to come (383 comments)

Usually the "seat moisteners and business preventers" are the last to go. They are that because they have some ability to not get fired. The ones who tried to change the company for the better tend to be outcasts, and are usually the first ones to go.

about 2 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

non0score Re:You make it... (519 comments)

Just to nitpick, accountants (the ones in accounting roles) have absolutely no power. You mean HR/finance/management.

about 3 months ago
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YouTube Releases the Google Video Quality Report

non0score Re:Also smacks of Google strong arming people (66 comments)

So...Google is strong arming ISPs to deliver the bandwidth they promised (which you paid for), and that's bad all of a sudden? And I think you can't fathom the amount of traffic that YouTube gets, so your sense of "margin of error" is probably orders of magnitude off. And at the end of the day, if I don't get my HD stream, then I don't have an HD cat video stream. I don't fucking care if it's within your "margin of error".

If you don't like this tool, well, go find something else that is reasonably objective, not "optimized" by the ISPs, and comes even close to the confidence of this data. Good luck with that.

about 4 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

non0score Re: I think it's backward. (258 comments)

Where is said camera, microphone, and gps unit in the Fiber box? You mean Android? Sure, but don't mix products together. That's like saying the government's NSA and NTSB are the same thing.

about 4 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

non0score Re:Competition (258 comments)

They don't have monopolies? How not? Because you can dig or hang your wires on utility poles without applying for permits? Because AT&T/Comcast/whoeverthefuckelse won't reject these proposals and forcibly mothball them at the said permit application level? You know, monopolies don't come just from the law explicitly saying they're monopolies, but also from laws that lead to stifling of competition.

about 4 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

non0score Re:Competition (258 comments)

I don't know, altruism? For public good? Utilities have monopolies, yet they're priced competitively. I guess it's more precise to ask, "what's 'competitive pricing' in a monopoly?"

about 4 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

non0score Re:Competition (258 comments)

Uh, that's a misleading statement. Sure, every city is served by a dozen ISPs...but any given home in that city is most likely only served by two crappy ISP that don't compete with each other. At least, I'm paying more for way less speed than Google fiber.

about 4 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

non0score Re:Competition (258 comments)

I think the first three cities are trial projects. Then they're ramping up to more cities. However, it'll take time, since I'm pretty sure they don't have nearly enough manpower to service all of continental USA in one go. I mean, no point promising fiber 20 years from now when they don't even know the schedule two years out.

about 4 months ago
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Google Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Default Search on Android Phones

non0score Re:Oh the humanity! (221 comments)

What? You mean, like T-Mobile Galaxy S4? That's not subsidized by the carrier? Then why is there a T-Mobile logo on it and costed $200 instead of $600 when it came out? What are you, a paid shill?

about 4 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

non0score Re:Range is the issue (258 comments)

You do understand that the GP/TFA is comparing between electric vehicles, right? That Tesla has to haul around more battery than the BMW i3 electric, and is exactly why the Tesla has more range. I'm not sure what ANY of your reply has to do with the GP/topic. Why did you even mention gasoline?

about 5 months ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

non0score Re:at&t wasn't welcome anyway (91 comments)

No, there's no "fascinating question that makes this debate interesting". The government should prevent any market condition where a hostile monopoly may manifest. Full stop.

AT&T and Verizon has proven that they can and will abuse their oligopoly position and not compete. This will not change in any foreseeable circumstance short of being forced into a competitive landscape. The duty of government then is to lower the barrier to entry, which, in this case, the barrier is the amazing amount of cash AT&T and Verizon has to outbid everyone else.

And if you object to taxpayers subsidizing, then I can simply point you at the cost of running any government agency that (ostensibly?) promotes fair competition: e.g. SEC. The cost to hire lawyers, set up offices, conduct audits, litigate -- none of that is free. Do I see you label "preventing and punishing insider trading" as an "interesting debate since it has no objectively correct answer" in a cost analysis? No, of course not, because it's desirable and everything has an associated cost to begin with.

about 5 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

non0score Re:Let it die (510 comments)

As soon as you are shrinking the community, these people who are left behind are becoming completely isolated and left alone.

What? So let more deaf people be deaf and let them feel what it means to be deaf? That's one of the silliest things I've read.

Sharing among deaf people is also an important part of pain relief.

What does that even mean? So we should stop looking for cures for cancer and stop using existing cures because people with cancer can't share their pain? I mean, It's not like existing deaf people can't get implants. Even if these people are so resistant to changing their situation and are adamant about preserving their culture, they don't have to drag others into it.

about 5 months ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

non0score Re:The Rich just got Richer (94 comments)

On the other hand, if we're all going to die just like them, then why does it matter? I'd rather have a fighting chance than to die.

about 5 months ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

non0score Re:Alright, alright,alright (94 comments)

Annnnnd we have people who domesticated them to make man's (and woman's!) best friends. I think it's pretty obvious who's right there. =D
In all seriousness, how is aging any different from a disease? That'd be akin to calling genetic diseases that manifest later in life a "natural occurrence".

about 5 months ago

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