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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

pepty Re:This is not a new or unique problem (124 comments)

Keep a pool of about two months worth of patents that might meet the bar of being granted. Then reject the rest.

I don't understand what that means; I'm not certain you do either. First of all, til SCOTUS or the USPTO say otherwise, all patent applications either meet the requirements or don't. How exactly is the USPTO supposed to play favorites? Hire a contractor to pick "good" patents"? Plus there's the other problem: unless you get about 147 other countries to go along with this plan, PCT patents applied for through WIPO internationally are enforceable in the US.

5 days ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

pepty Re:So if I... (362 comments)

Legal, but the traffic is not appreciated by many ISPs. For a while Google banned home servers.

5 days ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

pepty Re:This is not a new or unique problem (124 comments)

The priority date is the date the application is filed, not the day the patent is granted. This would just create a huge backlog of submarine patents that would come back to bite people later. That or everyone would just file with WIPO first.

5 days ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

pepty Re:Next = Examiner Competence in their field (124 comments)

How did you phrase the claim? Regardless, it varies a lot from one section to the next based on the job market for the applicants. Biology/Pharma/Biotech/O-chem has had huge layoffs over the last 15 years, so there are plenty of PhDs with years of industrial experience, patent writing experience and perhaps a JD for each examiner position that opens up. Software and engineering, not so much.

5 days ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

pepty Re:This is not a new or unique problem (124 comments)

Though it is complicated by the government service issue, there are ways to measure performance...

- Salt the case load with fictitious, bogus applications intended to be declined. In fact, this can both detect work that is disingenuous, and start applying some quality checks. Applications that are so flawed as to be obvious can be expected to fall through as approved if examiners are just phoning it in.

- Break up the review process, no insight into the next step for any examiner. At some point, some examiners will be doing too little work to keep up, or the backlog will inspire some investigation. Perhaps.

- This is an oldie. Full tracking of the examiner's work, down to the keystroke.

- Even older, time to put up the performance chart. Peer pressure will probably not work in Civil Service, but it's a valiant try nonetheless.

Now, the real trick is how to measure performance. That scares me.

- The first would waste 1 or 2 days of patent examiner time per bogus application. On top of that, each bogus application could only be used a handful of times before they were known throughout the section, so the ~$10-50K it would take to hire patent agents to create each bogus application would add up quickly. Copypasta applications would be too easy to spot, as would ones that are quickly thrown together. A 500 page patent application from a pharma is not something you just whiz together overnight. A better bet might be to just assign the same application to two examiners 5% of the time and then compare the first office actions they submit. That would work so long as examiners can't compare their caseloads ...

- Breaking up the review process would mean that many patent examiners would have to familiarize themselves with each patent as opposed to just one. That could easily double or triple the man hours necessary to examine each patent, and significantly delay each office action. Which is why I suggested only duplicating the effort 5% of the time.

- Full tracking of their workload would be a PITA all around. A program that monitors how many hours are actually spent on each portion of the examination, as well as when those hours are spent, would be good enough.

- Performance charts, monitoring, rank and yank, etc: might work in biotech and organic chemistry sections where there is no shortage of qualified applicants, but in IT if you make the working conditions any more unpleasant everyone will just head off to the private sector. If you want examiners willing and able to work like patent attorneys, you'll have to compete on the patent attorney pay scale ($250k per year and up).

5 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

pepty Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (108 comments)

The problem with "a la carte cable channels" is the presumption that people want channels. They want shows that are suited to their tastes. The center of value is the program, that's what brings in the people, but due to underlying economics, the center of costs remains the channel, this Netflix must offer its subscription on a channel-wise, take-it-all or leave-it-all basis.

Increasingly I'd say that's more true of cordcutters than cable subscribers. Some folks want a continuous background of thematically related stuff they can vaguely watch for hours and hours at a time: a channel. The underlying economics you mentioned make that much harder for Netflix or anyone else whose content delivery costs are directionally proportional to the amount of content consumed per customer. Cable companies traditional delivery costs were pretty much the same whether you left the TV on 24/7 or just watched 12 episodes of The Wire per year.

5 days ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

pepty Re:So if I... (362 comments)

And if I want some privacy and protection against password snoopers for some features that I want to control on my home server I'm -

Home server? Forget the VPN issue, that's a banning right there.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

pepty Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

The links for soy protein don't say much. The first is a single case study based on a guy drinking 3 quarts of soy milk a day. The second concludes:

Only one study has examined soy and whey protein supplementation together in conjunction with resistance training. Kalman et al. [46] reported that after 12 weeks of supplementation with soy there were no significant differences between groups for total testosterone, free testosterone, and SHBG. This study expanded upon the limited prior research examining the effects of soy and whey protein supplementation on testosterone, SHBG, and cortisol responses to an acute bout of resistance exercise. Contrary to popular misconceptions, soy protein supplementation does not appear to hinder anabolic signaling postexercise by means of eliciting increases in estradiol concentrations. However, our main findings demonstrate that 14 days of supplementation with soy protein does appear to blunt serum testosterone. In addition, whey might influence the response of cortisol during an acute bout of resistance exercise by also blunting its normal increase. Further research will need to explore a possible interaction effect on sex hormone binding globulin.

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

pepty Re:And don't forget mercury in the CFLs... (173 comments)

There is nothing anti-science about having slaves and

Of course that is anti-science. Any economist would tell you that it is much cheaper to just get rid of minimum wage and overtime laws and then put your workers in a company town than it is to import, purchase and maintain slaves.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

pepty Re:its not about the education (161 comments)

Connections, yes, but also peers. Are you surrounded by incredibly smart and ambitious people in your school? Do they have Incredible work ethics, creative ideas, already planning the companies they want to start? Or are you surrounded by people who are going to college because, um, it's what you do after high school and before real life?

Some folks will do a lot or a litte no matter what their environment is, others will take a lot of cues from the folks around them.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

pepty Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

As I understand it Bukkit is a mod licensed under the GPL. The Minecraft server is proprietary. They don't share any code, so individually they're not derivates of anything. CraftBukkit combines the server code with the mod code. This is illegal both ways - the server license doesn't let you link to Bukkit, the Bukkit license doesn't let you link to the proprietary server.

You either just described what the argument is about in an accurate, succinct and understandable way (a first for this thread) or you are completely wrong in a succinct and understandable way. You should really do technical writing or PR on the side, depending on which is true.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

pepty Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

He rightly claims that Bukkit is distributed in violation of the GPL, because it contains parts of Minecraft server that aren't licensed under the GPL, and that license violation is grounds for the DMCA takedown /p>

OK, I'm confused. Bukkit contains parts of Minecraft server or reverse engineered parts of Minecraft server?

about two weeks ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

pepty Re:What's next after the smart watch? (87 comments)

Smart watch buckle + smart ring = phone. Wear whatever nice looking watch you like: the buckle will have a microphone added to it. The ring has a speaker. Hold your hand up to your ear and you have a phone. That or glue-on beauty marks will become the fad when they become the microphone.

about two weeks ago
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CPU's Heat Output to Amplify DNA Could Make Drastically Cheaper Tests

pepty Re:You completely missed the point of the article (27 comments)

1. You're right, temperature control is pretty tangential to the costs, but you absolutely do need automated control. 2. The cell phone acts as an imager for the results, it doesn't control the reaction.

about two weeks ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

pepty Re:Answer - The E Dumbing Down Of Society {ModMe} (116 comments)

As a an early adopter of the the first i pod touch I shelled out 600 dollars Australian with the intention that within a matter of months a decent .pdf reader and asociated apps would spring up allowing me to reads books and all of the scientific literature i could get my hands on. .

-Keegan

I went the opposite route because no matter the .pdf software, scientific literature means text that can't be reflowed, tiny fonts (the subscripts and superscripts tend to be important), and needing to see the entire page at once to avoid spending more time flipping pages between the figure legend and the figure than trying to understand the content. A 10" color screen is pretty much the minimum.

about two weeks ago
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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

pepty Re:Chinese angry about verification codes (79 comments)

True, but the anti-monopoly justification is being used against foreign corporations in lots of different industries: mobile phones,car parts, eyewear, shipping... they're also using other methods to go against foreign drug companies. Getting "Windows on the cheap - Or Else" is just one part of China flexing its muscles in new ways.

about two weeks ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

pepty Re:They're not gamers. (276 comments)

If you sell more porn by calling the users athletes, then yes. Hell, so long as the fitness tracker is on an armband they'll get credit for the calories burned, so why not?

about three weeks ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

pepty Re:Both sides (212 comments)

Who gets the honey crisp and who gets the road?

about three weeks ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

pepty Re:Because they could't sue the Government (212 comments)

Then there's the use of expensive still patented drugs in cases where equally good generics are just as usable at a tenth the price. That's not caused by an excess of regulation.

A lot of the time that is happening because a doctor fought an insurance benefits manager for days to keep a patient on the expensive drug because the generics also used for the condition aren't nearly as good for that for that particular patient. "me too" drugs almost always benefit some groups of patients more than the first in class drug does. If they didn't they couldn't get approved.

about three weeks ago

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