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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

rlwhite Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

Unfortunately, it is often far too easy for prior art to go unnoticed. Having it on file in the patent system does help determine that prior art exists because that's the first place the lawyers and patent clerks are going to look. Having patents on file and donated to the Open Invention Network is the best way to be sure a technology remains freely available under the current system.

about 4 months ago

Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

rlwhite Re:Purely academical interest (178 comments)

The mortality rate of the current outbreak vs. past outbreaks is different. Some of that difference may be caused by micro-evolutionary changes in the virus during this outbreak. Some of it may be related to lessons learned in carrying for patients. Applying a historical average doesn't make sense here.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

rlwhite still on Verizon but no longer unlimited (209 comments)

I've been limited for 15 months now, and I haven't changed my habits. I only use about 0.5 GB per month because I'm always on WiFi at work and at home and I rarely play videos while I'm out. I haven't missed unlimited, and I haven't felt restricted.

My wife's usage was basically the same as mine until the past few months, when she started using Spotify and YouTube to entertain our toddler on the go. If she's careful not to use YouTube much while she's out, she now uses 1.5-1.8 GB per month. This weekend she forgot she had disabled WiFi and used YouTube for an extend period. Now she's at 1.5GB with 2 weeks to go.

about 4 months ago

FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

rlwhite Re:Online Sports Network (135 comments)

Yeah. There's a pending class action lawsuit over MLB.tv's restrictions: http://ballparkdigest.com/2014.... I'm curious whether the FCC rule change might have any bearing on the case, but I get the impression that it won't.

about 4 months ago

Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

rlwhite Re:yes, but (75 comments)

Someday you may be able to:

Got a non-barcoded product you can't identify? 3D scan it and automatically identify the make/model and shop for it.
Get sized for clothing without stepping into a store, and then get tailored clothes straight from a factory via an Internet order.
View 3D models of everything as you shop online.

That's just a few retail-centric ideas. I imagine there's also applications possible in the arts, gaming, etc.

about 4 months ago

Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

rlwhite Re:PCI-DSS (217 comments)

You aren't accredited to be following PCI because nobody is. There is no certificate. There is no special seal of approval. You provided security information to your acquiring bank(s) and you were allowed to process credit card transactions. There's no such thing as certification or accreditation for PCI.

No, there's no certificate, but there is a process of documentation and testing commonly referred to as "certification" before you are allowed to process credit card transactions. I work in point of sale software development and have had to help retail chains overcome problems found in their certification tests. You either don't know what you're talking about, or you're playing a pointless semantic game.

about 6 months ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

rlwhite Google's intent (236 comments)

1. Patents on tech that will have consumer demand, which Google can profit from licensing to automotive manufacturers.
2. How will the consumer use new-found free time while captive in a self-driving car? Google's internet services and mobile devices!
3. The navigation needs of a self-driving car will dovetail nicely with the robotics businesses that Google has acquired. Eventually autonomous robots may free up more of your time to enjoy Google and their advertisers' products.

about 7 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

rlwhite Re:The can of worms... (265 comments)

The females and minorities I've worked with have had equal ability. It seems that there's just far more white men in the US that are inclined to be software developers than there are females and minorities who are inclined to do so. Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and many others are merely reflecting the demographics of the broader industry.

Sure, you can emphasize females in computer science education as Google is doing, and you'll likely see some improvement in the numbers, but we'll probably never see a 50/50 split because these inclinations are part nature as well as part nurture.

about 7 months ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

rlwhite Re:My two cents (646 comments)

White Demons. I'd like to see that as a team name and logo.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

rlwhite Re:From working in labs: addressing common solutio (130 comments)

If that's the issue, it would be more efficient to focus on training up front, possibly with annual recertification. Maybe a cheap webcam to catch particularly heinous offenders. Access control isn't worth it under the constraints given.

about a year ago

Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

rlwhite Re:Risk? (104 comments)

I don't recall the ACA having any provisions related to life insurance. Sure you can keep your health insurance, but the life insurance company will cancel your policy, leaving your family unprotected when treatment fails and you die.

about a year ago

Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

rlwhite Re:If they can... (390 comments)

They already do. You don't think they use that GPS on your phone? A state DOT official told me he uses it to plan and prioritize roadwork. The state DOT buys it anonymized from various companies in monthly batches. If the DOT can do that, you can imagine what they let law enforcement do. We recently had a convict escape a mental health facility, and they located and caught him in another state via his cellphone GPS. Again, a legitimate use in that instance, but as you say, if they can do it to you they will.

about a year ago

DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

rlwhite Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

In that case, they should have to reveal the source to the judge in chambers or closed court or something. There must be a means to prevent abuse even when the public and the defendant aren't privileged to see the full evidence.

about a year ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

rlwhite Meet the New Boss (664 comments)

Same as the old boss.

about a year ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

rlwhite Re:I feel you. (533 comments)

These ads make me feel this way too. To me, leaving coding at my job and doing other things in my off time is very important to avoid burn-out. Pursuing something else I'm passionate about is refreshing, and being knowledgeable in other subjects should further a programmer's career because programming is ultimately about codifying knowledge. This career field is fundamentally cross-disciplinary.

1 year,1 day

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

rlwhite Re:Pffft (723 comments)

We don't plow for it, but we do salt.

There's a great deal of difference between a light snow somewhere north like Chicago and somewhere down south like Atlanta because our temps during a snow are typically close to the freezing mark, resulting in a wet snow and a cycle of melting and refreezing as ice.

1 year,2 days

CERN Antimatter Experiment Produces First Beam of Antihydrogen

rlwhite Re:First! (136 comments)

The solar wind might not be all that dense, but I still wouldn't chance the antimatter finding a random ion too close to the launcher.

1 year,10 days

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

rlwhite a grand bargain (510 comments)

I propose that, in exchange for the continued mass surveillance, all NSA employees and everyone involved in NSA oversight shall be injected with a GPS tracking device and forced to wear head-mounted camera, with feeds from both published 24/7 on the web.

1 year,12 days


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