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The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet $30 Million On Quantum Computing Company

strat Re:What is it with these public-private partnershi (73 comments)

The short answer is that the times have changed from back when government-funded applied research was a primary source of startup innovations. The reality is that small companies move faster and are more able to adjust to surprises in an agile manner than the Government. Now the tables have turned and the Government needs mechanisms to find new things because it's certainly not inventing them all in-house.

Speaking as one of the other members of the population, I have a few mixed feelings about the government using public funds for equity buys. Conversely, if that mechanism allows the USG to more rapidly gain access to novel inventions than they have and those inventions optimize the Government's performance, it's a drop in the bucket and probably saving the taxpayers a bundle.

If you find Google Earth useful, thank In-Q-Tel. When the startup that produced that technology was financed, only realtors in California had ever heard of it.

(Yes, I'm a little biased. I have been a part of some public-private partnerships that have performed well.)

more than 2 years ago
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Healthcare Reform Act Prediction Market

strat Re:Markets aren't any good at prediction (185 comments)

Don't forget the Community Reinvestment Act (a.k.a. "nevermind those underwriting standards").

Markets aren't good at prediction, any more than anything else is. What they are excellent at (and in fact the best tool known to man) is identifying a legitimate price between buyers of a particular product at a particular point in time.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

strat Re:Good point. (249 comments)

Everybody well-informed enough to have read the PARC memo knows that it's just "mail."

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

strat Re:Maybe... (249 comments)

I don't know. When we worked at UUNET, it was pretty simple.

more than 2 years ago
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Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?

strat Re:Almost certainly unenforceable (467 comments)

I know not everyone appreciates this sort of input, but +1 from a serial co-founder who's not a lawyer but knows when to use one.

more than 2 years ago
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Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?

strat Where you are matters in terms of what to expect. (467 comments)

I have dealt with this over the years in different ways. There are some U.S. states that pretty much explicitly pre-empt any assertion that what you do on your own time belongs to an employer. You might sign this away by contract, but enforceability is not consistent everywhere. I'm not a lawyer, but I've had to negotiate quite a few IP agreements.

This is more relevant at initial hiring, but even the large stodgy shops will usually have employees declare existing intellectual property in which you have patent filings, etc. If you have a project going on or are a submitter to an open source project, declare that up front.

Reasonable firms won't prevent you from working on things on your own time and with your own equipment (that's another key factor). I do realize that means there are quite a few unreasonable employers out there.

I don't recommend subterfuge, unless you've consulted with an attorney first. If your project is not directly related to your employer's business, be up front with them, and also be prepared to explain how the good will that is generated from your other activities helps or can help you with your job. For example, if you work on an open source project and get to "network" with competent, helpful people who know stuff about things that make your company go, be sure to point that out. Obviously, I'm not suggesting that you say you'll shop your hard technical problems to the Internet for free technical assistance, but every other profession has societies of people who occasionally provide ideas or insight for problem solving. This is the same thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Call To Shoot President Ruled Free Speech

strat Re:Shadows of Auschwitz (395 comments)

That is a quintessential and eloquent summary. It's sort of the difference between policymaking based on an assumption of the value of individuals' perspectives and abundance versus that grounded in government paternalism and scarcity.

more than 3 years ago
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Online Call To Shoot President Ruled Free Speech

strat Re:What a lame racist (395 comments)

I'm the first to admit that the FCCs speech rules are somewhat opaque and seemingly capricious, but this is incorrect. There have been exceptions for news coverage even in the case of outright cursing, not to mention racial slurs.

what is true is that when people howl about the use of provocative words *even in context*, the FCC receives a pile of complaints and is then forced to "look into the matter." Given that loss of licensure is a business-killer, station and network managers are gun shy and terrified of offending an unpredictable regulator.

more than 3 years ago
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Android User Spends 60 Days In WebOS Land

strat Re:Oh the humanity... (137 comments)

I don't have any animosity against either Apple or Google, but Android reminds me of Linux in the early days. The open source model does NOT axiomatically mean that all bugs for all use cases (e.g. Enterprise, consumer) are mitigated in a timely fashion, just as is true with single vendor proprietary software.

Speaking personally, the Android IP stack is still immature and the VPN support is a bit of a train wreck. I wouldn't call it "enterprise grade" at its present level of reliability abd interoperability with other products.

That's not a scathing indictment - merely an observation about current issue lists and limitations. It is however, a credible response to "Why wouldn't everyone just use Android?"

more than 3 years ago
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Android User Spends 60 Days In WebOS Land

strat It's all about human factors (137 comments)

Speaking as a former Mac developer and someone currently having to work with Android network stacks, WebOS seems to have thought more about human factors in a coherent way than either iOS or Android.

One word: Notifications. The notifications system in WebOS is the epitome of "considerate." Whether it's of users' time or attention or screen real estate, they have created a UI that very capably tells the user when something important happens, and gets out of the way while discreetly leaving a telltale that there's something to acknowledge. The notifications systems on both iOS and Android are clunky by comparison.

Apple traditionally spends a lot of time thinking about human factors, but compared to their almost religious fervor for human interface guideline compliance in the pre-OSX era, these days they're on a fast track to MS Windows-level UI inconsistency. Well, perhaps not quite that fragmented, but it is what it is.

Android vendors have approached this by grafting on their own proprietary chrome, but some of those are better than others.

I invite anyone who really cares about intuitive usability to try out WebOS. Even on a first generation Palm Pre, it's noteworthy.

From a hacking and customization perspective, I have yet to see a system as friendly as WebOS. Palm and HP have taken their sweet time with some of the SDK/PDK releases, but they've also done things to make it about as easy for developers as one can imagine. Having a full IDE running in a web browser is both a neat hack and rather convenient. Pretty much everything other than time-critical code is in Javascript.

That openness does not come without some potential downsides. While I love that I can customize my phone by tweaking a line of Javascript, I can't help but feel a nagging concern that there are security implications inherent in some of the choices Palm/HP made. It remains to be seen how pervasive those might be, but I'm remaining wary. It won't stop me from using the handset (yet), as I have yet to find anything else as friendly, open, and customizable.

more than 3 years ago
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Telehack Re-Creates the Internet of 25 Years Ago

strat Re:Missing file (204 comments)

It's in there now. I just fired it up.

more than 3 years ago
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Black Hat, DEFCON Founder Named CSO of ICANN

strat Re:a fitting end (41 comments)

It would be a mistake to confuse a founder of a company who later sells it with some hired hand. There's no shame in moving on to different things or diversifying your interests after a "favorable exit" (to use a term of art from the VC world).

more than 3 years ago
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Black Hat, DEFCON Founder Named CSO of ICANN

strat He has what it takes (41 comments)

I think Jeff will do well, and told him as much. He's walking into an inherently political environment, and he has demonstrated his ability to be diplomatic in groups of mixed stakeholders. Perhaps more importantly, he isn't beholden to any one particular vendor, regulator or constituency, which is important if you ever have to make difficult decisions in the public eye.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Alleged To Have Backdoored OpenBSD's IPSEC Stack

strat Re:It's not THAT Greg Perry, is it? (536 comments)

I hadn't heard that story. Do tell. It's unfortunate that .COM bubble security companies have yet to have their stories told in documentaries the way shops like webvan did.

about 4 years ago
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FBI Alleged To Have Backdoored OpenBSD's IPSEC Stack

strat It's not THAT Greg Perry, is it? (536 comments)

Someone please tell me that the Greg Perry in question isn't the same guy who used to call himself "Digital Hitler" and got busted for phone fraud in 1996. If that's the case, his probity might be in question.

about 4 years ago
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Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

strat Re:I Disagree (548 comments)

This.
My understanding is that comcast is or was a transit customer of Level 3. Barring the sudden magical appearance of a backbone network it's cheeky at best for Comcast to ask L3 to pay _them_.

about 4 years ago
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Sidestepping A-to-D Convertors For Town Government's Cable TV?

strat Re:My mom's retirement community... (539 comments)

In my mom's building, they apparently installed set-top boxes and then pulled them all back out. (See my comment about CableVista muxes below)

more than 4 years ago
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Sidestepping A-to-D Convertors For Town Government's Cable TV?

strat Look for something called CableVista & email a (539 comments)

There are devices at some Comcast customer sites that take an IP stream, demultiplex it, and remodulate it onto a small-scale cable system. I know this because I've been wrestling with Comcast over trying to connect a TiVo to my mother's apartment building's system. It appears that they previously negotiated their own deal for x number of channels and include the basic service in the rent. Somewhere in an apocryphal email from a tech, they mentioned that there was a cable vista box deployment there.

Surprisingly, Comcast doesn't seem sure as to whether this system will pass their other digital/HD content. I have had a very helpful lady from a regional office working with me after I got on the comcast.com website and used the "Email a VP" function.

I think given that you're a municipality, you might get good (or at least some) results if you try this.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

strat Re:Hidden Dangers (398 comments)

That caution is warranted but a right not exercised can be said to be a right denied. It pains me that there's only one company making anything that even remotely resembles the chemistry set with which I grew up.

I'm all for holding people to high standards in terms of industrial hygiene, pollution and safety, but life is not without risk. If we don't see a dramatic impact on future generations' innovation from denying them access to interesting, fun home science experiments, I'll be shocked.

more than 4 years ago

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