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Comment: Let's actually think it through... (Score 1) 189

by Absolut187 (#40633409) Attached to: Why There Are Too Many Patents In America

It is scary to hear a respected judge like Posner saying such silly things.

The proposal to add a manufacturing requirement is just awful.

First of all, the quid-pro-quo of the patent system is that the patentee must DISCLOSE the invention in exchange for exclusive rights, not MANUFACTURE.
(And a job for Congress, NOT the Judiciary, but that's a whole nother can of worms).

Let's discuss the details of this proposal, shall we?

Who EXACTLY has to be the manufacturing entity? Does it have to be the inventor himself? What about a licensee?

Will there be an exception for universities? And if so, will it only apply to non-profit research institutions?

What about garage inventors?

What about an inventor who just enjoys inventing, and doesn't want to run a manufacturing company?

When must manufacturing commence? What if the invention is so ahead-of-its time that its not commercially viable until 5 or 10 years from issuance?

These are just some of the many problems with this proposal.

If the problem is "too many patents" then a better solution is to increase the rigor of the examination process.
For example, increase the threshold for obviousness, require better disclosures, etc.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 252

by Absolut187 (#40585677) Attached to: Cat Parasite May Increase Risk of Suicide In Humans

I'm no PhD, but I'm perplexed.

FTFS: "causing them to become suicidally attracted to feline odors"
That just seems like a really high-level cognitive function for single-celled organism to achieve in a mammal.

I guess I can see it affecting dopamine levels, but causing an attraction to a specific odor?
Can anyone explain?

Comment: Re:Baloney (Score 1) 467

by Absolut187 (#39684993) Attached to: Magical Thinking Is Good For You

Saying a bottle top doesn't "want" to come off is just stupid.

Everyone knows its *really* because the Leprechauns are inside holding it on, trying to keep the beer for themselves.

Which is why, of course, we need wage war on Scotland and Ireland, the known home of the Leprechauns.

It is our "manifest destiny" to launch a "crusade" against the Scottish and Irish people, and we won't rest until they are all dead or enslaved.

See, magical thinking is healthy.

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson