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Comment Re:Two more centuries (Score 1) 668

Two centuries ago, it was wonderful.

Not because it was effective, but because it was inert.

Going to a homeopath meant that you weren't getting killed by establishment medicine.

Then the 19th century rolled around, the AMA and the like concocted the modern MD, which had one of the two distinguishing features of what it meant to be a "Doctor", and displaced what existed before. (It requires acquiring significant knowledge in a field, but not contributing, distinguishing it from "real doctors." Oddly, they have that phrase backwards.)

Anyway, homeopathy was an historically important safe place, whose time has come and gone.

hawk

Comment As a lawyer . . . (Score 1) 353

I am a lawyer, but this is not legal advice. If you want legal advice from me, pay my retainer. If you get your legal advice from slashdot, you deserver whatever happens . . .

Anyway, I've read much of the below. If you are in this situation, and it's not worth paying a lawyer who practices in this area, what you're doing isn't that important.

I don't work in IP at the moment, but there is enough misinformation below to keep several lawyers busy.

There is a reason for hiring a professional programmer instead of doing it yourself. Similarly, there is a reason to hire an actual lawyer rather than misinformation of the internet . . .

hawk, esq.

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 113

Earlier than that.

The Mac IIfx had a pair of chips each of which effectively had such a creature. One ran the serial/network ports, and I forget the other.

Had apple sold that chip, combined with the network that ran on the second (unused) pair of standard home wiring, they could have *owned* home automation years ahead . . .

hawk

Comment Re:Interlacing? WTF? (Score 1) 113

for hires, rather than reading the same 40 bytes eight times in a row, and feeding to a character generator,eight different sets of 40 bytes were read (of which six set bits, and two danced around the colorburst signal. the pixel rate was just at the colorburst signal, so shifting half a bit tickled it and gave a different set of colors. Not just clever,but fiendeshly clever)

hawk

Comment Re:THIS is a "golden age"? Yikes. (Score 1) 71

I'm sorry, the fan-made "Star Trek" stuff is terrible, because the actors are terrible. It's as simple as that. They get pretty much everything right, otherwise, but without decent actors, it doesn't matter. I mean, the acting is high-school-level bad.

Err . . . how would this make it any different than Star Trek???

hawk

Comment Re:whose payroll is the scientist on? It matters (Score 4, Informative) 514

That is true, but without understanding what the GAO report was covering it can be a bit misleading. Here is a bit of a graphic summary. http://www.gao.gov/key_issues/...

First it is important to note the 106B was over like a 20 year period. It is also important to note, that 106B wasn't all for science (in fact only the minority of it was). That number was the full amount they could attribute towards any are of work on climate change. In the above link the break it down into science, technology, and international assistance. So this covers FAR more than what one would first think of if they were told 106B went to climate change research. Research into clean coal? That would be counted. Nuclear, that would be counted. Research into better batteries for electric cars, that is counted. Research in to solar/wind, that is counted.

You can dig into the reports further to get a more detailed understanding. The point is simply saying climate change got 106B may sound like "oh my god climate researchers are getting rich!!!!". However, when you understand what the report really covers (long period of time and only a small portion goes to what you'd normally thing of as climate research) it does change the perspective a bit.

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