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+ - Notorious "Patent Troll" to be the Commencement Speaker at UCLA

Submitted by onproton
onproton writes: This week Nathan Myhrvold, widely criticized for his industry role as a “patent troll,” was announced as the commencement speaker at UCLA’s graduation ceremony. The UCLA student newspaper quickly responded with a piece protesting the selection, describing Myhrvold’s company, Intellectual Ventures, as “the most hated company in tech.” Intellectual Ventures has purchased more than 70,000 patents, many of which are either sold to other identified patent trolls, or used by its shell corporations in litigation to extort companies actually involved in product development. These kinds of predatory organizations have resulted in a major decline in venture capital investment in startups, and as the “Daily Bruin” points out, make a mockery out of the legal processes involving intellectual property.

Comment: Re:I have an H1-B employee (Score 5, Interesting) 176

by FerociousFerret (#49119973) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads
Not sure about getting abused, but it certainly drives down the earning potential in the field. I have full time position, but was applying for a new opportunity. The position was listed with high requirements and experience. I fit the job description almost perfectly. When it came to discussing salary, they were offering $40k less than I currently make and without the high level of benefits I currently have. After I expressed disappointment in the salary for what was advertised as a highly experienced position, the recruiter said that their client was hoping to get an H1B visa person and the rate they quoted me was the going rate.

Comment: Re:Just cheating themselves (Score 2) 438

by FerociousFerret (#48352743) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat
And they will cheat to get the jobs. How you say? I poured over many resumes and weed out what I can see a obvious bullshit and such. Then I get them on a phone interview and ask basic questions and get really bad answers. But the outsourcing/contracting firm likes to have someone on the call, which I thought was strange but whatever. What we discovered is that the contracting firm was collecting all of our questions, getting valid answers, and then grooming the next candidate to have all the answers to our questions on the phone screen. As soon as we go "off script" from our normal questions, the phone candidate is lost.

Comment: Re:It is to laugh. (Score 2) 98

by FerociousFerret (#48333331) Attached to: Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium
Where I work, all of the Indian contractors have this ingrained need to dump everything into an Excel sheet and then send that out as an email attachment. You need to send a screen shot? Put it into an Excel file and send it. You need to write up some instructions (and include a few screen shots)? Put it in an Excel file and send it. The list goes on and on. I don't know if it is a culture thing or an outsourced training thing or what, but it is common practice and everyone does it. It is annoying as hell.

+ - Nokia N9 To Ship With MeeGo->

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cfriedt writes: "After seemingly abandoning MeeGo, Nokia has now officially announced that Meego (Maemo Harmattan to developers) to will be powering the new Nokia N9. And it is not shy on design features according to the tech specs.

Could this be the final Linux-based offering from the Finnish giant as they transition to Windows Phone 7 products? Will the N9 retain the hacker-friendly policy of its Maemo predecessors?"

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Comment: Lack of documentation (Score 1) 395

by FerociousFerret (#34113440) Attached to: A Decade of Agile Programming — Has It Delivered?
Both my current employer and my previous employer claim to use the Agile process. What this means to both development teams is that the developers didn't have to document ANYTHING so they could just pump out code. I work in the testing group, so we never had any requirements or other documents describing the functionality that we were supposed to test. At best we got a handful of very basic use cases. Agile is just a word to throw around to mean whatever they want it to mean.

Comment: Re:What is sexual harrassment? (Score 2, Interesting) 230

by FerociousFerret (#33275842) Attached to: HP CEO's Browsing History Used Against Him
While see your point and tend to agree with it, there is still the problem of the perceived victim abusing the system. Under this broader definition, if I ask a co-worker on a date (even if only once and I let it go) and she is so inclined, she can report me for sexual harassment. As you say, the victim defines the crime and most companies have a no tolerance rule for sexual harassment, so I stand a very good chance of losing my job because of something a "reasonable person" would never consider harassment. I have seen first hand a similar situation where a female co-worker didn't like this one guy and looked for anything to report him. As soon as he had an interaction with her while working as a team on a project, she reported him and got him fired, even though another co-worker witnessed the interaction and said it was not inappropriate. Victim cries wolf and someone is fired.

Comment: American already uses this excuse (Score 1) 223

by FerociousFerret (#33043760) Attached to: Southwest Adds 'Mechanical Difficulties' To Act Of God List
American used the "mechanical failure" excuse on our vacation flight at the end of June. They cancelled the flight 3 days ahead of time, citing mechanical failure, and bumped us to a flight the next day, costing us (11 total passenger in our group) an entire day of paid vacation time at the resort (roughly $3500). After multiple phone calls, complaints, etc. they refused any sort of reimbursement. So putting "mechanical failure" on an Act of God list or not, it is still an industry excuse not to be liable for messing up your plans.

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