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Comment: Re:Talk to us first if you wish to patent the chan (Score 1) 63

by Garridan (#49565273) Attached to: Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia
I don't think that your statement of a generality applies to the specific, Bruce. The modifier "if you want to patent the changes" must not be discounted. So if you write a research paper on how you can tweak their architecture to produce some feature, you can simply elect not to patent it. If somebody else tries to patent the same thing, even the company in question, your research is prior art that anybody can use to strike the patent down.

As an academic who has done patentable research, I can tell you that universities are keenly interested in building their IP portfolios. And any informed patent holder knows that any violation must be prosecuted, or the validity of the patent evaporates. End result: taxpayers getting sued for violating patents generated 100% within universities with public funding. No company need get involved.

I don't know what century you live in... but universities operate like large corporations these days. They mistreat and underpay their workers as much as the law allows, they build massive IP portfolios, they pay their executives millions of dollars... I could go on.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 540

by Garridan (#49512975) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires
Altruism, what? This has "company town" written all over it.

The housing complexes would be next door to Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. They will consist of two- and three-bedroom homes for low-income families.

He's building low-income housing so his low-income code monkeys have a shorter commute. So they can spend more time at work.

Comment: Re: Ask the former residents of East Germany (Score 3, Interesting) 254

by Garridan (#49505357) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society
What? There are upsides to everything! "Excuse me, Office of the Panopticon! How does this outfit look?" "It's okay, but your shirt is untucked in the back. I'm not a big fan of the yellow, but historic data seems to show that your style works for you. Good luck on your third date tonight! You might want to pick up the tab tonight, though. Your intended has told her friends that you might be a cheapskate."

Comment: Re:I suggest a million dollar fine (Score 1) 331

by Garridan (#49358041) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers
Did you read that clause?

(or intended to be sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon in the future)

No matter what job the employee tries to get, all Amazon would have to do is draw up some business plan to enter that field. With the increasing trend of privitization of government services, not even public sector jobs are safe. This is an 18-month unemployment clause, plain and simple.

Comment: Re:I know it is a bit late in life... (Score 3, Funny) 186

by Garridan (#49211905) Attached to: Number of Legal 18x18 Go Positions Computed; 19x19 On the Horizon
Damn, if only I had mod points. I'm so happy to be aware of your curiosity surrounding GP's chess skills, interest in Go, and metal capacity. I was wondering if anybody else had been wondering these things about GP, but had been afraid to ask if I was the only one. Your post has given me validation, and I now have a reason to live to see tomorrow. What a wonderful and supportive community we have here. Keep up the good work, anonymous champion!

Comment: Re:rip off (Score 1) 208

by Garridan (#49204885) Attached to: Make Those Brown Eyes Blue
Nope. That's return on investment. The inventor invested time & money. The clinic that bought the device did so with money. The technician who operates the device invested time & money into their education. Everybody wants to make a profit.

If this was an AIDS vaccine or something, I'd say "yeah man, but the greater good!" But this is a device invented to efficiently separate fools from their money. More power to 'em.

Comment: Re:directory recursion simple example of WHY and h (Score 1) 252

by Garridan (#49013289) Attached to: AP Test's Recursion Examples: An Exercise In Awkwardness
Indeed, recursion is just looping with a stack. When you need a stack, recurse. Otherwise, loop. Contrary to TFS, there is clear reasoning behind a competent programmer's choice. The viewpoint of this being a capricious choice made at the "preference" of the programmer suggests that the submitter doesn't understand the vast differences in the internal impelementations of various languages.

Comment: Re:They have nothing else more important to do? (Score 1) 135

Freedom to speak, yes. Freedom to shout at all hours of the night, impinging your neighbors' health and peace of mind, no.

Just in the same way that you have the freedom to write what you want... but only on things you own. You can't just scratch "Obama is a Muslin Satinist" on your neighbor's car and claim "free speech".

Comment: Re:Hmm... I thought it was *my* vehicle. (Score 1) 157

by Garridan (#49002701) Attached to: Automakers Move Toward OTA Software Upgrades
I'm tempted to agree with this. Automatic updates are largely a good thing. Assuming the patches are good. Assuming that you have control over when they're applied. Assuming they don't brick your car overnight, while charging, while driving. Assuming your car isn't bundled with spyware now that it's always-on. Assuming that your car will even move if it can't connect to the internet (I'm looking at you, Sony).

Comment: This guy is a crank. (Score 0, Flamebait) 81

by Garridan (#48882411) Attached to: Quantum Computing Without Qubits

Before I die, I would love to see just one universal logical qubit that can be indefinitely error corrected. It would instantly be classified by the government, of course.

Jesus fuck, who thinks that this crank is worthy of an interview? Classified information is purely a product of the government. They can't just classify information produced by citizens (citation: the first fucking ammendment, you dumbass crank). Case in point: it looks like D-Wave is getting close to beating out classical computing on some problems, and "the government" is... a customer. And apparently not storming their offices in jackboots to shut them down.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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