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Comment Re:Not a surprise (Score 2) 109 109

It's precisely that kind of distorted talk that makes it clear that you and groups like Amnesty aren't really interested in anything but tearing down the West.And THAT sort of tactic IS exactly like that which was promoted by the Soviet Union (i.e. those evil communists).

And it happened there precisely because nobody spoke up against it when they still could have.

Comment Re:that's right (Score 1) 352 352

That's probably what the algorithm should return, just to avoid the possibility of offending anyone. Just label any photos of intelligent hirsute bipedal mammals as "Hominids" and call it a day.

Who knows, maybe the term will even catch on in the larger culture. "Machine learning" doesn't mean we can't learn from our machines.

Comment Overqualified (Score 0, Troll) 43 43

For example, one must apply to the Ministry of Communication to be accepted into the UIC and the application form asks about membership in political organizations like the Communist Party or Young Communists League along with technical qualifications

From the article: "... Stallman submitted his application without citing any formal association with the Communist Party, but instead described his pioneering work with the FSF and authorship of the GPL. Unexpectedly, however, his application was declined. When asked to comment on Stallman's rejection, a UIC official responded, 'What kind of organization does he think this is? We're Communists, not a bunch of (expletive deleted) radical ideologues!'"

Comment Re:Prior art (Score 1) 60 60

If the USPTO actually applied the required standards of nonobviousness and nontriviality, these stupid patents would never have been granted.

Unfortunately, their incentives are diametrically opposed to common sense. There is literally no downside for a USPTO examiner to rubber-stamp everything on his or her desk. They get to go home early to beat the traffic, while productive society is left to deal with the legal fallout. The net effect is to devalue legitimate IP while rewarding the trolls.

This, I think, is what really needs to change. Somehow, the feedback loop has to be closed in a way that incentivizes the examiners to throw out vague, egregious patents on abstract concepts.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.

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