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Comment: Re:Prior art (Score 1) 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.

Comment: Re:This is wrong. (Score 2) 143

by Man On Pink Corner (#49495997) Attached to: Wikileaks Publishes Hacked Sony Emails, Documents

Wikileaks like to market this as shining light on the truth but in reality they are just revictimizing a company that was the victim of hacking and theft.

Karma is a bitch on wheels, ain't she?

I see this as no different than someone wiretapping publishing a family's private conversations.

Yeah, the Gambino family.

Comment: Re:Never (Score 1) 181

by Man On Pink Corner (#49455481) Attached to: Autonomous Cars and the Centralization of Driving

A matter of opinion, but if you think driving is "fun", you're probably one of the people making roads dangerous

You're the second person in this thread to post this rather odd and specific assertion, more or less verbatim. Who's paying you guys to lay down all of this astroturf, and how can I get in on some of that action?

Comment: Re:The profession is in decline (Score 1) 154

That's like saying to a software developer that he/she doesn't need to understand what memory leaks and segfault exceptions are, and how to prevent/fix them, because it's the job of the compiler to compile code in a way such that software never crashes.

And in a sandboxed, garbage-collected language, that would be exactly correct.

It's time for HDL developers to hold their tool vendors to the same standards that software developers expect.

Comment: Re:The profession is in decline (Score 1) 154

But if you can't draw a K-map and cover glitch cases, just as one example, then you are not qualified to develop programmable logic.

Of course you are. That's what the tools are for. Nobody writing HDL needs to mess with Karnaugh maps, and once the tools get a bit smarter, they won't have to worry about domain-crossing glitches either.

Comment: Re:Baking political correctness in society (Score 1) 367

by Man On Pink Corner (#49219689) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

*Wow, who is making the argument that we should "sacrifice free speech for a better society"? That sounds positively Orwellian. Or something from China, where the government runs a massive censorship operation.*

Read the comments in the NYT article. There are hundreds of them demanding just that. It's the scariest thing I've read in quite some time.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.