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Comment: Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (Score 2) 96

by Spamalope (#47712395) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
If it costs $1.95 billion to research a health problem; try possible directions to address the issue; find promising possibilities; run animal trials that have problems; modify the approach; new trials until; repeat until you have something good enough for limited human trials where some fail and the entire effort is for naught; broad human trials for the few that work; and plan for long term monitoring to identify problems that take years to show the company doing that work needs to recoup the investment or they'll go under. The commercial successes have to pay for all every failure and then some.

The next $0.05 billion that goes to testing and verifying that the manufacturing process is safe, effective and has good dosing regularity is the least part of the expense. You're proposing to let a second company who knows the answers duplicate only the last small bit of expense. Even including human trials the second company would have at least a 90% cost advantage they'd use to undercut the inventor.

Hell, this is the US. The CEO of the first company would form his own start-up, PillagerCo and feed it the winners with insider info to make sure his personal company most successfully raids the company he's CEO of. He wouldn't need to launder that behavior through an intermediary or two as they do now.

Comment: Re:Similarities seem kind of tenuous (Score 1) 74

Exactly. If you analyze enough art done by artists who understood composition and the rhythms color, form, space and lighting should take for a pleasing effect you'll see those things repeated. It's not too surprising that two 100 year old inside scenes would both include a doorway, chair, stairs, stove - any common interior furnishings - or that they'd be arranged for the best compositional effect.

Show me how Bazille's paintings recognizably show their his work, then demonstrate Rockwell including those elements into his work and you've got something. Rockwells visual story telling is a telling part of his style, for example.

Comment: Re:No, you don't have "chronic Lyme disease" (Score 1) 30

by Spamalope (#47194737) Attached to: Lyme Bacterium's Possible Ancestor Found In Ancient Tick

It is a fact that a significant amount of people chronically suffer from symptoms that are perfectly in line with the symptoms of Lyme, after having definitely had Lyme. So, that is 'a thing'. Whether the cause is indeed recurring Lyme, a yeast infection or damage to the body doesn't really matter all that much to those with the symptoms. Being dismissed as 'kooky' or being told to 'get over it' by assholes as yourself does matter.

Lymes triggers a body-wide continuous red-line overload of the immune system. That's the source of the majority of the horrible symptoms. Adrenalin 24/7 and an immune system on such a hair trigger that it attacks *you* at the least excuse - or without one.

Anything that provokes the bone marrow mast cells can cause that to happen. Chronic infections (lymes), damage to the immune system, genetic defects, and some cancers can (one very rare leukemia is know for it).

So the classic 'lymes' symptoms aren't specific to lymes at all. And that symptom set is 'whatever your immune system is attacking today' so it's everywhere and nowhere, but a least part of the time presents as clearly auto-immune damage or as adrenal fatigue. Our current medical system does a terrible job for these kinds of problems. I know a doctor with those symptoms who was getting a 'there is nothing wrong with you, you just have bad allergies' run-around. It took her 10 years (!!!) to get a correct diagnosis because even as a doctor she couldn't get taken seriously. (The rare leukemia was her problem)


So the symptoms are real, but most are down stream results of breaking the volume knob on an auto-immune system feedback loop. Treatment requires finding the individual cause for each patient.

Comment: Re:So... to summarise: (Score 1) 269

The destruction of that data is required by law.*

*only when it conveniently helps the government.

Report any data harmful to the NSA as having been destroyed by an automated process per policy. No person is took any objectionable action, and 'policy' is responsible.

Actual destruction of data is optional. Archive it on another classified system and nobody else can reach it.

Comment: Re:The Real Story Should Be... (Score 4, Interesting) 286

We'll need a follow up to see if they change the markings back in a year. Every 3-6 months the same intersections in Houston have missing signs with an officer standing by to issue citations. After a few days that sign is returned and the office moves to the next intersection on the list that 'just happened' to lose it's sign *again*.

The traffic light and painted arrows say it's a turn lane? Well, the fine print of the traffic law says it isn't without a sign too, so pay your fine. I feel safer already, and felt even better when I found several more intersections they were playing the same trick with round robin.

Comment: Re:Hypocritical (Score 1) 297

by Spamalope (#47037839) Attached to: Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Oddly enough, the NSA's MANDATE is "foreign signals intelligence". Note that word "foreign" - it's important.

Also oddly, EVERY OTHER spy agency on the planet spies on *gasp* FOREIGNERS!

For the NSA, anyone who isn't powerful isn't in the 'club', and that's foreign enough. Other spy agencies are valuable as propaganda cover though. If the NSA facilitates domestic spying by them then 'swaps' intel, both agencies claim they aren't spying on citizens! And if they pay or coerce local businesses to spy and turn over the data, why the intel is laundered so it's clean. And clean means it's ok!

Comment: Re:Why bother with tricks? (Score 3, Insightful) 297

by Spamalope (#47037781) Attached to: Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Not if the factory is in China.

And now China has political cover if we notice them inserting their own changes into, say, the ethernet PHY compromising every router regardless of firmware revision. Or adds their own Stuxnet onto the support CDs included with the router.

Comment: Re:Corporate directed not volunteer direct ... (Score 3, Informative) 403

the API surface will be smaller, the module will be better sandboxed, there will be real security and work to ensure users privacy (Andreas CTO at Mozilla promised this in his blog post on the topic).

Real security from Adobe? Bwahahah! Name an Adobe security success in the past decade!

And we'll get user privacy from the zombie tracking cookie company? Adobe actively opposes privacy as a business! Either your not too bright, or your a shill taking us for morons.

Comment: Re:Undefined (Score 1) 800

by Spamalope (#46940363) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
Swerve in front of the Apple patent lawyer, clip and deflect his car into the Justin Bieber fans knocking them into the telephone pole. Apple's car will doctor dash cam video to clearly show the accident was caused by stolen 'rounded corner' tech Samsung thieves included in 'telephone pole' - which also clearly incorporates Apple mobile telephone IP including the use of 'wire' and 'copper' to complete a phone call.

Comment: Re:Microsoft make up your mind! (Score 1) 293

by Spamalope (#46928843) Attached to: The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

Because it's the only way to get the message across to corporate fucktards that we are in the internet era and updating your software is FUCKING MANDATORY.

Not enough of you are signing up for MS Live and MS Store. That's like stealing. Some corps have even blocked MS Store. That's why we've blocked offline updates to 8.1, made it mandatory and available via MS Store only. YOU WILL AGREE TO THE MS STORE Ts & Cs! In short, you will comply with whatever poison pill we care to server or we'll throw you to the malware thieves. Oh, and have a nice day!

Comment: Re:Missing an important information... (Score 1) 67

by Spamalope (#46890025) Attached to: Google Halts Gmail Scanning for Education Apps Users

The issue isn't the scanning, it is the abuse (potential) of humans inserting themselves into the process to data mine on SPECIFIC users, without any other controls in place. I don't care about my data being aggregated, I care about my data being mined to be used against me. Given enough data, all of us are vulnerable.

Technology isn't the problem. It never was. The problem is humans, and always will be.

How much are the emails of your competitor's best salesmen worth to you? What if they were scanned to forward only those between him and his customers? What if you got alerts when a new prospect emailed? There is so much profitable data in email if only you fully monetize it! (and resell it through a Business Intelligence '3rd party' so you can claim to be the victim when caught!)

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