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Comment: Fantastic (Score 5, Insightful) 100

by Tragek (#41927597) Attached to: Canada's Supreme Court Tosses Viagra Patent For Vagueness

My favourite part of the whole thing:

Writing for a unanimous court, Mr. Justice Louis LeBel said that the quid pro quo of patent legislation dictates that inventors can have an exclusive monopoly on a product provided they forthrightly disclose how it operates.

"If there is no quid – proper disclosure - then there can be no quo – exclusive property rights," he said.

Damn straight.

Comment: Re:Politicians are actually allowed to govern (Score 1) 500

by Tragek (#41281259) Attached to: Election Tech: In Canada, They Actually Count the Votes

The CAQ (Coalition Avenir Québec) pulled third, but all in all, I totally agree.

In total, Québec has 16 parties running more than one candidate. Alberta's last election had 9 parties. Similarly, in Alberta, a new party got seats.

There's a dynamic in Canada where new parties will rise, sometimes killing old parties. Methinks the Liberal dynasty of Canada will be one such victim.

Comment: Re:Can You SHow Me (Score 3, Interesting) 607

by Tragek (#39827705) Attached to: <em>Hobbit</em> Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

My father's Sony drives me nuts with it's 120hz interpolation. I can attest to the soap-opera effect; it makes everything look very strange. Mission Impossible was positively ODD.

  I was always curious if it was an effect of the high frame-rate or the interpolation algorithms. Worryingly this story seems to indicate it's the frame-rate, not the algorithms.

Comment: Job availability is a big deal (Score 4, Informative) 375

by Tragek (#39359105) Attached to: Reversing the Loss of Science and Engineering Careers

Being only a few hundred kilometres from major oil deposits, I see tonnes of people graduating from my institution with Petroleum engineering degrees. Do the majority of these people have a undying passion for the subject? Nope. The jobs are available, and they pay excellently, without having to risk fingers as a rig-pig. It's a smart choice.

I would be curious though to see the employment rates across the US for degrees. Are there engineering degrees for which there is demand, and how does that break out of the overall statistics presented in the article.

Comment: Re:Innovation (Score 1) 449

by Tragek (#38806143) Attached to: Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus

I dunno about genuine innovation; Maybe I'm missing the parallel but it looks a lot like Aza Raskin's Enso Launcher. Take a peek at the second half of this video.

I'm not faulting them for implementing it; After all, Enso Launcher looked fantastic but as far as I know never got much uptake and certainly never ran on linux. But I just think it's being forgetful to call this a new innovation.

+ - Difficult Campground WIFI design 1

Submitted by
MahlonS writes "I am a retired network hack wintering in my RV in a campground in southern GA. 3 years ago I reconfigured the wifi system to a marginal working ability, It now needs a serious upgrade, prompted by a new cable net connection replacing a DSL. 5 dual radio HP access points connect to a 6th via single or double radio hops in heavily wooded space. The main connect is an old Cisco router. Burying wire is frowned upon, due to shallow utilities. Since I'm not up on current wifi tech, are there solutions out there that would make this system work much better?"

+ - Quantum wavefunction is a real physical object aft->

Submitted by cekerr
cekerr (608293) writes "Nature reports:
  Quantum theorem shakes foundations
The wavefunction is a real physical object after all, say researchers.

"... the new paper, by a trio of physicists led by Matthew Pusey at Imperial College London, presents a theorem showing that if a quantum wavefunction were purely a statistical tool, then even quantum states that are unconnected across space and time would be able to communicate with each other. As that seems very unlikely to be true, the researchers conclude that the wavefunction must be physically real after all.

David Wallace, a philosopher of physics at the University of Oxford, UK, says that the theorem is the most important result in the foundations of quantum mechanics that he has seen in his 15-year professional career. “This strips away obscurity and shows you can’t have an interpretation of a quantum state as probabilistic,” he says."

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