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Comment: Re:In related news... (Score 1) 300

I don't think you understand the problem. They only get paid while on duty. So they drive from San Francisco to San Jose, let's say 2 hours from start to finish, then you're "off duty" but miles away from you home for at least 8 hours then you get to drive back for 2 hours. During those 8 hours you're essentially a hostage to being near that bus. Sadly, that's the nature of the role and the company will take full advantage of it. That leaves the driver to either find another job at the destination location to fill in but now he's working 12 hours a day instead of 8. They can't really take another driving job because there are mileage limits that are applied daily and weekly with mandatory rest periods. This is not where part time employment works and it does create questions about safety. If these buses were doing other charters then certainly the driver could do that while another bus/driver does the return leg but no these are dedicated to these customers. That's why in this case I do agree that union representation would be the best thing for these folks, the downside is yeah another company can come in and take the contracts but the same problems would remain.

Comment: A reply (Score 1) 388

by Virtucon (#49151205) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

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Verizon go fuck yourself

Comment: Re:Trolling is overly broad (Score 1) 56

by Virtucon (#49147845) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

1) How? That's what the law says we're supposed to do now.

4) Juries should hear patent case appeals. But they should be qualified juries of peers, not J. Random Assholes.

5) You're calling for an end to capitalism. Me too! But realize that's what you're doing.

Most problems with patents could be solved by severely reducing their duration, especially software patents. The same is true of copyrights.

Yeah that needs to be changed. Legislation needs to be introduced to correct these problems. That's a tough political choice but inevitably capitalism succeeds by weeding out stupid patents more quickly or preventing them from being issued in the first place. Copyrights are another mess and the Sonny Bono legislation needs to be repealed. Considering how much Disney makes on their shit they need no protection.

Comment: Trolling is overly broad (Score 1) 56

by Virtucon (#49145433) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

The term Trolling is overly broad and implies that if you're a non-practicing entity (NPE) with a portfolio of patents that makes you a troll. With the advent of software patents this has brought more focus onto NPEs but they've been around for a very long time. The problem is that a lot of these patents are very, very vague or as has previously been pointed out, crafted by skilled lawyers to make something appear as "innovative" when it really is obvious. There in lies the crux of the matter, we have lawyers who's job it is to craft patent documents including description and details about the invention, lawyers who specialize in patent litigation and former lawyers who sit in judgement over the entire mess. It's a self perpetuating system that does everything it can to protect the intellectual property rights of a patent holder. So, once you get a patent there are two ways to have it invalidated. 1) present evidence of prior art to the USPTO. 2) Go to court either as a plaintiff or defendant and have the legal process weed through it. All of this takes money and usually a Patent holder or NPE will have enough resources to make any fight costly. Changing the laws to make NPEs bear the costs of litigation is a start but that also means that those Patent Holders with deep, very deep pockets will take the risk and to some extent it cheapens the value of all Patents because then only very well off holders will be inclined to exercise their legal rights.

If you want to fix the Patent system:

1) Make the burden of getting a software patent stricter. Instead of vague things get rid of the weasel words and challenge if indeed the "innovation" really isn't an algorithm.
2) Get more people in the USPTO and get some reforms implemented. http://scienceprogress.org/200...
3) Fix the cost of legal fees in handling Patent cases. Many states have fixed costs associated with Estate Issues, it's time that the lawyers be put on a scale commensurate with the size of the case. If you take away the incentive for lawyers to rack up huge legal bills in the Patent game then you won't see as many frivolous cases.
4) Get rid of the right to trial by Jury and streamline the legal process. There's no reason that a Jury has to hear a patent case. Let the judge hear it and streamline the proceedings for no longer than two weeks of trial. Either the Patent is innovative and isn't subject to Prior art or it's not and it should be invalidated by the court. Done.
5) Respect the Inventors. Most of these patents are owned by large companies who didn't actually invent them but some employee did. Those people have no rights usually and invented something as part of their job. We need to get rid of the company owns all mentality when it comes to this technology and Inventors should have deeded rights to their Intellectual Property, say 10% shared among all inventors on a Patent. If there's licensing or royalties paid 10% goes to the Inventors. Likewise if a NPE sues and wins in court, 10% of the judgement goes to the Inventors.

Comment: Re:Really need to post information about the act (Score 1) 56

by Virtucon (#49145371) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

Having just driven through Marshall yesterday I can attest that it's not some small city. I think that everybody expects that Wilmington, Delaware is the best venue? There's a reason that the Doubletree (closest to the Federal Courts) in Wilmington can charge an arm and a leg for rooms because just two blocks away is one of the the most dangerous areas of the city where every drug addict and homeless person within a 20 mile radius congregates daily. Given that or Marshall, I'll take Marshall.

Comment: Re:Sick (Score 4, Insightful) 300

Richest by getting rid of basic things like paid sick leave and turning workers into temps or "contract workers." In this instance I wish the teamsters luck because having drivers sit all day as "down time" when then can't really do anything else except hang around the bus and not get paid is also pretty fucked up.

Comment: Re:Stasi Tech? (Score 1) 129

by Virtucon (#49090195) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

Well SIRI and your iPhone can't catalog the Internet so even if the IVR could be processed there would be tangible external activity to make some of it work. Queries like "When's my next appointment" or "Call My Wife" could be local but then where's your calendar located and where's your address book maintained?

Comment: Re:Stasi Tech? (Score 1) 129

by Virtucon (#49090179) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

SO opt out. Don't use SIRI, it's easy to set up a firewall in your house and disable certain services. Even CNET has an article that pertains to Samsung. Sure a hacker or a government could get at it in other ways, shit just install a listening device in your house or a GPS tracker on your car... Oh wait, that's been done too. That's why I said the laws had to be updated. You'll never ever get the government, any government, to stop snooping on you whether it's by direct means or indirect means like reporting bank transactions over $10,000 in cash to the Treasury.

Comment: Stasi Tech? (Score 3, Insightful) 129

by Virtucon (#49089433) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

I think that's a pretty harsh term. When used by a repressive regime this technology could be used for doing bad things but if people want voice commands in their lives they have to realize that some of this "snooping" is necessary. Why? Because voice processing and searching on the scale of some of the applications such as SIRI require centralized processing. Therefore your voice commands have to be sent someplace else and processed. Also this kind of technology isn't exactly new and things like Web Cams on laptops aren't immune from even local school districts snooping on students. The point is that the technology is introducing new possible attack vectors on your privacy and allowing not only corporations but even governments to potentially abuse your trust in the devices you use. I'm sure it's happened but I'll bet Apple has been subpoenaed for the SIRI requests from a suspected murderer or drug kingpin much like they'll ask Google for search queries from a suspect. That's why laws must be updated and the public made aware that there's a price to pay for all this ease of use. Oh in respect to LG, LG also says that any media you connect to their device will be potentially scanned including things like file names so start getting rid of those unused sex vids because the Chinese are watching your porn.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche