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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 125

1) Your bottom two points don't really pan out. A simplified mission means less things to check and double check. 2) The contract was taking crew to the space station. Capsules are proven method of doing that. If NASA is going to spend money on a space plane mission it should have the plane do something else.

Comment: Not putting gas in your car. (Score 2) 903

by ZombieBraintrust (#47995651) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
I don't know how I feel abou this. If you don't put gass in your car it will also stop. Not putting gass in your car could result in you being stuck in traffic or stalled in a bad neighborhood. These people know their cars are going to stop. They are just trying to push the system and see how long they can drive before they lose the car. As long as it is 100% predictable that the car will stop starting after a given period then I am fine with this.

Comment: Re:Summary is Troll Rant (Score 1) 794

by ZombieBraintrust (#47968455) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

But at no point does Mr. Gobry actually rant about any of them

I said the summary is a rant. I did not read the linked article. The quote appear to have been cut up quite a bit. Notice all the ... in it. The summary starts off with hyperbolic statements, freshly defined jargon, and lots of insults. It contains no news. It is an "Us" vrs "Them" opinion piece with an angry tone. It is a rant.

The worst thing I am reading in these comments is basically "I don't understand the summary".

Insult Insult Insult. No reasonable argument here.

Comment: Re:Defending software patents (Score 1) 92

by ZombieBraintrust (#47940695) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
A detailed description of a process in a textbook is also enough for any skilled programmer. For Alice and Bilski you can find the steps to perform the process in any finance book. Pseudocode and flow charts don't teach anything when the process is well known. Chances are finance books have charts in them as well. If your talking about a brand new process then your not talking about a software patent. Your patenting a new business method.

Comment: Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (Score 1) 92

by ZombieBraintrust (#47940593) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
I think they would of been better off ruling that performing a known process on a computer is not a new use of use of a known machine. It would of been much clearer ruling that would have had the same effect. Changing the process does not result in a new computer if the computer is a general use(turing complete) computer. They could do this without overturning prior precedent by explaining that the facts changed as software development matured. They could explain that programmers after some given date can be expected to be able turn any detailed description of a process into code without inventing anything. That their conventional steps is not novel and is obvious according to industry testimony.

Comment: Re:Defending software patents (Score 1) 92

by ZombieBraintrust (#47940087) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
You dont' get it. I can get pseudo-code from the finance text book. Any detailed description of the process is pseudo-code. "put the bits of plastic together" is the transformation of that detailed description into actual code. A patent is just a poorly reworded description of that process. It is a description that I need some legalese to understand.

Comment: 101 comes first before 103 (Score 1) 92

by ZombieBraintrust (#47939751) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
"suggesting an additional good or service... based on certain information obtained about the customer and the initial purchase" is not a 101 "process" as defined by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has defined "process" as "technological process". Therefor it falls outside the statute and 103 does not apply. Even non obvious improvements that are actually novel would not apply. Your patent has to target something in the list of things in 101.

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