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Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 1) 224

by excelsior_gr (#48162577) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

A patent does not guarantee freedom to practice. Due to its format and wording, a patent can be easily rendered useless by a "counter-patent" (at least according to the EU law that I'm familiar with). This then leads to a deadlock and the only solution is cross-licensing. I can hardly see any benefit from a situation like that for anyone except the involved lawyers.

The best way to make sure a technology remains free is to publish as much as possible (in journals, conferences etc.) and to release as much material as possible using an open license. Using the patent system for supporting openness is to me like feeding the trolls.

Comment: Titanium dioxide nanotubes not in soil (Score 1) 395

Most applications of titanium dioxide use amorphous nanoparticles, not the crystalline structures found in soil. These take quite a bit of chemistry and energy to produce, like a flame aerosol reactor and precursors like TiCl4. I suppose that the nanotube production is similarly complicated and energy-hungry.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.