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Comment: Re:Bad way to conduct policy (Score 4, Insightful) 106

by gurps_npc (#47912137) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?
In general, making positions 'electable' makes things WORSE. Because most people don't care about anything short of President. So they vote the party, not the person, IF they bother to vote at all.

Judges for example. When judges are appointed they tend to have high qualifications - experience in the law, an actual law degree, etc. When you vote for them, you get whatever joe shmoe has put in the most time at the political party doing paperwork.

Voting is great for high end positions, but people just don't get excited about anything less than Supreme Court Judge.

Having the FCC get voted on would make things much much worse, not better.

Comment: Remember it is the end of winter there (Score 1) 440

by gurps_npc (#47909853) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
First and foremost, remember that it is the end of winter. Having more sea ice at the end of winter is not surprising.

Second and more importantly, this is the Antartic, not the Artic. For those of you that are ignorant, the antartic consists of a huge land mass with ice sitting on it, and a little bit of ice surrounding it. The Artic on the other hand is just one solid mass of ice.

What that means is that more sea ice in the Artic is called by cold weather. More ice freezes, etc.

But more sea ice in the ANTARTIC is caused by global WARMING. hat is, the sea ice in the Antartic is caused by ice sitting on the land mass, sliding off into the water because it is just a tad too warm to stick to the land.

Comment: Re:real problem is patent and copyright length (Score 3, Informative) 108

by gurps_npc (#47893487) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court
For such things, than 20 or 50 years is too short. If the government's rules and regulations delay (but not prevent) the sale of a product, all such patents should start from the day the product is legally approved for sale.

The basic idea of having drug patents start from the date of invention rather than the date of first legal sale is itself ridiculous. Worse, the idea of just 'extending' the patent length for them is pretty stupid, but the absolute WORST idea is to design the rules for ALL products based on this one industry. The only reason it is not done reasonable is because then non-medical community loves to use the problems with medical patents as an excuse to grab money for non-medical patents.

Comment: Re:I never liked those state/city incentives (Score 1) 149

Your belief, while common, demonstrates general ignorance of economic theory.

First and foremost, most businesses do not make decisions about where to build factories, etc. on taxes. Otherwise NYC and California would be economic backwaters, rather than the powerhouses they are.

Note, corporate headquarters is different, I am talking about manufacturing factories and customer facilities for sports.

Sports stadiums are NEVER built based on tax rules, they are ALWAYS built based on customer location. It doesn't matter what the tax rules are, a stadium will be in NYC. It doesn't matter how much cash Boise City, Idaho offers, no national sports team will ever call them home. They are just too small a market

As for factories, the far majority of the time, taxes are such a small consideration, compared to prevailing wages, cost of real estate, cost of water, cost of power, skill level of local population, etc. etc. that taxes will almost NEVER be the deciding factor.

This is mainly true because despite conservative propaganda, actual, real corporate taxes in the US are very low. In addition, where it is a factor, it is FEDERAL tax that matters, not the State Tax. As such, states simply can not offer enough of a 'tax break' to bring a business to their state.

Comment: real problem is patent and copyright length (Score 3, Interesting) 108

by gurps_npc (#47892771) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court
The weakening of patent protections mean some small guys will be killed.

Particularly small patent holders that present ideas to big companies, hoping to be bought out, but instead get the shaft.

Honestly, the real problem is that patents last too long.

If you can't make your profit in 5 years, then your product was never very good in the first place. In that time, you should be able to 'corner the market', develop a brand - including the reputation for quality, and most importantly, learn business secrets that will give you a leg up against the competition.

After that time, you are just holding back other people from improving your product.

Perhaps we need a graduated patent system. Most patents would get 5 years, particularly impressive products get 10 years, and entirely new products that create new types of businesses/industries get 20 years. That is, an improvement to a cellphone gets 5 years, but the creation of a cell phone gets 20 years.

Comment: Re:I never liked those state/city incentives (Score 2) 149

I don't find that to be a similar case

The universities are hiring the professors, the professors would not work if they did not get paid by the state. Passing a law about two parts of an organization not competing for the individual is a very questionable act.

In my case, the states are BRIBING companies and sports teams that would still work if they were not being paid by the state, they would simply work elsewhere. The companies are not supposed to be paid by the states, they are supposed to get money from their customers.

My law is about stopping governments from bribing people, where the law you are talking about is stopping governments from competing with each other.

Comment: I never liked those state/city incentives (Score 3, Interesting) 149

Not the legal protections (those are fine), I mean the monetary incentives.

They are anti-competitive, and bad for the economy.

Frankly, the federal government should put a user fee on them at a prohibitive rate - i.e. 50%, paid out of the money given.

That is, if a state wishes to give a benefit worth $100 million to a company, that company owes $50 million paid immediately.

These things are usually paid to convince someone to build X in Y state, rather than Z state. It is almost never paid to get something built inside the USA, rather than outside the USA.

As such, any benefit to that particular state is outweighed by the loss to another state.

It is even worse when it comes to sports teams. Then, usually the teams make out like a bandit without in any way increasing the economy of the state (in particular, big cities will always get sports teams, even if the city refuses to build a stadium, because the city is where the CUSTOMERS for sports teams live. People in NYC are not going to suddenly decided to root for and see baseball in New Jersey if the Yankees and Mets leave the city. Not even if the stadium is build in Hoboken. Instead, some other team will build a stadium in New York, earn a ton of money from New Yorkers coming to them, then buy good players and suddenly everyone will be rooting for the NYC Metros, or whatever they call themselves (just like New Yorkers don't still root for the Dodgers, after all.)

Comment: Simple solution (Score 4, Insightful) 460

by gurps_npc (#47883767) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
Most of the problems are caused by small local communities using unfair seizure laws to fund their own community/special benefits.

Similarly, 99% of the problem could be stopped if they cancelled the Equitable Sharing program and instead insisted that all such seizures to go to the federal government, not to any local fund.

Comment: The power of bad reporting (Score 5, Informative) 126

by gurps_npc (#47883679) Attached to: Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light
If you read the article, the scientists are not converting energy into matter.

Instead, they have caused some photons to be entangled so that they gain some of the properties of "liquid or solids". Not all the properties, not even the properties of a crystal, instead some of the properties of 'liquid or solid"

This article is just about one of the worst dumming down of science I have read. It was built up to sound 'click worthy', mainly be ignoring the actual research. They don't even use the word "entangled".

Comment: No reason to require location (Score 1) 101

by gurps_npc (#47882599) Attached to: Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission
That is, the library should be able to create a dedicated l-e-book (library e-book) that has no USB or other input/output port.

The only way to access it would be via wireless, and it would have proprietary software that can use an open internet connection to go to the libraries specific website and search/download/erase books.

This prevents people from copying or 'stealing' (quotes there for a reason people) information, but would allow the same functionality that a normal lending library allows. The books could have automatic erasure programmed into the library-reader, after 2 weeks

Comment: Re:its the cops, not the cameras. (Score 2) 170

by gurps_npc (#47834647) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program
You fail to understand the difference between spot detection and permanent detection.

If you sample one out of every 100 cars, all you are really doing is determining if a problem exists, not actually fixing the problem. Not even if you fix the randomly selected problem cars. You still need a separate program to analyze the manufacturing problems causing the defects then fix the problem, if it exists.

But having someone check ALL the cards, allows you to remove the bad ones and fix them before you sell them. You don't actually need a separate program, because your analysis IS the fix.

Similarly, a constant video recording program is the solution to the problem we detected by using random video recordings. Random recordings allow problems to flourish between the recordings. Constant recordings do not have this issue.

The fact that random recording don't fix the problem is no surprise, and constant recordings are qualitatively different so your argument is flawed.

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