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Comment: Re:patents (Score 1) 459

by heehoss (#34920372) Attached to: Why haven't you bought a tablet?

Well I say it's too bad if an inventor can't make money off their invention.

All together now... If you're an advocate of taking the product of somebody else's effort by force, then you're an advocate of slavery.

Giving them a monopoly turns everyone else into their slaves.

hahaha...... um, ok, so they are slaves by choice? :)

Just don't complain if someone else takes your idea and makes something better or cheaper.

Ok, Einstein... if I invest 10 years into a product and you invest 10 minutes stealing the product, who can sell if for cheaper? This is not that difficult a concept :)

OH, and you need to go back to school to learn economics. Economics is not a zero-sum game.

I didn't say the concept of economics is zero-sum; my example was.

If it were, forget progress, you wouldn't be using a computer or other device for internet access, they would not exist. They do exist because the people who paid for and those who invented them got something in return. Whether they think it's worthwhile is a separate issue.

WAIT... Say that again... THEY DO EXIST BECAUSE [...] THOSE WHO INVENTED THEM GOT SOMETHING IN RETURN. Thanks :)

Comment: Re:patents (Score 1) 459

by heehoss (#34879770) Attached to: Why haven't you bought a tablet?

What -I'm- talking about is an inventor who invests his hard work and then gets his invention stolen/cloned by some lazy idiot who didn't want to invest a decade of his life's work, but would rather sit back and steal it once the hard work is complete.

But you are not talking about that.

I am talking about exactly that. And you have no defense of it, so instead you try to give me the tired/popular example of "2 people working on the same invention and the first inventor beating the second inventor to the patent office by 5 minutes". Guess what? Life is a zero-sum game. If an inventor is late to market, he's late to market.

If an inventor wants to keep something secret then they don't have to release it. Giving them a monopoly turns everyone else into their slaves.

Really? If I invent a device, you're free to buy it or not. Nobody is holding a gun to your head. Also, don't confuse market dominance with a monopoly.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 459

by heehoss (#34861396) Attached to: Why haven't you bought a tablet?

I do believe there's a term for thinking you have a right to the product of another person's effort; it's called slavery.

Funny you should use that word. Most corporations take advantage of mandatory patent assignment policies to take their employees' ideas even if they have nothing to do with that they were actually paying the employee to develop. A sizable percentage of corporate patents (particularly in tech) actually fall into this category. The difference is that corporations at least have the resources to constantly innovate and come up with new technology. That's not nearly as practical for an individual. So thanks for proving my point.

So to wrap up, 2+2=147? :)

Try again.

First, "corporations have the resources to constantly innovate" when their inventions aren't allowed to be ripped off/cloned and therefore cause -0- ROI on their R&D. Who is proving whose point? :)

Second, nobody is forcing you to work for a given company. If you don't like the rules of working for a company, don't work for the company and develop your invention on your own dime. Fund your own research and development.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 459

by heehoss (#34861178) Attached to: Why haven't you bought a tablet?

And do tell what the motivation would be for inventors to share an invention that requires years and years of research and dedication when a thankless dog like yourself would just go ahead and steal/clone the invention and sell for far cheaper a price once his hard work is complete?

A programmer working on open source software can answer that, and multitudes of said programmers use FOSS licenses...

Falcon

2 things...

First, you're talking about a programmer who -chooses- to give away his work (a donation of time to a good cause; all well and good).

What -I'm- talking about is an inventor who invests his hard work and then gets his invention stolen/cloned by some lazy idiot who didn't want to invest a decade of his life's work, but would rather sit back and steal it once the hard work is complete.

Secondly, whether it's a full-time paid job that subsidizes it, or donations -- those very same programmers rely on getting some value for their work to live.

I give to charities and donate my money to projects I think have a great cause; that doesn't mean I should be -forced- to do that. And it also doesn't mean that if I choose to invest a decade of research and 16-hour days in an invention that nobody else was willing to invest in that I should be forced to give it away.

Again, if you think you're -entitled- to the product of somebody else's effort, that's called slavery.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 459

by heehoss (#34825870) Attached to: Why haven't you bought a tablet?
And do tell what the motivation would be for inventors to share an invention that requires years and years of research and dedication when a thankless dog like yourself would just go ahead and steal/clone the invention and sell for far cheaper a price once his hard work is complete?

I do believe there's a term for thinking you have a right to the product of another person's effort; it's called slavery.

Comment: Re:If You're Late to the Party (Score 1) 609

by heehoss (#34198400) Attached to: Did the Windows Phone 7 Bomb In the US?

Why flush money down a losing venture until it starts to see a return? Because they can. And one of the many faults of capitalism is that those with a ton of money can do the stupidest shit and still come out okay.

The whole point of capitalism is, via a free market where YOU have the choice, to let people decide for themselves that those who "do the stupidest shit" CAN'T "come out okay". You surely are not speaking of true, laissez-faire capitalism - you must be speaking of bastardized capitalism (see the USA), which is not capitalism at all.

Lamenting the fact that a successful company can correct mistakes and offer a product that you admittedly buy yourself is no reason to damn the very politico-economic system that allows them to be successful in the first place.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 1123

by heehoss (#32396460) Attached to: What Scientists Really Think About Religion

The extreme distrust of intellectualism throughout the US in particular is a major block in the advancement of society on a wide variety of fronts, and most often that distrust is manufactured as a form of religious views attacking scientific foundations and research.

Advancement towards what exactly? Have you ever considered that not everyone want to go in the direction you want to "advance" them?

Advancements towards prosperity of human life?

Comment: Re:Do flying /.ers have an airline they prefer? (Score 1) 365

by heehoss (#32260822) Attached to: I usually fly...
Thanks for the link, but I asked the question here because I WANT opinions from fellow tech enthusiasts. If I wanted opinions from the /. of travel forums, then I'd ask my questions there.

Is it that difficult to comprehend the technology-related aspects of an airline carrier's existence? Maybe one airline uses open source and another uses Microsoft; maybe one airline uses weak wireless encryption; etc. etc.

Comment: Do flying /.ers have an airline they prefer? (Score 2, Interesting) 365

by heehoss (#32258834) Attached to: I usually fly...
In my experience, Northwest/Delta has been the best (I typically fly from the Northeast to the Midwest through Detroit). I have flown multiple times overseas to Europe, and enjoyed Northwest flights there as well (Rome, Italy, for example).

United has been the worst experience, by far. Although I will say, I just travelled to California (a 3-leg trip) and had a very enjoyable flight experience both there and back!

I used to prefer USAirways, however when they switched their main Northeast/US hub from Pittsburgh, PA to Philadelphia, PA, their performance seemed to take a turn for the worse! I think this is just a product of the airport (Philly).

For those /.ers that fly, what are your favorite and least favorite airlines and why? Do you prefer longer flights with less connections, or shorter flights with more connections? Personally, I prefer longer flights with less connections. The more connections, the greater the chance of delays, it seems!

Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 546

by heehoss (#32031070) Attached to: Sony Sued Over PS3 "Other OS" Removal

I think this sets a terrible precedence because while Sony may have removed a generally disused feature by the majority of PS3 owners, they added a HELL of a lot more free features to the PS3 since release.

You're missing the point, though. The point is, Sony should NOT be allowed to sell a device with Feature X, and then take it away. Sony should be praised for adding a lot of new features; that's great. What they shouldn't do is take away functionality that was included at the time of sale. And a full refund isn't even enough; what about all the time that is wasted by a PS3 owner who DID use the Other OS feature? Now they have to take the time to research what happened to the feature, why it was removed, if they can get it back, try to sell or return the PS3, etc. etc.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 700

by heehoss (#31956802) Attached to: Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission
Hello hairyfeet,

The problem with that theory is it is NOT "optional" in the least bit. You see most folks bought the PS3 to actually play games and none of the newer games will work without the updated firmware.

I think more responsibility falls on the consumer. If Sony demands ridiculous terms, it's up to us to boycott their products and send a message. The problem is, consumers want to have their cake and eat it too. They want a reasonable EULA, but they're not willing to refuse unreasonable EULAs. The choice is ours, folks.

Having said that, if Sony sells a product with Feature X and then takes it away... that is plain wrong.

Can any /.ers here with a legal/law background comment on the legality of a contract that grants infinite powers over said contract to one party?

I'm just glad I decided to stick with PC gaming. Between the RRoD on the MSFT side and Sony being their usual douchebag selves there really isn't a good console for those that don't want to play kiddie games.

That's exactly it; you're doing the right thing. Don't give in to their unreasonable EULA, boycott their product, and either choose another gaming platform or none at all if you can't find one that suits you.

Comment: Re:Non-American Tax Days? (Score 1) 432

by heehoss (#31918166) Attached to: I mailed / filed my tax return form ...
Hello treeves,

Problem with this is, having people educated benefits everyone, not just those with children.

How come that's a problem? If I plant some flowers on my property, it benefits all those who drive past my property and like to look at flowers. Are they expected to pay for the cost of my own flowers?

Again, you benefit even if you don't drive yourself. Food, ambulances, fire trucks, mail, shoes, bicycle parts, etc. gets transported on roads.

And the person who doesn't drive still pays indirectly when they pay for said food, ambulances, fire trucks, mail, shoes, bicycle parts, etc.

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