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Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 1) 96

Doesn't matter if the suing party is a bona fide patent troll or a frivolous suit from a "legitimate" company.

Then why did you ask about defending themselves against patent trolls?

How likely is it that a legitimate company suing them is going to be in their same field and practicing their patents? It's extremely unlikely, that's for sure.

Acquiring a few BS patents is not a defense against patent trolls OR legitimate companies, instead you need MANY generic patents, like IBM or Microsoft has, if you expect to use patents as a defense, AND....

Khan Academy doesn't have that much money to defend itself against patent lawsuits, no matter who they come from.

Non-sequitur. The process of applying and going through the process and obtaining a full-blown patent is expensive, and you say they have little money for defense... that's just inconsistent with them getting a bunch of patents. This is a method of defense against would-be infringement lawsuits that is quite expensive, which could come from any source patent troll or legitimate company in ANY industry, not just your same industry.

Just having a patent provides no defense, if you cannot use it as a basis for suing your litigator.

If you want to make sure someone else doesn't patent your invention, then you just need to create a provisional patent or defensive publication, which doesn't involve many thousands of $$$ in application, research, and legal fees.

The only reason to obtain just a few patents concerning what you are doing is for generating revenue....

Comment: Re:Hired a gun (Score 2) 206

by PPH (#49823131) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

It appears that, for whatever reason, the murder charges have been dropped.

If the court is not completely impartial, they may choose to impose penalties for acts which they "know" to be true, but lack sufficient evidence. Or for some quality of character of the defendant that they don't approve of. The propriety of this behavior can be argued endlessly. People are imperfect and the court system is made up of people*.

*Remember this if you ever go to court: Your life is in the hands of twelve people who were not smart enough to get out of jury duty.

Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 1) 96

I don't know. But for sure, filing for your own patents does not protect against patent trolls.

It's not as if you can countersue a patent troll, as by definition: a troll is not an engineering business but a business centered around acquiring patents and generating revenue from them.

The only patent that would really defend against trolls would be a patent on patent trolling and methods thereof.

Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 1) 96

I thought KA benign, until they started getting patents.... it does not matter how benign they seem to be now, however, as the patents are not inherently tied to their current behavior which can change over time, And, moreover.... the possibility exists that the patents could change ownership in the future.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 0) 358

by hairyfeet (#49818831) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

Give me a motherfucking break! By THOSE STANDARDS there hasn't been a Windows bug since the fricking Melissa worm...but the sane world doesn't go by "self replicating" as the standard for a bug, now do they?

MacDefender, MacGuardian,hell OSX even has the FBI bug so don't give us this "self replicating" bullshit, nobody cares whether the virus that steals their fucking ID or CC info is self replicating or not!

Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 1) 96

Khan Academy is a non-profit.

So what? You haven't contradicted any of my propositions.

There are many non-profit Educational organizations.

Just because they are non-profit does not mean that every activity they conduct or pursue is ultimately beneficial to the public.

The people who operate and govern a non-profit still get paid, And many non-profit educational organizations sell products or services; e.g. Just about every private and public college.

Non-profits also don't want competition, at least not direct competition within their specific niche. They still need revenue and recognition to fund their enterprise.

Also, schools do compete with one another for students and for donations.

At an organizational level; there are many schools whose administrations would favor kick out / make themselves the only university in a region, if they could get away with it / legally succeed at doing so.

I would encourage you to drop the "Non-Profit = Always good", "Profit = Evil" ideas.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 4, Informative) 358

by hairyfeet (#49814645) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

FUD, not a single source working for MSFT has said a damned thing about a subscription model, THAT bit of FUD was started by a gossip site "El Reg" IIRC that is known for pulling "facts" out of their ass.

The ONLY thing that has been said is they won't have the old service packs anymore, instead you'll have a point release, like 8 to 8.1. This makes it easier for regular folks to know WTF is going on as its easier to know that X.1 is the current version as all the sites treat it as a separate OS, while nobody talks about "Win 7 SP1" they simply call it Win 7.

But just because some dude at MSFT said "Win 10 is the only version we are working on ATM" the sites jumped to this "last version of Windows EVAR" subscription crap when in reality land the prices have already been leaked and its no different than every other release, you'll have retail and OEM, Home and Pro, its business as usual. I'm sure in a year and a half you'll see retail 10.1, maybe even 10.2, and then you'll see the hypetrain for Windows 11, probably hosted by Spinal Tap, coming to a tech site near you.

Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 4, Insightful) 96

It's most likely for a defensive purpose

In other words.... to help prevent competition / defend and prevent against someone else creating a competing service similar to Khan Academy that might take away some of Khan Academy's users, market share, or grant money and threaten KA staffs' ability to get paid.

Comment: Re:Never should have been passed (Score 1) 212

by mysidia (#49807141) Attached to: The Patriot Act May Be Dead For Good

And as someone else mentioned, if nothing shows up quickly enough, another "false flag" operation.

It's not necessary, and I think 9/11 was a real incident, not a false-flag.

However, 9/11 could have prevented, and laziness/incompetence plus a poor job done by intelligence agency staff and neglect of their reports by those in charge contributed to the unmitigated success of the attack.

That's all that needs to happen after Pat. act expires. Laziness or incompetence by the intelligence agencies resulting in failure to prevent an event that could and should easily be prevented based on available intelligence.

If they want to politicize this.... as Obama's administration has been seen to do in the past on some other issues such as "government shutdowns", when the program expires, the agencies can just start pretending "their hands are tied" and stop providing some vital intelligence; even some intelligence they were able to gather and did gather before Pat. act.

An event can happen from negligence in the form of inaction / failure to gather intelligence they should have gathered, or failing to act on intelligence and prevent occurence.

Then when the event happens, they'll claim the loss of Pat. act privileges to spy on ordinary 'mericans made their jobs unduly harder, and they "need the Pat. act" and more to do effective work.

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