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Comment: the strain..... (Score 1) 409

I think with all the sci-fy shows like the strain, zombie this and zombie that, people are terrified that something like this will cause the apocalypse. So I am sure when this hits mainstream news people in Atlanta will flip out and the preachers will have thier field day. As long as those stupid religious end of the world fanatics don't do something stupid, it will be fine. All it takes it one fanatic trying to cause the end of the world and we will have ebola here.

Comment: they should crowd source it (Score 1) 96

by josepha48 (#44009041) Attached to: Congress Proposes Strategy For Fighting Patent Trolls
The patents in question should be crowd sourced. Basically people could sign up and say I know about technology X and then when a patent in that area comes into question the group is notified by email or rss feed or something and then those outside of the USPTO can help find prior art to discount the patent.

Comment: it took me 3 years to get earthlink to fix my dsl (Score 3, Informative) 113

by josepha48 (#42772397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Long Do We Give an Online Service To Fix Issues?
yes 3 years before they sent an AT&T person to my house to look at the wires. He then fixed it in minutes. It now works fine. Yes I still have DSL only because my Comcast cable TV goes out monthly. At least if I loose cable I can still watch netflix, hulu and online stuff.

Comment: we need new laws (Score 1) 97

by josepha48 (#42225939) Attached to: Apple and Google Joining Forces On Kodak Patents Bid
that ban the sale or trade of patents. patents were designed to help individuals and now they are just corporate lawsuit tools to go after anyone for anything stupid. if you could not buy patents then when a company goes under all their patents go into the open domain and new companies could profit from using them as well as old

Comment: Re:He didn't disclose what he wasn't asked (Score 4, Informative) 282

You are always asked if you were involved in lawsuits against a company. He would have been given a list of companies that Samsung has stock in or owns in part or in whole and if any of them he had 'bad feelings' against any of those companies. It is how I got out of jury duty because one of the companies was a company I did consulting at. You have to disclose that information otherwise you have a conflict of interest.

Single tasking: Just Say No.