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Comment: Defending software patents (Score 1) 92

by lamer01 (#47938609) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
I don't understand why most techie people are blatantly against software patents. Sure, we can all be against ridiculously obvious patents that should not have been granted but why is software considered different than plastic for example? I can make a better mouse trap using bits of plastic and patent my newly designed mouse trap. Computer instructions are not different than bits of plastic that when strung together produce a working product. I think truly novel computer software should be patentable otherwise we diminish the value of a whole industry of people who use a lot of brain power to come up with this software.

Comment: nerds, please! (Score 0) 155

by lamer01 (#47916967) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts
Let a car guy clue you in. You should never buy a car in an apple-like store. Cars are not computers. You need to take the car out. More than once. Especially if it costs $70K or more. You have to be sure of your purchase as you will most likely be using this car for at least 3 years. So, yes, although the idea of an apple store for cars sounds good, how do you do that when your product line has 10+ models and you need to have samples for test drives for people who just walk in? Although we can berate car dealers for their litany of offenses against consumers, their sales paradigm is what it is because it has evolved to service the american consumer. ( I am going to ignore the finance aspect of it as that is plain ridiculous ).

Comment: Unfortunately, the troops on the ground don't care (Score 1) 231

by lamer01 (#47711687) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD
As long as the cash is not coming out of their pockets, why should they? The taxpayers don't have visibility to these expenses. The Mayor is the one that should be all over this. It's his budget this money will come from. He would have to raise property taxes to cover lawsuits. The Mayor is the publicly elected official that can be booted if taxes go too high. The Mayor can turn the screws on the Chief of Police to minimize these incidents. Basically, all municipalities would need to publicize what % of their law enforcement budget goes to cover lawsuits and how that relates to the national averages.

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