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Comment: Re:Patent Trolls arent just little companies (Score 1) 96

by mean pun (#47713207) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

Fixing the mess is at least straightforward. Discard software patents. Their legality has always been questionable, for sound technical and legal reasons, and they're one of the greatest drains on the patent office. They also have profound, demonstrable adverse effects on industry and on innovation in practice.

Is it really? Now suppose that instead of that clever new valve the OP was talking about I invent a whole new concept of fuel injection that also saves 5% of fuel. And I have an implementation, but as software in a standard electronic fuel controller. Do I deserve a patent? If not, why is it fair that the OP gets rewarded for his mechanical invention, and I am not for my software invention?

Comment: Stupidity (Score 2, Insightful) 359

by mean pun (#47693559) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Do you really believe that a culture/tribe/village/group can develop such stupid rituals to deal with the dead and diseased and survive to this day? Do you really think that `primitive' people don't know anything about quarantaine or other measures against infectious diseases? Do you really think that a group of people that has just seen some of their own die in a horrible way will quietly slink off to meditate on their sins rather than seek (quite possibly rough) justice for this? But you're not one of the RFSP, right?

It is quite possible that this attack was stupid, but clearly we're not getting all of the story here.

Comment: Re:Too much surplus (Score 1) 264

The Pakistani lady I dated for a few months would find that supposed conditioning highly amusing. She had a PhD in a technical subject, had a responsible job in the Pakistani defence industry, and called the Taliban retarded clowns. Sure, there are areas of Pakistan where you better not say this kind of thing, but those are the independent mountainous regions, where the central government never had much influence. Most people in the large cities of Pakistan are just as worldly in their views as people in first-world countries. Nevertheless, she, and all those people, consider themselves muslims. Just like plenty of worldly people in other countries consider themselves Christians, despite the narrow-minded fundamentalist that share their religion.

Unfortunately my relation with her didn't work, but I hope that she has found someone nice, and certainly not someone as narrow-minded as you come across here.

Comment: Re:Are there any reasons... (Score 1) 174

by mean pun (#47684201) Attached to: Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

Did you just seriously compare Steve Jobs to Elon Musk?

Steve Jobs wasn't exactly a saint. He redefined "walled garden". But if you're IN the walled garden, I can see how you'd be deluded in to thinking that's ok.

Is that the worst you can throw at Steve Jobs? He created a walled garden for iOS? He did indeed redefine the "walled garden" of game computers and mobile platforms of the time, but to make it far more accessible and affordable for developers. An some users prefer the walled gardens. They rightly feel more safe. This has nothing to do with delusions, brainwashing, or KoolAid, it is simply a choice. That's why there are condominiums in this world, and packaged tours, and restaurants. If don't like living in a condo, or prefer to plan your own trips and cook your own meals, that is fine, but that doesn't mean more service is evil. Similarly, if you prefer the wilds of Android to the walled garden of iOS that is fine, but that doesn't make walled gardens evil.

Comment: Re:Is this actually a question (Score 1) 226

You're taking the word "taking" out of context: from the context it was clear what he meant, and it was never implied that the original owner didn't have the video any more.

Note that my use of the word "taking" does not mean the OP doesn't have that word any more.

Comment: Re:Headline trifecta (Score 2) 81

by mean pun (#47577269) Attached to: Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

Tesla scares the bejesus out of the car companies because he could very well come in from the side and own the entire industry because he's already patented all the technology needed to actually build these cars.

So what does Telsa do? It starts a patent pool To me it's another sign Elon Musk is not only motivated by the money (or simply is willing to take a more long-term view than mainstream industry).

Comment: Re:Laziness (Score 1) 150

Although you certainly have a point, the core problem is often that the documentation is poor. I find that if there is a proper writeup of the solution somewhere on the net, Stack Overflow will mention it (eventually). If there is no proper writeup, sometimes someone bright posts a solution that is right, and sometimes people stumble upon a voodoo solution that nobody understands properly, but sort-of works.

The Android APIs are susceptible to this problem, because they are often poorly documented, have glaring documentation bugs, or don't explain the overall concepts. No matter how brilliant your epibration classes are, and no matter how well-documented all the methods in the epibration API are, it doesn't help at all if you don't explain what the hell epibration is, and when and how you should use it.

Amazingly, security libraries are often in this category. Is there a really good writeup ANYWHERE about SSL, certificates and signing practices? And IPSec with all its intricacies?

Comment: Re:Price floors are subsidies (Score 1) 309

Sometimes the old way of doing things is not worth saving.

And sometimes it is, despite the supposed inefficiencies. That's what the French government thinks, and there are similar opinions in other European countries.

Personally, I'm not sure this particular law is so helpful, but anything that prevents Europe from becoming a cultural wasteland at least gets my sympathy. There is more in life than just financial efficiency.

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