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Comment: NPEs are like terrorists (Score 1) 83

by mike449 (#46588365) Attached to: Owner of Nortel Patents Sues Cisco For 'Immense' Patent Infringement

Patent sales like this one should be forbidden. Nortel was a practicing entity that used patents defensively as a Mutually Assured Destruction weapon. Selling this weapon to a non-practicing entity who is happy to use patents offensively with no fear of consequences would be akin to selling Ukrainian nuclear weapons to Al-Qaeda back in 1994.

Comment: Re:So what happens when there are no more jobs? (Score 1) 870

by mike449 (#46581287) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

When people become hungry and desperate, they organize and fight. This happened throughout the history. If anything, organization is much easier today than when unions first formed. Yes, it is not going to be pretty. But the end result will be more equality, including sharing the remaining work.

Comment: Re:The statistics (Score 1) 934

Ok, here is my question.
I don't own a gun right now. If I get one, will the chance of death or injury (not just gun related) increase or decrease for me and my family?
Is this a good enough question?
I don't really care about being robbed. I don't own anything that can be easily taken from me and leave me ruined.

Comment: Look for what's already there in your area (Score 1) 465

by mike449 (#45156445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Language To Learn For Scientific Computing?

The best environment is one that already has the stuff for your application, so that you just cobble together calls to code written by somebody else. Perl + CPAN was the winning combination for many years. These days it seems to be Python+numpy/scipy/scikits.

Comment: This story sounds ridiculous (Score 2) 195

by mike449 (#43726837) Attached to: Russia Captures Alleged American CIA Agent In Moscow

A compass, a paper map of Moscow and a flashlight? Is this all CIA has in its arsenal? O yeah, a semi-literate "recruitment letter".
Another detail that make it sound even more ridiculous: an FSB guy lecturing Fogle on Russian primetime news about how spying is bad. Looks like some really bad spy movie.
I think this story was created by FSB for consumption within Russia. It is possible they knew more about his activities, but they are not telling the interesting stuff and for some reason decided to disclose this "evidence" that makes people laugh.

Comment: Gartner prediction is not a fact (Score 3, Informative) 391

by mike449 (#43375761) Attached to: Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

I tried to find data on historical accuracy of predictions by Gartner, but surprisingly, there doesn't seem to be any.
Here is one example (which is actually not that bad): http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/013108-gartner-it-predictions.html?page=1

Comment: RPi has a sizeable niche (Score 1) 273

It makes sense to use RPi when you need ALL of these:
1. Linux toolchain and lots of available packages (open source)
2. Develop on the device itself
3. Once the application is ready, disconnect screen/keyboard and use remote SSH if necessary
4. Low cost

The cost of an USB IO expansion board is typically higher than RPi.

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