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Comment Re:Require that patents be defended (Score 1) 131

You confuse "purpose" with "trade-off".

"Becoming really really rich" is a possible side-effect of the "exclusive rights" trade-off to let the general public use those inventions after the "limited times" has expired.

All the original patent rules support this idea; inventions should be well-described (so they will be easy to copy); inventions should be special enough that the general public would NEED access to the documentation in order to reproduce it; the invention should be an invention, not merely a discovery of what has always been there; the protection should be a limited time, so the general public has access to the invention while it still has a use for it; etc. Of course, all of these has been eroded to the point of being unrecognizable and useless to the intended purpose of patents.

Comment Re:Require that patents be defended (Score 5, Informative) 131

Patents were created to benefit the public, not the inventor.
The value of patents is in the sharing of inventions for public use, the cost of patents is a period of protection given to the inventor.
Requiring inventions to be used by the patent owner or else allow use by the public seems perfectly in line with the concept of patents.

Comment Promises, promises (Score 1) 153

Wouldn't it be nice if ISPs wrote a rebate check each month to reflect the percentage of their promised throughput that was actually available?

I'm sure what they promise in the fine print is to do their best to try and deliver you atleast some fraction of the advertised bandwidth some of the time.

Comment Re:What's the point (Score 1) 312

Today I worked on an addon for a popular open source javascript-based code editor, added some minor features to one of my open source projects and added a bunch of much needed unittests to another of my open source projects.

I also took a few minutes to read some Slashdot posts and make a few comments.

Amazingly, both can be done in a single day!

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