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Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 1) 97

Doesn't matter if the suing party is a bona fide patent troll or a frivolous suit from a "legitimate" company.

Then why did you ask about defending themselves against patent trolls?

How likely is it that a legitimate company suing them is going to be in their same field and practicing their patents? It's extremely unlikely, that's for sure.

Acquiring a few BS patents is not a defense against patent trolls OR legitimate companies, instead you need MANY generic patents, like IBM or Microsoft has, if you expect to use patents as a defense, AND....

Khan Academy doesn't have that much money to defend itself against patent lawsuits, no matter who they come from.

Non-sequitur. The process of applying and going through the process and obtaining a full-blown patent is expensive, and you say they have little money for defense... that's just inconsistent with them getting a bunch of patents. This is a method of defense against would-be infringement lawsuits that is quite expensive, which could come from any source patent troll or legitimate company in ANY industry, not just your same industry.

Just having a patent provides no defense, if you cannot use it as a basis for suing your litigator.

If you want to make sure someone else doesn't patent your invention, then you just need to create a provisional patent or defensive publication, which doesn't involve many thousands of $$$ in application, research, and legal fees.

The only reason to obtain just a few patents concerning what you are doing is for generating revenue....

Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 1) 97

I don't know. But for sure, filing for your own patents does not protect against patent trolls.

It's not as if you can countersue a patent troll, as by definition: a troll is not an engineering business but a business centered around acquiring patents and generating revenue from them.

The only patent that would really defend against trolls would be a patent on patent trolling and methods thereof.

Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 1) 97

I thought KA benign, until they started getting patents.... it does not matter how benign they seem to be now, however, as the patents are not inherently tied to their current behavior which can change over time, And, moreover.... the possibility exists that the patents could change ownership in the future.

Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 1) 97

Khan Academy is a non-profit.

So what? You haven't contradicted any of my propositions.

There are many non-profit Educational organizations.

Just because they are non-profit does not mean that every activity they conduct or pursue is ultimately beneficial to the public.

The people who operate and govern a non-profit still get paid, And many non-profit educational organizations sell products or services; e.g. Just about every private and public college.

Non-profits also don't want competition, at least not direct competition within their specific niche. They still need revenue and recognition to fund their enterprise.

Also, schools do compete with one another for students and for donations.

At an organizational level; there are many schools whose administrations would favor kick out / make themselves the only university in a region, if they could get away with it / legally succeed at doing so.

I would encourage you to drop the "Non-Profit = Always good", "Profit = Evil" ideas.

Comment: Re:Defensive (Score 4, Insightful) 97

It's most likely for a defensive purpose

In other words.... to help prevent competition / defend and prevent against someone else creating a competing service similar to Khan Academy that might take away some of Khan Academy's users, market share, or grant money and threaten KA staffs' ability to get paid.

Comment: Re:Never should have been passed (Score 1) 216

by mysidia (#49807141) Attached to: The Patriot Act May Be Dead For Good

And as someone else mentioned, if nothing shows up quickly enough, another "false flag" operation.

It's not necessary, and I think 9/11 was a real incident, not a false-flag.

However, 9/11 could have prevented, and laziness/incompetence plus a poor job done by intelligence agency staff and neglect of their reports by those in charge contributed to the unmitigated success of the attack.

That's all that needs to happen after Pat. act expires. Laziness or incompetence by the intelligence agencies resulting in failure to prevent an event that could and should easily be prevented based on available intelligence.

If they want to politicize this.... as Obama's administration has been seen to do in the past on some other issues such as "government shutdowns", when the program expires, the agencies can just start pretending "their hands are tied" and stop providing some vital intelligence; even some intelligence they were able to gather and did gather before Pat. act.

An event can happen from negligence in the form of inaction / failure to gather intelligence they should have gathered, or failing to act on intelligence and prevent occurence.

Then when the event happens, they'll claim the loss of Pat. act privileges to spy on ordinary 'mericans made their jobs unduly harder, and they "need the Pat. act" and more to do effective work.

Comment: Re:Never should have been passed (Score 1) 216

by mysidia (#49805685) Attached to: The Patriot Act May Be Dead For Good

this was obviously on someone's wet dream wish list (it was not so much written as released from the vaults)

There's probably an even better successor version of the law waiting in the vaults for the next event of a similar magnitude.

The intelligence agencies can just lay low for a few months; there's bound to be an event justifying uber-surveillance powers and a never-expiring new and improved version of patriot act that gives even more powers for surveillance of americans and casting dragnets and datamining + data fishing expeditions.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 2) 207

by mysidia (#49783191) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

I think you missed out on a few things and underestimated the complexity of the law and of accounting (beyond simple bookkeeping/process execution)... plastic pipes don't replace plumbers who are still needed to install them. You still need HVAC techs to do the install/replacement, and shipping 100 pounds of copper overseas, is insanely expensive.

I noticed you didn't put electricians in your list.

There's no plastic pipe solution you can buy to replace the need for a human to hook up your 120 / 240 volt circuits, troubleshoot wiring issues, and repair / install service panels.

Comment: Re:How about this test? (Score 2) 206

by mysidia (#49774919) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

If there are currently fewer than 3 options for services in any areas they are proposing to merge or if their merger would drop the competition

Cable companies do not share their infrastructure, and they usually have exclusive "franchise" agreements with municipalities. Are there actually any areas where buying service from your choice of Time Warner, or Charter was an option?

I believe this in the past has been the big cable co's argument that mergers between companies servicing different areas don't reduce competition.

They already have the monopoly..... the only way to switch is to move house. Would anyone actually move house to switch cable carriers?

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 461

by mysidia (#49772117) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

This is called an "abundance of caution," and is perfectly understandable to anyone that hasn't been living under a rock for the last twenty years.

In 'abundance of caution' the police should tear open the trunk of any vehicle parked anywhere with a sealed trunk of any vehicle left unattended, since you can never be too sure there's not a pressure cooker in there, or god forbid.... some bags of fertilizer.

Were you paying attention to what two idiots did with pressure cookers in Boston a few years ago?

So if the idiots had put their stupid s*** in a laptop bag or suitcase, then you would say the cops should break into any car left unattended with a suitcase or laptop bag visible and detonate the bag?

Idiots do a lot of stupid things all the time with ordinary things.

That doesn't make mere ownership and display of one of the things some idiot or another has done some stupid thing with in the past a crime or probable cause for police invasion and excessive force in the unnecessary destruction of personal property.

There's not a current legitimate emergency situation that justifies the mass seizure or destruction of innocent people's pressure cookers.

Comment: Not bad parenting (Score 4, Insightful) 446

Google fingered bad parenting for its lack of women techies.

More like: Google disagrees with their parenting.

Just because their values as parents didn't agree with your values today, Or your general desire to have more people in computer science, in order to reduce wages, Or your desire to have more diversity among computer scientists to help you comply with arbitrary government-imposed regulations on your employee population : does not make them bad parents.

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 461

by mysidia (#49769867) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

He's not getting the book thrown at him in any of the media accounts I've read, he's getting the same treatment he would have received if he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

He wasn't driving at the time, and the miscarriage of justice is wanton and unnecessary destruction of valued personal property --- his vehicle, and his cookingware.

That doesn't mean cruising past the White House on this little road trip is a sensible decision, never mind parking nearby while I grab a bite to eat or take a few photos.

He didn't pack his car full of firearms and cruise past the Whitehouse.

It was a pressure cooker, and he left his car parked at the mall.

I don't know what shops are at the mall his car was found at, but I would imagine that they sell pressure cookers.

And these are ordinary cooking appliances, not weapons.... I would not be the least bit surprised for there to be many instances of people having left one in their car.

Things are not as simple as they seems at first. - Edward Thorp