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Comment Re:Tested in the courts (Score 1) 103

We should change the patent system so that it works more like how you imagine it works, namely that patent examiners only do some simple sanity checks, and that validity only gets established through court challenges. But that's not the patent system we have right now.

Those systems exist in other countries, and they're uniformly terrible. Remember all those stories about someone patenting the wheel in Australia? That was a registration-only system.
They're also much more expensive for people accused of infringement, since the trials are much more involved, with having to first examine every aspect of patentability.

Comment Re:Tested in the courts (Score 1) 103

The USPTO can (and does) award patents for almost anything. The patent examiners aren't experts in every field and if they receive advice that an item, method, or process is unique and non-obvious, they will award a patent.

Nope, they're experts in their own field. The USPTO is divided up into several thousand art groups, and Examiners only review applications that are in their field. You don't have chemists examining crypto any more than you have computer scientists looking at a new drug formulation.

Comment Re:...would smell as shitty as any browser (Score 1) 90

NoScript is a HUGE improvement, in my experience. However, it's also a big pain in the ass to use, so I wouldn't foist it on my wife's computer for instance.

I think you're just doing it wrong... NoScript can easily be configured to allow everything by default. Then you just tell your wife it's a big "toggle" button she can click on when a site does things she doesn't like... (e.g. pop-ups/pop-unders, autoplay, and other annoyances)

Comment Re:Discussed before (Score 1) 290

Some libraries like libx264 are built for multiple cores especially when used with ffmpeg.

I know them quite well... I've done some minor dev work on them. But with multi-threading, you get diminishing returns and can't fully max-out all the cores, no matter how much you want to, you'll have some idle CPU time on some cores... increasing amounts as you increase the core count.

This is why Firewire and eSATA and Thunderbolt are preferred. All of them have independent chips which handle the work so the CPU doesn't have to do it.

A completely specious argument... The overhead of a USB transfer doesn't drag-down a modern CPU. Take just a few dollars of the money you'd pay for Firewire versions of your gear, and use it to get a slightly higher-end CPU. Now the overhead of USB is covered, you've saved some money, and you're better-off all-around.

Firewire is around because of legacy DV cameras. If Firewire was any good, eSATA wouldn't have ever appeared. But it's still around mostly because it had several years' head-start on USB3.
Thunderbolt is only a thing because Apple has a dog in the fight, so they insist on forcing it on their users like Firewire before it, or PPC processors before it, or now with H.264 and blocking Flash and WebM, or a million other examples.

I've said it is a poor choice for realtime work

Except I already said USB isn't good for real-time... But with most use cases USB can easily do faster-than-real-time, which eliminates the issue.

Your example would be to argue that Toyota Camry is fine for all home improvement because they are everywhere.

No, my argument would be that you've so far been unable to name even ONE single case, where your Toyota Camry has been insufficient for the task...

Comment Re: uh? (Score 1) 121

I found people without degrees or took extreamly specialized classes tend to be good in a small area, then be grossly inadequate in others.

I previously had an incompetent Jr employee under me, who happened to have a doctorate...

Meanwhile, the billionaire founders of Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook and Dell are college drop-outs.

Comment Re:Discussed before (Score 1) 290

The problem with USB is that it is CPU bound meaning that contention isn't as easy to remove as you think. For most video production work, the CPU is busy with processing the video

On a tech site, I'd think you'd know about multi-core CPUs and such... They're pretty common these days.

the practical rate is around 400MB/s (less than 60% actual efficieny).

That's not a question of efficiency, and theoretical gripes don't matter to anyone. In the real world, it's plenty fast, and you'd be hard pressed to point to an actual scenario where someone tried and found they were unable to use USB.

Comment Re:Proprietary charging cables are devil's work (Score 1) 290

Why would you need 12V for it to work for laptops?

Because at 5V you need to pull 3X as many amps over the wire to meet the power needs... Probably MORE, with conversion losses.

So, for a laptop that draws 90W (pretty common), at USB's 5V, that's over 20amps. Do you know what a USB cable that can supply 20amps will look like? Here's a hint: Those big long heavy orange $20+ extension cords are only rated for 15amps.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised (Score 2) 117

90% of all ADT alarms installed use the zipcode as the installer/backdoor access code.
95% of all alarms installed by companies use the house address as the default code for the customer at install time and NEVER have the code changed.

Alarm systems typically are only used for notification to the homeowner that they need to call the insurance company for a claim.

Anything cut to length will be too short.