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Comment: Re:It only takes one ... (Score 1) 381

by nitehawk214 (#48161295) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

I just heard that Obama wants SWAT teams to react to diagnosed Ebola cases. Talk about discouraging good behavior. I guess that is a more aggressive stance. If the host is dead, the disease will die too.

As much as I dislike Obama, I must respect the office. Obama wasn't talking SWAT teams with guns and other weapons, he was talking about rapid response teams specially trained in Ebola and other diseases. I want to believe you already knew that and just wanted to stir the pot.

I would like to think that reasonable people knew what he meant, but there are a lot of crazy Fox News people out there. Still, they could have used a better term.

Comment: Re:You guessed it: It depends (Score 1) 224

by nitehawk214 (#48160805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

It's worse than that. If the company you apply for a job at has any interest in the patents, chances are that they will not offer you a job.
The problem is that you selling/licensing patents to them while an employee will easily be seen as a conflict of interest.

If they want you and the patents, I believe they may require you to sign over any and all IP to them as terms of employment, compensated by a signing bonus.

I've not got any patents, but at one point I was handed an employment contract that demanded I grant a licence to all my past and future work (which I refused to sign), so you could very well be right. (I'm in the UK, although the company in question was headofficed in Canada)

I ran into this situation. A company I worked for got bought out by a big company who's non-compete said that any work I did on my own time also was owned by the company. I believe I wrote down NO, and FUCK YOU on the sheet and handed it to my boss.

Fortunately I and most of my coworkers were valuable enough and they drafted a new agreement for us that did not include this clause.

Comment: Re:You guessed it: It depends (Score 1) 224

by nitehawk214 (#48160781) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

It's worse than that. If the company you apply for a job at has any interest in the patents, chances are that they will not offer you a job.
The problem is that you selling/licensing patents to them while an employee will easily be seen as a conflict of interest.

If they want you and the patents, I believe they may require you to sign over any and all IP to them as terms of employment, compensated by a signing bonus.

Or better, they will offer you a job then fire you a year later, and claim your patents are now owned by a company. As long as your patent is well documented you will win, but the company will try to bury you in litigation.

Comment: Re:climate change (Score 2) 162

by nitehawk214 (#48069703) Attached to: AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

I do partially retract my statement. The catholic claims were that aids could pass through condoms due to how small it is, and thus by using condoms and believing you were protected, you were spreading the disease. The first claim is flatly false, and the second is somewhat true. You are more at risk by having sex with a condom, then not having sex at all. But the fact is abstinence-only policies are just not going to work, people are going to have sex. And the Catholic policy on anti-condom even for health reasons is misleadingly amoral.

In summary. I still stand by my position of "Fuck them."

Comment: Of course not... (Score 1) 320

by nitehawk214 (#48066623) Attached to: The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

In the US there are like 5 cable channels that show cartoons 24x7 (including Saturday morning and classic toons). Nik, CN, and Disney all have new shows that air on Saturdays.

On top of that, Disney owns ABC, and has a couple of their own cartoon channels. Why would they compete with themselves?

Yes, this is a problem for those that don't have cable, but between dedicated cable and internet programming, this is more of a sign that the traditional on-air networks are becoming more marginalized that they cannot (or will not) to after this market.

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