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Comment: Make the cliff of patent expiration gradual? (Score 1) 239

by non0score (#47653273) Attached to: Patents That Kill
One way to avoid the patent cliff (and perhaps foster innovation) is to use double declining balance deprecation in accounting. As in, if a patent-holding company sues another company for patent infringement, then the final damages will be reduced by the fraction of the residual value. So patent-holding companies will be compelled to innovate, since at some point less than lifetime of the patent, another company may decide to violate it anyway since it's economic to do so.

Of course, I have no idea how this would apply to embargos.

Comment: You'd be gullible if you believe this (Score 1) 200

by non0score (#47536761) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs
If you believe this, then you're falling for the exact same two-faced argument the cable providers said to the FCC back during the first net neutrality debate. I.e. they told the FCC net neutrality will absolutely DESTROY infrastructure investment, and did an about-face and told Wall Street that it wouldn't put a dent in investment.

"Fool me once...shame on...shame on you. Fool me, can't get fooled again!"

Comment: Re:Vote (Score 1) 200

Your argument may have merit in rural areas (quite frankly, I don't know). But in the two biggest metropolitan areas in California, I haven't seen more than one service provider for cable, and one service provider for DSL. When I called the company that didn't offer service, they specifically said "that's [X Company]'s area, so by agreement we can't serve there." What competition are you talking about?

Comment: Re:Also smacks of Google strong arming people (Score 1) 66

by non0score (#47126945) Attached to: YouTube Releases the Google Video Quality Report
So...Google is strong arming ISPs to deliver the bandwidth they promised (which you paid for), and that's bad all of a sudden? And I think you can't fathom the amount of traffic that YouTube gets, so your sense of "margin of error" is probably orders of magnitude off. And at the end of the day, if I don't get my HD stream, then I don't have an HD cat video stream. I don't fucking care if it's within your "margin of error".

If you don't like this tool, well, go find something else that is reasonably objective, not "optimized" by the ISPs, and comes even close to the confidence of this data. Good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 258

by non0score (#46959631) Attached to: The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling
They don't have monopolies? How not? Because you can dig or hang your wires on utility poles without applying for permits? Because AT&T/Comcast/whoeverthefuckelse won't reject these proposals and forcibly mothball them at the said permit application level? You know, monopolies don't come just from the law explicitly saying they're monopolies, but also from laws that lead to stifling of competition.

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 258

by non0score (#46959493) Attached to: The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling
I think the first three cities are trial projects. Then they're ramping up to more cities. However, it'll take time, since I'm pretty sure they don't have nearly enough manpower to service all of continental USA in one go. I mean, no point promising fiber 20 years from now when they don't even know the schedule two years out.

Comment: Re:Range is the issue (Score 2) 258

by non0score (#46897099) Attached to: BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US
You do understand that the GP/TFA is comparing between electric vehicles, right? That Tesla has to haul around more battery than the BMW i3 electric, and is exactly why the Tesla has more range. I'm not sure what ANY of your reply has to do with the GP/topic. Why did you even mention gasoline?

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. -- H. L. Mencken