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Comment: Precedent in court (Score 1) 97

by phorm (#49178733) Attached to: Has the Supreme Court Made Patent Reform Legislation Unnecessary?

Precedent is good if you can afford to go through court and fight it... especially when trolls like to shop for a venue that's most favorable to them and least to their opponents. While reform might not stop all lawsuits (and certainly the trolls will try for some loopholes where possible) it should hopefully do better at knocking cases out before they even hit the courtroom.

Comment: Drive needles (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by phorm (#49168083) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown

One thing I've tended to wonder, why have a single read-write needle on conventional drives (especially in multi-platter situations). Why not have two needles, one on either side so they can't touch.
Alternately, why not a "track" that runs across the drive with shuttles on either side to perform the reads/writes. You could have two perpendicular tracks to increase performance

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 532

"Give people stable, productive jobs."

Maybe because mental health, jobs, and generally dealing with people in poor life-situations is bloody terrible in N America, though likely less so that in the middle-east.

You'll always have stupid young people making bad decisions. Recruiting for ISIS seems to be better at nabbing these.
The rest seem to be people that are generally pissed off at life and/or smile at the idea of putting the hurt on somebody else. They're sick, and they've found a sick cause to latch on to.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.

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