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Comment: Talk to us first if you wish to patent the changes (Score 1) 2

by Bruce Perens (#49564231) Attached to: Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia

It's very common these days for companies to allow universities to use their technology at the cost of tying the company into the university's patent revenue. And of course this is often publicly-funded research, so not only is the taxpayer paying for the development of patents used to sue that same taxpayer, the patents go directly to a company from academia.

The net effect is to feed intellectual property centered companies at the expense of the technology sector in general and small technology companies in particular.

Comment: *USB* Ports (Score 1) 32

HDMI's not USB. The speaker jack is usually not USB. An external webcam with a bandaid over it to block it is really not much more useful than the built-in webcam with a bandaid over it.

External DVD, yes, if the laptop doesn't have one built in (my wife's ultra-portable doesn't; my work laptop does.) No, if there's a built-in, unless you really need the blu-ray burner. And yes, external hard drive sometimes (USB3 are becoming common enough these days, but there was a while you might use E-SATA instead.)

I'd prefer mouse and keyboard to connect over Bluetooth rather than USB, but most "wireless" mice and keyboards insist on using their own USB-frob to actually connect to the device, running whatever random standard or non-standard.

Comment: Re:Still Acesulfame K (yuk!) (Score 1) 395

by billstewart (#49563591) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Sorry, you're not getting my caffeine until you pry my cold dead fingers off the coffee cup.

The other sweetener I've seen showing up in sodas lately has been stevia. I normally avoid the stuff like the plague - tastes worse to me than aspartame does, though in a rotting-organic-bad way rather than a metallic-fake way. Maybe cola flavors can mask that, though.

Comment: Re:KDBus - another systemd brick on the wall (Score 1) 190

by squiggleslash (#49563293) Attached to: Linux 4.1 Bringing Many Changes, But No KDBUS

Yes, it absolutely does. It ties functionality together in a way which is designed to be difficult to tease apart specifically because of NIH.

That's not a helpful reply. SystemD does not resemble "The Windows way". It's a long time coming fix to something that's been considered creaky and crappy now for about 20 years. It integrates things that shouldn't have been separate in the first place. Is it really the "Unix way" for instance to handle login shell sessions only if they come in via serial ports or the framebuffer/USB keyboard, but not via TCP sockets?

It's tying functionality together because it's the same functionality, and it shouldn't be replicated in three different places, managed by eleven different daemons, with 871 different security models.

Windows way? No. It doesn't resemble Windows even slightly.

Comment: Re:Which patent trolls ... (Score 1) 29

by slew (#49562791) Attached to: Google Launches a Marketplace To Buy Patents From Interested Sellers

Patent trolls are simply motivated by money, and they hardly care about being anonymous (or shamed). I suspect that all this will enable is patent sellers to create a virtually unstoppable army of mini-patent tr0lls that brings the industry to it's knees.

Mini-patent tr0lls will exactly how real-estate tr0lls currently work. Real-estate tr0lls buy up irregular lots (often thin-strips of property that border streets and various rights-of-way) that appear to have no commercial value, but they use them hold them hostage when a developer want to develop the adjacent land and shake them down for lots of money. Of course you really have to know the terrain and the local real-estate market (not to mention schmooze with local planning officials and city council members) to execute this strategy, but if often doesn't take much money. And why yes I have direct (painful) experience dealing with real-life real-estate tr0lls when my parents were trying to develop a subdivision.

Tragically, the MLS (multi-list service for property) made this real-estate tr0ll strategy available to less sophisticated investors in a similar way the MLS enabled small-time chinese investors to invest in the real-estate market in the US. Even though all real-estate transactions (principals and the sale price) are public record, there are so many of them, it creates a form of anonymity.

This new breed of patent-tr0ll instead of having lots of money, will instead use their domain knowledge to looks for specific low-cost patents that they can use to hold the industry hostage. Using this type of patent clearing house will make it easier and lower risk and multiply the number of people trying to do this. Maybe I should think seriously starting a new career as a mini-patent tr0ll... Or maybe I can just patent the idea ;^)

I don't think a patent clearing house like this is even *remotely* a perfect solution and will likely just trade a few well funded pariah patent-tr0ll companies (e.g., intellectual ventures), for a virtual army of anonymous mini-patent-tr0lls...

(f.y.i, used "tr0ll" to avoid the lameness filter)

Comment: Your ignorance knows no limits (Score 1) 304

by DerekLyons (#49562515) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

Your post missed my point, that my G+ circles have more content, and the unspoken point, that G+ gives me more control over content.

On the contrary. If one platform has more content than the other, that's a result of your choices, not the platform. If you fail to exercise the options offered over the content resulting a lower s/n ratio, that's your choice, not the platforms fault.

My answer isn't "typical FB-style", it's the blunt truth. You're a clueless fool who is blaming the tool rather than the operator.

Comment: So where do these super-teacher come from? (Score 1) 315

by slew (#49562351) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

My guess is that people aren't born super-teachers, but cut there teeth in classroom getting direct feedback on what works and what doesn't. If we eliminate the path to create new super-teachers, how will we ever update these "super-lectures". Even if you believe that these core subjects don't change, you must be forgetting about the ever-present "politically-correct" movement (which will no doubt render recorded versions of lectures obsolete after about 10 years and even likely forcing the super-teacher into oblivion as their clever stock presentation becomes dated).

To pick a more droll example, look at comedians at the top of their game. Nearly all of them still pop-in to dive comedy clubs to test their new material before unrolling it to a more general audience.

If we ever go down this route, we will be dooming ourselves like the companies (or countries) that allow brain-drain until they can't recreate the magic that they had originally.

I guess it makes me sad that people even want to suggest this route. They have to know what the end result it if you kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Maybe that's the one lesson they never learned in school...

Comment: Re:Shady Misinformation About Real Name Policy Too (Score 1) 304

by squiggleslash (#49562001) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

Who said he was using Facebook? I also avoided G+, and had avoided FB for much the same reason.

FWIW my "social networking" involved various Blogging networks (such as LJ) and Twitter. Google+ would probably have had me given they made it a super Twitter, but for the real names policy.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 396

by squiggleslash (#49561691) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

sugar (is) pretty much the only ingredient that does NOT have a daily % listed. It is due to the sugar lobby fighting reports from years back showing sugar is the real killer and reason for obesity in so many folks.

Based upon the standard label:

Total Carb: 39g 13%
Sugars: 38g

the recommendations are not micromanaging which types of carb you eat - doesn't matter if you're eating potatoes or sugar, the recommendation is of the total - and for those with dietary concerns about sugars specifically (such as people with diabetes) the critical information is right there.

This makes sense. If from a health point of view, outside of specific concerns about diabetes, there's no "right" balance of sugars to non-sugars, then I wouldn't expect the label to suggest you have to eat a certain amount of sugars each day.

Comment: Still Acesulfame K (yuk!) (Score 1) 396

by billstewart (#49561629) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Aspartame doesn't taste as bad to me as saccharin did, but it's still bad, and the soda companies usually use acesulfame K as well, which tastes far worse (but doesn't break down as quickly as aspartame.) Unfortunately, Pepsi's keeping the acesulfame K in their recipe, so it'll still taste bad.

When I want diet soda, I drink iced tea. Tastes better, and restaurants give you refills. (And if it's bad iced tea, you can add lemon and sugar.)

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 396

by squiggleslash (#49561601) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Sales of diet Pepsi are falling because half of them are buying Pepsi Max instead

I suspect Pepsi Max would be in that bracket of "Diet sodas" whose sales are falling. In any case, could it be that Pepsi Max exists because sales of diet sodas are falling? That is, it was an attempt to remarket a failing product?

Comment: Re:Half the story. (Score 1) 235

If only your "Exhibit A" wasn't mostly selective golden memory tinted by rose colored glasses. The "great uplift" was indeed (mostly) great - if you were a white collar worker in the city, or an industrial worker with a union. For the laborers down on the farm, the topic of discussion, not so much.

And even then the "great uplift" wasn't powered by smaller profit margins or worker's rights - it was powered by rising salaries, employment, and consumer spending. (Emphasis on the last.) It couldn't last, and it didn't.


Or is your argument really that there fundamentally aren't enough physical resources for everyone to get high quality goods ?

My argument is that you're fundamentally clueless to the nature of the discussion, and confuse nebulous and abstract "high quality goods" with the reality of agriculture.

Comment: Re:File manager without file, edit, view.. (Score 1) 399

by squiggleslash (#49560319) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

They did include a "classic mode" from the start. It was originally called "Fallback". Over time they've updated how and why they implemented it, but the classic desktop was never really removed, just hidden behind absurd levels of obfuscation because they really thought you'd like GNOME Shell if only you'd use it.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson