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Comment: Re:A good strategy (Score 1) 85

by russotto (#49077279) Attached to: Algorithmic Patenting

Patents must be specific enough to describe a particular set of implementations of an idea, rather than just the general idea itself. Despite Slashdot's love of the phrase, "on a computer" does not a patent make.

Not only does "on a computer" make a patent, "on a machine readable medium" (Beauregard claim) is quite sufficient.

On the other hand, that specificity can be problematic when it comes time to actually use the exclusivity a patent provides.

Doctrine of equivalents.

Stop apologizing for the patent system; it's broken.

Comment: Re:Hey well... (Score 1) 132

by russotto (#49068987) Attached to: LG Exec Indicted Over Broken Samsung Washing Machine

There's NOTHING I hate worse than a noisy oven.

The Frigidaire slide-in oven has a fan to cool the controls; it's noisy. The Kitchen Aid (as of a couple of years ago) has no such fan. It's quiet. Unfortunately the controls tend to overheat and fail. Also the door glass explodes spontaneously. Still want the quiet one?

Comment: Re:What is different? (Score 1) 119

by russotto (#49067301) Attached to: FAA Proposes Rules To Limit Commercial Drone Use

The guy running the roofing business, though? He'll have to wait a couple of years or become a pilot and an expert on navigating section 333's paperwork mill

Or he'll just do it. The FAA doesn't have the manpower to catch him... and even if they do catch him once, the fine is $10,000 and thus lots cheaper than doing it legally.

Comment: Re:First Post (Score 1) 267

by russotto (#49061483) Attached to: What Your Online Comments Say About You

Personally I think the solution is to speak up even when you don't care that much. You can't convince the fringe players that they're wrong, but you can demonstrate to them (and others) that the fringe viewpoint is a minority one.

Well, we know one thing that DOESN'T work -- censoring the "fringe" players, and make agreements with all the other forums you can find to also censor them. All that does is convince them that there's a conspiracy to silence them. (why this should convince them so is left as an exercise)

Comment: Re:Unfortunately.... (Score 4, Insightful) 164

by russotto (#49061397) Attached to: Researcher Developing Tattoo Removal Cream

Probably living in a forest, breathing fresh air, eating natural food and drinking source water is less carcinogenic?

Trees pump out all sorts of carcinogenic crap. The Great Smokey Mountains aren't smokey from man-made pollution or fire, after all. If the canopy isn't too heavy, living outdoors means susceptibility to skin cancer. Natural food, especially plants also contains all sorts of toxins. And water in nature can contain lead and arsenic and kill you too. But if you live like that, your chance of cancer might be cut down by getting bitten by a snake or attacked by a wolf or a bear or something, or just hypothermia.

Comment: They used Public Service Announcements (Score 1) 267

by russotto (#49060089) Attached to: What Your Online Comments Say About You

Everyone over the age of 5 knows a Public Service Announcement is propaganda. Of course the comments were more influential; they didn't have to clear a high bar. Give it a few years and everyone will know the comments are mostly from shills, trolls, and know-nothings, and we'll be back to the healthy status quo of no one with any sense believing anything they read without triple-checking it.

"An organization dries up if you don't challenge it with growth." -- Mark Shepherd, former President and CEO of Texas Instruments