* Swallow pill to cure: Every orally delivered medicine, past and future now owes me big time
* Push button to Switch on: Every device in existence will now have to invent a new gesture to switch itself on.
* Click button to Submit: Most websites and applications..
* Pull handle to open: All doors.
This isn't about prior art, it is about what is patentable: The implementation (invention) or the gesture to interact with the implementation.
Go to Google Drive, create a spreadsheet. In your spreadsheet, go to Tools/Script Editor. This will open a web based editor in your browser, and you can start programming. Click on Publish/Deploy as a web app, and now you're set. Build anything from simple functions used within your spreadsheet to full fledged web apps with a user interface. Easy as pie.
The pretty good book on Google Script will get you started in no time.
Should a completely secular serial killer be let off easy, simply because "hey, at least he/she didn't target a specific group"?
Do the police not protect black people? Do the courts refuse to take on cases against black people?
If black people do feel more insecure, maybe we should be fixing these issues first, instead of making examples out of others.
Hate crimes are essentially "thought crimes" + some "action".
Thought crimes on their own are specifically protected and considered an essential part of liberty and freedom, and this country has enshrined that in our freedom of speech laws. It follows that the criminality (and punishment) of the "action", should not be affected by the thought behind it.
It also means variable salary, which is also a useful tool to LOWER someones effective salary, when either they (or the firm) does not do well. You see, if your salary cannot be lowered, then you will only work so hard as to not get fired. Working any harder is a complete waste of effort.
Peter Gibbons: The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.
Bob Porter: Don't... don't care?
Peter Gibbons: It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now.
Bob Slydell: I beg your pardon?
Peter Gibbons: Eight bosses.
Bob Slydell: Eight?
Peter Gibbons: Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.
One difference being that with physical goods, the cost of keeping/maintaining inventory often drives discounts and final pricing. In the digital realm this driving force gets replaced by the exposure factor. Discounting/bundling creates exposure, which in turn drives more sales. Given the guaranteed minimum payoff to the developer, this may actually a good thing.
As a developer I would worry more about the perceived value of my product. If it gets frequently discounted to a certain value, I may still make the same amount of money (or more.. look at Angry Birds) however it also solidifies the value/cost perception of the product in peoples minds, and maybe I care about that perception.
most "promotions" and position changes are a nice way of them trying to move you somewhere useful rather than just getting rid of you entirely.
I've seen this happen a "lot" in my industry..
Here's a couple of questions to figure out..
Are they doing this as part of a larger plan, or to keep you happy and give you more money?
If the the former, then you need to figure out what they plan to do with your current position. Hire an outsider? Promote someone from the team? Shrink the team?
If they plan to promote someone from the team, and you refuse your promotion, It could trickle down and you could end up reporting to someone currently in the team..