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Comment: let's exapand this to all law... (Score 3, Insightful) 278

by vkt-tje (#37477058) Attached to: Tax Loopholes No Longer Patentable

I suppose a tax loophole is nothing more then a clever application of the law, right?
So, forget about tax laws, take a simple example traffic rules.

Well, then I'm filing a patent for stopping at a red light: everyone that stops at a red light must pay me 1$.

This is exactly the same as a patent on a tax loophole: the application of laws.
You must pay the patent holder for using a specific tax loophole, which is just an application of the law.
Now I'm making you all paying for applying another law.

Patents are hilarious and disastrous.

Comment: There can be several reasons why a product doesn't (Score 1) 181

by vkt-tje (#37205740) Attached to: Is the Quick Death of Failed Tech Products a Good Thing?

There can be several reasons why a product doesn't sell.
One of the possible reasons is that the product in question is crap.
In that case the manufacturer will have learned all there is to learn from their screw-up in a very short time. It is then no problem that the product gets pulled rather soon.

A second possibility is that the competition is better and/or cheaper. Also in that case the manufacturer can take their expensive/under-performing product rapidly off the market.

But in many cases the reason that a product doesn't not sell immediately is simply that the consumers don't know it exists. Established names like Apple, and Microsoft can bring out a product and even get coverage on the evening news. Others simply don't get that exposure to the masses. Then it is normal that a product doesn't take of immediately.
The problem is that while a product is on the shelf, competing products are coming out. Since they are newer, there is a large possibility that they will be better or cheaper, pushing the "old" product towards one of the categories described above...


A How-To Website For Australian Voters 158

Posted by timothy
from the voting-by-esp-was-ruled-out dept.
Twisted64 writes "If you're interested in voting below the line in the upcoming federal election in Australia, but don't want to waste time in the booth individually ranking up to 76 candidates (for the unfortunates in New South Wales), then Cameron McCormack's website may have what you need. The website allows voters to set their preferences beforehand, dragging and dropping Stephen Conroy at the bottom of the barrel and thrusting the Sex Party into pole position (as an utterly random example). Once preferences are set, the site can generate a PDF to be printed and taken to the booth." (More, below.)

Comment: Land surface cost? (Score 1) 635

by vkt-tje (#33079988) Attached to: Nuclear Energy Now More Expensive Than Solar

Does this study include the cost of the surface area (land) needed to put up a solar plant of industrial sizing?

Maybe NC has enough free space, but there are regions on this globe that are in high demand of energy, but where there simply is not enough space (at affordable price) to build such a power plant.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.