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Comment Re:servers (Score 1) 121

Low-power chips are great for low-load servers.

Yup. I've had my home server/access-point/router/stereo/whatever running on a K6-2 for years, now. The only time I notice it's slow is when aptitude takes its time reading or updating its database. Even an Atom would be a massive speed upgrade, but I just don't need it.

Comment Re:Exploitation (Score 1) 383


Most students are not. Most of these inventions were produced by graduate students performing research. Most graduate students doing research in areas that have commercially valuable applications are paid to do that research.

So almost all of these patents and royalties are coming from the work of graduate students who were supported by research grants - employees of the university, essentially.

I'm a graduate student in computer science. I'm paid to do research. Honestly, I'm not even sure whether I am allowed to use the code I've written here after I graduate. But I can release it with an open license (at least open for research use) before I leave to get around that, I think. It's a fairly murky area, and I get the feeling most grad students don't understand the full implications. Most times, no one really cares. However, it is very clear that if there is money involved, the university gets a cut.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead