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Comment: Re: Mind boggling (Score 2) 167

by wiredlogic (#47983165) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

The dot com frenzy of the 1990s was an example of long term investing that didn't work out.

No. That was gambling in hopes of striking it rich by getting in early on a company that balloons to 1000x PE in the frenzy. It helped that there were a lot of naive day traders around to supply cash for the big fish to gobble up.

Comment: Re:Defending software patents (Score 3, Interesting) 92

by wiredlogic (#47938817) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

Many software patents fail the obviousness test or get by because of ignorant examiners. A disproportionate number of software patents are just doing something that is commonplace in the physical world but only now "with a computer" or "over the internet" as the innovative step. Then comes the standpoint that algorithms aren't patentable while many software patents are only describing an algorithmic process.

The USPTO also has a massive conflict of interest in being dependent on funding from application and maintenance fees. They milk the gravy train of software patents for all it's worth even if it isn't in the public interest to do so as demonstrated by all the NPEs that collect patents for the sole purpose of litigation. It's easiest for the trolls to do this with software patents because it requires little expenditure of effort to come up with something "novel" that will get accepted by an examiner.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 981

by wiredlogic (#47928815) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

their long term goals include taking over the mideast, followed by Europe, and eventually, the entire globe.

How are innumerate people going to operate the machinery needed to produce the necessary weapons for such a task? They are delusional in wanting to return to a pre-industrial society while being dependent on industrialization to fight for that lofty goal.

Comment: Barriers will fall once the money comes rolling in (Score 3, Insightful) 213

by wiredlogic (#47894017) Attached to: Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

As soon as space mining becomes practical on the near horizon Congress will take the necessary action to legalize it. Otherwise they risk losing all of the money and jobs (not to mention the brib... er campaign contributions) from the support services that would go to non-US companies in countries who aren't signatories to the treaty.

Comment: Re:Eat real foods, mostly veg, not too much (Score 1) 291

by wiredlogic (#47881903) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Dr. Oz has always been a shill hiding behind his credentials to tout scam artists by proxy.

The anti-salt propaganda has as much basis as the "wisdom" of drinking eight glasses of water a day. It became a thing everyone "knows" is true without questioning if there is any factual support. Nobody has ever demonstrated a mechanism for how salt intake causes heart disease. All you ever get is a lot of hand waving and vague statistics collected from people who already have advanced CV disease.

Short of drinking excessive amounts of salt water your kidneys will do their job and maintain isotonic balance by pissing away any salt your body doesn't need. Unless you have compromised renal function there is no substantiated reason to moderate salt intake.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 3, Informative) 499

That's not how the questions are presented by the investigators. Every time I've been asked it's always phrased as a question of affiliation with any anti-government group, violent or otherwise. I always truthfully denied it while pondering why they don't believe in the truly American, constitutionally backed principle of toppling an oppressive government.

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford