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Comment: Free (Score 1) 353 353

The best you can do is get your company to agree that it is okay for you to put a BSD-style license on it and share it with the community. As long as it not special-sauce kind of code, they may actually agree. I've done this myself.

But don't count on ever making any extra side-money for work you've done on their dime.

Comment: Re:more NOS and less lense flare (Score 1) 332 332

> My opinion is that "First Contact" is the best Star Trek movie we have seen so far.

If you totally ignore what they did to Picard's character, I would agree.Watch the RedLetterMedia for a thorough accounting of what they did to Picard.

Comment: Re:Sounds awesome except.... (Score 1) 191 191

> we just need to look at how often the patent database is used by inventors as a resource when they're looking for solutions to problems they have.

This has probably been brought up before, but typically companies will instruct their people to _not_ look at existing patents. The reason for this is that if they do create something that is similar to an existing patent, they can justifiably claim ignorance and avoid the treble damages associated with 'willful infringement'.

Comment: Re:Ramifications (Score 1) 334 334

>then the photographer owns the copyright. I don't see how that can be undone.

It can't. The problem is that there is (generally) no model release form. Posting photos anywhere would require written content of the model. I'm surprised I haven't heard of any cases using this idea. Or am I missing something.

Comment: Re:Oh, it's on SyFy? (Score 2) 167 167

>Actually (to answer the AC), Wesley Crusher was the annoying one, mostly due to the Mary-Sue-ing scriptwriters

The glut of Wesley episodes (many substandard) came about like this: A writer writes a WC episode that's well received so producers tell writers to whip up some more. Writers' Strike comes along and all they have all these WC scripts which end up getting aired as a result. Or something like that.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (Score 1) 512 512

We have different "languages": Legalese, Tech speak, memes, Diplomatic speak. I would expect that such would be the case here. The metaphor speak may be their formal form. At least, that's my take on it.

Favorite episodes: The Inner Light, Best of Both Worlds, Family

Comment: Re:French government (Score 1) 248 248

There are times where "double jeopardy" (seemingly) does not apply. Specifically, if a judge is corrupt and has been paid off to throw a case for a defendant, the case can be tried again once the corruption has been revealed. This admittedly is a borderline situation but it does happen.

United States

Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa 398 398

dcblogs writes "Detroit, a city in bankruptcy and dealing with a shrinking population, hopes to turn itself around with the help of 50,000 employment-based green cards. In exchange for the visa, an immigrant would be required to 'live and work' in Detroit for an undetermined length of time. The visas would be made available under the EB-2 visa category, a visa for advanced degree professionals or those deemed with 'exceptional ability' in the sciences, arts and business. The proposal was made by Michigan's governor, Rick Snyder. Daniel Costa, an immigration policy analyst at Economic Policy Institute, said Snyder would have more credibility on the issue if he were doing more to help workers in Detroit. In 2011, the state cut jobless benefits by six weeks to 20. 'I also think the federal government should be offering people in the U.S. some money and land in Detroit if they'll move there,' said Costa, or 'just offer it to people across the country who have advanced degrees.'"

Real computer scientists don't program in assembler. They don't write in anything less portable than a number two pencil.

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