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Comment: Could also be racism... (Score 0) 140

by xpax666 (#48124883) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?
Edison was born in the US and Tesla was from Croatia. It isn't surprising to me that Edison would be put forth as an example of someone living the American delusion (nee dream), whereas Tesla would've been seen as an 'evil' foreigner. Back in those days, your grandparents were young -- did you think they became prejudiced in their old age? Unlikely.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 1, Troll) 577

by xpax666 (#48042445) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
The software you are using is garbage. Applications don't HAVE to store ANYTHING in the registry -- that's the vendor of your crappy games doing that. Also, each vendor supplies an uninstaller -- obviously yours aren't doing the job. I suggest you have a talk with the thick-headed developers who write your games. Or, just join the rest of us in 2014, get an SSD and don't worry about it.

Comment: Re:XBOX? (Score 1) 616

by xpax666 (#44942241) Attached to: Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?
Windows RT tablets don't run 'native Windows programs' -- but the Surface Pro line most certainly does. You're not obviously not paying attention. Licensing fees can most certainly be an issue, especially if that tablet is an iPad in a corporate environment. Since Windows apps won't run natively on it, you'll need to set up a Remote Desktop/Terminal Server so that people on iPad can use the apps. That means Windows Server license + normal CALs + TS CALs.. it suddenly got a lot more expensive than a rolling it out to a true Windows tablet via SMS/SCCM.

Comment: Re:Not piracy, assholes (Score 1) 261

by xpax666 (#44303733) Attached to: Piracy Rates Plummet As Legal Alternatives Come To Norway
The placement of that bit of entertainment industry propaganda in *A* dictionary does not mean that it is considered valid by anyone. What about other dictionaries? Dictionary.com looks even more shill-like;

2. the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention, trademarked product, etc.: The record industry is beset with piracy.

If I were to subscribe to a definition of this word that includes copyright, I'd probably go with the Cambridge dictionary -- mostly because it adds an important caveat which makes it valid;

[...] the act of illegally copying a computer program, music, a film, etc. and selling it: software/video piracy

I doubt any of the pirates to whom the original definition applied would've considered an act piratical if it didn't involve profit.

Comment: Re:20 dollar sonies (Score 1) 448

by xpax666 (#40309369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?

To stay on-topic, my father was a sound engineer for most of working years, and he insists that these Sony headphones and their studio monitor series are the best ever made. (disclaimer: linked using my associates tag). They are $75, if you want to stick hard on the $50 limit, these or these are very highly rated as well.

Your father was absolutely correct. The Sony MDR-V6 is the best pair of headphones ever made. They have a frequency range that would make even a top-of-the-line current-day Grado cry.

Comment: Re:Forever is a long time... (Score 1) 384

Exactly. While I understand the analogies to things like the brakes on your car, it doesn't really stand up to much scrutiny. The car manufacturer gives you a warranty, and even brakes aren't covered under that unless it's a manufacturing defect. After the warranty is over, unless there was a recall notice, it's up to you. In the case of software, the simple fact of the matter is that NO software is bug-free. Even if it somehow magically were bug-free when delivered, changes to OS, configuration, etc can cause new bugs to be created simply by introducing situations that could not have been anticipated during the initial development. In the end, it would be financial suicide to fix bugs forever for free. A short period (a couple of months) after delivery should be good enough, or in a case where user acceptance testing is required, I'd go with no time at all. If they have these sort of onerous requirements, then it's up to them to figure it out during that process.

Comment: Re:I do not mind (Score 1) 577

by xpax666 (#40018821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What If Intellectual Property Expired After Five Years?

They are in the business to make money. The most money can be made by marketing a drug that does not cure anything, but must be continued to be taken for as long as a person lives. That's their holy grail.

Cures are useful for killing their competitor's products, but isn't a golden goose that continues laying eggs.

IMO, pharma patent laws should be modified to steer research into what's best for the people, not best for the shareholders. Drop the extended patent terms for anything that isn't curative.

Amen. This is one of the biggest problems with patents. In the pharmaceutical industry, the current system encourages this anti-social behavior. A short enough patent term (like the 5 years suggested by the OP) could conceivably do the trick. If they patent a cure, they'd want to cure as many people as quickly as they can as to maximize ROI.

Comment: Re:I do not mind (Score 1) 577

by xpax666 (#40018739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What If Intellectual Property Expired After Five Years?

In the case of products with long development cycles (Pharma, Rockets for man rated launch, etc.) make the patent duration two pronged (this could apply to all patents): 5 years from commercial availability or 20 years total, whichever is shorter. Same for (C), 5/20. I realize there is a simple game of the system: don't start selling until 15 years from patent or copyright grant date, but at least it's an improvement on what we have now, and profit incentives will keep this from happening in many cases. The only real issue with this is the classic: Manufacturer discovers 2 ways to make a widget, method A, which is efficient, and method B, which has an incremental cost of 10% more. The manufacturer patents both methods, thus keeping B away from potential competitors. My plan would not solve this, but at least method A is available in 5 years. It is conceivable that they might start with method B and in 5 years switch to method A, but I think that the shareholders would be all over them for doing that, and if the cost difference is low enough between the two methods that the shareholders wouldn't care, then I think the cost of switching methods would be too high to make such a plan worth it. -nB

The idea works for me. Perhaps the solution to the issue you pose is that if the same organization (or a lateral/vertical division thereof) patents two methods, and only brings one to market, the other patent is invalidated.

+ - American-Made Fighter, Flown By Brit, Found in Egyptian Desert By Pole.->

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Jimme Blue (1683902) writes "In the latest instance of long-lost WWII aircraft arising from the mists of .... erm, in this case the desert (previously http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/world/british-wwii-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_c1) a P-40 Kittyhawk has been found in remarkably good condition. A shiny nickel goes to the first person that can tell us where to find it on Google Earth!"
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