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Comment Re:Of course it protects the small investor (Score 1) 267

"Contract Law 101" : The term 101 seems to indicate that you don't know anything outside the USA since this term is meaningless to anyone who did not go through the US School system .... likewise US contract Law and UK/European Contract law, although based in the same roots are very different nowadays ...

Comment Re:Of course it protects the small investor (Score 1) 267

He is an inventor, not a businessman ...

He should not have to "pay attention to the business side" that is what Patents are supposed to protect inventors from

So Patents protect you from people stealing your idea, unless they make minor changes, or you cannot afford to defend it, or they can afford better lawyers than you....so no protection at all really ...

This is what I hate about Dragons Den/Shark Tank they get people with good ideas who have no business sense, and they get no help ...They get other people with a very basic idea and business sense and they get help, even though they don't really need it ...

Comment Re:How are we getting there? (Score 2) 266

Number of humans that have been to the moon : 12
Number of humans that have been as far as the moon 24 (Including the 12 above)
Number that have been out of near earth orbit in the last 40 years : 0

In 1970 we were landing on the moon, could travel as a regular commercial passenger at Mach 2, had a plane that cruised for long distances at Mach 3+ (Although we did not know it at the time), and now we don't ....

Forget Mars we can't even get to the moon anymore ...

Comment Re:What. The. Fuck? (Score 1) 618

Marketeers are at fault on both sides

1GB = 1,000,000,000 Bytes of Hard Disk - but software normally uses GiB so displays as 0.931 (But shows in GB)
1GiB = 1,073,741,824 Bytes of Memory - Software displays as 1.0 (GB)

The classic case is the 1.44MB 3.5" HD floppy disk ...
They were Technically 2MB capacity, were 1440 KiB (1474560 Bytes) formatted which is 1.40625 MiB (which is 1.47456MB) but was marketed as 1.44MB (1000 * 1024)!

Comment Re:As an ASL Interpreter... (Score 1) 44

Don't use ASL it is unlike English specific to USA/Canada and West Africa is not mutually intelligible with most other sign languages and is largely unknown outside the Deaf community

There is no deaf sign language that is reasonably universal like English is in spoken languages so using ASL as a base will alienate many of your potential users ...

The biggest issue is "Gorilla Arm" if you are making a lot of small precise gestures with arms out you get tied extremely quickly, which is why most sign languages avoid this, but most mockups of gesture systems show exactly this type of gesture

 

Comment Re:LaMacchia Loophole (Score 4, Informative) 175

Thanks to them closing the "LaMacchia Loophole" you can now be charged with theft and wire fraud for downloading copyright material even if you never had any intention or likelihood of making money from it ...

So now doing something that could *potentially* make you large amounts of money from (but in reality could not) is prosecuted as if you were a crime boss with vast assets from your criminal activity even though you are in reality a poor student ....

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