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Comment Bad idea (Score 4, Insightful) 164

You want legal forms generated by Phil Grognard from his basement? No thanks - I trust Phil (mostly) to write software that doesn't crash all the time, but I don't want him looking out for my legal interests, and I don't particularly believe that he understands, for example, the limits of nondisclosure agreements with regard to pre-existing works in my particular state. Just use the Nolo books. They are inexpensive, far less expensive than 10 minutes of an attorney's time (literally).

Comment Form an LLC. (Score 5, Interesting) 221

Get the Nolo book about how to form an LLC. Read it. Form the LLC. Transfer ownership of the application to the LLC and make sure this is unambiguous. Then have the LLC sell your software. Be sure to use the LLC in a clear and unambiguous fashion. Distribute profits to the members immediately upon receiving them. If a big awful patent challenge occurs and you can't afford to oppose the bad guy, then you can have the LLC declare bankruptcy and the big awful patent owner can't pursue the profits that you have already distributed to the members. Also, lobby your senators and representatives for software patent reform, assuming you live in the US.

Comment Mod parent up (Score 1) 441

Yes. The reporter is stupid and annoying when claiming that the cause of coke on the cash is "well understood" and then proceeds to claim it's from (a) everyone rolling up dollar bills and snorting it, and (b) money changes hands during a drug transaction, "of course". Problems are, (a) dollar bills are probably filthier than coke and everyone knows it; and (b) what, is the coke not in plastic bags? Is the money transported along with loose cocaine rather than being exchanged for cocaine?

Comment Mod parent up (Score 1) 324

You just need to design a lot of games and then your resume becomes the best 3 of them. The language is not very important because once you get the job, you are probably going to have to use some horrible internally-developed scripting language, if we are talking about PC or console games. If it's Web game design you're interested in then just use Flash.

Comment That is overstating it. (Score 1) 165

There's no need to overstate things. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse article would be enhanced with video (and it has had a video clip for a long time). [[Atomic bomb]]. [[Nirvana]]. The [[wing]] article, showing the vortices of air. It's easy to name a hundred articles that would benefit from a video clip right on the page, for the education of the reader.

Obama Taps IBM Open Source Advocate For USPTO 88

langelgjm writes "President Obama has announced his intent to nominate David Kappos, a VP and general counsel at IBM, to head the US Patent and Trademark Office. This move is particularly notable not only because of IBM's much friendlier attitudes towards open source compared with some of their rivals, but also because Kappos himself is open source-friendly: 'We are now the biggest supporters of the open source development project,' explains David. 'Admittedly this policy is not easily reconcilable with our traditional IP strategy, but we are convinced that it is the way to go for the future.' Not just a lawyer, Kappos earned an engineering degree before working in the legal field. Kappos has been described as 'critical of the American approach to patent policy.' Given his background, could this mean a new era for US patent policy?"

EFF Busts Illegitimate Subdomain Patent 96

eldavojohn writes "Unlike a lot of community support protection programs, the EFF's Patent Busting Project is starting to bear real fruit instead of just leveling the finger at offenders. The USPTO is revoking an illegitimate patent granted in 2004 that sounds like automatically assigning subdomains. Sites like Wordpress, LiveJournal, or basically anyone with generated subdomains have been doing this for quite some time. If you have some extra cash, now's the time to pony up a few bucks so the EFF can carry on as one of the few organizations genuinely protecting your interests."

Comment Not only that... (Score 1) 229

As the IT guy, your job is to optimize the productivity of the people who are getting the film made, right? Therefore you need to do a survey of everybody and find out what software they are all familiar with, and then you need to use that. If you need to train them on new software, then that is not only a waste of your time, but much more importantly, it's a waste of their time. Don't use this as an opportunity to push your agenda. Just get them working immediately using whatever software they are currently comfortable with.

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