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Comment Re:How about mass disobedience? (Score 1) 412

There is zero reason for authors to get repeated income for eternity for work they did once. There is no incentive for authors to stay creative if after an initial hit they get paid forever. If authors today have a difficult time (and gosh they are the only once who are having a rough time right now..) then they should have negotiated a better deal for their services.

I, and most other people in this world, have to work every day to make a living. The work I did yesterday is no guarantee that I do not have to work today. I fail to see why this should be any different for actors, authors, musicians and artists.

Comment Re:Been there... (Score 1) 848

Amen! There is nothing wrong with putting in some extra work to make you stand out. The OP needs to decide if he wants short-term or long-term benefit. If he wants his reward now, then he should try and negotiate a reward. If he can settle for later, he needs to see this as an investment.

My personal anecdote: I started out about 20 years ago as a tech support engineer. We provided tools to customers and asked them to run a set of diagnostics before sending product back. The tools were written by engineering and totally incomprehensible for regular customers (hit ctrl-shift-F11, then fill in some hex stuff and read bit 7 for the result).

I wanted a better tool, so I set out to write one. Instead of writing the full implementation, I wrote a mock-up in my own time that showed the user-friendly interface and some basic stuff. My tech support boss was very happy and let me write the rest on his time. My tool became the standard for customer diagnostics for a long time. I continued to write other tools as well.

Eight years ago the company closed my office (I was the last person out). I bought the local lab equipment from them. After 6 months they called me if I could modify one of my old tools to support new products. Sure I could! I became a contractor for their tools. And even to this day I make a nice income on the side supporting their tool sets. The experience I gained has helped me a lot in my career, I landed a number of interesting jobs because of the initial effort and investment I made 20 years ago.

Comment Re:And that is the problem with nuclear (Score 4, Interesting) 493

Thank you! Great explanation.

Perhaps a thought.. Since the area around Fukushima is now unsuitable to grow crops and to (re)build cities, how about re-using that area for something sensible? Like building a new nuclear power plant far enough from the ocean front to withstand the next occurrence of such a tsunami, and with safe techniques like Thorium molten salt systems?

In the extremely unlikely event that anything catastrophic happens to such a plant, they already have a 20-mile radius where there's no damage done. And the new technology makes it pretty darn likely that such an event will not turn into a larger catastrophe.

Comment Re:Small, yes, but keep some perspective... (Score 1) 487

This makes the old small apps even more amazing. They did not have a big O/S to support their function. Open a file, read or write it, send a string to a screen and read a keyboard. That's about it. The app was on it's own.

I wrote a terminal program to access modem BBSes in 1991. All in Z80 assembly, capable of controlling a modem, handling dialup, store numbers, quick dial, you name it. Size: 3.7Kbyte. In contrast, I get a Logitech mouse and it comes with a 20MB driver and 100's of MB utilities. What on earth could be the added value of all that code?!?

Comment Re:Don't Worry - Let him try it for a while (Score 1) 459

I suggest Mr. Motti set an example for us all. Have him install one of these boxes on all computers he personally uses to access the Internet. Better yet, any MEP who agrees with this proposal shall voluntary install these protective devices on their systems. Obviously, the people of Europe have a right to monitor the results of a test like this, so full disclosure online of all logs would be appropriate.

Let's see how well this works for them..

Comment Re:A clean uncluttered rectangle wasn't that obvio (Score 2) 313

What on earth is the value of a smaller or larger bezel? When is it no longer an infringement? When it is 1mm wider? 3mm? 60cm? Fact of the matter is that a square without buttons is not unique nor new. My Navigon GPS has no buttons, it's square, has a touch screen and existed before the iPad. It can run multiple programs (picture viewer, handsfree kit and moving map navigation).

Claiming rights on a rectangle is stupid.

Comment Re:This is why... - Easy fix (Score 2) 436

There is an easy fix for this. Make patents non-transferable. Whomever invents something can claim a patent on the invention and reap the benefits for a limited time. Once the inventor dies, or the company folds or gets bought, the invention becomes public domain.

The real problem is that patents or no longer a means, they are the end.

Comment Re:Disposable address (Score 1) 151

I have a domain that I use to receive email on. The main email box does not get used at all for incoming our outgoing mail, ever.
When I need to sign up to a website (eg then I create an alias and forward it to my regular inbox. I always opt out of newsletters and other stuff. If I ever get spam addressed to, I know that somesite does not respect my opt out, has been hacked, or their database has been abused. That's the last time I did business with somesite, and the alias disappears.

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