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Comment Re:Who's making these laws? (Score 1) 273

Unfortunately, there seems to be too few of us who have actually ever read the US Constitution.
Governments are instituted by PEOPLE to PROTECT PEOPLE. Corporations should are NOT people and
they sure as hell don't PROTECT people.

That is rich... You are arguing that you have a Constitutional right to violate the Constitution...

Article 1 Section 8 Clause 8:
The Congress shall have Power...

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

You may not like it but to argue that trying to enforce this clause of the Constitution is unconstitutional is the weakest argument to make.

Comment Re:Pet Rock & Carbon Credits (Score 1) 303

It is simply what all software companies want. A subscription based platform where they can nickle and dime you to death. And you know what? It works. Just look at the thousands of apps for phones that do just that with recurring charges. I have a crap ton of apps on my Nokia (yeah, I know but it works for what I need it to do) that are subscription based. Worse, they are considered a part of the system and cannot be removed. So yeah, a sucker and his money are soon parted.

Comment Re:A biz trying to make a sale? (Score 1) 280

As I said in a previous post, the reason for the single source was the fact that WV has an existing contract with Cisco and instead of going the proper route of purchasing, a very, very painful and dreadfully long process, they simply used the existing contract route. It was improper bidding but it was bid out at one point. The real problem is with the purchasing division here in WV making the entire process something that people want to avoid. Agencies actively seek ways to avoid having their contracts tied up in purchasing red tape for months and even years. Even the former governor Joe Manchin got caught stringing contracts to avoid the limit required to trigger the purchasing rules (Then it was $10,000.00).

For those that don't know, stringing is the process of breaking down large dollar contracts down below the limit required by law for the bidding process. So a $50,000.00 contract would be split into 6 with each being below $10,000 which means no bids were required. They would then be awarded to the contractor one after the other until the true agreed upon amount has been reached. It is skirting the law that was done to keep it out of purchasing. It is the WV purchasing process that is mostly at fault. It shouldn't be that difficult or take as long as it does to get a job done or equipment procured. But here in WV it does!

Comment Re:Newspeak (Score 5, Interesting) 280

Disclaimer: I work in the office where this occurred although NOT a part of this mess...

Having said that, if anyone has ever tried to work with the WV purchasing division you come to realize they practice real hard to rise to a level of incompetency the likes of which would make a pinhead blush. This isn't the first time officials have tried to "get around" them. Joe Manchin himself used a practice called stringing to avoid using them when he was governor. Projects languish over there for years meanwhile the clock is ticking on the funds available. I have had a contract sit there for 18 months with no end in sight.

I am not trying to excuse what was done simply trying to get others to see a broken system in this state. When you make things so difficult to work with of course people try to find a way a way around it. That is human nature. This incident has less to do with any sort of corruption (although some did exist in the Cisco sales rep and his representations) than it had to do with trying to meet the conditions of the grant quickly which was one of the conditions itself. Remember, stimulus funds were supposed to be used for "shovel ready" projects. Few states met that requirement....

Comment Re:How about O2? (Score 1) 156

There is no law in the United States which generally prohibits storage and processing of medical information. It does not apply to you or to a company making security devices.

You know, that is the funny thing about laws.... They can and often do change. I believe all biometrics stored electronically should have the protections of HIPPA. So much can be learned from them that if they fall into the wrong hands can be just as devastating as if a hospital released all your files. Things like this scanner that can detect hemoglobin states is one example of the technology going in a scary direction. What's next, one that detects blood sugar level or cholesterol levels?

Comment Re:So basically what you are saying is... (Score -1, Flamebait) 197

One can agree or disagree with Apple's infringement claims, but the analogy with SCO is unfounded.

How so? They both are using the courts to try and extort money out of their competitors. They both are using flimsy excuses to do the extortion. How are they different? Oh, I see, because Apple continues to manufacture something they are no longer considered trolls... Anyone who uses the legal system as a club to extort money using legal trickery is a troll in my eyes even if they were bloody Mother Theresa otherwise.

And it would serve Apple right if Samsung refused to renew any contracts with them to supply their technology to Apple. It would also serve Apple right if Samsung ended any license Apple may hold for for the use of any of Samsung's patented technology. Good luck building that iPhone without a screen...

Comment Re:Don't be too quick to pass judgement on this on (Score 0) 841

But what Musk does not describe is how the test vehicles are picked to begin with. It wouldn't be the first time a manufacturer rigged a test for a favorable review. I remember quite a few years ago some video card manufacturers got caught rigging their chipsets to detect when they were being tested and report better numbers. Just the simple fact that he states they rig the cars they give to reporters is enough to question the whole test from the start in my eyes.

Comment Re:FTFY (Score 3, Interesting) 295

Another fun thing - make some accounts with variations of your name, close but not exact, then post the passwords in forums and let random people take them where you want. Remember, you're not interested in reputation - you're interested in bad data.

Yea, that is one way to quickly become a blonde, bald, hermaphrodite with serious mental illness bent on world domination. That should trigger the DHS watchlist developers scouring the net for their next target.

Comment Re:Hmm... I can do this for a fraction of the cost (Score 2) 56

To add insult to injury, the power companies in my state are 100% private companies. So here we go bailing out private companies using tax payer money to fix a problem cause by their short sightedness. This again is a failure of capitalism or should I say another success of private industry externalizing the risk and privatizing the profits. I say fuck 'em. Let them use their profits to fix this problem they created.

Comment Re:Valve / Steam... (Score 4, Informative) 371

And there is a very high cost to having a Walmart in your town. Low wages, no or poor health benefits shifting the costs to the taxpayer along with the massive tax incentives they receive that other local businesses can't get drive local businesses out of business. Whole towns have been decimated economically by a Walmart moving in. And when they become the only employer a town has, that town will always be at the mercy of Walmart.

Might I suggest the following for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jazb24Q2s94

Comment Re:Grad school employees and professors (Score 1) 351

It is a moot point in my state at least since teachers aren't salaried. So this whole salaried vs non-salaried argument is not going to be an issue in my state should they follow suit.

Nobody has answered the main thrust of my post though...

Where is the incentive to come up with new ideas and material when those ideas and material are going to be taken from you without compensation above what you would have gotten anyway? That is a question that remains whether the person is salaried or not.

Comment Re:Grad school employees and professors (Score 1) 351

I can see a K-12 school system asking teachers to assign copyrights to creative works that are relevant to their jobs, but not to things that are irrelevant. A 2nd grade teacher who does art work that isn't related to teaching 2nd graders shouldn't have to quit her job to keep the copyrights on her paintings. On the other hand, it is reasonable to tell new-hire or renewing-contract teacher who creates worksheets for use in the classroom that things she creates in the future will belong to the district.

And just how is that promoting anything school related off the clock? Many teachers spend hours off the clock developing innovative ways to teach their subjects. Often times their work load is such that they can't possibly complete their tasks without the extra hours. I see silly things like this rule stifling creative thinking more than promoting it.

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