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Comment As an example of the difference (Score 1) 44

One thing to consider is the existence of what SF calls "bullet time", or when time appears to slow.

This is what it feels like when, in addition to your heart racing, you literally are recording everything you perceive. We get rid of almost everything we see, hear, feel, touch, and taste, but in bullet time, or emergency time, we turn the recorders on full, so that we can analyze how we escaped the dingoes trying to eat us, or the event that might have killed us.

If we did that all the time, we'd run out of storage. So we toss most of it away.

On a personal level, it is kind of cool. But it's there for a reason, to help you learn to avoid things that might get you killed, or almost did.

Comment They weren't really needed (Score 1) 207

After China took the suggestions of myself and others to investigate converting their most modern coal power plant designs to cogeneration and start using air scrubbers (which use water for the most part), resulting in the same quantity of coal producing twice as much end power and heating, they were able to shelve the bad designs. With the added solar and wind power they have now found is cheaper is coal, they sidelined an additional quantity of coal plants as well.

The game is over. We won.

Adapt.

Comment Re:But the Qualcomm product is worth it (Score 1) 57

Let's be clear. Just because they agreed to accept payments by licensing under RAND does not mean they gave up their to determining how much is owed under RAND. And if some parties were to shortchange them, they would be within their rights to refuse licensing. And until those parties sued for breach and won, FTC has no business jumping to the conclusion that market-wide harm was caused. In fact, even if some parties won a claim of breach, FTC still would have shaky standing because IP ownership of patent holders is unquestionable and absolute while SEP participation is voluntary (and may or may not be argued to be revocable with no penalties other than the ones explicitly outlined when entering into the SEP agreement). Certainly the fact that the "harmed" parties already have means of redress makes the bar to prove that market place was harmed much higher.

Comment Re:But the Qualcomm product is worth it (Score 1) 57

They -uh- have?

Not in court. My point remains that the parties which were purportedly damaged have a way to redress their grievances through court without FTC. And only the damaged parties have standing to ask for redress. FTC cannot claim damage to overall marketplace until after a court has ruled that there were some parties damaged through a breach of a contract.

Comment Re:would be more credible (Score 1) 263

It says right in the summary that the investigation has been going on for years already. And the timing makes little difference here, and if Trump gets involved it would be a scandal for many reasons unrelated to race.

Well, by all means, then they must be appalled (appalled!) that there is gambling... I mean DISCRIMINATION going on there. Clearly, they had enough evidence create a sham, but not enough to charge, and they had it a while ago and just decided to deploy it at the very moment when it would be most politically damaging to the incoming administration.

Comment Re:Bashing Windows 10 (Score 1) 500

I just think the hoopla over telemetry is unwarranted. It's hype over something that isn't much of anything. People only care about this issue because techweenies keep bringing it up as some sort of evil overlord ordeal when it's really nothing so sinister, nor glamorous, it's just stupid statistics that no one should honestly give a flying f about.

good thing you don't work in medical research then, sunshine. or anything that's supposed to be secure.

Comment would be more credible (Score 4, Insightful) 263

If they filed before the election instead of the day before inauguration of a President from the opposing party. Once again, if Trump drops the suit, he is racist. If Trump wins the suit, it's Trump persecuting the tech sector while Obama protected minority rights. Who are these jokers kidding?

Comment Re:But the Qualcomm product is worth it (Score 1) 57

Had Qualcomm not entered into an agreement to license its SEPs at RAND rates, in exchange for the inclusion of its tech in widely-used telecom standards; had they simply kept their patents to themselves and forced the standards body to make due without Qualcomm's patented tech, FedGov would not have a case.

Is it common practice for FTC to sue to enforce contracts? Shouldn't the suit be brought by the parties which suffered because of the breach? Unless, FTC is a party to SEP agreement, then it should have not standing to sue for the breach. Even if it were a party, FTC would not be able to demonstrate damages to the FTC, so it would not have standing to sue. The only standing it can show in this case is as an entity entrusted with ensuring that monopoly power is not abused. But using government-granted limited-time monopolies for bargaining purposes is not an abuse of a monopoly. It is the intended purpose of patents.

This is FedGov suing an inventor that has lied, cheated, and violated both contracts and trust in order to advance its own position at the expense of others and do serious damage to the market in the process.

Wouldn't some of the parties damaged by the breach of trust have to show that the breach has occurred before a claim can be made that the marketplace as a whole was damaged?

Comment Re:But the Qualcomm product is worth it (Score 1) 57

But patents, as such, are government-granted monopolies. It is a bit (just a bit) mind-boggling that the government would grant monopolies and then sue the inventors whose monopolies are successful. Ownership (of anything) is the right to deny use. It's the only bargaining power an owner has with those to whom he rents the right to use. If they should not try to profit from it, then what's the point of granting these ownership rights?

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