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Submission + - Starship Troopers: a subtle parody on facsism (youtube.com)

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes: In reviewing the comments in the recent Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Sci-Fi Movie? article, I noticed that Starship Troopers seems to be very misunderstood film. I saw it in the theater with a friend and we were both very disappointed at how it was nothing like the book and didn't even seem like good Sci-Fi. I really hadn't given it a second look until RedLetterMedia covered it in a recent episode of re:View, where they demonstrate that the entire film is a subtle parody on fascism, accomplishing such with a piece that is filmed completely as a fascist work, but within the film showing what fascism really is.

With this new insight, I've bumped it way up on my own personal favorite movies, at least in the top twenty, and I'm disappointed that I and so many others failed to interpret this deeper theme, so thank goodness that RLM covered it.

Comment +1 for Primer (Score 1) 1219

I think this was the first core Sci-Fi film I watched and felt like I really got the whole thing. I never went back and watched a second time, because that is really the whole point - man cannot create a desired future, it is just too complex. I totally dug that the film maker treated the audience as intelligent viewers, something that can't work in a big-budget piece (see Starship Troopers).

Comment How do you feel about UT patent management? (Score 2) 145

Somewhere around the mid- to late 2000s, I was researching LiFEPO4 patents, and came across the University of Texas (UT) patent for which you are listed as an inventor. When I investigated licensing the patent, it was so expensive that it was not profitable to bother with the license at all. The factory partner I worked with was in China, and they were mass-producing the same LiFePO4 for jurisdictions not impacted by the patent.

As I understand it, the law firm that UT chose to manage the patent set a price that was incredibly high. Then, invariably, some company would build a market for a LiFePO4 product that violated the patent, and then the law firm would step in after the company had actually done some business and sue them for all they were worth. I have to admit that this last bit was told to me by some battery industry veterans, but it seems plausible based on how the battery industry works.

Nonetheless, the decision of UT to exclusively grant permission to the law firm to manage the patent kept the invention out of the market and likely cost UT some incredible amount (billions?) in royalties.

How do you feel about your invention, which clearly made mass-production of the chemistry viable, being effectively kept off the market for so long?

(BTW, when UT lowered their prices with, like, 5 years or so left on the patent, the factory I worked with immediately purchased the licensed material for selling their batteries in the U.S.)

Submission + - Piwik 3.0.0 released

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes: Piwik, a PHP-based free and open source web analytics application, announced a major update today with the release of version 3.0.0. With 287 tickets closed by 27 contributors, the new release includes a much improved and faster UI, API changes (if you're a developer using Piwik, be sure to check out the API changelog), security improvements and enhancements, MySQL 5.5+ and PHP 5.5.9+ are now required, and much more. If you're still using Google Analytics, happily feeding that beast with all of your user's browsing habits, consider testing out and migrating over to Piwik. The vast majority of webmasters will find all of the tools they need, and depending on use-case, even more with the built-in Marketplace feature (formerly called 'Plugins', but redubbed to indicate support for paid plugins).

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