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Comment Re:Weak/nonexistent punishments for faulty notices (Score 1) 66

All patent applications are signed under penalty of perjury. However, the US Patent and Trademark office disbanded its enforcement department in 1974. So, you can perjure yourself on a patent application with impunity.

Unless it's testimony in a criminal case, or the perjury trap in front of a grand jury, or something they want to prosecute like lying on your tax form, the Federal government is in general lassiez faire about perjury, or even encouraging of it with their reluctance to prosecute, especially perjury committed by a so-called intellectual property holder.

Comment Good luck with that. (Score 1) 298

"I want a program that shows what our competitors' pricing will be tomorrow. Sort it so both name and price are always in ascending order. Email the output as plain text to the following 27 people, but only Joe and I should have the ability to edit it. Make the keyboard give a mild electric shock to managers in stores more than 10% more expensive than their regional competitors. And it should run exclusively in The Cloud, but not require internet access for any of its functionality."

I wish I was joking.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 388

Whether we like it or not, it comes to chains of trust.

Yes, exactly.

There are some social systems out there that clearly work better than others, e.g. Science.

The $69 (x 10 to the 12) question is: can you come up with social structures in other realms (e.g. politics, public policy) that work as well as science.

Comment Re:detecting fallacies = detecting bs (Score 1) 388

Outside of rigidly defined formal logic like math or restructuring into syllogism, there are no formal fallacies.

Yup, that's pretty much it.

The Two Gatekeepers:

If you look around at the way we actually evaluate information, I think you can see that we use multiple stages; there are at least two levels of engagement with two different standards of evidence: the quick look and the close focus. A rule of thumb like "trust the experts" is excellent in the early stages, but the logical fallacies become important in the later stages.

Comment Re:ECC (Score 1) 263

No boot ROM means that a hardware device constructed from discrete logic and analog chips directly demodulates digital data from the radio, addresses the memory, and writes the data. Once this process is completed, it de-asserts the RESET line of the CPU and the CPU starts executing from an address in memory. Really no ROM!

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