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Comment Re:Japanese phones (Score 1) 371

I can tell you that there is a world of difference between production lines for Nokia and LG/Samsung. Nokia is much more worker-friendly overall, from R&D to manufacturing.
However, Nokia does use components produced by others (Chinese and Korean companies among them) that don't necessarily follow the same procedures. Nonetheless, Nokia tries to influence work environment on these, both from people and ecological points of view (to varying degrees of success, of course).

Full disclosure: I do work on projects for Nokia, so take my view with whatever amount of salt you fell appropriate.

Comment Never going to happen (Score 1) 385

Egos and charlatans aside, real academics with actual know-how/expertise on given areas are simply not going to use Wikipedia.

Not for any reason except that much of what they'd write would be reverted by some random i-know-more-than-you joe, or some of the entrenched biased "editors".

I love the Wikipedia idea and I still like the site a lot as a whole, but I no longer contribute much mainly because of this. Especially on the non-English wikis.

Comment Re:Someone seeing sense at last i see (Score 3, Informative) 194

Hey, not the Americas, just the US.

Brazil and most of South America have no concept of software patents.

In Brazil specifically, the law says that mechanism to protect software is the same as literary works, i.e. copyright. Business methods are also not patentable in Brazil.

Mexican law also states that software (computer programs) are not inventions and thus, not subject to patents.

In 2009 Canada also rejected software and business methods patents. As far as I know, this has not changed. Please correct me if I'm wrong here.

Comment Re:Am I missing something? (Score 1) 211

From the little info that is available, the problem seems to be exactly the direct affiliation with the FBI.

ACM is just a professional organization, and they'd like to know the profiles of their members. ACM doesn't have other goals but tho help their members (at least officially).
The same applies to IEEE and others.

In this case, an external entity (the FBI) is asking for this info from members of another entity, which does not specify clearly their purpose or the nature of their relationship with the FBI.
It is only natural for people to think this is weird.

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