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Comment Batman Returns (Score 1) 117

Batman: Beautiful, isn't it?
Lucius Fox: Beautiful... unethical... dangerous. You've turned every cellphone in Gotham into a microphone.
Batman: And a high-frequency generator-receiver.
Lucius Fox: You took my sonar concept and applied it to every phone in the city. With half the city feeding you sonar, you can image all of Gotham. This is *wrong*.
Batman: I've gotta find this man, Lucius.
Lucius Fox: At what cost?
Batman: The database is null-key encrypted. It can only be accessed by one person.
Lucius Fox: This is too much power for one person.
Batman: That's why I gave it to you. Only you can use it.
Lucius Fox: Spying on 30 million people isn't part of my job description.

~Thank you EJ Snowden for understanding the cost

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 4, Interesting) 197

In the early years of electricity light bulb makers realized how to make light bulbs last for up to 5 years or longer. However someone else quickly realized that this would mean people would only buy light bulbs every X years as replacements. So a light bulb standard was introduced and passed through congress that effectively limited the lifespan of the light bulb to 1 year. Thus guarantee that people would purchase the product many times.This is called planned obsolescence and exists to this day because of the Phoebus cartel.

links to proof IEEE: http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

So about patent expiration and things that get bigger when someone does not hold the patent any longer : drugs. And lets pick My favorite drug to talk about Viagra. Viagra started as a possible high blood pressure treatment, but the side effects were amazing as we all know, its patent was scheduled to expire in 2012. So Pfizer sold it for what it did best. Then it became profitable and they increased the price to 60 a pill and a minimum or 8 pills costs someone 500 USD or so. But if Pfizer can show Viagra is a treatment for more than what it was originally marketed for, they can issue a whole new patent for the drug. This is what drug manufacturers do to keep control of a drug and its profits. This is par for the course. Lucky for you and me this drug seems to have only two good usages, luckily i have high blood pressure ;-) And Pfizer extended the patent for the second use case to 2020.

So there is literally a market waiting to explode based on a patent expiring.

Case 2: cell phone modems. This technical patent expired around '99 and those companies selling beepers upgraded to selling cell phones.
Case 3: K-cups
Case 4: 3D printing - the entire industry kick started in 2013 once the patents expired , and then in 2014 when most of the rest expired
Case 5: Kodak and the digital photography patent : (should be #1 but everyone studies this is college as one of the greatest mistakes )
case 6: home telephones: At&t used to lease telephones to people who paid for a home phone - thats why we all grew up with a phone that all looked the same in the 40's 50's 60's 70's and 80's. In the 80's however they were sued that it was unfair to hold the patent and make people pay for the phone... then all these new shaped phones came out... and the cords got longer which was great.. then they got tangled ... which was bad.

These are the top ones that come to mind in 5 minutes if I actually gave it some thought I could probably come up with some good ones.

Comment Re:What for? (Score 2) 118

Energy production should not take place in LEO -- reason being is that you move too fast in LEO to send energy anywhere consistently. if you were going to put say solar collectors in space you need to go all the way up to geo sync orbit so that you can hit a ground station receiver all the time.

Comment Re:Agile (Score 1) 371

those all sound like examples of doing agile wrong -- at some point if it is a big project - it is a big project and you deliver what you can when you can .... so the Architect issue is out the door as totally bad planning... BA always write bad specs this is a thing... and its the developers not the PM fault

Comment Re: Nagging concern (Score 1) 176

My true narrative is that most minority family institutions are broken and that fact is what keeps minorities from succeeding. The lack of and destruction of family structure has a definite impact on people. There are plenty of people that pull themselves up by their own will. And they get my kudos for traveling that road successfully. But by far the most represented in the higher socio-economic levels are those from strong family structures. This support and guidance and resource cannot be replicated, and cannot be discredited. And you can say that even the lowest socio-economic levels have families that are intact... and in this society it takes person ambition to succeed. My statement is that it is vastly harder while dealing with tons of outside pressures. Some are born to do it, and do it well, but if an entire segment of the population has an issue that can be addressed easily then if we are such a high minded society, then maybe we should be ambivalent in our outreach.

Comment Re:Diversity gap is irrelevant (Score 0) 176

Hello,

Those places all fail in the diversity category and here is why... ( you ignorant schmuck )

All top members of CCP are Chinese... and minority representation is nil. All countries have different minority communities, and in America ours are mostly based on race, or gender, or sexuality. Chinese have very different cultures that are 'Chinese' but are not of the same cultural background. The Saudi princes are arab, but they do not represent all the different tribes in the area. They do not represent the different relevant division in worshiping practices that have split the Middle East in half for the last 400 years.

And people from Niger are called 'Nigerian' and they have a very diverse population based on ethnic origin. Just because they are African does not mean they have no diversity issues.

Japan, hard to immigrate there and gain citizenship -- diversity issues. Iceland - hard to immigrate there -- some small (very small) issues.

And we, Americans, do complain to those governments that they are not inclusive enough of their representative populations. Diversity means just that, if you are fair in practice then all people are represented. The balance does not have to be perfect, but if it is non-existent then this point to a problem structurally in that society. Diversity does not mean 'less white' it means inclusive and representative of the population.

50% of the US are women... however less than 10% of the US leadership is women. -- seems like an issue
48% of the US is considered non-white... however we don't see anything close across socio-economic levels -- this indicates a structural problem

Take Hawaii ...
first two senators - one asian american, one white seems a little strange as most of the population is ethnic Hawaiian,
but over time the majority Hawaiian population elects Hawaiian Senators -- a correction
now a Hawaiian Senator dies and the governor ( the previous white Senator ) replaces the senator with a white guy who has worked in government for years and is highly qualified ( actually mostly highly qualified and elected by the people into high office ) its a good appointment but - this will probably be corrected in the next election by the people.

Diverse does not mean less white... it means the structure allows all to participate equally. Bias is hard to recognize unless you start looking at numbers. An IT firm where no minorities have applied does not have a diversity issue for being all white... the area where it is located probably has a diversity issue and minorities don;t get the same opportunities.

Comment Re:White people are the 'minority' (Score 1) 176

I believe the article was written in the US. So since in the US things are US-centric it would be referring to minorities in the US. Also as a context clue the summary list US companies that were interested in the program. ( starting to see a theme yet? ) Wired is also a US magazine.

I am happy to clear that up for you.

So what white minded angle were you fishing for troll?

Comment Re:Brilliant (Score 1) 176

I agree this is kind of bad.

Why not partner with a college, and get students with a four year degree in a tech field. This just proves that the Big boys can use a little extra cheap labor that they are going to employ for 1.5 years and let go. And they will find they are unemployable with those skills. A four year degree is necessary in the tech field.

Comment Re:Nagging concern (Score 1) 176

that is offensive.

what if minorities are just not smart , indeed sir you are offensive... i am going to refrain from what I want to say

They are not the bottom, they are a group that never gets a chance to even compete and by not competing they get the auto status of failing. Allow competition. which many are scared of.

Comment Re:Diversity gap is irrelevant (Score 2) 176

The issue is most minorities never get the oppertunity to raise to the top. They do not have access to the same sources as everyone else. If given those same supports that others have taken for granted they tend to raise as you say in the same numbers and percentages ... and often higher percentages than others.

Comment Smart people using money intelligently (Score 4, Informative) 274

Google: "What is a university endowment"

A: Endowments represent money or other financial assets that are donated to universities or colleges. The sole intention of the endowment is to invest it, so that the total asset value will yield an inflation-adjusted principal amount, along with additional income for further investments and supplementary expenditures.

It is a donation that is invested. It is a donation that you cannot guarantee will be given every year. You grow this money so you will have a stable amount of income into the future.

A university is an institution. It is in the business of educating intelligent people, by retaining intelligent people. If you have a large endowment why should a congress that cannot balance a budget tell you how to spend your money?

Please remember not all universities have huge endowments. Many prestigious universities have large endowments ( snark ), from wealthy alumni, or wealthy people in the state that just like that university and left them money. These often one time investments are MEANT TO LAST. so you invest them. You do the smart thing and use 1% and try to gain 8% every year. A university can survive 100's of years so it can apply good financial practices. This is why endowments have boards that review how the money is used and invested and those boards do it for free or a small nominal amount.

A little maths:
( if you cannot grow your money )
1 billion fund spent over 100 years: 1% is only 10 million a year
10 million fund spent over 100 years : 1% is 100k a year

The hope is to grow your money on average by 7% a year. And thats a big HOPE nowadays. Leave them alone, because otherwise those same universities will be broke in 30 years cause they spent the money now for a short term drop in tuition and facilities with no way to replace that money.

Comment Re:How is it not car sharing? (Score 1) 231

I offer this argument:

In collage I often gave people rides to work for 5 bucks for gas. And gas was only $1.xx back then so I made a small profit. The only difference here is that this is a business model to tie supply and demand together. And unfortunately for Uber / Lyft they made it centralized ( like Napster ) so they could make a profit for providing the service ( unlike Napster. )

Like Grokster they could decentralize and offer both driver and passenger a service for a connection fee, they set up the means for connecting but allow the participants to directly connect with each other without ever recording which ( driver or passenger ) they are. This WILL lead to a degredation of service, but allow for the model to continue.

They are not about the propagation of the business model... they are about making money. Which will lead to failure.

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