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Binomine

Member Since 15 Sep 2004
Offline Last Active Jan 21 2012 03:22 AM

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In Topic: zelda

21 January 2012 - 03:22 AM

This is all sorts of gray area.

Zelda classic is a game engine that produces behaviors like an old game. Zelda Classic uses a game module that someone else produced to play a remake of Zelda for NES.

Zelda Classic is not illegal. The game module used to play the remake of Legend of Zelda for NES is illegal. A lot of the modules used with Zelda Classic are also illegal, since they use LoZ graphics or level design. However, playing Zelda Classic with a module that doesn't have copyrighted graphics or level design is perfectly, 100% legal.

And yes, people have produced new works for Zelda Classic.

In Topic: How well do graduates from top universities perform and how does it feel comp...

29 November 2011 - 06:14 AM

May I have a chance to get on their level if I keep learning through experience and self-study?

You're making a rookie mistake.


It's not the knowledge that's the killer feature of the university system. It's the social aspect. By being in a university, I got to meet the tip top people in their fields. That, and the ability to work on cutting edge research that you wouldn't really have thought about by yourself.

As far as large university vs. small, there's less competition in a smaller university, but then there's less opportunity. You might have to work on something that is absolutely not interesting, even if it's important.

In Topic: Apples new patent (what a joke)

12 November 2011 - 06:01 AM

The slide to unlock thing is close to where I think software patents should be.

The magic of software is that many things are very difficult to create, but very easy to clone. Software patents should be there to prevent people from cloning things that are non-obvious solutions that are novel and unique, in order to support companies that create non-obvious and unique ideas.

aye? so you think slide to unlock is a valid patent! :blink:

Pretty much every phone before the iPhone used a recessed button for unlock or sequential button presses. Now, I do believe this patent is a little too obvious and keeping people to use a slide to unlock for 14 years is ridiculous, but I do believe it was somewhat novel at the time.

It's like how Doom made it so obvious to make a bunch of Doom-clones and WoW made it so obvious to make a bunch of Wow clones. It wasn't obvious until someone did it. That is the nature of software. Hard to create, easy to duplicate.

In Topic: Apples new patent (what a joke)

09 November 2011 - 04:27 AM

The slide to unlock thing is close to where I think software patents should be.

The magic of software is that many things are very difficult to create, but very easy to clone. Software patents should be there to prevent people from cloning things that are non-obvious solutions that are novel and unique, in order to support companies that create non-obvious and unique ideas.

Of course, the patent office allows gibberish software patents that no one can decipher which pretty much cover anything and everything, which is why the patent system is so broken. It's going to be an interesting time in a few years when these gibberish patents are allowed to expire, and companies will have an expired patent war chest that has been legally recognized and defended.

In Topic: Are 99%ers poking fingers at a failure of capitalism?

07 November 2011 - 05:41 AM

[Wow, that sounds really broken.

Most Americans don't realize that their medical care is negotiable, since most of the people just pay a big insurance company to do it for them, so most people don't understand the problems facing our health care system.

It's unethical for a doctor to prescribe treatments based on money, so they are usually separate from the whole billing process. It's kind of weird, since pharma companies advertise directly to doctors knowing they want to sell a more expensive product, but doctors often don't get cost information, so they wind up doing seriously broken things.

Since insurance companies are large customers of hospitals, they can haggle about price like any other commodity. Then add our governmental insurance (medicaid / medicare) , which also negotiates price, and the whole system is really broken from top down. A lot of hospital policies are based on price haggling, and usually the nurse's and doctor's unions fighting for patient care, although most of the workers are outside this process along with pretty much anyone with insurance.

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