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  • Aug 18th, 2011 @ 6:59am

    Patents Rule

    In this day and age when a company gets ready to sell, their most valuable asset is often the patents. Since lawyers are buying the companys and calling the shots, they know the value of the patents in the selling process. However, must be careful, because a products features are generally out lived by the patent...

  • Aug 16th, 2011 @ 10:06am

    Changing world

    The Chinese are fighting a losing battle, and I think they know it, but that doesn't keep them from trying to block all the content and freedoms they can for the current generation and hope to punt the issues into the next generation for them to monitor and attempt to dominate, but they are losing ground. It's a flat world, and there are too many profits to be had by opening up the marketplace, thus innovative technologies are going to dominate. You just can't stop progress, and sometimes even slowing it down has an opposite effect....

  • Aug 14th, 2011 @ 12:38pm

    Just a Matter of Time

    Yep, when even Dilbert begins to make sense and educate us on policy, we're in deep doo-doo. The U.S. (and most other countries) is using litigation as an export to generate wealth, and innovation is being quashed as a result....

  • Aug 12th, 2011 @ 8:36am

    Stockpile?

    A couple of weeks into your stockpile? That's a scary thought. Just a word of caution, freezer burn can affect the taste of the food when prepping it, everyone is so inclined to "nuke" their frozen specialty, which normally kills the flavor. If you are going to nuke 6 week old frozen food, just eat a piece of cardboard and top it off with the tupperware lid, it will probably have more flavor and nutrition..... America, slow down, enjoy life, it's shorter than you think.

  • Aug 7th, 2011 @ 9:44am

    Class System Fails

    When are we going to wake up to new ways of doing things and just focus on helping to educate our kids. Innovative new ways have created progress since education began, and just trying to get kids through school won't cut it.

  • Aug 7th, 2011 @ 9:39am

    Bad Marketing

    I agree, all Apple has done is draw attention to the competition. It confirms the leadership at Apple is shifting from visionary to corporate lawyers leading the way... instead of fighting back with a great ad campaign that promotes the ipad and new innovative features, just hire a battalion of lawyers...unfortunately as Microsoft can attest...the lawyers just cost you money, and damage your market focus.

  • Aug 5th, 2011 @ 2:11pm

    Self Driving Awareness

    True about self driving cars, however self driving trains haven't always proven to eliminate accidents etc;
    The part I like about self driving cars is fewer drunks and easier to train my teenagers....

  • Aug 1st, 2011 @ 1:54pm

    Seriously?

    This just confirms my position that there are too many hungry lawyers that'll take a lawsuit for something to do. I am hopeful that the judge in this will refuse to allow the suit to go further, and will make them pay the defendant's fees, court costs, and client's time....but since judge's are all lawyers, my guess is the judge will find on the side of the lawyers since they are generally the only ones that win.

  • Jul 29th, 2011 @ 9:10am

    Cameras Suck, but they work

    Phoenix PD places the auto cameras along strategic roads that either they don't want to patrol, or they just got tired of handing out tickets after tickets....and sure enough I got nailed one day on way to airport and received the ticket in mail a couple of weeks later. While you can argue invasion of rights etc; the truth is, the next time I went to airport, I paid more attention to the speed limit, left a little earlier etc; What I find strange about your position is the fact that slower traffic and more attentive drivers does NOT reduce accidents, thus driving without regard to speed laws is irrelevant. My son-in-law is a Trooper...ride with him for a day and you'll see what speed does for drivers, their victims, and families.....

  • Jul 27th, 2011 @ 9:05am

    I'm going to trademark "the"

    Recently I got a cease and desist letter from a lawyer claiming their client had a trademark for "city deals" (and sure enough, he did) .... seriously...we are becoming a country of opportunistic lawyers and politicians vs. entrepreneurs and thinkers. Next, the fed gov is going to give someone a trademark for "the" at which point, some lawyer will want residuals fer every time I comment...crap, I probably owe someone $10 bucks after this posting.

  • Jul 27th, 2011 @ 8:55am

    Pay the Piper

    Well considering that the networks pay a BAZILLION bucks to televise and own the rights.....they own the rights...so pay up!

  • Jul 27th, 2011 @ 8:37am

    Dreamworks Steal?

    I would like to think that an organization like Dreamworks doesn't need to steal ideas, BUT have been in far too many meetings where a quiet visionary comes up with a great idea to only have someone else in the meeting take the idea and run with it, getting credit. Sadly, the visionary doesn't always get credit, he only thought of the idea, and didn't actually act on it. Without visionaries, we'd just be expediters... A lesson here for all of us...if you give birth to something and believe in it, raise it and watch it grow. Saw a version of Shark Tank awhile back where a guy got a patent for a hose coupler (not a particularly new idea) but he got over 1 mil because of the patent....

  • Jul 26th, 2011 @ 7:42am

    Oracle in the Mist

    There was a time that Oracle commanded and deserved a serious position in the marketplace and interest from the tech community and was in fact the 900 lb gorilla that displaced the old mainframe codes etc; and they acted like it with their fees and pricing. But they got fat and fell asleep, and are now paying the price. They thought the answer was buy the competition, strafe their assets and lay off 9K+ employees (Peoplesoft) vs. mergers that made sense, and they are still a gorilla because they have so many incredibly expensive contracts out there with big government that keep the coffers filled, but there are alternatives today....and they are slowly eating up Oracle market share. My guess is, when they wake up, it may be too late....

  • Jul 26th, 2011 @ 7:30am

    What an Example

    Well they are certainly establishing a great example for the kids they are collecting tuition from....if you don't agree, don't pay. Something tells me that if the kids don't agree with the grades they get, they still have to pay.

  • Jul 25th, 2011 @ 9:45am

    Wisdom in Marketing

    Yessss, the replacement blades are expensive, but when is the last time you bought toner for an ink jet or a battery for a cell phone? Almost cheaper to buy another printer or battery....It's called Market Trapping the niche....

  • Jul 25th, 2011 @ 9:35am

    Google help? really?

    Having Google help you is like borrowing money from the Chinese....Collection day is coming, we just don't know when.... The newspapers are dying, even though some are trying to convert to electronic media, they're used to moving like a dinosaur, and like the dinosaur.....

  • Jul 14th, 2011 @ 2:34pm

    Legal Beagles

    This sounds more like a group of entrepreneurs that are being attacked by the legal profession as a way to drive legal fees back to the firm....