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Minsk

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Hello and patents
« on: July 01, 2006, 12:59:30 pm »

I am Canadian and finishing off a computing Ph.D. in the next 12-16 months. NAFTA gives me an easy route to work in the states so I have been beating around the possibility of wandering South. The obvious route would be to settle into a university somewhere and continue my research, though industry has become gradually more interesting. Am rather anti-authoritarian, though more socialist than most of this crowd*. Wandering around, the FSP looks more like a community than many of the similar groups I have encountered, which is a big thing for a small town guy. Hope to get into the volunteer circles in the fall, but I have entirely too many deadlines to make before then.

My biggest concern with the States is patents**. I run a lot of random projects, many of which are gradually turning into useful commercial products. Doing due-diligence patent searches for each of them would be ridiculously expensive, and utterly ineffective. How are small businesses coping? Or do you just ignore them and hope nothing happens? Starting a small corporation for each separate product would seem to be the easiest cheat.

The related thought: How much control do the states have over the patent system? Because it is federal, I would assume none.

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I'm probably going to be around elsewhere in discussions. Part of the reason I'm appearing is that I am finding I agree more and more with the libertarian end of the world. I polished my programming skills arguing on newsgroups, so figure getting in on the politial discussions will help nail down what I want to work for. Where I'm sitting, the political landscape is pretty sterile -- the city has voted the same way (AFAIK) as long as Canada has existed.
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Cheers,
Chris

*: No, freedom and socialism are not automatically exclusive, just hard to reconcile. For random example, I would prefer a FairTaxish system to either the normal social security net or no wealth redistribution at all. Similar, I would actually support NH's education property tax, but only if a share of the money went to every child under, say, 16, regardless of what their guardians wanted to call "education". Against property seizures, but have no problem with a non-tax-payer being arrested for tresspassing while driving on public roads.

**: Software patents up here are a step pickier, and currently less abused. I object to all patents on principle because they introduce a duty upon me even if I do not take advantage of their benefits. And sorry, profit for your business is not a "clear benefit to society as a whole". If you want a centralized store of engineering techniques where people who take from it pay royalties, start it as a business.
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FreeBoB

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Re: Hello and patents
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2006, 10:11:31 pm »

Hi Minsk,

Welcome!  We can always use new volunteers - the more we have working to promote and organize the FSP, the faster we will grow.

I've called a few offices in NH state government for information and found them most friendly and helpful.  Here's the NH Gov site. http://www.nh.gov/index.html  A quick search for patent didn't turn up an obvious office, but I'm sure you could find an appropriate person to ask about it.

Brian
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Minsk

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Re: Hello
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2006, 11:01:30 pm »

Welcome!  We can always use new volunteers - the more we have working to promote and organize the FSP, the faster we will grow.

I've called a few offices in NH state government for information and found them most friendly and helpful.  Here's the NH Gov site. http://www.nh.gov/index.html  A quick search for patent didn't turn up an obvious office, but I'm sure you could find an appropriate person to ask about it.

Thanks. I'm likely to be more useful on the technical end of the world, even if I do wind up in NH. An open invitation: if anyone would benefit from touching base with a painfully over-qualified software architect and developer, give me a shout. I enjoy beating around requirements, goals and design, and have written way too much code to restrict myself to four-hour forum modifications :)

I am gradually accumulating a list of other administratrivia issues that I will bug them about later. A lot depends on how well my publications do before I finally graduate, which basically controls whether I go to academia or industry. And obvious things like finding a decent job and getting a Visa. Barring something going really wrong, I hope to make it in time to contribute to the First 1000 (but don't want to sign the pledge and eliminate my other options yet).

Chris
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