"An inventor is a man who asks 'Why?' ... " - Ayn Rand

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Quote of the day (by request from khalling):

"An inventor is a man who asks 'Why?' of the universe and lets nothing stand between the answer and his mind." - Ayn Rand

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  • Posted by dbhalling 2 years ago
    Congress is considering another bill to undermine the rights of inventors. The bill in the house is HR9.
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    • Posted by khalling 2 years ago
      that weasel speaker is trying to ramrod this through. we know it will pass, we are trying to get Amendments through to lessen its impact for our individual inventors. Startups create all net new jobs in the US. Fortune 500s want this bill. the troll argument is a canard developed by lobbyists to protect big business so they can continue to steal IP.
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    • Posted by wiggys 2 years ago
      the ability of the government to stifle creativity is incredible. a person who believes he has a new worthwhile invention may very well not make any effort to produce it if his rights to his property are undermined. hello america.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 2 years ago
    HR9 is a stupid bill! I read the whole thing and this is how I summarize it: An inventor creates a better mouse trap but the company/individual who has the original mouse trap in the market is able to sue the inventor of the better mouse trap for compensatory damages. The Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property (right out of Atlas Shrugged) will take the side of the lousey mouse trap maker. The better mouse trap maker must pay for the damages and loose everyting. That means no innovation, no new technology and the country stays at status quo.
    As I mentioned before that many of these inventors shown on You Tube will never get anywhere thats why they are spreading their ideas on the internet in hopes of creating an underground economy. This why a Revolution/Civil War is necessary to sweep the govt away because a new President is not going to cut it. If HRC gets elected America will cease to exist.
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 2 years ago
    Interesting way of putting it because that is exactly what happens. Quantum Physics has a quite lengthy way of describing what happens when one 'Asks' [into the ether]. The whole process can simply be called, 'Ask and Receive'.
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  • Posted by  $  Temlakos 2 years ago
    A true historian should also ask why. Why do we still do such-a-thing (like make an officer's combination cap in the shape it's in, or for that matter, a Jewish kippah or "yarmulke"), and why did such-a-war have to break out?
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  • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 2 years ago
    Having just finished DK's first book I could only think one answer since it ties in with the question. Never patent in the USA but make the item available elsewhere. Assuming once it was marketed it wouldn't be reverse engineered.It would indeed be fun though to watch how much increase in vacationers would result and of that group how many would be Congressionals. True lots of i's to dot and t's to cross but you get the idea.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 2 years ago
    Another kind of inventor, is told by other men that it can't be done and his answer is...why not? To him, the universe does not accept the word "can't." If his way is blocked he will go over, under, around, or through. He will not be stopped, either by other men or by an equation.
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    • Posted by  $  jlc 2 years ago
      I think that this is a semantic argument. When I ask, "Why did this person get cancer?" I am not asking, "Why did the Cosmos allow this person to get cancer?" I am asking, "What was the element that triggered the growth of cancer in this person: Was it radiation? Exposure to benzene? A statistical error in cell replication?"

      As you can see, those questions can be posed as "Why?", "How?" or even "What?" The real important thing is not the interrogative pronoun, it is the "?".

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