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Um, lady, if you're so smart about cars, why are you paying extra for synthetic oil for a Subaru?

I don't know your husband but they always used to scam me with all that junk, too, and I'm a dude.

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This case is great for startups, incidentally. Apple has been distinctly reluctant to support patent reform that would threaten their own mountain of garbage software patents.

A few billion dollars in bogus jury verdicts -- especially if they have to actually pay them -- might make Apple reconsider taking the trolls' side in Washington so often. All we need after that is to get IBM and Microsoft back on the side of ending software patents as they once were before getting so many themselves.

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"Smartflash is represented by Bradley W. Caldwell, Jason D. Cassady, John Austin Curry, Daniel R. Pearson and Hamad M. Hamad of Caldwell Cassady Curry P.C. in Dallas; and T. John Ward and T. John Ward Jr. of Ward & Smith Law Firm in Longview."

T John Ward is the entrepreneurial federal judge that created the Troll haven in Eastern Texas by changing the rules to make accused infringers almost helpless against plaintiffs and drive up costs.

Cashing it in.

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He has even the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._John_Ward

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"virtually no lesser-of-two-evils narrative in '08 or '12 from the American left"

Maybe not at rallies, but if you read lefty commentary or conversation sites it was nothing but lesser-of-two-evils in '08 and '12. Likewise on the right. Thoughtful people always know the score and Obama has been as hopey and changey as anyone could reasonably hope for -- specifically, he has been a little better than the one before him.

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Claiming Obama is only a little better than Bush is a little silly.

We have obamacare; for all it's flaws, we've both massively reduced the number of uninsured in the United States and slowed the growth of health costs. It's a huge win, and while I would have loved single payer -- hmos and all health insurers are nothing but parasites -- the fact is he didn't have the votes in the Senate and Obama did as well as possible. I'm pretty confident that in the 20 year timeframe we'll have something pretty close to single payer, whether it's true single payer or strong caps on how much resources insurers can suck. Obamacare is also a massive gift to anyone who would like to start a company, both for the original founders and for early employees.

We have many fewer troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While I wish Obama were much better, those are two big differences from Bush.

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This isn't about free trade, though.

It's about raising trade barriers together to protect incumbent industries at the cost of consumers and competition. They want to lengthen copyright, invade privacy, regulate internet services while empowering gatekeepers, strengthen licensing and reporting and taxation demands on small business, expand and unify patent regimes, and the like.

Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, and Japan are already reciprocal Most Favored Nation trading partners. We're not going to be getting any more access to their markets. They're not going to be selling us anything new, either.

The contents of the deal are still an official secret, but we've had leaks. It looks like the worst kind of big cartel, Disney, telecom monopoly, NSA, surveillance state, patent troll plan to terrorize consumers and innovating businesses. In fact, it's probably exactly what you might expect powerful insiders to negotiate in secret at the expense of the public.

Free trade is something different.

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Make sure that straw man is well and truly dead before you stop beating him.

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I lived in parts of Mexico where solar wouldn't be a great idea because peak demand was after sundown and air conditioning was rarely wanted or used. Quite a lot of the population lives over 2000m (6200ft) elevation where the weather is cool.

But I remember even decades ago that solar was already the main power source in small towns in remote parts of Coahuila and Chihuahua I used to bicycle through.

Even today along the steamy coasts and northern deserts it gets plenty hot and electricity demand is driven by air conditioning. Solar would seem likely to pay off fast in Sonora, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Jalisco, and places like that. Even better would be the orderly and steady communities of Tabasco and the Yucatan that get so hot, receive much sun, and can sustain long term investments because the local economies have remained stable while growing.

But I don't recall ever reading about subsidies or utility companies paying solar customers for contributing back to the grid. Those are the two supports the solar industry loves in the USA. Without them, solar has to pay for itself in the most brutal way by just making electricity usage cheaper house by house.

I wonder @JGreenberger where the most exciting region is to promote household solar, whether larger collective or unidad habitacional installations are viable, and whether there is any kind of subsidy or reverse tariff arrangement to promote solar use.

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Great questions. Although there is a 100% depreciation in year one tax benefit (that's complicated to capture unfortunately), the beauty of this market is that its actually just more economic to produce energy from solar panels than buy from the grid for unsubsidized customers. Sonora, Jalisco, and many of the other locations you mentioned are great markets and very economic. The driving reason is that electricity is quite expensive when unsubsidized by the government.

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MX does not use . as thousands separator or , as decimal separator. It uses the symbols rationally and correctly just as the other North American nations do.

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I don't see any PTAB decisions on the record and the case was filed before modern IPR review of bad patents was instituted in 2010.

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Anyone who invents something and then patents and licenses it without owning the factory is a patent troll the way you're defining it.

The problem is that the patents modern trolls abuse are garbage patents that don't promote innovation. Some are overbroad or obvious. Most are directed to math and computer software, a field totally incompatible with the patent system. Over 90% of programmers with an opinion prefer only copyright and trademarks to apply to computer software.

The patent lawyers were thirsty to bleed software companies dry and pushed their system where it isn't wanted and now we have to suffer the consequences of having little influence in Washington to defend ourselves.

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>Over 90% of programmers with an opinion prefer only copyright and trademarks to apply to computer software.

Actually, no, only 15% of programmers think that way. Source: same as yours, only I look beyond any particular echo chamber :-)

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"assume the property would be in the Condesa or Roma area."

I hope so. Polanco is too snooty. The Historic Center has gotten viable for living with residential redevelopment and revolutionary traffic calming but still has a touristy vibe. I like family-oriented Del Valle but it's probably better for a 40 year old than a 20 year old.

Coyoacán's ayuntamiento discourages short term residents and has driven almost all hotels out of the area, but would make a good location close to the National University and lively streets and parks.

I think Startup Weekend was in the Condesa.

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