My #introduction on another site: I'm a microeconomist who spends his days searching for better models, but I mostly use this site for one-liners.
Am a heavy music consumer, and may post track links w/background. I do a lot with intellectual property, migration, and computational statstics, which I think are important topics with a lot of room for curiosity and creative exploration. I make soap, bike everywhere, often sleep in tents, and am generally an introverted hippie.
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Here's a good paper from the Journal of Economic Theory from 1992, with a price of $3 down in the corner of the first page ($5.50 in present dollars): https://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/schools/cas_sites/economics/pdf/workingpapers/Segal/1992_jet_bikhchandani_sharma_stochastic.pdf
Or, download a PDF copy from Elsevier for $35.95: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/002205319290087X
A pal is working on a `zine collecting public domain works from 1923 (the year where all U.S. copyrights expired this month). He's sold out of the physical copies but I for one am looking forward to the monthly PDF version.
Do you know 2019 is the international year of the periodic table? ⚗️
Look at this nice representation by C. R. Nodder (1920)
Here you can find many other ones: https://www.meta-synthesis.com/webbook/35_pt/JCE_PTs_1934.pdf
+1 to Gillette for its latest ad campaign, but a reminder that you can buy a razor from the 1950s that still works today for 10 to 25 bucks
then fill it with blades that cost 10 cents each
Editors leave Elsevier and start their own journal Show more
Editors dump Elsevier in favour of open access journal owned by scholars.
"They contend that scholarly journals should be owned by the scholarly community rather than by commercial publishers, should be open access under fair principles, and publishers should make citation data freely available."
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The White House Hamburger Incident got a lot of coverage here on Mastodon. That sort of thing is why I left twitter, and I hope it doesn't spread, or at least remains behind CWs so I can more easily ignore it.
Raging against the machine today in the form of a 7-page reply to an administration RFC.
It'll be ignored because it's not what they want and they already know that they're so out of line that they're clearly contradicting Supreme Court opinions, but hey, the least we can do is call these people out.
Logged in to the birdsite today and saw somebody is remixing St Gregory of Narek and I am verklempt:
(3/3) You may not care about software patents (though you should, unless you work for Google, in which case congratulations). But the mandate that medical procedures can't count under the prohibition on patents for natural laws plus trival step is a massive land grab. A lot of procedures, tests, &c. that would have sold at generic prices are now going to sell at monopolist prices.
(2/3) Abstract ideas and laws of nature are not patentable. For example, if you discover that a drug causes a spike in some chemical in the blood, you can't patent that fact---and you can't patent a test whose sole content is that you measure that chemical and infer dosage from that.
So, the USPTO is trying to define these exceptions out of existence. The new conditions for disallowing a patent are so narrow that you'd only be barred from patenting the most blatant attempts.
(thread, 1/3) I posted something about the US Patent Office's proposed new standards (which it seems they're already using), and how it's going to expand what Google can claim as property and limit what medical procedures are in the public domain.
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