Archive for the ‘Business’ Category


Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Just no. If you buy a piece of equipment, you own it. Violations of export laws are between you and the government.

Public Domain Alternate History

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Had copyright law remained as it was in 1957, quite a list of works would have become public domain on January 1, 2014. As noted at the link, famous works will tend to remain available, if not as inexpensively so as might be the case, but I am concerned with orphan works. When I look up books I liked as a child and cannot find them in print, or in print at a price one can afford, then the copyright holder either has no interest in holding them in copyright, or there is no living copyright holder, heir or assign who is aware or interested in that status. Such works have no reason to remain protected. Even if that protection lies only in fear that someone who can legitimately prove ownership might come out of the woodwork after all, if any interest is shown.

Worst are the academic publications that are behind overpriced paywalls that keep the useful arts and sciences from being promoted. Congress ought to be ashamed of extending copyrights to unconstitutional lengths, and courts out to be ashamed of going along with it. At least, I assume they have, since there must have been challenges. Copyright should not be controlled by media corporations. That was never the idea.

Just In Time Delivery Meets Weather

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

I hadn’t realized it was this bad, but I knew FedEx Ground and Home had delays that varied from terminal to terminal due to weather delays and closures rippling through the system. The thing is, this makes it sound like it was connected heavily to FedEx Express shipments and the equivalent UPS services, where people order late and rely on the expectated or even guaranteed miraculously fast deliveries they pull off. I did some of that myself, relatively speaking. UPS, USPS, and FedEx Express all preformed beautifully. I suspect we’re just all used to that being the norm, and we are not used to having over 50% snow cover nationally before Christmas (or January, really) arrives. It raised serious havoc. If you close a busy hub for multiple days due to weather, look out. Then they can push packages out as fast as they want, but local terminals and delivery vans have to be able to process and deliver them.

Lessons learned, no doubt, but sometimes it’s beyond anyone’s control.

I Love Mountain Dew

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

I just can’t see the flavor incorporated into sauces. The rest, though? Clever. If they can do it as well as with Taco Bell, considering the work that went into getting the shells right.

Everyone Around Me Is An Entrepreneur

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

An interview with the 11 year old girl, Madison Root, who was barred from selling mistletoe in Portland, Oregon, but was told that she was allowed to beg. The future is looking bright.

SpaceX Brings On The Competition

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

SpaceX successfully launched a commercial satellite to geostationary orbit for a dramatically lower price than the international competition. This was part of the point of having a private space industry, after all, but it’s great to see it get real.

Blue Origin Milestone

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Blue Origin has successfully tested their new, American-made rocket engine.

Oil Game Changer

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Perhaps the biggest discovery in 50 years, in Australia, on top of the ridiculous amounts of oil now known to exist in the United States.

The Shipping Container

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

It’s an amazing invention, now ubiquitous.

Not Only NOT Piratical…

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

But also not trademark infringement, in my decidedly “I am not a lawyer” opinion.