Re: I have invented the 'Jobsian Number'...
Holy shit, no way. That would require me to get off my fat arse and stop reading The Reg.
10 posts • joined 22 Jun 2011
This is a measure of the intelligence of forum posters.
You calculate it by looking at the first 20 comments and counting how many of them mention Apple, their products or Steve Jobs etc. Both praising and slagging off are counted but please note: Jobsian Numbers can only be applied to NON Apple related articles.
I have limited the count to the first 20 as I don't have the patience to read any more comments when they are littered by people thinking they are being funny / controversial / edgy / trolls.
This article has a Jobsian Number of 3. I don't know how it compares with other stories but have a feeling that it is on the low side.
And yes, I had a bad nights sleep and feel very grumpy.
Here's an idea: All the companies should donate their existing patents to a holding company. All the donors then get to use those patents in their own devices for a very small fee per patent per device. All profits of the holding company go to charity or medical research etc.
When a company comes up with something new, they can use it exclusively for 12 months before it gets put into the pool. If a company infringes on the new idea before it is in the pool, the price they have to pay for any patent goes up permanently.
Small start-ups will be able to afford the low patent fees to get into the markets and will have a 12 month head start on new ideas they introduce.
Companies will be forced to innovate so that their products can be differentiated from all the similar ones created as a result of all others sharing the existing patents.
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