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Muting the muted

I've talked a bit about some of my ideas for a programming language for deaf people, and have something that's more or less a basic design for a perl/python-like language, kindasorta that might be the kind of language I'd like to code in were I to go blind. I'm a bit wary of publishing a draft specification because I'm worried about some schmuck taking it, adding trivial/necessary extensions, registering it and/or the extensions as some kind of IP, and making it hard for me to keep playing with it. I know I would never want to patent it myself (I don't believe in intellectual property), but I don't want anyone else to establish roadblocks on it either. I also would like to talk about it. This leaves me unsure what to do.

To add a third meaning to the title, you may be interested to note that Myanmar appears to have made some historic shifts in terms of security and politics, releasing a large number of prominent political prisoners (including former high government officials) and hinting at introducing some limited kind of pluralism into their political system. They have also announced a ceasefire with ethnic minorities, who have been seeking some permutation of independence and better treatment for many years. This comes after a recent high-profile visit of Secretary of State Clinton (a few months ago). The United States has recognised this and is preparing to reestablish diplomatic relations with the country (no doubt Myanmar is hoping to see economic sanctions lifted as well). This is a major step forward.

Unrelated, I am starting to talk to various acquantences who have managed long daily commutes as part of their work life; this may be relevant to an upcoming job decision.


If you publish your idea, doesn't that make it prior art?
Seriously. Just publish it with a creative commons license and you'll be fine.
I am concerned about the effects of this thing, which apparently both expands prior art and moves the patent system to first-to-file and changes the rules for challenges to patents. I once had a lawyer explain the fine details of how patents used to work, but haven't had the chance to have someone explain how things work with this major set of reforms, and that makes me nervous.

I also am not certain that producing a spec without an implementation would count for purposes of creating a patentable work; at least for material goods, I believe the standard is that the thing needs to have been made.

I do feel competent to implement a reasonable compiler for most languages, but some of the specifics of my design for this would take skills that I don't presently have to implement.
Hmm.. my admittedly limited understanding is that a patent is on an idea, not an implementation; to be patentable your idea must be described in enough detail that a competent colleague could implement it, but it does *not* have to be implemented.

My impression is also that publishing your idea is the best way to establish it as prior art, but I am definitely not a lawyer, and my understanding of prior art is less clear.
I imagine you've already read the research on commute time and happiness. If not, the summary that always sticks with me of research on what makes people happy is this:
"The daily activities most associated with happiness are sex, socializing after work and having dinner with others. The daily activity most injurious to happiness is commuting."

This gets into the reasons a bit more. I have found a public transport commute to be less soul-crushing than a driving commute, but it seems the main damage to happiness is simply the increased social isolation.

Anyway, probably you've already read these things and are doing additional thinking about how a long commute would affect you personally, but I read this stuff as we were choosing where to live in Pittsburgh and it really confirmed my instincts about where I'd be happiest living.
Interesting, and it makes sense. For the last few years of my times in Pittsburgh, none of those activities (positive or negative) were really happening, but my current main framing for this is to think about when I'd need to wake up for what'd be effectively a slightly-over-10-hour day and when I'd make it back to the area of Manhattan/Brooklyn where I'd presumably be living. Those numbers amount to either burning the candle at both ends or having little time where I'm not travelling or at work during the week.

I tried asking if I could work on Yeshiva's main campus some days of the week and head to Einstein MC for others, but they can't offer me flexibility on that. Oh well. The other option would be to live in the Bronx or in the upper east side, but I know myself too well to think that I'd still be social often enough if it takes almost an hour to commute to places I visit for fun.