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US Report Sees Perils To America's Tech Future 373

Posted by Soulskill
from the cutting-into-our-tv-time dept.
dcblogs sends this excerpt from ComputerWorld: "The ability of the U.S. to compete globally is eroding, according to an Obama administration report released Friday. It described itself as a 'call to arms.' Titled 'The Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the United States (PDF),' it points out a number of 'alarms,' including: the U.S. ran a trade surplus in 'advanced technology products,' which includes biotechnology products, computers, semiconductors and robotics, until 2002. In 2010, however, the U.S. 'ran an $81 billion trade deficit in this critically important sector.' In terms of federal research, in 1980 the federal government provided about 70% of all dollars spent on basic research, but since then the government's share of basic research funding given to all entities has fallen to 57%. It also says real median household income has stalled, and argues for policies that foster innovation."
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US Report Sees Perils To America's Tech Future

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  • by Leolo (568145) on Friday January 06, 2012 @03:03PM (#38612710) Homepage

    What we need is to extend copyright, broader and stronger patents and generaly to beef up all IP laws. How about automatic injunctions for all accusations of patent infringement, like SOPA and PIPA gives copyright holders? That should spur on innovation!

    Oh, and cut taxes and gov't spending!

  • by DoofusOfDeath (636671) on Friday January 06, 2012 @03:31PM (#38613114)

    You want to foster innovation? Make it so a company doesn't have to spend zillions on lawyers to deal with trolls.

    You're overstating the problem. For 100 gold I can hire a fighter and a cleric. Problem solved.

  • by demonbug (309515) on Friday January 06, 2012 @03:45PM (#38613336) Journal

    If only his keyboard had a shift key.

    His decision not to use the Shift key is a protestation against the lack of upward mobility in today's society. Those of us in the lower cases have no hope of joining the capitals; the capitalist Shift key merely offers the hollow promise that we may someday rise to the top.

    So, yeah; the Shift key is clearly a capitalist conspiracy.

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