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+ - To patent trolls with love->

Submitted by barwasp
barwasp (1116567) writes "I did this. Maybe it isn't much, but if Adobe could that to this guys pictures, it could be a big competitive advantage and Adobe doesn't need any such. Now, lets make sure that there will no chances for evil software patents within this technology. As these blogs broadcast all kinds of timestamped weird-backs back to ... to who knows where. Hah, prior arting has never been easier.

Dear all reading professional, I would like you to remember reading this text as prior art, when someone will try to patent a similar method or a device arrangement, that is using the techniques shown below. TITLE: Method and device arrangement for creating audio visual designs
unPatentable claims 1) A method that...

Still, I wonder why do I need to publish things somewhere in the internet hoping someone will found those when needed. Wouldn't it be the duty of WIPO or USPTO to arrange a way to archive unPatentable claims as prior art... Can it be this simple? Earlier I have posted prior arts to the Usenet, used Digital Timestamping Service, even submitted patent applications. However, that prior art knowledge has only been for me, what if I like... die. No, WIPO or USPTO should maintain the prior art wiki."
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Social Networks

+ - Facebook Shows a Married Woman's Pic in Singles Ad->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Facebook Displays a Married Woman's Pic in Hot Singles Ad to HER Husband :

According to Facebook it's all part of the acceptable use policy you agreed to. No, I'm not kidding. That red box above contains an ad that was displayed to Peter Smith, who no doubt agrees that the woman in the image is hot — although he suspected she wasn't single. You guessed it, that's his wife — consultant Cheryl Smith ( http://www.culturesmithconsulting.com/change-your-facebook-settings-or-else/ ).

Is this not the same Facebook that just went back and retooled a TOS that users found objectionable? Didn't they just finish apologizing and kissing our butts over the crapstorm that ensued?

Here's what the Facebook settings page has to say:

                " Facebook occasionally pairs advertisements with relevant social actions from a user's friends to create Facebook Ads. Facebook Ads make advertisements more interesting and more tailored to you and your friends. These respect all privacy rules. "

All you have to do to prevent this is sign in to Facebook and click through to (get ready) -> Settings -> Privacy -> News Feed and Wall -> Facebook Ads -> Appearance in Facebook Ads and click "no one." Unless, of course, you want to be semifamous and have your picture used to push some garbage product or website without your knowledge.

Cheryl Smith Blog : http://www.culturesmithconsulting.com/change-your-facebook-settings-or-else/

Download Squad : http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/07/16/facebook-sez-dont-mind-us-were-just-whoring-out-your-photos/"

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Space

+ - NASA's LRO photographs Apollo landing sites

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juanergie
juanergie writes "Apollo landing sites have been photographed by NASA's Lunar Reconnisance Orbiter, from the article:

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, was able to image five of the six Apollo sites, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in the coming weeks.

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Medicine

Secrets of Schizophrenia and Depression "Unlocked" 334

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the just-a-little-less-crazy-loose-in-the-world dept.
Oracle Goddess writes "According to the US National Institute for Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, scientists have discovered a remarkable similarity between the genetic faults behind both schizophrenia and manic depression in a breakthrough that is expected to open the way to new treatments for two of the most common mental illnesses, affecting millions of people. Previously schizophrenia and depression were assumed to be two separate conditions, but the new research shows for the first time that both have a common genetic basis that leads people to develop one or the other of the two illnesses."
Power

Intel Demos Wireless "Resonant" Recharging 184

Posted by timothy
from the really-strikes-a-chord dept.
Al writes "Last Thursday researchers from Intel demonstrated a way to recharge electronics from about meter away using a 'resonant' magnetic field. At an event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the researchers showed off a pair of iPod speakers connected to a 30-centimeter-wide copper coil that received power from a similar, but larger, copper coil about a meter away. The recharging technique relies on a phenomenon called resonant coupling, in which objects can exchange energy when tuned to resonate at the same frequency. A similar approach was developed by researchers at MIT in 2007, and spun off into a company called WiTricity. This company has already developed a few products that use resonant coupling to recharge, including a car battery."

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