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Comment: Several Patents were issued to Apple on Tuesday (Score 1) 580

by RembrandtX (#25299881) Attached to: Steve Jobs Patents "The Dock"
Patents

+ - Patent Reform from USPTO on Claims & Continuan->

Submitted by
Patent-Monkey
Patent-Monkey writes "The Patent Hawk reports: While Congress considers the Patent Reform Act of 2007 and the Supreme Court has already chimed in with KSR, the USPTO has come up with its own methods to crack down on process abuses by putting forth restrictions on the number of claims each patent application can have as well as the number of continuations, or extensions, that can be made from each application."
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Patents

+ - New Patent Reform - A Good Thing?

Submitted by
Patent-Monkey
Patent-Monkey writes "BetaNews reports that new legislation is being proposed by Congress today that promises to "change the very fabric of patent law" by limiting damages to lost economic profit by a company and define an invention on its novel merits without taking credit for prior art. The article also notes that "Open source advocates may appreciate the amplified language that would prohibit any organization from claiming patentability over a concept that was "in public use or sale" (note the distinction) prior to the claim." Something the Peer to Patent project also hopes to help with.

This bill clearly limits the impact of future NTP v RIM style cases, but could also have the potential to allow large companies (e.g. IBM, Microsoft and Google) to copy a number of smaller company's ideas since the damages would be limited to that small company's lost earnings.

Are patent damage limits a good solution? For all of you to answer..."
Patents

+ - Free Patents Searchable at Free Patent Search Engi

Submitted by
RembrandtX
RembrandtX writes "With The Open Hardware Foundation ramping up, and with the developing component service, BugLabs being primed for business, the guys at PatentMonkey.com quietly launched a new feature allowing free search for patents that are expired. They pulled an example of Cell Phones that are abandoned or Expired. Don't complain about the lame ones, they are free."
Patents

+ - Yahoo patents Web 2.0!!!

Submitted by nbmonger
nbmonger (1037434) writes "As reported on Techcrunch and CrunchGear — Yahoo was recently issued a patent focused on Web 2.0 that could have a serious impact for websites (and developers) which allow users to create customizable pages. An analysis of the patent and the 20+ companies which could be affected is covered on PatentMonkey. Interestingly, Yahoo sued Google back in 2004 with a patent Yahoo obtained when they acquired Overture. The net result was Yahoo owning 5% of Google. Perhaps Yahoo will use the patent to take a 5% stake in all the MashUps knowing some will pay off handomsly."
Communications

+ - Help me with my Time Capsule

Submitted by network23
network23 (802733) writes "I'm buildning a new house and will fit a time capsule into one of the walls. A small box filled with memories from next week to be saved for, hopefully 50 or 100 years from now. I will of course include all the usual stuff like coins, stamps, a newspaper and snapshots of my son, wife and me.

But what other things should I put into my time capsule? What trinkets would the future slashdot reader be happy to find 2107?

An orange iPod Shuffle? A memory stick with a DRM-protected song from iTunes? A DVD with the first episodes of different Star Trek series? A turd brown Zune? (Hey, even an Edsel in mint condition is valuable 49 years later.)

Please advice a.s.a.p."
Privacy

Journal: MySpace Not Guilty in Child Assault Case 228

Journal by AppleButter
The Washington Post reports that a Texas judge dismissed a $30 million case against MySpace for their role in a child assault case. 19-year old Peter Solis lied about his age on MySpace to gain the confidence the confidence of a 13-year old girl. The judge ruled, "If anyone had a duty to protect Julie Doe, it was her parents, not MySpace."
Enlightenment

+ - Earth's constant hum explained

Submitted by
MattSparkes
MattSparkes writes "It has been known for some time that there is a constant hum that emanates from the Earth, which can be heard near 10 millihertz on a seismometer. The problem was that nobody knew what caused it. It has now been shown that it is caused by waves on the bottom of the sea, and more specifically "by the combination of two waves of the same frequency travelling in opposite directions""
Patents

+ - Yahoo issued a patent that can kill Google.

Submitted by
RembrandtX
RembrandtX writes "Yahoo recently received an issued patent that firmly stakes claims on any online, customizable feed readers and AJAX template websites. Google's success with Personalized Home Pages with integrated GMail, Google Maps is clearly a firm target and if history is any indication, Yahoo may seek another ownership stake in Google. Yahoo's new patent has far reaching implications for web developers interested in providing online, customizable websites with real-time information. Assuming this is a valid patent, Yahoo is going to have to make a choice between developers and shareholders. More coverage at PatentMonkey."
Space

+ - Reagan's Order to Launch the Challenger

Submitted by
Baldrson
Baldrson writes "Of his new book "Challenger Revealed: An Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age", author Richard C. Cook, NASA analyst, says: "...the (Presidential) Commission claimed there was no political pressure from outside NASA to launch Challenger, which my book shows conclusively to be false." Others have documented the role of the four Morton Thiokol engineers who opposed the launch of the Challenge, but this is the first book to focus on the choice facing the administration of NASA. Either, 1) Defy their chain of command going all the way to the White House on the eve of a State of the Union Address or 2) Throw a pair of dice claiming it won't come up 7 dead astronauts."
Businesses

+ - Reducing drug development costs

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "As it now costs a whopping $800 million to develop a new drug, American researchers have developed a forecasting computer model which could reduce drug development costs, saving hundreds of millions of dollars per new drug. Their Bayesian network model is based on publicly available data about 500 successful and failed new drugs. And they say that the application of their model would reduce mean capitalized expenditures by an average of $283 million per successful new drug (from $727 to $444 million). Now it remains to be seen if the pharmaceutical industry will use this forecasting tool. Read more for additional references and a chart showing the pharmaceutical industry performance for delivering new drugs when analyzed with this computer model."
Games

Journal: Bored Games

Journal by RembrandtX

Im tired of Computers, and computer games. More of the same. Play against weak AI .. save whenever you want. Re-do .. Re-do !!

Its been a long time since I have gotten the chance to play board games. [Since I left Games-Workshop actually.]

So I have decided to do something about it :

http://www.remsbox.com/BBandP/

[still in the construction phase]

User Journal

Journal: cocoa died today :(

Journal by RembrandtX

my wife had to put our dog to sleep today .. massive toumours in her stomache were bleeding her to death.

if anyone wants to let her know she isnt alone .. http://www.remsbox.com had a link to e-mail her condonlances .. hopefully more than 3 people will read this.

There's got to be more to life than compile-and-go.

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