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+ - Three-Year Rise in Patent Lawsuits->

Submitted by StevisF
StevisF (218566) writes "The latest available data from the federal courts show that during January 2013 the government reported 530 new patent civil filings. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 46 percent over the same period one year ago, and is nearly two and a half times the level reported in January 2010 (up 147 percent)."
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Comment: Re:Subsidized price (Score 1) 363

by StevisF (#40675391) Attached to: It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

That list has 121 items on it and you took issue with thirty of them. Assuming you are 100 percent right, that still leaves 75 percent of what the OP said on the table...

Agreed. I had a Windows Mobile phone way back in the day and I trashed it for only two shortcomings:

1. The scroll bar on the contact list would get messed up, so that you could not scroll to the top anymore, so your top 5 contacts were inaccessible.
2. The phone would appear to have signal and be working properly, but it actually had fallen off the network.

Rebooting fixed both these issues in standard fashion :-)

Comment: Re:The vast majority (Score 1) 432

Note this does not include the vast majority of what the government currently does, which falls well outside the limits of the constitution.

Please read this post as sung, thanks.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The preamble, at the very least, sets the tone of what the founders expected government to do.

Comment: Too Many Sources (Score 1) 315

by StevisF (#34755534) Attached to: I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

I don't go to any particular news site, I go to aggregators like slashdot and google news. I read news from 10s of different sources a day and then perhaps 10s of different sources the next day. I don't think the subscription model works well for this usage pattern and I think my usage pattern is probably fairly common.

Image

Download Firefox, Feed a Red Panda 90

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-a-sandwich dept.
KenW writes "Mozilla has launched a new marketing campaign to promote Firefox: adopting red pandas and putting them on live webcams. The company wants to underline the fact that the red panda is the mascot for its open source browser via a new section on its site called Firefox Live. It's clear that Mozilla is trying to think of new ways to promote its browser ahead of the launch of Firefox 4. The company has been struggling recently as Firefox steadily loses share to Google Chrome."
Data Storage

Vatican Chooses Open FITS Image Format 223

Posted by timothy
from the wouldn't-a-lossy-format-make-more-sense? dept.
@10u8 writes "The Vatican Library plans to digtize 80,000 manuscripts and store them in the open data format FITS, originally developed for astronomy and maintained under the IAU. The result is expected to be 40 million pages and 45 petabytes. FITS was chosen because it 'has been used for more than 40 years for the conservation of data concerning spatial missions and, in the past decade, in astrophysics and nuclear medicine. It permits the conservation of images with neither technical nor financial problems in the future, since it is systematically updated by the international scientific community.'"
Caldera

SCO Asks Judge To Give Them the Unix Copyright 286

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the we-promise-to-walk-it-every-day dept.
Raul654 writes "In March, the jury in the Novell/SCO case found that Novell owns the copyright to Unix. Now, SCO's lawyers have asked judge Ted Stewart to order Novell to turn over the Unix copyright to them. 'SCO contends the jury did not answer the specific issue before Stewart that involves a legal principle called "specific performance," under which a party can ask a court to order another party to fulfill an aspect of an agreement.'" Over at Groklaw, PJ is deep into a community project to annotate SCO's filing. It's for the benefit of future historians, but it makes amusing reading now.

Comment: Re:Slashdotting at its Worst. (Score 1) 236

by StevisF (#27827645) Attached to: The Manga Guide to Databases

I feel your pain and I was also quite disappointed by this thread, though this reaction is not uncommon. I get similar, but less juvenile reactions in real life when I try to talk to people about anime. Illustrated books and animation have been pretty much exclusively been marketed to children in the US (as well as many other parts of the world) and lots of people can't get past that.

Comment: Re:Honest Question (Score 1) 236

by StevisF (#27827579) Attached to: The Manga Guide to Databases

I started to watch anime because it happened to be on after Futurama during the Adult Swim block on Cartoon Network. I was impressed with what I saw in some series (Full Metal Alchemist and Paranoia Agent) and started seeking out more of it on my own. Some anime is as good or better than any independent cinema you can find. There's some really unique stuff and just a lot of really good and interesting storytelling. You can develop a lot more depth in ten hours of content than you can in two hours and some anime takes advantage of this fact.

Anime is shown during primetime on major television networks in Japan. Manga is read by just about everyone in Japan. Forty percent of the books published in Japan are manga. There are tons of educational manga like the one reviewed in this post. Given the wide viewership and readership in Japan, a considerable range of manga and anime are created.

Illustrated books and animation are just two other art forms. Most Americans can't get past their limited use in the US. Too bad for them.

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