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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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Operating Systems

Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd? 460

Posted by timothy
from the bet-you-can-think-of-a-few-reasons dept.
jfruh writes "Apple's spent more than a decade on version 10 — or, rather, X — of its flagship operating system, with .x versions named after big cats (and many of them, it turns out, after the same big cats). Ubuntu Linux is scrambling to find ever more obscure animals to alliteratively name its versions after. And let's not even talk about Windows, whose current shipping OS is sold as Windows 7 but is really Windows NT 6.1. Why is this area of software marketing so ridiculous?"

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.

Music

Pink Floyd Engineer Alan Parsons Rips Audiophiles, YouTube and Jonas Brothers 468

Posted by timothy
from the projecting-himself dept.
First time accepted submitter CIStud writes "Famed 'Dark Side of the Moon' engineer Alan Parsons, who also worked on the Beatles 'Abbey Road,' says audiophiles spend too much money on equipment and ignore room acoustics. He also is surprised the music industry has not addressed the artists' rights violations taking place on YouTube, wonders why surround-sound mixes for albums never took off, and calls the Jonas Brothers 'garbage' all in one interview."
Sci-Fi

Doctor Marries Doctor's Daughter, TARDIS Explodes 326

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the try-saying-that-five-times-fast dept.
techmuse writes "In a veritable Who's Who of Doctor Who, 10th Doctor David Tennant is marrying Georgia Moffett, the daughter of 5th Doctor Peter Davison, who played the Doctor's daughter in an episode of Doctor Who. Except that the Doctor's daughter was a clone of the Doctor, which meant that she really was Who. So a newer Doctor is marrying an older Doctor's daughter, who is a clone of the newer doctor, but only has half the DNA of the older Doctor."

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 Screenshot-sm

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."
Privacy

'Smart' Vending Machines Triple Sales 234

Posted by Soulskill
from the by-tom-cruise's-eyeballs dept.
bossanovalithium writes "A vending machine in Japan which recommends drinks to customers based on facial recognition data has tripled sales. JR East Water Business has previously installed two vending machines in JR Shinagawa station and it is believed that the recognition technology is responsible for a vast increase in sales in comparison to traditional machines. The vending machines recommend beverages after physical attributes of customers are picked up by sensors which allow the machines determine age, sex and other attributes, before offering a number of suggestions."
Image

Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths 449 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the kids-say-the-#@^*est-things dept.
tetrahedrassface writes "When the Sociolinguistics Symposium met earlier this month swearing scholar Timothy Jay revealed that an increase in child swearing is directly related to an increase in adult swearing. It seems that vulgarity is increasing as pop culture continues to popularize vulgarities. The blame lies with media, public figures, politicians, but mostly ourselves. From the article: 'Children as young as two are now dropping f-bombs, with researchers reporting that more kids are using profanity — and at earlier ages — than has been recorded in at least three decades.'"
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.

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