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Comment: Examiners mailing rejection letters from home... (Score 2) 342

by Troy Baer (#43580347) Attached to: Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office
...is entirely possible. For the last several years, the U.S. Patent Office has been moving to a distributed model where comparatively few patent examiners live in the D.C. area except during their initial training period. I know two patent examiners, and both live in Ohio. In any case, this text-hissy-fit likely did no favors for the lawyer or their client.

Comment: Re:TV Series! (Get good writers) (Score 1) 396

by Troy Baer (#40763765) Attached to: What's Next For Superhero Movies?

Yeah, but once Hollywood is done with it the series will be called Gotham Junior High...

Some exec at the WB requested almost exactly this in the late '90s after Batman:TAS ended -- they wanted a show with Bruce Wayne and most of Batman's rogues galley as high school students. Apparently it was bandied around for a while and eventually split into two separate ideas, an animated show about a teen Batman and a live action show about a fledging superhero in high school. These became "Batman Beyond" and "Smallville", respectively.

IBM

SCO Zombie Creaks Into Motion Again 208

Posted by timothy
from the senile-courtroom-opponent dept.
phands writes "SCO has moved to partially reopen their 10 year old lawsuit against IBM. Unbelievable! Details at Groklaw." From the article, quoting SCO's filing: "SCO respectfully requests that the Court rule on IBM’s Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO’s Unfair Competition Claim (SCO’s Sixth Cause of Action), dated September 25, 2006 (Docket No. 782), which motion is directed at the Project Monterey Claim, and IBM’s Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO’s Interference Claims (SCO’s Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Causes of Action), dated September 25, 2006 (Docket No. 783), which motion is directed at the Tortious Interference Claims."

Comment: Open letter to the Westboro Baptist Church (Score 1) 699

by Troy Baer (#37627204) Attached to: Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

Seriously, I have to ask: Which part of "Love your neighbor as yourself" was unclear?

Yes, the U.S. Constitution says you're allowed to do your picketing. However, it doesn't require me to listen to you, or see you as anything other than a bunch of sad, deluded, hate-filled little nut-bars.

Comment: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction (Score 1) 230

by Troy Baer (#37483692) Attached to: Borders Bust Means B&N May Get Your Shopping History

Barnes & Noble, which paid almost $14 million for Borders' intellectual assets (including customer information) at auction last week, said it should not have to comply with certain customer-privacy standards recommended by a third-party ombudsman.

In unrelated news, I say customers should not buy anything from Barnes and Noble ever again.

Microsoft

Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft 368

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-want-cake-too dept.
moonbender writes "The Linux kernel has received birthday wishes from an unexpected direction — a video animation from Microsoft. Quoting The H: 'The video picks up on the strained relationship between Microsoft and Linux by displaying the phrase "Microsoft Vs. Linux" and then showing Tux, the Linux mascot, turning his back on the offer of a birthday cake from Microsoft. After a brief outline of the history between Microsoft and Linux, the video ends with a conciliatory gesture: Tux accepts the birthday cake in his igloo and the video ends with "Happy Birthday" and the editing of the initial phrase to "Microsoft and Linux?' The Linux Foundation has more stuff celebrating the kernel's 20th birthday."

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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