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Patents

+ - Inventor essentially patents USB logos->

Submitted by cosmicaug
cosmicaug (150534) writes "

Although the various embodiments of configuration aids in accordance with the present invention were described with reference to geometrical shapes and colored surfaces those skilled in the art will appreciate that numerous other embodiments are also possible For example the configuration aid may comprise any lettering numbering symbol or the like that allows a user to distinguish between the first and second sides of an electronic connector Furthermore the configuration aid may be marked on the cormector with any suitable marking means such as by printing painting dying inscription adhesive or the like.

Gosh, I wonder if one could use a USB logo for this? Too bad the USB specification doesn't tell you where to put it. Oh wait, it actually does (see section 6.5.1 of the USB 2.0 specification or simply consult the FAQ)!

This joker wants three and a half million dollars for the right to mark one side of a polarized connector differently than the other. He actually uses the USB connector as a case study and example in both patents. That is, the very same specification of what he is using as an example in both of these patents specifies the prior art which should have properly invalidated these patents: it requires putting the USB logo on the top side and not on the underside. Both patents, US 8,142,220 & US 20,110,165,792, seem to be referring to the same concept (I assume there must be some legal reason for this).

I can only assume that the patent examiner(s) never used a USB connector and could not be bothered to do a few Google searches."

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Social Networks

+ - Update on Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet->

Submitted by cosmicaug
cosmicaug (150534) writes "For all practical purposes, he’s dead. Islam is going to be demanding a blood sacrifice on this one. The international attention is going to turn this into a loss of face for the clerics if it goes any other way.

Sadly, the most likely outcome is that they are going to execute this man for three tweets."

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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Expelled from Expelled

Submitted by cosmicaug
cosmicaug (150534) writes "This might be absolutely the funniest thing that I have read at Pharyngula. P. Z. Myers goes to see a screening of Expelled, a film about supposed suppression of the discussion of ideas etc. as applied to intelligent design, at the Mall of America and he is expelled from Expelled by some cop (or mall security person — it's not clear which) who tells him he can't come in because a producer has specifically banned him from the screening (note that P. Z. Myers appears in the film and claims to have been interviewed under false pretenses). P. Z. complies and his wife and daughter go on to see the film accompanied by Richard Dawkins! Note that Richard Dawkins also appears in the film and claims to have been misrepresented etc.."

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