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+ - Whitelines patent revoked

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Five years ago, grey writing paper with white guidelines was patented in here Sweden. A color choice was patented(!). Thankfully, the patent was revoked in 2009 due to prior art. Whitelines appealed the decision, but recently their appeal was denied in the Swedish Court of Patent Appeals (case no 09-361).
However, they still put "Patented" on their pages, in their press and in interviews, and I'm not sure how the situation is with the USPTO. I just wanted everyone to know that now everyone can make writing paper where the guidelines are lighter than the background area, and also ask your advice on what to do with the US patent."
Social Networks

Ma.gnolia User Data Is Gone For Good 450

Posted by kdawson
from the lost-in-the-clouds dept.
miller60 writes "The social bookmarking service Ma.gnolia reports that all its user data was irretrievably lost in the Jan. 30 database crash that knocked the service offline. Ma.gnolia founder Larry Halff recently discussed the crash and the lessons to be learned from Ma.gnolia's experience. A lesson for users: don't assume online services have lots of staff and servers, and always keep backup copies of your data. Ma.gnolia was a one-man operation running on two Mac OS X servers and four Mac minis."

Comment: Re:Blame it on the idiots who can sell themselves (Score 0, Offtopic) 1057

by cyberkreiger (#25008417) Attached to: Testing IT Professionals On Job Interviews?

You're correct that "Effect" is a verb, as well as a noun. No one is denying that. However, it does not mean the same as "Affect".

From dictionary.com:

effect (verb): to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen
affect (verb): to act on; produce an effect or change in

Or as i like to put it:

The effect (noun) of affecting (verb) something is to effect (verb) a change in it.

Duke Nukem Forever 'Confirmed' For Late 2008 344

Posted by Zonk
from the funny-weird-not-funny-ha-ha dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A Dallas newspaper is claiming that the long-in-development title Duke Nukem Forever is headed for retail release in late 2008. Unfortunately, game creator 3D Realms says that's not exactly what they meant. 'What the modest Texas newspaper actually seems to suggest is that 3D Realms is "on target" to release the mythical sequel sometime this year, though company president Scott Miller adds, "we may miss the mark by a month or two" (wink, wink). Miller also hinted that "hitting the big three" (in this case, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3) is the obvious development strategy, but he continued to stress that 3D Realms has not "formally announced any platforms for DNF."'"

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