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Comment RTFO (Score 5, Interesting) 162

I realize that this is Slashdot, &tc... but please read the full opinion. As it makes clear, the Supreme Court (in an 8-0 decision, with the Chief recused) agrees that this aspect of the patent system is broken. As it also makes clear, the responsibility for fixing the broken patent system lies entirely with Congress.

This opinion is a good example of the Supreme Court essentially telling Congress to get its act together and fix the broken patent system. In the meantime, the Court reiterates what the problem is with the patent system in this case, and provides a solution for Congress to implement. But the Court is not empowered to fix the broken statute by itself, so it has to essentially settle for restating what the current broken statute says, and enforcing the law that's on the books.

Since the broken statute is not unconstitutional - Congress was empowered by the Constitution to act, and it did, poorly - the Court can only point out the flaw and hope the Congress fixes it.

Democrats

Submission + - Al Gore use 20x more electricity per year

An anonymous reader writes: Last night, Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh — more than 20 times the national average.
  http://www.tennesseepolicy.org/main/article.php?ar ticle_id=367
Nintendo

Submission + - Wii Virtual Console to Get MSX, Neo Geo Titles

An anonymous reader writes: Things just keep getting better and better for the Wii's Virtual Console, as Nintendo has announced the introduction of two new systems to the service: the MSX and the Neo Geo. However, the announcement right now only pertains to Japanese Wiis; no North American or European news has been released as of yet.
Announcements

Submission + - Gutenberg nanotechnology = printable electronics

hakaii writes: Using a process akin to the printing press, researchers have managed to bypass the need for epitaxial growth or wafer bonding to integrate wide ranging classes of dissimilar semiconducting nanomaterials onto substrates for the purpose of constructing heterogeneous, three dimensional electronics. The researchers at the University of Illinois have alreday used their printing process to fabricate ultrathin multilayer stacks of high-performance metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs), high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs), thin-film transistors (TFTs), photodiodes, and other components. more: http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=1528.php

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