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Comment Re:They Would Simply Rotate Them 180 Degrees ... (Score 1) 427

... but unfortunately they granted a patent on that in 1987 and don't have the money for the absurd licensing fee the patent holder is asking. Unfortunately the "novel" method patented covers both clockwise and counterclockwise but they're currently looking into rotating them 179 degrees, making the document slightly slanted but avoiding royalties.

Of course, one would hope that the Patent and Trademark office would be smart enough to realize that a 1987 patent expired in 2007.

HA! Patent's don't EXPIRE any more!

Comment Re:In the words of the great Ken Titus... (Score 1) 818

I agree completely with the parent. You only tend to hear about the braggarts who say no one needed a helmet in "X" decade and no one ever got hurt. Personally I'm someone who's life was saved by his helmet. It's a rare risk but for something that's so easy to use it sure as hell is helpful to an important few.
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Net Users In Belarus May Soon Have To Register 89

Cwix writes "A new law proposed in Belarus would require all net users and online publications to register with the state: 'Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state. He told journalists that a new Internet bill, proposed Tuesday, would require the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes. Web service providers would have to report this information to police, courts, and special services.'"

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