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Submission + - Pinterest uses New Varnish Command Language to Manage 50 Billion Pins per Month (thenewstack.io)

TheDataDiva writes: “Oh for Vulcan’s sake, you mean I have to learn ANOTHER proprietary language?” I hear you ask. For Varnish engineers, this question was given deep consideration, and they concluded that yes, yes we need this language. And engineers from Pinterest and Tesla agreed. Engineers from these companies use VCL in different, but effective ways.

Submission + - What Should a Children's Computer Museum Look Like?

theodp writes: If you're a wealthy techie looking for a way to establish your legacy, the City of Sarasota has a 117,000-square-foot children’s science museum that's vacant and could use a little TLC. Housed on prime Bayfront property, the building that once housed the Gulf Coast Wonder and Imagination Zone (GWIZ) might make a fine children's computer museum. So, in case any of those CEOs who stress the importance of getting children interested in CS are reading and want to put their money where their mouth is, any suggestions about what a kids' version of the Computer History Museum should look like? Something like an Apple Store? Microsoft Store? Something else?

Comment Want to try deleting (retracting) a facebook post (Score 1) 1

I like the idea, just read the full article and this point stood out: "The idea behind scrambls is that users need an opportunity to be in control of the content that they've posted," says Steven Sprague, CEO of Wave Systems, a maker of hardware-based digital security systems and the company that incubated scrambls as a startup. "If we believe that social media sites are not a toy, but are really a utility, then there needs to be a mechanism for more secure, more controlled, communication." This beta will be fun to play with.
Encryption

Submission + - Scrambls puts control of social media back in the hands of users (infoworld.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Fun story by Rob Lemos in InfoWorld today... his twitter post offers a good question for slashdot:

"A fight in the making? Service to encrypt social net posts and give users role-based access control"

I love the idea... flip a switch on the browser plug-in to scramble what I'm posting for control and privacy on any social media or website?

I see Facebook, Twitter, etc. both loving and hating this.

Submission + - The Crowd versus Patent Trolls... (ipwatchdog.com)

PTOvertime writes: Article One Partners announced yesterday that patents held by NTP Incorporated are the focus of three new requests for research ($35,000 in rewards), which Article One Partners refers to as Patent Studies. NTP was made famous for its litigation against BlackBerry maker Research-in-Motion (RIM) that resulted in a settlement north of $600 million. New litigation by NTP has expanded the assertion of patent infringement to other top players in the mobile and smartphone industry, which is prompting Article One Partners to engage their global community of researchers by challenging them to identify evidence predating the patents in question and which can be used to invalidate one or more of the patent claims owned by NTP.

Author Gene Quinn of IP Watchdog, speaking to the NTP patent disputes, as well as the new entry of Intellectual Ventures (largest patent holding company) into the courtrooms with the first if its own patent infringement suits, writes,

"The rhetoric files back and forth and has presented the industry with real problems from a philosophical, moral and legal standpoint. Focusing on the alleged evil of the patent troll ignores the infringer and gives those who are tortfeasors a free pass, because after all isn’t those who infringe that are the bad actors? But focusing on the alleged infringers and shining the spotlight there ignores that fact that the NTP model has grown almost out of control and unchecked, to the point where patent infringement lawsuits are filed against small and mid-size companies after no due diligence, or after due diligence that ends with whether the title of the patent generally describes the business area in which the defendant is engaged. Madness abounds."

Great read... lets fire up the Patent Troll debate to hear what the Slashdot community has to say on both sides of the Patent Troll issue — from the active NTP and Intellectual Ventures litigation that will impact us all, to the crowdsourcing techniques of Article One Partners posting bounties for evidence to help validate legitimate patents, or invalidate those granting unjust monopoly.

Intel

World's Largest Patent Troll Fires First Salvo 189

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes "Yesterday the biggest software patent troll of all finally woke from its slumbers: Intellectual Ventures filed patent infringement complaints in the US District Court of Delaware against companies in the software security, DRAM and Flash memory, and field-programmable gate array industries. Intellectual Ventures was co-founded by Microsoft's former CTO Nathan Myhrvold, with others from Intel and a Seattle-based law firm." We discussed IV's potential for patent trollery last spring.
Patents

Beware the King of the Patent Trolls 286

superapecommando writes "If you haven't heard of Intellectual Ventures, you may want to check this out. Set up by ex-Microsoftie Nathan Myhrvold, with investments from Microsoft among others, it is basically a patenting machine – filing and buying them in huge quantities. Note that it doesn't actually use these patents – except to threaten people with. In other words, Intellectual Ventures is a patent troll – or, rather the King of the Patent Trolls. So I was interested to come across this extremely positive blog post on the company. That it is so positive is hardly surprising, since the blog is called 'Tangible IP,' and subtitled 'ipVA's blog on adding value through intellectual property.' Nonetheless, it provides valuable insights into the mindset of fans of intellectual monopolies. Here's what it says about Intellectual Ventures: 'They are an invention house, and have adopted and reinvented leading edge patent strategies to create a portfolio of their own IP which, in its own, would be of high high worth.' They don't invent anything in the proper, deep sense of the word; they merely file and buy patents – with no intent of ever making stuff or solving real-life problems."
Patents

Twitter Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit 236

Digital Dan writes "Twitter is being sued for patent infringement. Surprised? OK, probably not, but you'd think the plaintiff would at least wait for Twitter to actually make money before striking. According to TechCrunch: 'Twitter is being sued ... by TechRadium, a Texas-based technology company which makes mass notification systems for public safety organizations, the military, and utilities.' The abstract to patent #7130389 describes it: 'A digital notification and response system utilizes an administrator interface to transmit a message from an administrator to a user contact device. The system comprises a dynamic information database that includes user contact data, priority information, and response data. The administrator initiates distribution of the message based upon grouping information, priority information, and the priority order.' Two other patents are involved as well."
Patents

Submission + - Twitter Sued For Patent Infringement

Digital Dan writes: "Twitter is being sued for patent infringement. Surprised? OK, probably not, but you'd think they'd at least wait for this company to actually make money before striking. According to The Hollywood Reporter: Texas-based TechRadium has filed a lawsuit in Houston district court against Twitter for patent infringement. TechRadium says they develop, sell, and service mass notification systems and allege Twitter is violating their patented IRIS product patent. Here's an abstract on patent #7130389: A digital notification and response system utilizes an administrator interface to transmit a message from an administrator to a user contact device. The system comprises a dynamic information database that includes user contact data, priority information, and response data. The administrator initiates distribution of the message based upon grouping information, priority information, and the priority order."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Patent stie finds Garmin prior art - Apple next? (slashgear.com)

PTOvertime writes: Patent validity community helps Apple with prior art in SP Technologies litigation against Garmin... but next Study on iPhone multi-touch. SlashGear story, "Patent investigators name Apple as next target; Garmin prior art found"
The Courts

Associated Press Wants RIAA Case Webcast 103

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The Associated Press, The New York Times, and other major news organizations have gone to court to fight the RIAA over its attempt to thwart a court order which ruled that a hearing in SONY BMG Music v. Tenenbaum could be streamed over the internet. The news organizations agreed with Judge Gertner, the district judge who'd granted the order, arguing : 'It is hard to imagine a hearing more deserving of public scrutiny through the same technological medium that is at the heart of this litigation'. As soon as I get a copy of the actual brief I will upload it and link to it. Another amicus brief opposing the RIAA's attempt to reverse Judge Gertner was filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other First Amendment proponents and is already available online [PDF]."

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