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Journal Journal: Examining previous case law w.r.t. In re Bilski

I was bouncing around on Wikipedia and I found this judgement from 1980. I'm a little concerned that the article says the decision meant that proper patentability guidelines "include anything under the sun that is made by man." I hope I'm misinterpreting this, but if not, that language is very worrying for the Bilski decision. Note that the language appears to come from TFA itself rather than the judgement, so please RTFA. If possible it would be nice to get a response from NYCL, but I understand if he's busy (and I'm probably wasting everyone's time with this anyway since the case is old, but it would be nice to know in advance what sort of argument Bilski will put up and how that argument will fare).

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Journal Journal: ACTA and Friday the 13th

1984 and 2009 have this interesting property in common: they both have three occurrences of Friday the 13th. <superstition amount="absurd">That commonality must be why they're pushing ACTA through right now. Clearly, that our year and 1984 have anything in common is cause for alarm, especially when ACTA is on the table.</superstition>


Journal Journal: Google-analytics

I just found something with AB+ on Slashdot. For those that can't tell, its a 1×1 white GIF image with a domain of It also took parameters, so it's obviously an advanced web beacon (well, a simple one sitting on an advanced server). The full URL with parameters is very long. I have saved it in a text file. I will not post it because it may contain personal information or session tokens (it's too long and obscure for me to tell what's what). The file was found on the FAQ, specifically the section on advertising. Apparently the full URL matched the "/adverti" filter on AB+ (to get a proper regex out of that, pad it on both sides with ".*" and backslash escape special characters other than the ".*"). So not only is Google tracking when pages are visited, it's tracking which pages people are visiting. When I pasted the URL into a maximized gedit window, it wrapped three times (about 3¼ "pseudolines" total, exactly three pseudolines and five tabs and half a capital B, 19 tabs to a pseudoline), so Google probably has cookies and session data as well. This is scary. I had no idea Google was doing this kind of thing.

Update: I just sent Google a "Why do you use web beacons?" on their help/feedback page. Of course, I have yet to receive an answer

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Journal Journal: Crazy fool calls Adblock+ users "Thieves" 4

[edit] I really should have made this a story, not a journal entry[/edit]

Danny Carlton writes on Adsense chat:

Here's my solution which you can see if you visit with FireFox with Adblock Plus. Create a 1x1 transparent gif named "fake.adbrite.gif" and place it on your site in the topmost directory. Install the following code on every page of your site... Code:

<img src="/fake.adbrite.gif" id="fakeAd" /><!-- 1x1 pixel image -->
<script language="javascript">
function checkAdBlock() {
var img = document.getElementById('fakeAd');
if (img && ( == 'none' || == 'hidden')) {
window.location = '';

setTimeout('checkAdBlock()', 2000);

(Change "" to your URL) Create the following html page, name it thief.htm and also place it in the top most directory... Code:

<title>Stop Thief!!</title>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>This site is monetized
by advertising.</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>You are using Adblock
Plus, which takes resources and blocks ads.</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>The ads are how this
site is paid for.</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>Taking things without
paying for them is called stealing.</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><b><font face="Century Gothic" size="5">Thieves are not
welcome at this site.</font></b></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Century Gothic" size="4"><b>Don't like being
called a thief, stop using Adblock Plus.</b></font></p>

If enough people do this Adblock Plus will die a well deserved death.

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