tgibbs writes: Google's subsidiary Motorola Mobility is insisting that competitors should pay a royalty of 2.25% of device price for use of its standards-essential H.264 patents related to interlaced video. But Motorola's lawyers seem to be having some difficulty finding evidence to make the case that interlaced (as opposed to progressive) video is still commercially important for internet transmission of video. One of the 3 examples of interlaced video that Motorola offered the court to make this point in their suit against Microsoft was a pirated Katy Perry video
tgibbs writes: The genome and transcriptome of a psychoactive strain of cannabis has been sequenced, leading to insights into the biosynthesis of THC. This information will be useful in understanding the evolution and history of cultivation of the marijuana plant and its divergence from non-psychoactive species of hemp. It could also be useful in genetic manipulation of the marijuana plant to control potency, or to develop transgenic plants in which the psychoactive properties of marijuana are conferred onto other plant species.
tgibbs writes: Many owners of the Apple 23" Cinema HD monitor (aluminum) are experiencing a failure in which the monitor refuses come up again after being turned off, instead remaining dark with its power light flashing the "short-long-short" code for "bad power supply." Owners found that replacing the 90W power supply did not help, but that the problem could be fixed by replacing the stock 90W power brick with the larger 150W power brick from Apple's 30" monitor, available online for about $140--pricey, but cheaper than a monitor repair. The real breakthrough came when jakobeon discovered that the problem could be fixed by simply using a little strip of paper to block one pin of the cable from the monitor that plugs into the power brick, presumably disabling the monitor's startup check of the power supply. Numerous users on are now reporting success with the "little strip of paper" cure.