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  • Patent Fiasco before the Supreme Court
    03/30/2006 8:42AM
    As reported by the Washington Post:

    "The case puts a spotlight on the nation's troubled patent system, which recent studies by the National Academy of Sciences and the Federal Trade Commission have described as plagued by questionable patents and costly litigation."

    You can read the full sad story here.

    These people just don't get it. There is a tremendous difference between patenting a thought like a "buy it now button" (how ridiculous is that?) vs. patenting a drug that has a physical manifestation.

    In the end, software patents have the problem that they do not represent "a verifiable unambiguous result". Once you've got a patent on some algorithm you start seeing that algorithm everywhere like a little kid with a hammer seeing everything as a nail. This results in the patent jackpot that attorneys talk about.

    Why this isn't clear as day to the whole world is simply beyond words.

  • Winning the Oil Endgame
    03/29/2006 10:28AM
    Duncan found this one:

    "Winning the Oil Endgame offers a coherent strategy for ending oil dependence, starting with the United States but applicable worldwide. There are many analyses of the oil problem. This synthesis is the first roadmap of the oil solution—one led by business for profit, not dictated by government for reasons of ideology. This roadmap is independent, peer-reviewed, written for business and military leaders, and co-funded by the Pentagon. It combines innovative technologies and new business models with uncommon public policies: market-oriented without taxes, innovation-driven without mandates, not dependent on major (if any) national legislation, and designed to support, not distort, business logic."

    I have no idea if the physics is correct, but you can read the executive summary here.
  • Carter on Non-Proliferation
    03/29/2006 9:39AM
    Former President Carter has written an editorial in the Washington Post:

    'Last year former defense secretary Robert McNamara summed up his concerns in Foreign Policy magazine: "I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary, and dreadfully dangerous."'

    Read this excellent piece in the Washington Post.
  • Climate Change Begins To Hit The Mainstream Media
    03/26/2006 11:48AM
    CNN.com is reporting on Time Magazine's cover story on global climate change. The article details the seriousness of the problem.

    You'll have to look at a brief web ad to read the entire thing for free.
  • Peak Oil and Dollar Gloom Reading List
    03/24/2006 10:09AM
    After Ian's post on the Dollars Doom a lengthy debate started on the subject.

    As part of that, our good friend Warner, suggested a reading list which I'm preserving for posterity here:



    lifeaftertheoilcrash.net - Very well written assessment of the peak oil situation. Makes a very interesting association between the physical definition of "work" (as in the physics definition) and the banking system. Misses a few key points and underscores something Duncan can attest to me saying for years "We need fusion. We need serious portable electricity storage (Heinleins Lode Stone). These are the two inventions we need in order to save the world. The fact that we have not been dumping Manhatten Project levels of funding into these initiatives may be the greatest leadership failure in human history.

    Energy Trends and Their Implications for US Army Installations (pdf) - an analysis by the US Army.

    Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, & Risk Management (pdf) - produced by SAIC

    apmex.com - for purchasing precious metals

    On risks to the dollar:

    The Endangered US Dollar

    In addition a few books were recommended:

    "The Long Emergency"

    "The Coming Economic Collapse"

    "Empire of Debt"