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  • Monopolies of the mind
    11/15/2004 3:13PM
    From an [article][1] over at the [Economist][1]: PATENTS, said Thomas Jefferson, should draw a line between the things which are worth to the public the embarrassment of an exclusive patent, and those which are not. .... But another, less-acceptable reason for the flood is that patent offices have been too lax i ... Read Full Article
  • Microsoft Patents 'IsNot'
    11/19/2004 5:30PM
    From the "What??!" department, an [article ][1]over at Slashdot reports: Milhouse102 writes *"I was just reading an article on The Register about [Microsoft's offshore patent war][2] following Ballmer's recent outburst in Asia. I came across this little nugget, it seems [MS has patented BASIC's IsNot operator][3] ... Read Full Article
  • Ballmer Threatens Linux Patent Lawsuits - updated
    11/19/2004 7:00PM
    From "this is not good" department, an [Article][1] over at Slashdot (where else?): * "Today Microsoft [warned][2] several Asian countries that [using Linux could subject them to lawsuits][3], claiming that Linux violates '228 patents'. Apparently, Steve Ballmer believes he can enforce U.S. law in Asia."* Ballmer i ... Read Full Article
  • Author of Linux Patent Study Contradicts Ballmer
    11/21/2004 3:52PM
    From an [article][1] Slashdot: "An anonymous reader sends us this EWeek story, [following-up][2] on the [recent Linux patent scare][3]. The author of the patent study is contacted, and says, "Open source faces no more, if not less, legal risk than proprietary software. The market needs to understand that the study Mi ... Read Full Article
  • U.S. Senate Passes Scaled-Back Copyright Measure
    11/22/2004 12:40PM
    From an [article][1] at Washingtonpost.com: '"This bill strengthens the intellectual-property laws that are vital to the ongoing growth of our economy," Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said.' It's clearly not as bad as it could have been, but it does not seem particularly just or balanced to put people in a ... Read Full Article
  • Open Source Biology Initiative
    11/22/2004 12:46PM
    From an [article][1] at SlashDot.org: *"The [Biological Innovation for Open Society][2] (BIOS) initiative aims to make biological technology more readily available to biologists everywhere. The latest genetics and biology tools should be freely available to researchers over the internet, but instead access is typical ... Read Full Article
  • Torvalds trashes EU patent proposal
    11/23/2004 3:53PM
    **F**rom an [article][1] over at news.com: **'"Linux creator Linus Torvalds has appealed to the EU Council to oppose a directive that would make software patentable in Europe." ** "In the interest of Europe, such a deceptive, dangerous and democratically illegitimate proposal must not become the Common Positio ... Read Full Article
  • Tech giants edgy over Web services patent sale
    11/25/2004 12:45PM
    From an [article][1] at News.Com: "The upcoming auction of dozens of key Web services patents in a California bankruptcy case has some big Silicon Valley companies on edge. Among them are Google, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. Attorneys for those and more than a dozen other companies held a powwow this week to discus ... Read Full Article
  • Web services patents fetch $15.5 million
    12/07/2004 9:14AM
    As a followup to an earlier story, and [article][1] over at news.com says: "The patents cover a set of key technical protocols known as Web services, a popular method for exchanging business documents over the Internet. The protocols are in wide use today; Microsoft, IBM and other software companies both large and sm ... Read Full Article
  • Global Warming: A Perspective from Earth History
    12/07/2004 6:18PM
    For a non-trival doom and gloom perspective read the [article][1] from the University of Leicester: "Global climate change is increasingly recognised as the key threat to the continued development and even survival - of humanity. Here, we give the context obtained from earth history, as the pattern of global en ... Read Full Article
  • Green Roof FAQ
    12/09/2004 6:42PM
    Green roofs on commercial buildings offer substantial economic, environmental, and aesthetic benefits. Check out the [FAQs][1] for yourself. In light of the greenhous gas problem and [recently released climate change studies][2], this kind of technology is likely to become far more necessary and critical to the o ... Read Full Article
  • How to Fix U.S. Patents
    12/10/2004 12:58AM
    From an [article][1] at slashdot: *"IEEE Spectrum has an interesting article on [how to fix the U.S. patent system][2]. It starts with an example of how broken the system is, with Smuckers suing a small company for crustless PB&J. It has a great overview of how the system has evolved and how much it favors the b ... Read Full Article
  • True Doom and Gloom - Global Dimming.
    01/14/2005 6:45PM
    In what amounts to be one of the most disturbing articles I have read in a long time, scientists now suspect that even the most pessimistic global warming models may have been far too conservative due to an effect called "Global Dimming". All the particulate matter in the atmosphere has been artificially coo ... Read Full Article
  • Idiots know no bounds - Jail Time for P2P developers?
    01/19/2005 12:31PM
    In an [article][1] over at slashdot: *"A Califorian bill introduced last week would, if passed, [expose file-swapping software developers to fines][2] of up to $2,500 per charge, or a year in jail, if they don't take'reasonable care' to prevent their software from being used to commitcrime. C|Net has the stor ... Read Full Article
  • Fix It Now Or Else We're All Finished
    01/24/2005 11:24AM
    From the "this must be Monday" department: A new report, written by an international group of scientists will be released tomorrow saying in stark terms that we are within 2 degrees of average planetary temperatures reaching a global tipping [point.][1] We \*may\* have 10 years at the outside to t ... Read Full Article
  • Alarm at new climate warning
    01/27/2005 12:07AM
    Reported over at the BBC: **"Global temperatures could rise by as much as elevendegrees Celsius, according to one of the largest climate predictionprojects ever run." **Read the [full article at the BBC][1]** ** [1]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4210629.stm ... Read Full Article
  • Nuke Plants Needed Now
    02/01/2005 3:48PM
    One of the most effective ways that we can quickly act to avert environmental disaster from global warming is to go nuclear--that is, to start generating power with nuclear reactors on a large scale and abandon coal, oil and gas ASAP. Right now, the Chinese are racing to do exactly that--build a new generatio ... Read Full Article
  • One Illness Away from Bankruptcy
    02/02/2005 4:34AM
    An interesting article from google news: BOSTON - Costly illnesses trigger about half of personal bankruptcies, and health insurance offers no protection against ending up penniless, according to findings from a Harvard University study to be released Wednesday. Full article [here.][1] [1]: http://www.sptimes.c ... Read Full Article
  • Torvalds joins in anti-patent attack
    02/02/2005 1:09PM
    On a topic near an dear to my heart Linus Torvalds has joined the fight against the Software Patent Fiasco. Full article [over here.][1] [1]: http://www.techworld.com/applications/news/index.cfm?NewsID=3059 ... Read Full Article
  • Some Religious Conservatives "Get It"
    02/07/2005 11:20AM
    Apparently, environmental concern and thinking is no longer soley the domain of the political left and middle. Some religious conservatives are begining to conclude that global climate change and pollution are not just "secularist liberal" or "nutball environmentalist" issues. See the arti ... Read Full Article
  • NASA: 2005 could be warmest year recorded
    02/13/2005 3:42PM
    According to an [article][1] at CNN.COM: "A weak El Nino and human-made greenhouse gases could make 2005 the warmest year since records started being kept in the late 1800s, NASA scientists said this week." [1]: http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/02/11/warming.planet.nasa.reut/ ... Read Full Article
  • High-Tech Tension Over Illegal Uses
    02/21/2005 11:50PM
    From an article over at Washingtonpost.com, one of the most important cases being heard by the Supreme Court: ### "Supreme Court Will Consider Devices That Help Users Copy, Share and StealNext month, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether a file-sharing service named Grokster should b ... Read Full Article
  • Scientists Looking at Ways to Trap Greenhouse Gases
    02/22/2005 11:06AM
    From an article at Washingtonpost.com: "..if an ongoing experiment there succeeds, this unassuming basement facility near Phoenix could offer a partial way out of the nation's greenhouse-gas problems.' The article covers some aspects of carbon sequestering. Full article available at: Read Full Article
  • More On Thermal DePolymerization
    02/22/2005 4:08PM
    Thermal DePolymerization (aka TDP) is a promising new take on an old technology that converts waste streams (medical waste, old tires, sewage, etc.) into harmless neutral raw materials (clean water, minerals, light oil). Get the latest on the technology [here.][1] [1]: http://science.slashdot.org/science/05/02/ ... Read Full Article
  • The Waning Reign of Monarchs
    02/23/2005 1:37AM
    From the washingtonpost.com, serious doom and gloom for the Monarch Butterfly ... "In the last two years the butterflies carpeted an area spanning more than 20 acres, but this winter they cover a little more than five acres, ..." Read more at: [ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A453 ... Read Full Article