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  • eBay seeks patent ruling from Supreme Court
    07/28/2005 3:27PM
    From News.com: "The petition, disclosed Wednesday in an eBay regulatory filing, asks the Supreme Court to hear an appeal on whether eBay and other companies held liable for patent infringement should be routinely subject to injunctions while such cases are on appeal." The patent insanity continues b ... Read Full Article
  • Oceans Have Fewer Kinds Of Fish
    07/29/2005 12:46PM
    According to the WashingtonPost.com: "The variety of species in the world's oceans has dropped by as much as 50 percent in the past 50 years, according to a paper published today in the journal Science." Read the [article here][1]. [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/ ... Read Full Article
  • Ha! SCO UnixWare included Linux kernel code!
    08/09/2005 11:37PM
    This is a good one.  Apparently until some point last year there was actually GPLed Linux kernel code in proprietary SCO UnixWare!  Does anyone hear the pot boiling? [Full article on Groklaw][1] [1]: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20050809082902461 ... Read Full Article
  • So called "Patent Reform" being considered.
    08/22/2005 10:02PM
    Be afraid. Be very very afraid. Full article at: [http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1124109330603.][1] And a reaction on[ PBS.org.][2] And another from [Groklaw.][3] [1]: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1124109330603 [2]: http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050818.html [3]: http://w ... Read Full Article
  • The Decline of Science and Technology in America
    08/23/2005 10:43PM
    From [slashdot][1] on a topic I've been complaining about for several years now: *"There's a good article over on the BBC about [the decline of science and technology in the U.S][2].. Vint Cerf and others are going on record to voice their concerns about the current administrations recipe for 'irrelevance and ... Read Full Article
  • Wave of Marine Species Extinctions Feared
    08/23/2005 10:47PM
    It's just been a day of doom and gloom, from WashingtonPost.com: 'Gruber's sentiments have become increasingly common in recent years among a growing number of marine biologists, who find themselves studying species in danger of disappearing. For years, many scientists and regulators believed the oceans were so va ... Read Full Article
  • Rise Of The Diesel
    08/26/2005 12:53AM
    While [this article][1] is Eurocentric in its focus, the point is pretty clear. Diesel sales are rising dramatically around the world for a number of reasons. Modern diesels are quiet, non-smoky, and powerful. They also pollute less than their gasoline powered counterparts and and operate up to 40% more efficien ... Read Full Article
  • Greenspan Worries About Economic Health
    08/26/2005 11:52AM
    In an article at the [Washingtonpost.com][1]: "Creeping trade protectionism and bloated budget deficits pose a risk to the United States' long-term economic vitality, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned Friday." As friends of mine will attest, I've been saying the same thing for some year ... Read Full Article
  • More Patent Insanity
    08/30/2005 1:10PM
    Nintendo patents Insanity; According to [slashdot.org:][1] *"Nintendo scored a patent Tuesday for a [Sanity system for video game][2], which covers causing a game character to hallucinate - e.g., see bleeding walls and hear maniacal laughter - as its sanity decreases in response to encountering a creatur ... Read Full Article
  • Does Oil Have Future?
    08/31/2005 8:54AM
    Even to the most conventional of thinkers, the answer is not as clear as it used to [be.][1] [1]: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200510/oil-on-its-way-out ... Read Full Article
  • Gas To Hit $4 Per Gallon And Higher
    08/31/2005 11:11AM
    Some analysts are now predicting that gas will hit [$4 per gallon][1] and higher at the pump in the very near future, courtesy of Katrina. Hold on to your wallet... [1]: http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/31/news/gas_prices/index.htm?cnn=yes ... Read Full Article
  • Economic Fallout From Katrina, Now And Later
    08/31/2005 11:25AM
    As legions of economic analysts continue to churn out predictions about the effects of Katrina on the national economy, [some are predicting a big hit this year, with a miniboom to follow by Q3 of next year.][1] One thing is certain, we'll find out one way or another. [1]: http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/30/news/e ... Read Full Article
  • Expand Or Expire
    09/07/2005 2:51PM
    This is a development I'm certainly glad to see. I've been of the opinion for quite some time that if we don't start colonizing near planets and stars that our long term survival prospects aren't very good. [Wired][1] is running an article about a company called 4 frontiers that plans to actively pursue mars colon ... Read Full Article
  • More On Why Diesels Make So Much Sense
    09/09/2005 6:05PM
    Another article on why diesels make are starting to make even more [sense][1] now, though they've been a good choice for quite some time. [1]: http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/29/Autos/tipsandadvice/diesels/index.htm ... Read Full Article
  • A Law of Unintended Consequences
    09/15/2005 1:40AM
    Here is an ***EXCELLENT** *article on the obvious yet apparently unintended side-effects of a patent system gone awry. You can read it on the [Fortune Website.][1] Unfortunately the author makes an inaccurate comparison with the infotech industry at the end. He doesn't realize that the same kind of stifling ... Read Full Article
  • Too Late - Looks like Global Warming has reached the Point of No Return
    09/16/2005 1:13PM
    From slashdot: *"The UK's Independent is running a front page story today on a scientific report claiming that [global warming is now unstoppable][1], after measuring changes in the level of ice in the arctic."* From the article: *"The greatest fear is that the Arctic has reached a 'tipping point' ... Read Full Article
  • Climate Change More Rapid Than Ever
    10/03/2005 11:26AM
    According to a site I've recently started reading, Science Daily: "Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology presented on Thursday, September 29, their first model calculations for the future of the climate. According to the calculations, in the next 100 years, the climate will change more than ... Read Full Article
  • Top Advisory Panel Warns Erosion of U.S. Science
    10/13/2005 2:03PM
    More in a continuing saga that I've been complaining about for many years, as reported on slashdot: *"From the NYT: A panel of experts convened by the [National Academies][1], the nation's leading science advisory group, called yesterday for an [urgent and wide-ranging effort][2] to strengthen scientific comp ... Read Full Article
  • EU Claims Internet Could Fall Apart Next Month
    10/13/2005 4:00PM
    According to slashdot: *"The battle for the control of the internet [could hit a climax next month][1], with the EU saying that it could 'fall apart.' From the article: 'The European commission is warning that if a deal cannot be reached at a meeting in Tunisia next month the internet will split apart. ... Read Full Article
  • 1/5 of All Human Genes Have Been Patented
    10/14/2005 3:54PM
    Ah, the lovely American totalitarian patent system where any idea can be owned for a fee. Another patent fiasco reported on Slashdot: *A story on National Geographic News cites a study claiming that 20% of all human genes '[have been patented in the United States, primarily by private firms and universities. ... Read Full Article
  • Royal Society Issues IP Charter
    10/16/2005 9:58PM
    From slashdot: *"The [Economist][1] and the [Guardian][2] both have stories about the release of t[he Adelphi Charter][3] an international blueprint for how intellectual property should be made by Britain's [Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce][4]. The Economist says The ... Read Full Article
  • Oh No. This is terrible - Patent Board Eliminates "Technological Arts" Requirement For Business Method Patents
    10/17/2005 3:49PM
    Ummm, in the terrible news category: "From the article: *"Our determination is that there is currently no judicially recognized separate "technological arts" test to determine patent eligible subject matter under 101. We decline to create one. Therefore, it is apparent that the examiner's rejec ... Read Full Article
  • Warming to Cause Harsher Weather, Study Says
    10/17/2005 8:02PM
    Continuing the cheery progression of news that has become all too frequent: "Extreme weather events -- including heat waves, floods and cold snaps -- are likely to become more common over the next century in the United States because of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study by ... Read Full Article
  • More Painfully obvious patent insanity
    10/18/2005 9:53PM
    As reported on slashdot: *BCGI has been found guilty of [infringing on pay-as-you-go wireless][1] patents owned by Freedom Wireless. This means that cellular providers who use BCGI pay-as-you-go billing systems must immediately stop selling new service. For the next 90 days, as they wind down their service, they w ... Read Full Article
  • Climate Model Predicts Dramatic Changes Over Next 100 Years
    10/20/2005 12:01AM
    From Science Daily: "The most comprehensive climate model to date of the continental United States predicts more extreme temperatures throughout the country and more extreme precipitation along the Gulf Coast, in the Pacific Northwest and east of the Mississippi." The article paints a pretty, albei ... Read Full Article