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  • Microsoft Patent Could Hamper E-Mail Authentication Group
    09/17/2004 10:36AM
    Just when you thought SPF was safe to implement ... [article over at Eweek][1] [1]: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1647115,00.asp ... Read Full Article
  • Tuberculosis May Become A Global Threat Again
    09/20/2004 1:02PM
    Serious bummer. Doom 'n gloom in the extreme. As seen on [slashdot.org, Tuberculosis may become a much bigger problem][1]. [1]: http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/20/137228&tid=191&tid=14 ... Read Full Article
  • More Calls for Patent Reform
    09/28/2004 1:26PM
    *From [slashdot][1]: "On the heels of the PriceWaterHouseCoopers [report ][2] about the threat of SoftPats to innovation, comes a [book by a Harvard B School and Brandeis economics professor][3] about how [broken the patent system is in general][4]. In short their book argues that the entire system is a (stunned silenc ... Read Full Article
  • Dangerous Ruling Menaces Rights of Free Software Programmers
    10/02/2004 2:05PM
    As mentioned at [eff.org][1] Contract and Copyright Trump Fair Use and Competition in BnetD Case St. Louis - Fair use was dealt a harsh blow today in a Federal Court [decision][2] that held that programmers are not allowed to create free software designed to work with commercial products. At issue in the case was ... Read Full Article
  • Global Warming Expected to Intensify Hurricanes
    10/02/2004 3:10PM
    From [Slashdot][1]: *"Think this hurricane season was [bad][2]? Well according to the [New York Times][3], a [study][4] was published online on Tuesday by The Journal of Climate indicating that warming ocean temperatures are going to make for stronger, wetter hurricanes in the coming years and decades. An [abstrac ... Read Full Article
  • Kodak Wins $1 Billion Java Lawsuit
    10/03/2004 3:03PM
    From the department of the patently absurd, as reported on [Slashdot][1] * "The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle is reporting that Eastman Kodak Company has just [won a patent suit][2] against Sun on the Java Language. According to the article Kodak owns a patent which describes a way for a piece of software to "ask ... Read Full Article
  • Groklaw Rants On Software Patents
    10/03/2004 6:26PM
    [Groklaw][1] rocks. Found this article on [Slashdot.][2] I was saying just earlier today that it's going to take some of these really high-profile cases to elevate the evil that is software patents to a level where it can be understood as a real problem by industry outsiders. Naively one can hope that once it becomes ... Read Full Article
  • Ocean Exploitation Surfaces as Crisis
    10/09/2004 1:40PM
    Widespread Pollution, Overfishing Spur Presidential Panel to Urge New Rules. The oceans are in [trouble.][1] [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18656-2004Oct8.html ... Read Full Article
  • Unexplained Leap In CO2 Levels
    10/11/2004 10:08AM
    From [SlashDot:][1] *The Guardian [is reporting][2] that atmospheric CO2 concentrations have leapt by 4.5 ppm in the last two years. This raises the ugly possibility that the capacity of a large carbon sink (possibly the oceans) has been exceeded, and the worst-case scenario is that a tipping point has been reache ... Read Full Article
  • Speaking of global warming...
    10/11/2004 9:37PM
    Check out this article on msnbc.com, "[Cheaper, more efficient fuel cells on the way][1]". Eliminating auto emissions would go a long way toward slowing global warming, besides which switching to fuel cells would reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Too bad this kind of progress is going way too slow. By the ... Read Full Article
  • Zero-emission Power Plants Proposed
    10/14/2004 3:28PM
    An [article][1] over at Slashdot; *"Supercompact, superfast, superpowerful turbines called ZEPPS (zero-emission power plants), designed to combat global warming, could help produce the electrical power needed to keep up with 21st century demand. They would consume methane and oxygen and produce liquid carbon dioxi ... Read Full Article
  • Male Bass in Potomac Producing Eggs
    10/15/2004 1:00AM
    From Washingtonpost.com: "MOOREFIELD, W.Va. -- The South Branch of the Potomac River is as clear as bottled water here, where it rolls over a bed of smooth stones about 230 miles upstream from Washington. But there is a mystery beneath this glassy surface." Read the full [article][1] over at the post. I' ... Read Full Article
  • Worldwide Report Says Amphibians Are in Peril
    10/15/2004 1:58PM
    "Amphibians are experiencing a precipitous decline across the globe, according to the first comprehensive world survey of the creatures, which include frogs, toads and salamanders. As many as 122 species have disappeared since 1980, and 1,900 are in danger of becoming extinct." Read the [article][1] at Washingtonp ... Read Full Article
  • ARMED FORCES RECRUITER ACCESS TO STUDENTS AND STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION.
    10/16/2004 1:45PM
    It seems that the [No Child Left Behind act][1] mandates that secondary schools provide contact information including name, address and telephone numbers on request to the US Military. The section is: [ARMED FORCES RECRUITER ACCESS TO STUDENTS AND STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION.][2] Clearly preparations fo ... Read Full Article
  • Excess Mercury Levels Increasing
    10/21/2004 1:17PM
    ### Survey Shows Fifth of Women of Childbearing Age Are Affected More doom and gloom in an [article][1] over at Washingtonpost.com [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49896-2004Oct20.html ... Read Full Article
  • We Are Using 20% More Resources Than The Earth Can Produce
    10/21/2004 1:28PM
    "The human race is plundering the planet at a pace that outstrips its capacity to support life, according to a report by WWF. The Living Planet Report 2004 shows that humans currently consume 20 per cent more natural resources than the earth can produce, and that populations of terrestrial, freshwater and marine specie ... Read Full Article
  • Big Arctic Perils Seen in Warming, Survey Finds
    10/30/2004 2:05PM
    From an [article][1] at the New York Times: "A comprehensive four-year study of warming in the Arctic shows that heat-trapping gases from tailpipes and smokestacks around the world are contributing to profound environmental changes, including sharp retreats of glaciers and sea ice, thawing of permafrost and shifts in ... Read Full Article
  • Several Publishers Sued for Infringing 3D Patent
    11/02/2004 6:13PM
    From [Slashdot][1]: *"According to a story on GameDaily, law firm McKool Smith is [suing several publishers for infringing their patent][2] on a "Method and Apparatus for Spherical Planning", filed in 1988. Among the companies being sued are several big names, such as Square Enix, Electronic Arts, Vivendi Universal, ... Read Full Article
  • And yet it melts
    11/04/2004 12:32AM
    From the [WashingtonPost][1]: "The Bush administration has been working for months to keep an upcoming eight-nation report from endorsing broad policies aimed at curbing global warming, according to domestic and foreign participants, despite the group's conclusion that Arctic latitudes are facing historic increases i ... Read Full Article
  • Exactly as predicted - Microsoft starts big business patent haven through cross licensing
    11/08/2004 1:12PM
    I have read countless articles on the subject of how patents only help big business. Exactly as predicted, the largest companies are entering into mass cross licensing deals to establish a mutual safe-haven at the top. This establishes an effective shield against disruptive technologies from smaller companies. Because ... Read Full Article
  • US Ready to put Weapons in Space
    11/08/2004 2:25PM
    *From an [article][1] at Slashdot: "The Guardian reports "America has begun preparing its [next military objective][2] - space. Documents reveal that the US Air Force has for the first time adopted a doctrine to establish 'space superiority'." If this goes ahead, it will be in violation of the [1967 Outer Space Tr ... Read Full Article
  • From 'what idiot thought this was a good idea' department
    11/10/2004 2:28AM
    Article Over at Netcraft entitled: [Domain Transfers (and Hijackings) to Become Easier][1] In a nutshell, it looks like it's far easier now for people to steal your domain names thanks to our friends at ICANN. [1]: http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2004/11/09/domain_transfers_and_hijackings_to_become_easier ... Read Full Article
  • The Patent Wars are set to begin ...
    11/13/2004 1:06PM
    It looks like the patent wars are about to start in earnest ... article over at [groklaw.][1] One can see the demise of the US software industry beginning ... the email that started the discussion is entitled: [Concerns regarding Microsoft's Royalty Free Protocol License Agreement.][2][ ][2] [1]: http://www.grokla ... Read Full Article
  • Tech Giants Bankrolling IP Hoarding Start-Up
    11/14/2004 8:05PM
    *From an [article][1] over at Slashdot: "Microsoft alum Nathan Myhrvold so strongly believes [intellectual property is the next software][2] that he's studying for the patent bar exam. His company, [Intellectual Ventures][3], doesn't actually make anything - only [patent attorneys][4] roam the hallways. Myhrvold isn' ... Read Full Article
  • Pessimist? Optimist?
    11/14/2004 9:21PM
    So I'm sitting here with my buddy Ryan talking about the world and the culture of "optimism vs pessimism". Perhaps you can conclude from my doom'n'gloom postings which side of the spectrum I come from; but of course "I'm not a pessimist. I'm just an observationalist".:) ... Read Full Article