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Human Genes as Company Property Tested by Myriad Patent Case
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 05:46 PM EDT
Human Genes as Company Property Tested by Myriad Patent Case

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Nokia's MS deal
Authored by: designerfx on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 05:48 PM EDT
Isn't Nokia's deal the same type MS has done with every
company it's destroyed lately? Yahoo, etc? I swear we've
heard of exactly this type of deal before: "we'll pay you, but
you'll pay us more". Why/How does a company even sign up for

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Microsoft records first loss ever after aQuantive writeoff
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 02:28 AM EDT
This writeoff shows how much they have really lost over the years. Makes one
wonder what else might be waiting for another "writeoff"...

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Microsoft Names Mark Penn as Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Special Projects
Authored by: jbb on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 04:53 AM EDT

Mark Penn said:

I'm looking forward to applying my diverse skills and experience to some of the biggest new challenges in technology today, and there is no better place to do that than Microsoft ...
Is Penn trying to Elop Microsoft? The author of the press release attempts to mitigate some of Penn's damage by concluding with:
Microsoft [...] is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Maybe the first thing on Penn's agenda should be to make sure everyone in PR is on the same page. Perhaps it makes sense to play the underdog. It certainly makes sense to play the worldwide leader but it doesn't make any sense to try to do both in the same press release.

Come to think of it, I wonder if Penn was secretly behind the "I'm a software developer" video.

Our job is to remind ourselves that there are more contexts
than the one we’re in now — the one that we think is reality.
-- Alan Kay

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Judges Hold Line in Myriad
Authored by: MDT on Saturday, July 21 2012 @ 02:13 AM EDT
Judge Moore again noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has allowed patents on DNA sequences for decades, and she said that disturbing the industry’s long-held expectations risked upending years of financial investments in scientific innovations. “There’s a lot of money at stake here,” she said.
Where does a sitting judge get off worrying about corporate finances, rather than the law? It doesn't matter how long or ingrained something is, it's whether it's lawful or unlawful. Similar arguments could have been (and were) made against civil rights, women's rights, slavery, and many other enshrined and financially wide sweeping changes to American culture. Her argument basically amounts to the following sentence. "Well, the USPTO has been violating the law for a very long time, and everyone has basically went along with the breaking of the law, including us judges, and now people have invested in this criminal enterprise, and we should really just not enforce the law, because a lot of people who invested in the criminal enterprise might lose their money." This is judicial activism to me, when you try to work around the law rather than judge based on the law.


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Microsoft Removes Embarrassing 'Big [redacted]' String From Linux Code
Authored by: jbb on Saturday, July 21 2012 @ 07:15 PM EDT
(I couldn't make a link that works)

PJ said:

Or maybe it's like Steve Jobs once said, that the problem with Microsoft is that it has no taste, ...
True, but at least they are less filling.

Our job is to remind ourselves that there are more contexts
than the one we’re in now — the one that we think is reality.
-- Alan Kay

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? Marissa Mayer: Google --> Yahoo!
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 21 2012 @ 11:15 PM EDT
There has been some speculation that MM was passed over for a few "senior
vice president" posts at Google and was thus motivated to find another

She will be a legend if she can pull it off.

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Dell UBUNTU machine
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 22 2012 @ 10:08 AM EDT
I hope they don't expect a stampede to it. I still have my nice little Dell
mini-12 machine. Came with Ubuntu Linux. Came with hosed keys such that the OS
could not be updated. Product line EOLed by DELL before the hardware's short
warranty expired. (4 months after purchase) Have tried to upgrade but foiled by
proprietary DELL drivers that are either unavailable or have not been upgraded
for any current version of Ubuntu. Did I mention that support sucked? Not that
they (the two guys who tried to support Linux in their spare time) did not try
but it was of very little use.

DELL and Linux? I don't think so.

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Patent troll targets Minecraft
Authored by: The Cornishman on Sunday, July 22 2012 @ 10:35 AM EDT

Report [], also here []

Someone on /. linked to a scribd upload of the patent, so I generated a very simple tree structure of the 113 claims in GraphViz. The PNG file is here [] and the .dot source file here.

There are 19 independent claims, and no claim depends on more than three prior claims. All that "10. A system according to claim 6 wherein"... stuff makes my head swim, so I thought it might be useful to others, too.

(c) assigned to PJ

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Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 22 2012 @ 07:24 PM EDT
"Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great
They Ought to Be Shared"

- the trouble with the above statement , is that it assume some body else cannot
or won't come up with the same invention/ idea independently,
so it should be not a question of sharing , BUT whether any one body should has
the sole ownership

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