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Ignore it. And while you are at it...
Authored by: jplatt39 on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 03:31 PM EST
I didn't expect to see this in Forbes

and CNBC gets called out (story from Cnet).

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Off Topic punishment ...
Authored by: AntiFUD on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 03:32 PM EST
Any transgressors will have to count the number of references to FM in the
HTC-Apple Stipulation Article, if that doesn't make said transgressor sick;
nothing will.

IANAL - Free to Fight FUD - "to this very day"

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And the beat goes on.
Authored by: UncleVom on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 04:30 PM EST
I find it hard to control my disgust.

BTW I didn't verify this for accuracy.

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Off Topic Thread
Authored by: charlie Turner on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 06:39 PM EST
Anyone who posts on topic in this thread shall have their little fingers run in
the pencil sharpener until they get the point of this thread. (?)

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The Big Curiosity Rover Discovery Is a Big Misunderstanding
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 02:14 AM EST

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Do Women Avoid Salary Negotiations? Evidence from a Large Scale Natural Field Experiment
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 02:25 AM EST
One explanation advanced for the persistent gender pay differences in labor markets is that women avoid salary negotiations. By using a natural field experiment that randomizes nearly 2,500 job-seekers into jobs that vary important details of the labor contract, we are able to observe both the nature of sorting and the extent of salary negotiations. We observe interesting data patterns. For example, we find that when there is no explicit statement that wages are negotiable, men are more likely to negotiate than women. However, when we explicitly mention the possibility that wages are negotiable, this difference disappears, and even tends to reverse. In terms of sorting, we find that men in contrast to women prefer job environments where the ‘rules of wage determination’ are ambiguous. This leads to the gender gap being much more pronounced in jobs that leave negotiation of wage ambiguous.
Andreas Leibbrandt, Monash University
John A. List, University of Chicago


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USPTO, David Kappos to stand down
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 04:08 AM EST

Wonder who the next software patent friendly appointee will be

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Telcos Charge More to Send Text Next Door than Data Cost to Mars
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 10:24 AM EST


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Nokia seeks Blackberry sales bans after patent dispute
Authored by: Gringo_ on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 10:59 AM EST

Nokia has asked courts in the US, UK and Canada to block sales of rival Blackberry smartphones.

Nokia/Microsoft can't compete in the market on merit, so they will use patents to kick RIM in the teeth while they are down, hoping for a fatal blow. Nokia/Microsoft believe they can force us to use their crappy products if they manage to restrict our choice by knocking out the competition, but this only strengthens my resolve to never buy their devices.

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Who is Tim B Lee?
Authored by: FreeChief on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 12:00 PM EST
I suppose most of you already know this, but I just followed some links and discovered that I had a misconception, I think. Or maybe I should call it a misnomer.

Timothy B. Lee covers tech policy for Ars, with a particular focus on patent and copyright law, privacy, free speech, and open government.

Tim Berners-Lee aka: Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, also known as "TimBL", is a British computer scientist and the inventor of the World Wide Web.

These are not the same person, even though they both frequently appear in Groklaw articles and newspicks.

 — Programmer in Chief

PS: Some people call misconceptions "misnomers" this is a misnomer. Some people think that misnomers really are misconceptions, this is a misconception.

PPS: There are also misspellings. I took about six out of this message before I posted it, and apologize for any that remain. (There is one "P" in apologize, I looked it up and removed one. Two "S"s in "misspelling", obviously, but I got paranoid and looked it up anyway.)

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"a five-minute proposition"
Authored by: ByteJuggler on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 12:18 PM EST
Very well put. This is one aspect of what frustrates me (nay, infuriates me)
about most if not all software patents, the triviality of most of them: That the
things being patented generally are not really novel and are in fact nearly
trivial, as put here, "five-minute propositions" for any semi
competent programmer. As programmers we're in the business of coming up with
problems, solutions to sometimes really simple and sometims really complicated
problems and/or situations. To then see some small aspects of some of the
problems one is expected to solve as a matter of course as a programmer (think
bounce back patent, I mean, really???) be patented and fought over for millions
and billions of dollars is galling and infuriating in the extreme.

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Revert win8 metro UI to win7 desktop
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 01:07 PM EST
Two tools will do the trick.
ClassicShell and Metro UI Switcher.

Highly recommended if you have to use win8.


You are being MICROattacked, from various angles, in a SOFT manner.

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Samsung Galaxy products banned in the Netherlands
Authored by: Gringo_ on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 01:38 PM EST

Apple has managed to get a ban on Samsung Galaxy products running Android 2.2.1 to 2.3.7 - the Galaxy S, SII and Ace - in the Netherlands because of what Kappos, Director of USPTO would call Apple's "breakthrough technologies" which are "a form of innovation currency", "ecosystem enablers", "job creators" "pro-consumer solutions", "innovation protected by software patents".

Specifically, we would know it as the "bounce patent".

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I love seeing Microsoft this DESPERATE !!
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 03:07 PM EST
They cry crocodilian tears == HAVE YOU BEEN SCOGGLED? Remember BALL MER loves U!! Click for love SCROOGLED ALERT: "But we believe the issue of advertising causes enough mixed incentives that it is crucial to have a competitive search engine that is transparent and in the academic realm." —Google Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page SCROOGLED ALERT: "Since it is very difficult even for experts to evaluate search engines, search engine bias is particularly insidious." —Google Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page I may have been SCROOGLED. But Never BINGed yet.

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British Justice Eviscerates another Dodgy Trademark
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 28 2012 @ 07:13 PM EST
The Hon. Mr Justice Arnold in Chancery declares a square tile with a letter and a number engraved thereon is too vague to qualify for a Trade Mark .
Thanks to The IPKat

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