Apple Made A Deal With The Devil No, Worse: A Patent Troll | TechCrunch

I  am personally one of the people who thinks that the american patent system is broken.  At one time it was designed so that people had to innovate and make new things, but now, at least in the software world, it’s being used to stop any competition.  Now, thanks to the patent system, there are companies called ‘Patent trolls’ these companies buy patents from a large number of companies and use them to sue other companies or people over ‘patent infringement’.  Now apple just gave one of those companies some patents that they can sue with.

Over the last two years, Apple has been engaged in vicious legal battles over smartphone patents, many of which are aimed at squelching or squeezing money out of manufacturers of devices running Android. And now, for some reason, it has given valuable patents to a patent troll — which is using them to sue many of the top technology companies in the world.

via Apple Made A Deal With The Devil No, Worse: A Patent Troll | TechCrunch.

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Tomorrow The Internet Will Begin to Die

This is to anyone that thinks that those of us that live in the United States still live in ‘the land of the free’ …

Tomorrow sees one of the most pivotal pieces of internet legislation pass through the halls of power in Washington. The ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ SOPA bill, combined with PROTECT IP Act, seeks to give the US Justice Department the power to force Internet Providers into blocking access to any website that is suspected of hosting or linking to copyrighted material.Provision for ‘going after’ ‘disputed sites’ hosting companies; search engines that link to them; payment services that support them, and other ancillary services will also be granted through the act.

via Tomorrow The Internet Will Begin to Die.

So basically, any corporation could yell out ‘Copyright Infringement!’ to any website on the ‘net, and then the site will just disappear.  It doesn’t seem that it’ll matter what site they’re talking about, any site can be brought down, by removal of it’s name from all of the DNS servers in the US.  Any US Based site taken down this way will remove it from the whole world, and it could possibly happen to some sites based in other countries. (though harder, and it’d be less likely to happen outside of our controllable area.)

Small and large businesses that are based off of the ‘net could just vanish and die, I must say that this cannot happen, if it does, there will be some huge, bad, changes to come.

Click the link below to have your say

http://www.mozilla.org/sopa/

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It’s 11/11/11!

It’s 11/11/11 today!  isn’t that neat?

It’s a cool day for us geeks, as days where the same number is repeated many times are rare, The last one for quite a long time will be 12/12/12 at 12:12 AM and PM, as we only have twelve months in a year and twenty four hours in a day…  I’ll try to avoid missing that one 🙂

Also apparently some groups believe that this date may have something to do with the apoclypse, or some metaphysics stuff…  But I just think that it’s a neat date, being able to say that it’s 11/11/11!  In the end it’s just our clocks moving forward, and seeing the changes that are happening to the world.

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Steve Jobs is dead

The world lost a great man yesterday…  Steve Jobs, one of the co-founders of Apple, has died.

I may not have used many products made by his company, but I still do have to say that he was one of the greatest minds of his time, without him, I don’t know where computers would be today… though they probably wouldn’t be quite as far along as they are now.

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Microsoft released a Windows 8 Developer preview

… And I’m trying to get it working in a Virtual Machine.

From what I can see in Windows 8, it is extremly touch oriented, and, well, sliding the first screen up to log in doesn’t seem very user friendly when you’re using a mouse.

Apparently Microsoft, and Apple are wanting the Desktop/Laptop/Netbook/Every other machine with an external mouse to go the way of the dodo, as all of their new systems (Windows 8, Windows Phone 7, iOS, Mac OS X Lion) are bringing a lot of features that only work well with a touch screen.  I can see that working with tablets, but Desktops… not so much.

I’ll keep you posted on what I think of Windows 8, it is definatly a HUGE change, and it is also fairly unstable, although the unstable part is understandable, due to what they’re trying to do.  Whatever that is. 🙂

Have a good day 🙂

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Dell Tablet PC

Yesterday I went to the Sam’s Club in Startell, MN, and I saw a Dell Tablet/Laptop.  It has a touch screen, and can be converted into a laptop, by opening it, and flipping the screen around.  I used the touch screen for a bit, and found that the default setup on Windows 7 is certainly not made for touch screens.  Defaulting to ‘list’ mode for files in the computer window? BLAH!  That doesn’t work at all!  Otherwise it is a great tablet/laptop

Here’s a short video that I found about it.

Neat huh?

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