Look for a Patent Wiki in 2007

Patent review goes Wiki – August 21, 2006: That’s the basic concept behind a pilot program sponsored by IBM and other companies [including HP and Microsoft], which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appears poised to green-light. The project would apply an advisory version of the wiki approach to the patent-approval process. The issue is… Continue reading Look for a Patent Wiki in 2007

Thanks, Mom!

The Straight Dope: Is male pattern baldness inherited? Who’s to blame?: … Men are more prone than women to X-linked abnormalities because they receive an XY chromosome combination while women get XX. In women, a recessive abnormality on one X chromosome will likely be masked by a dominant normal gene on the other. Men, however,… Continue reading Thanks, Mom!

We all lose

Survey: Consumers lose to online schemes – Yahoo! News: [C]onsumers lost $630 million over the past two years to e-mail scams. That is nothing compared to the $7.8 billion people spent on computer repair. I’m interested in how many consumers are victims of email scams. Also, the median amount lost. Guess I’ll have to do… Continue reading We all lose

Dinosaurs vs. Fraggles

Amazon.com: Dinosaurs – The Complete First and Second Seasons Created before the days of computer animation, Dinosaurs is an early 1990s television comedy series featuring impressive anthropomorphic, animatronic creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The story lines challenge some of society’s most basic assumptions and explore some of the most universally troublesome aspects of… Continue reading Dinosaurs vs. Fraggles

UFO Seeker Hacker

Poor guy. I am curious about how people come up with the figures they do about how much damage a hacker caused. My guess is whatever they spend to fix the problem. So… holes in computers they should have patched by didn’t or software they should have purchased but didn’t until the hacker caused the… Continue reading UFO Seeker Hacker

MIT Fraternity Accused Of Robot Hazing

The Onion made me smile tonight. MIT Fraternity Accused Of Robot Hazing | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source Several members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity are in campus-police custody today following a brutal hazing incident in which one robot remains missing and two others are in… Continue reading MIT Fraternity Accused Of Robot Hazing

Crashed Linux

Crashed Linux, originally uploaded by milliped. From the site: Everyone is familiar with blue-screening kiosks and travel information displays, but this one was pretty new to me. The route display on this Air Algerie Airbus a330 was visibly experiencing some disk issues. (They rebooted the aircraft in midair, everything was fine after).

I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr

Boondocks did an episode on Martin Luther King, Jr. It inspired me to Google MLK. Much of this is a poignant reminder of how far and not far enough the both America and the world have come. We are not living the dream. Yet… I Have A Dream Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln… Continue reading I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr

Some Quotes

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant “It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.” – Pierre Beaumarchais “First things first, but not necessarily in that order.” – Doctor Who “A witty saying proves nothing.” – Voltaire “Charm is a way of getting the answer… Continue reading Some Quotes