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  • Sep 11, 2012 @ 09:23am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I saw this in the theater in the 80's Glad my mother took me to see it. Was a fun film though I guess I was young enough not to realize there was a happy singing slave...

  • Mar 09, 2012 @ 05:52am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Just get a competitors thumb drive pc: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2012/02/linux-computer-the-size-of-a-thumb-drive-now-available-for-preorder.ars you can fit a few of them in an Altoids can.

  • Mar 09, 2012 @ 05:43am


    Not sure when it will hit phones but the Bible has already been translated to Klingon: http://klv.mrklingon.org/

    joH'a' ghurmoH SoH! (God Bless You!)

  • Aug 17, 2010 @ 02:08pm

    Re: NEW patent

    Why not?? Genghis Grill restaurant owns patent #7156207 for Food presentation method and system. They have patented the process of getting food from a buffet, cooking it, and returning it to the customer.

  • May 26, 2010 @ 03:13pm

    Re: Re:

    "Try living in East Texas and see how ashamed you feel."

    Ashamed of living in East Texas? Not a chance, it is awesome here.

    I guess you are referring to the all the patent lawsuits that get filed here. There is no shame in me for some idiotic judges who refuse to understand these things.

  • Jun 15, 2009 @ 03:25pm

    Well, seems to me the exposure to be had from this would have been more wide spread than other pro bono work many Illustrators do to get exposure.

  • Jun 04, 2009 @ 07:59pm

    Other clients do the same...

    I found Peoplebrowsr http://peoplebrowsr.com/ does a better job of information management and uses the browser instead of a downloaded program, though it has a steep learning curve. I use Google Chrome for peoplebrowsr so I can keep a watch on the memory usage, which is about half what tweetdeck runs. My point, I guess, is that if you won't fix your program others will come along and try to make something even better.

  • Mar 11, 2009 @ 12:38pm

    East Texas

    I am from East Texas, Tyler not Marshall, and you know the blanket statements about the area are getting old. From everything I have seen and read, these cases are only in Marshall. So have a care Mike, let's be a bit more specific than blanketing all of East Texas as a patent hoarders haven. Some of us here think the same thing you do about the patent system.

  • Jan 15, 2008 @ 01:53pm

    Re: Re: trademark issue by Aaron

    A trademark is a distinctive sign or indicator of some kind which is used by an individual, business organization or other legal entity to uniquely identify the source of its products and/or services to consumers, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities. A trademark is a type of intellectual property, and typically comprises a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements.
    - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark

    Ideas can't be trademarked or copyrighted. You can patent an idea though, apparently any idea according to some of the bad patents being given out lately...

  • Apr 20, 2007 @ 11:13pm

    Heavy thoughts...

    Wow. Things have really heated up on this discussion. Who knew economics could get so confrontational. Great series Mike, I hope to someday buy the book ;)

  • Apr 12, 2007 @ 10:26am


    Quote from the article: "Friedrich alleges copyright infringement, and accuses Marvel of waste for failing "to properly utilize and capitalize" on the Ghost Rider character. Marvel's attempts to do so, Friedrich claims, have only damaged the value of his work by failing to properly promote and protect the characters and by accepting inadequate royalties from co-defendants."

    What gets me, he seems to be saying part of the suit is for the damage this movie did to the value of Ghostrider. Do you think he is more pissed about the crappy movie or that everyone made money but him?

  • Mar 19, 2007 @ 10:51am

    "Furthermore, they also seem to ignore as these sorts of video games have become more popular, youth violence has actually decreased."

    Hopefully main stream media and politicians will get to the same conclusion.

  • Mar 12, 2007 @ 11:00am


    "This means that record labels will devote their resources to fighting the law, not figuring out the new business models that dropping DRM would enable."

    Right now they spend their money buying laws not for new business models. I would rather see them have to fight against regulations than what they are doing now. Costly legal battles would drain their coffers much faster and once they spend most of their money fighting they will have to stop fighting or go broke. Either is a good thing as it would mean no more crap from the **AAs.

    These groups need to be taken down a couple of notch's as they act like they ARE the law or can change the laws to their will. In fact, I think the government should investigate everything these groups have done in the past 5 to 10 years and fine them for every single instance of their bullying and lobbying.

  • Mar 12, 2007 @ 10:40am

    "it seems like the GAO actually is one government organization that's more focused on what's actually happening, rather than what the lobbyists and politicians want to happen."

    At least for now, until the lobbyists figure out who to pay off.

  • Mar 05, 2007 @ 10:50pm

    Re: what's there to lose?

    @ Brian: The XNA GSE tools are a free download for anyone who wants to use them. There are quite a few community sites out now with great tutorials, I am willing to bet their traffic picks up as this news spreads ;)

  • Mar 05, 2007 @ 10:45pm

    Not Just $10K

    The other part of the prize is to have the winning game published on Xbox Live, from which the developer gets money in the form of royalties I believe ;)

    This makes the prize well worth any indie developers time, a chance to be published by one of the dominate publishers.

  • Feb 28, 2007 @ 03:01pm

    The bill may be pretty weak but it is better than what we have now.

  • Jan 23, 2007 @ 01:10pm

    Re: Re: by Enrico Suarve

    I didn't mean in my earlier post that it is a good patent, just saying it is the only one I see worth the paper it is written on.

    If companies choose to restrict access to their devices I do not think it is a good thing, I hate being locked into anything, but does it lock out innovation? After all Nintendo fell to last place against it's competitors in the past decade. If Nintendo had an open standard for anyone to use when they first entered the US market, would the video games market have come as far? Nintendo's competitors had to innovate to get the lead, didn't they? Is that not what a patent is meant to do, give you a lead on your competitors while they try and compete against you?

  • Jan 23, 2007 @ 09:48am

    The only pantent I see in that list that was worth the paper is the Nintendo situation where Atari was republishing Nintendo's games.

  • Jan 17, 2007 @ 11:23pm

    Pssst Becca.

    Get a clue. It is not parents fault political types get on this "Save the Children" kick. Time and again on posts like this one, one person, such as yourself this time, starts bellowing about how parents need to do a better job. That may be so but it is not relevant to the topic here, which is politics as usual. Politicians don't care about any of this, they want to be seen as protectors so when elecetions come up they can show everyone they were "For the Children" and beleive no one will vote against them, after all no one wants to be seen as being "Against the Children".

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