Archive for March, 2012

Nelson Mandela Digital Archive

Google has announced the opening of the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive.  It’s fascinating and absolutely worth checking out.

Heres a link.

The archive is an online collection of information, interviews, photos and other media related to Mandela.  It’s well done and a vault of information on the man and his work.

Google contributed a little over $1 million to the project.

 

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Not such a smart move

Adobe to charge Flash coders to use premium features | Deep Tech – CNET News.

Yup…you are reading the headline correctly.

Go check out the article.

I’m amazed that this is how Adobe has decided to keep Flash relevant.

It’s already dead on IOS devices.  We won’t go into that whole “market share” argument.

However, in the rest of the world, it’s being supplanted (and rightfully so) by HTML5.

So they decide to charge developers for a once-free product.

Yeah.

Makes sense.

Not.

Macro Monday

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Lookie what I got!!

I’ve said it before.  I’ve got a great staff where I work.

They are good people, work hard and are just generally fun, nice and ornery (in a good way!).

Look what one of them gave me today!

It’s my Zen Frog!  In 3D!!!

/happy_dance = on

Thanks KM!!

 

No Soup for You!!!

If you ever needed proof that the Windows Phone platform is struggling to catch up with…well…the rest of the world, here it is.

There will be no Angry Birds Space for Window Phone 7.

Yup.  Not gonna happen.

While the guy from Rovio that is interviewed doesn’t rule out future versions, it makes it pretty darn clear it’s very doubtful.  He lists a variety of really solid reasons why Rovio decided not to go down that road.

Now if only Android can do something about that darn fragmentation.

Angry Birds Space never coming to Windows Phone 7 | The Digital Home – CNET News.

Creepy

So Nokia has had a bright idea and filed for a patient to protect said bright idea.

Ready?

A vibrating tattoo.

/blank_perplexed_stare = on

Not only that, but it will work with your cell phone and vibrate to let you know you have a call.

Sorry, but this is just creepy.  Plus I can’t image that this doesn’t cause cancer or some other nasty health problem.

Count me out.

Want a vibrating tattoo that alerts you to a call? Nokia does | The Digital Home – CNET News.

Court Rejects Medical Diagnostic Patent

The Supreme Court got one right.

Not saying that they don’t on a regular basis, but this one involved IP (intellectual property) and patent law.

Check out the link at the bottom for a very good article on the case, but here’s the gist of the case.

In the case of Prometheus Laboratories v. Mayo Labs the question was “can you patient basic medical diagnostics.”  Not a product, not a drug, not a piece of equipment, but basic diagnostic science.

To me, the idea was absurd. You can’t patent nature.  Thats been well established and explains why Big Pharma is always looking to engineer drugs that do the same things (but not as well ) as something in nature.

But despite common sense, courts in California ruled that you can patient medical diagnostics.

This could potentially mean that doctors would have to pay up for performing basic medical diagnostic procedures.

Doc: OK Mr. Smith, I’d like to listen to your heart and determine if there is a problem.

Big Company: Hey…that’s patiented.  You owe us $10.

Yeah…it could have come to that.

Fortunately the cooler (and much smarter) heads in the Supreme Court prevailed.

The court effectively rejected the idea that you can patient science and a diagnostic method.

Thank. God!

To quote from the desision (penned by Justice Breyer):

If a law of nature is not patentable, then neither is a process reciting a law of nature, unless that process has additional features that provide practical assurance that the process is more than a drafting effort designed to monopolize the law of nature itself.

 As someone that works in the medical industry AND things that this country needs patient reform more than a lot of things, I applaud this ruling.

Huge Ruling: Court Rejects Medical Diagnostic Patent | Techdirt.