Brickwall writes "Answer: Canadian patent trolls. A closely held Canadian company, i4i, was awarded $200 million by a (big surprise) Tyler, Texas court, over a dispute regarding i4i's patented way to process electronic documents in MS Word. It centres around a method of processing documents using embedded codes that provide instructions on how information appears. According to i4i's lawyer, "E-mails from Microsoft show they knew about the patent, and infringed to make i4i products obsolete.". The Bloomberg report was short on technical details, but if I understand the lawyer's comment, i4i is claiming that Microsoft changed their software, and that made i4i's product obsolete. So, if I patent something, and MS finds a way to change their product that coincidentally makes my product useless, I can sue them?" top
Comment By: Travis West (travis-w)
Date: 2009-03-18 15:52
Ah, I was afraid of that. That's from Slashdot, which is a sister site to
SourceForge (we are both owned by the same comany), but I can't really
affect anything over there.
This link should be able to get you some help: http://slashdot.org/help
P.S., Support items set to status of 'Pending', will auto-close in 14 days
if there is no response.
But of course, if I go to slashdot's help page, IT SENDS ME TO SOURCEFORGE TO
SUBMIT BUG REPORTS! It's like dealing with the fucking government!
Here's the original submission; I'd appreciate it if someone could get back to
me with either 1) the proper procedure to submit bug reports to/. not sourceforge,
or 2) some idea if the problem I'm experiencing is unique or if it's been reported
Hope this is the right place to post this; if not, please forward it to the correct group.
Whenever I log in to a conversation with a large number of comments, and I get to the bottom of a page (I display 50 comments per page), I see "(1) (2) (3)". I figure that when I click on "2", I'm going to go to the 51st comment; however, that almost never happens. Sometimes I'm redirected to the first comment, other times, I'm taken to a random comment, like the 12th or 21st, and have to scroll down to find the new comments. Sometimes it gets really annoying, when you click on 2 and 3, and still get redirected to the first comment. I can't figure out why this is happening.
And a suggestion — at the bottom of the moderation page, there's a button "moderate", which finishes the session and then sends you back to the main page. However, when you meta-moderate, there's no button on the bottom of the page, and I'm never quite sure how to finish the session, so I usually end up either closing the window, or typing in a new address. Could you add a "meta-moderate" button on the bottom of the page (and maybe a "continue meta-moderating" for those who want to do more than ten M2's?) that would finish the session and redirect you to the main page?
Thanks for your help.
Brickwall writes "Florida, faced with a problem of crocodiles returning to residential neighbourhoods after being relocated elsewhere, is trying to solve it by affixing magnets to the crocs' heads. news.aol.ca/article/florida-tests-using-magnets-to-repel-crocodiles/539488/ The theory is the crocodiles use the Earth's magnetic field for navigation, and the magnets may interfere with that. What I'd like to know is, whose job is it to put the magnets on?" top
Australian Climatologist Recants on Global Warming
Brickwall writes "An Australian scientist who developed the software to measure Australia's compliance with carbon emission limits now believes there is sufficient evidence to discard the carbon-emission/global warming connection. His most damning evidence: just like a greenhouse needs a roof to trap the heat, there should be a level in the atmosphere that traps the heat. However, despite thousands of attempts by countries across the world to find such an atmospheric "hot spot", all have failed. Details in the story here: http://www.nationalpost.com/related/links/story.html?id=756766" top
Brickwall writes "A noted geophysicist forecasts a coming ice age, noting that average temperatures dropped by 0.7 degree C in 2007, the fastest decline in over 200 years. He further notes that sunspot activity, which should have increased in the last two years, has been almost non-existent. Far from worrying about global warming, he thinks we should be preparing to deal with global cooling. The article is at http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23583376-7583,00.html." top
Brickwall writes "According to the Sun newspaper in the UK, Conservative politicians are considering a ban on plasma TVs http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007420012,00.html
THE Conservatives will propose banning plasma screens and other energy-guzzling electrical goods in a report to be unveiled next week.
The proposals target white goods like fridges and freezers, as well as TVs, personal computers and DVD players that use too much energy or operate on stand-by.
The ideas come from a Conservative group set up by David Cameron to develop policies to protect the environment and although the measures to make household electrical appliances more energy efficient are not binding on Mr Cameron, they are thought likely to be warmly received by the Tory leader.
The group will also suggest scrapping Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of the nation's success in favour of a model that measures people's happiness drawn up up by Friends of the Earth." Link to Original Source