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Olin College — Re-Engineering Engineering

Umbral Blot WTF! (181 comments)

Is this a joke? Oh you got me slashdot, for a moment I thought your were serious. But if it's April 1st where is the OMG Ponies! theme?

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Umbral Blot Umbral Blot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Umbral Blot writes "When Google was young we all had high hopes for it. After all, they included "don't be evil" in their corporate charter; perhaps Google would turn out to be a new kind of company, one that did the right thing because it was right and not because they were forced to. But many of us have become disillusioned with Google, their behavior has made it evident that they are not much better, ethically, than the average company. So why didn't Google turn out as we hoped? Perhaps the problem lies with the "don't be evil" principle itself. You can read more here. Full disclosure: I wrote the linked article. Fuller disclosure: but I don't make any money from traffic, it only serves to inflate my ego."
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Umbral Blot Umbral Blot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Umbral Blot writes "
The Cisco iPhone trademark was registered 11/16/1999 (Reg. No. 2293011). In order to keep a trademark registration active, you have to file a Declaration of Use on or before the sixth anniversary of the registration date, in which you state, under penalty of perjury, that you have been using the trademark continuously during that period. The sixth anniversary would have been 11/16/2005. Cisco did not file the Declaration of Use by 11/16/2005, which if they had been using the trademark would seemingly have been easy to do.
Cisco did file a Declaration of Use during the six month grace period, but it appears they may have done so improperly, invalidating their claim."

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