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FCC Opens up Spectrum for Public Use

double-oh three double-oh three writes  |  more than 5 years ago

double-oh three (688874) writes ""Over the objections of the nation's television broadcasters and other groups, Federal regulators on Tuesday set aside a disputed slice of radio spectrum for public use, hoping it will lead to low-cost, high-speed Internet access and new wireless devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to approve the public use of the unlicensed frequencies, known as white spaces.""
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After 2000, Patent Court rulings possibly invalid

double-oh three double-oh three writes  |  more than 6 years ago

double-oh three (688874) writes "From the New York Times article: "[...] John F. Duffy, who teaches at the George Washington University Law School, [...] has discovered a constitutional flaw in the appointment process over the last eight years for judges who decide patent appeals and disputes, and his short paper documenting the problem seems poised to undo thousands of patent decisions concerning claims worth billions of dollars." Basically, since March 2008 Patent Court judges have been appointed by the Director of the Patent and Trademark Office instead of the Secretary of Commerce, their appointment violates a provision of the Constitution that requires that some positions, such as these Patent judges, can only be appointed by the President, the Courts, or a Head of Department. The constitutionality of the system is currently before the Supreme Court, which may end up striking down every decision in which a three-judge panel had one member appointed by the Director of the Patent and Trademark Office."
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"I am not dead" - Terry Pratchett has Alzh

double-oh three double-oh three writes  |  more than 6 years ago

double-oh three (688874) writes "As announced here on longtime illustrator Paul Kirby's website, Terry Pratchett has early onset Alzheimer's. Calling it "an embuggerance", Mr. Pratchett went on to say "We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)""

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