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l00sr (266426) writes "A jury in eastern Texashas just convictedApple of violating patents relating to Cover Flow, Spotlight, and other operating system features, awarding the plaintiff $625 million in damages. The plaintiff, Mirror Worlds, is a company founded by Yale computer science professor David Gelernter. If upheld, the award will be one of the largest in patent history. Side note: Gelernter was also in the news in 1993 when he injured by a mail bomb sent by the infamous Unabomber." Link to Original Source top
House season finale shot entirely with digital SLR
l00sr (266426) writes "The director of the popular Fox series House recently announced via Twitter that the show's season finale was shot entirely using the Canon 5D Mark II, a semi-pro digital SLR that also happens to shoot HD video. Some of the relevant Twitter posts are re-posted here in a Q&A format. With even entry-level D-SLR models featuring HD video recording, it seems that professional-quality "film" production is finally within the grasp of amateurs." Link to Original Source top
l00sr (266426) writes "Parkinson's disease is a degenerative and often crippling disease that often leads to its sufferers' inability to walk or even stand in its late stages. So one might imagine that Dr. Bastiaan R. Bloem would have been skeptical of the claims of one such patient, who claimed to be able to cycle for miles at a time, despite having lost the ability to walk due to the disease. After the patient proved his claim, Dr. Bloem found that 20 other patients in similar conditions were also able to ride bikes. Although the phenomenon has not been studied extensively yet, this certainly seems to give new hope to sufferers of the disease." Link to Original Source top
l00sr (266426) writes "Researchers in England have developed a clever way to communicate with some victims of brain trauma in a "vegetative state." They instructed the vegetative patients to answer a series of yes or no questions by thinking of either playing tennis, or being at home--each of which is associated with activity in a different region of the brain. They then asked the questions while imaging their brains via M.R.I to determine which region activated, if any, in response to the questions. Surprisingly, a few of the patients studied were able to successfully communicate in this manner, correctly answering questions the researchers posed." Link to Original Source top