The politics of patents | CommonWealth Magazine


The idea is to rein in so-called patent trolls, which buy up dormant patents left behind by failed companies, then sue others for infringement, often with little evidence.

The trolls take advantage of the high cost of patent litigation to try to extort settlements.

The problem, as Bob Brown sees it, is that the bill’s mechanism for reining the trolls in also affects every legitimate patent holder who rightfully wants to defend his invention.

Source: The politics of patents – CommonWealth Magazine

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Latest Unease on Right: Ryan Is Too Far Left | The New York Times


Far-right media figures, relatively small in number but potent in their influence, have embarked on a furious Internet expedition to cover Representative Paul D. Ryan in political silt.

Source: Latest Unease on Right: Ryan Is Too Far Left – The New York Times

Paul Buchheit | Five Examples of Glaring United States Hypocrisies


American ‘exceptionalism’ exists in the minds of super-patriots who are more than willing to overlook their own faults as they place themselves above other people.

The only question may be which of their self-serving hypocrisies is most outrageous and destructive.

Source: Paul Buchheit | Five Examples of Glaring United States Hypocrisies

What The Big GOP Meltdown Reveals From A Guy Who Saw It All Coming


The epic GOP meltdown of 2015 should not come as a surprise.

But you knew that already if you read the 2012 book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.”

Source: What The Big GOP Meltdown Reveals From A Guy Who Saw It All Coming

Treasury moves up debt limit deadline to Nov. 3 | TheHill


In a letter to lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he expects Treasury will have exhausted its “extraordinary measures” to operate under the borrowing cap two days earlier than he previously forecast.

The previous deadline for raising the $18.1 trillion borrowing cap was Nov. 5.

Congress must deal with the controversial issue amid a serious leadership crisis for Republicans in the House.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his resignation last month, and the GOP is struggling to find a successor.

Source: Treasury moves up debt limit deadline to Nov. 3 | TheHill

Daily Cartoon: Thursday, October 15th | The New Yorker


“As Jennifer Farkas awoke one morning from a night of compulsive texting, she found herself transformed in her bed into a gigantic iPhone.”

Source: Daily Cartoon: Thursday, October 15th – The New Yorker

480 kg Ivory Seized From Delhi, at Least 18 Elephants Were Killed For it

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Kerala has four elephant reserves – Wayanad, Periyar, Nilambur and Anamudi. The state’s wild elephant population is around 7000.

But poaching is also rampant. Reports say around 40 elephants have been killed in the last two years.

Source: 480 kg Ivory Seized From Delhi, at Least 18 Elephants Were Killed For it

5 majors for math lovers who don’t want to major in math | USA TODAY College


It turns out there are many majors that may lack “math” in name, but that are still based on mathematical concepts and principles sure to excite any math enthusiast.

Such majors can prepare students for a wide variety of exciting careers across several disciplines.

Source: 5 majors for math lovers who don’t want to major in math | USA TODAY College

18 cardinal rules of systems administration | Network World


It’s knowing these things and holding yourself to a set of cardinal rules that help to keep your systems running smoothly and your users happy

Source: 18 cardinal rules of systems administration | Network World

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