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April, 2004 | Jason E. Shao

Patent Reform Recommended

Wired News: New Study Urges Patent Upgrade bq. As a solution, the council recommended in its report that the patent office and Congress take seven steps to improve the patent system. Those steps include, among other things, hiring new patent examiners, creating a more open system for challenging questionable patents, and rejecting more patents on ...

Open Clip Art Project

Open Clip Art Project | Creative Commons Kind of surprises me that we haven’t seen a big project like this in the past. It would be nice to have a large, open, royalty-free library though. Might be a good way for artists to try and get some exposure. It seems like this collection could grow ...

Disposable Cars

New cars are getting too expensive to fix | csmonitor.com bq. Costly air bags, expensive electronics, and lightweight body materials are driving up the cost of fixing new cars. Not only do many more parts have to be replaced rather than repaired, but fewer and fewer body shops can afford the special equipment and training ...

Mac Eye for the Windows Guy

Mac Eye for the Windows Guy
Confessions of a code addict: Mac Archives Actually pretty funny. The QueerEye crew remakes a Windows PC.

Phone: I’m Drunk, Get a Cab

BBC NEWS | Technology | Software ‘chum’ to help students His favourite feature – Take Me Home, I’m Drunk – is most likely to be used after students have taken advice on the best pubs in the area. It sends a message to a local taxi firm, detailing the address where the student can be ...

9/11 Intel Failure?

Third Party Watchblog bq. At best, I can only conclude that our government was a mess regarding national security. And like any large beauracracy that changes leaders every 4 to 8 years, our government’s ability to plan long term, implement and fulfill long term projects, and remain consistently focused on priorities such that national security ...

Recent Updated Articles Works

Using a tip from at [the girlie matters] tips and tricks: lastn recently modified entries using mtsql I finally enabled the listing of my most recently updated entries. This is good, because I often go back and change or edit past entries. Now there’s a convenient drop-down box in my header with the last 5 ...

Code Beautifier and Textile

I’m testing out the “(extlink)MTCodeBeautifier”:http://voisen.org/archives/projects/000239.php plugin. bc[Java]. import java.io.* public class HelloWorld{ public static void main(String args[]){ System.out.println(“Hello World”); } }

100k Income in a 800k House

the family economy | Metafilter references an article in the Washington Monthly discussing whether or not we’re in a housing bubble right now. bq. Truth is, in most of the country there’s no housing bubble. Perhaps the crucial ratio from which economists determine whether housing markets are out of whack is the ratio of home ...