Patent Law needs to be changed?

This article in NY Times was intriguing, so I thought I’d post an exercept of it here:

In Silicon Valley, Apple just won big against Samsung in the patent lawsuit of the year, after trading claims and counterclaims of pilfered product ideas. Across the country, in a federal court in Florida, an inventor named Mark Stadnyk is waging a different kind of patent warfare — an ambitious and perhaps quixotic legal foray.

Mr. Stadnyk, who holds a patent on a motorcycle windshield, is suing the United States government, aiming to head off a patent law that he says will favor big companies and hurt lone inventors like himself.

Represented by a prominent Washington lawyer, Mr. Stadnyk filed a suit last month that challenges the constitutionality of legislation that Congress passed last fall, the America Invents Act. Mr. Stadnyk and his lawyer — along with some academics, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists — assert that the legislation is a triumph of corporate lobbying power over the founders’ wishes, and that it threatens America’s stature as the world’s leading innovator.

The present system, one of the nation’s oldest patent principles and called “first to invent,” relies on lab notebooks, e-mails and early prototypes to establish the date of invention. The impending law would overturn that by awarding patents to the inventors who are “first to file” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Stadnyk, 48, a garage inventor who stumbled into the world of patents after he bought a powerful new motorcycle and wanted to avoid being battered by the wind when riding at 60 miles an hour, even with a windshield. He devised a system of brackets and gears to adjust the height and angle of the windshield and the gap between it and the motorcycle. With his system, he says, the rider feels a flutter of breeze instead of jolting winds and turbulence.

Mr. Stadnyk, who describes his invention style as “rough hacking with chunks of metal,” founded his company, MadStad Engineering, in 2006, and as sales picked up, he stopped working as a computer consultant to devote himself to the business.

Today, MadStad employs eight people, including Mr. Stadnyk and his wife, Patty. His adjustable windshield systems, priced from $100 to $320, are now used on dozens of makes and models of motorcycles, and are sold through dealers in Australia, Britain and Spain, as well as the United States. Yearly sales, he said, are more than $500,000 and growing briskly.

Mr. Stadnyk holds three patents, and he speaks of a patented idea as a uniquely human property right. “It came out of your mind,” he explained. “It’s not property you bought or inherited.”

Mr. Stadnyk became interested in the patent legislation as it proceeded. He says he studied the proposals and the law, read blogs and reached out to Washington lawyers and academics who raised the issue of its constitutionality. A grass-roots activist, he even made a couple of YouTube videos.

read more at NY Times….

World Toe Wrestling Championship (Odd news)

You’d be forgiven for thinking Wimbledon was the only sporting event taking place at the moment — but that would be doing a massive disservice to the world toe wrestling championship. (Telegraph)

The guys at NASA have some pretty amazing tech to play with — like this Robotic lander prototype which recently completed an autonomous test flight. (Daily Mail)  (YouTube)

An artist has won acclaim after stripping off and having her photo taken in a range of situations which she says is a way of conquering her fears. (Daily Mail)

Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute say they expect us to encounter alien civilisations within the next two decades. (Asylum)

Hitting a speedily hurled baseball has always looked hard enough to us, but this player managed to hit a ball twice — in what we are assured is a rather rare occurrence. (Blippitt) (YouTube)

Milking Michael Douglas through the media

Give it to useless media to milk Michael Douglas for his fight against cancer. Shameless shit!

Michael Douglas prepares to die vs feeling stronger every day

Michael Douglas prepares to die vs feeling stronger every day

Eurovision 2010 – Eurocraze in Oslo Norway

Eurovision is upon us once again. Lot’s of craze about, well, what? Let’s face it, the music from the Eurovision Song Contest is always 99% rubbish. It’s one giant freakshow of so-called European nations, worse even than MTV these days. However, we can’t dismiss the Eurovision SC completly, for one good reason: it’s comical value.

There are some funny videos here I will admit, Eurovision Videos

Lena Meyer-Landrut (SKL Show 'Tag Des Gluecks')

Lena Meyer-Landrut (SKL Show 'Tag Des Gluecks')

“Oi don’t give a shit,” Germany’s newest pop star sings in her odd accent, Der Spiegel

Even BBC agrees to Eurovision being a cliche, Eurovision 2010: How to write the winning lyric

Let the show begin! Now who will win? Oi don’t give a shit. 🙂

Facebook Bloopers, Part 2 (More than Tracey’s ‘Love Cave’)

Facebook Bloopers

Joshua, Monica, Bob, Cousin, Sister, typical Facebook Blooper

Joshua, Monica, Bob, Cousin, Sister, typical Facebook Blooper

Laptop is Back, Porn Industry Relieved - Facebook Blooper

Laptop is Back, Porn Industry Relieved - Facebook Blooper

Glow Sticks, Sperm Face - Facebook Blooper

Glow Sticks, Sperm Face - Facebook Blooper

Firealarm and Christmas Puke, but Mom won't have it - Facebook Blooper

Firealarm and Christmas Puke, but Mom won't have it - Facebook Blooper

Eyal and Travis, Swallow - Another Facebook Goodie

Eyal and Travis, Swallow - Another Facebook Goodie

For Tracey’s ultimate Facebook blunder, look to previous post

Top 20 Blogs of 2010

The Blogosphere is still going strong, with lots of interesting information and inside scoops coming from all corners of the world every day. With the iPad release just around the corner, the Apple Insider and iPadblogs are more popular than ever.
For art lovers there is the increasingly popular
BibliOdyssey and the less knownFlickr blogfor photo lovers.

Environmental blogs are of course a must this year, with Solar Power Forum and Eco Geekpaving the way before the much awaited Chevrolet Volt. Of course, other car manufacturers have hybrids and electric cars coming out this year too, according to rumors from the auto blogs of Audi Rumors, Mercedes Rumors, and BMW Rumors.
There are plenty of rumors on other technology fronts too, such as with
Chinese Clones of everything from iPhone to iPad, even though Chinese tablets have been released before the iPad.

Major events this year one can follow through blogs are of course the FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP and EUROVISION 2010. Not to mention the continued popularity of the Twilight Saga on blogs such as Breaking Dawn, Bella Cullen, Eclipse, Edward Cullen, and Werewolf Jacob.
Oh and I hear
Perez Hilton is still a popular blog, and that Felix’s Babes will be.

Obama in Oslo for Nobel Peace Prize- The Oslo shutdown week

There are strict safety rules while U.S. President Barack Obama is in Oslo to receive Nobel Peace Prize.

Still think the police will be able to balance the need for security around what is considered the world’s biggest terrorist targets, and a city where residents can walk, and also participate in countersign. of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Chief of Staff John Fredriksen, who is responsible for planning around Obama’s visits, said police deliberately have opted out the most extreme forms of hedging.

We were sealed off all roads and the whole city, but try to make as many time-limited measures as possible. That is, we nullify barricades and temporary ban as quickly as we can, both at the traffic-related movements of the president or program records, “said Fredriksen.

– But even if we try to limit the scope of the measures, it will not be as if he is not here, “said Fredriksen.

He points out that the plans are laid out from the current threat picture.

– If the situation in the world would change, and we perceive it as affecting the safety of Obama, the Norwegian plans change then, said Chief of Staff.

Formally, the police in Norway which is responsible for the president’s security as long as he is in Norway. They receive assistance from the military and the U.S. Secret Service, where a vanguard now is in Oslo to be here until the 11 December. They also obtains assistance from the Swedish and Danish police on the equipment side.

This is largely what will happen in the capital – such plans are at this time.

Security Zones
It created five so-called security zones in the center of Oslo. These are places where the president will stay.

Within these there will be restrictions over shorter or longer time period, that is, closed streets, parking prohibitions, limited access to the area and control of persons who will be in the hold.

On Obama places to visit, it will be implemented access control. The sites will be searched for bombs and unwanted persons.

Some shops and catering businesses are asked to lock in longer or shorter periods, others have only received instructions how they should behave.

This is the advice the police have given the people who must reside in buildings that are in the security zones:

Stay away from windows. Windows is not a suitable looking place.
The windows should be closed and the curtains less.
Do not use camera or telephoto lens through the windows.
Stay on the roof terraces and roofs are prohibited.
Use any evasions if you decide to print the given time.

There will be a large and visible array of armed policemen around and inside the security zone. On the strategic roof around where Obama will stay, it will be placed observation posts with sharpshooters, who are specially trained to work in such situations.

Sharpshooters were positioned on the roof of the Oslo City Hall when President Bill Clinton attended the Middle East meeting in 1999.

Trash bins and other potential hiding places for bombs are about to be cleared away. The job is to weld again manhole covers to prevent illegal use of sewage tunnels have already started.

There is parking ban and poor accessibility for private motorists in some ormåder. Public transport will be as close to normal these days, even though the trams and buses in the periods will detour roads.

Grand Hotel will be fenced in as president Barack Obama is in the country.

Safety Zone at the Grand
The largest zone is of course around the Grand Hotel, where Obama, wife Michelle and family members will live together with other employees during their stay.

Due to the announced participation in the climate summit in Copenhagen, it is confirmed that the president arrives in Norway on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 December.

The hotel will be the base for much of the stay. The White House has booked the entire hotel for two days. Other people outside the American vanguard must be out in plenty of time for that number of rooms will be cleaned and secured, and the hotel re-scanned from the basement to the attic.

Grand-quarter will be cleaned, cleared and cordoned off several hours before the president is on his way to Norway. The immediate area around the hotel is fenced in, as long as the president is in Oslo, and the guard is great.

In front of the hotel set up a security tent where all that will be checked into the hotel as the security checkpoint at an airport.

Absolutely everything and everyone must go through this, also the food site will use. The hotel’s rear and side entrances are closed, and all goods deliveries stopped.

Grand Café keeps closed to late afternoon Friday 11 November. The same goes for many of the places in the hotel.

Karl Johan blocked off by Akersgata / parliament for traffic.

Businesses located within the safety zone will be open. But the shopkeeper waits two very quiet days, when customers need to settle on to explain what ærende they have and must go through a metal scanning.

Employers have submitted lists of employees who will be on the job those days for a security check.

The traditional torchlight procession which usually runs from Youngstorget through parliament and down Karl Johan are routed on, so it will go around the Parliament, and down to Eidsvolls space – where it is still included in the plans that Obama will come out and say hello from the balcony at the Grand Hotel, brought behind bullet-proof glass, before the Nobel Banquet takes to.

The security measures will last until the president has left the capital Friday 11 December, if the current plans are followed.

The area around Oslo’s City Hall will be tightly guarded.

The ceremony will take place Thursday 10 December 13 at Oslo City Hall. Next to the Grand Hotel, this is the most comprehensive security zone.

After the plan is the only Nobel Committee, the Norwegian king and Crown Prince couple and the president and first lady as well as some special guests that will be received via the main entrance of City Hall. The rest of the guests must check in to be guided by the seaside – well before the ceremony begins.

City Hall is closed by the visitor a couple of days before. After that time, only those with accreditation that enters.

Fritjof Nansen space (the courtyard at City Hall) is closed by, the same with the Town Square on the waterfront. Stortingsgata be closed to traffic for part of, including the evening in connection with a torchlight procession. The tram line that goes over the Town Hall Square, will be stopped from midnight on 10 December until at 19:00.

City Hall is very well guarded from both ground and air, before and during the ceremony.

Also in and around this safety zone has shops, companies and establishments received instructions on how to deal with before and during the event. The large Christmas market between City Hall and pier must close.

Employees who have office space in the buildings around City Hall, will have to go through security checks such as the Grand-quarter.

– Many of the companies and the people who work there, are used to this from time to time, so it tends to forløpe quite problematic, “said Chief of Staff John Fredriksen.

The president is going to be run between Grand Hotel and City Hall, and kortesjen will affect accessible public in the streets around in a shorter time period.

The security measures shall be repealed when the event in City Hall is over, and Obama is well wrapped up in another location.

Barack Obama will take the Nobel Institute on a brief visit to sign that he received the Peace Prize and be presented with the proof of the prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor.

After that NRK has reason to believe your visit at the Nobel Institute to take place on Wednesday evening.

Nobel Institute is located diagonally opposite the U.S. embassy, and both the department and the other environment are accustomed to extensive security measures.

After the visit to Obama approaching, it will be set up barricades around the department. This will affect Henrik Ibsen’s street / Drammensveien / Inkognitogata and Parkveien.

The roads will be blocked for both public transport and private motorists as long as the president is staying there.

Large parts of the Palace Square will be blocked off.

Also around the castle, which lies a stone’s throw away from the Nobel Institute, it created a security zone. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle is in an audience with King Harald and Queen Sonja in the City Hall before the ceremony starts.

Parts of the castle square is blocked off with fences, from the crossing and the entrance from Karl Johan Street / Frederick Street and up to the main entrance.

During Bill Clinton’s visit in 1999, was one side of the castle place reserved for the spectators – as Clinton took the time to say hello.

If the security measures around the U.S. President is sharpened with Obama, and Nobel audience is private and not a state visit with their ceremonies, it is highly uncertain whether they will be waiting to see something more than black cars and some mind.

It is now certain that the meeting with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on the morning of the 10th December, before the ceremony at Oslo City Hall.

The meeting takes place probably at the Prime Minister in the government quarter.

Here, too, will be bekvoktning and visible security measures for a short period. But the device in the building is well used to receive heads of state, so this will follow the fixed security procedures.

Also some of the streets around the quarter will be affected the hours the U.S. President is in the neighborhood.

Obama is transported from the airport brought in his armored limousine with its American and Norwegian kortesje is E6 from Gardermoen to the most obvious choice, although there are a number of alternative routes.

But considering veistandarden on the rest of the road network in Romerike in winter conditions and the U.S. brought cars possibly year-round deck, is the main artery that sannsynligste first choice.

E6, with possible detours posted, will be closed in one or both directions in a given period of time. In 1999, entry ramps and tilkjørselsveier closed between President procession passed.

The police confirmed that they have a number of alternative routes in and out of Oslo clear, but keeps it open, which is chosen.

– The choice is entirely up to kortesje boss. He has the authority to make the provisions he believes are nødvedig, until the last second, said Chief of Staff Fredriksen.

The roads – Oslo
The same will happen in Oslo when the presidential entourage on the road.

– Some routes will be closed for shorter or longer periods. We are trying to shut down as low as we can. We operate a so-called punctually, that is, we open the affected routes as quickly as possible, “said Fredriksen.

It is not to come in from some city streets will be closed during all or part of the visit. It applies as mentioned earlier, part of Karl Johan, Parliament Street and Town Square.

Air Space over Oslo and parts of Eastern imposed restrictions when President plane Air Force One to meet the Norwegian fighter out of the territorial in Skagerrak and escorted into the Norwegian airspace and up to Gardermoen.

He carried on to Oslo with the purpose-built Sikorsky helicopter EH10, nicknamed “Marine One”, hold Norwegian military helicopters up close by.

Airspace will be monitored very closely. Several of the Norwegian fighter planes moved to Eastern Norway, for enhanced preparedness. After the NRK.no know, betting Mon on a combination of the starting ready aircraft on the ground and airborne emergency (plane in the air).

NATO sets with one or more of its E-3A-surveillance. The aircraft has, according to NATO capabilities to detect possible targets in a range of 400 kilometer when the aircraft is located at 30,000 feet.

Defense will also together with the police have more helicopters in the air, to monitor what is happening on the ground in the capital. In Sweden, it says two police helicopters “stand by”, to move to Norway if needed.

It will fly the helicopters and light aircraft in a given zone of the capital. These must use the mandatory air corridors outside the no-fly zone. It’s only ambulance helicopters in addition to air material from the police and defense that will stay in forbudssonen.

For route air traffic will change from the normal flytraseene very small, and except for an hour on arrival and departure of Air Force One, deemed it not with big delays for air traffic.

The restrictions in the airspace lasts as long as the president is in the country and in Norwegian airspace.

Taken from NRK, translated by Google translate

Tracey’s little sex blunder on Facebook!

Tracey’s Facebook privacy blunder after she finally got laid again.

Tracey's Facebook blunder after finally getting laid again.

Tracey's Facebook blunder after finally getting laid again.

Facebook Sex Blunder Blooper with Tracey

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Magnus Muhr’s ‘Dead Flies Circus’ art

I always wondered what all those dead flies were for.

Magnus Muhr

Magnus Muhr

Magnus Muhr is a amateur photographer in Sweden who has come up with the brilliantly creative idea of bringing life back to dead flies. Well I imagine they are dead, otherwise Magnus is also a very skilled animal trainer.

Magnus Muhr Dead Flies Circus

Magnus Muhr Dead Flies Circus

Magnus Muhr Dead Flies Circus Sunbathing

Magnus Muhr Dead Flies Circus Sunbathing

For a further look at Mr. Muhr’s “Dead Flies Circus” check out his homepage gallery.
Magnus Muhr’s portfolios

First iPhone worm/virus with Rick Astley

Worm attack at Apples iPhone.
The first worm to infect the Apple iPhone has been discovered spreading “in the wild” in Australia.

The self-propagating program changes the phone’s wallpaper to a picture of 80s singer Rick Astley with the message “ikee is never going to give you up”.

iPhone virus worm Rick Astley
iPhone virus worm Rick Astley

The worm, known as ikee, only affects “jail-broken” phones, where a user has removed Apple’s protection mechanisms to allow the phone to run any software.

Experts say the worm is not harmful but more malicious variants could follow.

“The creator of the worm has released full source code of the four existing variants of this worm,” wrote Mikko Hypponen of security firm F-secure.

“This means that there will quickly be more variants, and they might have nastier payload than just changing your wallpaper.”

The picture of Rick Astley is believed to be a nod to the internet phenomenon known as Rickrolling, where web users are tricked into clicking on what they believe is a relevant link, only to find that it actually takes the user to a video of the pop star’s song “Never gonna give you up”.

Sounds like bad news!