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….

Charlie Sheen Cartoon

Thought this Charlie Sheen halloween cartoon was pretty hilarious. Sporty enough, so did he!
(Don’t forget to see the Halloween outcome of this cartoon)

Charlie Sheen Cartoon - Charlie Sheen for Halloween

Charlie Sheen Cartoon - Charlie Sheen for Halloween

The secret ingredient of Coca-Cola in pictures

Coca-Cola, the great producer of carbonated soft drinks simply known as Coke.
Yet what actually goes into Coke has always been a mystery. Until now:

The secret ingredient of Coca-Cola in pictures

The secret ingredient of Coca-Cola in pictures

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

Land a robot on the moon and win $30m

Dozens of entrepreneurs and space engineers will gather on the Isle of Man tomorrow to finalise plans for one of the world’s most technologically ambitious and financially lucrative competitions: the Lunar X prize.

Google Lunar X Prize

Google Lunar X Prize

The  $30m award, which is being backed by Google, will be given to the first company that builds a robot rover craft, lands it safely on the moon, and directs it on a journey of more than 500m across the lunar surface. In doing so, the competition organisers hope to galvanise the exploration of the moon by opening it up to private industry. A deadline of 2012 has been set for all attempts to win the full prize.

“Nasa currently puts the cost of landing a robot rover on the moon at more than US$1 billion,” said Julian Ranger, the UK financier who is raising cash for Astrobotic, one of the prize’s key competitors. “We believe we can get that cost down to less than US$50 million, a price tag that will transform lunar exploration and make the moon a target for all sorts of commercial operations,” he said.

Apart from being able to manoeuvre around the lunar surface, the little Astrobotic rover – which resembles a traffic cone on wheels – has been designed to carry people’s cremated ashes to the moon as well as a variety of small experiments. In addition, it is intended to land the probe near the 1969 landing site of Apollo 11 in the Sea of Tranquillity.

“Part of our business plan will be to get our rover to move round the site and take a 3D high-definition film of it,” said Ranger, a former engineer, software developer and self-confessed spaceflight fanatic who raised the initial investment that was needed to set up Astrobotic Technology.

“This [footage] would be shown on television around the world. If nothing else, it should prove to the doubters that the Apollo missions really took place.”

The Google Lunar X prize has been created following the success of the Ansari X prize. This was established in 1996 to inspire private investment in manned space travel and the US$10 million prize, backed by a number of US foundations, was won by aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan.

His SpaceShipOne craft was flown twice within a month to the edge of space in 2004. That technology is now being used to build Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic fleet of spaceships, which are scheduled to start carrying tourists to space by 2012. Tickets are priced at US$200,000 each.

One of the first customers to fly on the Virgin Galactic will be Ranger.

He said that Astrobotic Technology hopes to build its lander for US$15 million to US$20 million. The company is in negotiation with SpaceX – a private US launch company controlled by the software billionaire Elon Musk – which was recently awarded a US$1 billion contract by Nasa to ferry supplies to the International Space Station.

The deadline for a team to make an attempt to win the full US$20 million Lunar X prize has been set for December 2012. After that, the prize money will drop to US$15 million.

If no project has succeeded by December 2014, the competition will be scrapped – though there is a prospect of an extension, say the organisers. Bonus awards have been added to the prize.

If a rover cannot only travel half a kilometre over the lunar terrain, but survives the cold of a 14-day-long lunar night, an extra US$4 million will be awarded. Another bonus, of US$2 million, will be given if the craft is launched from Florida.

A total of 22 teams have put their names down as competitors for the prize.

Tony Blair sentenced to 17 years in jail, £40 million fine.

Yeah right!
So what is the purpose of this Iraq inquiry? To mock democracy? But even that is rather costly.
Anyway, no change will come from this. Why does media even cover this farce?

Tony Terror Blair, PM and British Millionaire

Tony Terror Blair, PM and British Millionaire

Meanwhile, some other religious terrorist named Osama bin Laden, a mass murderer who owns his fortunes to oil, makes public complaints about other people polluting and benefitting from, oil!
Stupidity has no limits.
Welcome to 2010!

Tablet launch, earnings mean big week for Apple

The company releases quarterly results on Monday, but Wall Street is waiting for Wednesday, when Apple could unveil a new tablet computer that investors hope will be as huge a phenomenon as its iconic iPod and iPhone.

The week could provide a pair of long-term catalysts for Apple’s stock. But the company’s shares often sell off right after major launches after months of rumor fuel big expectations.

Little is known about the device, despite a rabid fan following speculating on everything from the component makers to its shape and form. Industry watchers are bullish. They say Apple’s obsession to detail gives the so-called “iSlate” a big edge in a computer category that had been deemed a failure.

“If Apple is going to design a product, then it’s going to be the best design in the marketplace,” said Broadpoint Amtech analyst Brian Marshall. “To bet that it’s going to be a flop is a bad bet.”

Most analysts have not factored the tablet into estimates for fiscal 2010, but sell-siders have been busy lifting price targets on Apple’s stock in the past month.

To be sure, Apple is setting itself quite a task, one that has frustrated previous attempts: to sell consumers on the value of a device that sits somewhere between a full-sized laptop and a pocket cellphone.

The device is hyped as a do-everything, go-everywhere touchscreen media gadget that bridges the gap between smartphones, laptops and electronic readers. Magazine, book and newspaper publishers are reportedly talking with Apple about providing material.

“There’s a huge potential long-term story there for Apple,” said Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell. “Whether they get it right the first time, we’ll have to wait and see, but they have a pretty good track record.”

IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Wall Street will pay particular attention to the tablet’s price tag. If it is closer to $1,000 than $600, analysts say it will be tougher to convince consumers to buy.

Apple could offer it under carrier-subsidized plans — Verizon Wireless is frequently mentioned — which might help take the bite out of the purchase price.

Apple Q4 2009 Analyst Coverage, Steve Jobs

Analysts believe Apple will sell 2 million to 5 million tablets in the first year.

The device could add $1 per share to Apple’s non-GAAP earnings in the year, and generate $2.8 billion to $3.5 billion of revenue, with a $700 average selling price, said Cross research analyst Shannon Cross.

Its Monday earnings run-down will serve as a warm-up for the tablet launch. Strong iPhone sales and continued momentum from its Mac computers should fuel the results.

Given Apple’s recent tradition of shredding Wall Street’s estimates, investors will expect nothing less than a strong beat when it reports fiscal first-quarter results. The company is trading at around 27 times forward earnings.

Apple has bested Wall Street EPS targets by at least 15 percent in the past four quarters, and analyst sentiment on the company is trending upward, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters StarMine.

According to StarMine’s SmartEstimate, which places more weight on recent forecasts by top-rated analysts, Apple should post EPS of $2.11 a share on revenue of $12.16 billion

“It really boils down to one point, is their beat big enough?” said Jessup & Lamont analyst Kevin Dede. “If you’re long, just ride this one out, but if you’re a hedge fund, maybe you want to think twice.”

Apple’s shares have risen around 9 percent since mid-December when hype about the tablet quickened, and are trading a few dollars shy of an all-time high. It is now the fourth largest stock on the S&P500 index, outranking the likes of IBM and JPMorgan Chase.

Some investors will be reluctant to sell shares ahead of the tablet unveiling two days later, Dede said.

Apple is expected to report earnings of $2.06 a share on revenue of $12.05 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, with a gross margin of 35.7 percent.

Marshall, whose estimates are well above consensus, expects Apple to deliver a strong upside surprise.

“The beat is going to be significant enough that we’ll have a material earnings revisions for calendar year 2010,” Marshall said.

The iPhone should provide a boost for Apple in the holiday quarter, particularly internationally, he said. Marshal predicted that iPhone units sold will surpass the 9 million average estimate.

Analysts target Mac shipments of around 3 million for the quarter. Mac shipments in the United States jumped 31 percent in the quarter, according to research group IDC.

‘Hudson miracle’ Airbus up for auction

US Airways Airbus A320 that pilot Chesley Sullenberger landed safely

US Airways Airbus A320 that pilot Chesley Sullenberger landed safely

Fri Jan 22,

NEW YORK  – For sale: second-hand Airbus A320. Condition: total wreck with possible traces of goose feathers.

The US Airways plane that Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed safely in the Hudson River a year ago after smashing into a flock of geese is on the auction block.

Insurers AIG are hosting online bidding until March 27 for the Airbus A320, which is stored in a shed in New Jersey.

Pictures on the website of the AIG subsidiary handling the sale show the intact fuselage, spooky rows of empty blue seats and the hastily abandoned cockpit.

Engines are not provided and a future owner might want to be handy with the toolbox.

“Aircraft suffered severe bird strike event resulting in water emergency landing,” the sales pitch says. “Severe water damage throughout airframe. Impact damage to underside of aircraft.”

The Airbus’s successful splash landing in the icy river just off Manhattan on January 15 last year was quickly dubbed “Miracle on the Hudson” and turned Sullenberger into a national hero.

Pat Robertson says Haiti deserved it’s deaths.

Pat Robertson, famous millionaire, war lover, and demagogue, has done it again. Even if we are only 14 days into the new year, the demagogue has won the 2010 award as the most selfish and unsympathetic bastard alive, by stating that Haiti deserves the death and catastrophe it is experiencing. Simultaneously he may win the 2010 award for insanity, although he is still in ties with Sean Hannity on that one.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/01/13/haiti.pat.robertson/index.html?

It is time for everyone to react to this outrageous statement by that inhuman creep we have pestering the earth. Do your moral duty and let Robertson have it!

Anthrax found in dead heroin user from Glasgow

Anthrax has been found in two heroin users from Glasgow – one of whom has died in hospital.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the man died in the city’s Victoria Infirmary on Wednesday. A woman being treated there has also tested positive.
full story…
A second man with “serious soft tissue infections” is being tested at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Police believe contaminated heroin or a contaminated cutting agent may be responsible for the infections.

Al-Qaeda sympathizer arrested in Norway before Obama visit.

Police Security Service (PST) have arrested two people due to suspected violations of the Arms Act. Oslo police assisted in the arrest.

This information has come forward in connection with a investigation with PST, PST reports on their websites.

Together with information from previous criminal cases and the actual security situation in Oslo this week, the PST found it appropriate to apprehend these two at this time, said PST. 

Attorney John Christian Elden confirms that Arfan Bhatti is one of the two arrested.

Arfan Bhatti was in 2006 accused of having planned a terrorist act. He was later acquitted of this.
http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arfan_Qadeer_Bhatti

Bhatti was arrested at 17 o’clock today. It was not made any seizures or new discoveries in connection with the arrest. It is solely a question of  risk elimination before the Obama visit. “Bhatti was prepared for the arrest”said John Christian Elden.

Elden says Bhatti asked for permission to leave Oslo at the Obama-visit. But he was not, according to the lawyer, allowed to by the security police.

Norwegian police on guard duty outside Obama's Hotel Grand in Oslo, Norway.

Norwegian police on guard duty outside Obama's Hotel Grand in Oslo, Norway.

The other arrested shall, according to police, a 31 year old acquaintance of Bhatti. The two accused will for now be held in police custody.

Not familiar with the Nobel-threats.
PST is not aware of there being any concrete threats to the peace prize ceremony, or events in connection with the deal.

Information manager Martin Bernsen in PST would not say anything to further if the case is connected with other matters. He confirmed that the Oslo police assisted by the arrest.

Bersen adds that the PST currently not want to comment beyond what’s in the press release.
Neither the Oslo Police wants to comment on the matter.
The Justice Department would not comment on the arrests tonight, they refer to the PST.

Police attorney Thomas Blom in PST has prepared the preliminary charges against Bhatti and his friend. Blom has also led the investigation of the so-called terror case against Bhatti.

Barack Obama is coming to Norway on Thursday morning to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The security system around Obama and the events he will attend, is enormous.

Formally, it is 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 is already in Oslo to be here until 11th December. They have also obtained assistance from the Swedish and Danish police on the equipment side.

Taken from NRK, translated by Google translate

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