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May 1st, 2007

May 1st, 2007
02:42 pm


From bna.com's newsletter:

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling yesterday backed away from a decades-old legal test that high-tech firms argue has sparked an abundance of obvious patents. In a hotly anticipated decision that could make it easier to challenge patents of questionable quality, the justices called for loosening the current approach set by the nation's dedicated patent appeals court for deciding when a combination of existing elements deserves patent protection. The court heard oral arguments in November in the closely watched case, which is rooted in an obscure dispute between KSR International and Teleflex over vehicle gas pedal designs.

China, Russia and 10 other nations were targeted by the Bush administration for failing to sufficiently protect American producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material from widespread infringement. The Bush administration yesterday placed the 12 countries on a "priority watch list" which will subject them to extra scrutiny and could eventually lead to economic sanctions if the administration decides to bring trade cases before the World Trade Organization.
<http://tinyurl.com/22psvk> [Washington Post]

Corporate brands face multi-pronged assaults from fraudulent online attackers, according to a report published yesterday that quantifies the scope of the most common threats. MarkMonitor, which supplies Internet brand protection services to companies, said its new "Brandjacking Index" found cybersquatting, false association, phishing and click fraud as major threats.
From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 1-May-2007
Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
Culture sculpts neural response to visual stimuli, new research indicates
Researchers in Illinois and Singapore have found that the aging brain reflects cultural differences in the way that it processes visual information. Their paper and another published by the same group in 2006 are the first to demonstrate that culture can alter the brain’s perceptive mechanisms.

Public Release: 1-May-2007
Alien plants attack using 'resource conservation' as weapon, researchers say
Biologists have long assumed that alien plant species pose less of a threat in resource-poor environments because they are less able to compete with indigenous plants, which have adapted to their habitats over thousands of years. But a new study by Stanford University researchers finds that invasive plants can flourish in low-resource environments by adopting efficient ways to use available resources.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Parks Ecological Research Fellowship Program, National Park Service, Ecological Society of America, National Park Foundation

Public Release: 1-May-2007
Urbanization favors sedentary males
Urbanization changes landscapes and local environments, which can alter the life histories and traits of the creatures living in and around these areas. Studying European blackbirds (Turdus merula), Jesko Partecke and Eberhard Gwinner (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology) discovered certain adaptive traits, that in the long run, could lead to more offspring. The study, "Increased sedentariness in European Blackbirds following urbanization: a consequence of local adaptation?," appears in the April issue of Ecology.

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03:16 pm


"You, each of you, have some special wild cards. Play with them. Find out what makes you different and better. Because it is there, if only you can find it." Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End

Monday April 30, 2007. Chipmunk in the kitchen this morning.

***Comment I made at http://yhlee.livejournal.com/804334.html:

There's the instrument called the bones (which is usually made of wood, I believe).

In the ballad "The Two Sisters" one kills the other over a man. (There's a Mercedes Lackey novel in which the heroine points out they should have demonstrated feminine solidarity. Which is where I stopped reading that novel.) Drowns her younger sister in the sea, and she then drifts downstream to a millpond. (Ballads are not always consistently plotted.) When the body is found, a musician makes a harp of the bones and strings it with the dead woman's hair. After that, events get a bit strange.

So, perhaps a harp is the best instrument for a bone musician.
"So what would a society be like where everyone had a firm grasp of risk and probability?"

Rather different from one in which everyone had an intellectual understanding of it. I haven't noticed futurists or statisticians behaving more sensibly than nonprofessionals.

A bit more different from ours.
Writing: Notes which may or may not become a story.

Self help information:

Decluttering: Trash out.

Selfwork: Redefining my body.

Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba

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