Month: July 2008

Christopher Hitchens amused me today… “The right wing had no interest in highlighting Obama’s nuanced position in Austin, either, because there was (and is) a conservative interest in painting Obama as a heedless and irresponsible pacifist, with absolutely no experience …

Military Experience Read More »

PatentlyO reports that the Patent and trademark Office has ruled that “A general purpose computer is not a particular machine, and thus innovative software processes are unpatentable if they are tied only to a general purpose computer”. But apparently, a …

Software patents invalidated?! Read More »

How do you close a program in Windows? Alt-F4, of course. How do you switch between documents? Ctrl-F6, stupid! Who picked these finger-bending choices?  To answer this we must go back, back, back in time, to the earliest days of …

Bad Computer Design #1 – stupid key combinations Read More »

The Wall Street Journal writes that “Patent Gridlock Suppresses Innovation“.  Finally, the message is reaching the establishment.  Latest example: Channel Intelligence is suing everybody (if they’re small) for wishlists in a database.  Sheesh.  How does the USPTO let this kind …

MSM Notices Patents are Stupid Read More »

Wow, you can’t make this kind of stuff up. A UCF student took a wafer at a Catholic Mass, upsetting the clergy who believe that it is the actual Body of Christ and hence must be consumed immediately. An atheist …

Stranger than Fiction Read More »

Interesting post by Glenn Greenwald on Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side where he points out that on torture, a reason that Congress has been reluctant to act is that many of its members were themselves compromised. I imagine them …

The Path to Torture Read More »

Independence day is a great time to (re)start a blog on independent thinking, and what better subject than the flag. If you see an American flag outside a house, odds are the owners are Republican. In Britain, the ultra-right National …

The Flag Read More »