Thursday, March 29, 2012

Supreme Court Rules, Human Genes are NOT Property, Therefore Cannot Be Patented

In a landmark decision Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled that patents belonging to Myriad Genetics on genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, must be overturned. At stake was the idea that a company could isolate a human gene and patent it, a practice allowed for more than 30 years by the US Patent Office. But in a stunning decision by our highest court, the court ruled that simply isolating a gene does not diverge enough from what is natural law. The high court sent the case back to the lower courts to have them argue it out further.

Myriad like many companies who do this kind of work like to make the argument that patents are rewards for the research, and money that goes into this kind of work. The problem with this argument is that all the research in the world can go into deciphering the origins of universal mathematics, that doesn't mean that if you discover why Pi is so prevalent in the universe you get to claim ownership on it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Last Offensive Volley of A Dying Empire

Last week, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that all of the major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the US had voluntarily agreed to a deal that would allow copyright holders more control over the ISP's customers. AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable, have all agreed to a “graduated response” to customers that are accused of downloading copyrighted works. Under this new system, copyright holders can inform the ISP that a particular IP address was used to download something and the ISP will take action from there.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Copying is Not Theft, its Evolution at Work

Nothing bugs me more than to hear a debate on copyright infringement, because someone inevitably tries to insist that copying is theft and that's why its illegal. You wouldn't allow someone to walk into a Walmart and steal a Compact Disc(CD), so why should you be allowed to steal a song off the Internet. The argument is as flawed as the entire intellectual property system. Copying is not theft, copying is evolution at work.

When we talk about copying, we are really talking about replication. Replication is a process by which something is duplicated, leaving the original unchanged, and allowing the duplicate copy to advance. This process is not to be taken lightly. It's a process which is responsible for all life on this planet, and if life exists elsewhere in the universe, chances are, its because of replication. Replication is as fundamental to the computer as it is to humans.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yahoo, an Example of Everything that is Wrong with Intellectual Property

On Monday giant tech flop, Yahoo! decided to make good on their threat by suing Facebook for patent infringement. This isn't the first time, and will certainly not be the last time Yahoo! does this. In 2004, Yahoo! sued tech company giant, Google. Google settled the case by giving Yahoo! 2.7 million shares, which Yahoo! immediately sold. Although in 2004, Yahoo! seemed to have a legitimate case against Google, this case against Facebook is considered by most as a huge pile of shit. Yahoo! is essentially claiming that Facebook is infringing on several patents that have to do with ad placement on a web page. I'm not kidding, this is a real case, filed in a California court by Yahoo!, contending that Facebook pay them damages in the millions for placing ads on their site. The worst part is if Yahoo! wins this case, it gives them the legal precedence to go after any site that displays ads on a page. Now personally I hate web ads, so in a way I wouldn't mind seeing this case go all the way with a win on Yahoo!'s side, it would change the way sites monetize, since most of the ad revenue would likely go to pay some kind of licensing fee to Yahoo!, in effect reducing the use of ads altogether. However, another part of me thinks, “this is some retarded bullshit.”

Friday, March 9, 2012

FBI Director Compares Hacker Group Anonymous to 9/11 Terrorists

Well, it was only a matter of time. In 2001, as a response to the attacks on 9/11, your Congress wrote into law a piece of legislation that would be used to slowly erode the rights secured to you under the United States Constitution, called the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (US PATRIOT ACT). In 2002, they further strengthened their strangle hold on its citizens by passing the Homeland Security Act, forming a Government establishment of control of all parts of law enforcement under one single organization, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This law created under the guise of national security, allows the DHS to enforce upon american citizens oppression like never before. Ordinary citizens can have their freedoms, secured by the US Constitution, summarily violated without probable cause and without a warrant. The Patriot Act allows the US Government to search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist in a terror investigation, a direct violation of the IV Amendment of the US Constitution. It further allows the Government to jail Americans indefinitely without a trial, another direct violation of the US Constitution, Amendment VI. The list goes on and on, but maybe the worst offense is the right of your Government to silence free speech. That's right contained within the Patriot Act is a provision that allows the Government to prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone the Government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation. This is in direct violation of Amendment I of the US Constitution, maybe the most important freedom we have, the right to speak freely and openly without Government intrusion or censorship.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Kirk Cameron is an Ignorant Douchebag

On Piers Morgan Tonight, Cameron declares that Homosexuality is unnatural. Of course he must not actually know what that means, or he wouldn't have said it. Human Beings didn't appear one day out of the blue. We evolved over time, coming from...NATURE. 

Yes we humans, in fact, all animals come from Nature, therefore we are natural and anything we do is also, Natural. Natural is defined as existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind. Humans didn't invent homosexuality. I'm sure had someone invented it, it would have been patented and licensed out to people, but that's another issue. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Just a Tad Shinier Than The Previous Turd

So hopefully everyone who is reading this has already read my previous blog entry on Windows 8, where I sighted my numerous complaints. If you haven't read it please check it out, its entitled Why Windows 8 Will Fail, at Least In the Desktop Market...

Okay so now that I've gotten that out of the way, yesterday in Barcelona, Microsoft released its consumer preview of Windows 8. Immediately people started scrambling to get the download as fast as possible before the servers get clogged. The ISO is over 3GB, however Microsoft provided a nice little alternative to that in the form of an in-place upgrade install tool. The tool basically looks at what you have installed and only downloads and installs what is necessary to give you the consumer preview update. It's a very small file, took seconds to download.

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