Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2006-02-23 17:17
"Methods, systems, and processes for the design and creation of rich-media applications via the internet"
Yet another absurdly-broad software patent issued by the USPTO.
Incidentally, seven million patents?
All software patents are absurdly-broad
This one's a particularly good example. ;)
(Incidentally, if you were wondering, the seven millionth patent was Polysaccharide fibers.)
... ideal served with steak
According to Balthaser ("hey, let's name our company after one of the bad guys in Charmed!") the patent covers "Flash, Flex, Java, AJAX and XAML".
Balthaser wasn't a bad guy! Well, he was, then he wasn't, then he was, then he wasn't, then he was, then he wasn't, then nobody was sure although perhaps he was just insane.
Shame they got rid of him really, Julian McMahon was one of the best actors on the show.
Balthasar was a bad guy. Cole wasn't. ;)
Oooh. Now there is an interesting debate... so why was Cole trying to seduce one of the Charmed Ones when he first turned up then? :)
Well, no worse than most of the random male characters on the show...
But the point of Cole/Balthasar was that he always had the good-guy-bad-guy balance thing going on, and they did reasonably consistently use Cole for his human side and Balthasar for his daemon side.
(Regardless of appearance...)
No, rather better then most of the random males I thought ... but maybe that was just the much more interesting plot.
Posted by azz at 2006-02-23 17:07
"If Mozilla permit the sale of copied versions of its software, it makes it virtually impossible for us, from a practical point of view, to enforce UK anti-piracy legislation, as it is difficult for us to give general advice to businesses over what is/is not permitted."
Trading Standards being idiots.
(Via mstevens on gale.)
Posted by David at 2006-02-23 14:09
"Booming DVD sales in Europe have made it the most popular form of packaged entertainment, beating video and games."
Ah ha. The last game I bought ... came on DVD.
The last video I bought ... came on DVD.
Posted by David at 2006-02-23 12:06
"This two-parter is just about as tense and scary as Doctor Who can get, so we needed a stellar cast to grip the audience."
So Russell, are you saying that the scripting writing of Doctor Who isn't good enough to grip the audence even when it is at its best?