A Kickstarter to Buy CNN?

Jon Stewart has a great idea.

Okay, it is a joke… or is it? Ted Nugent tried to buy Muzak.

Writer’s Links 07/20/2014 (p.m.)

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Please Explain the Word Intellectual in Intellectual Property

Idiot’s Proprietary Might Make More Sense

I can’t help it, I got that One of These Things Doesn’t Belong song from Sesame Street stuck in my head.  Geez, I hope I don’t have to pay a royalty on the use of the title.  Sounds paranoid and ridiculous, or is it?

© is the copyright symbol in a copyright notice
© is the copyright symbol in a copyright notice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am digging through some old posts and came across one referencing an article about someone being sued for refilling an ink cartridge.  It seems that since the Lexmark cartridge was labeled “single use” the consumer is liable for not using it as agreed.  That story goes back to 2005.  Some folks back then were saying that the courts would not tolerate such for long and that things would change.  Have they?

We currently have DRM coffee machines! Also, while you still have the right to “jail break” your iPhone, it is illegal share the knowledge of how you do so.  Advice to the youngsters, don’t become and engineer and design a plane, instead become an attorney and protect a toy plane.  The toy plane has more copyright protection than the one that actually flies.  Better yet, rip off a mouse toy, change the name slightly and keep it protected forever.

I am no attorney but it seems that copyright and patent law is far removed from any intelligent approach to fostering new technology and innovation.  Historically speaking, such law is a rather new concept.  Perhaps it is just a bad idea and we should consider something more intelligent?

Five Kewl Bar Bets

Do you want to take your fellow bar fly’s dollars, or better yet, get a free drink?  Check out this video.

Writer’s Links 07/12/2014 (p.m.)

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Google Maps for Mars and the Moon

The waxing gibbous Moon as observed from Earth
The waxing gibbous Moon as observed from Earth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just In Case You Can’t Afford a Spaceship

I was digging through old posts and came across Google Mars which was new in 2006.  Bieng both a NASA and Google junkie, I think these two sites totally rawk. Nonetheless, both Mars and the Moon are still kewl and worth sharing. The Moon site even allows you to explore all the lunar landing sites in 3D.

Kewl Use of a Commodore 64

8-bit Music Still Rawks

Back in the day, I chose to buy a C-64 because it was the best computer for sound.  Nice to see that someone is still putting it to use.