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Samsung Cites Kubrick’s ‘2001’ Film as Prior Art Defense Against Apple’s Injunction Request

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 20:10 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


In a curious turn of events noted by FOSS Patents, Samsung has turned to the film industry in its defense against Apple’s request for an injunction in the United States.

According to court filings, Samsung has presented a scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey as evidence of prior art that should invalidate Apple’s design claims on the iPad. From the filing:

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.

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  1. From the comments on that site:

    Steve: Stop selling the Galaxy Tab!

    TAB10.1: I’m sorry Steve, I’m afraid I can’t do that.

    Steve: What’s the problem?

    TAB10.1: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

    Steve: What are you talking about, TAB?

    TAB10.1: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

These are the people who are supposed to be keeping the masses informed.

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 18:24 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, What were they thinking?

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  1. Obviously, their MEA correspondent works from nice, safe Tripoli, Lebanon. And she is reporting about events in Tripoli, Libya that she saw last night on Al Jazeera. Dangerous work, being a war correspondent.

Why Is the Military Spending Millions on Christian Contractors Bent on Evangelizing US Soldiers?

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 16:23 by Paul Jay in category: News


When the average American thinks of military spending on religion, they probably think only of the money spent on chaplains and chapels. And, yes, the Department of Defense (DoD) does spend a hell of a lot of money on these basic religious accommodations to provide our troops with the opportunity to exercise their religion while serving our country. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the DoD’s funding of religion. Also paid for with taxpayer dollars are a plethora of events, programs, and schemes that violate not only the Constitution, but, in many cases, the regulations on federal government contractors, specifically the regulation prohibiting federal government contractors receiving over $10,000 in contracts a year from discriminating based on religion in their hiring practices.

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Ecstasy ‘could be used in cancer treatment’

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 16:21 by Paul Jay in category: News


Researchers from Birmingham University claimed the designer drug, also known as MDMA, could be used to treat leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma after making it 100 times more effective at suppressing growth.

Ecstasy was already known to be effective against more than half of white blood cell cancers, but previously the large dose required to treat a tumour would also have killed the patient.

In a study published in the Investigational New Drugs journal, the scientists said the new drug could be used by doctors to treat cancer if it can be produced in a safe form.

Lead author Professor John Gordon said: “This is an exciting next step towards using a modified form of MDMA to help people suffering from blood cancer.

“While we would not wish to give people false hope, the results of this research hold the potential for improvement in treatments in years to come.”

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Wiki war: 3500 unpublished leaks destroyed forever as Assange hits out

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 16:19 by Paul Jay in category: News


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s former right-hand man has irrevocably destroyed 3500 unpublished files leaked to the whistleblower site including the complete US no-fly list, five gigabytes of Bank of America documents and detailed information about 20 neo-Nazi groups.

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who left WikiLeaks last year after a falling out with Assange, revealed the document destruction in an interview with Der Spiegel.

WikiLeaks has hit back, accusing Domscheit-Berg of being in bed with US intelligence agencies and of jeopardising the leaking of “many issues of public importance, human rights abuses, mass telecommunications interception, banking and the planning of dozens of neo-nazi groups”.

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  1. Wait, let me get this straight. There’s a guy, D, and he works at an organization that aims to disclose information other organizations want to keep secret. So he finds it ethically important to unveil these secrets, morally important or whatever you want to call it. But then he gets into an argument with colleague A (the founder), and then destroys al lot of the secret information they were going to disclose.

    That’s like, getting a job at a brewery to make beer – because you feel giving beer to the people is very important (for whichever reason) – but when you disagree with your boss you burn all the supplies in stock. Nice work ethics. I wonder who will in their right mind hire such a guy after this.

Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 Trillion in Secret Loans at Lowest Rates

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 16:16 by Paul Jay in category: News


Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) were the reigning champions of finance in 2006 as home prices peaked, leading the 10 biggest U.S. banks and brokerage firms to their best year ever with $104 billion of profits.

By 2008, the housing market’s collapse forced those companies to take more than six times as much, $669 billion, in emergency loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The loans dwarfed the $160 billion in public bailouts the top 10 got from the U.S. Treasury, yet until now the full amounts have remained secret.

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  1. This isn’t capitalism anymore. They should have been allowed to fail. They used this money to bail out the bad loans that they made, and they rewarded their top hierarchy excessively for this. Then they turn around and use the money to lobby for better deals for them and worse treatment for the little people. Eee…I am vexed.

Astronaut Suicide Photos Inspired by Shuttle Program’s End

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 16:08 by Paul Jay in category: News


The space shuttle Atlantis completed its final flight last month, bringing pride and bittersweet nostalgia to many Americans. But what about our beloved, symbolic astronaut? What will he do now that he’s out of the hero business?

Piggy-backing on the mixed emotions of the country about the end of NASA’s space shuttle program, photographer Neil DaCosta and art director Sara Phillips produced a darkly comic project by staging fictitious last moments of a distraught anonymous, unemployed astronaut.

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Red spot

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 15:53 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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The Gary Hudston Project

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 15:34 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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  1. I’m glad she said yes!


Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 6:57 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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