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Judge: Asus Transformer Isn’t Infringing On Hasbro’s Trademark – And Asus Reveals Embarrassing Sales Stats

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 23:36 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google


A federal judge has ruled that Asus’ Transformer Prime tablet does not infringe on Hasbro’s Transformers trademark, in spite of the suit actually making sense. Just “Transformer”, or just “Prime”, might have flown right by Hasbro’s lawyers without a second look — those are words, after all — but putting the two together seemed like tempting fate. As expected, Hasbro took Asus to task in December.

But the judge has initially sided with Asus, saying that people were unlikely to confuse the tablet with Hasbro properties, noting they had also waited too long to file the suit.

As a little kicker on the story, court filings have revealed that the device has produced pre-order numbers that are, shall we say, less than legendary.


So when court filings reveal that pre-orders for this poster child for Android 4 tablets (and it does look great) total a whopping 2,000 units as of a month ago, it’s kind of a letdown.

That looks quite a lot, compared to the iPad 3 sales…

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Target audience for Galaxy Note finally located..

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 19:45 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Google

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  1. Cute. I know a guy who has one and likes it.

  2. He draws, uses tech, dances, communicates. Definitely one smart critter. If he could type faster, we would hire him! 🙂

  3. Lets hope he doesn’t need a condom.

  4. He doesn’t look old enough to need one yet.

The Duel (LEGO)

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 19:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Dear Elsevier, welcome to the Streisand Effect

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 19:30 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


In an amusing twist in the ongoing Elsevier saga, Elsevier are attempting to shut down the twitter account @FakeElsevier for trademark violation.

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  1. @therealprotonk tweet:

    @FakeElsevier Just replace the page with a paywall. Though that might infringe upon their IP even more.

  2. P.S. the use of Elsevier’s logo as the userpic for the @FakeElsevier account, with a modification that’s illegible at the scale the userpic is generally drawn, may be a legitimate target for a claim by Elsevier.

55-Hour Exposure of a Tiny Patch of Sky Reveals 200,000 Galaxies

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 19:24 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Great Picture


This photo is what you get when you point a massive 4.1 meter telescope (VISTA in Chile) at an unremarkable patch of night sky and capture six thousand separate exposures that provide an effective “shutter speed” of 55 hours. It’s an image that contains more than 200,000 individual galaxies, each containing countless stars and planets (to put the image into perspective, the famous Hubble Ultra-Deep Field contains “only” around 10,000 galaxies). And get this: this view only shows a tiny 0.004% of the entire sky!

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  1. Billions and billions!

One switch. One head. The world

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 17:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Wow. Very cool.

  2. I will never complain, ever, ever again

Cuba rejects pope’s plea for political reform

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 17:21 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


“I appeal to you to reinvigorate your faith … that you may strive to build a renewed and open society, a better society, one more worthy of humanity,” he said Monday at a Mass in the nearby city of Santiago.

Benny, Benny…did you just hear what you said?

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Boing Boing

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 17:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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NASA Visualizes The World’s Ocean Currents, Van Gogh-Style

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 16:05 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


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The One that Didn’t Get Published

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 12:07 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


People often ask me if my editor ever rejects particular Dilbert comics for one reason or another. It’s rare, but it happens. In fact, it happened yesterday. You won’t see this comic in newspapers. I guess I went, um, a little too far. You be the judge.

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Australian Federal Police airport teams are just ‘for show’

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 9:54 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?


Aviation officials have questioned the need for such a strong permanent police presence at airports, suggesting they were there simply “to make the government look tough on terror”.

One senior executive said in his experience, the officers were expensive window-dressing.

“When you add the body scanners, the ritual humiliation of old ladies with knitting needles and the farcical air marshals, it all adds up to billions of dollars to prevent what? A politician being called soft on terror, that’s what,” he said.

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The Spanish link in cracking the Enigma code

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 9:49 by John Sinteur in category: Security


A pair of rare Enigma machines used in the Spanish Civil War has been given to the head of GCHQ, Britain’s communications intelligence agency. The machines – only recently discovered in Spain – fill in a missing chapter in the history of British code-breaking, paving the way for crucial successes in World War II.


A non-commissioned officer found the machines almost by chance, only a few years ago, in a secret room at the Spanish Ministry of Defence in Madrid.

“Nobody entered there because it was very secret,” says Felix Sanz, the director of Spain’s intelligence service.

“And one day somebody said ‘Well if it is so secret, perhaps there is something secret inside.’ They entered and saw a small office where all the encryption was produced during not only the civil war but in the years right afterwards.”

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‘Taliban sympathiser’ arrest prompts new questions about FBI tactics

Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 9:14 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?


Khalifah al-Akili, 34, was arrested in a police raid on his home on March 15. He was later charged with illegally possessing a gun after having previous felony convictions for drug dealing. However, at his court appearance an FBI agent testified that al-Akili had made radical Islamic statements and that police had uncovered unspecified jihadist literature at his home.

But, in a strange twist, al-Akili’s arrest came just days after he had sent out an email to friends and local Muslim civil rights groups complaining that he believed he was the target of an FBI “entrapment” sting. That refers to a controversial FBI tactic of using confidential informants – who often have criminal records or are paid large sums of money – to facilitate “fake” terrorist plots for suspects to invent or carry out.

In the email – which was also sent to the Guardian before al-Akili was arrested – he detailed meeting two men he believed were FBI informants because of the way they talked about radical Islam and appeared to want to get him to make jihadist statements. According to his account, one of them, who called himself Saeed Torres, asked him to buy a gun. Al-Aikili said he refused. The other, who was called Mohammed, offered to help him go to Pakistan for possible Islamic radical training. Al-Akili also refused.

In the email al-Akili recounted that he obtained a phone number from Mohammed and put it into Google. The search returned a reference to the case of the Newburgh Four, where an FBI confidential informant called Shahed Hussain helped secure the convictions of four men for attempting to blow up Jewish targets in the Bronx.

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Posted on March 28th, 2012 at 8:53 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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