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Is this why Romney ran for the Presidency?
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 10:27 AM EST
from the article . To date, Romney’s legal troubles include fallacious FEC and SEC disclosures, an investigation into him and his son’s connection to an $8.5 billion Ponzi scheme, and concealing over $15 million from the auto-bailout, and now his surrogate’s malfeasance and perjury in the eToys bankruptcy case. Delaware bankruptcy court’s failure to enter an Emergency Motion into the public docket that included Bain Capital and Romney operative’s perjury and corruption in the eToys bankruptcy case. At the time it appeared the judge was protecting Romney and Bain Capital by suppressing the Motion in expectation he would win the election and have the Motion tossed out of court leading to the question; “is Romney’s main impetus for seeking the White House to appoint an Attorney General who will guarantee that all charges against him will go away?” Well now that he lost the election, it appears the allegation had merit because on November 7, the day after his crushing defeat, the Delaware bankruptcy court judge entered the motion into the public docket and scheduled a hearing for December 4, 2012; all on the same day. Click for story .

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Ohio Bar Association Pressured Judge To Keep Quiet About Justice For Sale
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 11:02 AM EST
From the article... Judge Bill O’Neill won a seat on the high court with the campaign slogan, “Money and Judges Don’t Mix.” A 2006 New York Times article studied the correlation between campaign donations and the Ohio Supreme Court’s rulings, and it found that the justices voted for their contributors in 70% of the cases studied. The Ohio State Bar Association went after him. Clicky here .

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Voters rejected the crusade to politicize the courts
Authored by: deck2 on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 11:44 AM EST
Please remove that article. It is blatanly political. If the justices in those
jurisdictions were making decisions contrary to the Liberal Zietgiest the
Liberals would be demanding their heads on platters through the same actions.
Liberals want the judiciary protected from removal and then stacked for their
view of matters. At least Conservatives are not calling for a change in the
system. Also these are at State judiciary levels. This is not the
"Federal Republic of the United States of America" but rather a
different form that is the union of multiple States. People who make these
accusations need to realize this and understand that States may operate
differently, within certain bounds, in their internal affairs than the way other
States do and the Federal Government does. Please consult the Constitution of
the United States of America for the clarification of this as tomes have been
written on the subject and it has been the subject of many court decisions.

Slate is a Liberally biased publication even in its "reporting". This
may be considered reporting in the current Media but is still editorializing.

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Google Books team open sources their book scanner
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 02:19 PM EST

Three cheers for Google!

Makes me feel warm and fuzzy about the company, it really does.

Wayne
http://madhatter.ca

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Apple patents page turn animations
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 06:27 PM EST
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/apple-now-owns-the-page-turn/

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Apple, Google Consider Arbitration Over Standard Patents
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 06:43 PM EST
Newspick
Such an agreement could lead to a global settlement of all of their patent disputes, Apple said in a filing yesterday.
This stuff makes me nitpicky. What does "global" mean in this context?
The entire environment of US patents at dispute between them? or
a set of patents in various countries that might or might not
cover all their contested markets?

Bloomberg clumsily avoids telling us what filing...

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  • Found it - Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 01:13 AM EST
Samsung goes after HTC deal to undercut Apple-filing
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 07:41 PM EST

HTC deal to undercut Apple-filingHTC deal to undercut Apple-filing

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-apple-pate nts-idUSBRE8AF1FV20121116

I can't wait to hear PJ's take on this. The battle is getting jucier than Days of our Lives.

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EFF's Defend Innovation
Authored by: Gringo_ on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 11:29 PM EST

Don't know how long this has been up there on News Pics, but I just got around to reading EFF's wonderful proposals to deal with software patents. They have a petition going that I immediately signed. It seems to be getting signatures from all over the world.

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Patent Office, Perhaps Forgetting What Year It Is, Locks Down Mobile App Development Platforms
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 11:41 PM EST
Sometimes I think what the patent office need is to employ prior art hunters,
and make the "inventor" pay the hunters for each and every valid prior
art that's found by the hunters.

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Windows 8 Sales "Modest"
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 12:12 AM EST
Translation: Well Below Projections

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Windows 8 Sales Well Below Projections, Plenty of Blame to Go Around
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 02:00 AM EST

And the sharks are circling: Windows 8 Sales Well Below Projections, Plenty of Blame to Go Around. "Uncertainty could turn Windows 8 into the next Vista".

Yet another negative piece from Paul Thurrott. This would be routine from an Apple or Linux fan-boy. Only, Thurrot is a Windows fan-boy. He claims that it's based on information from "one of my most trusted sources at Microsoft".

Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing. (...) Microsoft blames the PC makers. My source cited to me the PC makers’ “inability to deliver,” a damning indictment that I think nicely explains why the firm felt it needed to start making its own PC and device hardware.

Ah yes, it's all the fault of HP, Dell, and Lenovo, not Microsoft, and not change in the marketplace. This is what is traditionally known as "living in denial".

I think that Microsoft (and Thurrott) are missing the essential nature of the PC market. People aren't looking for something to "enhance their lifestyle". They just want to type some rubbish on FaceTwit, or fill in the inventory levels in SAP. There's not a lot of "innovation" to be done there that would have any value to customers. At least, not if you stick with an Intel based platform (which is what most Windows versions support).

Microsoft's business model is as a monopoly supplier of an essential component to a commodity platform. The hardware vendors compete for the lowest price, while Microsoft rakes in all the profits. The hardware vendors don't have much room or budget for "innovation", other than incremental improvements in speed and memory, and increment decreases in price. They can't do anything radical, because Microsoft's products are all about backwards compatibility. That is, it's a legacy system like IBM mainframes. People using legacy systems don't want a lot of "innovation". They just want the same thing only cheaper.

Note the closing sentence in the above quote:

the firm felt it needed to start making its own PC and device hardware.

It's "own PC hardware". I've heard about the Surface tablet. I haven't heard about a new Microsoft PC. Is this something from Thurrott's own imagination, or is Microsoft doing a bit of creating leaking to see what the public reaction would be? I think it's pretty obvious what the reactions of HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, etc. would be. They're already unhappy about the Surface tablet. If Microsoft started selling a Microsoft PC, the existing hardware vendors would be absolutely livid. They would take it as a declaration of war.

Thurrott claimed in an earlier piece that Windows Phone is more or less dead. Balmer was earlier quoted in the news as saying that sales of the Surface tablet were "modest". Now Thurrott is claiming that Windows 8 itself is not selling well. The next six months or so look to be a very interesting time.

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