12 juillet 2018

Strands of Standards is an Anti-Pattern

Strands of Standards is an Anti-Pattern
Tom Hoffman, Tuttle SVC, February 3, 2014
Although Liping Ma's article is a critique of the reorganization of mathematics instruction, it offers lessons applicable to the redefinition of learning into the acquisition of competencies in general. Tom Hoffman summarizes it nicely: "Ma's argument is that American elementary school mathematics was profoundly but nearly imperceptibly transformed by the switch from what she calls a 'core-subject model' to a 'strand' model. The difference to Ma is that a 'core-subject' '...is a collection of skills or a self-contained subject with principles similar to those of the discipline of mathematics." Now a strand isn't the same as a competency, but the problem is the same. More...

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10 juillet 2018

IE Patent Endgame Detailed

IE Patent Endgame Detailed
If you use plug-ins on your website, prepare for some changes as Microsoft continues to lose appeals to a verdict declaring that a small holding company actually "invented" plug-ins, and that Microsoft and presumably other browsers, are in violation. More...

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09 juillet 2018

A Stroll Through Patent History

A Stroll Through Patent History
"Developing countries like India, which is scheduled to come into full compliance with an international patent treaty in 2005, may be better off without strong patent laws." Many people have been saying this for a while, but this author has come up with some proof. More...

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05 juin 2018

In Defense of University Patent Licensing

In Defense of University Patent Licensing
This article defends the use of patents by colleges and universities to protect inventions created by their faculty. To its credit, it identifies the grounds for recent objections to the practice and meets them on those terms. More...

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18 mai 2018

Reading The Apple Patent Tea Leaves

Reading The Apple Patent Tea Leaves
News about a series of patents obtained by Apple on the look and feel of its desktop, including a controversial patent for the garbage can icon, filed in 2002. More...

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13 avril 2018

Patent Scare Hits Streaming Industry

Patent Scare Hits Streaming Industry
Yet another patent shakedown is underway, this time by a small company called Acacia which claims to hold the patent for streaming media over the internet. "It's extortion," Roe said. More...

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German Patent Office Mediator Wants Copyright Levy on PCs

German Patent Office Mediator Wants Copyright Levy on PCs
If Germany goes ahead with this plan to impose a copyright tax on computers, I have only one question: how do I get my share of the royalties for all the content I've made available over the internet? Oh, that's right: I don't. More...

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Looking to Profit From Patent

Looking to Profit From Patent

Today's patent shakedown is from a company called Tect central, which claims to own the patent to conducting testing over the internet. More...

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12 avril 2018

SBC Enforcing All-Encompassing Web Patent

SBC Enforcing All-Encompassing Web Patent
A company called SBC Communications Inc is reported to be enforcing patent it owns on the use of frames in web pages. In a letter distributed to web site owners, the company notes the site's use of "selectors or tabs that correspond to specific locations (which) are not lost when a different part of the document is displayed to the user." It then demands between $527 and $16.6m per year to license the patented technology. More...

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11 avril 2018

Open Source Prepares to Kiss EU Patent Ass Goodbye

Open Source Prepares to Kiss EU Patent Ass Goodbye
Every time I run an item from the Register I get an unusual number of bouces from content filters, and today's listing is no exception. But their ire in this case is understandable as the European Parliament is poised to align its copyright regime with that of the United States. More...

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