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Posted 2000-09-21 by Tony Walsh
  • I am sick to death of patents. For fuck's sake, every two-bit "idea" is now being wrapped up into a patent, and the worst part is that these patents are actually being granted. It's going to become a challenge to designers of the future just to design something that does not infringe on someone else's "property". Amazon's one-click shopping was bad enough, then Apple had to go legitimize it by licensing this "invention". There is the insanity of British Telecom claiming to own the idea of hyperlinking. I have recently heard of the "idea" of left-side "nav-bars" being patented. Sooner than you think, every concept involved in basic web design is going to be owned by someone else. What will happen then? Soon web publishing will be akin to pirate radio, with the "authorities" hunting for intellectual property trespassers. I think I'm going to patent the idea of putting a brush to canvas.

  • An update to my internet filter tirade of yesterday: Today's WiredNews reports "Fed up with such filtering programs and other so-called Internet 'censorware,' the Digital Freedom Network has launched its Foil the Filters contest."

  • A new version of the venerable and mighty NetHack was recently created. NetHack is an ASCII-based (i.e. text-character graphics) adventure game that is probably almost as old as you are. [more] There is no end to the game... you just keep going and going and going...

  • Lego robot competition! Block stacking! Sumo challenge! Pretty cool, and on the UofT campus for you Torontoites. [link>russ]
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