Tag: awards

VocalID Certificate – 1000

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I got another certificate! VocalID gave me a certificate to reward my efforts, and to encourage more. VocalID is an initiative whose goal is to provide unique voices to people who can’t speak on their own. They need devices that can synthesize a voice for them, and VocalID wants to let them choose their own rather than settle for one of the generic ones. See my original post on VocalID.

Watch Rupal Patel’s TED Talk and get inspired.
Visit VocalID’s website to see what they’re about.

rjb

VocalID Certificate

VocalID Certificate

VocalID Certificate

I got a certificate! VocalID gave me a certificate to reward my efforts, and to encourage more. VocalID is an initiative whose goal is to provide unique voices to people who can’t speak on their own. They need devices that can synthesize a voice for them, and VocalID wants to let them choose their own rather than settle for one of the generic ones. See my original post on VocalID.

Watch Rupal Patel’s TED Talk and get inspired.
Visit VocalID’s website to see what they’re about.

VocalID is looking for people to join their Summer Ambassador Fellowship Program. Do you know any students who are looking for a good cause this summer? See about it here.

Maybe they can get a certificate, like me!-)

rjb

Electronic Frontier Foundation Stupid Patent of the Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent on a Slider

Patents are good.  They encourage innovation.  Software patents are bad.  They encourage trolling.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation keeps an eye on these things.  They monitor the complex and usually boring details of our electronic existence, and try to warn us when it threatens to go awry.  An example of their awareness-raising is their Stupid Patent of the Month award, which goes to Microsoft for December 2015.  Microsoft filed a design patent for a slider, as in the picture above, and now they’re suing Corel for patent infringement.

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For the first time ever, this month’s Stupid Patent of the Month is being awarded to a design patent. Microsoft recently sued Corel for, among other things, infringing its patent on a slider …

Microsoft’s patent claims against Corel are unsurprising in light of how much money is potentially at stake. If Corel is found to infringe even one of Microsoft’s design patents through even the smallest part of Corel Home Office, current Federal Circuit law entitles Microsoft to all of Corel’s profits for the entire product. Not the profits that can be attributed to the design. Not the value that the design adds to a product. All of the profit from Corel Home Office.

All of their profits for their Corel Home Office product would be forfeit for the use of one stupid, obvious design feature.  The current patent system is, rather than encouraging innovation, rewarding parasitical laziness.  That is the opposite of what the system was created for.  To me, this shows that the public institutions in charge of the system are just as bankrupt as the system itself.

In addition to the article on the EFF site, here is some good coverage at Ars Technica.

Source: Stupid Patent of the Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent on a Slider | Electronic Frontier Foundation

rjb

Best of 2014

Credit - Ltikorea CC-BY-SA

Credit – Ltikorea CC-BY-SA

Leaving out the home, contact, downloads and welcome pages, these posts are the best of 2014 by visit.

14. Near Death Experience – Part Three
What happened to parts One and Two? How does the third one outrank the others?

13. Flesch Reading Ease
This surprises me. Why is there so much interest in a method for rating how easy it is to read text?

12. Yawning
Of things our bodies do, including Synesthesia, Smell (1, 2 & 3), Earworms and Handedness, yawning is the most popular.

11. Ball Lightning – Part Three
Again part three is first.

10. Ball Lightning
And it appears readers jumped right over Part Two to read these.

9. BitTorrent Bundles
Good. I’m glad people are interested in my BitTorrent Bundle. No idea how this fits in with the rest, though.

8. Gecko Feet
I’m glad to see this. I have a soft spot for these little guys.

7. Altocumulus Castellanus
This is the only entry from the Cloud of the Day series. Maybe because it sounds so grand?

6. Collective Nouns
I like this series. It’s a lot of fun. Even Part Two.

5. Aquatic Ape – The Theory Evolves
The Bipedal series did well, taking three of the top five spots.

4. Whispering Galleries
This is no surprise. There’s something intrinsically interesting about whispering galleries.

3. Spanking for Love
This is no surprise either. Humans, eh?

2. Bipedal – The Aquatic Ape Theory
The Aquatic Ape is popular, but the Savanna Ape is even more so.

1. Bipedal – The Savanna Theory
This post got more than twice the number of views of the two Aquatic Ape posts combined.

That’s what you were looking at in 2014. Thank you for your interest, and thank you for keeping it interesting for me. Without you, it could be a pretty bleak job maintaining Green Comet’s home on the Internet. You encourage me to carry on, both with this site and with the sequel to the novel, which should be ready in the middle of 2015.

That was the best of 2014. See you in the new year.

rjb

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