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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen
"Chinese internet giant Tencent" have been granted a USPTO patent for drawing a box on a screen.
boxes  screen  tencent  patents  uspto  funny  absurd  swpats  via:markdennehy 
october 2016 by jm
World’s first vanity gTLD goes live
".richardli". TLDs are now officially beyond a joke
tld  absurd  fail  gtlds  domains  dns  vanity  richard-li 
may 2016 by jm
Ireland will need referendum to create EU court for patents
omg. Sean "Irish SOPA" Sherlock dealing with the important issues once again -- in this case the bloody "Unified Patent Court"
patents  eu  sean-sherlock  absurd  referenda  ireland  ip 
may 2016 by jm
Disgraced Scientist Granted U.S. Patent for Work Found to be Fraudulent - NYTimes.com
Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk electrified the science world 10 years ago with his claim that he had created the world’s first cloned human embryos and had extracted stem cells from them. But the work was later found to be fraudulent, and Dr. Hwang was fired from his university and convicted of crimes.

Despite all that, Dr. Hwang has just been awarded an American patent covering the disputed work, leaving some scientists dumbfounded and providing fodder to critics who say the Patent Office is too lax.

“Shocked, that’s all I can say,” said Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a professor at Oregon Health and Science University who appears to have actually accomplished what Dr. Hwang claims to have done. “I thought somebody was kidding, but I guess they were not.”

Jeanne F. Loring, a stem cell scientist at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, said her first reaction was “You can’t patent something that doesn’t exist.” But, she said, she later realized that “you can.”
patents  absurd  hwang-woo-suk  cloning  stem-cells  science  biology  uspto 
february 2014 by jm
Spy agencies in covert push to infiltrate virtual world of online gaming
[MMOGs], the [NSA] analyst wrote, "are an opportunity!". According to the briefing notes, so many different US intelligence agents were conducting operations inside games that a "deconfliction" group was required to ensure they weren't spying on, or interfering with, each other.
spies  spying  games  mmog  online  surveillance  absurd  east-germany  funny  warcraft 
december 2013 by jm
Roko's basilisk - RationalWiki
Wacky transhumanists.
Roko's basilisk is notable for being completely banned from discussion on LessWrong, where any mention of it is deleted. Eliezer Yudkowsky, founder of LessWrong, considers the basilisk would not work, but will not explain why because he does not consider open discussion of the notion of acausal trade with possible superintelligences to be provably safe.

Silly over-extrapolations of local memes are posted to LessWrong quite a lot; almost all are just downvoted and ignored. But this one, Yudkowsky reacted to hugely, then doubled-down on his reaction. Thanks to the Streisand effect, discussion of the basilisk and the details of the affair soon spread outside of LessWrong. The entire affair is a worked example of spectacular failure at community management and at controlling purportedly dangerous information.

Some people familiar with the LessWrong memeplex have suffered serious psychological distress after contemplating basilisk-like ideas — even when they're fairly sure intellectually that it's a silly problem.[5] The notion is taken sufficiently seriously by some LessWrong posters that they try to work out how to erase evidence of themselves so a future AI can't reconstruct a copy of them to torture.[6]
transhumanism  funny  insane  stupid  singularity  ai  rokos-basilisk  via:maciej  lesswrong  rationalism  superintelligences  striesand-effect  absurd 
march 2013 by jm
YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music - Slashdot
'So I asked some questions, and it appears that the birds singing in the background of my video are Rumblefish's exclusive intellectual property."' Major problems with how YouTube is now policing IP infringement, it seems
birdsong  absurd  google  fail  youtube  rumblefish  copyfight 
february 2012 by jm

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