[News] IBM Builds 'Intellectual' Monopoly Around Paper Bags - Linux

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  1. [News] IBM Builds 'Intellectual' Monopoly Around Paper Bags

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    IBM solves world's 'paper or plastic' crisis

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    | Patent 7,407,089 (available here) is a method and system for identifying a
    | customer and displaying whether they like paper or plastic bags without the
    | need for uncomfortable questioning.
    |
    | From the patent's description:
    |
    | "However, at conventional retail locations, the customer is likely to be
    | asked for their packaging preference each time the customer passes through a
    | cashier station, resulting in unnecessary inconvenience for both the customer
    | and the cashier.
    |
    | What is needed is a more flexible system and method for determining packaging
    | preference that overcomes some of these limitations. "
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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08...lastic_patent/

    Wanted: Political Candidates, Must Hate Software Patents

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    | If you live in the U.S., it's hard to escape news about the upcoming
    | presidential elections, but that isn't the only thing happening on the
    | political front. There's a movement afoot to locate congressional candidates
    | in the U.S. House and Senate who support copyright reform and other
    | technology issues, and mobilize the open source community to get them
    | re-elected.
    |
    | GeekPAC, originally known as BytesFree.org, is a grassroots campaign designed
    | to build political support and effect change in legislation surrounding net
    | neutrality, copyright and DCMA reform, patent reform, and other issues near
    | and dear to the open source and tech communities at large
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    http://ostatic.com/170788-blog/wante...ftware-patents


    Related:

    IBM wins patent glory, but seeks reform

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    | Then there's the open-source problem. The collaborative programming
    | community, of which IBM is a significant part, shares technology
    | freely with licensing terms that often are at odds with corporate
    | patent licensing arrangements. IBM has made various attempts to
    | put the open-source realm at ease, for example, by sharing some
    | patents with open-source projects and pledging to avoid some
    | patent lawsuits.
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    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6149272.html
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  2. Re: [News] IBM Builds 'Intellectual' Monopoly Around Paper Bags

    Roy Schestowitz wrote:

    > IBM solves world's 'paper or plastic' crisis


    [snip "paper bag" patent]

    They better watch out. No doubt, Microsoft already holds the patent to
    the "wet paper bag", the universal basis of their security model.

    Richard Rasker
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    http://www.linetec.nl

  3. Re: [News] IBM Builds 'Intellectual' Monopoly Around Paper Bags

    Richard Rasker wrote:
    > Roy Schestowitz wrote:
    >
    >> IBM solves world's 'paper or plastic' crisis

    >
    > [snip "paper bag" patent]
    >
    > They better watch out. No doubt, Microsoft already holds the patent to
    > the "wet paper bag", the universal basis of their security model.
    >
    > Richard Rasker


    lol

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