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Episode 337

Microsoft unleashes IE 7
http://news.com.com/2100-1032_3-6127277.html

It was available from Yahoo yesterday afternoon
http://news.com.com/Yahoo%2C+Microsoft+race+to+release+IE+update/2100-
1012_3-6127211.html

And vulnerability in IE 7 announced
http://reviews.cnet.com/4531-10921_7-6654304.html

Bloggers not happy with Apple's response to iPod virus
http://news.com.com/2061-11199_3-6127343.html

Microsoft blames Apple for iPod virus
http://www.engadget.com/2006/10/19/microsoft-blames-apples-quality-
checks-for-ipod-virus/

HP takes top spot in world PC market share
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061019-8028.html

Sony cuts profit outlook 62 percent on battery recall
http://news.com.com/Battery+recall%
2C+games+loss+prompt+Sony+earnings+warning/2100-1047_3-6127381.html

Decoy files on P2P sites become ad vehicles
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/18/1837223

Canadian MP booted for blogging
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/10/18/canadian_mp_booted_f.html

Flash 9 beta out for Linux!
http://news.com.com/Adobe+releases+beta+of+Flash+for+Linux/2100-1012_3-
6127429.html

VOICEMAIL

From Boston
Isn't it strange that Apple has to rely on PCs for its manufacturing
process? I was reading that Steve was making fun of Windows. That's like
making fun of people who ate tainted spinach for having weak immune
systems.

Geoff Hackett - MP3
The biggest complaint with PVPs is you can't put your DVDs on them.
Every hardware set-top DVD player has to license the CSS encyption. Why
can't a portable video player license the same technology and include a
program that would copy the DVDs and let the player decrypt them?

Matt, the patent attorney from Indianapolis
This isn't legal advice. The patent term was changed in '95, so any
application filed after that expires 20 years from application date. The
term of copyright is the life of the author plus 70 years.

Scott
A mini review of AllofMP3's free download service. It works really nice.
You can get 128 megabit files and download as many as you want. Sounds
great. Works really nice. And the songs play well. You can actually
purchase the song as you would in the past. It works really well. I like
it.


E-MAIL

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Not for pirates

Quick heads-up: if you're running a pirated copy of XP, you can't
install IE 7:
http://www.techsmessage.com/2006/10/19/is-your-xp-pirated-then-you-cant-
have-ie7-yet/
Love the show. Keep up the great work!
Nate

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Can I deduct in-game losses?

So how long will it be before H&R Block and Intuit are squaring off in
all the MMORPGs for the inhabitants Virtual Tax business? And if we run
an unsuccessful business in say, Second Life, can we deduct the loss? I
was thinking of getting together a group of Photoshop pros over at NAPP
and setting up a Nip/Tuck type of business. Make some money making
characters look really maaavelous, or, if in trouble with the Virtual
IRS (VIRS...VIRuS...how ironic!!) we can change your appearance!

Dennis O.

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More tax fun

And can I expense my gameplay and my two uber computers?

Anthony


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Dan Brown and microbots

On Wednesday?s Buzz/beef cast, Molly mentioned the supercomputer from
Dan Brown?s novel, <i>Digital Fortress</i>. Molly said that the computer
could break any code for the NSA. Spoiler alert: unfortunately, even
though the supercomputer could break any algorithm within minutes, it
also contracted a Trojan horse. So does this mean that even our
supercomputers of the future will lack the ability to fight off viruses
and prevent crashing?

Also, regarding the comment made by Veronica regarding supercomputers in
humans, don't forget, we currently have micro bots inside the
bloodstreams of many nerds and volunteers. So technically, we could
create a micro bot with a small enough radio antenna to connect to local
cell phone towers, Bluetooth, W-Fi, or Wimax networks. Then the micro
bot could connect to a supercomputer server, via the Internet. Of course
today?s networking speeds prohibit such technology, but hey, it will
happen.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Mike

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Bob clears up the whole Coke patent thing

OK, guys, been listening to the discussion the last couple of days.
Couple of points of clarification:

- Patents are valid 20 years from the filing date (U.S., other
jurisdictions vary). There are no extensions available except to cover
delays by the U.S. PTO. Typically, Big Pharma ekes out every last day of
a patent term as every day is revenue to them.
- The Coke thing: protected by trade secret and contractual obligations.
Were the secret to get out, Coke would have actions against how it got
out, but if you found the secret and implemented it, guess what, you'd
have your own Coke generic. Doesn't protect against reverse
engineering. Also see Bush Beans and the dog!
- Recipes. Of course a recipe could be patentable. It is a process of
making a useful (and sometimes yummy) product. However the bar to
overcome patentability might be a bit much. I remember a few years back
PB&J being patented, sort of, but I think that one turned on crimped
crust somehow. The recipe can also be copyrighted, because copyright is
nothing more than an idea fixed in a tangible medium. I can't copy it
wholesale as that would be infringement, but under fair use doctrine, I
could use it to make a better product, etc. And once I write it down, it
becomes copyrightable. Also not resistant to reverse engineering.

Does that answer the questions?

Cheers,
Bob the patent lawyer, putting out his patent shingle in BuzzTown

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