October 21, 2014

6:26 AM | Photo
1:20 AM | David Seipp on Themes of the Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric of Privacy
In his late 1970s work, The Right to Privacy in American History, David J. Seipp argues that the "unity of the privacy phenomenon" in the nineteenth century came not from a singleness of motive, but rather from "a unity of language" (Seipp 116). David Seipp on Themes of the Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric of Privacy from in propria persona © 2005 - 2013 by Kristopher Nelson. Want to republish? Get permission. Want to quote? That's fair use.

October 20, 2014

10:00 PM | Protecting Fashion.
At a recent talk that I gave at the Art Center Collage of Design here in Pasadena, one of the attendees asked how they could protect their budding fashion designs from being purloined.  This isn’t a small problem for everyone in the fashion industry. The fashion industry in the United States employees more than four … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Duck And Cover For Martian Probes.
The comet Sliding Spring flew past Mars yesterday giving us our first view of a comet from a different planet. The images weren’t available in time for this post, but the Hubble image above shows how it looked earlier in the year. Siding Spring went past Mars at 125,000mph (56km per second) and missing the … Continue reading →

October 18, 2014

4:00 PM | ADRAFT:
- - Ex astris, scientia - I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles … Continue reading →

October 17, 2014

10:00 PM | Safeway $3.5 Million Patent Verdict Rejected.
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a $3.5 million patent infringement jury verdict against Blackhawk Network Inc., a subsidiary of Safeway Inc. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, sued Blackhawk in 2009, alleging that it had infringed two claims of InComm’s patent for a “System and Method for Authorizing Stored Value … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | First Annual Photo Nightscape Award Winners Announce.
The ESO and Ciel et Espace Photos just completed the first Photo Nightscape Awards (PNA),  an international photo nightscape competition to celebrate astrophotography. The ESO will award the winner of the professional category with a trip to Paranal, home of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and part of the under construction Paranal-Armazones complex. Two categories: “Pro” … Continue reading →
4:22 AM | …important literature in my lab today. 
…important literature in my lab today. 

October 16, 2014

10:00 PM | Fracking Chemicals And Tradesecret Protection.
A US Department of Energy advisory panel has stated that oil and gas companies should not seek trade secret exemptions to conceal the nature of substances added to fluids used in fracking. Fracking (more formally known as “hydraulic fracturing”), is a process by which fluids (commonly water) are mixed with sand and chemicals and then … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | JPL Open House, Part 3.
The last day of the JPL open house pictures, and some information for citizen scientists that want to find their own planets. We saw this line for a movie and thought…what the heck, so after a brief stay in line we entered JPL’s Earth Science Center. As we were waiting for the theater to open, … Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

11:48 PM | Keybase
Keybase : It’s still in private alpha but I have a couple of invites left. Interested? Message...
10:00 PM | The NFL, Copyrights and Tattoos Oh My.
Many players in the National Football League, most notably San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are well known for their ink. The tattoos are so much a part of their persona that they are featured in images and likenesses of the players, including television advertisements and football video games. As a result, the NFL Players … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | JPL Open House, Part 2.
There is just too much good stuff at JPL.  I still haven’t gotten through everything and I have gone three times already. Another scale model spacecraft.  This is of Herschel a collaboration between JPL, NASA and the ESA and was and the largest infrared telescope ever launched.  Last year Herschel’s liquid helium (used to cool … Continue reading →

October 14, 2014

10:00 PM | Can You Transfer A Copyright To Someone Else?
As with any other property right, some or all of a copyright owner’s exclusive rights may be transferred. It is quite common when a copyright owner wants to commercially exploit the work covered by the copyright. Of course, there are certain rules and requirements that must be followed to ensure that a transfer is legally enforceable … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | JPL Open House Part 1.
Among the many, many other events this past weekend, there was the can’t miss event…the JPL open house.  Restored after the sequester and budget cuts, this event should be on top of NASA’s outreach budget.  Although there is no advertising (except for a few emails and social media posts), the last event drew more than … Continue reading →

October 13, 2014

10:00 PM | The 101 Conundrum After Alice.
It isn’t a secret that I write software patents (among others, I have degrees in computer science, math, statistics and EE, so I like learning things).  Anyway, the knee jerk reaction by the Patent Office and the courts to the Supreme Courts decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, has unfortunately led to a … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Busy Weekend.
With so many things to do this weekend (including work), it was exhausting.  Saturday started with about 4 hours of work to meet deadlines. Then it was off to the Riverside Astronomical Society’s Board of Trustees quarterly meeting. There we concluded the year’s business for the club and more importantly finished next years calendar of … Continue reading →

October 11, 2014

5:25 AM | "A banana."
"A banana."
3:47 AM | "What stops us from looking at ourselves is that we’re kind of ugly if we look really hard; we’re not..."
“What stops us from looking at ourselves is that we’re kind of ugly if we look really hard;...

October 10, 2014

10:00 PM | Trade Secret Theft Arrest Was Illegal.
A judge in New York threw out evidence against former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov and found that he had been illegally arrested in a trade secret theft case. As I had previously reported, Goldman was ordered to pay over $1.7 million for Aleynikov’s legal fees incurred in connection with the matter. photo by Steven … Continue reading →
SEX IS SEX. BUT MONEY IS MONEY.: criminalwisdom: I arrived in New York City from Chelyabinsk, a...
7:15 PM | "We conclude that there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the..."
“We conclude that there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the...
6:55 PM | Sex and Eugenics Sterilization
In looking through Johanna Schoen’s 2005 book, Choice & Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare, it appears that, although eugenics-based sterilization procedures in the early-to-mid twentieth century appear to have targeted women more than men, men were also sterilized through these programs. Rationally, it should be unsurprising that men were targeted as...Read more → Sex and Eugenics Sterilization from in propria persona […]
6:50 PM | OK. Over the span of two years, I’ve targeted over a dozen...
OK. Over the span of two years, I’ve targeted over a dozen state, county and overseas jurisdictions, and collected 30 million crime records. Each request, is its own puzzling, expensive, long and tedious process - making it no surprise why it’s never been done before. Some jurisdictions are willing to collaborate, and eager to learn solutions, deserving a nod of approval. Others (I can disclose later) are set up so that it is easy for them to approve my requests in such a way […]
4:11 PM | laughterkey: land-of-propaganda: 3 years in Rikers Island, 2...
laughterkey: land-of-propaganda: 3 years in Rikers Island, 2 in solitary confinement, this high school student, NEVER CHARGED, gets released 16-year-old high school sophomore Kalief Browder, of the Bronx, spent nearly three years locked up at the Rikers Jail after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack.  Amazingly, Browder never pleaded guilty, actually refused to plead guilty and requested a trial, even when pressured, but was never convicted and was only offered […]
4:00 PM | Too Much Good Stuff Going On This Weekend In SoCal.
I hardly know where to begin, so we will start with the big one. The JPL Open House is back!!!! Yeah!!! If you have youngsters that want to be run over by a Martian rover, or you want to see the place where history is continually made, this is it! Saturday and Sunday 9am to … Continue reading →

October 09, 2014

4:00 PM | The Future Looks Bright For These Space Robot Battling High Schoolers.
On Monday, high school students from across the country assembled in a lecture hall at MIT, patiently awaiting a call from NASA. For four months, these students worked in teams as part of MIT’s Zero Robotics Challenge, a competition in which high school students program small robots to fly aboard the International Space Station (ISS). … Continue reading →

October 08, 2014

10:00 PM | Patent Term Adjustments.
In the United States, after you have been granted a patent, but before the patent grant is issued, the USPTO reviews the patent prosecution history and determines if there have been any delays that may require adjusting the patent term.  Patents currently have a term that is 20 years from the earliest effective filing date.  … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Sun in the mornin’ and the Moon at night.
Yesterday, I posted some images I took of the Sun with just ordinary photographic equipment.  I didn’t get a chance to take any more images today, but this evening, the Moon was full and I decided to see what other ordinary camera capabilities are available.  Also, there was that lunar eclipse.  I didn’t stay up … Continue reading →
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