Good problem to solve, wrong solution. Examine patents on use rather than before issuing.
SHIELD would be a serious deterrent for trolls who have their eye on large companies with the means to defend themselves. But trolls eat startups first and a startup is often unable to fight through the courts and get to the point where SHIELD would help. If the troll is after something like $1,000 from every company using a scanner then not many businesses are going to risk going to court. And if the troll isn't interested in any reasonable settlement then the legal fees and management distraction can kill you.
SHIELD is well intentioned and would certainly help. But we need to stop examining patents before issuing them and do the job properly for the few that ever get used in anger.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
A personal anti-adventure, gripping and poignant and pedestrian.
The Children of the Sky (Zones of Thought, #3) by Vernor Vinge
Solid, unexpected third installment. Don't read if you haven't read the first two.
'robot revolution would end quickly, because the robots would all break down or get stuck against walls' - http://t.co/X4AFepMI
Aspam, Aomori, Japan - looks like Blade Runner. http://t.co/UePboKyJ
[text: “what the fuck, it worked the first time”,... http://t.co/chCeMv8M
4 of 5 stars to The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes http://t.co/lV8ZrNHL
I side 90% with Jill Stein... http://t.co/zCNzugqD
Naples, Florida, USA snapshot from Catfood WebCams on Android. http://t.co/HACOmEhr
Testing a webcam share from Android... http://t.co/Ha94fZoW
Thanks for the Cash Mr. Bubble Man: http://t.co/ZonD58yD
With More Original Programming On The Way, Netflix TV Viewing Is On The Rise http://t.co/Q8oCNZUv -- missing the point, lack of content
Hubble discovers new Pluto moon http://t.co/kRB95fLu -- Promote Pluto back to a planet immediately!
Amanda Palmer's awesome stop-motion music video [NSFW]: http://t.co/XfGBC9NY
ITHCWY: Hummingbird http://t.co/CHtA5fV3
ITHCWY: Twitter's API has got too painful for me: I've developed a bunch of stupid, niche and vaguely promising… http://t.co/J6Y0EZ62
IT class warfare — It’s not just IBM http://t.co/bK0Nr2lG
Naming Pets http://t.co/syC0kgWa
BBC News - Brian Cox: bank bailout costlier than UK science 'since Jesus' http://t.co/1RSN5g5Z -- amaaaaazzzziiiinnnnngg
"A conversation with my 12 year old self" (video) http://t.co/zYOEKDnN -- freaky
ITHCWY: Shrubbery: A missed opportunity to demand that violators shall provide... another shrubbery! (At the Old… http://t.co/lBSQaDmI
Probably the Higgs: http://t.co/yspWoQlv
ITHCWY: House of Lords - time for Legislative Service?: I've mulled the idea of having an upper chamber randomly… http://t.co/6C5cQjz2
You Might Be A Smanker If… http://t.co/L91rDvqV
Cisco locks customers out of their own routers, only lets them back in if they agree to being spied upon and monetized http://t.co/2QIdw42P
Bouncy, bouncy druids, not available outside the UK: http://t.co/mw7XcKth
Patent troll http://t.co/AY3FIg8W
Operated by the knights who say NI! http://t.co/TkMndo7c
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
A love triangle set in the turmoil of post-graduation. Well written but left me a little cold, I just didn't care for the characters or the sudden resolution.
An important update from the International Earth Rotation Service http://t.co/n5VcLNH3 <- warning,="">
Seeing Beyond the Human Eye: Video of beautiful scientific and artistic photography http://t.co/aZsFEfh1
ITHCWY: Mission:Explore Food - Get It Now: I posted a few months ago about my brother's crowd funded book, Mission… http://t.co/1A2FEkHN
Pyura Chilensis, the living rock http://t.co/54moGgML
Robot Hand beats you at Rock-Paper-Scissors every time. http://t.co/W4K1zAeq (Robot hand crushes rock, robot hand crushes scissors...)
Moon Landing http://t.co/oHFSCowO
Patent 'trolls cost $29bn a year' http://t.co/VQRiKFtb
Facebook Just Changed Your Email Without Asking http://t.co/z9QRi3qP
http://t.co/mZWx5FIr Turing Suicide in doubt?
ITHCWY: SETIcon 2: I'm at SETIcon 2 this weekend. It's a mix of science, sci-fi, religion and general speculation… http://t.co/jifR8Ang
Far-Fetched Scams Separate the Gullible from Everyone Else http://t.co/M8SyoAvH
Scout: get notified every time Congress proposes legislation with keywords you care about http://t.co/OlU04P45
Falsehoods programmers believe about time - riff on the malleability of computer time http://t.co/sznLoFlH
ITHCWY: Near-plurality of idiocy: "In the 30 years since Gallup started asking people whether they believe humans… http://t.co/9f5FoX9Z
BBC News - Alan Turing: why the tech world's hero should be a household name http://t.co/5eqmNyXY
ITHCWY: Petrol & Marks & Spencer: I recently got back from a trip back to the UK. Every time I go back these days… http://t.co/cV0N8tY7
+1 Error Code 451: an HTTP error for censorship http://t.co/OoA942o8
Bridge birthday thing... http://t.co/bBEc7TiC
Defensive Patent License: judo for patent-trolls http://t.co/h6Eq82kr
3 of 5 stars to The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides http://t.co/aJwE7cIz
Transit of Venus AND Sutro Tower Serendipitously Photographed from Bernal Hill http://t.co/bZAogCf8
Office has laid on EURO 2012 coverage. http://t.co/8dDStstW
Ridiculously nice walk with Rudy. http://t.co/u6E9H1Gg
ITHCWY: Playmobil http://t.co/bIuMirqh
APIs: A Strategy Guide by Dan Woods
Works as a good checklist of the various business, legal, technical, marketing and strategic considerations you should think of when launching an API. Not a huge amount of depth in any one area though.
Pharmacology by Christopher Herz
A tale of legal and illegal drugs in San Francisco from the perspective of Sarah, a transplant from the mid-west in town to make money to send back to her sick father and expose the evils of the pharmaceutical industry. Reads like Sarah sat down next to you in a cafe and poured out her entire life story before you even knew what hit you.
Interesting, but the first book I tried was wrong: http://t.co/gUPyhpjM (The Interpreter in Look to Windward)
ITHCWY: Go-arounds: LEGO and Legislative Service: LEGO: I wrote in January about LEGO's misogynistic latest LEGO… http://t.co/s2PlMzGn
ITHCWY: Kindle: Figure out sorting!: I love my Kindle. Loved it since seeing the screen for the first time after… http://t.co/zimbDLpz
ITHCWY: Catfood: Cleat 1.10: I've just released an updated version of Cleat that supports geolocation and… http://t.co/SESV9VH7
4 of 5 stars to Pharmacology by Christopher Herz http://t.co/SgGZR4Lz
I still don't like the Oxford Comma, but... http://t.co/oJB50wGw
ITHCWY: Prophylactic: Absolutely no chance of scurvy tonight. http://t.co/RpX1z78M
Artist Captures Dog vs. Gopher Confrontation on Bernal Hill http://t.co/OlUgGHOG - It could be Rudy...
Shocking, but need to distinguish between standardized tests and shit standardized tests: Florida standardized... http://t.co/c8488XDw
Extraordinary: The real criminals in the Tarek Mehanna case http://t.co/GOqxgIJ2
They are deadly serious about not taking photos at @#spamalotsf http://t.co/5di7viuy
JSON Formatter & Validator: http://t.co/L220TCHf
ITHCWY: California Slender Salamander http://t.co/EvNlFOnS
ITHCWY: Even Shitier - Citibank Remortgage Scam: Citibank contacted us in December offering to remortgage our house… http://t.co/mxGi3j6K
ITHCWY: Baby Yellow Spiders: A chair in our garden has produced a bumper crop of baby Cross Orbweaver spiders. Very… http://t.co/0VBjSvPq
ITHCWY: Sod Searle And Sod His Sodding Room: Marcus du Sautoy, writing on BBC News, brings up Searle's Chinese Room… http://t.co/FmcVPbzC
ITHCWY: California, I can save you billions with a small and reasonably priced computer program...: California just… http://t.co/Ro96lk3J
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Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Intelligent and humorous if highly contrived thriller set loosely around an MMORPG. Loved it.
Embassytown by China Miéville
Highly original tale of colonists cohabiting with some very unusual aliens with a very unusual language. It reads like J.G. Ballard and Nicholson Baker decided to collaborate on some SciFi.
The Affair (Jack Reacher, #16) by Lee Child
Not bad, returns to when Reacher was in uniform and tells the story of how he left the Army (the answer may surprise you). As with the last few in the series it all comes a little too easily and you wish there was at least one worthy opponent. I'm hooked though so as long as Child keeps writing them I'll keep reading.
Professional Android 2 Application Development by Reto Meier
Solid foundation and covers the platform you need to target to reach the majority of Android devices.
RE: Feel free to use the code, no attribution required. http://t.co/IJTcOz3p
BBC News - 7 questions on computer programmes http://t.co/XKylU7WT (more of a history / pop culture quiz)
Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism: http://t.co/4h8M8kkK
4 of 5 stars to Embassytown by China Miéville http://t.co/kPwIrmDF
ITHCWY: Occupy Intellectual Ventures: Send them a troll. Now. http://t.co/VorWmZpz
Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows: http://t.co/JBbJXAaD
+1: Why Software Projects are Terrible and How Not To Fix Them: http://t.co/kE7WWix5
Wow. Going to have to get this as a poster just to fully grok it: http://t.co/Z6iie3K5
ITHCWY: PolyLineM support in Catfood.Shapefile: I’ve just updated Catfood.Shapefile, my ESRI Shapefile parser for… http://t.co/ll50wcEi
Cal band at justanswer http://t.co/QOLcbe7e (missed this while at lunch)
Toast sandwich is UK's 'cheapest meal' http://t.co/0LG9zNOl (can't possibly be true - not factoring in cost of electricity!)
Analysis: The Darwin Economy: http://t.co/pSDkxupL
So True: What Your Favorite Map Projection Says About You: http://t.co/dW8pl2uK
Bootstrapped Company Behind iDrive, iBackup Is Fed Up With Patent Trolls: http://t.co/DP6KFLxH
Flying rhinoceros: http://t.co/MIhWtT3L
Cool: 1% Of Nothing Launches To Get Startups Donating Equity: http://t.co/ZNy7HcZl
3 of 5 stars to Professional Android 2 Application De... by Reto Meier http://t.co/UqCtaJ3Z
'Have the people who designed this protocol really never made the twenty mile drive to San Francisco?' - http://t.co/wWk77ZpQ
Explaining 'Jobs' to Rudy Giuliani: http://t.co/ek78XEe9
ITHCWY: Catfood: Klout and Follower: Klout is building PageRank for people. You get a score between 0-100 based on… http://t.co/rGyYkY9q
How much did I used to want one of these! http://t.co/lHhnY0AG
Don't do it, like defining π as 4: BBC News - Changes to the world's time scale debated http://t.co/hFkrZi4g
Rudy wishes I hadn't just shown him: "Saber-toothed squirrel" from the dinosaur days - Boing Boing http://t.co/Wf7Y0ttH
Marked as to-read: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries http://t.co/MC9M0Iti
Ex-Google Reader Product Manager Posts Scathing Review Of Reader Redesign | TechCrunch http://t.co/DscEAHTw
Google indexing via POST: http://t.co/oM2JmHqI (P.S. may not grok your robots.txt, suggests bending over)
Oakland PD confused: An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland From the Oakland Police Officers Association http://t.co/W5LIBY7D (me too)!
Study: why parents help their underage kids pretend to be 13 in order to use Internet sites - Boing Boing http://t.co/aoUSw5wu