The Tabarrok Curve: Why The Patent System Is Not Fit For Purpose – Forbes (Article Link)

Interesting article regarding the problems with the patent system and innovation. The Tabarrock Curve highlights some of the problems related to issuing of patents and the problems it creates when inventing new innovative ideas.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/06/23/the-tabarrok-curve-why-the-patent-system-is-not-fit-for-purpose/

PiCloud Is A Model Cloud Made Of Raspberry Pi & LEGO For Teaching Students About Web Platforms

Clever Cacique:

The power of the Rassberry Pi still intrigues me. I hope you agree that there is more to come with this mini computer.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Is there aught the Raspberry Pi can’t do? Here’s another interesting implementation of the $35 microcromputer — or rather a stack of 56 Pis, linked together to form what its creators have called PiCloud, using LEGO bricks as bespoke racks for the Pi stacks. (Not the first time we’ve seen Pi paired with LEGO either.)

The project comes out of the University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science, and is intended as a teaching aid so students can hack around with a model cloud platform and play with techs like virtualisation to learn about the infrastructure underpinning services like Amazon’s AWS.

The 56 Raspberry Pis in PiCloud are stacked in four mini Lego racks, each topped off with a top-of-rack-switch which has 16 Ethernet connections: 14 used to network the Pis and the other two for connecting the switches. At the software stack layer of PiCloud, each Pi board is running Raspbian…

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3D-printed airway splint saves baby’s life (Article Link)

English: RepRap v.2 'Mendel' open-source FDM 3...

English: RepRap v.2 ‘Mendel’ open-source FDM 3D printer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I saw this article today and decided that I will write a short paragraph on how amazing and far we have come with both science and technology. It is wonderful to see that doctors were able to save a baby’s life using a bit of ingenuity and knowledge to solve a life threatening problem. I am not going to blab too much about the article, but I encourage you to click on the link below and see how low cost 3D printing can be a benefit to people instead of being used to manufacture a 3D printed gun.

3D-printed airway splint saves baby’s life

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57585908-1/3d-printed-airway-splint-saves-babys-life/?subj=cnet&tag=title

Patent troll gets sued by Vermont AG (Article Link)

English: Front view of the Vermont State House...

English: Front view of the Vermont State House (taken Sept. 23, 2004) © 2004 Matthew Trump Category:Images of the Vermont State House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article proves that copyright and patents should protect the inventor and not be used as a money making outlet.

I am actually surprised that the Vermont AG took action. In this technological age with the advent of Apps and the almighty Cloud, there is money to be made in the technology industry because business enterprises no longer see it as a tool to supplement their processes, but rather a necessity for their normal business functions. As a result you get an ‘Apple vs Samsung’ war because a tech firm is looking to capitalize on the market by using copyright and patents as a sword to cut down its main competitor.

Unfortunately, this brought about the end-of-days for innovation and the birth of the patent troll. At least, the Vermont AG knows that enough is enough.

Link:

Patent troll that wants $1,000 per worker gets sued by Vermont A-G

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/patent-troll-that-wants-1000-per-worker-gets-sued-by-vermont-a-g/

Xbox reveals the ‘One’ console for your Home Entertainment needs. (Article Link)

I was born around the time of the Nintendo and Atari home console systems. I never actually owned one of those gaming systems, but it is funny that the Commodore 64 was my first home entertainment systems. :-)

However, I am proud to say that I own a Xbox 360. Now, I am not going to start a fanboy war in this blog, but with the launch of the Xbox One, i am really excited about the evolution of this console.

From reading the article below, i believe that Microsoft has been able to not only provide a graphically updated gaming system, but they have also been able to create a system that offers greatly improved services through Xbox Live and integrates into your home entertainment system (i.e. TV and Cable). Having Skype calls through your console is also a plus for me, since most of my friends still use Skype.

Since all of these features have me giggling like a school girl, I am considering sacrificing my bugdet for this system when it comes out. However, I will still show some restraint in buying because I know for a fact that ‘Day-One consoles’ always have hardware and software bugs.

Xbox Reveal: ‘One’ Console To Rule Them All

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2013/05/21/xbox-reveal-one-console-to-rule-them-all/

4 Simple Tips and Tricks for Creating Secure Passwords

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Cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone in the world who has access to the internet or works within a corporate intranet knows all too well about having to manage multiple passwords to access their various accounts. Problems always arise with remembering passwords because either you have not used an account for a long period of time, forgot your recently changed password or cannot remember which password is for which account.

All of the above bring a certain level of complexity to the management of passwords and what makes it even worse is that passwords themselves require a certain level of complexity in order to avoid hackers from accessing your personal data and devices.

Today I will give you a couple of tips and tricks I learnt for both creating and remembering passwords. Some of these ideas are not novel, but I hope it can be of some assistance.

1.) Always use numbers and capital letters in a sequence

Yes, I know what you are thinking. ‘I already do this’ or ‘I am accustom using both numbers and letters’, but there is more strategy to this method than you probably think. Most people I have spoken too about their password choice always use a name followed buy a sequence of numbers like ‘runningboy1234′ or ‘runningman5678′. This is a good method for formulating your passwords, but there is more that can be done. Placing numbers between words and using capital letters in non-English standard places within your password gives it a more complex structure and makes it harder to figure out. For example, if I applied this new strategy to the passwords above, then ‘runningboy1234′ would be ‘ruN1niN2gbO3oy4′. As you can probably observe, I capitalize every third letter in ‘runningboy’ and placed a number after the capitalized letter. Your strategy does not have to be the same. You can choose whatever sequence you are comfortable with remembering. I just want to impress upon you that using a capital letter / number sequence in your password would give you a better secure password.

2.) Use your everyday non-English words

There several non-English words in my vocabulary because I live in a Caribbean country where many cultures and people have settled. I speak English, but many of the places, food, animals and other cultural everyday items have non-English names. The same is with any other country in the world. There are names that are derived from misspelling or mispronunciation of words from other languages. These names are familiar to you, but not always to anyone else and therefore are perfect candidates for a password. Food, animals and local items in conjunction with an adjective and some numbers can be a perfect strategy for creating and remembering your password. For example, quiEt3Paca (i.e. quiet 3 Paca) is a good example of this strategy. Do not use the names of towns, cities or boroughs since they are public knowledge.

3.) Use Partial Leetspeak

Now for those who do not know or understand leetspeak, do not be afraid. I am not going to confuse you by making you learn an entire new method of spelling words using symbols on your keyboard. This strategy is one that was explained to me by a friend and is in my opinion one of the simplest ways of creating your secure passwords.

There are certain numbers and symbols on your keyboard that look like letters. These symbols can be used to replace letters in your passwords. For example, the letter ‘a’ and the ‘@’ symbol look the same. Therefore, using this strategy on the password ‘rottenapple12′ would yield the new password ‘rotten@pple12′. This substitution adds complexity to the password, but does not take away its meaning, which makes the password easily memorable. Here are some other symbols and numbers that can be used in place of letters:

e = 3

s = 5 or $

o = 0

i = !

4.) Use Pattern Typing

This strategy was also explained to me by a friend of mine. It can be very difficult to master, but practicing helps. If you have an Android phone, then you probably know about the pattern lock system where you are given nine dots and must connect these dots in a predetermined pattern to unlock your device.

Well, pattern typing follows the same idea as the pattern locking system. Firstly, you must choose an area of your keyboard containing both numbers and letters. Draw a pattern by connecting the numbers and letters in no particular order and presto there is your password. The main advantage of this strategy is that no definitive word is created in the process and only you know the pattern. However, it can be difficult to master because the keys on a keyboard are not perfectly aligned and can cause confusion if you don’t know where to begin.

These four (4) strategies are great for both creating and remembering passwords. However, if you still have problems with remembering your passwords, may I suggest a password manager such as Dashlane or LastPass. Both managers are really good and keep your passwords safe.