WOW. I think I just had my faith in humanity restored a little. It seems that some local governments actually have a clue. Three major US metros are making information about the current state of their transit systems freely available for use by App developers. One even going as far as offering a $15K prize!
It’s nice to see government encouraging the free use of public information for a change instead of putting up endless obstacles to anyone who wants access.
Somebody pinch me….
Local governments inspire app developers with contests | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
Seems that high-tech just can’t get a break with the legal system these days. If you don’t hold a patent for something you develop, you can someone else does and will slap you with a law suit. If you go buy a bunch of patents that relate to your business to protect yourself from the trolls then you get investigated by govt antitrust regulators. It’s enough to make a guy give up!
Antitrust Investigation of Apple Led Nortel Patent Purchase – Mac Rumors.
I know we’re not all technocrats but sheesh you’d think that the US patent office would at least be able to turn a fax right-side up! How can they be expected to make informed determinations on the merits of technology patents if they can’t master a 180 degree rotation…. No, wait…. What am I thinking?…….
Someone Should Patent a Fax Rotator So the USPTO Can Read Upside-Down Faxes – USPTO fax – Gizmodo.
This is disturbing news to be reading over my early morning coffee. I could launch into a rant about nanny states and the crazy lengths to which the UK’s government seems willing to go to exert power un-necessarilyover its unwitting populous. I’ve done all that before so I’ll just leave it up to you to read the whole story after the break and make up your own mind. All I will say is that most of the privacy invasion going on in the UK these days makes anything that W did in the USA look like child’s play.
Scary stuff. Glad I emigrated all those years ago…
Video: UK Home Secretary delays 1984 by a few years.