A random collection of stuff mostly about operating systems, software licensing, technology, and privacy



Stuff I’m thinking about…

These sources are the raw input of analysis. They have to be read and evaluated. They have to be compared against other information.

Some may be important—most are not. Some may be interesting—most are not. Some may be facts—most are rumors. Some may affect and change my opinion—most will not.

So, think about these articles as pieces of a special jigsaw puzzle: Put them together one way and you’ll get one picture. Put them together another way, you’ll get another picture. Save a piece for a couple of days, and use it with the new pieces for yet another picture.

None of the pictures is necessarily correct—just different.

Welcome to analysis!


August 20th, 2013

Pulp fiction authors

Now that the bar exam is over, and I have some spare time, I’m reading one of the first Perry Mason novels by Erle Stanley Garner. I found it interesting that Garner, who only attended law school for a few months, nonetheless passed the California bar, and went on to successfully practice law. Like many great mystery authors, he began writing for pulp magazines. And today, another of my favorite authors Leonard Elmore passed away. Another author who started writing for the pulps. I love reading his books, but if your not into reading, then perhaps the best adaptation of any of Elmore’s works is the FX series Justified.


August 18th, 2013

Of smart phone wars and software patents (ssrn-id2291603)

In this paper Stuart Graham and Saurabh Vishnubnakat’s use patent classes and sub-classes that are likely to contain software driven inventions to compare patent office data on examinations, and administrative and judical appeals to understand the role of patents of smartphone litigation.


August 12th, 2013

Floyd vs. the City of New York (O8 Civ. 1034 (SAS))

Judge Scheindlin’s opinion does an excellent job of outlining the Fourth Amendment as it applies to the ability of the police to stop and briefly detain a person for investigative purposes; a stop which is often refered to as a ‘Terry’ Stop, after the case Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968). The decision is long, but the Introduction and the Executive Summary are well worth a read and consideration.