Nov 3 2009

I thought this was kind of cool, actually.

Just grab the slider below the image and drag it along.

Top marks to the University of Utah for giving such a neat display of sizes.

Oct 25 2009

When you’re dealing with contracts and license agreements written to operate under United States law, one key indicator of trouble is the phrase “without limitation”. Usually it appears as “including, without limitation…” – a second form “including, but not limited to …” is very similar.

One or two instances in a lengthy document aren’t really that much of a problem, but take the time to count them. A large number of them indicates that the creator of the agreement is somewhat out of touch with US contract law and precedent.

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Oct 5 2009

Oh, I get tired of that. “Results not typical” and “for illustrative purposes only.”

Well, the Federal Trade Commission’s handing down new guidelines on advertising and endorsements. “Results not typical” won’t be acceptable anymore. It also affects celebs, bloggers and endorsements of all sorts.

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The national law firm of McKool Smith is announcing a permanent injunction and total damages and interest of more than $290 million against software giant Microsoft Corp. in a Texas patent infringement lawsuit won by Toronto-based technology provider i4i Inc.

That permanent injunction prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML. The court is requiring Microsoft to comply with the injunction within 60 days.

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