Citing Thomas Jefferson, Paul Ryan talks about helping the little guy stand up to big corporations and protecting kids from unsavory TV programming. So it may come as a surprise that, to many people in the tech industry, he's public enemy No. 1. Ryan is the CEO of Acacia Research, a technology development company that has made waves in the past two years with its controversial practice of acquiring patents from other companies, then seeking royalties and licensing fees from those that may be violating them. "If you look at the great inventions of the 1920s, none of those were invented by large companies," Ryan said, noting that his company often helps small inventors who don't have big corporations behind them. "Patent protection is a fundamental right. It is why some people left Europe." Others see a less noble side to the patent business, arguing that intellectual-property companies and other litigants unfairly exploit the loopholes of an overworked patent system in a form of … [Read more...] about Staking patent claims–for gold mines
CIO’s Hall of Fame celebrates outstanding personal achievement in IT, honoring the technology executives who, along with significant accomplishments in the field of IT, have all demonstrated substantial business impact and technology vision within one or more organizations. They have a reputation for leadership among their peers (or outside entities such as the media or industry experts) and have shown a positive influence on the IT profession and/or advancement of the CIO role. Previous successful nominees have been current CIOs with at least 10-15 years' experience in CIO positions at mid-sized to large enterprises. The first step to get to the Hall is to fill out a brief form, which can be completed by the candidate or by someone else. Candidates who meet the criteria will be invited to fill out the final application, which includes short essay questions about past work experience, leadership accomplishments, awards and references. Below is a list … [Read more...] about CIO Hall of Fame honorees
Grand Theft Auto V is at last available to play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a PC version to follow on January 27, 2015. There’s a lot of new bits and pieces added into the game as well, but the one that dedicated fans are most likely to notice first is the expanded radio playlist.Every single station in the game has a new selection of songs added on top of what was there before, along with new material from the celebrity DJs (and their callers) populating Blaine County Talk Radio and Chakra Attack.Want to know what’s new? Here you go, a rundown of all the new songs added to each station in the Los Santos/Blaine County radiosphere (listed as artist / song title)…. The Lowdown 91.1Pleasure / Bouncey LadyOhio Players / ClimaxJackson Sisters / I Believe in MiraclesWar / Magic MountainThe Delfonics / Funny FeelingBrass Construction / Changin’Johnny “Guitar” Watson / Superman LoverThe Chakachas / Stories Space 103.2Dazz Band / … [Read more...] about Grand Theft Auto V is here (again), and it’s got a whole mess of new music
This week and every week for the remainder of the NFL season, we will bring you weekly game predictions courtesy of EA Sports’ Madden NFL 25. Our methodology: Each week we will update the rosters using the game’s roster download feature to make sure the game lineups reflect the real teams, then we’ll simulate the week’s match-ups using the Franchise Owner mode. We’ll record the simulation’s scores, its best players of the week, and the injury reports, then post these results each Saturday. This makes the Thursday game something of a litmus test (Madden 25 is 3-2 so far this season on Thursday games) – you can use this info for fantasy or gambling purposes. Or you can ignore it entirely. What does Madden know about football, anyway?One of the biggest stories in the NFL this week is the seeming mismatch this Sunday between the early Super Bowl favorite 5-0 Denver Broncos, and the early number 1 draft pick in the 2014 draft 0-5 … [Read more...] about You’ve had a good run, Peyton Manning, but ‘Madden’ says you’re done
If you want to be a success on social media, it helps if you’re a pop star, apparently.Forbes has released a list of the top ten “Social Networking Superstars,” and of the ten, only one isn’t in the music business (That would be the soccer star Christianao Ronaldo, who ranks seventh overall). Apparently, it’s not enough for musicians to simply sing/play their instruments well enough to become big in the music biz anymore; now you need to be comfortable enough to entertainly tweet your thoughts out to the masses on a regular basis and have a fan page for people to demonstrate their Likes, as well.While the top two positions on the Forbes chart are somewhat unsurprising (Rihanna and Lady Gaga are in pole position and close second, respectively), something that might be unexpected is the number of artists who score well despite their stars having faded somewhat in terms of sales. Eminem ranks third on the list, with Shakira and Lil Wayne showing up in the … [Read more...] about What celebs get Social Media right?
The Ruby.Net compiler project to bring the Ruby language to the .Net environment is set to continue as a extension to Microsoft's IronRuby project, which also involves running Ruby on .Net.The leader of Ruby.Net, Wayne Kelly, this week announced he would instead be supporting IronRuby. But another Ruby.Net advocate, M. David Peterson, in an email said he believed the Ruby.Net project now should center on extending IronRuby. Peterson said would be interested in taking over as Ruby.Net project lead but that the matter is open for discussion on the Ruby.Net list. "If there is any one message I believe must be broadcast above all else it's that the Ruby.Net project should continue forward shadowing the work of the IronRuby project as it relates to the language features and syntax, not as an alternative Ruby language implementation for the .Net platform but as a complementary extension to IronRuby.""In other words," Peterson said, "if as a developer I write code targeted towards IronRuby … [Read more...] about Ruby.Net set to continue
Kroll, a global provider of risk mitigation and response solutions, has appointed Wayne Peterson as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).Prior to joining Kroll, Peterson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for global payment processing and banking solutions company Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS).Peterson brings to Kroll more than 25 years of experience in the commercial, government and law enforcement sectors. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded numerous international risk management assignments and cybercrime investigations, as well as remediation and security initiatives, in complex, dynamic and high-stakes environments. While at FIS, Peterson initiated and led the build-out of a global cyber incident response team of 27 professionals stationed around the world. He was also responsible for the creation of a cyber intelligence threat unit tasked with collecting, analyzing and fusing intelligence data to detect potential threats and … [Read more...] about Wayne Peterson joins Kroll as CISO
Look back at your high school or college yearbook photo, and what does it tell you? A lot more than whether you were a geek or a homecoming princess, it turns out. From your expression, psychologists say, they may be able to predict how happy your life will be, whether your marriage will last, even how long you’ll live. Believe it? Let’s look at the studies. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock Can Your Yearbook Photo Predict If Your Marriage Will Last?The most recent photo-prediction research to get attention comes from Matthew Hertenstein, professor of psychology at DePauw University, who studied yearbook and childhood photos and documented a correlation between how often people smile and the likelihood they’ll divorce.Hertenstein’s research was first published in 2009 in the journal Motivation and Emotion but received a new round of attention a few months ago with the publication of his book The Tell: The Little Clues That Reveal Big … [Read more...] about Yearbook Photo Predicts Happiness, Divorce And Death?