Discussion Group 的專利權

Amazon 的創辦人兼執行長 Jeff Bezos 竟然可以向 USPTO 申請到 Discussion Group 的專利權,這實在是令人啼笑皆非。局裡員工顯然是自外於網路世界太久了。

United States Patent 365513: A method and system for conducting an electronic discussion relating to a topic.

Inventors: Bezos; Jeffrey P. (Seattle, WA)
Assignee: Amazon.com, Inc. (Seattle, WA)

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關於人類承受 G Force 的爭論

看到一篇文章,文章裡的數據可以拿來參考,所以我就記下來了。擷選自 Aerospace America, 2000 March(ISSN 0740-722x)

The Fastest Man On Earth Is Laid to Rest
史上最快的男人長眠於斯地

1954 年,John Paul Stapp 以四十四歲的高齡在美國新墨西哥州創下人類有史以來最快的加速度紀錄。John 被固定在軌道車上,其身後則是七具各有 4500 磅推力的噴射引擎。軌道全長 3500 英尺。這個載具在 5 秒內從靜止加速到時速 632 英哩,接著又在 1.4 秒內從最高速煞車到完全靜止。

人類能承受的 G Force 有多少,由此可算的出來。

座椅:Holloman Air Force Base
載具:Sonic Wind 1, 目前置放於 Alamogordo Space Center

Self-Assessment Test: Who are you, anyway?

What kind of motorcyclist are you? Take this easy test and find out! 1) When you ride by a cop, do you expect:
a, A return of your friendly wave
b, A day in traffic school
c, A high-speed chase

2) What type of motorcycle training have you had?
a, MSF and ERC; b, Superbike school; c, Bike dealer showed me how to shift

3) Proper riding attire is:
a, Aerostich suit; b, Torn red, white, and blue racing leathers; c, Oakley blades

4) Which do you spend the most money on?
a, Gas; b, Tires; c, Plastic

5) How did you pay for your bike:
a, Cash; b, Credit; c, Mom

6) Who is your favorite famous motorcyclist?
a, Malcom Forbes; b, Eddie Lawson; c, Mike Tyson

7) Do you pass other vehicles:
a, Only when legal; b, Only when safe; c, By forcing them off the road

8) What was the first modification to your bike?
a, Premium tires; b, A loud exhaust; c, A neon paint job

9) When you give someone their first ride on a motorcycle, they:
a, Compliment you on what an enjoyable time they had; b, Clutch your stomach with a death grip; c, Invariably fall off

10. After a close call, do you:
a, Evaluate what you can do to avoid this in the future; b, Promise yourself you’ll settle down; c, Brag to your friends

11. A helmet should be:
a, DOT or SNELL approved; b, Replaced after a crash; c, Bungied to the back of the bike

12. Riding in groups can be advantageous because:
a, It makes you more visible to other motorists; b, There is always help when someone crashes; c, There is always someone to race

13. Which is the worse accident you’ve had:
a, Tipped bike over on steep driveway; b, Low-speed fall in gravel-filled turn; c, Rear-ended police cruiser

14. Which calendar do you own:
a, Honda Street Rage; b, GP Racers; c, Bikes, Babes, and Bikinis

15. A pre-ride inspection consists primarily of:
a, Checking the operation of the controls and the condition of the brakes; b, Checking the tires and footpegs to see how far over you’re getting; c, Checking your hair in the mirror

16. When sitting at a stoplight you should:
A, Keep your hands on the controls and scan your mirrors
b) Try to anticipate the green light
c) Rev the engine to attract attention (狂拉轉速)

17. Is your speed governed by:

a) The posted speed limit.
b) The laws of physics.
c) Who’s around to show off to.

18. What motorcycling skill do you most value?

a) Counter steering
b) Hanging off
c) Burnouts (抓前煞放離合磨後胎)

Analysis of answers:
If you answered (a) to most questions, you are the consummate gentleman
biker. Regardless of the marque you ride, you are consistently kind to
children, animals, and other living creatures. You contribute generously
to charity, and attend the annual Policeman’s Ball without fail. You ride
to work in a three-piece suit, protected by your Aerostich riding gear.

If you answered (b) to most questions, you are an avid rider who truly
feels the need for speed. You are keenly concerned with trying to identify
new riding techniques that will put you at the front of the pack, and
enjoy practicing late braking, late apexing, and late nights with equal
enthusiasm.

If you answered (c) to most questions, you are more than likely the
quintessential squid. Uninsurable, and loved only by yourself and Mom,
not even a sledgehammer could knock sense into your thick skull.

Six Personas Gathers

Copyright 2003 The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times

All Rights Reserved
Los Angeles Times

February 27, 2003 Thursday Home Edition

SECTION: Calendar Weekend; Part 5; Page 14; Calendar Desk

LENGTH: 625 words

HEADLINE: INTERNET;
Into the blog;
The digerati gather to discuss life as seen through their laptops.

BYLINE: Gendy Alimurung, Special to The Times

BODY:
The “Live From the Blogosphere!” confab is equal parts literary salon, cyberpunk press conference and geek cocktail party. And before the party is over, strangers who’ve traded secrets but know each other only by code names will have met in the flesh for the first time, and a young hacker possibly will have become a millionaire.

Six of the biggest personas in blogging have converged on the Electronic Orphanage, a small black box of a gallery in Chinatown, to deconstruct the blog. (Blogs, or Web logs, are online journals with entries running in reverse chronological order, the last appearing first.) Onstage, gray-haired Doc Searls, senior editor of Linux Journal, is the tribe’s sage. Mark Frauenfelder, founder of bOingbOing and Wired Online, is the pro: He was in an Apple commercial. Tony Pierce — “not an IT genius, not a professional writer” — is the everyman. Susannah Breslin, who orchestrated the event (with moderator Xeni Jardin and electronic arts collective Rhizome.org), is the lady holding the virtual whip. She runs the racy Reverse Cowgirl’s Blog. Evan Williams, the cute guy in the Blogger T-shirt, is the boy who built the blogging software. To the digerati, he’s “the Blogfather.” If Williams is the blogger every other blogger wants to be, then Heather Havrilesky, the author of the Rabbit Blog who is brainy and sexy in the manner of Agent Scully, is the blogger everyone wants to be with.

By a quarter to 8, a crowd of a hundred or so has gathered. Attendees scribble not their names but their blog addresses onto sticky badges — “Hello My Name Is … http://www.lablogs.com.” They tote laptops, cell phones and Palm Pilots with miniature screens that glow blue in the darkened room. The super six answer questions: Are blogs a threat to conventional journalism? How has the blog phenomenon evolved? How are blogs changing our culture?

“Live From the Blogosphere!” is unprecedented: It is the first time the alpha bloggers onstage have been in the same place at the same time. Though in blogger parlance, “place” is a hazy concept. “If I’d known I was having guests,” Pierce quips as his blog scrolls up live onto the giant overhead screen, “I’d have spruced it up a bit.”

The blogosphere moves fast. Speed is its nature. People blog about the event at the event. Seconds after questions are posed, they go public online through a WiFi wireless connection.

A contradictory mix of anonymity and intimacy is also part of the blogosphere’s nature. You can, for example, know what Havrilesky’s fourth grade teacher told her about the Apocalypse but never know what makes her laugh. You can, as one blogger confides, be a vixen in the blogosphere but a wallflower in person. In the spirit of intimacy, Searls confesses why the line to the bathroom was so long — he was in there blogging.

The panelists also discuss physical interaction. “This guy came up to me and said, ‘Hi, I’m Boogah,’ ” says Frauenfelder, gesturing toward a large fellow dressed in black. “I recognized him from my blog, but he didn’t tell me his real name.” Says Pierce: “Mark was nerdier than I expected, while Evan was cooler. And Doc, I was surprised at how down to earth he was.”

As the discussion draws to a close, Williams suddenly gets hot news. In lieu of an explanation, he shakily brings up his blog on the giant screen: “Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time,” it reads. Pyra Labs is the company Williams founded. It makes the Blogger software. Google, of course, is Big Money. “Everyone imaginable will be doing it this year,” he’d replied earlier to the question of what this technology will mean to the mainstream. Tonight, a community. Tomorrow, an empire. But for now, boot up and read about it on a blog.

GRAPHIC: PHOTO: CONNECTIONS: Attendees at “Live From the Blogosphere!” blogged away on their laptops even as they talked about the young art and science of blogging. Blogs, or Web logs, are online journals. PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Frauenfelder