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people will think of everything if you let them
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if you’re an entrepreneur killed by bogus patent lawsuits from giant legacy players, thank Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Intense Lobbying Works: Goodlatte To Drop Plan To Allow For Faster Review Of Bad Software Patents | Techdirt

If you’re an entrepreneur or techie, call your congressmen today to support the covered business method patent review process, which would help kill bad patents.

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I hope they don’t wuss out on this case," said Cheng. "I hope they have the balls to try it. I am not optimistic that they will, because it would be a big mistake on their part to let this case go to trial.
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Swimming Like a Shark

Andy and I were talking yesterday about how both of us really struggle on email, especially during busy weeks when we’re really focused on something (travel, a project, etc).  I can’t tell you how many emails I start with: “I apologize for the long delay here…”

I described it as being afraid of the inbox.  I live in fear of the inbox, especially when I get behind.  And then, rather than just dive in, face the fear, and get through with things, I end up procrastinating and then of course it only gets worse.

One way to think about it is that you have to keep swimming so you don’t drown.  Like a shark.  That’s how I think about walking through NYC, or driving in a car — in the midst of chaos, it’s better to be assertive and aggressive, make your own path, rather than get swept up by being tentative and timid.  

But while that really works for me for driving and walking, I still often live in fear of my inbox. I am not an inbox shark.  I am a tiny minnow getting cast about in the sea.  I suspect I’m not alone.

And of course, it’s not just email.  There is an overwhelming stream of stuff coming at all of us from every angle.  I’m adding to it this very second by writing this blog post on Tumblr :-).  

It seems to me — though I haven’t mastered this yet — that the right way to face it is to swim ahead like a shark, stay in the game, not get afraid, and not feel guilty for all the things you’re inevitably going to miss, despite all that.  Easier said than done.

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And thus, the only way we have to measure our successes and failures as parents – unless we are psychotic, in which case we also have college admissions – is against the yardstick of random motherfuckers we observe in public, all of whom are clearly doing a far worse job than we are.
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successful apps aren’t born out of great ideas alone but the result of hundreds of great decisions that get made every day.

Assembly - Help

filed under “Will people steal my ideas?”

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"Marshall Phelps, who previously led IP Strategy at both IBM and Microsoft, shared his views this week at the AIPPI conference in Tel Aviv. “Within 10 years, the Smartphone platform wars will be over, replaced by a series of licensing arrangements. I have seen estimates of 10’s of thousands of patents implicated in the Smartphone situation. With that much intellectual property involved, no one can realistically build a Smartphone risk-free or without the IP of others”.

(via Smart Phones & Trolls: The Current State of the Mobile Patent Wars | Jerusalem Post - Blogs)

"Marshall Phelps, who previously led IP Strategy at both IBM and Microsoft, shared his views this week at the AIPPI conference in Tel Aviv. “Within 10 years, the Smartphone platform wars will be over, replaced by a series of licensing arrangements. I have seen estimates of 10’s of thousands of patents implicated in the Smartphone situation. With that much intellectual property involved, no one can realistically build a Smartphone risk-free or without the IP of others”.

(via Smart Phones & Trolls: The Current State of the Mobile Patent Wars | Jerusalem Post - Blogs)

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Mr. Bentivolio, who once raised reindeer, starred in a homemade movie that accused George W. Bush of planning the Sept. 11 attacks and once said in court he sometimes could not tell whether he was Kerry Bentivolio or Santa Claus. But as the only Republican left on the ballot, he won.
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Batting practice!

Batting practice!

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We’re here to help you through that maelstrom of musical choice. We’re here to pull people up each level of that pyramid. But we don’t do it the old-fashioned way by anointing a handful of artists geniuses and declaring selected albums masterpieces. We do it by building services that let thousands of potential masterpieces find their ideal audiences.
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I think there will be much larger numbers of people who live somewhat bohemian, [freelance] lifestyles, who culturally feel very upper-middle-class or even upper-class, but who don’t have that much money. (Think of many parts of Brooklyn.) Those individuals will be financially precarious, but live happy, productive lives. How we evaluate that ethically is very tricky. Still, I think that’s what we’re going to see.
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Most of us are not pure self-starters; most people need role models, they need coaches, they need exemplars, they maybe need some discipline or some rewards. We need to be motivated. [Motivation] will be a big growth sector.
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