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I actually worked on a whole bunch of patents in my career over the years and I have to say that every single patent is nothing but crap.

A software engineer explains to This American Life that even he didn’t understand the patents he was granted. It was part of a seminal story about patent trolls and the way that a system designed to foster innovation can crush it.

From New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2011/12/the-years-best-tech-quotes.html#ixzz1qc1h5iv7

Biggerbrains: An excellent site for Ph.D students and young researchers.

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Biggerbrains: An excellent site for Ph.D students and young researchers.

A poignant reminder of how life can be sweet and tragic

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A poignant reminder of how life can be sweet and tragic

Chinese student punished for calling Singaporeans ‘dogs’

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Chinese student punished for calling Singaporeans ‘dogs’

A Chinese university student has been fined and ordered to perform community service for calling Singaporeans “dogs” in a microblog.

In addition to three months community service and a fine of S$3,000, Sun Xu, a 25-year-old senior at the National University of Singapore (NUS), will have his scholarship rescinded in his final semester.

“As the student had acted in a manner that was detrimental to the reputation and welfare of the university community, his actions breached the NUS Code of Student Conduct,” said a university circular.

“The Board of Discipline has ruled that his remarks were improper, insensitive and disrespectful. The remarks had also stirred up considerable unease, distrust and ill-will within and beyond the university community.”

Last month, Sun enraged Singa­po­reans by posting on popular Chinese microblogging site Weibo that “there are more dogs than people” in the city-state, whose resident population is 74% ethnic Chinese. — Agence France-Presse

The original Chinese text: “最烦的就是新加坡那些不小心碰一下就在那边瞪着你或者嘴里絮絮叨叨的中年老瘪三了,在新加坡狗比人多啊!”

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