Congressional Patent Reform: I’ll Believe It When I See It

Lynne Kiesling This week Congress held hearings about patent reform; here’s the Wired article on the hearings. Members of Congress claim to be more in unison on this topic than usual, and yet, reform is slow, and when it happens the unintended consequences tend to swamp the purported benefits. This CNET article provides a good … More Congressional Patent Reform: I’ll Believe It When I See ItMore Congressional Patent Reform: I’ll Believe It When I See It

Can’t Make the Tour De California? Follow Csc Riders Using Google Earth

Lynne Kiesling While we’re in the “how cool is this?” department, pro cycling team CSC has announced that we’ll be able to track all of their riders on the upcoming Tour de California using GSM cellular technology and Google Earth: During this year’s edition of the pro cycling race, the Computer Sciences Corporation, or CSC, … More Can’t Make the Tour De California? Follow Csc Riders Using Google EarthMore Can’t Make the Tour De California? Follow Csc Riders Using Google Earth

Self-assembling Nanotech Batteries

Lynne Kiesling I’ve often wondered how nanotechnology can contribute to increased efficiency, load factor, and conservation of energy. My first thoughts were probably wrong; we don’t need nano-scale devices to perform remote monitoring and automated repair and self-correction within the wires network itself. Regular small-scale devices can do just fine for that. But here’s some … More Self-assembling Nanotech BatteriesMore Self-assembling Nanotech Batteries

Property Rights Pefinition: A Chicago Parking Case Study

Lynne Kiesling We’ve had almost a foot of snow in Chicago this week, which means that the informal social norm for the decentralized definition of property rights has kicked in: Chairs, boards, cones, fans, are all fair game for staking your claim to the space you so carefully dug out. I think this norm appeals … More Property Rights Pefinition: A Chicago Parking Case StudyMore Property Rights Pefinition: A Chicago Parking Case Study