Maureen Dowd: nothing “lite” about Obama’s brew of “Bush-Cheney lite”

“Back in 2007, Obama said he would not want to run an administration that was ‘Bush-Cheney lite.’ He doesn’t have to worry. With prisoners denied due process at Gitmo starving themselves, with the C.I.A. not always aware who it’s killing with drones, with an overzealous approach to leaks, and with the government’s secret domestic spy business swelling, there’s nothing lite about it.”

Maureen Dowd, Peeping Barry, Saturday 6/8/2013 NY Times op-ed.

Keurig loses patent case over filter cartridges

From the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, a news story about a patent lawsuit by Keurig against a maker of coffee cups. The court granted summary judgment to the defendant against Keurig’s claims arising from its design and utility patents. Additional information on the suit can be found at Sarah Burnstein’s blog at http://design-law.tumblr.com/post/51720014207/judge-rules-that-the-keurig-design-patent-shown.

As a daily drinker of Keurig-brewed coffee, I rejoice for anything that might lower the cost of the useful but rather pricey Keurig-compatible cups. We’ll see what happens on the (most likely inevitable) appeal.

Cross-posted to Infoglut Tumblr.

 

Is the technology boom over?

The ever-thoughtful Paul Krugman has a brief but thought-provoking post at the NYT where he addresses an essay by Bob Gordon (essay here). Krugman agrees with Gordon’s characterization of three industrial revolutions:

  • IR #1 (steam, railroads) from 1750 to 1830;
  • IR #2 (electricity, internal combustion engine, running water, indoor toilets, communications, entertainment, chemicals, petroleum) from 1870 to 1900; and
  • IR #3 (computers, the web, mobile phones) from 1960 to present.

Where the authors disagree is whether the third revolution, the computer revolution, is over. Krugman says “It’s good to have someone questioning the tech euphoria; but I’ve been looking into technology issues a lot lately, and I’m pretty sure he’s wrong, that the IT revolution has only begun to have its impact.”

As someone deeply skeptical of internet exceptionalism (a different issue, but one that sometimes seems rooted in an almost religious faith in the power of the internet), this is something worth thinking about further. I suspect that Krugman is right, and that we are not yet done seeing new disruptions that can cause economic growth.

Cross-posted at Infoglut Tumblr.