A patent in the field of social media has issued as U.S. Patent 7,599,938 for “Social news gathering, prioritizing, tagging, searching, and syndication method”.
A patent in the field of time, horology, clocks, and watches has issued as U.S. Patent 7,525,877 for “Time display system, method and device”.
Snapshot: Uncommon Law™ Universal Judicial Opinion Entry Software Forces Judges to Be Logical
(Original article publication date: July 15, 2008 (Inventerprise))
Common law judicial opinions have no set form or style (except that they be in English), and they are required to meet no minimum standards for quality—or even validity. This free-form, free-wheeling approach to law evolved hundreds of years ago as an expedient measure in less-enlightened times. And it’s time for it to go.
Uncommon Law™ software eliminates the possibility of long-winded, unnecessary rambling (the lawyers tell us they call that “dicta”) and of fallacious reasoning as follows: a judge logs into the Uncommon Law website and enters the case number and other identifying information. He then enters conclusion and premise data that go to make up his argument into the proper field. As many fields as necessary can be used, but each entry should include only one premise or conclusion.
In this way, the logical validity of a judicial opinion can be relatively easily reviewed for errors—perhaps even automatically reviewed for certain simple errors.
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A patent in the field of time, horology, clocks, and watches has issued as U.S. Patent 7,221,624 for “Time display system, method and device”.
In a coup for the “Web 2 .0” movement, a new search engine announced today provides search results that are 100% user-generated. The site, called Jatalla.com, is expected for beta release in July.
(Original article publication date: June 19, 2006 (Inventeprise))
Through Jatalla.com, any registered user can submit a vote called a “lexivote”, which consists of two parts: (i) a word or phrase and (ii) a list of up to three URLs. This lexivote is counted along with all other lexivotes that include the exact same term. Thereafter, when a user queries the search engine using that term, a list of URLs — ranked according to these lexivotes — is returned. Each user is limited to only one lexivote per search term.
The service was developed by Inventerprise LLC, a national award-winning product development company based in Los Angeles, California, and Viking Web Development, based in Fargo, North Dakota. The essential system was created in 1999, and patent filings in 2003 and 2004 disclose not only the current Jatalla.com search engine but also numerous functions not scheduled for deployment until next year. “We’re excited, and we’re counting on users to make the project a success,” an Inventerprise representative noted. “Just like a wiki, a social bookmarking service, or a folksonomic tagging system, Jatalla.com offers 100% user-created and user-maintained content. We provide the vessel; users themselves provide the search results.”
In leveraging the collective intelligence of Internet users worldwide, the Jatalla.com search engine can be likened to a distributed computing system, except that all the search algorithms are contained in people’s heads. Such an approach departs from the computer-based algorithms that drive the dominant search engines of today and leverages increased demand for adding the consumer’s voice to the media chorus.
“We believe that people are still smarter than computers, and that people are better researchers than are computer algorithms,” the representative continued. “Jatalla.com is like a modern ‘John Henry’ story.”
Another noteworthy benefit the new search engine provides is immediate responsiveness. Unlike search engines that rely on automated web crawlers to find new content on the World Wide Web, the Jatalla.com system instantaneously responds to lexivotes, so that Web pages pertaining to a particular news event can appear in search results moments after being posted.
To view screenshots of the beta model, visit http://www.jatalla.com.
(Original article publication date: June 2, 2006 (Inventerprise))
Details of a new postal mail system have been disclosed today, revealing a service in which so-called “snail mail”—regular postal mail—can be sent without any physical mailing address. Under the new system, instead of using a traditional physical mailing address (name, street, city, state, zip), a sender simply applies an e-mail address (e-mail protected from spam bots) to an envelope, affixes the correct postage, and deposits the envelope with a postal carrier. Thereafter, the postal carrier hands of the envelope to a third-party service provider, which provider in turn finishes processing the envelope.
Multiple delivery scenarios are possible. In one embodiment, the intended recipient is contacted by e-mail and asked for a delivery preference. In another embodiment, the envelope is simply delivered to the registered owner of the domain name used in the e-mail address; the domain name owner then forwards the envelope to its final destination, if necessary.
Postage required for use of the new service is expected to cost three times the regular first-class mailing rate for an envelope, or two times the regular rate for a postcard.
The new service has not yet been approved by the United States Postal Service, although the creators are seeking approval for launch of the system in the United States before pursuing launch in other countries.
A company representative expressed some hopes for the future of the service today, saying, “We expect this service to simplify people’s lives by eliminating the need for maintaining a physical address book. Just keep up with someone’s e-mail address, and you are good to go.”
If approved by the United States Postal Service, a pilot program could be launched as early as 2008.
Comment: This system is part of the Alternative Address Shipping/Courier System.
The Chromocode color-enabled barcode invention has been awarded “Honorable Mention” in the 2006 Invent Now America contest, sponsored by the Inventor’s Hall of Fame, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the History Channel.
Comment: Chromocode is part of the polychromatic encoding system family.
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