July 27, 2017, 10-10:45 am
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Computers and smartphones are really complex machines, right? Well, if you know a little bit about them, they’re not all that intimidating. We’re going to break it down for you in our “What the Tech?” series of workshops, providing a basic walk through of different computer components and what they do.
Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo.
You may recycle in your home, but did you know the building itself can be recycled?
A group of researchers at Michigan State University studying the science of domicology—the term they use to describe the policies, practices and consequences of abandoned structures—are examining how wood from abandoned buildings can be reused.
Read the full story from Mother Nature Network.
Inspired by the Little Free Library project, these ‘take what you need, leave what you can’ boxes are filled with food instead of books.
IFixIt disassembled the new Microsoft Surface Laptop to determine how easy it is to repair. The verdict: it isn’t.
Read the full post at Consumerist.
“Patent exhaustion” isn’t exactly a thrilling pair of words. But that was the crux of a case the Supreme Court ruled on today that answered one incredibly important question for consumers: Can a company that sold you something use its patent on that product to control how you choose to use after you buy it?
Happily for consumers, the Court’s answer is, basically, “nope.”
The Court heard the case, Impression Products, Inc v Lexmark International, Inc, in March and issued a final ruling on the matter today.
The key question at play in the Lexmark case was one of patent exhaustion. Precedent has held that a patent-holder’s rights are used up — legally, exhausted — at the moment that it sells the thing it has a patent on to someone else. But in the modern era of microchips and DRM, some usage restrictions are suddenly enforceable long after an original item is sold. So question the Court was setting out to answer was: Can the company that sold you something it holds the patent on determine what you do with it after you’ve bought it, or do they exhaust their patent and therefore relinquish control?
That case was, basically, a dispute between a company that makes printers (Lexmark) and a third-party company that makes and refills ink and toner cartridges for use in printers (Impression Products).
Read the full story in Inc.
The guys behind iFixit want to show you how to fix everything from your iPhone to your toaster–for free. By doing so, they’ve built a huge business. Even though Apple totally hates them.