"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fed Up With Google Search and Standard Browsers? How About Yahoo Search and Ecosia? What About Maxthon MX5 or the Pale Moon Browser YOUR WAY

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

We have grown frustrated with newer Google Search algorithms which seem to produce more and more first page search results that we do not want and which appear geared to the lowest common denominator of interest, or perhaps to ad money, we do not know.

To our surprise -- in fact, thinking recently that the demise of Yahoo was imminent -- we have now run several subjective, personal and non-disclosable search tests with various search engines and have found to our amazement that Yahoo Search currently appears to deliver what we subjectively call "better" viz. "more relevant" search results in numerous cases -- at least for the topics in which we have an interest....

You may of course not share that view.

However, we are switching away from Google Search as perhaps having hit its peak and now possibly finding itself sliding downhill in terms of performance.

Also the "green" search engine Ecosia, "Plant trees while you search the web", appears to be quite good in returning useful search results -- results that appear similar to Yahoo Search, so we are going to give Ecosia some search action in the future. Try it out.

Fed up with the increasingly invasive practices of the standard browsers, we have also just tried out Maxthon MX5 as an alternative fast, secure and ad-free browser.

It looks good.

We nevertheless remain fans of the Pale Moon browser which bills itself as "Your browser, Your way". Pale Moon was forked some years ago from Firefox and retains the original genius of Mozilla Firefox, which was that the USER -- not the programmers -- should decide how the browser was to function, a laudable goal long lost at Mozilla Firefox.

Pale Moon has numerous features that we need, such as the ability to place TABS below the URL line and just above the pages we are viewing. What WE are doing has FIRST PRIORITY on OUR screen, not what other people are doing. Our interest is online research the way WE want it, and not speed surfing, or similar....

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stanford University Wins 23rd Straight NCAA Division I Learfield Directors' Cup as the Top Collegiate Athletic Program

Stanford University has won the NCAA Division I Learfield Directors' Cup
(see final 2016-2017 standings)
as the top collegiate athletic program for an incredible 23rd straight year, a record of excellence which remains as amazing as the record amazingly is.

In Division I, Ohio State finished 2nd, Florida 3rd, USC 4th, North Carolina 5th, Michigan 6th, Texas 7th, Penn State 8th, Oregon 9th and Kentucky 10th, just edging out UCLA 11th and Texas A&M 12th (the 12th Man!).

Grand Valley State of Allendale, Michigan won the NCAA Division II title for the third straight year, Williams College of Williamstown, Massachusetts won the NCAA Division III title for the fourth straight year, while Lindsey Wilson College of Columbia, Kentucky won the NAIA title.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The DF-Models.com "Drive-Fly" 9300 SkyWatcher Pocket Racer Camera Drone with Controller and WIFI via VS FPV App

This not an ad, just our report about a pocket-size camera mini-drone of the new generation.

At Mueller.de in Germany for a reduced price of €69.99 we just acquired the DF-Models.com "Drive-Fly" 9300 SkyWatcher Pocket Racer Camera Drone with Controller (+ WIFI smartphone control via the VS FPV Android app (Google Play)).

See https://shop.mueller.de/spielwaren/alle-kategorien/verkehr-action/drive-fly-skywatcher-pocket-racer-wifi-rtf-fpv-2159710

The SkyWatcher Pocket Racer quadrocopter can be ordered online but must be picked up at a Mueller.de general market store of choice (toy department). For us, it was a shopping deal for obtaining at a bargain price one of the new generation of camera "mini-drones".

For comparison, the SkyWatcher Pocket Racer is listed by a shop in Amazon.de at a price of ca. €108 (plus free delivery).

Here are the specs via online material in the original German as well as our edited version of the Google translation:

"Drive & Fly - SkyWatcher Pocket Racer - WiFi - RTF - FPV
  • Klappbarer „Selfie-Copter“, steuerbar per Controller oder Smartphone.
  • Videos oder Fotos können per WiFi-Übertragung auf das Smartphone gespeichert werden.
  • Automatische Start-/ Landefunktion und Höhenstabilisierung.
  • 2,4 GHz Controller, Flugzeit ca. 8 Minuten, 100 % RTF Akkus und Zubehör inklusive (Es wird kein weiteres Zubehör benötigt!).
  • Arme eingeklappt Hosentaschenformat 135 x 66 x 31 mm
Lieferumfang:
  • SkyWatcher Pocket Racer - RTF
  • Flugakku 3,7 Volt – 500mAh
  • Fernsteuerung inkl. Akku
  • USB Lader (2)
  • Ersatzrotorblätter (4)
  • Anleitung
  • Window-Box
Technische Daten:
  • Antrieb: 4x brushed Motor
  • Länge: 135 mm
  • Breite: 66 mm
  • Höhe: 31 mm
  • Kamera mit FPV WiFi Modul"

English translation via Google translate (edited by us):

"Drive & Fly - SkyWatcher Pocket Racer - WiFi - RTF - FPV
  • Foldable "Selfie-Copter", controllable via controller or smartphone.
  • Videos or photos can be saved to the smartphone via WiFi transmission.
  • Automatic start / land function and altitude stabilization.
  • 2.4 GHz controller, flight time approx. 8 minutes, 100% RTF batteries and accessories included (No additional accessories needed!). Folded state, pants pocket format 135 x 66 x 31 mm
Delivery includes:
  • SkyWatcher Pocket Racer - RTF
  • Flight battery 3.7V - 500mAh
  • Remote control including battery
  • USB charger (2)
  • Spare rotor blades (4)
  • manual
  • Window box
Technical specifications:
  • Drive: 4x brushed motor
  • Length: 135 mm
  • Width: 66 mm
  • Height: 31 mm
  • Camera with FPV WiFi module"
Thus far, in our opinion, this beats the competition as regards quality and price. However, we make no statements or guarantees about drone performance or suitability to purpose.

Caveat emptor. Buyer beware.

After all, this is a toy.... but nevertheless potentially dangerous, especially to children (and adults!) of all ages, due to freely open, otherwise unprotected fast-spinning rotor blades as well as the use of lithium batteries. You have to read the manual (!), follow its instructions and know what you are doing!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trump Administration Apprenticeship Initiative Reminds of Germany's Fabulously Successful Apprentice Programs

Germany's apprentice programs are fabulously successful. The Trump Administration's apprenticeship initiative makes great sense given the example of the German model. See the report at Forbes. This is one way the Trump Administration is surely moving America forward.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Gender-Based Citizenship Rule in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 Unanimously Declared Unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court as a Denial of Equality Under the Law

This unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision (8-0) in an opinion written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an expert on gender equality law, is a sign of the political, legal and social contemporary times. The decision is also a matter of clear judicial logic and decisionmaking regarding the issue presented,
which was
the constitutionality of the different treatment of citizenship of children born overseas, based on whether the unwed parent was the father or the mother.

SCOTUS ruled that Congress must enact a law treating both genders equally as regards the citizenship of children born overseas to unwed parents.

See the reports e.g. at:




Debra Cassens Weiss at the ABA Journal in
SCOTUS strikes down citizenship law because of different treatment based on parent's gender

Lydia Wheeler at The Hill in
Supreme Court strikes down gender-based citizenship law

Lawrence Hurley at Reuters in
Supreme Court invalidates gender inequality in citizenship law

As written by the Associated Press and as published at the New York times in
Justices Strike Down Gender Differences in Citizenship Law
about the Justice Ginsburg opinion in the case:

"Ginsburg said the law was based on flawed and outdated assumptions about men and women that pervaded the country's citizenship laws: "In marriage, husband is dominant, wife subordinate; unwed mother is the natural and sole guardian of a nonmarital child."

For close to a half century, she [Ginsburg] said, the court "has viewed with suspicion laws that rely on overbroad generalizations about the different talents, capacities or preferences of males and females." Ginsburg said the gender line Congress drew "is incompatible with the Constitution's guarantee of the equal protection of the laws to all persons.""




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Freedom of Sexual Choice as a Driving Force of the Growth of Human Civilization

We dare say that ornithologist Richard Prum's take on the role of sexual choice in the development of various animal species as well as the growth of human civilization may tell us more about the state of the present violently confused world than the most learned political, legal, social, economic, or religious treatises. Source: http://m.spiegel.de/international/ornithologist-richard-prum-on-duck-sex-and-human-evolution-a-1151217.html#ref=nl-international

Is Brexit Now Gone Before it Really Started?

Is Brexit now gone before it ever really started?
Some people think so.
See the Spiegel.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stanford Law School Number One Says ATL

Above the Law:

"We’ve made a list that tells you that Stanford Law School is the best school."

...but the list is by declaration not "woke", so do look up the alternative definition of "woke" online....

... in the spirit that "research" is the soul of learning....

Thursday, June 08, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on First Sale and Patent Exhaustion Doctrines

We previously posted at Law Pundit about Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.: U.S. Supreme Court Oral Arguments: First Sale and the Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

and

First Sale and the Patent Exhaustion Doctrine in the Resale and Use of Printer Ink Cartridges

The (virtually) unanimous 8-0, 7-1 May 30, 2017 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts holds that the patent exhaustion doctrine applies to all products sold, domestically and abroad (Ginsburg dissenting on the latter), and that patents can thus not be used to circumvent the first sale doctrine.

Our previous analysis was thus once again proven correct, as it has been for many years in predicting U.S. Supreme Court reversals of what we have regarded to be clearly erroneous Federal Circuit Court decisions in the patent sphere.

For a detailed analysis of this eminently important patent case, see Patently-O: Impression v. Lexmark: Patent Rights Exhausted by Sale, Domestic or Abroad.

The "international" patent rule voiced here by the Supreme Court follows the same general and inexorable legal logic applied regarding the limitation on copyrights expressed in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, 568 U.S. 519, 133 S. Ct. 1351 (2013).