LIBERTY: Imaginary property sparks a bloggers revolt

There is a new comment on the post “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, the Privatization of the English Language)”.

Author: James

“Riling the blogosphere is akin to poking a hungover tiger with a sharp stick, except instead of mauling you, it will leave thousands of negative reviews against your products on Amazon.”

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At risk of some type of infringement, (read the post and you’ll understand), this is a great realization!

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FUN: outsouring — disaster minus a c for most working folks!

May I please have your “thumbs up” to an entry I made in the Urban Dictionary?


The reaction to outsourcing IT work to a foreign country that turns out badly. For example, a big global bank sends its IT development work to India saving grazillions, but finds that the users can’t get it exactly like they want and don’t have the developers at arm’s length to beat up.

“We’re outsouring the application back to the USA from India to get what we want.”

“Delta Airlines is outsouring its call centers back to the USA in response to customer complaints about understanding agents and being understood by them.”

Amazing how much difference a “C” can make!

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RANT: Common phrase trademarked?


Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, the Privatization of the English Language)
from Zen Habits by Leo
Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.

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Today I received an email from the lawyers of author Susan Jeffers, PhD., notifying me that I’d infringed on her trademark by inadvertantly using the phrase “feel the fear and do it anyway” in my post last week, A Guide to Beating the Fears That Hold You Back.

The phrase, apparently, is the title of one of her books … a book I’d never heard of. I wasn’t referring to her book. I’m not using the phrase as a title of a book or product or to sell anything. I was just referring to something a friend said on Twitter.

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I would think that “prior art” would defeat the the claim.

I know I heard that in injineering skool and in basic training.

Perhaps if every blogger jumps on this, we can “help”. (Does the lawyer charge his client by the letter, mine always bills me for everything!)

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: FAA conceals bird strike data

Monday, April 20, 2009
Hudson ditching survivor `shocked’ by FAA secrecy

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A survivor of the jetliner that ditched in the Hudson River after hitting birds and most other public commenters opposed a government proposal to make secret its data on when and where such bird strikes occur.

Public comments about the Federal Aviation Administration’s secrecy proposal ran 5-to-1 against it as the comment period closed Monday. One major group, which some had expected to support the rule, declined to take a position.

The primary trade group for U.S. airports, the Airports Council International-North America, told the FAA that its member airports were split on the issue so it “cannot take a position either supporting or opposing” the secrecy. But it urged the agency “to provide explanatory information to assist the public and media to use the data responsibly” if it decides against imposing secrecy.

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Who’s gooferment is it?

Aren’t they supposed to be protecting us?

Regulators and the regulated. Perfect together!

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