Mar 12th 2009 3:33AM His patents have issues. I think they'd be invalidated under any re-examination, and can certainly be thrown out if he goes through with a lawsuit. For one thing, these patents have 103(b) (obviousness rejections) stamped all over them. For another, the recent Bilski decision makes prosecuting any kind of computer software patent that doesn't have a Bilski type claim a bad move right now as the law is still rather soft here.
His earliest priority claim is November 1995, however, so he does go pretty far back. His second patent application went through a huge slog of rejections however, and in fact the last substantive rejection of the second patent seems ripe to go from a 102 (anticipation) rejection to a 103 (obviousness) rejection. He doesn't have a chance.
Aug 28th 2008 3:27PM Your uncomfortable state is not my problem. And my name is Beo, not Ben, and Fraser, not Frasier. If you're going to try and insult me, at least get my name right.
And it's exactly like the N word. My state of being, making you uncomfortable, is your problem, and as such the word shouldn't be applied in those situations cause it denigrates an entire group. I'm happy, however to call you brainless, a moron, and a bigoted prick. :-)
Aug 28th 2008 12:11PM And that's exactly why condoning the use of it, in any way, is not acceptable. No matter whether the wide variety of people use it to mean 'retarded' or whatever - the use of it to mean lame comes from a very specific prejudice to which credence cannot be given. For every person who says "well the meanings of words change" - this one hasn't, and for a lot of people the meaning is still very clear. The same with "retarded," actually.
And yes, Deep Freeze will be wonderful, even with resilience. Having two freezes in succession, where one of them does decent shatter crit damage, will take out some of the issue for Frost mages. But I generally fail at arena, so it won't do me much good.
Aug 27th 2008 6:00PM It's not a question of being sheltered, or anything like that. Continuing to give gay as an insult credence is not pardonable. Gays endure it in game constantly. And bloggers shouldn't give it the time of day by quoting it, pardoned or not - it isn't a valid way of insulting melee arena teams, and if the author feels the needs to use the words of others which denigrate me and my community then he really needs to analyze what he's saying.
Aug 27th 2008 5:14PM "More than a few clothies have cried foul, and some have accused such comps as being brainless, skill-less, and -- pardon me quoting the term -- "gay"."
That's right, proliferate childish homophobia. That makes a whole bunch of sense.
Apr 30th 2008 1:18PM There is something off-feeling about this. The addition of subliminal images is off, frankly, and I don't think I'll be watching Obilith machinimas again. It's not even the content of the subliminal images, but even the idea that someone would put them in.
Mar 30th 2008 4:53PM Effeminate behaviour is not inherently gay. I find the suggestion incorrect and stereotypical by the writers. Some gay men are effeminate, some straight men are also effeminate. Effeminate behaviour is not an indicator of sexual orientation.
Putting a man in a dress and lisping words also doesn't make him gay. It makes him a drag queen for sure, but the two aren't mutually exclusive.
The words "gay" and "fag" are used as insults, but I get the impression that Amanda and David talk about them more in the context of the words being used against other straights. As though it's worse for a straight player to be called 'gay' or 'fag' than it is for an actual gay player. Cause in the latter's case, it's true. Right?
I think the article is well intentioned but lacking a more personal knowledge of the gay community, and the gay player community. I'd be interested to know if they might want to reach out to gay people in the game and get their opinions, or whether or not they've played with gay people at all? One of the bloggers might be gay, but maybe feel that the well-intentioned yet blunt instrument of the Insider team not the best place to speak as a gay man/woman in the game.
I don't think it would be a bad idea to find some gay players and talk to them about it; get the gay side of the story. My experience in game as a gay man is probably different from David and Amanda's as a straight player. Perhaps, before writing the article, more research on the topic is needed.
Oct 3rd 2007 12:18PM My guild is split into two, both with over 500. We have a joint channel and have to use things like a chatmod to allow item linking and such. It's actually really big pain in the neck, especially since with /g you can press enter and automatically start typing but with a custom channel you have to do the whole /5 thing every time or risk having your guild chat info spread about your party or /say channels.
Sep 13th 2007 12:34PM I play Alliance for various reasons. I like the lore a bit better, I relate more to the struggles of the characters, and by God I love the cities.
The sweeping view of Stormwind's gates, Ironforge majestically strutting out from the mountain - even the Exodar crashed but perfectly huge in glory on the side of Azuremyst. I'm shallow. And I spend a lot of time in cities. Orgrimmar feels like I'm living in the time of the caveman, as does Thunderbluff - and they're both just as confusing with their bridges and strange curves everywhere. I like Undercity, but I call it Lordaeron - because it was Lordaeron. If everything was "overcity" then I could stand it. The only Horde city I like is Silvermoon, and that's only because it looks as wonderful as an Alliance city - because it used to be one!
If any of you have seen the Blood Elf priest and speaker in the Bazaar who speak out against the Horde, and are then mind controlled, my own blood elf believes them. I would love to keep playing my BE warlock, but I just can't stand the cities. And I end up resenting Horde side. So I want to bring my BE warlock to Stormwind and have him pledge allegiance to the Alliance.
Maybe one day.