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Pac-Man V. Jawbreaker

The defendant published a game called a€oeJawbreakera€A which was created by John Harris. Harris admitted to getting the idea from a€oePac-Mana€A. Jawbreaker was already being marketed for the home computer, while Pac-Man had not yet been marketed. Although both games were maze-based, the judge found there were nine substantial differences, including the music and the way the characters moved.

The court held that there was a€oenothing protectable under the copyright laws as to the a€oePac-Mana€A game itself, and the laws do not protect the strategy of a player symbol being being guided though a maze appearing to bobble up dots in its path while being chased through the maze by several opponents.a€A

The court also held that Atari had not established a likelihood of confusion in the marketplace because Atari had not yet entered the market with its a€oePac-Mana€A game.

Atari, Inc. v. Williams
December 28, 1981 US District Court, ED California
1981 US Dist. LEXIS 17667
KEYWORDS: Pac-Man - Jawbreaker - copyright infringement - trademark infringement

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Posted: April 5th, 2008
at 1:55am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,not ninja-worthy,games,business,mnp is for the children,design

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Real Onionz: Spare Change You Can Believe In

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While Democrats increasingly worry about winning ugly, Barack Obama was losing gracefully at a bowling lane in Altoona.

"My economic plan is better than my bowling," Obama told fellow bowlers Saturday.

"It has to be," a man called out.

Obama let everyone know he hadn’t bowled since Jimmy Carter was president — and finished with a score of 37. A perfect game is 300. [LINK]

K… so, confession time.AA I was watching the TODAY Show and that’s where I first heard this.AA But, by now, ya’ll already know about my penchant for "the fake news."AA Ann Curry (sp?) said something about how the dude only bowled a 37 and it was humiliating.

At first I was like, whatever… that’s not sooo humiliating.AA Then I thought about the fact that 8 year old girls routinely (I digress, only 99.9% of the time) bowl better scores than that.AA Needless to say, I’m not impressed.AA The picture itself is also further evidence of previous MNP claims.

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Posted: April 3rd, 2008
at 7:36am by Black Ock


Categories: not ninja-worthy,politricks,real onionz

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Petition to Chinese President Hu Jintao

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Posted: March 28th, 2008
at 12:00am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,life,crime,web,not ninja-worthy,politricks,weaponry,real life news,et cetera

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Real Onionz: Zimbabwe ballot papers spark row

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says leaked documents show nine million papers have been ordered for the country’s 5.9 million voters.

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Posted: March 24th, 2008
at 10:50am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: crime,not ninja-worthy,politricks,real onionz

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The Definition of TMI

Omg. So…

From planetsave:

The recent revelation by The Associated Press that our tap water contains traces of pharmaceutical drugs, hormones and disinfectants elicited a bit of a€oeI told you so!a€A from The Environmental Working Group when I spoke to them this morning.

Way back in 2005 they published a report, The National Assessment of Tap Water that found that:

Tap water in 42 states is contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards. In an analysis of more than 22 million tap water quality tests, EWG found that water suppliers across the U.S. detected 260 contaminants in water served to the public. One hundred forty-one (141) of these detected chemicals a€" more than half a€" are unregulated.
They posted an update on their report today with this comment from Jane Houlihan, EWG Vice President for Research

a€oeOnce again, the press is doing EPAa€s work when it comes to informing the public about contaminated tap water.a€oe

Actually this extends beyond The EPAa€™s purview which is only to supervise public drinking supplies. Bottled water, which as we have discovered over the past few years is frequently tap water in a bottle ( Pepsia€™s Aquafina, Cokea€™s Dansani) actually has lower standards than tap water .

The FDA which supposedly regulates the production of bottled water also misses those scary drugs and also allows for some contamination by E. coli or fecal coliform. Yuck. If you thought you could get around this tap water issue by drinking bottled water. Think again.

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I’m just sayin’, yo…

From ecoscraps via planetsave:A new study found traces of common drugs including: an anti-seizure medication, a mood stabilizer for treating bipolar disorders, ibuprofen and naproxen, and an antibiotic typically given to cattle in the water of 24 out of 28 US metropolitan areas.

Most wastewater and drinking water treatment systems are incapable of removing those drugs. Some scientists said there is probably little human health risk; others fear chronic exposure could alter immune responses or interfere with adolescentsa€™ developing hormone systems.

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This explains a near multitude of things, including my more than four hour erection. All this time I thought it was Hilary Clinton. From now on I’m only drinking that ‘drank.’

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Posted: March 11th, 2008
at 9:00am by Black Ock


Categories: life,not ninja-worthy,fo' real?,real life news,science

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Who Got the Vocab?!

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Cachectic: Having cachexia, physical wasting with loss of weight and muscle mass due to disease. Patients with advanced cancer, AIDS, and some other major chronic progressive diseases may appear cachectic.

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Posted: March 3rd, 2008
at 10:00am by Black Ock


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Fear Balance

In an interview held in his office in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Dr Ahmad Yousef, the political adviser of the deposed Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh said that the Palestinian home made shells although underdeveloped are used as a preventive tool in order to create a balance of fear as the Israeli occupiers continue with their attacks against the Palestinians.

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Posted: February 23rd, 2008
at 6:04am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: hood status,not ninja-worthy,mnp is for the children,politricks,weaponry

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Undercurrents in the Floating World

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Posted: February 22nd, 2008
at 8:03pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Human Ocean Impact

From the pages of green.mnp:

So, I was looking for an uploadable version of this BBC ‘fly-over’ video of some work that has been done by researchers on the severity of human impact on the oceans. This map illustrates the areas of impact in the oceans - scary.

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Only about 4% of the world’s oceans remain undamaged by human activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts on the seas.

However, I got distracted by this series of videos from the 2003 BBC Horizon show The Big Chill. This is basically all old (and at times prophetic) news by now, talking about the infamous ocean conveyor belt and the dire consequences that may ensue if it shuts off. But it gives a good bit of perspective on how little we still know and how much can happen in 5 years. Think about all the craziness that has gone down since 2003 concerning climate change - climatically, politically, intellectually, technologically.

Oh, and watch out for the endearingly geeky clone of a certain red-bearded ninja.

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Posted: February 21st, 2008
at 11:50am by Black Ock


Categories: life,green,not ninja-worthy

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