Friday, July 30, 2004

The New Republic on Kerry:

"To Kerry supporters who argue otherwise, is it really necessary to point out that Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt never saw combat before going on to become America's greatest wartime strategists? Or that the very men who dispatched Kerry to Vietnam were themselves decorated veterans? To be sure, politicians who have served in war have an essential understanding of the horrors of war. But what does it tell us about their strategic wisdom or their fitness to be commander-in-chief? In truth, very little."

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Real Harmony and Apple's dilemma:

"Apple may yet decide to challenge Harmony in court, but it should carefully think through the consequences: Harmony may actually prove beneficial to Apple and the industry as a whole."

Article here.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

"The recent Markman Order may be the first step towards invalidating some of Acacia’s DMT patent claims, but the case still has a long way to go."

Acacia's lawsuit strategy on streaming media may not be as sound as it thought.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Latest Publisher's Lunch on why science fiction books are hard to film:

"It took almost 44 years to bring Isaac Asimov's I, ROBOT to the screen and "the story bears little resemblance to Asimov's work," so the LA Times looks at how "Hollywood loves science fiction movies, but it's seriously conflicted about science fiction books." They say only two of the 51 novels to win the Hugo Award have been turned into movies.

One case study cited is the tortured path of the classic ENDER'S GAME, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Optioned several times, right now it's in development at Warner Bros., with Wolfgang Peterson attached to direct. Author Orson Scott Card says, "The problems that have plagued 'Ender's Game' are the same that have plagued other award-winning science fiction books. Science fiction is set in a world contrary to our reality, so you have to have an explanation. And explanation time on screen is unbelievably dull."