What present to get
Gifts: seems that there’s not an easier way to get into someones heart. If you ever got a present that you enjoyed, you know how it feels. The other one is more willing to give something back. I bear in mind when I got my first gift from a partner. Just the perfect gift for me: Relic Watches with a white dial. I was so excited to unwrap it. The design was suitable for my style, so it got well with my clothes. Few years got by and I am now looking to buy a new gift from a family member.. maybe it will be a watch.
It’s easy to find what someone would like as a gift with the internet at our disposal. Just following someones facebook profile, you get tons of ideas?”. So many ideas come out of these social media sites… What will be your next gift? A tablet, a watch, a new car?
What present to get
Roger Toussaint, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, made the announcement after union leaders rejected the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s latest contract offer. The strike could eventually extend to the subway system, but the possible timing of such a move was unclear.
"The MTA has through its actions and inaction provoked our members too many times. We have been left with no choice," Toussaint said. "We tried to bargain with the MTA. We negotiated well past our contract deadline because we wanted to get a deal done and we still do."
Through Monday morning’s rush hour, no restrictions on incoming auto traffic were in effect, the subway system and city-operated buses were running, and WCBS-AM traffic reporter Tom Kaminsky reported auto traffic into the city was lighter than usual.
There were reports the union had set a new deadline of Tuesday morning.
There was no word when the job action against the two bus companies, Jamaica and Triborough, would begin.
Transit workers are barred by state law from striking. The workers could lose two days’ pay for every day on strike, and the city is seeking much larger damages against the union and its individual members.
But the two bus companies initially targeted are slated to become, but are not yet, part of the city system. As still-private companies, says WCBS-AM’s Irene Cornell , they probably are not covered by the anti-strike Taylor law or the court injunction won by the transit system earlier this week.
"As city attorneys look at this, the union officials are probably chuckling to themselves," Cornell said.
The two sides kept talking past the deadline, until about 4:30 a.m., with no word on where the negotiations stood.
After a day marked by heated attacks, the Transport Workers Union and the MTA returned to the bargaining table at 11 p.m. for a session that ended at about 4:30 a.m. Toussaint then went to the union’s executive board to present the details of what the MTA is offering.
The offer by the MTA included an increase in raises — 9 percent over three years. They had been offering 6 percent over 27 months.
Despite the labor strife, commuters expressed relief that they had a way to get around amid fears of a strike that threatened to leave millions of people stranded after a midnight contract deadline.
"I was really hoping that everything was running," said Mary Marino, who arrived at Penn Station on Friday morning to connect with two subway trains for her job at a Manhattan nursing home. "I didn’t sleep too well last night. I kept turning on the TV to see if they had settled."
As recently as December 6, 2012, the presiding judge in the Apple/Samsung dispute made a statement, or rather, an invocation to the parties that distills the purpose of intellectual property protection to its essence. Perhaps noting the utility of wrapping the dispute up, from a legal and resource perspective, presiding Judge Lucy Koh stated this of a resolution: “I think it would be good for consumers and good for the industry.” Her statement begs a series of important questions to be asked: What is good for consumers? What is good for industry? And finally, with today’s technology, how should patents and their enforcement fit into this system? What are the appropriate mechanisms? Who are the appropriate players? What is the appropriate forum for resolving these issues?
Patent litigation often involves major industry players. Another recent litigation example in the smartphone space is the dispute between Apple and MobileMedia, Inc., a patent licensing firm that is owned in part by well-known companies Nokia and Sony, and non-practicing entity MPEG-LA. On December 13, 2012, a Delaware federal court found in favor of MobileMedia, Inc. in a case concerning three patents that cover a variety of functionality that we use everyday in our smartphones. This case is important for two reasons. First, it highlights that many of these cases concern patents filed that are very broad and could be applied to a variety of smartphone functionality and applications that utilize such functionality. Second, it demonstrates that it is not just the companies themselves enforcing patents that they have obtained, they are utilizing third party entities, merely owners of patents versus the creators themselves, to fight not in the marketplace, but in the courtroom. While many may not care that large companies are spending their millions (and, in some cases, billions) of dollars fighting with each other in court, there are, and will be, continued downstream effects.
Back to the questions of what is best for consumers and industry, healthy competition necessitates some freedom to operate within the marketplace without fear of patent enforcement becoming a wholesale deterrent - we speak of the Apples and Googles, forgetting smaller companies and individuals that may be trying to make a play in the hardware and software spaces. What happens to the application developer who violates one of these patents? Patent protection, by its very nature, is supposed to operate as a deterrent to protect inventors from getting their novel inventions stolen or misused, but defects in both the granting of this protection and modern litigation devices created for enforcement run askew of this goal.
What are the spoils when it comes to these protracted and costly patent litigations? When the dispute is company versus company, “artful” legal calculations arrive at an amount of damages the company may have incurred by virtue of their competitor utilizing their patents in their own product or application offerings. When the dispute is a non-practicing entity versus a company (or individuals), many of these entities have made it clear, at least the ones who take on an aggressive legal strategy, that they seek to accomplish through the courts what they could not accomplish through other means: getting the patent licensing fees that the company being sued refused to pay in the first place.
Since most startups and individual developers are just trying to 1) build cool stuff, 2) build cool stuff that hopefully people will use and 3) build cool stuff that by necessity accesses the everyday features and operability of smartphones, it is scary, in fact overwhelming, to think they are facing a similar legal position as these larger companies, just absent the deep pockets. Inevitably with these debates and examinations, we arrive back at the purpose of the patent system and its current state of affairs. The patent system has a utilitarian and noble purpose. It was meant to let inventors know that they could create and profit within a scope of protection. It let everyone else know that after this scope of protection ceased, there would be a public benefit.
Is patent protection to be a shield or a sword? According to a recent paper by Santa Clara University law professor Colleen Chien, 61 percent of patent litigation cases are brought by non-practicing entities, a 16 percent increase from 2011. Startups are also starting to be pursued by these non-practicing entities. While many agree that patent reform is sorely needed to resolve a variety of issues being faced both in the marketplace and the courtroom, the number of cases being brought by those who neither develop the technologies nor bring products to market is startling.
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ThinkVision L2251x Wide Monitor First in Industry to Achieve TCO Certified Edge
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - October 20, 2009: Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) today unveiled five new ThinkVision monitors that advance “green” design and usability while providing an unmatched visual-rich experience. The new line-up includes Lenovo’s flagship ThinkVision L2251x Wide monitor, the company’s most environmentally-responsible monitor for its use of recycled plastics, low power consumption and first PC monitor to be TCO Certified Edge. As Lenovo’s greenest monitors yet, the new ThinkVision L1711p, L1951p Wide, L2250p Wide, L2251p Wide and L2251x Wide extend Lenovo’s environmental product commitment to “Reduce. Reuse. and Recycle.” All the new monitors are TCO Certified, EPEAT Gold Rated1 and are more than 50 percent more energy-efficient than previous models, exceeding the Energy Star 5.0 criteria.2
"By establishing high standards for environmental responsibility and usability for PC monitors, TCO Certified Edge is helping encourage manufacturers to produce and customers to adopt greener technology," said Tom Shell, vice president, Visuals Business Unit, Lenovo. "TCO Certified Edge products like the ThinkVision L2251x Wide monitor illustrate how designing for energy and materials efficiency helps the environment and customers’ IT budgets."
"As the first PC company to achieve TCO Certified Edge for its L2251x Wide monitor, Lenovo leads the industry in a number of areas including reduced electromagnetic emissions and low usage of sensitive materials," said Sören Enholm, president, TCO Development. "Lenovo has gone the extra mile to achieve TCO Display 5.0 certification for all of its new monitors, illustrating a commitment to offering customers more choices for innovative green technology that also delivers on performance, visual quality and ease of use."
As the first TCO Certified Edge monitor, the ThinkVision L2251x Wide meets the strictest levels of ergonomics, safety and environmental attributes. For example, it uses only 21 watts of power during operation, which is significantly lower than the average 49 watts of power consumed by monitors in this class3. The ThinkVision L2251x Wide features an ambient light and proximity sensor to further lower power consumption in addition to the standard low-voltage white LED display in all the new models. If the monitor industry standardized on white LED technology, a total of nearly 30 million tons of CO2 could potentially be avoided by 2013.4 To help conserve even more power, proximity sensors on the L2251x Wide turn the screen off when a user steps away, helping to save up to an additional 10 percent of power consumption a year.5
The ThinkVision L2251x Wide reduces sensitive materials by using a mercury-free panel and low halogen components.6 Lenovo has also reduced packaging materials by up to 44 percent on select models.7
The L2251x Wide chassis parts are made of 65 percent post consumer recycled plastics with no virgin plastics. With this achievement, it contains the highest amount of post consumer recycled plastics for monitors listed in the EPEAT registry9. The new monitor is shipped in more than 90 percent recycled packaging, and for the first time, Lenovo is including a reusable protective bag as part of the packaging to further reduce plastics use.
Lenovo provides a number of PC recycling options worldwide. Consumers in the U.S. can receive rewards for recycling if their old PC has residual value. Lenovo also offers Asset Recovery Services for business customers that provides computer take-back, data destruction, refurbishment and recycling. Additional Asset Recovery services include inventory, value assessment, on-site de-installation and data encryption.
The new monitors present vivid images fast by offering up to 1680x1050 screen resolution, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a five millisecond response time. DisplayPort compatibility on select models9 also lets users easily work on their laptop or desktop via the monitor. The ThinkVision 2551x Wide features a built-in webcam for clear video conferencing and up to four high-speed USB ports for added flexibility and expansion.
Pricing and Availability10
The Lenovo ThinkVision L1951p Wide, L2250p Wide and L2251p Wide monitors will be available beginning October 23 for $239.99, $249.99 and $259.99, respectively. The Lenovo ThinkVision L1711p monitor will be available beginning November 6 for $229.99, and the ThinkVision L2251x Wide monitor will be available in November for $299.99. The monitors will be available through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com.