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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
Only the first half, not the second.
it will be full of lawyers and special interest groups
Posted Jan 6, 2013 16:56 UTC (Sun) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
Patent number 1
Posted Jan 7, 2013 19:01 UTC (Mon) by Wol (guest, #4433)
A family of doctors invented the "paddle", the predecessor of the suction cup they put on babies heads to pull them out if they have to. They kept it as a trade secret, blindfolding the labouring mum, and sending everybody else out of the room.
The patent got it into the hands of physicians everywhere and saved many lives.
That said, it could easily be the last patent that worked as intended, too ...
Posted Jan 7, 2013 19:07 UTC (Mon) by robert_s (subscriber, #42402)
Perhaps patent no 1 in the US.
The first patent (in the concept of patents) was probably granted in 5th century Italy.
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