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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Supreme Court of the United States Unanimously Overturns Apple Patent Infringement Damage Award Against Samsung

We wrote about this Apple patent trolling case eons ago and of course are not surprised, as reported by Debra Cassens Weiss at ABA Journal, that SCOTUS overturns Apple's $399M award against Samsung for smartphone infringement.

The decision was UNANIMOUS in an opinion written by Justice Sotomayor.
Well done, Supremes!

Again, we were right all along on the patent issues, and the Federal Circuit, you guessed it, was wrong again.

See our postings at
Companies such as Apple will now increasingly have to return to the idea of making money by selling competitive wares rather than by trying to patent-litigate their arch competitors into oblivion or by trying to make massive amounts of money through windfall profts gained by patent trolling.

The "Cambridge" Gold Torc as a Possible Land Survey viz. Sky Measurement Ell of Ancient Britain

Via Archaeo-News at StonePages.com we have been alerted to a developing story of a fairly recent potentially significant find made in a plowed field in Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom.

See two reports at:
We refer to those two particular reports because each has a slightly different photograph of the torc, which was useful to us for counting "torc twists".

We reluctantly note as too often typical for mainstream Archaeology that the reports appear to focus predominantly on the 732 grams of almost pure gold that was made to use the torc ...
rather than on analytically important torc ESSENTIALS such as the LENGTH of the torc -- a measurement length nowhere to be found in sources thus far published, as far as we can tell.

Accordingly, we had to estimate its length ourselves by using the photographed gloved hands holding the gold torc as a guide, presuming a woman's hand/glove-length of about 6 modern inches and apparently about 7 such hand lengths in the round of the torc for a potential total of somewhere around 42 modern inches as the length of the twisted part of the torc.

The Guardian quotes Neil Wilkin, Bronze Age Europe Curator at the British Museum, as saying that "If you take callipers, and measure the gaps between the twists, they are absolutely spot on accurate."

WELL, then, why not then take those callipers folks, and count just how many such "spot on accurate" twists there are and what their total length might be. The gold torc in its bent shape may reflect its being carried at the "middle girth" of it's wearer, whoever he or she was. That kind of "spot on accuracy" in its twists would seem unusual for something intended only as a fertility belt

The Daily Mail writes that:

"The torc is thought to have been worn as a belt over clothing, as part of animal sacrifice or even by pregnant women in fertility ceremonies."

The fertility explanation caught our eye because we subsequently did go to the trouble to count the number of "twists" in the photographs available at the above sources -- a count nowhere found in any of the sources.

By our count there appear to be 270 twists.... Why such accurate twists?

That number of 270 could indeed have been intended as the simplified "round number" matching the human pregnancy period as calculated from ovulation to birth, which in modern times has been found to average ca. 268 days, i.e. the 270 days could have marked the human birth period (modernly often set at 280 days as measured, however, from the first day of the woman's last menstrual period, which does not necessarily coincide with the point of impregnation.)

The 270 twists -- assuming a six-inch gloved hand as noted above -- could perhaps make for a Cambridgeshire Gold Torc length of about 45 modern inches or about 55 megalithic inches.

The standard "ell" in England was 45 inches.

If the delayed mainstream measurements of the actual torc length actually mesh in any way with our cogitations -- regardless of any other calculational or "fertility" uses the gold torc may have had -- it seems a bit short for a "jump rope" -- then this torc may have been so created in gold to represent a "standard" ell in Ancient Britain, or, should the length of the gold torc be even longer than we have estimated, perhaps even something like the "King's ellwand" or an ancient British ell-version of a longer "royal cubit".

The standard "ell" in England was 45 inches. 

Under ELL in the Wikipedia we can read that:

"In England, the ell was usually 45 in (1.143 m), or a yard and a quarter. It was mainly used in the tailoring business but is now obsolete. Although the exact length was never defined in English law, standards were kept; the brass ell examined at the Exchequer by Graham in the 1740s had been in use "since the time of Queen Elizabeth".

The Viking ell was the measure from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, about 18 inches. The Viking ell or primitive ell was used in Iceland up to the 13th century. By the 13th century, a law set the "stika" as equal to 2 ells which was the English ell of the time. An ell-wand or ellwand was a rod of length one ell used for official measurement. Edward I of England required that every town have one. In Scotland, the Belt of Orion was called "the King's Ellwand"."

It is therefore also possible that standard land survey measurement ells viz. "ellwands" in Ancient Britain, Scotland and Ireland had their astronomical comparables in terms of sky measurement "sticks" or "torcs".

We had hoped, for example, to find comprehensive mainstream archaeological measurements online of the width and height of the Avebury stones in order to see whether their dimensions correspond to some standard length of measure for measuring the distances between stars, but we have found nothing.

Looks like we will have to take another trip to the UK and see what we can do.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Pre- Bowl Game College Football Team Ratings & Rankings FBS 2016-2017 by SportPundit

College Football Pre-Bowl Game Ratings & Rankings FBS 2016-2017
by SportPundit

These are our final pre-bowl college football rankings of the 2016 season based on stats available after the conference championship game weekend.

The current stats of Alabama make it one of the best college football teams of all time, according to our yards per play analysis. It is very likely that Alabama will win the national championship this year.

Our system is based on net average yards per play stats, which we calibrate primarily by adjusting for schedule difficulty. Other adjustments can also be made (*=adjustment). We take the cumulative yards per play stat data from cfbstats.com or college and university football athletic pages online, as linked below for each team.

Caveat emptor (Buyer beware): We make this material available in good fun out of interest for the sport of college football. Please do not rely on our material to place bets or wagers of any kind. No one knows the exact outcome of a game or a season before it is played and that is what makes it so interesting. We disclaim any and all liability for the consequences of anyone relying in any way upon our postings, analysis, links or reasoning -- for which we make no warranty of accuracy. May the best team win.

Pre-Bowl College Football Rankings FBS 2016-2017 by SportPundit
Pre-Bowl RANK 2016-2017 by Sport PunditTEAM
(# = head coaching change
NAYPPA= net average yards per play advantage offense over defense, stats from cfbstats.com (our calculation)yards per play offense via cfbstats.com the links below are to the school sites yards per play defense via cfbstats.comSchedule difficulty based on Massey Ratings, Sagarin, &
our ratings of average rank of opponents
x 3 / 100
is deducted
Won-loss record (W-L) for the 2016-2017 season -
per loss)
2016-2017 Team Rating by Sport Pundit
2Ohio State1.96.154.2430*10-1+0.8
5USC #1.26.395.220***9-3+0.6
7Penn State1.56.434.8925*11-2+0.3
9LSU # 2.06.824.8630*7-4+0.3
13Florida State1.0 6.495.4520*9-3-0.2
14W. Virginia1.16.635.5830*10-2-0.2
18Wash. St.***8-4-0.7
20Texas A&M0.96.405.4730*8-4-0.8
21N. Carolina1.46.775.4245*8-4-0.8
23Tennessee 0.56.405.9430*8-4-1.2
25Virg. Tech #0.85.785.0140*9-4-1.2
26Miami (Fl.) #1.56.334.8165*8-4-1.3
27S. Florida1.57.295.7980**10-2-1.3
28Okla. St.0.76.706.0150*9-3-1.4
29Boise State2.07.115.10100***10-2-1.4
30Kansas St.-0.15.665.7520***8-4-1.5
31 Nebraska0.05.435.4035*9-3-1.6
32Ga. Tech 0.76.605.8550*8-4-1.6
33Georgia# 0.15.375.3025*7-5-1.6
34W. Michigan1.06.785.7585*13-0-1.6
38 Arkansas-***7-5-1.8
40TCU0.76.175.4645*6-6 -1.8
41S. Diego St1.66.484.9095*10-3-1.8
43N.C. State0.55.765.2540*6-6-1.9
46Michigan St.0.15.645.5310*3-9-2.0
49Toledo #*9-3-2.1
50 Memphis #*8-4-2.1
51W. Kentucky 2.57.645.12135*10-3-2.1
53Notre Dame0.76.075.4045*4-8-2.2
54Minnesota #*8-4-2.2
58Miss. St.-*5-7-2.3
59Appal. St.*8-3-2.3
60S. Carolina #-*6-5-2.4
61LA Tech1.97.565.68110*8-5-2.4
62Texas Tech-0.56.527.0520*5-7-2.5
63Baylor #*6-6 -2.5
64Air Force0.35.995.7475*9-3-2.5
66Wake Forest-0.84.525.3420*6-6-2.6
68Colorado St.0.56.495.9870*7-5-2.6
69UCF #0.04.844.8550*6-6-2.7
70Maryland #-0.15.655.7545*6-6-2.7
71Oregon S.-0.25.525.7630*4-8-2.7
72Iowa State #-0.1 5.915.9730*3-9-2.8
73Missouri #0.36.346.0750*4-8-2.8
74 Vanderbilt -0.65.325.9335*6-6-2.8
76Mid. Tenn.1.56.885.37120*8-4-2.9
77O. Dominion1.06.395.40110*9-3-2.9
78N. Illinois0.15.865.7960*5-7-3.1
79New Mexico0.66.986.3495*8-4-3.1
80Illinois #-0.25.325.5440*3-9-3.2
82Arkansas St.0.35.495.1885*7-5-3.2
83Boston C.-0.74.405.0845*6-6-3.2
85Miami (Oh.)0.45.595.2285*6-6-3.3
86Arizona St.-*5-7-3.3
88Syracuse #-1.55.456.9110**4-8-3.4
89E. Michigan 0.25.965.7985*7-5-3.4
90C. Michigan0.35.885.6285*6-6-3.4
91Utah State 0.55.695.2370*3-9-3.4
92Virginia #-1.54.866.330**2-10-3.5
93Army West P1.05.914.96120*6-5-3.6
94Idaho -0.65.446.0175*8-4-3.6
95E. Carolina #-*3-9-3.8
98S. Alabama 0.15.675.5795*6-6-3.9
101Ball State # -0.75.646.3855*4-8-4.0
102Tulane #-0.54.835.3655*4-8-4.0
103Georgia St. 0.45.314.9185*3-9-4.0
104South. Miss#0.15.985.9395*6-6-4.0
105UTSA # -0.45.365.7380*6-6-4.0
106Hawaii #-0.45.916.3075*6-7-4.0
107Ga. South. #-*5-7-4.0
108Bowling G. #-***4-8-4.0
110Rutgers #-**2-10-4.2
111Kent State-0.44.855.2165*3-9-4.2
113San Jose St.-1.15.336.4855*4-8-4.3
114LA Lafayette -*6-6-4.3
116UMass -0.85.336.1355*2-10-4.4
118N. Mex. St.-1.15.446.5655*3-9-4.5
119N. Texas # -1.04.996.0070***5-7-4.5
122Fl. Int'l FIU-0.95.436.3475*4-8-4.7
123Charlotte -1.14.926.0365*4-8-4.7
125LA Monroe #-*4-8-4.9
126Fl. Atlantic -1.25.706.9165*3-9-4.9
127Fresno St.-1.04.685.7255*1-11-4.9
128Texas St. #-1.94.316.19***2-10-4.9
***Coastal Carolina*10-2-4.9
***UAB -(Blazers back in 2017)






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Sky Earth Native America 1 :
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  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
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  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
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