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Swype Beta For Android Is Open, Temporarily

56 Re:Well I'm certainly glad you posted this! (104 comments)

Well it's been a couple of days and I've basically just stopped using landscape - It's faster to use swype in portrait than it was to use the regular keyboard in landscape. It's taking some getting used to, but it's really very fast.

more than 4 years ago
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Swype Beta For Android Is Open, Temporarily

56 Well I'm certainly glad you posted this! (104 comments)

They definitely are still letting people download it - I just installed it on my HTC Magic. It works quite well, shocking so actually. In vertical one-handed typing, I'm already much faster and more accurate than I ever was with the regular keyboard. However, the swype idea doesn't make much sense for horizontal typing - there's no real way to use both hands so what's the point? I would prefer to be able to stick with the traditional keyboard for horizontal typing. That said, I'm going to stick with it for a few days and see how it goes under real-world circumstances.

more than 4 years ago
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CRTC Approves Usage Based Billing In Canada

56 I'm sorry, how is this new? (381 comments)

How is this new? This is already being done in Canada - I have a 60gb limit with my Rogers internet service.

more than 4 years ago
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HTC Android Phones Found With Malware Pre-Installed

56 Re:Technically, not installed... (158 comments)

It was a bunch of pictures of this guy and his girlfriend in new york. there was also short video of him playing a guitar with his shirt off - i shit you not. i returned the phone and bitched the rogers guy out, and i got a $50 gift card. i now order my phones directly from rogers over the phone and then have them shipped to rogers video stores, instead of buying the phones in stock at rogers-licensed stores.

more than 4 years ago
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HTC Android Phones Found With Malware Pre-Installed

56 Re:Technically, not installed... (158 comments)

my rogers htc magic has a bunch of rogers images preloaded, and several rogers bookmarks placed in the web-browser. i would be surprised if that's done by htc.

also, i've received phones from rogers that have been bought and then returned, with the other person's content still on the sd card - as could easily have been the case with the phone in question. In my case, there were pictures of the guy's trip to new york left on the phone.

more than 4 years ago
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HTC Android Phones Found With Malware Pre-Installed

56 Re:Technically, not installed... (158 comments)

Either way, that's pretty crazy. I wonder if it's a case of a rogue employee putting it there, or if it somehow got installed unntentionally by Vodafone. Or maybe the phone was used, returned, and re-sold without having the micro sd card formatted.

more than 4 years ago
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Extinction of an ancient language

56 Re:how to preserve? a linguist can answer that (6 comments)

As things stand, over the long term, most of the earth's biodiversity will disappear too - species will go extinct. Just because the current course means that it will likely happen eventually doesn't make it's a good thing.

And what is 'organically' for human culture, anyways? If we have free will, we control what we do.

Also, he wasn't just noting that it was going to happen - he was asserting a proscriptive argument for what should (or should not) happen: "there should be no effort made to keep a language living".

more than 4 years ago
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Extinction of an ancient language

56 Re:how to preserve? a linguist can answer that (6 comments)

There is no question that there are innumerable benefits to broad standardization of languages, but it doesn't follow that other languages are somehow useless and should be abandoned.

Would you say the same thing about culture? Should we allow all minor cultures in the world to die, just because they are being consumed by another more dominant culture?

Diversity is beneficial - and in this case it comes at extraordinarily little cost.

I think that an effort should absolutely made to aid bilingualism for people in situations where it is economically and socially beneficial to speak a dominant language, in order to ensure that traditional languages remain.

Frankly, I don't understand why you would feel so vehemently that there should be no effort made to preserve these languages.

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent

56 Re:Stop the madness (35 comments)

Ahh ok so it's an issue of it being a linear development of an existing invention, rather than a new invention in and of itself. That makes sense!

I was thinking that he was saying that, because the parent invention is public domain, all subsequent inventions based on it must therefore also be public domain - which sounded ridiculous.

I'm not sure if I agree with him about VOIP, but I can see the logic of the argument.

Thanks!

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent

56 Re:Stop the madness (35 comments)

I'm not really talking about whether that kind of expression is common or not.

The way I saw his argument was this:
1. Sending data over TCP/IP is public domain
2. All ways of sending data that involve sending it using TCP/IP should therefore also be public domain. This includes VOIP, etc.

So to carry that over to my example, it would be:
1. Using the alphabet to communicate data is public domain
2. All ways of sending data that use the alphabet should also therefore be public domain. This includes books, etc.

To me, the second case seems wrong - and if it follows from the first case, then I vociferously disagree. But I'm thinking that maybe my example is flawed.

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent

56 Re:Stop the madness (35 comments)

This is not meant as a flame - I'm just unclear about what you're saying.

TCP/IP and its relatives might have been patentable back when Kahn, Cerf and others developed them. But thanks to ARPA, they are in the public domain. Since the general case is addressed, moving generic digital data, is in the public domain, then why are specific subsets of this technology patentable?

As I understand it, this line of reasoning could be used to argue that, since the alphabet is public domain, all other uses of that alphabet should also be public domain. If that's what you mean, then I disagree.

Am I misunderstanding your argument?

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent

56 Re:Patentese (35 comments)

Someone should patent it, just in case.

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO To Review Controversial VoIP Patent

56 Re:Patentese (35 comments)

Method and apparatus for discerning which patent applicants have actually created something new and which are merely trying to create legal obstacles for their competition.

Yup, sounds complicated.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex

56 Re:With friends like these, who needs enemies? (272 comments)

If you read the article, you would know that he's kept the twitter account anonymous, and hasn't told them yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Launches Public DNS Resolver

56 Better than Rogers (540 comments)

I'd definitely consider switching to this. Better to have Google know all of the sites I visit than to be constantly redirected to Rogers advertising when I mistype a URL.

more than 4 years ago
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Swiss Experimenter Breeds Swarm Intelligence

56 Re:Skynet shows its face again (144 comments)

Just don't try to unplug one of these robots, they'll do whatever it takes to get that sweet sweet electricity...

more than 4 years ago
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Anonymous Browsing On Android Phones Using Tor

56 Re:!secure (109 comments)

The problem for me is that the actual android phone itself is logged into google! Doesn't that make it insecure by their very nature?

I have an HTC Magic/G2, and I've often been concerned about this when connecting to an open wifi ap. I only use wifi, so the fact that my cell phone company can see my usage over 3g is a non-issue (canceled my data plan when the free trial ran out). But it seems to me that my google password is probably not well protected from whoever owns the ap I'm connecting to.

I just downloaded the tor android client and the shadow browser (which tells me that it can't use https, unfortunately), and it seems to work. I just checked my IP and it comes up as somewhere in Vancouver, which is not where I am so that's nice. But I still don't see how one can get past the fact that the phone itself is logged into google at all times.

more than 4 years ago
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Android Modder Tries To Outmaneuver Google

56 Re:Interesting (152 comments)

It's not an issue of you paying. It's an issue of Cyanogen distributing copyrighted software without paying.
As I see it, you are entitled to install the Google apps that you have already paid for (by buying your phone) on a modded device. Cyanogen, however, is not allowed to distribute that software pre-installed on his mods.

more than 4 years ago

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56 56 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

56 (527333) writes "At a press conference in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Novell CEO Ronald Hovsepian announced a

new partnership between Microsoft and Novell. The unprecedented deal will have Microsoft offering a degree of sales support for Novell's SUSE Linux while both companies work towards better interoperability between their respective operating systems. As part of the agreement, Microsoft also promises not to wield its patent portfolio against SUSE Linux."

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