top Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?
And Google could have spent far less than $1.56B to lobby for the destruction of software patents that are costing manufacturers of Android devices billions of dollars in court, settlement, and licensing fees. But Google would rather talk out of both sides of their ass and say that they oppose software patents while taking no serious actions to work toward ending them.
This was Motorola (inventor of the cellphone). Not all patents are software patents.
top VLC Reaches 2.1
Allowing one to reduce the range of the volume control (or peg it at 100% so you don't accidentally set it to 117% or having to live with it at 98 or 105% because you can't get it back to 100%)
This was driving me nuts. I finally figured a way around it though. For me, each click of the scroll wheel moves it by 1/8, so 8 clicks from the highest or lowest value puts it back at 100%. Scroll wheel all the way to 0 (min) or 200% (max), then scroll wheel back to 100%. It will hit it on the nose.
top How Seeing Can Trump Listening, Mapped In the Brain
How can he physically produce the "Baa" sound when his bottom lip is tucked behind his teeth? His lips don't press together when the illusion is supposed to make it sound like he's saying "Faa" instead. I think he's actually making two different sounds.
Isn't the "Baa" sound impossible to make without the lips pressing together? Isn't the "Faa" sound impossible to make without blowing on the lip-teeth connection with the top and bottom lips separate?
This is the perfect description of what your brain is doing. Unfortunately, it appears you're misunderstanding what is actually going on. There is only one audio recording. It is dubbed over both clips. Check the section where there is a side by side with both videos. What you hear depends on what side of the screen you look at, even though there is only one audio track.
top What Works In Education: Scientific Evidence Gets Ignored
The issue is lack of standards, lack of quality teachers, and endless ivory-tower meddling in the educational process. None of those are solved by money.
The middle one can certainly be improved with money, though it might be very expensive.
League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke
Yes, it has been an occurrence over the past couple of decades. However, I think it's more likely to be a reference to Sandy Hook than Columbine.
Just like a domestic terrorist bombing would be more likely to be a reference to the Boston Marathon than the Oklahoma City Federal building.
Or, if you prefer, a reference to the government spying on its citizens, is more likely to be a reference to Snowden than to J Edgar Hoover.
League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke
I also found this bit from the article hilarious: “Justin was the kind of kid who didn’t read the newspaper,” said [father] Jack Carter. “He didn’t watch television. He wasn’t aware of current events.
He rather clearly was aware of current events. Shooting up a school as a symptom of insanity seems like a clear reference to recent events. Further, this shows he clearly recognized that such actions are insane.
top AT&T Quietly Adds Charges To All Contract Cell Plans
Contracts are two way agreements right? Can't people turn around and start charging AT&T a new fee, say $0.61 Contract Adjustment Costs Fee, used for the administrative tasks of going over new and unexpected changes to the bill.
top House Judiciary Chairman Plans Comprehensive Review of US Copyright Law
So for The Little Mermaid, published in 1837, Disney made their movie of this original work in 1989, making it 152 years after publication. What's the shortest time from an original work (you might argue some of those Brothers Grimm tales were based on existing local legends, which is what Disney was basing their movies on; does that matter?) to publication that Disney used without licensing? What are the chances Disney wouldn't lobby for an extension beyond that time limit?
top With 128GB, iPad Hits Surface Pro, Ultrabook Territory
The trick is to take advantage of the inverse.
I'm just having trouble figuring out how to order the free 0.5 GB model.
top WTO Approves Suspension of US Copyright in Antigua
Could they sell copies of "Song of the South" or other items that copyright holders in the U.S. refuse to sell?
top 'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge
... and has replaced a light-hearted adventure story with the dark themes from LotR.
You mean like the changes Tolkien himself made and wanted to make?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit#Revisions about a year and a half ago
top Schmidt On Why Tax Avoidance is Good, Robot Workers, and Google Fiber
I've read a lot of comments here about whether tax avoidance is ethical or not.
I have an analogy that I think sums it up.
Assume that a child tax credit law was written poorly (intentionally or not) to allow the full tax credit for any children under your care on 12:00 am January 1. Now suppose as an individual paying taxes, you could go into an orphanage and adopt a couple of children at 11:59 pm on December 31, and then cancel the adoption at 12:01. Let's suppose you even give the kids a piece of candy for their trouble. The orphanages agree to this, as it reduces their candy budget requirements. You then claim the full tax deduction.
Is this ethical?
about a year and a half ago
top Rio Announces Networked Ogg Vorbis Player
Careful with this one. The response to this one is fairly obvious. A program that rips CD's to WMA? It's called Media Player. After updating to MP9 (desire to have everything up-to-date is still too hard to resist, even though I rarely use it; and, yes, I realize I'm using Windows XP), upon my first use it asked if I wanted to convert all of my MP3's to WMA. The first time I put in a CD, it asked if I wanted to always have Media Player rip the CD to WMA files automatically. (Both of which I declined.) Because these are default settings, the average click-yes/ok-to-everything-user is bound to start having a collection of WMA files (or at least those who actually purchase CD's and don't just download all their music). Because MP3's were around first, people recognize what they are. If given a choice by a program (Rip to MP3 or WMA or even OGG for that matter), they recognize MP3 and will select it, which is why it's still the defacto standard. WMA is starting to dent that, though. If my memory is correct, it helps that you can't rip to MP3 directly. If you want MP3's, it links you to a site with plug-ins for purchase that can handle the MP3 format. As you might guess, most people aren't looking to pay for the software to listen to their encoded music.