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New Ship Will Remain Stable By Creating Its Own Inner Waves

Lev13than Mercury Pots (43 comments)

Reminds me of the chapter in Neal Stephenson's The Confusion (part of The Baroque Cycle). Japanese mercury vendors try to disable the Minerva (an armed merchant vessel) by filling its cargo hold with half-filled pots of mercury, rather than filling them to the brim. The idea is that the sloshing in the hull would resonate with the waves at the entrance to the harbour and slow the ship enough to be captured (or something to that effect). There's a discussion of whether Stephenson got the science correct here.

about a year ago
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New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

Lev13than Single digit encryption (632 comments)

"A single gun owner could also temporarily program a friend or family member's print into the gun to go target shooting and then remove it upon returning home."

Either that or the guy who takes your gun will also take your finger

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"?

Lev13than Commercial media is just not all that important (191 comments)

My late father-in-law was a DJ. We have several boxes of his LPs, 45s and reel to reel tapes in the garage. Would you like them? If you call now I'll throw in a few milk crates of our VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs at no extra cost.

In contrast, we also have 40 years or so of 8mm/VHS family video that he put on DVD before his death. DVD isn't perfect, but those get backed up and have been shared with family.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

Lev13than Go OTA (328 comments)

What about using an antenna? I cut cable about 7 years ago - everything comes in on Mythbuntu via an HDHR hooked up to a small roof-mounted antenna. We get about 30 channels OTA with no excess compression and no copy protection. Everything else comes in over the net (Netflix and "other").

You don't say what metro area you are in or whether you are living in an antenna-friendly building but you've already got 90% of the gear you need. Lots of info on the web about how to make the jump. You may have already investigated OTA, but if not you definitely should.

about a year and a half ago
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'Bankrupt' Australian Surgeon Sues Google For Auto-Complete

Lev13than SEO gone wild (305 comments)

As a surgeon, does he really think it's a good idea to replace the "Guy Hingston bankrupt" autocomplete with "Guy Hingston lawsuit"?

about a year ago
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Vector Vengeance: British Claim They Can Kill the Pixel Within Five Years

Lev13than What's your vector, Victor? (221 comments)

So they replaced pixels with a two-dimensional grid of sqare vectors that scale in width and height to grid width(or height) divided by the number of square vectors on the grid?

Actually just skimmed TFA and it looks like they have an interesting model - they separate the three channels and then fit vector "contours" around the different levels of brightness for each channel. The finer you need control, the more contours you add and the more explicitly you define the the polygons. Looks like a promising, workable solution.

about 2 years ago
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Camera Technique Captures New View of Space & Time

Lev13than Photo Finish (75 comments)

In other words, he's using a slit camera to make photo finish images (but with the subject something other than finish lines). Technology is being repurposed for a potentially interesting effect, but not technically revolutionary.

about 2 years ago
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Bruce Perens To Answer Your Questions

Lev13than What's out of scope? (78 comments)

Almost anything you can do or use today has an open source option. You have open source options for everything from your operating system to your chat app. You can read open source textbooks, cookbooks and encyclopedias. You can even build an open source airplane or brew your own free beer (free beer as in free speech, not free beer as in free beer).

Given all these options, what part(s) of your life would you be unwilling to open source? Your children's education? Vaccines? A pacemaker? If so, what would your test be for deciding that a closed-source option is the only choice?

about 2 years ago
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$1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle

Lev13than Diamond juice (267 comments)

"Down there," said Golg, "I could show you real gold, real silver, real diamonds."

"Bosh!" said Jill rudely. "As if we didn't know that we're below the deepest mines even here."

"Yes," said Golg. "I have heard of those little scratches in the crust that you Topdwellers call mines. But
that's where you get dead gold, dead silver, dead gems. Down in Bism we have them alive and growing.
There I'll pick you bunches of rubies that you can eat and squeeze you a cup full of diamond-juice. You
won't care much about fingering the cold, dead treasures of your shallow mines after you have tasted the
live ones of Bism."

"My father went to the world's end," said Rilian thoughtfully. "It would be a marvellous thing if his son
went to the bottom of the world."

about 2 years ago
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Introducing the new Slashdot Mobile experience: clean, modern, and fast

Lev13than BB experience mixed (39 comments)

No go with a Bold 9900 - the "Load Mobile site anyway" link doesn't even work. Disappointing but not a big loss - die OS7, die.

Works well and looks great on a PlayBook. Actually might prefer this layout to the full version!

about 2 years ago
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Goodbye, IQ Tests: Brain Imaging Predicts Intelligence Levels

Lev13than Already been done (213 comments)

Unless the MRI can show the brain as a series of miniature illustrations, these guys are about 121 years late to the game. But maybe that's just my approbativeness showing...

more than 2 years ago
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How Intuit Manages 10 Million Lines of Code

Lev13than Re:-2000 Lines Of Code (304 comments)

point is, just cause you can manage it, doesnt mean 10,000,000 lines of code is really something to brag about, especially for something that feels as cheap as quickbooks (though it does a ok job if your accountant cant use excel and must have things that visually represent checks)

If your accountant is using Excel to run your books that means it's time to get a new accountant.

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of the Junkweb and Why It's So Awesome

Lev13than Re:junkweb has always been there (181 comments)

1990's people used to email this crap to each other. stupid pictures and the dumb dancing baby animation
with the rise of facebook and other social networking people share this crap and its more viral. and the sites that carry it found a way to monetize on the junk

And before the internet it was all done with photocopiers, fax machines, (to a much lesser extent) VCRs and (even more rarely) BBSs. People used to keep binders full of these things at their desks. Before photocopiers showed up it was done via mimeograph, and one assumes that before that people were tracing boobs through eight layers of carbon paper.

Just as porn is at the forefront of all consumer technology, any office technology gets immediately co-opted for cartoons, kittens and breasts.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Next For Superhero Movies?

Lev13than Re:Grendel (396 comments)

Hollywood seems to love re-boots, so why doesn't someone adapt Grendel?

They already did that. It was set in New York and starred Sarah Jessica Parker.

more than 2 years ago
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2.4 Million Ontario Voters' Private Info Compromised

Lev13than Private? (81 comments)

Sounds like the same "private" information that every candidate and party has access to during the election campaign and on election day. Not sure about the birth date, but everything else is definitely on the voter registration and tracking printouts used by poll clerks and by party scrutineers during the election.

more than 2 years ago
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For work, I communicate mainly through...

Lev13than Re:Email: Even though it's admissible in court. (221 comments)

My firm is still heavily e-mail, but that's changing with Lync and, to a much lesser extent, Yammer. Looking forward to a time when these alternate options improve the SNR on email so it's only the important stuff that makes it to the in box.

A lot of short conversations happen over Lync, and the screen sharing/audio features are great when the team is spread all over the country/globe. The audio capabilities leave a lot to be desired, however. IM ports were blocked as recently as a few years ago so this is a big advance.

Yammer has a lot of potential, but you need to filter out the "It's my first day" and "I like ice cream" comments. It works best to build communities of interest, and lets junior folks get involved in the information flow. Plus, it has the potential to really shorten feedback loops and keep FYI stuff off email. Here's hoping that M$ does a good job of integrating the functionality of Yammer into Outlook and SharePoint.

For the legacy options, I get about three phone calls a year on my office phone that aren't spam or a group broadcast. I'd really prefer if they just routed the land line right to email. We also have a fax machine somewhere for those odd times you need to file an affidavit or buy a house.

The only snail mail I ever get is trade pubs and brochures, and that makes me a heavy user. I dropped a pile of Christmas cards in the office mail for my junior staff and I was still getting the odd thank you email reply in June.

more than 2 years ago
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Algorithmic Pricing On Amazon 'Could Spark Flash Crash'

Lev13than So what? (274 comments)

As long as Amazon forces the sellers to honour the price, then I don't see a problem. Pure market forces will balance the risk/reward for dynamic prices - if one or two consumers get lucky, then that's the cost of doing business.

The biggest mistake that the exchanges made following the flash crash was to cancel the errant trades - if you fuck up the pricing, you need to deal with the consequences. Getting rid of downside risk removes half the equation and blocks any incentive to play smart.

more than 2 years ago
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Does RIM's "Huge Loss" Signal Wider Handset Market Deterioration?

Lev13than RIM not industry (278 comments)

This is a RIM problem, not an industry problem. RIM's sales are way down because their technology is outdated and they can't get their shit together. If it were an industry problem we'd be seeing reduced volumes and purchase prices across the board. By that measure Huawei's success is a more accurate harbinger of what's to come.

Can't help but think that RIM's current situation is a lot like what Apple faced with Copland back in the mid-90s. After several years of trying to build their own next-gen system they gave up and purchased NeXT, which we now know as OS X. After numerous OS delays and corporate near-death experiences they finally launched OS X Public Beta in 2000. Given that 90% of current Mac users never touched Classic, there is little shared memory for the bloated, buggy mess that was Mac OS 6-9.

RIM was in the same place two years ago, with a nasty software stack and no ecosystem. They responded by buying QNX. Even with the latest delays they are still going to from purchase to market faster than Apple did with OS X. Same fundamental problem, same solution, dramatically different outcomes.

more than 2 years ago
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Game of Thrones: Bush's Head Gets a Makeover

Lev13than Re:you what? (266 comments)

They Digitally Edited Out the likeness of Bush?

Surprised that they chose to digitally edit his nose and chin. Since this is Game of Thrones I just assumed that they were going to add a pair of tits.

more than 2 years ago

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Canada Post announces the end of home delivery

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  about 10 months ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Canada Post is phasing out urban home delivery, raising the price of a letter to $1 and cutting 8,000 jobs to cope with dwindling volume and a projected loss of $1B/year by 2020. About 1/3 of Canadian homes currently get mail delivered to their door. Deliveries will remain weekdays-only and business will be unaffected (at least for now). Much like the USPS, Canada Post is mandated to be self-funded, but 5% annual volume declines and rising costs are taking their toll."
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Lament of the Beanie Baby Collector

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  about 2 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "In a plush lesson on supply & demand, the 1990s phenomenon of $10 Beanie Baby toys that resold for upwards of $10,000 each are now languishing on eBay for as low as $0.40 per toy. The Toronto Star revisited the subject of a 1997 cover story, the then-10-year old "investor" Mike Garard. Now, 15 years later, Garard is grown up, and some of those rare Beanies once worth thousands, well, “You can’t even get 20 bucks,” he says. At the height of the craze, Garard’s father told him to sell the animals, but he couldn’t part with them. He estimated he had four or five of the rare ones worth $7,500 to $10,000. When high school came, he hid them away. “It’s not the most impressive thing if you’ve got a girlfriend coming over and you’ve got a ton of stuffed animals all over the place,” Garard said."
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RIM reports $518M loss for Q1, BB10 delayed to Q1 2013

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Research In Motion just reported first quarter results for the three months ended June 2, 2012. Highlights (if you can call it that) include shipment of 7.8M phones and 260k PlayBooks, a loss of $518M on the quarter, layoffs of 5,000 staff and, probably most significantly, the delay of BB10 to Q1 2013. They were able to boost cash reserves from $2B to $2.2B and grow their subscriber base everywhere outside North America, but in all it's another bleak update from the former world leader in smartphones."
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BC's top doc declares ecstacy safe

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "B.C.’s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be “safe” when consumed responsibly by adults. Dr. Perry Kendall asserts the risks of MDMA – the pure substance originally synonymous with ecstasy – are overblown, and that its lethal dangers only arise when the man-made chemical is polluted by money-hungry gangs who cook it up. That’s why the chief provincial health officer is advocating MDMA be legalized and sold through licensed, government-run stores where the product is strictly regulated from assembly line to check-out."
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G20 critic acquitted of trumped up bomb charges

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "A Toronto-based G20 activist has been acquitted on all charges after the Crown failed to prove the Toronto man was planning to combine chemicals to make bombs. Byron Sonne, a self-described security geek, said the chemicals were for his rocketry hobby. Mr. Sonne also maintained he was trying to expose gaps in the $1-billion summit’s security, which the judge agreed was plausible. At trial, his lawyer argued that suggestions Mr. Sonne was planning to blow up the summit flew in the face of his openly stated intentions to expose security gaps. Police found no bombs when they arrested Mr. Sonne, but they did seize potato guns from his cottage. Mr. Sonne's arrest was one of a series of police missteps during the G20 summit held in June 2010 in Toronto."
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Evidence of lost Leonardo fresco behind Florentine wall

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Art historians working in Florence's city hall claim to have found evidence of Leonardo da Vinci's lost Battle of Anghiari fresco. Painted in 1505, the fresco was covered over by a larger mural during mid-16th Century palace renovations. Historians have long speculated that the original work was protected behind a false wall. Attempts to reveal the truth have been complicated by the need to protect Vasari's masterpiece Battle of Marciano that now graces the room. By drilling small holes into previously-restored sections of Vasari's fresco, researchers used endoscopic cameras and probes to determine that a second wall does exist. They further claim that the hidden wall is adorned with pigments consistent with Leonardo's style. The research has set off a storm of controversy between those who want to find the lost work and others who believe that it is gone, and that further exploration risks destroying the existing artwork."
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Lazaridis/Balsillie step down as RIM co-CEOs and B

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "After a brutal year, in which Research in Motion lost three quarters of its market value, botched the launch of its PlayBook tablet and watched rivals eat into its market share for smartphones, company builders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis are relinquishing their positions as executives and co-chairmen of the board of directors. The new chief executive of RIM will be Thorsten Heins – a man they recruited five years ago who came to be a trusted advisor and their hand-picked successor."
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Christopher Hitchens Dead at 62

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Christopher Hitchens, the author, essayist and polemicist who waged verbal and occasional physical battle on behalf of causes on the left and right and wrote the provocative bestseller God is Not Great, died Thursday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.
Always a polarizing figure, his staunch support of atheism held fast throughout his illness. God speed, Mr. Hitchens..."

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Companies with Anti-Social Media Policies Face Inc

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "In a rather counter-intuitive conclusion, a University of Toronto study has found that anti-social media policies increase, rather than decrease your risk of being hacked. The study concludes that employee attempts to circumvent blocking are an entry vector for hackers. The study was based on a survey of 649 firms also makes some rather odd claims for "cost per breach". I'm working from the assumption that 100% of corporate emails have been hacked, so not sure how this really makes a difference..."
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RIM's PlayBook to run Android Apps - Report

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Research In Motion is working on software to allow the upcoming PlayBook to run Android applications, according to Bloomberg. The report quotes one analysis who estimates the move will boost sales from 30-50%. The report does not mention if the apps will run in virtualization or emulation, although both platforms are Posix-compliant.
An interesting move by RIM, and could be a critical factor in helping the device succeed in an increasingly-cluttered tablet landscape"

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The binary code in Canada's Gov-Gen coat of arms

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  about 4 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Dr. David Johnston, formerly the president of the University of Waterloo, was installed as Canada's new Governor-General on Friday. As de facto head of state and the Queen's representative in Canada he is required to design a personal coat of arms. One modern detail has attracted particular attention — a 33-digit palindromic binary stream at the base. Efforts to decode the meaning of the number using ASCII, Morse, grouping by 3/11 and other theories has so far come up empty (right now it's a toss up between random, the phone number 683-077-0643 and Morse code for "send help — trapped in a coat of arms factory"). Is 110010111001001010100100111010011 the combination to his luggage, or just a random stream of digits?"
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The binary code in Canada's Gov-Gen coat of arms?

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  about 4 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Dr. David Johnston, formerly the president of the University of Waterloo, was installed as Canada's new Governor-General on Friday. As de facto head of state and the Queen's representative in Canada he is required to design a personal coat of arms. One modern detail has attracted particular attention — a 33-digit palindromic binary stream at the base. Efforts to decode the meaning of the number using ASCII, Morse, grouping by 3/11 and other theories has so far come up empty (right now it's a toss up between random, the phone number 683-077-0643 and Morse code for "send help — trapped in a coat of arms factory"). Is 110010111001001010100100111010011 the combination to his luggage, or just a random stream of digits?"
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Stewart & Colbert plan competing D.C. rallies

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "In a direct retort to Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced competing rallies on October 30th. Stewart plans to host a “Rally To Restore Sanity” on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in D.C. for the Americans he says are too busy living normal, rational lives to attend other political demonstrations. Colbert, meantime, will shepherd his fans in a “March To Keep Fear Alive.” “Damn your reasonableness!” Colbert said. “Now is not the time to take it down a notch. Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom!” Stewart, meanwhile, has promised to provide attendees with signs featuring slogans such as “I Disagree With You But I'm Pretty Sure You're Not Hitler” and “I'm Afraid of Spiders.”"
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Canadian study finds that all men look at porn

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "All men watch pornographic videos but it does not impact on their sexual habits or their relationships with women, a Canadian researcher has maintained after a two-year study. The majority watches X-rated movies to satisfy a "fringe fantasy," according to his research, and it would be unfair to extrapolate from that that it leads to criminal behavior. A handful of universities permitted Montreal University associate professor Simon Louis Lajeunesse to address their campuses, and after appealing to some 2,000 mostly women students to take part, 20 heterosexual men agreed to discuss their sex lives in depth.

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Apple abandons iPhone monopoly model in Caanda

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  about 5 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Rogers Wireless' stranglehold on Canadian iPhone distribution is set to end, as both Bell and Telus announced on Tuesday that they will start carrying the iPhone in November. Bell and Telus are both traditional CDMA carriers, while Rogers is the country's sole GSM provider. This move coincides with the earlier-than-expected launch of Bell and Telus' next-generation HSPA shared network."
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Futurama cast signs up for

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "It looks like the recent threats to replace the voice cast of Futurama were just that, as news comes that the cast has just signed a new contract with Fox after weeks of intense salary negotiations. The compromise agreement, with the studio paying more and the actors accepting less, comes after the announcement of a 26-episode pick-up by Comedy Central. Hooray for Zoidberg!"
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US Court strips off "Wardrobe Malfunction"

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "A U.S. federal appeals court threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. on Monday for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. The court ruled that the FCC "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" in issuing the fine for the fleeting image of her breast. "Like any agency, the FCC may change its policies without judicial second-guessing," the court said. "But it cannot change a well-established course of action without supplying notice of and a reasoned explanation for its policy departure.""
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Jobs says Flash video "not suitable" for i

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs said the iPhone won't be using Adobe Systems' Inc.'s popular Flash media player any time soon, saying the technology doesn't meet his company's performance standards for video. Jobs said the version of Flash formatted to personal computers is too slow on the iPhone while the mobile version of the media player is "is not capable of being used with the web." The comments come a day before Apple is set to introduce the company's plan for iPhone SDK, the software developers kit which will allow third-party developers to create applications that can work in conjunction with the popular handheld device."
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Dell to close US Kiosks, move to in-store model

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "Dell has announced the closure of all 140 U.S. kiosks, in favor of expanded efforts to sell PCs in retail stores. "We recognized early on that customers really wanted to touch and see the products before they purchased them. That led us to the kiosk model. Now, customers can touch and feel our products before buying them at one of our retail partners." No word, however, on whether Dell plans to introduce Apple Store-style retail outlets."
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RIM to unveil touch-screen Blackberries - Report

Lev13than Lev13than writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lev13than (581686) writes "A research note released yesterday provides new details on RIM's plan to battle the iPhone by releasing two new Blackberry models. The "Touchscreen 1.0" model features a touch-sensitive screen and rollaway keypad in the standard keyboard-style QWERTY layout, while the "Pearl 2.0" is similar to the existing Pearl plus a standard numeric keypad that can rotate 90 degrees to offer a QWERTY-esque typing experience. The research note includes relevant patent filings and speculates on a Feb 2008 launch date."

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