Apple Receives Patent For Accessing Sets of Apps With Different Passcodes
While I agree about the.. questionable nature of the patent, it was filed in 2010 -- i.e. before that functionality became part of Android. (Though if you could access the camera from the lockscreen with third-party apps, feel free to disregard my silly comment.)
EFF Wins Release of Secret Court Opinion: NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional
What really bothers me here is that the constitution would only protect Americans as far as I understand it. Even if the NSA ceased their unconstitutional mode of operation, how exactly am I -- as someone living in EU -- protected from warrantless surveillance by three-letter organizations? If I don't err here (and I can't say I'm overly confident in my ability to interpret laws), fixing this "fantasy" at the other side of the pond only fixes it for the US.
Forensic Investigator Outlines BitTorrent Detection Technology
Austria has made it mandatory by law for all ISPs that have at least a handful of costumers since April 1st. But from that I can tell, it's just headers.
Dysfunctional Console Industry Struggles For New Profit Centers
I would like to submit exhibit A: The PC game industry.
Unfortunately, the consumer suffers. But what's new, huh?
...which - according to some - is dead. (I don't agree with that though, quite on the contrary. But it may show what there isn't really a consensus here and arguing logically is tricky because of that.)
Facebook Countersues Yahoo Over 10 Patents
I agree with you there 101%. Also, I think you should file a patent for the derpaderp-method as described above. There seems to be no prior art for this. ;-)
Anywho. What shocks me here is that most of the patents are actually similar to the point of being almost equal, except someone used Search & Replace to replace one circumstance/media/younameit with another. Granted, I only read the tl;dr versions, but most of these seem to read "personalize content based on user profile." Apparently, this idea is so good, you have to patent it thrice (and then some more, for good measure).
Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game
Well, I don't think being poor is a requirement for putting up a project. Heck, White Wolf just recently had a project kickstarted there.
Microsoft To Shut Down App Store For Windows Mobile
While I agree with your vendor filth statement, I can only agree to disagree on the UI part. Granted, my Samsung Galaxy S2 could look better. It's not that bad though, and the experience could be easily enhanced with the several launchers available on the Android market for you.
On the other hand, I just recently got my Kindle Fire and decided to throw one of the several Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4) ROMs on it. I am very pleased with the new UI, maybe you should give it a try. No need to buy a device though, the Android emulator that comes with the SDK illustrates this perfectly well.
Valve Reportedly Working On 'Steam Box' Gaming Console
In all fairness, Android isn't that free either, thanks to patent licensing fees.
What The DHS Is Looking For In Your Posts
Booktype: An Open Source, Cross-Platform Approach To E-Book Publishing
sorry to bother you, but I've tried to find this Booki you mentioned. Either my google-fu has failed me, or my computer is playing Jedi mind tricks on me. :-( Can you point me at Booki's site please?
Thanks in advance,
Microsoft's Killer Tablet Opportunity
I wholeheartedly agree. I believe the merits of these new table devices are their simplicity and, well, lack of thunder underneath their case. That's not to say they are inferior; they are well capable to fulfill their users' needs. But they probably pale if I compare their hardware to my full-featured convertible I bought four or five years ago. I should point out that it was heavy as hell, and its batteries barely survived the three hours mark.
I've also skimmed through what the article proposes. Well, actually, it doesn't propose that much. It's rather vague and I think, the author is oversimplifying many aspects. The devil in the detail might come to bite the author's ass if he ever tried to build such a system. For instance, what's up with the Triple UI approach he described? I don't know how he envisioned the details here, he's a bit light on that, but if it's anywhere near where I suspect he's trying to go (and I'm really guessing here): It may sound good on paper to empower the user with everything, but overconfidence may lead to people breaking stuff.
Microsoft's Antivirus Briefly Flags Google.com As Malicious
To be honest, I don't think this is really *that* big of a deal. This can happen. Worse has happened, not only at Microsoft but by other AV products as well. I recall Avast crying out loud over Steam less than a month ago, moving its service into containment. And if I recall correctly, Avast even flagged notepad.exe as a virus once. I specifically mention Avast, because a.) I use it, and b.) it actually scored rather well last time I bothered to look it up in comparative studies.
As long as there are probabilities involved, false positives and false negatives are bound to happen. When it comes to AV, I don't mind if it errs on the side of caution as long as it doesn't happen too often.
Mod me down or call me fanboy as much as you want, but I really don't consider this too problematic, regardless of Microsoft being the "aggressor" here.
DARPA Investing In Electric Brain Stimulation To Train Snipers Quickly
They are either upping the volts or discarded this approach for some reason. Russian spacecrafts come down in bits and pieces these days.
America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware
Not sure if this is sarcastic or actually sincere. I'm going to assume the latter, but feel free to correct me.
Our software development company did a test run by outsourcing a project to India and see how that goes. Well, long story short, the project is on the verge of failing due to massive setbacks, lack of code quality and -- we suspect -- a negligent degree of incompetence: we came up with no other way to explain why, for instance, they didn't know there's an actual graphical UI to administer MSSQL databases; and that in an 'organization' with twenty people where four do the actual programming and the rest keeps databases etc. intact. Don't ask. We didn't dare to either.
Everything our Indian overlords should code has to be explained in such a *detail* by our software engineers that actually coding ourselves would probably cost much less. And oh my God, don't you EVER forget to explicitely state every implicit detail that should be common sense to anyone.
Now it could have just been a coincidence, but it's shockingly easy to find similar expressions -- not only restricted to India. For example: http://blog.jpl-consulting.com/2011/12/why-i-will-never-feel-threatened-by-programmers-in-india/
AT&T Caps Netflix Streaming Costs At $68K/Yr
Though it's highly unlikely that you visit 500 absolutely different pages where everything has to be downloaded over and over again. Much of the payload comes from (static) scripts and images which can be cached neatly. While I see your point and generally agree to comparisons to illustrate the absurdity*, we should still take a few more details (like caching) into account for more realistic figures.
* disclaimer: I'm Austrian. I get 2 GB for 15 EUR per month (plus the usual gimmicks like 2000 free texts, 1000 free minutes of national telephony, and after that I'm capped at 64kbps but don't need to pay any extra charges unless I want to (to remove the speed cap). So I might be a bit spoiled. And I don't really know the US market concerning mobile carrier choices and plans.
Filesonic Removes Ability To Share Files
I am slightly confused. I actually have a 3 months subscription there as I use it every now and then, and don't really want to work under the restrictions for non-registered users. Now that Filesonic basically removed a good portion of their functionality, does this entitle me to a refund of some kind? Then again, I probably won't lose any sleep over those few Euros I paid.
$1.5B Fine Overturned For Microsoft
You Americans. 'As long as I get what I want I'm OK with ________.'
Interesting point of view. I must say that I completely ________ with your opinion, you ________. In fact, if I could I would ________ your ________ until ________. So I beg you to ________ or ________.
And one further addendum: ________. Do we have an agreement?
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