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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

Taagehornet Know your meme (184 comments)

In Soviet Russia military networks hack you!

about 2 months ago
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Google Distances Android From Samsung Patent Verdict

Taagehornet Apple did not invent pinch to zoom (404 comments)

There's more than one way to implement pinch-to-zoom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waSXkJBKT1s

Fast forward to 2:22: Pinch to zoom as demonstrated by Sony back in 2001; six years before Apple applied for the 7864163 patent.

As this apparently doesn't qualify as prior art; Apple can't claim infringement either.

So specific implementation details must matter. The general idea cannot be what Apple claims ownership of. The idea has been around for a long long time (Minority Report from back in 2002 being yet another example) and hardly qualifies as novel.

more than 2 years ago
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Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

Taagehornet Re:Give me a break (542 comments)

If we're throwing around knock-off accusations, Android used to look like this until the iPhone came out, and then Android suddenly started looking and behaving a lot more like iOS, right down to the pinch-zoom gestures that originated with the iPhone.

Please stop perpetuating this myth. There was no mad rush to change Android after the iPhone was announced. Feel free to look up Dianne Hackborn yourself; her word should carry a lot more weight than a picture carefully crafted by some Apple apologist.

It's no surprise at all that Apple is going to try to hinder competitors' efforts to ride the coattails of its design work.

Oh God, please stop repeating Jobs tiring drivel. It serves no purpose, and only make you look like a tool. Let Apple do their own dirty marketing. Apple has no noble agenda, they're fighting increasingly dirty to protect their bottom-line, abusing the patent system to hinder competition, attempting to subvert the work of W3C threatening the very openness of the web.

Their actions are hurting the industry. Yet, you can still find people on a technical forum like this feeling the need to support their actions, modded +5 Insightful no less. I'm appalled.

more than 2 years ago
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Siri Envy? Iris Brings Some Voice-Assistant Features to Android

Taagehornet Re:Vlingo does it better. (402 comments)

I don't remember when and why I added you to my friends list, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't because of THAT

;-)

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

Taagehornet Re:Purely out of curiosity (692 comments)

Android speech-to-text actually works pretty well. I'm using it now to write this and I find bark bark shaddup I find that it bark bark shut up damnit bark bark don't make me come down there I find that bark bark okay that's it I'm coming down there argh crash thud bark bark bark bark bark bark

Shamelessly stolen

more than 2 years ago
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Should I Learn To Program iOS Or Android Devices?

Taagehornet Re:If you're only going to learn one... (403 comments)

It's an old enough language, that when Java was written, Java took a lot of cues from Obj-C.

What language features do you have in mind specifically?

Now I honestly don't know anything about Objective C, but if you asked me of the origins of Java, I'd point to SIMULA, C++, and BETA.

about 4 years ago
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Swiss Canton Abandons Linux Migration

Taagehornet Re:translation hard to understand... (442 comments)

Sorry, I have no idea how the apostrophe managed to sneak in. Thanks anyway, though I think you meant to say "not a possessive form of a noun" ;)

about 4 years ago
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Swiss Canton Abandons Linux Migration

Taagehornet Re:translation hard to understand... (442 comments)

No, Google Translate get's it wrong. The article actually only says that certain *parts* of the project were delayed till 2006:

Ein Ziel, das nicht zu schaffen war, unter anderem, weil *einige* Ausschreibungen für das Projekt erst 2006 anliefen.

Which roughly translates to:

A target that could never be met, partly because *some* contracts only went out to tender as late as 2006.

about 4 years ago
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Promised Microsoft Tablet 'No Thicker Than Sheet of Glass'

Taagehornet Re:Microsoft borrowing ideas from Apple again? (352 comments)

Jeez. You brought this back up from your capture file. This is the exact same quote I replied to half a year ago or so...

Sorry to disappoint you, but I don't recall having ever discussed anything relating to this with you. But true, I've linked to Bill Buxton's write-up before, and I figure I'd better apologize in advance, cause I'll probably do it again. Even though it wasn't written yesterday it's still an excellent piece.

Yes, I'm quite aware of the central theme of the article, I've actually read it, and if you hadn't been so eager to reply, you might have spotted that I did include the paragraph you echoed a second time.

But thanks for your reply, and despite the harsh tone, I doubt we disagree about anything here at all.

Though Steve Jobs' habit of claiming ownership of all great inventions rubs me the wrong way (this year Apple invented videotelephony), Apple deserves credit for their work on the iPhone; it was nothing short of a revolution.

about 4 years ago
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Promised Microsoft Tablet 'No Thicker Than Sheet of Glass'

Taagehornet Re:Microsoft borrowing ideas from Apple again? (352 comments)

Well played sir, well played. However:

[...] my group at the University of Toronto was working on multi-touchin 1984 (Lee, Buxton & Smith, 1985), the same year that the first Macintosh computer was released, and we were not the first. [...] Wayne Westerman, co-founder of FingerWorks, a company that Apple acquired early in 2005, and now an Apple employee:

Westerman, Wayne (1999). [...] U of Delaware PhD Dissertation

about 4 years ago
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Promised Microsoft Tablet 'No Thicker Than Sheet of Glass'

Taagehornet Re:Microsoft borrowing ideas from Apple again? (352 comments)

Bill Buxton isn't just some random Microsoft employee, he's one of the pioneers of the industry, and has been working with multi-touch systems since back in the early eighties.

Contrary to popular belief Apple didn't invent multi-touch

Multi-touch technologies have a long history. To put it in perspective, my group at the University of Toronto was working on multi-touchin 1984 (Lee, Buxton & Smith, 1985), the same year that the first Macintosh computer was released, and we were not the first. Furthermore, during the development of the iPhone, Apple was very much aware of the history of multi-touch, dating at least back to 1982, and the use of the pinch gesture, dating back to 1983. This is clearly demonstrated by the bibliography of the PhD thesis of Wayne Westerman, co-founder of FingerWorks, a company that Apple acquired early in 2005, and now an Apple employee:

Westerman, Wayne (1999). Hand Tracking,Finger Identification, and Chordic Manipulation on a Multi-Touch Surface. U of Delaware PhD Dissertation: http://www.ee.udel.edu/~westerma/main.pdf

In making this statement about their awareness of past work, I am not criticizing Westerman, the iPhone, or Apple. It is simply good practice and good scholarship to know the literature and do one's homework when embarking on a new product. What I am pointing out, however, is that "new" technologies - like multi-touch - do not grow out of a vacuum. While marketing tends to like the "great invention" story, real innovation rarely works that way. In short, the evolution of multi-touch is a text-book example of what I call "the long-nose of innovation."

Microsoft borrowing ideas from Apple again?

It's probably the other way round. Nice troll though.

about 4 years ago
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Samsung Shows Off Galaxy Tab, Android Allegiance

Taagehornet Re:Is that a non-standard connector? (189 comments)

[...] tell me that's not some kind of proprietary, non-standard connector

I would expect this to be the standard 30-pin PDMI connector also found on the Dell Streak.

about 4 years ago
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Many Hackers Accidentally Send Their Code To Microsoft

Taagehornet Re:How Does It Encapsulate the Source Code? (220 comments)

Crash reports probably include the script that was running and maybe the binary file running but how could it access the source code of an arbitrary task/thread/program?

According to TFA Heckman gave a presentation of XSS and SQL injection attacks. So, I imagine that what we're talking about here is Microsoft receiving a dump of IE process memory, which of course will include the malicious script.

Furthermore, how can you tell if this is a malware developer or the first unfortunate victim? Or even an outlier victim whose machine was luckily not correctly configured for the attack?

If you get a sequence of error reports from the same IP within a short period of time, where the only difference is that the script bringing IE down has been modified slightly, you've probably got the developer at the other end of the line. (Online source control on a budget? ;-)

Are you saying that they're actually developing this stuff in a Microsoft IDE (like Visual Studio) that actually phones home source code upon program crash? That sounds like a guaranteed way to keep me away from Visual Studio.

Where did that come from?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard

Taagehornet Re:Missing the point (527 comments)

No, I'm saying that the default Android browser is allowed access as well. I have no idea what string it uses to identify itself, but I seriously doubt that it claims to be part of the Safari family.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard

Taagehornet Re:Chrome (527 comments)

I don't know about Chrome, but it definitely works on Android (HTC Desire), front-page as well as the individual demos. So whatever bug Apple may have had in their browser detection code has apparently been fixed by now - at least partly.

more than 4 years ago
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What the Mobile Patent Fight Is All About

Taagehornet Apple didn't invent multi-touch (222 comments)

Neither Apple nor Fingerworks invented multi-touch. Neither of them invented the pinch gesture.

If you go back to Bill Buxton's writeup you'll see that the idea of using the pinch gesture to scale objects has been with us long before Wayne Westerman even started studying.

While Apple's implementation of a touch controlled UI is extremely well done, they do not deserve credit for any of the ideas.

What Apple is trying to do is to rewrite history, and the sad fact is that far too many people lack any knowledge of history and are willing to accept the lie.

more than 4 years ago
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What the Mobile Patent Fight Is All About

Taagehornet Re:Useless shit (222 comments)

Bill Buxton, Multi-Touch Overview :

Multi-touch technologies have a long history. To put it in perspective, my group at the University of Toronto was working on multi-touch in 1984 (Lee, Buxton & Smith, 1985), the same year that the first Macintosh computer was released, and we were not the first. Furthermore, during the development of the iPhone, Apple was very much aware of the history of multi-touch, dating at least back to 1982, and the use of the pinch gesture, dating back to 1983. This is clearly demonstrated by the bibliography of the PhD thesis of Wayne Westerman, co-founder of FingerWorks, a company that Apple acquired early in 2005, and now an Apple employee:

Westerman, Wayne (1999). Hand Tracking,Finger Identification, and Chordic Manipulation on a Multi-Touch Surface. U of Delaware PhD Dissertation: http://www.ee.udel.edu/~westerma/main.pdf

In making this statement about their awareness of past work, I am not criticizing Westerman, the iPhone, or Apple. It is simply good practice and good scholarship to know the literature and do one's homework when embarking on a new product. What I am pointing out, however, is that "new" technologies - like multi-touch - do not grow out of a vacuum. While marketing tends to like the "great invention" story, real innovation rarely works that way.

...

more than 4 years ago
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HP's Slate To Be Replaced By WebOS Tablet?

Taagehornet Re:*nix wins on mobile (170 comments)

Sorry, but how you manage to see the success of the iPhone as a victory for the OSS community is beyond me.

The platform itself is as locked down as they come, only runs on Apple approved hardware (their own), only allows Apple approved software to be installed through Apple approved channels, written using Apple approved tools.

The fact that iPhone is more closed that some people want causes pain, but would you rather have a company like MS suing everyone that uses OSS software on the mobile platform?

Considering that Apple is the only company who has sued a manufacturer of Android based handsets that's quite a strange comment.

more than 4 years ago

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Apple Scores Meaningless Dutch Court Victory Again

Taagehornet Taagehornet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Taagehornet (984739) writes ""[T]he Dutch court has just banned the sales of all Galaxy S, SII and Ace smartphones in the entire European Union. The judge has ruled that Android 2.x violates Apple's 868 patent which covers scrolling through photos on a touchscreen. Only this one patent is violated — the complaints about two other patents as well as the design patents has been thrown out. In other words, the judge did not agree with Apple that Samsung is copying Apple's design. The injunction only covers the Galaxy smartphones, since they run Android 2.x; Android 3.0 does not violate the patent in question, and hence, sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can continue. In fact, only the Gallery application violates the patent in question, and Samsung has already stated it is going to replace this application on all new Galaxy smartphones from now on — sales won't even be interrupted. In other words — two patents thrown out, design stuff rejected, and only one patent complaint upheld which will cause no harm to Samsung. Apple just scored a meaningless victory.""
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Taagehornet Taagehornet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Taagehornet (984739) writes "The Tech Report says it better than I: http://techreport.com/onearticle.x/11087

The patent in question covers "Display system having floating point rasterization and floating point framebuffering": http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6650327.html

From the EETimes article: "SGI intends to aggressively protect and enforce its IP. This is the first visible step in that process."

Is this the Silicon Graphics of tomorrow?"
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Taagehornet Taagehornet writes  |  about 8 years ago

Taagehornet (984739) writes "Could AMD be using viral marketing? A story on NGOHQ seems to suggest so:
The story began ten days ago when two new users registered on our forums and posted a thread about AMD's new Virtual Tradeshow. The first user was called "programmer3642" and the second was "machinetime53". These two started a suspicious discussion regarding AMD's Virtual Tradeshow. The first user looked like a spammer to our staff members and we started to check it out. After long attempts at finding more information regarding these users and their messages, we came across the fact that some users have posted very similar posts on other forums
Tech Report did a follow up and contacted AMD, who chose to forward the enquiry to what looks to be the very same guerilla marketers.
If Design Reactor is to be believed, then, the forum postings were simply made by over-enthusiastic Design Reactor employees eager to show off their work. [...] However, if these posts were really an independent effort by employees, why did their IP addresses resolve to Design Reactor's domain?
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