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NTP Sues Six Major Tech Companies Over Wireless Email Patents

isThisNameAvailable Re:I'm thinking this is about *push* e-mail (197 comments)

With a few old exceptions, Android absolutely supports ActiveSync. This is an Exchange thing. If you've entered a pop3 account, it's still no better than a pop3 account.

more than 4 years ago
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NTP Sues Six Major Tech Companies Over Wireless Email Patents

isThisNameAvailable I'm thinking this is about *push* e-mail (197 comments)

My guess is that this isn't simply about POP3 over GSM, but special low-power push systems like Blckberry's system and Microsoft's ActiveSync, which is licensed by all of the named companies. I also find it interesting that Palm isn't on that list now that they're backed by HP's deep pockets. Perhaps their patent portfolio really is a nuclear deterrent.

more than 4 years ago
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For Automated Testing, Better Alternatives To DOS Batch Files?

isThisNameAvailable Re:Powershell (426 comments)

If DOS made you happy, then Powershell could drive you to orgasm if you let it. Object-oriented scripting that can tap into .NET, WMI, COM objects, Windows APIs, and still read/replace part of a text file in one line. You will have to install it on older clients, but what you want can be done with Powershell 1.0, which is like 2MB.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Confirms Slate To Run WebOS

isThisNameAvailable Re:What are the advantages of WebOS? (178 comments)

There's nothing closed about WebOS on any level. They even encourage you to take their native apps, rewrite, and redistribute them. Half the Homebrew efforts involve patches to everything from the mail app and system settings to the kernel itself. Palm has openly acknowledged, thanked, and encouraged the Homebrew developers on a number of very public stages. "Jailbreaking" the device involves typing in the publicly available developer code, which does little more than open some firewall ports. For users who can't be bothered with that, Palm established an official app distribution channel that bypasses their store, but still allows users to install apps by simply clicking on a web link.

more than 4 years ago
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Massive Number of GoDaddy WordPress Blogs Hacked

isThisNameAvailable We reported this to them on 3/11 (112 comments)

One of our departments decided to do their own thing and host a site on GoDaddy. Not sure if it was Wordpress or not, but the same thing happened to them. We reported it back on 3/11 and moved the site. Way to get in front of this thing GoDaddy! Oh, and it wasn't just Google. Referrers from Bing and Yahoo would redirect to the same link spam page.

more than 4 years ago
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Antitrust Case Against RIAA Reinstated

isThisNameAvailable Re:MFN? (163 comments)

The advantage is that you don't get screwed. It's not that you're going to be homecoming queen, it's just that you get to sit at the cool kids' table and no one shoves you in a locker.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Opens Dev Program, Offers $1M For Top App

isThisNameAvailable Re:No, It's a $1M pool for the top 442 developers (91 comments)

1066 official apps in the catalog; 310 in the homebrew channels. I think Palm's real play here is that this coincides with the release of the C/C++ PDK and some games that are very obviously direct ports of iPhone games. If you're an iPhone developer who had a solid hit and it's relatively painless to port your app to WebOS for a shot at $100,000, why not? It's one more opportunity to be the big fish in a small pond like Trism.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Is a Laptop's Battery Dearer Than a Lawnmower's?

isThisNameAvailable More importantly, who wins in a fight? (427 comments)

Will the laptop battery last long enough to hack into and disable the lawnmower's systems before the lawnmower can run it over and make lithium confetti?

more than 4 years ago
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Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th Amendment

isThisNameAvailable Hate to be devils advocate on this one, but... (451 comments)

Do you and your doctor frequently exchange your medical records via postcard? No, that would knowingly expose your information to any number of mail carriers. Likewise, e-mail goes through the hands/servers of any number of strangers and can be read without so much as holding it up to the light. It's a disappointing precedent, and certainly judges and government should be held to a higher standard than a USPS sorter making minimum wage, but the reasoning here isn't wrong. You shouldn't expect privacy if you can't even stuff your letter in an envelope.

more than 4 years ago
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Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan

isThisNameAvailable Sprint has high prices!? (501 comments)

Sprint has the Pre and Hero and it's damn near impossible to spend more than $70/mo. That gets you unlimited mobile calls, data, text, gps, tv. The only way to spend more is if you spend more than 450 minutes a month calling landlines before 7pm. AT&T's base iPhone plan is $70 with no texts, favorite numbers, or gps, and the free nights start at 9pm.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Frees Up webOS Development

isThisNameAvailable Re:Say what? (117 comments)

Seriously. I can't believe no one has figured out a way of exchanging goods and services on the Internet for some sort of currency without the benefit of monolithic corporate store fronts.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Frees Up webOS Development

isThisNameAvailable Re:Not reviewing them in any way? Really? (117 comments)

That's what the official App Catalog will be for: safe, screened little confections for the average Joe. This is simply an alternative for developers and consumers who don't want to go through Palm for whatever reason. Keep in mind the old Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and Symbian have always allowed you to load whatever random app you found on the net, too. Apple's the one that came along and made the walled garden popular.

more than 4 years ago
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Artificial Heart Recipient Has No Pulse

isThisNameAvailable The perfect sniper (465 comments)

Snipers have to concentrate to manage their heart rates and time their shots between beats. A little practice and we've now got the world's quickest shot at 1,000 meters.

more than 4 years ago
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The Kafka-esque Nightmare of Palm App Submission

isThisNameAvailable Re:Who cares about these apps? (332 comments)

Yeah, this almost reads like Palm simply isn't interested in lame, free apps littering their official store. And I love how this guy keeps saying that the UNofficial store is so impossible to access. Let's see, step 1) run an app on your desktop; step 2) drag the store app to an icon on your desktop; step 3) access homebrew store with his crappy apps getting in the way of the good ones. If he really doesn't want money, he can very easily distribute his stuff without Palm. Palm even specifically told the NaNplayer developer to distribute his player as homebrew until they finalize some of the APIs it uses. This guy doesn't exactly seem to have the healthiest relationship with reality.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Pre Reports Your Location and Usage To Palm

isThisNameAvailable Did he actually try turning off Palm Profile? (314 comments)

Palm provides an OTA backup service to ease restores. You opt into it when you start the phone and can turn it off at any time. Obviously it sends this and all sorts of data to their servers. Considering that TFA doesn't mention disabling this service, I have to wonder if he's a) right b) malicious c) stupid.

about 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Reports Your Location and Usage To Palm

isThisNameAvailable Re:Did it not occur to PALM that this is BAD? (314 comments)

Umm, isn't this simply the Palm Profile feature that backs up your device every night OTA? You're asked if you wish to use the service when you first start your phone, and it can be disabled and rescheduled any time you wish.

about 5 years ago

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