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Samsung Appeals Apple's Injunction Against Galaxy Nexus 217

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-circle-is-complete dept.
It will come as no surprise that Samsung has filed an appeal in response to the injunction granted to Apple against the Galaxy Nexus phone in the U.S.. From the article: "The motion, filed with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, seeks a stay of the injunction for the duration of the appeal. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered the preliminary injunction on Friday, granting a motion Apple made in February that alleged Samsung infringed on several of its patents. The injunction, which would keep the Samsung device from being sold in stores in the U.S., can go into effect as soon as Apple posts a bond of nearly $96 million."
Science

Mini Mammoth Once Roamed Crete 50

Posted by samzenpus
from the lets-get-small dept.
ananyo writes "Scientists can now add a 'dwarf mammoth' to the list of biological oxymorons that includes the jumbo shrimp and pygmy whale. Studies of fossils discovered last year on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea reveal that an extinct species once thought to be a diminutive elephant was actually the smallest mammoth known to have existed — which, as an adult, stood no taller than a modern newborn elephant (abstract). The species is the most extreme example of insular dwarfism yet found in mammoths."

Comment: Re:Bigger news (Score 2) 318

by GSPride (#34850316) Attached to: Sony Closing 18M CD/Month Plant

I can't speak directly to their machines, but I worked in a similar CD/DVD plant nearby to the one that closed, and our injection molding machines took a bit over 4 seconds per disc for CD's (a bit longer for DVD's).

It's interesting that you bring up CD-R's as an alternative to replicated disc's. The company I used to work for had started to do that for smaller runs (under 300 discs). Anything more then 500 discs or so, and it becomes uneconomical. You have to realize that it's not just the time it takes, but the cost per unit. An injection molded CD takes maybe few cents worth of plastic and aluminum. What's the cheapest you can get a CD-R for, even in bulk? I'm guessing more then $.05. Add to that the fact that the error rate for burning CD-R's is much higher, and it's just not worth it.

Comment: Re:Not buying it. (Score 0) 385

by GSPride (#33960714) Attached to: Blizzard Suing Creators of <em>StarCraft II</em> Hacks

Not that I disagree with the fact that copywrite and software patent law is being abused, but the examples you gave don't do much to prove that point.

Hellfire was an expansion that was licensed by Blizzard to a third party to produce. It wasn't a 'hack' or an unauthorized modification at all.

Same goes for Counter Strike... it was made within the authorized modification framework for Half Life. A similar comparison would be Aeon of Strife for the original Star Craft, or DoTA for Warcraft III. Both were modifications made through the avenues provided by the developer.

These same modification avenues are still available for Starcraft II. It ships with a map editor, and there is even distribution for custom maps built into Battle.net.

I don't know that I agree with what Blizzard is doing, but they are certainly not trying to do what you seem to be accusing them of.

Comment: Re:Real Ratina Display (Score 5, Informative) 476

by GSPride (#32519242) Attached to: iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

What does that translate to in terms of halftone printing? There's a world of difference between 90000 dye-sublimation continuous tones per square inch, and 90000 little squares that can be exactly black, cyan, magenta, or yellow. That's one reason why a "300dpi" magazine like Playboy still looks richer and better than the 1200dpi output of a color laser printer...

If you're actually interested:

"300dpi" is something of an oversimplification. Images are sent down at 300dpi. The printing plates are usually imaged by laser at 2400dpi, but each halftone cell takes up more then one "dot". Print resolution is measured in "lines per inch", and ranges from ~85 lpi for newsprint to over 200 lpi for higher end printing. I'd guess that playboy prints much closer to the 200lpi end of the spectrum.

A "1200" dpi inkjet (usually more like 1440dpi) will be able to print 1440 dots per inch, but multiple dots are needed to make each halftone cell. In effect, even the best consumer level inkjets are half the resolution of an offset press.

As for laser printers, if you look at the industrial level digital presses (many of which are really glorified laser printers), they produce print that is much closer to the level of an offset press, but then again they can cost well into the six figures, so I guess you get what you pay for.

Comment: Re:the correct solution (Score 1) 403

by GSPride (#31364104) Attached to: Throttle Shared Users With OS X &mdash; Is It Possible?

Disable file shares on workstations. Use a file server.

This.

I work for a fairly large design/print company, and all design files and resources are kept on a SAN. With gigabit ethernet, access time, even for large files is hardly noticeable. It also makes backing much, much easier.

I'm actually kind of shocked that you don't have a file server already... I don't think I've dealt with a printer or design shop in the last five years that didn't have some kind of centralized storage.

Comment: Re:Different Prices? (Score 2, Informative) 217

by GSPride (#31198498) Attached to: Who Will Control the Cost of the NYT On Digital Readers?

This way it looks like if you want NYT available to you in all formats you would need to fork over ($10-$30)+Free+$14.95+(whatever they charge for paper)= [lots of money]

If you're already a print subscriber, you get the Times Reader ($14.95 a month) free, as part of your subscription. I'm not sure if that carries over to their Kindle edition, or if it would carry over to the iPad edition.

Power

Electricity From Salty Water 301

Posted by kdawson
from the foaming-brine dept.
BuzzSkyline writes "It's possible to produce energy by simply mixing fresh and salty water. Although chemists and physicists have long known about the untapped energy available where fresh water rivers pour into salty oceans — it's equivalent to 'each river in the world ending at its mouth in a waterfall 225 meters [739 feet] high' — the technology for exploiting the effect has been lacking. An Italian physicist seems to have solved the problem with the experimental demonstration of a 'salination cell' that creates power given nothing more than input sources of salty and fresh water. The researcher believes that this renewable, environmentally friendly energy source could be deployed in coastal areas and could provide another addition to the green-tech roster. A paper describing the technology is due to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Physical Review Letters."
Microsoft

Microsoft vs. Google — Mutually Assured Destruction 416

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the pieces-are-everywhere dept.
jmcbain writes "Robert X. Cringely asserts that nothing good will come out of the ongoing war between Microsoft and Google: 'The battle between Microsoft and Google entered a new phase last week with the announcement of Google's Chrome Operating System — a direct attack on Microsoft Windows. This is all heady stuff and good for lots of press, but in the end none of this is likely to make a real difference for either company or, indeed, for consumers. It's just noise — a form of mutually assured destruction intended to keep each company in check.'"
Microsoft

Does Bing Have Google Running Scared? 560

Posted by kdawson
from the or-perhaps-maraschino dept.
suraj.sun alerts us to an anonymous-source story up at the NY Post, not what we would normally consider a leading source of tech news, claiming that Microsoft's introduction of Bing has alarmed Google. "...co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft's rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service, The Post has learned. Brin, according to sources..., is himself leading the team of search-engine specialists in an effort to determine how Bing's crucial search algorithm differs from that used by [Google]. 'New search engines have come and gone in the past 10 years, but Bing seems to be of particular interest to Sergey,' said one insider, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The move by Brin is unusual, as it is rare these days for the Google founders to have such hands-on involvement in day-to-day operations at the company, the source added." CNet's coverage of the rumor begins with the NY Post and adds in Search Engine Land's speculation on what the world of search would look like if Yahoo exited the field.
Cellphones

iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade Policy 789

Posted by kdawson
from the fair's-fair-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder dept.
All is not sweetness and light in the wake of the Apple WWDC kickoff announcements, especially concerning the evolution of the iPhone. Reader Hugh Pickens writes: "AT&T will offer the new iPhone 3G S when it debuts later this month at a cost of $199 and $299 for the 16GB and 32GB models, but only to new customers and those who qualify for the discounted price. AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 3G who are not eligible for an upgrade — those not near the end of their two-year contracts — will have to pay $200 more — $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB model. 'This is ridiculous and slap in the face to long-time loyal iPhone customers like me who switched from T-Mobile and the only reason was the iPhone,' writes one unhappy iPhone customer. 'We have to mount a vigorous campaign to change this policy. Call your local AT&T and ask for the manager and complain. Send e-mails and post in forums everywhere.' The issue is spurring heavy debate on support discussion forums, with some customers supporting AT&T. 'The option you have is to honor the contract you freely committed yourself to,' says one forum member. 'If you want to upgrade early then you will have to pay full price with no subsidy discount. You can't blame anyone but yourself for your predicament.'"

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