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Comment: iPhone 4S speakerphone quality... (Score 2) 239

by Hamster Lover (#38948817) Attached to: A5 Mystery Solved (Why Siri Won't Run On iPhone 4)

The fact that the A5 processor incorporates some fancy noise cancellation technology goes beyond enhancing Siri voice recognition, and explains the startling difference in speakerphone and handset call quality I have noticed after upgrading from the iPhone 4. The 4S is easily one of the best sounding smartphones I have used in recent memory.

Not that iPhone 4 call quality is terrible, it's just that the 4S is that much better.

Comment: Can the absence of a product be a trade secret? (Score 2, Insightful) 172

by Hamster Lover (#30802362) Attached to: Is Gawker's "Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt" Illegal?

It seems to me that Apple's legal threat is tacit admission that the iTablet (or whatever such a product would be called) exists. I mean, how can you sue for inducing someone to violate the trade secret that a particular product does not exist? Is that even a trade secret?

Comment: World's first pause button? (Score 4, Informative) 185

by Hamster Lover (#29020339) Attached to: Classic Game Console Design Mistakes

On the bright side, the 5200 joysticks included the world's first on-controller pause button.

Er, the Intellivision had a system-wide pause function that would pause any game when you held the "1" and "9" keys (I believe "3" and "7" also worked) on the keypad simultaneously.

If you want to get picky there was not exactly a button marked "PAUSE", but it served the same function.

Comment: Human rights complaint. (Score 3, Insightful) 241

by Hamster Lover (#25911269) Attached to: Fundraiser For "White Male" Illness Dropped

If I was a student at Carleton I would file a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, if for nothing but the delicious irony.

As much as I hate human rights commissions, this is a perfect opportunity to throw some of the same destructive invective back at those so eager to label any and all things as racist and sexist.

Comment: Population... (Score 1) 223

by Hamster Lover (#25685667) Attached to: The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

I agree with your argument that casting votes for multiple offices and legislative initiatives lends itself to electronic tabulation. Your argument that population is prohibitive to paper based voting is not, however, considering that the vote tallies from the major population centers of Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, etc. are available around the same time as the tallies from lesser populated areas in the same time zone.

Windows

+ - New DRM technologies setting up Vista for failure?

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "Computerworld has picked apart the way Vista handles DRM in terms of hardware and software restrictions. Trusted Platform Module, Output Protection Management, Protected Video Path and various Windows Media software components are designed to "protect" copyrighted content against security breaches and unauthorized use. The article notes that many of the DRM technologies were forced upon Vista by the entertainment industry, but that may not garner Microsoft or Hollywood any sympathy with consumers: 'Matt Rosoff, lead analyst at research firm Directions On Microsoft, asserts that this process does not bode well for new content formats such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD, neither of which are likely to survive their association with DRM technology. "I could not be more skeptical about the viability of the DRM included with Vista, from either a technical or a business standpoint," Rosoff stated. "It's so consumer-unfriendly that I think it's bound to fail — and when it fails, it will sink whatever new formats content owners are trying to impose."'"
Operating Systems

+ - DELL paid U.K user to uninstall Windows XP

Submitted by
hmart
hmart writes "As seen on BBC News, CNET News: Dave Mitchell an U.K programmer and Linux user has won a refund from Dell for not installing Windows XP on a laptop he bought. From the article: "He encouraged other people to try to get a refund and wondered if Dell's policy on which operating systems it offered on laptops would change if enough people tried.""
Patents

+ - Caritas defeated in attempt to patent VOIP

Submitted by Grv
Grv (989986) writes "A patent infringement suit that could have meant bad news for Voice over IP has failed. Ars reports that Judge David Folsom called Caritas' attempt to claim a patent on VOIP "aburd," leaving Comcast victorious in the suit. An appeal is planned, however. From the article, "The patent in question, no. 6,661,779, describes a "dial up telephone conferencing system controlled by an online computer network." At first glance, the patent doesn't look at all relevant to VoIP. However, Caritas said that the patent could be interpreted to cover any call that travels over the Internet via VoIP.""
Wireless Networking

+ - Australian Wireless Patent reaffirmed in US court

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""The CSIRO has won a landmark US legal battle against Buffalo Technology, under which it could receive royalties from every producer of wireless local area network (WLAN) products worldwide." http://www.theage.com.au/news/wireless — broadband/ csiro-wins-landmark-legal-battle/2006/11/15/116326 6614119.html"

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