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Submission + - The Android Lag Fix That Really Wasn't ( 2

jfruh writes: "When Android was first introduced, it got much of its buzz in the open source community, and despite it being a mobile juggernaut backed by huge companies, it remains an open source project that anyone can submit code to. Thus, when a community patch that claimed to reduce the lag that still plagues the platform was created, it rocketed around various community code sites and was widely praised. The only problem: it didn't actually speed Android up."

Submission + - Judge Robert Bork on antitrust: Google Is No Microsoft (

Freshly Exhumed writes: Robert Bork, the fiery former federal judge whose U.S. Supreme Court nomination battle galvanized a generation of conservative activists, spent the late 1990s arguing that Microsoft should be carved up into multiple pieces because of antitrust violations. Bork, an antitrust scholar and author of a landmark book on the topic, is now saying that Google is no Microsoft. In a new analysis released at an event in Washington, D.C., today, Bork offers a point-by-point refutation of claims that Google has violated the law or acted in an anticompetitive fashion. Rather, Bork says, it's a case of competitors' sour grapes. 'None of the purported antitrust problems that Google's critics have raised indicates that Google is behaving anticompetitively,' concludes the 29-page legal analysis. 'Given the serious factual, logical, and economic flaws in the antitrust complaints about Google's practices, one can reasonably conclude only that Google's competitors are seeking to use antitrust law to protect their own market positions.'

Submission + - Apple Lawyers Threaten Luxembourg Bistro (

itwbennett writes: "In today's edition of David v. Goliath, Apple lawyers have sent cease and desist letters to a tiny health food restaurant in Luxembourg named AppleADay. For their part, the owners of AppleADay, with help from a lawerly friend, have promised that they would continue to sell only food, not computers. Of course, Apple knows as well as anyone that promises are made to be broken, having famously promised Apple Corps, the Beatles' production company, they would never get into the music business."

Submission + - DRM is counterproductive (

dwreid writes: It's interesting to see a mainstream technical site such as TechRepublic call out that DRM provides no benefit but does increase costs and punish legitimate customers.

The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple 630

Barence writes "PC Pro's Tom Arah has dug up some statistics that cast severe doubt over Steve Jobs' assertion that Flash is the technology of the past, and Apple's iOS is the platform of the future. He quibbles with Net Applications' assertion that iOS growth is 'massive,' considering that mobile accounts for only 2.6% of web views, and the iOS share stands at only 1.1%. By comparison, Silverlight penetration now stands at 51% while 97% of web surfers have Flash installed, according to Stat Owl. 'At least when Bill Gates held the web to ransom he had the decency to first establish a dominant position,' Arah claims. 'In Steve Jobs' case, with only 1.1% market share, the would-be emperor isn't even wearing any clothes.'"

iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites' 780

An anonymous reader writes "It's not exactly official, but should also surprise no one: According to a new study the psychological profile of iPad owners can be summed up as 'selfish elites' while have-not critics are 'independent geeks.' Consumer research firm MyType conducted the study, in which opinions of 20,000 people were analyzed between March and May. The firm's conclusion was that iPad owners tend to be wealthy, sophisticated, highly educated and disproportionately interested in business and finance, while they scored terribly in the areas of altruism and kindness. In other words, 'selfish elites.'"

Submission + - iPhone FaceTime ad shows them "holding it wrong" (

BashCoder writes: A new iPhone 4 commercial highlighting its videoconferencing capabilities shows several people holding the phone "wrong", according to Steve Jobs.

When a person's palm or finger bridges the small insulated gap between the device's two external antennas, the electrical resistance is low enough that it effectively changes the resonant frequency for both of them. This creates dramatic signal losses and very high standing wave ratios for both systems. Radio waves are electrically AC, not DC. It's bad enough that the small gap itself probably introduces a capacitive coupling that probably wasn't considered by the engineers. But leaving both antennas completely uninsulated directly couples the human body to the iPhone's radios, making it part of the radiating system. This introduces a myriad of capacitive and inductive reactance issues, and puts into question each antenna's relationship to earth ground. There is no antenna modeling system in existence that can can predict what will happen when a human body is either directly or indirectly coupled to a transmitting antenna.

As a ham radio operator for over 30 years, my heart sank when I saw Steve Jobs explain the genius of the iPhone 4 antenna systems in his keynote address. Even a radio novice can tell you that you just don't touch a transmitting antenna if you want it to work properly. I was also dismayed that the FCC approved the device, given that their engineers should know something about RF systems. But worse still was Jobs' blaming the problem on the customer, when clearly this was a completely unforeseen problem. Clearly Apple's marketing team didn't get that memo, and the FaceTime ad merely underscores the scope of Apple's blunder.

Submission + - Apple Safari 5 hype machine rewrites history again ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Apple quietly rolled out Safari 5 after the WWDC first day. Along with the rollout came the hype propaganda rewriting history again by claiming that
"Safari is the first — and only — web browser to pass Acid 3"! I wonder if you can see the Opera house or Chrome outside of a walled garden...


Apple's Haves and Have Nots, Around the World 247

Rambo Tribble writes "As this story in the Economist notes, Apple's policies regarding international sales are often confusing and outdated. Apparently, Apple either hasn't been aware of political and social changes in the world over the last 20 years, or doesn't wish to acknowledge them." Soulskill rightly notes that at least some of the complained-about policies boil down to Apple's adherence to local copyright and licensing laws.

Submission + - Top climate scientist admits no warming since 1995 ( 4

Mindl writes: Phil Jones, who is at the center of the Climategate scandal, has admitted that there has been no statistical warming in 15 years. He is also claiming to have lost the data that supports his "hockey stick" warming graph. In addition, Mr. Jones is also claiming that warming periods have occurred in the past and were not due to humanity.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato