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Comment Unrelated (Score 1) 185

So, aside from what everyone has pointed out already - that these are not really direct competition - it should also be noted that google probably didn't just code this all up in a couple weeks. It's likely been on their roadmap and under development for months.

Comment Re:3.x is errata. (Score 1) 433

perhaps, but the key for me is whether or not they're being transparent about it. This instance is not a big deal to me because they explicitly and publicly stated their intentions and reasoning. What would be extremely damaging in my eyes is if they failed to follow through with their public commitment to release ICS, or if they kept doing this. I just can't get worked up over one release. The reasoning holds water, and they have done everything they said they would do so far. And as further weight to that argument - your argument about putting 3.x on a handset - They didn't release 3.x specifically because they didn't *want* someone to put it on a handset and provide a royally effed up experience, because it's explicitly for tablets.

Comment 3.x is errata. (Score 3, Insightful) 433

Isn't a developer free to license something however they want, within the constraints of the licenses of whatever is being used? If Google suddenly said they weren't ever publishing source again, I'd be pretty peeved, but they had reasonable, non-evil reasons for not releasing 3.x, and have committed to releasing Ice Cream Sandwich. I'd like to see 3.x released, but as long as it's a non-regular occurrence, it doesn't bother me any - but i'm not quite as idealistic as RDS - if that were possible.

Comment Re:Not /bad/ until they do something bad with it (Score 1) 267

I'm fairly sure that they pay for the patent office people with fees from those applying for patents. In fact, until recently, 10% of their fee revenue was diverted to the general fund - meaning not only were they not costing the taxpayers anything, they were generating revenue. Yeah, companies probably have better things to do with their times, but the people that generate and file patents are different than those who do manufacturing. Unless you know a lot of lawyers who work on a factory line or similar ;) Besides, if they're not being jerks with their portfolio, how does it hurt anyone? Heck, it probably provides some high paying jobs. That said, I still think absurd patents are absurd.

Comment Not /bad/ until they do something bad with it (Score 1) 267

Yes, absurd patents are absurd, but when you have people suing you using absurd patents *coughapplecough*, and absurd patents are how the US landscape is, then you file absurd patents too. This is only problematic if Google goes and attempts to use this to sue people with. There's mountains of absurd patents, and the vast majority only come into play as defense against trolls *coughapplecough*

Submission + - SPAM: IBM PC Inventor Explains Origin Of CTRL + ALT +DEL

liqs8143 writes: "CTRL + Alt + Del is the most common keyboard shortcut used by PC users to either open task manager to kill "unresponsive" processes or to reboot the machine. Have you ever wondered where CTRL + Alt + Del came from?

The mastermind behind this was one of the inventors of the IBM PC. After getting annoyed waiting for hours on those slow machines for Power-On Self Test (POST) routine to finish during each reboot of his software testing regiment, he decided to create a shortcut which allowed system to reboot without power cycling the hardware.

The keystroke for the shortcut was Ctrl + Alt + Escape initially, as it would be easy to accidentally press with one hand, rebooting the system and losing all of a user's work; it was changed to Ctrl + Alt + Delete which required two hands."

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Submission + - Users Sue Apple Over iPhone Tracking (

Trailrunner7 writes: A pair of Apple customers has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that Apple is invading their privacy by collecting location data about iPhone and iPad users without their knowledge. The suit follows the revelation last week by security researchers that Apple is collecting and storing some location data from users.

The suit against Apple, which was filed Monday in Florida, is seeking class-action status and accuses Apple of using the GPS feature on iOS-based devices or cell-tower triangulation to pinpoint user location and then stores that data in an unencrypted format, all without the consent or knowledge of the user.

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