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Samsung's Latest Patent Is a Foldable Phone ( 31

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A recent patent application (PDF) shows that Samsung has ambitious ideas for future phone-design experimentation, although the South Korean manufacturer may have second thoughts about bendy phones after recent battery explosions and recalls. In April, Samsung was reported to have filed a patent with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for a foldable smartphone. The application was picked up by Dutch website Galaxy Club. The document shows a narrow Samsung device with a screen that bends and folds like an old-school flip phone handset. The device is described as something that can be "folded or unfolded semi automatically." The patent also referred to a "secondary" display, which is supposed to activate when you fold the device, according to International Business Times UK.

Comment Maybe different noise cancellation.. (Score 1) 82

I've had a pair of Audio Technica noise cancelling headphones for a while. They're great for getting rid of constant background noise, like on planes, but they don't cancel out talking very much. In fact, I find it easier to understand people while wearing them because it gets rid of the other noise. Demonstrated it to a flight attendant once when she insisted I take them off for the safety lecture (which I practically know by heart anyway..).

Unless I'm playing music loudly, in addition to the noise cancellation, hearing someone yell out my name wouldn't be an issue.

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Dropbox Open Sources New Lossless Middle-Out Image Compression Algorithm ( 135

Dropbox announced on Thursday that it is releasing its image compression algorithm dubbed Lepton under an Apache open-source license on GitHub. Lepton, the company writes, can both compress and decompress files, and for the latter, it can work while streaming. Lepton offers a 22% savings reductions for existing JPEG images, and preserves the original file bit-for-bit perfectly. It compresses JPEG files at a rate of 5MB/s and decodes them back to the original bit at 15MB/s. The company says it has used Lepton to encode 16 billion images saved to Dropbox, and continues to utilize the technology to recode its older images. You can find more technical details here.

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Wait.. What? (Score 1) 388

"I will continue the battle to recover my child’s iPhone data. I will not give up," he said in the interview. "He was also a minor. I have the right to access to the phone. There is in a bit of Dama’s life, and I do not want to be subtracted as well. They told me that the only possible operation is to reset the device, but doing so would delete the data, destroying [the iPhone’s] contents... I understand privacy, but I wonder what if inside a disabled iPhone was the password to block the explosion of an atomic bomb planted by terrorists in Rome, then what do we do? Do we let it explode? "

Jumps from tugging on heartstrings to "but terrorists!"

Right... There goes any support I had been feeling for him.

(emphasis added)

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