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Comment Re:Bad Idea, Really Bad Idea (Score 2) 167

One thing to note, LL Bean has had a similar business model for a very long time. My parents used to write down an order on a piece of paper pulled out of a catalog, send it away, wait a while and get clothes back. Returns were hassle-free. They are forward thinking so they've switched to ordering from the internet, but effectively the same process.


Submission + - HTC Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement ( 1

nevermore94 writes: Smartphone maker HTC Corp sued Apple Inc, seeking to halt U.S. imports and sales of Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices because of alleged patent infringements.

The latter alleged infringements of three patents obtained in 2008 and 2010, and which relate to Wi-Fi capability and other functions. It seeks compensatory damages as well as triple damages for willful infringement.


Submission + - $80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes in Kenya (

kkleiner writes: "Earlier this year, the Chinese firm Huawei unveiled IDEOS through Kenya’s telecom titan, Safaricom. So far, this $80 smartphone has found its way into the hands of 350,000+ Kenyans, an impressive sales number in a country where 40% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The smartphone is the exemplar of a truly liberating device, and thanks to Android and Huawei, it has the potential to reach virtually untapped markets."

Submission + - Twitter-Based Hedge Fund is Making Money (

thebchuckster writes: Derwent Capital apparently finished its first month of trading in the fund at the end of July, beating the S&P 500, which fell 2.2 percent in July.

Basing the strategy on research published by the University of Manchester and Indiana University in October, the fund operates on the premise that the number of emotional words used on Twitter can be used to predict daily movement in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Comment Where can I download an HD version? (Score 1) 1656

I work at a school, and am looking to download a HD version of the swearing in / speech / anything else interested & related (I've already got a few other inaugurations)

I want to project them on our big auditorium screen (so, the better the resolution and less flash videoish the better) and also hand them out to teachers on DVD for use in class.

Anyone got anything going on?


Making Old Sound Recordings Audible Again 172

orgelspieler writes "NPR is running a story on a safe way to reproduce sound from ancient phonographs that would otherwise be unplayable. The system, called IRENE, was installed in the Library of Congress last year. It can be used to replay records that are scratched, worn, broken, or just too fragile to play with a needle. It scans the groves optically and processes them into a sound file at speeds approaching real time. IRENE is great at removing pops and skips, but can add some hiss. Researchers are also working on a 3D model that is better at removing hiss."

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