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Comment Re:Hardly a mexican standoff (Score 1) 159

Maybe so, but looking at things empirically, they went to Verizon first with the iPhone and asked that they were to be given control of their network structure to accommodate the design of the iPhone, both from a hardware and a voicemail perspective. Verizon tells them to pound sand so Apple goes to AT&T and they give them the control they needed to deliver the data and visual voicemail requirements.

So there's the first reinvention...of the network. I think that qualifies as mobile technology.

Then there's the device design itself. To the best of my recollection, there weren't any mass consumer devices that were based on capacitive touch technology on the scale that the iPhone introduced. As a result, the handset makers all jumped on the bandwagon making their own capacitive touch hardware to "compete" with Apple (ref: all the "iPhone killers" articles)

This doesn't take into account the App Store model, the drive to remove Flash and the support of HTML5 on mobile devices or the third party ecosystem of plugs, cables, chargers, cradles, speakers and other accessories that most definitely are considered part of mobile technology.

Comment Re:Hardly a mexican standoff (Score 1, Insightful) 159

However, if Nokia wins, Apple has to reinvent mobile technology, then get all the networks to support their new implementation.

Considering that Apple has done this once already, I'd place money on them to do it again if they have to...with that said, Apple isn't the type of company to roll over and let this kind of thing happen to them. Remember, they're the pitbull bred for the ultimate fight. They are Microsoft's original enemy and no other company has done battle or suffered as much as Apple has when it comes to patent/innovation fights.

What everyone seems to forget is that Apple is in the spot they're in precisely for these reasons and they're determined never to let that happen again.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 582

As a Crohn's patient for the past 21 years, your appraisal of the situation is just plain wrong. Crohn's Disease is very hard to diagnose and when I first started manifesting symptoms, it took over 6 months to discover the disease. There is nothing straight-forward about the diagnosis since the symptoms, on the surface, appear to be any number of maladies.

This girl is lucky to have caught it on her own, I know others who have gone for years without getting a correct diagnosis.

As far as it being "common," 2 million affected puts it above some diseases but it's far from common.


Submission + - The Future of Music (

An anonymous reader writes: The loudness war, what many audiophiles refer to as an assault on music (and ears), has been an open secret of the recording industry for nearly the past two decades and has garnered more attention in recent years as CDs have pushed the limits of loudness thanks to advances in digital technology. The "war" refers to the competition among record companies to make louder and louder albums by compressing the dynamic range. But the loudness war could be doing more than simply pumping up the volume and angering aficionados — it could be responsible for halting technological advances in sound quality for years to come.
The Internet Attacked, User Data Stolen 196

Placid writes "The BBC has an article detailing a successful attack on the US recruitment site, According to the article, 'A computer program was used to access the employers' section of the website using stolen log-in credentials' and that the stolen details were 'uploaded to a remote web server'. Apparently, this remote server 'held over 1.6 million entries with personal information belonging to several hundred thousands of candidates, mainly based in the US, who had posted their resumes to the website'. The article also links the break-in to a phishing e-mail sent out recently where personal details were used to entice users to download a 'Monster Job Seeker Tool.'"

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