loconet writes: The Google Phone could be a ploy to upset the wireless industry, or it could be an expensive niche device. Either way, it'd be a bid to take Android back from the companies that seem hell-bent on destroying it. Read on to see how the Android's fragmented model is harming it and how Google could save it.
loconet writes: Top pollsters CBS, Gallup, and USAToday were caughttinkering with the outcomes of their early September polls. They've been over sampling the number of Republican respondents at the expense of Democrats and Independents. The media is trying to make a "horse race" out of this election by rigging poll results to support the "fairy tale" narratives they create.
loconet writes: "Researchers have found a way to generate the shortest-ever flash of light — 80 attoseconds (billionths of a billionth of a second) long. Such flashes have already been used to capture an image of a laser pulse too short to be "photographed" before. Jonathan Marangos at Imperial College London, UK, says the super-short flashes could let researchers image the movement of electrons around large atoms."
loconet writes: "Following the recent trend of attempting to police student's online activity, Chris Avenir, a fist year chemical engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto, is currently fighting charges of academic misconduct and could face expulsion as a result of his involvement in helping run an online chemistry study group via Facebook. In this Facebook group 146 classmates swapped tips on homework questions that counted for 10 per cent of their mark. The Eyeopener, Ryerson's independent newspaper, reports that after an administrator discovered the group, Avenir's professor gave him an F in the course, charged him with academic misconduct and recommended that he be expelled. "The student code of conduct needed updating, recognizing that there are things like Facebook, YouTube, stuff like that out there," said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. Chris Avenir says he is being treated unfairly, especially since never posted any answers on the discussion pages. He is considering legal action if he loses his appeal."
loconet writes: "The government of Canada is preparing to attempt to bring a new DMCA-modeled copyright law in Canada in order to comply with the WIPO treaties the country signed in 1997. These treaties were also the base of the American DMCA. The new Canadian law will be even more restrictive in nature than the American version and worse than the last Canadian copyright proposal, the defeated Bill C-60. Amongst the many restrictive clauses, in this new law — as Michael Geist explains — is the total abolishment of the concept of fair use, "No parody exception. No time shifting exception. No device shifting exception. No expanded backup provision. Nothing.". Michael Geist provides a list of 30 things that can be done to address the issue."
loconet writes: "TorrentFreak is running a story about Sk0t, an ex-administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker, who is to have his internet connection monitored by the US Government. Further more, the monitoring software only runs on Windows, which, according to his parole officer, means that if he wants to use a computer, it will have to be a computer running Windows, where the software can be installed or face being barred from the internet."
loconet writes: "Microsoft has signed still another of those patent cross-license that will set the open source community off because it claims to indemnify the licensees' use of Linux. This one is with LG Electronics (LGE) and Microsoft's announcement says "through this agreement, LGE will be able to use Microsoft-patented innovations in its products, including Linux-based embedded devices." "This agreement is focused only on exchange of patent rights," said David Kaefer, general manager of IP licensing at Microsoft."
loconet writes: "According to Bill Gates, Vista is the fastest selling OS in history. Microsoft reports that it has sold nearly 40 million Windows Vista licenses in the first 100 days that the latest version of the operating system has been available, Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday. Gates said an accelerating consumer shift to digital lifestyles had helped make the operating system the fastest selling in history, and that premium editions have accounted for 78 percent of Vista sales. A "setup up" from the 244 copies sold in China?"
loconet writes: "From MSDN: "Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 uses the HTML parsing and rendering engine from Microsoft Office Word 2007 to display HTML message bodies. The same HTML and cascading style sheets (CSS) support available in Word 2007 is available in Outlook 2007." This means that HTML and CSS handling will be taken care by the Word engine rather than the IE engine as it has been in the past. Campaign monitor has a more detailed take (with screenshots) on the possible issues of this decision by Microsoft."
loconet writes: CNET is reporting that CNET senior editor and Crave blogger James Kim and his family are missing. The 35-year-old Kim, his 30-year-old wife Kati and daughters Penelope (4 years) and Sabine (7 months) left their home in San Francisco last week on a road trip to the Pacific Northwest. They were last seen on Saturday, November 25, in Portland, Ore., according to the San Francisco Police Department, which has opened a missing persons' investigation. They were driving a 2005 silver Saab station wagon with the personalized California license plate "DOESF."