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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Has one improvement over Glass

It would be easier for people who wear glasses, or sunglasses, to wear this.

Plus, from the side it might look like a Bluetooth so people will only think you're a Bluetard instead of a Glasshole!

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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

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I remember the pre-launch hype about Kindle Fire

Lots of discussion about revolutionary features that would reshape the tablet market. It wasn't anything special. If Amazon launches their very first phone with revolutionary technology that other phone makers have probably been researching and holding off on because it sounded better than it looked/worked, I expect to see a half-baked product that gets a lot of launch buzz but a lot of meh reviews and Android customers go back to buying Samsungs.

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: Good Grief!!! @ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

Physical media doesn't mean "no electronics", it means it isn't bits. Apple was smart to insure the agreement went that way, and Apple Corp apparently didn't have people looking far enough ahead to realize that physical media would largely disappear within two decades of that agreement.

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I'm sorry

But you're not allowed in an Apple/Android thread because you're entirely too reasonable and level headed when you're going around making statements like this:

*Note I said LESS likely, that's not an insult to those who are technologically literate and have made the decision to accept the idevice's limitations in return for 'just works'

Count me among the technologically literate who prefer "just works" to something I can tweak to death. I have a Linux desktop PC if I feel the urge to tweak. I can understand those who feel differently, or who chafe under the restraints (real or imagined) of the iTunes walled garden, but I think it is ridiculous that people feel the need to fling insults at those who choose differently.

I guess some people are so narrow minded they can't accept that others can be as smart or smarter than they are but arrive at a different choice than they did.

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Re: Apple Corp vs Apple Inc

The lawsuit started in the early 80s, and they claimed a trademark on the Apple name extending to anything in the "entertainment" realm, which they figured included home computers. Apple eventually settled and paid them $80K to go away.

Then in the late 80s they came back at Apple because people were making MIDI boards for Apple computers, and they did another settlement, which this time expressly forbid Apple from entering into the market for physical music media.

Then after the iPod/iTunes came out they went after Apple a third time, and even though Apple offered them $1 million to settle they took Apple to court, but they lost and got nothing - because the judge ruled that digital files are not PHYSICAL music media.

Presumably at some point after that they buried the hatchet for good and Beatles music finally become available on iTunes. Maybe Apple paid them off to make that happen or maybe they (well Michael Jackson, since he owned the Beatles music by that time) decided fighting Apple and staying off iTunes was costing money in the modern digital world.

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Apple Corp vs Apple Inc

Started in 1971? Starting lawsuits a half decade before a company is founded is an aggressive strategy, I agree!

Keep it mind it was Apple Corp (i.e. Beatles) who sued Apple, not the other way around. Claiming the name Apple in all markets when they were only a record label is as bad as the abuses over rounded corners.

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: Amazingly

Curious what would make it a finer material for a driver than Titanium? Given that the USGA and R&A limit both the coefficient of restitution of the driver face, as well as the overall volume of the head, it doesn't seem as though there's any room for more advanced materials to improve over the current state of the art.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: I think the article is wrong

Apple is "greedy" in terms of wanting to maximize their profit, but I highly doubt the profit maximizing prices are where you think. If they can arbitrarily increase the price of the iPhone 6 just because it is a bit larger than the 5s, why didn't they do it with the 5 when it was a bit larger than the 4s?

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I think the article is wrong

I'll bet this is for the larger of the two. If it is supposed to be released this fall, they have to get carrier agreements in place before that.

The slightly larger one (which will probably just have more screen less bezel but be the same size) will be the same price, the larger one will cost more.

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Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

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Free?

Only if you don't mind giving away your personal information to be used in ways you can't control or know anything about.

Never forget: you aren't Google's customer, you're their product.

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'China's Apple' heading to Asia and Latin America

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What about Hyundai? Or Häagen-Dazs?

Buy a few ads during the Super Bowl that mentions your name a half dozen times and people will learn how to pronounce it, even if it isn't obvious from the spelling.

Anyway, Galaxy isn't the name of the company that makes that line of phones, nor iPhone for that matter. Nothing stops them from making the "Xiaomi <insert English word here>" for the US market, and people will refer to it as the "xPhone" or "Universe" or whatever.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Good

Hopefully the GNOME foundation falls apart, and someone picks up the pieces who doesn't share their moronic "vision" that has turned so many off from GNOME.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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@LedSwinger "Giving up nuclear weapons..."

Do you really believe the outcome would have been different if Ukraine had kept some of its nuclear weapons? The reason they rolled over for Russia in Crimea (and may yet in the eastern part of Ukraine) is not because they believed Russia would nuke them. Putin still would have come in if they had nukes, because he knows no one would start a nuclear war over it.

This was/is never going to be anything but a conventional war, if that, and Russia has a larger and more modern military than Ukraine. More importantly, most of the people in Crimea, and in the area that may yet be annexed to provide a land path to Crimea, are ethnic Russian (ignoring the messy historical reasons why that is the case) That would make it very difficult for a Ukrainian army to fight them, both because some of their number would be unwilling to fire upon Russians, and a majority of the local population would aid a Russian army that was being fired upon by a Ukrainian army.

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Re: Makes sense

Except the technology to get there exists now, so it isn't going to provide the boost it did in the past because there are no problems that need solving.

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Re: The race is on!

And why exactly should the lunar surface be worth $1000 an acre? Or even a penny per acre? You can't grow anything there, it costs a fortune to support people there and there's nothing for them to do that they can't do better in zero-G orbit.

The only reason you'd ever go to the Moon would be to collect He3, but until we can do something useful with that, it is pretty pointless, and whether it would ever be economical to ship it out of the lunar gravity well is unknown.

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Re: Could not have timed it better

It is easy and free to talk about, and fills the citizens with nationalist pride. But don't mistake talk for action, they aren't going to go to the Moon any more than the US went back in 2012 like Bush promised in 2004. They won't even land anything there.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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The NSA needs to be split up

Having one organization that is (supposedly) responsible for helping secure the US internet infrastructure and for spying has conflicting goals.

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Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables

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Why should 64 bit drive demand?

It improves performance, but performance improves every year anyway. 64 bits isn't enabling any new category of apps that will drive demand on their own, so I don't see how it would drive demand any more than a faster GPU or marginally improved battery life would.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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Re: Ought to point out

It really doesn't matter. Since the US spends more than it takes in, it sells treasuries to make up the difference. They've got a pretty good idea of how much will be coming in and plan sales based on that. So on average they'll have around the same amount of cash on hand year round.

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Apple is IMMUNE from Heartbleed, it says. But don't check if it's true

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Re: Apple is misleading

How is Apple responsible for notifying people about the potential security issues of the million plus third party OS X or iOS apps? They simply said that iOS and OS X are not vulnerable. They don't have source, they wouldn't be able to determine which apps are vulnerable if they wanted to.

If held to your ridiculous standards, every OS vendor out there is "vulnerable" forever because it is possible that someone may have a vulnerable app installed on their PC/phone today and may choose to never update it.

If I replace the OEM tires in my car, and they sometimes blow up and cause fatal accidents so they get recalled, the manufacturer of my car isn't "vulnerable" to this defect. If asked they'll simply state their cars are not affected by the recall.

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: Why permit the secrecy

Since all Android vendors seem to be signing up, one would assume it is in base Android. Surely one of them has shared the details with Google of exactly what they're licensing (whether the contract allows it or not) and if it was easy to remove Google would have done so.

Presumably iOS also violates some of these patents (the non-FAT ones) but Apple and Microsoft have had a cross licensing agreement since long ago so Apple didn't have to pay up.

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@bazza

Including in your post the language "fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory" implies that you think that FRAND has something to do with this. It does not. FRAND is reserved only for standards essential patents, and standards essential patents only come into play when standards bodies get together to create standards that 100% of products in a category must comply with to be compatible (i.e. standards like USB, SATA, h.264, LTE, HDMI, ATSC, etc.) Patents must have been voluntarily submitted to the standards making organization to become FRAND, patents can't be made FRAND against the will of the owner.

If among the patents Microsoft owns is ExFAT, that is not covered by FRAND because it is NOT a standard. It is a Microsoft owned technology that became prevalent in the market because Windows PCs can read it. There's no requirement that phones support ExFAT, and smartphones can be produced that are still smartphones that do not support ExFAT.

Even if Android owned 99.9% of the market, if there were MS patents infringed by Android they would not be FRAND and Microsoft would be under no obligation to license them to anyone at all, let alone on equal terms. They would be within their rights to charge Samsung $30 a handset, and HTC $0.30 a handset if they so chose, or to make per handset price contingent on selling a certain percentage of Windows Phone handsets (at least so long as Windows Phone didn't approach a monopoly share of the market, which doesn't appear too likely)

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Re: Huh?

Bankers want you to do the opposite of what you're currently doing, because they always think the grass is greener.

If Apple sold a hybrid product, they'd be talking about how much more Apple could make if they sold an individual laptop and individual tablet, for those who don't want a hybrid of both.

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Re: For $63Bn

Apparently this analyst thinks if you have two successful products, that combining them into one bastardized hybrid that does neither as well as the two perform their individual roles, that the new product will outsell two individual products?

I guess that's why Surface is taking over the market. Oh wait...

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Wiped out species in existence?

Wasn't this back when the earliest single celled life was believed to begin? There wouldn't have been much to wipe out, and they would have been clustered around smokers in the deep ocean so the impact probably didn't bother them much on a global scale.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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What is heartbeat used for?

Can someone explain why it was added, and what use it is, and why it is enabled by default?

It looks to me to be a way for the client to send something to the server and have it echoed back. Is there a reason why the server should be echoing back client supplied data, and in what way this (as opposed to sending back data that the client doesn't control) is a useful addition to the protocol?

Beyond bad programming, I'm wondering if this is a "kitchen sink" mentality, where stuff that is of narrow interest has been included, but was enabled by default against all best practices.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: How to fix all IE compatibility issues

Karma has definitely come around to bite Microsoft in the ass with the problems they have with websites that equate "IE" with "IE6" and present the quirky version that is broken in a modern IE. That's how IE6 rose to such dominance and made it so difficult for other browsers to get traction. Had Microsoft been smarter and kept updating IE instead of deciding IE6 was "good enough" since it had 95% market share, web developers wouldn't have grown tired of the lack of updates and started creating standards based web pages.

The average person knows nothing about User Agent strings and how to fix this, so they'll assume IE is broken and switch to Firefox or Chrome. Microsoft has no one to blame but themselves, had they followed standards instead following the "extend" part of their recipe for dominance to kill Netscape (which was such a bag of crap by the end it would have collapsed under its own weight without Microsoft's help)

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Re: The fat lady has sung

You're looking at this with the assumption that human activity is warming the world. If you for a moment look at it with the assumption that the world is warming naturally (we are still coming out of an ice age, climatically) then this shows that natural warming can happen more quickly then previously believed.

So what this does is tear down one of the "humans must be responsible" arguments, which is that the rate of warming is faster than could possibly have occurred naturally.

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Report mash-up: Apple to sell 65 million $269 iWatches in first year

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Where do I get an analyst job?

It isn't know for certain Apple will ever release a watch, and definitely no one knows exactly what its capabilities will be. Yet he's figured out a specific price and sales total?

I take it he's purchased a ton of Apple stock, because if they really sold $17.5 billion worth of any new product in the first year, the stock would go through the roof.

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Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

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Re: Can't see this being that much use in situations where it is actually needed.

How many people put "plenty of sunscreen" on while wearing a watch, unless perhaps they've got on some $20 throwaway?

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Nevermind Windows XP, did you see the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 numbers?

Except those numbers are for the market as a whole, not for corporations. Come the curve of uptake for Windows 8 with that of Windows 7, and see how poorly Windows 8 looks by comparison. Sounds like you're an MS fanboy who eats whatever shit they serve, but most people have decided trying to force a touchscreen type single tasking interface on PCs is a terrible idea.

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Nevermind Windows XP, did you see the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 numbers?

Windows 7 gained more than Windows 8. That sure says something about how much people hate Windows 8!

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Apple execs: 'Consumers want what we don't have'

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Re: Fixated on Apple

You need only look at the prices to see that Apple only sells to the high end of the market. Do you think there is some secret discount store selling iPhones to chavs for half price?

If they're on benefits and can still afford a $600+ phone you should take it up with your government, or the local police, depending on how legally they were acquired.

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Re: Fixated on Apple

Presumably Samsung makes real money on the low/mid range segments as well. If they don't, why don't they shut down such efforts immediately?

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Re: Fixated on Apple

But Apple's threat was/is limited, as they only play in the high end of the market. Samsung and the rest of the Android companies have the whole midrange/low end market to themselves. Granted, that's not as profitable, but the amount of market share Apple could ever take was limited.

You'd think Samsung would be more worried about the ultra low cost Chinese companies, which could take away Samsung's low end and midrange market. Without those, it is just an Android version of Apple selling only to the high end, and they lose the benefit of being the market share leader (in terms of volume pricing, better deals with carriers, etc.)

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: Disgusted!

Writing it that way sounds much better than "they walked towards an erupting volcano"

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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If they wanted to boycott Firefox, where would they go?

If you won't use a browser made by a company/organization that supports gay marriage, you can't use Firefox, Chrome, IE or Safari. What's that leave? Is Opera still around? No matter, pretty sure Norway is firmly in support of gay marriage.

If they wanted to boycott it because the pressure for his ouster was silencing free speech, they'd garner more support along with having some browser choices available to them.

Maybe the Koch brothers can take a break from spending millions on attack ads in the US and fund a browser built with conservative values, so when you try to visit msnbc.com it'll take you to foxnews.com, and when you try to visit huffingtonpost.com it'll take you to drudgereport.com :)

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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10,000 downloads is #1?

I would have thought with a billion users, it would take rather more than that.

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Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

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Re: Apple

Not sure what the article had to do with Apple, but Apple actually owns a ton of LTE patents, purchased from the dried up husk of Nortel, and surprisingly have developed a few dozen on their own (maybe they hired some Nortel engineers, or plan to someday design their own baseband instead of buying it from Qualcomm)

And Apple doesn't have a core license from ARM, they have an architectural license. Their last two SoCs used fully custom ARM cores, they didn't use an ARM designed core like the A57 Qualcomm used here. Typically Qualcomm has been designing their own cores, I guess they're a bit far behind in designing a 64 bit core so they are using the A57 as a stopgap.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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I don't see where he makes the correlation

It sounds like he sees a big change since 1990, and says "hmmm, what else has happened since 1990? Aha, the internet!"

Since 75% of people are using it, why aren't there a lot more non-religious if it causes people to lose their faith?

What else has become more prevalent in the US since 1990 that might account for this? Let's see....cell phones....craft beers.....antilock brakes....

Or maybe something has left our lives and the lack makes people lose their faith? What could that be? Landlines.....fax machines.....leaded gasoline...

Of all these tongue in cheek reasons, leaded gasoline is the only one that might have a chance at being true. It has already been linked pretty well to the drop in violent crime in the US (even down to the county level, the data is quite amazing) Maybe lead in the bloodstream makes people more likely to seek religion, and with environmental lead at the lowest levels for centuries it could be causing people to abandon religion :)

Or hey, maybe it is because bible thumpers keep wanting to condemn gays, but most people under 40 or 50 have had gay friends for a long time now, and having failed to be raped by them or otherwise corrupted, realize that if the evangelicals are wrong about that, maybe they're wrong about other stuff and shouldn't be listened to any more.

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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Re: Eegads imagine the price! (@Bullseyed)

Do you really care about the UI on your TV though? I mean, how often do you actually have to engage the TV's menu? I do it once every few months, not counting input selection (and that would be fixed by having a remote with buttons for HDMI1 / HDMI2 / HDMI3) Sure, the remote can be improved, but for the most part you aren't interacting with the TV, but with something connected to your TV.

It would be nice to not have to switch between devices with different UIs, but the only way around that is to convince everyone else to give up their own UI (which includes advertising, which they make money from) and let Apple take over the UI. That's not going to happen. So you'll still have the DVD player UI, the Tivo UI, the Comcast UI, the Directv UI, the Roku UI and so on.

Microsoft tried to "fix" this by overlaying their own UI on top of the device's UI, which is like covering up shit with vomit. I don't see how Apple gets around that unless they pay off the others to take over for their UI. They certainly can afford it, but do they have the will?

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Re: Eegads imagine the price!

Ummmm, you do realize there are exactly ZERO mass market OLED TVs today, right? The ones that exist cost 10x more than LCD/LED TVs, because the yield on TV sized OLEDs is so poor.

And where do you get the idea Apple are used to bringing out devices "first"? They didn't have the first music player, the first smartphone, or the first tablet. They did have the first SUCCESSFUL one of each of those products, by being the first to market with a specific differentiating factor that was previously too expensive or otherwise impractical. To wit:

1) iPod - first music player to use a mini hard drive, so it could hold a lot more music than the tiny flash based players of the day

2) iPhone - first smartphone to have a large (for the day) multitouch screen able to run a full browser

3) iPad - first tablet that was truly affordable. If you remember, Apple caught everyone off guard with the $500 price, as rumors had the price at $800-$1200 - leaving the early Android competitors like the Xoom trying to sell a vastly inferior product for more ($800 in the case of the Xoom) because they were banking on Apple coming in at $1000 or more.

They don't need to be first to market with an OLED TV, but if they were first to market with an affordable one (because they could guarantee volumes of millions of panels which no one else can guarantee) it would be successful. Or if it has some other differentiating feature that makes it desirable (i.e. if there's something to Steve Jobs "I finally cracked it!" quote)

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Re: Ermm...

Well, wouldn't they buy monitors then, instead of just the screens? They don't have enough stores to make it worth it to buy screens and contract out the manufacturing of monitors for their stores, even if they had 100 65" panels per store.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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So what are the alternatives that people recommend?

I have a single hostname I use on my parent's DD-WRT router so I can access their PCs when they experience problems. Their IP changes maybe once a month, and I access it maybe a few times a year. Hopefully there's a free and reliable alternative for that level of usage.

I'll bet the business about spammers is a load of crap, the more commercial DynDNS become the more obvious they were about no longer wanting us "freeloaders". We all knew that the "must login every 30 days to keep your account" meant this was coming, but some of us have been too lazy about investigating alternatives. I remember looking a bit at the time that was announced and every alternative I found seemed to have a "gotcha". Hopefully there's a "gotcha free" alternative out there for the level of usage I require.

Or maybe it would be possible to give my parents a hostname in my domain and have it update my nameserver. I might have to investigate how that works, that may be the best alternative!

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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Re: It isn't too late.

You mean IPSec? Already in there. It isn't used for normal internet traffic even though both Linux and Windows support it (and OS X and probably iOS and Android) so why would a proprietary Linux only stack ever be used for anything more than secure git checkins?

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HP exec: 'CYOD' will TEAR APART the IT dept as we know it

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HP is trying to make it sound like this is about PCs

But the "menu of certified options" would eliminate the problems they claim.

What they're really worried about is how since they hitched their wagon to Microsoft's Windows Phone anchor, they have essentially no presence in the smartphone and tablet world. All the employees want to bring in are iOS and Android devices, hardly anyone wants WP8.

HP wants to create some FUD so IT departments mandate a single device for everyone. Which they assume, and not without reason, would be Windows Phone. Then they wouldn't have to sit on the sidelines watching Apple and Samsung make all the mobile device sales.

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India's GPS alternative launches second satellite

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Poverty

The definition of poverty changes over time. What was poverty in the year 1500, in the year 1900, in the year 2014, and what will it be in the year 2100 or the year 2500? Few of us would trade lives with even a wealthy man in the year 1500, we'd consider he lives in poverty. If we don't hit major bumps in the road (nuclear war, zombie attack, whatever) even the 1% might happily trade lives with those living in what is considered "poverty" in the year 2500.

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What's your point?

So all the technology and economic growth in India was a mistake? All those resources should have gone towards buying food for the hungry? Perhaps if they did so would have had fewer hungry people in the short run, but if they had the same economy they had 50 years ago those hungry people would still be dependent on someone to feed them!

All the newly minted middle class Indians who didn't exist 50 years ago are not dependent on anyone to feed them, they can take care of themselves, and their children's education through university. If this continues at the same rate, 50 years from now they'll all be able to feed themselves, and anyone willing/able to go to university will be able to do so.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: So, let me get this right...

Sure, ideally, the kernel should be able to handle any mount of logging crap thrown at it.

But if you identify a particular userspace program that is sending it a lot of useless noise logging rather than vital debugging info that is necessary to the operation of the system, THEN it is the goddamn fault of the moron responsible for said userspace program.

If your kids are shouting at you 16 hours a day that they want a PS4 to the point where it is driving you insane, is your fix to try to improve your mental stability to where kids shouting at you 16 hours a day don't faze you, or is the real fix to tell your kids to shut the hell up about the stupid PS4?

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