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[H] Enthusiast Archives: November 2010Archive Listing

Tuesday November 30, 2010

Apple Lawyers Up for Patent Showdown

I was reading this article about Apple’s patent showdown with Nokia and I came across this interesting little nugget of information:

Apple has been the most-sued technology company since 2008, the year after the iPhone was introduced, topping Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., according to LegalMetric Inc., a compiler of litigation data based in St. Louis.


Help For People Being Cyberstalked

Here is an article about being cyberstalked and what to do if you don’t like it. Hell, if it wasn’t for cyberstalkers, I wouldn’t even have friends.

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that there may be hundreds of thousands of cyberstalking victims in the U.S. Many times, the stalker is an ex-significant other (boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife). A cyberstalker could just as easily be out to destroy the victim's reputation. Other cyberstalkers are trolls, looking for their comments to rile up other people, but then it escalates to obsession with someone. Cyberstalking is a crime and it's on the rise.


[H]ardware Round-Up II


Chillblast Fusion Challenger System @ HardwareHeaven

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 @ RWLabs


ECS H67H2-M Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets


PowerColor Radeon 6850 PCS+ @ Overclockers Club

Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic @ HT4U

Signs You Are Addicted To Video Games

I know I shouldn’t be surprised by this, but I am just the same. For those of you that think this is a prank or Photoshop, I assure you…it isn’t.

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DVD Industry in Crisis As Sales Slump

The Guardian seems to think that the bad economy and digital downloads are killing DVD and Blu-ray sales. I find it odd that the story mentions (but completely ignores) the fact that over 677 movies were released in 2009. How many of those movies were even worth watching? I think digital downloads and the economy are only part of the overall big picture.

Sales and rentals of DVDs and Blu-ray discs fell by 7% to $10.9bn in the first nine months of this year compared with last year, according to the industry body The Digital Entertainment Group; and the British Video Association says DVD sales fell 5.6% last year. The fall was most severe in new-release titles, which account for 25% of the market, with sales crashing 15% in 2009.


Pirate Bay Co-Founder Proposes Peer-to-Peer DNS

Applying peer-to-peer technology to the internet’s DNS system...good idea or bad idea?

Although it’s barely more than an idea at the moment, Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has sent another big ripple through the Internet: Sunde has proposed applying the peer-to-peer technology of BitTorrent to the Internet’s DNS system, decentralizing domain resolution from the central authority of ICANN’s policy-making and collection of root servers and offering an "uncensored" lookup system for the Internet.


Is Wi-Fi Frying Our Brains?

Not only is Wi-Fi killing trees, it is also frying your brain. The reason you don’t believe that is because your capacity to understand science is diminished by the effects of Wi-Fi. Duh.

As a qualified electronics engineer, I am not surprised by such findings. I have long been concerned about the harmful effects of the ­electro-magnetic radiation emitted not only by Wi-Fi devices but many other common modern gadgets, including mobile and cordless phones, wireless games consoles and microwave ovens.


NASA Found Aliens Press Conference Soon

NASA is holding a press conference soon to announce the discovery of extraterrestrial beings and discuss life under alien rule.

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.


Yahoo Said to be Rolling Out Layoffs

If the rumors are true, the holiday season might not be so merry around the Yahoo campus. According to C|Net, the company is planning another round of major layoffs.

Multiple media outlets reported earlier this month that Yahoo was on the verge of major layoffs, perhaps as high as 20 percent (but more likely 10 percent) of the struggling technology company. On Tuesday, TechCrunch reported that tipsters were contacting them to say the layoffs had begun. The company's Yahoo Groups and Flickr divisions were named specifically.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Patch @ Blue’s News

Dead Rising 2 'Case West' DLC Next Month @ Joystiq

Shift 2 Unleashed First Look Hands-On @ Shacknews

Yakuza Devs Blasting Off For Space Game @ Kotaku

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 Super Overclock

If you are in the market for a factory overclocked NVIDIA based video card, I highly recommend you read our evaluation of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 Super Overclock. This card is quiet, fast and keeps its cool under pressure. Hit the link above for all the info, here's a quote to get you started:

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Gigabyte has the fastest factory overclocked GeForce GTX 480 card out there in their GeForce GTX 480 SOC. It features advanced circuitry, a custom cooling device, and the highest out-of-the-box GPU overclock we have ever seen. But does that translate to improved performance in games? Can it deliver a better gaming experience than its competitor?


Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt

The author of this NY Times article believes that "anonymity increases unethical behavior." What makes her an expert on internet trolls? She’s a product design manager at Facebook.

Trolling, defined as the act of posting inflammatory, derogatory or provocative messages in public forums, is a problem as old as the Internet itself, although its roots go much farther back.