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[#] Thu Feb 25 2010 22:18:28 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'd suggest Bluetooth to a softphone on your computer, but you don't have a VoIP setup at home...

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 02:26:49 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I got this free MSI motherboard with an Athlon 64 processor on it.

It works fine but when you turn it on it instantly starts making this high/low octave alarm and doesn't stop.

Thankfully I found the problem. There was this piezo electric buzzer soldered on the board. Now that I've broken that, everything is functioning normally.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 05:17:12 EST from davew @ Uncensored

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Stupid and simple idea.

How about you just thread the cord down the inside of your shirt next time.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 06:40:34 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hrm... my land-line phone also uses bluetooth (it's an AT&T phone).

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 08:17:34 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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the waledac botnet was just killed by microsoft and some other parties...

they switched off the DNS via judge and captured the control servers...

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 09:23:44 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Thu Feb 25 2010 07:30:20 PM EST from Ford II @ Uncensored
I have a cordless phone. The cordless phones have an audio 2mm jack that most corded phones do not.
The headset is wired to the cordless phone so you can put the phone on your belt and walk around hands free talking.

The cord is long and inevitably gets wrapped around something so when I get up, it yanks on the cord and either breaks the jack recepticle in the phone or the headset itself. This time the headset ate it.

Bluetooth won't help me this, isn't for cell phones. I actually have a bluetooth earpiece and I don't like it very much. That and I don't want to burn very expensive cell minutes if I can use my free landline.

I know you're a fairly cheap bastage (wink), but...Plantronics makes some nice cordless headsets that can be used with corded phones...add a handset lifter to the mix, and you can be completely hands free except for dialing.  They're not necessarily cheap, but they're not outrageously priced, either.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 09:49:34 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'd suggest Bluetooth to a softphone on your computer, but you don't
have a VoIP setup at home...

because if I did, I'd have no phone service right now.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 09:50:41 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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How about you just thread the cord down the inside of your shirt next


Not a bad idea, but the cord is really long, and there's lots more cord laying around. I guess I could tie it up. How mundane.
Technology should solve the problem it created...

but I see your point. :-)

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 10:44:06 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Or, you could just cut the cord to length and resolder it. I can't imagine it has more than two or three wires.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 10:44:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'd say get used to having it in just one ear instead of two. There are headset-cordless phones out there.

[#] Mon Mar 01 2010 05:51:21 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 08:57:47 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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So, Apple is suing HTC for 20 patent infringments, and is seeking an injuction against the sale of their phones.

Frankly, if you look at the patents, I think they're crap. For a good many of them, one might find prior art, or they're so ridiculously vague as to be indefensible.

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 10:28:27 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Apple has been screwing up lately. And this patent thing feels like another screw-up. But really, what choice do they have? The patent system is a mess.. and other companies have gone up against Apple in defending their patents and are going to continue doing that. Apple has to defend their patents and have a portfolio of patents so that they can hold those patents over the heads of the other guys, when the other guys hold their patents over Apples head.
It is idiotic but I can't really blame Apple on this one. That said, it is annoying because I do want multitouch on Android.

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 11:32:06 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I don't see how Apple can have a patent on multitouch, when a university came up with the idea.

So if Apple has a patent on the idea of using multitouch on a phone, that's crap. That's almost like patenting the idea of using a pencil as a wedge.

I get that people should defend patents... I'm suggesting Apple's patents in this area are rubbish.

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 11:40:30 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I haven't seen the actual list of patents they are trying to defend. It is probably stupid. But I still don't blame Apple for this, it is just the way the game is played these days, Apple was not the first and they won't be the last. If Apple had not patented that technology, then someone else would have patented it and sued Apple, thus hurting the market for the iPhone etc.
Let's say Apple didn't patent the key technologies in the iPhone.. someone else could have then patented them, and without doing any of the work to develop a product, could have then prevented Apple from introducing their product or shaken them down for a lot of money and or generated tons of bad publicity surrounding the release of the product. Plenty of Apples competitors would have enjoyed doing that. Apple has no choice but to secure as many patents as possible, nor do any other technology companies...

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 14:02:57 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Yeah, as much as trivial patents suck - and we have companies filing patents for completely obvious things thats are really just combinations of multiple industry-standard techniques - patent applications look great on a resume, so go for it.

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 16:08:16 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's effectively an arms race.

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 16:20:11 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Where the customer loses.

Of course, I am likely to have a patent in my name (for all the good it'll do me) soon. It might be a resume-builder, and it might be 'good for business', but some of these patents are lousy for consumers.

I know they're supposed to protect the people who come up with original stuff, to give them a chance to recoup money for the time and effort in creating something nice that they've brought into the world. That's really nice and all that.

But something has happened in the world, to make patents somewhat outmoded for certain kinds of things. We probably need some form of patent reform to keep consumers from getting screwed.

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 08:17:02 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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they got the multitouch technology by aquiring fingerwords 5 years ago or so.

the first real cool device you can buy from them is the new apple touch mouse.

i'll buy a keyboard if they make one again.

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 10:11:20 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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a multi-touch based USB keyboard would be badass on ANY system.

just think of the possibilities!!!

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