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  • January 11th ban hammer date for Microsoft Word: Off again. Kind of.
    by Mike
    Posted December 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 am
    Not even 24 hours ago we heard the news that Microsoft lost their appeal to i4i -- a small XML developers firm -- and that the presiding judge decided to uphold the January 11th ban on Microsoft '07. Yesterday the two most obvious choices for Microsoft were to pay up and forget about it or appeal again, risking losing more money and another court case. Microsoft however is choosing plan c. Plan C is simply selling new versions of Word '03 and '07 without the infringing and "little-used featur...
  • Microsoft Office ban coming January 11th…again.
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    Fighting a losing battle and getting stuck in a vicious black hole of denial seems to be the name of the game for Microsoft. A month or so back Microsoft found a fresh lawsuit on their doorstep compliments of i4i. The infringing code revolved around Microsoft's use of protected algorithms dealing with the handling of .xml, .docx, and .docm files in Microsoft Office -- more specifically Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007. Not surprisingly Microsoft appealed -- and they lost, with the court ordered O...
  • Tweeting your team’s victory a wee bit early — $7,500 fine, thank you.
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 9:19 am
    Of all the things an organization shouldn't be these days is that of a technologically deficient and incompetent organization. The NBA apparently wants to milk TV/network deals for all their worth while simultaneously ensuring they further remove value and "closeness" from the fans the so desperately seek. Continue on... A few months back, the NBA issued a statement saying that all social networking done by players, coaches, team members, etc., was to be done only after all official news in...
  • NYC goes one step further, bans in-ear cellphone devices for cabbies.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    Many states and municipalities are beginning to move forward with cellphone bans, making it illegal to use your hands and talk on the phone in the car. Hands-free devices such as bluetooth ear pieces fix this. For cabbies in NYC however, life just became a much bigger pain in the ass -- the city has unanimously voted to ban in-ear cellphone devices, specifically stating: "in the immediate proximity of the driver’s ear". Numerous reports and studies have been conducted showing the increa...
  • Those unencrypted drones? Whoops, we meant pretty much the entire US military air fleet.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Not more than 8-10 hours ago we highlighted a developing story concerning the US Military's use of unencrypted feeds on unmanned drones. Wouldn't you know it, the situation is a bit hairier and scarier than that. Unfortunately for us, the US has built the satellite technology used in the current crop of unencrypted drones to all corners of the militaries various aircraft. Oh god. And now a quote from Wired after conversation between them and US Military officials: Since then, nearly every...
  • Since 2007: AT&T Wireless network upgrade expenditures decreased each quarter yet wireless data revenue up 80%. WTF?!
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm
    You know, every day that I'm not on AT&T; I pat myself on the back. How many times have we heard AT&T; PR fluff (most recently from CEO Ralph de la Vega himself) stating that AT&T; simply can't keep up with the massive data usage increases since the iPhone's launch? Charts circulated several weeks back showing the 5,000% increase in AT&T; data traffic clearly. A small shred of mercy may have been doled out but a select few. However, a new report published today by the AP in conjunction with a bl...
  • US Military using unencrypted video feeds on unmanned aircraft?
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 8:10 am
    Unmanned aircraft are one of the greatest tools the US Military currently has in their arsenal. The humanless aircraft are able to go into remote regions and zones that would otherwise be too dangerous or inhospitable for human engagement. The only human interaction with the aircraft comes by way of a guy sitting behind a little TV screen controlling a few buttons and joystiqs. Easy. Safe. Simple. The data captured by these drones is as one would expect, highly classified as the usual mi...
  • LED shortcoming: Traffic lights in Chicago not hot enough to melt snow build up. Accidents on the rise.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 8:52 am
    Energy efficient traffic lights seem like one of the best ways to save local governments significant amounts of money of the course of 5, 10, or more years. The lights which often use LED technology are much less demanding on the power grid which in turn means more money for other things. But there's one side effect many have overlooked. Heat output. Remember, the higher the heat output of a light, the more energy is being wasted. That's all fie and dandy for indoor lighting or lighting ...
  • AT&T responds to “Operation Chokehold” shenanigans. Typical copy/paste response included.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    While Operation Chokehold may not be gaining the mass support the organizers would hope for, (so far fans on the Facebook Fan Page are only in the triple digits) it's nice to see that it's at least hitting home. AT&T; has responded tonight with the typical cookie cutter response your typical uneducated PR team is use to pumping out... We understand that fakesteve.net is primarily a satirical forum, but there is nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade se...
  • Operation Chokehold going down 12pm (PST) this Friday, December 18th.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 8:04 am
    Sick of AT&T;'s wasted dollars spent on stupid advertisements, constant complaints on poor network performance being blamed on "faulty hardware", and voicing attempts to "educate customers"? You're not alone. Granted most of the iPhone toting crowd will never stumble upon any tech blog, those who do can at least take action. "Operation Chokehold" was coined by the "Fake Steve" (aka Dan Lyons) to highlight AT&T;'s utter failure in the mobile sphere. The requirements are simple: This Friday, De...
  • Australia to take on a more communistic ideology. “The Great Firewall of Australia” is a go…
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 7:21 am
    Every time I hear the words DRM, censored, "it's for the children", and so on, I get the urge to vomit. So many times in the short time span of the last 10 years, we've seen various groups and individuals alike trying to safety proof the world -- sanitizing our daily lives because a select few feel it is their duty to encroach on other peoples' lives. If I were ever thinking of moving to Australia, my hopes, dreams, and ambitions would be severely squelched after learning of the recent "green ...
  • AT&T is the sole reason for poor network performance, not anyone else. *Stop pointing fingers at everyone else*
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 10:59 am
    Late last week and over the weekend I have seen numerous articles about AT&T; calling out heavy data users, smartphones, and the iPhone (not directly -- but gingerly stepping around a direct shout out with ample hints and suggestions) as the reasoning for their poor network performance. Ads have been made, lawsuits filed, and many a blog posts written all decrying AT&T;'s pitiful performance. Yet AT&T; bucks the trend and instead goes on calling out mobile devices as the reason for network proble...
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