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X2Y Sues Apple, others over processor technology {}

Jun 2nd 2011 5:03PM Isn't this likely to be narrowed to be a suit just against Intel as part of initial court proceedings? IANAL, but it certainly seems that targeting HP and Apple is just an attempt to cast a really wide net to scoop up as much money as possible. It seems that intel licensing the patent (if appropriate) should be sufficient for all of Intel's customers, including Apple and HP.

I am reminded of a concept that I heard a long time ago: "Every law eventually becomes the antithesis of what it was meant to protect." I think that Patents--especially software and obvious technology patents--have entered the silly zone.

Element Case Joule Chroma iPad stand works with iPad 2 {}

Mar 29th 2011 8:29PM I would love to get a blue one. Even more so if it were TUAW logoed :)

Win several ElementCase products in time for the holidays {}

Dec 7th 2010 9:08PM I would use both a Joule and an iPhone 4 ElementCase. I guess I would use the iPhone case more in the sense that it would always be on the phone. They both look great, and I assume (hope) that function and form are consistently aligned.

TUAW review and giveaway: Twelve South BookBook for iPad {}

Aug 24th 2010 11:12AM I like the Vibrant Red

Getting what you paid for: Should the endgame be accessible to casuals? {WoW}

Feb 15th 2008 2:05PM I think that Blizzard actually does a decent job here of making content available to hardcore players first and then opening it up to casual players later. The removal of attunments, and the availability of gear through PVP or other means are examples of this.

Hard-core players get to experience the game first, but after a while, everyone gets to get in on the fun. Eventually everyone will be able to see the content, but it may be after the release of the next expansion.

It's a fine line to walk, but the people who are looking for a serious challenge and are willing to put in tons of work do deserve to see the content first. They are breaking new ground, and working on the bleeding edge of the content. They have had to work to get the gear just to allow them to survive the encounter, then come up with the tactics to defeat the encounter. It's a lot of work. And casual players are--by definition--not gear or coordinated enough to make this happen.

Remember that being one of the first to down a new boss often takes months of effort. Time to get geared, attuned, and a whole bunch of time wiping endlessly trying to figure out how to down the critter. This amount of effort and coordination is outside the realm of possibility for a PUG group of casuals, initially.

And just to add another wrinkle, often throughout the process of having the very best players down a boss, Blizzard is tuning the encounter so that it's even possible for these elite groups to down the boss.

However, after an expansion, gear will drop that allow casuals to engage in the encounter, and successful tactics born from experience will appear on the web so that people will know what to do. At this point Blizzard drops some of the hoops that people need to jump through and make it available to everyone.

Even with gear, and with tactics, it can still take a number of trys to drop a significant boss. Encounters are becoming more involved and require more coordination amongst players. Expect that trend to continue.

Ultimately, it's not a question of whether you pay the money and get to see the content. It's a question of *when* you get to see the content. Ultimately, you need to decide if you want to be patient, or want to be impatient, but heavily involved. Either way, it'll be a while before you get to kill the Next Big Boss.

Apple VPs confirm no 3rd party iPhone apps {}

Jan 11th 2007 12:53PM First off, I'm sure that Apple will have a development process to get apps on the phones, it's just not published yet (and may not even be finished yet). This is the same thing that Microsoft has to do with applications running on the phone.

Contrary to other comments on this thread, the carriers (Cingular in this case) have *ABSOLUTE* control over whether they certify this phone for use on their network. No carrier, no phone. End of discussion.

Typically, the carriers do not want random code running on a cell-phone device. It represents too large a threat opportunity to their network and their users. Therefore, they usually require some form of certification and keying process to get applications to run. Anyone who has done apps for the Windows-based smartphones will be familiar with the process.

AddOn Spotlight: ClearFont {WoW}

Dec 29th 2006 12:42PM Wow! That makes things look nice, indeed. Thanks for posting!