Weekend tech reading: Only IE 9 offers full GPU acceleration

By on September 12, 2010, 1:21 PM
Microsoft: Only IE 9 will offer full hardware acceleration With various browser makers touting their half-baked attempts to add some form of limited hardware acceleration to their products, Microsoft today fired back with a detailed explanation of why its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 will be the only browser to support full hardware acceleration. SuperSite for Windows

Windows Phone running Zune HD 2 confirmed in Microsoft job post? Even with all the Windows Phone news around, it seems it is still worth keeping an eye on Microsoft’s job board. It appears the Entertainment and Devices Division is looking for a Hardware Engineer for "next generation of portable entertainment and communication devices." WMPoweruser

Patent Office admits the truth: Things are a disaster The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, under its new director, David Kappos, has finally begun to seriously address transparency of information with a new data visualization dashboard. The big lesson? As a number of people who watch the organization have thought, for years — years — the USPTO has blown smoke and lived in a world of denial and obfuscation. BNET

No, you don't own it: Court upholds EULAs, threatens digital resale The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit todayruled (PDF) on a long-standing case involving used software on eBay, and it came to an important decision: if a company says you don't have the right to resell a program, you don't have that right. Ars Technica

Dead Space 2 multiplayer video is to die for The rumors are true! Dead Space 2 has a multiplayer mode, and you can see what it looks like in theGTTV trailer after the break. Want to know more? Come back on Monday and you'll get a hands-on report. Joystiq

YouTube instant. The last two days… The last two days of my life have been amazing, insane, sleepless, and humbling! After the Google Instant announcement on Wednesday, I decided to build YouTube Instant, a site that lets you search across the vast YouTube video database in real-time. Feross




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Stonos said:

You might also be interested in the YouTube Instant userscript I have made, which makes the main page of YouTube work like Google Instant: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/85829

Guest said:

I read a review where Firefox's HW accel. is actually better (or faster) than IE9's.

So, if thee previews will use the same HW accel., then yes Microsoft, I gues I'll stick to my "partial" HW accel...

dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That Dead Space 2 multiplayer video is kicka$$, i just finished Dead Space 1 last week

posermobile89 said:

So, according to the digital resale article, if EULA's are so binding, if apple says you cant jailbreak you iDevice, and they discover you have, can they sue you? (or other situations like this, just thought of this because apple wants jailbreaking illegal, even though it was just ruled legal)

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Those IE9 platform preview pages looked pretty neat.

Bringing the phone experience to a computer near you.

So where are the touch input "pads" for computers? I don't want to put fingerprints on my monitor.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

posermobile89 said:

So, according to the digital resale article, if EULA's are so binding, if apple says you cant jailbreak you iDevice, and they discover you have, can they sue you? (or other situations like this, just thought of this because apple wants jailbreaking illegal, even though it was just ruled legal)

IANAL, but Jailbreaking and reselling software or hardware with embedded software are two different situations covered by most software EULAs, with there own separate sections (though the later is usually much more plainly written). In most cases, all a company can really do (or rather, what they'll usually do at most) is void any and/or all applicable warranties when it comes to jailbreaking, especially with the Jailbreaking exception recently added to DCMA.

posermobile89 said:

madboyv1 said:

posermobile89 said:

So, according to the digital resale article, if EULA's are so binding, if apple says you cant jailbreak you iDevice, and they discover you have, can they sue you? (or other situations like this, just thought of this because apple wants jailbreaking illegal, even though it was just ruled legal)

IANAL, but Jailbreaking and reselling software or hardware with embedded software are two different situations covered by most software EULAs, with there own separate sections (though the later is usually much more plainly written). In most cases, all a company can really do (or rather, what they'll usually do at most) is void any and/or all applicable warranties when it comes to jailbreaking, especially with the Jailbreaking exception recently added to DCMA.

Alright, I was just curious if the EULA coverage was different between thing like that

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

posermobile89 said:

Alright, I was just curious if the EULA coverage was different between thing like that

If you're curious, you can look at the 2009 iphone EULA (not sure if its still current):

http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/iphone.pdf

Section 2 part C and Section 3 refer to "tampering/reverse engineering" and software/hardware resale respectively.

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