Looks like I won't be left out in the cold when Microsoft releases their Windows Mobile upgrade later this year:
Dell will offer a Windows Mobile version 5.0 software upgrade for the Dell Aximâ„¢ X50 handheld family later this year.
The new software is expected to enable users to take advantage of several new productivity and multimedia enhancements, like updated Microsoft Office programs and Direct3D Mobile support. It also supports persistent storage capability, helping to protect against the loss of personal data and applications when batteries discharge completely.
Dell Axim X50 customers will be able to purchase the upgrade, expected to ship during the third quarter, on compact disc. Microsoft Corp. previewed the next-generation mobile software today at its annual Mobile & Embedded DevCon (MEDC) 2005 in Las Vegas.
Microsoft is sponsoring a short film competition in the UK entitled Thought Thieves on the subject of intellectual property theft.
Thought Thieves is about people stealing and profiting from your creation or innovation. Think about it: how would you feel if you saw your hard work being passed off as the property of someone else? What would you do?
There are two categories: 14-17 year olds, and 18+.
Submissions are limited to 45 seconds or less, presumably because intellectual property law is straightforward and uncontroversial.
I wonder if any of the entries will touch on any of the following topics:
- The difference between copyright infringement and theft.
- The founder's idea that the grant of copyright and patent monopolies exist to promote the useful arts and sciences, and that they be limited in duration.
- That technological innovation has always lead to periods of extended discussion and compromise.
- That the doctrine of fair use exists to protect individuals who use works in a limited way.
Somehow, I suspect the films will be considerably less subtle in their treatment of this topic.
Where your host wishes himself a happy birthday, queries about the percieved quality of his commute-time podcasts, and reviews a number of cool papers in computer graphics.
- Lightcuts: A Scalable Approach To Illumination by Bruce Walters et. al. A very cool paper on rendering with hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of light sources.
- Instant Radiosity by Alexander Keller. The paper that needed the framework of Lightcuts.
- GPU Gems 2, edited by Matt Pharr. Better than the original, lots of good stuff.
My birthday present was a new heart rate monitor from Polar USA. Expect a review soon.
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