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In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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U.S. Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Software Patents

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In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that “abstract ideas” are not patentable. While this decision doesn’t completely eliminate software patents, it does require that such patents rely on “concrete improvements or new designs, not an aggregation of existing steps.”favicon follow link

 

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Daniel TidBits Kegan  2014-06-19 09:40
Nothing new in that "abstract ideas" are not patentable in the USA. That's the statute, 35 USC 101. What are patentable are "new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof." Plus plants and designs.
What sometimes gets fuzzy is when an invention involving software is more than just the idea.