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Old 09-15-2006, 09:03 PM   #1
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Sirius Stiletto 100 Delay RIAA-Related? Plus, New Design Details
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Sirius has halted pre-orders of the Stiletto 100 and requested that a promotional video of the device be removed, as RIAA and Sirius lawyers continue their talks -- presumably because there are still some last minute questions about what the labels will allow the device to do. My guess is that it has something to do with the saving of songs from live satellite streams vs. tagging the same songs for purchase from the Yahoo Music Store (another theory is that the device is still awaiting an FCC number).

More photos and specs should be available next week, as well as (hopefully) more details about the nature of the delay, but in the meantime here are some concrete early details about the Sirius Stiletto 100 from the firm that designed the interface and outer hardware, Ziba Design.

The main interface component is called the "Aurora Media Dial" thumb wheel, which is similar to the scrollwheel found on iPods and, Ziba says, the dials found on familiar transistor radios. It allows circular scrolling, but also clicks in four directions with a center button for selecting items. It'll be rubberized for an easy grip.

Other details:

* The back of the device will be "pearlized... less stark than white."
* The Stiletto 100 will keep the "black... screen, reminiscent radio dial, and trapezoidal shape" of the Sirius S50
* It won't feel cold to the touch, due to the material used on certain "touchpoints"
* The screen will feature "animate[d] transitions, allowing [the] user to zoom in and out of the screen"
* It'll be "half as thick as [the] XM model and 30% narrower, even with [the] bigger color screen."
* For the Wi-Fi connection, open networks and those protected by WEP security are supported , with the ability to remember passwords of secure networks.

The Stiletto 100's onscreen interface for listening to Sirius channels over Wi-Fi is identical to the one used for listening to satellite radio, the idea being that as you enter a building with potential satellite interference, you hop right onto the Wi-Fi network fairly seamlessly.

The more I hear about this Stiletto 100, the more I want to try it out in person -- assuming it doesn't end up somehow crippled by the RIAA. Stay tuned for more details.
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In my opinion, Sirius is making a mistake with the RIAA(if true about the lawyers). Sirius needs to join XM and go to battle with RIAA. Otherwise, the device will never reach its full potential. Not to mention ALL future devices.

I seriously dout the half as thick as the Inno. The Inno is 0.6" thick. I'm not seeing the Stilleto coming in at 0.3" thick.

WEP is supported. What about WPA? WEP is easily hackable.

Is it summer 2006 yet?

Interesting to see Microsoft released details of thier Zune player yesterday.
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WEP is supported. What about WPA? WEP is easily hackable.
Why would it matter? It isn't as if you have personal information on it. Unless I'm missing something.
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No, but many people do on their computers.
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http://blog.wired.com/music/index.blog?entry_id=1557331

Friday, 15 September 2006
Sirius Stiletto 100 Delay RIAA-Related? Plus, New Design Details
Topic: Things

Sirius has halted pre-orders of the Stiletto 100 and requested that a promotional video of the device be removed, as RIAA and Sirius lawyers continue their talks -- presumably because there are still some last minute questions about what the labels will allow the device to do. My guess is that it has something to do with the saving of songs from live satellite streams vs. tagging the same songs for purchase from the Yahoo Music Store (another theory is that the device is still awaiting an FCC number).

More photos and specs should be available next week, as well as (hopefully) more details about the nature of the delay, but in the meantime here are some concrete early details about the Sirius Stiletto 100 from the firm that designed the interface and outer hardware, Ziba Design.

The main interface component is called the "Aurora Media Dial" thumb wheel, which is similar to the scrollwheel found on iPods and, Ziba says, the dials found on familiar transistor radios. It allows circular scrolling, but also clicks in four directions with a center button for selecting items. It'll be rubberized for an easy grip.

Other details:

* The back of the device will be "pearlized... less stark than white."
* The Stiletto 100 will keep the "black... screen, reminiscent radio dial, and trapezoidal shape" of the Sirius S50
* It won't feel cold to the touch, due to the material used on certain "touchpoints"
* The screen will feature "animate[d] transitions, allowing [the] user to zoom in and out of the screen"
* It'll be "half as thick as [the] XM model and 30% narrower, even with [the] bigger color screen."
* For the Wi-Fi connection, open networks and those protected by WEP security are supported , with the ability to remember passwords of secure networks.

The Stiletto 100's onscreen interface for listening to Sirius channels over Wi-Fi is identical to the one used for listening to satellite radio, the idea being that as you enter a building with potential satellite interference, you hop right onto the Wi-Fi network fairly seamlessly.

The more I hear about this Stiletto 100, the more I want to try it out in person -- assuming it doesn't end up somehow crippled by the RIAA. Stay tuned for more details.

First, I want to say that much of what is said in the article is speculation. Despite this coming from a huge publication on Technology, it's not the most accurate.

Some things are also just not explained very well.

"Sirius has halted pre-orders of the Stiletto 100 and requested that a promotional video of the device be removed, as RIAA and Sirius lawyers continue their talks -- presumably because there are still some last minute questions about what the labels will allow the device to do. My guess is that it has something to do with the saving of songs from live satellite streams vs. tagging the same songs for purchase from the Yahoo Music Store (another theory is that the device is still awaiting an FCC number)."

Has the RIAA and SIRIUS lawyers continue talks been proven. It's a possibility but where is that coming from is the real question?

And then in the part where it compares the size of the Stiletto to XM's unit, it doesn't really say which unit it is. As Sportboy says it's not really comparing it to the Inno, who knows maybe the MyFi.

The thing is, the information will come out very soon. But there is a lot of speculation on the unit. Speculation can be good. But when it's coming for a huge publication it leads you to believe it's more fact than anything.
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No, but many people do on their computers.
Anyone relying just on a specific security protocal on their wireless access point or router is in my estimation playing a fools game. I know many companies that use WEB for their customers or clients to login too, but their own computers and systems are protected behind hardware firewalls much stronger than any encryptions code built into a wireless point or router.

I agree with Taylor there are just too, too many gaps in this information and it just doesn't ring as very credible and appears to be nothing more than speculation. Stay tuned for the real goods from SIRIUS... whenever that might be
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The FCC website now has the Stiletto manual, if anyone's interested.
Go Yahoo. Who knew?

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...and god, I hope this guy doesn't figure into the marketing.

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I won't lock this thread because it's got other info in it but please continue all Yahoo! discussion here.
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Why would it matter? It isn't as if you have personal information on it. Unless I'm missing something.
Because you'd have to lower the security of your whole network just to let the Stiletto connect to the WiFi.
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Because you'd have to lower the security of your whole network just to let the Stiletto connect to the WiFi.
Wouldn't MAC filtering tighten things up?
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Really, I did this, and someone figured out around it in my neighborhood.
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Because you'd have to lower the security of your whole network just to let the Stiletto connect to the WiFi.
This is just absolutely not true. The real deal is that most people don't even use security on their wireless access point or router. I mean individuals at home. Business, better not be only relying on security built into wireless points and routers. WEP is fine for allowing internet access, but do you want it setup as such that your network is setup through it... OF course not. I wouldn't trust any of the current protocals out there without a true hardware file and I am not talking about one built into a router. Also for home folks if you just have a really good software firewall and use WEP there is very little chance of someone getting to your computer. No network is totally 100% secure, just ask those companies that no matter what they do their web sites keep getting hacked. Lets face it though, what does the average joe have on his home computer that anyone wants?
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They may want my entire CD collection. I put everything I own onto an external HDD, and stream all my music through my Xbox 360 and through my stereo.

Then again, I use WEP, and I've never had a problem.
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