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Comment: Blame the publishers... (Score 1) 492

by Astroturtle (#30758692) Attached to: US DOJ Says Kindle In Classroom Hurts Blind Students
They're the ones who threw a hissy-fit over the Kindle's text-to-speech capabilities when they were announced maintaining that it constituted a "public performance" and is a violation of copyright. (and a big "ffff-ank you" to the slimeball record/collection agency lawyers who got the ball rolling on that one...)

Check out:

Amazon Gives In To Ridiculous Authors Guild Claim: Allows Authors To Block Text-To-Speech
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090227/1759173928.shtml

and

Disappointing: Obama Administration Won't Support Treaty For Helping Blind Get Digital Books
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090529/1917545057.shtml

for more...

Comment: Atari Baby (Score 3, Interesting) 622

by Astroturtle (#28127457) Attached to: 45-Year-Old Modem Used To Surf the Web
I have an Atari 400 I still drag out from time to time when I get an itch to play the "definitive" (to me at least!) versions of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Defender. Bought as a Xmas present when I was 9 which puts it at 28 years old. :) I also still have my old Apple ][ bought 4 years later with the "CP/M card" and a 300 baud modem. Hmm... I think I'm going to have to some surfing tonight! ;) astroturtle
Internet Explorer

MS To Slip IE8 Into Vista and XP Through OEMs 289

Posted by kdawson
from the for-our-own-good dept.
crazyeyes writes "Microsoft says it's 'optional,' but they are already planning to slip Internet Explorer 8 into all Windows Vista/XP PCs by March. MS claims that IE8 will offer better performance and security. But what about unwanted stuff like 'Monetization opportunities (for OEMs)' and 'These services will be used (by OEMs) to deliver brand exposure... to the users'?"
Displays

Ink Breakthrough Heralds Bendy PC Screens 140

Posted by timothy
from the 1001-positions-for-computing dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers claim to have developed a type of soluble semiconductor ink which could help to make bendable computer screens a reality. Developed at Polyera and BASF Future Business, the ink carries an N-Type negative charge. Previously, semiconductor inks have only been able to carry a positive charge. The new ink can be printed onto any flexible material, including plastic and paper, using only a modified ink-jet printer."
Input Devices

Developing "Eyes-Free" Gadgets and Applications 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the translating-web-sights dept.
The New York Times is running a story about Google engineer T. V. Raman, who lost his vision at age 14 but didn't let that stand in the way of his interest in technology. In addition to modifying a version of Google's search engine to give preference to pages that were more compliant with accessibility guidelines, Raman is now working on making cell phones easier to use without needing to look at them. "Since he cannot precisely hit a button on a touch screen, Mr. Raman created a dialer that works based on relative positions. It interprets any place where he first touches the screen as a 5, the center of a regular telephone dial pad. To dial any other number, he simply slides his finger in its direction — up and to the left for 1, down and to the right for 9, and so on. If he makes a mistake, he can erase a digit simply by shaking the phone, which can detect motion." Raman and a co-worker, Charles Chen, are also attempting to extend various phones' ability to read back scanned text to include signs that are anywhere in the phone's field of view.
Microsoft

The London Stock Exchange Goes Down For Whole Day 792

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the at-least-no-one-died-...-yet dept.
Colin Smith writes "TradElect, the Microsoft .Net based trading platform for the London Stock Exchange, was offline for about seven hours, meaning that their 5-nines SLAs are shot for approximately the next 100 years. The TradElect system was launched back in June of 2007 and was designed for increased speed and system capacity."

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