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Submission + - Automated tool to OCR CCGs like Magic: The Gathering?

An anonymous reader writes: I buy massive collections of trading card games, Magic:The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, Weiss Schwarts, Cardfight Vanguard, etc etc. And I've gotten the process fairly streamlined as far as price checking, grading, sorting, etc. Part of my process involves using higher quality web cams positioned over the top of the cards which are in a stack. I keep a cam window on the screen to show a larger, brighter version of the card. What I'm wondering, is if there is an OCR solution out there, that will look at the same spot on the screen, capture, ocr, dump to clipboard, etc. I've tried several open source solutions but none of them quite fit my needs. What I'd really like is to be able to hit a hotkey, and have my clipboard populated with the textual data of the graphics in a pre-set x,y window range. All this should be done via a hotkey. I may be asking for a lot, but then again, I'm sure someone out there has had need of this type of setup before. Anyone have any recommendations? :)

Submission + - Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

jfruh writes: China is notorious for censoring the Internet for its citizens, and access in the country became particularly spotty last year as the government tried to block any commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Tiannamen Square massacre. But now one Chinese man is striking back through the courts. A 26-year-old legal practitioner is suing his cell phone company, the government-owned China Unicom, and demanding a refund for periods in which he was unable to access Gmail or Google's Hong Kong search page.

Submission + - Astronauts defend Mount Marilyn (

dataspel writes: Apollo astronauts William Anders and James Lovell would like to have their mountain back. During pre-flight planning, informal names were given to various features along the flight path, including Mount Marilyn, in honor of Lovell's wife, Marilyn. But the unromantic IAU has instead named it Mount Secchi. The astronauts have asked the IAU to restore their preferred name. So far, no response has been forthcoming.

Submission + - Microsoft's share suffered biggest crash since 2000 ! (

Taco Cowboy writes: Microsoft shares hit by biggest sell-off since 2000, $30 billion market cap wiped out

Shares of Microsoft dropped 11.4 percent today, representing the biggest single-day drop in over 13 years. The last time it occurred was on April 24, 2000, when shares plunged 15.6 percent as the world's largest software company locked itself in an antitrust dispute with the U.S. government. Since then, Microsoft has never experienced such a shelling, until today that is. This came after the software company posted dismal quarterly results due to weak demand for its latest Windows system and poor sales of its Surface tablet.

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Submission + - Video Gamers Now Considered Pro Athletes For Visas (

cold fjord writes: It's not dated April 1st. From Fox News Latino: " According to the U.S. government, video gamers from other countries can now qualify for a visa because they are “professional athletes.” Riot Games, creators of the "League Of Legends" video game, have successfully lobbied U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Homeland Security Department agency that handles visa applications, to recognize their competitive gaming events. That means foreign gamers would be allowed into the country on temporary legal visas, much like professional sport leagues like the NBA or Major League Soccer have brought in renowned athletes like Brit David Beckham or Tony Parker, a French citizen."

Submission + - Why do Protesters in Cairo Use Laser Pointers ( 1

Ahmed Shaban writes: Why do protesters in Cairo use laser pointers? At the beginning they were used to light up snipers on rooftops but later it just became fashionable to use them, and such things spread very fast among the youth of Cairo, who can find the high power laser pointers for sale on the sidewalks. The article contains amazing photos of what a choppers lit up by green laser pointers.

Submission + - Most Secure Browser in an Age of Surviellance 1

An anonymous reader writes: With the discovery that our own country may be gathering data on our every action and with Google potentially in on the action I am more than a little wary to be using Chrome as my web browser. So I pose a question to the community: is there a "most secure" browser in terms of avoiding personal data collection? Assuming we all know by know how to "safely" browse the internet (don't click on that add offering to free your computer of infections) what can the lay person do have a modicum of protection or at least peace of mind?

Submission + - Prenda hammered: Judge sends porn-trolling lawyers to criminal investigators (

SternisheFan writes: ArsTechnica Aurich Lawson reports:

Lawyers who lied and obfuscated for years face disbarment and a $82,000 fine.

US District Judge Otis Wright has no love for the lawyers who set up the copyright-trolling operation that came to be known as Prenda Law. But Wright at least acknowledges their smarts in his long-awaited order, released today. Wright's order is a scathing 11-page document, suggesting Prenda masterminds John Steele and Paul Hansmeier should be handed over for criminal investigation. In the first page though, there's almost some admiration expressed for the sheer dark intelligence of their scheme. The copyright-trolling scheme that has reached its apex with Prenda is so complete, so mathematical.

"Plaintiffs have outmaneuvered the legal system," Wright begins. He goes on:

"They've discovered the nexus of antiquated copyright laws, paralyzing paralyzing social stigma, and unaffordable defense costs. And they exploit this anomaly by accusing individuals of illegally downloading a single pornographic video. Then they offer to settle—for a sum calculated to be just below the cost of a bare-bones defense. For these individuals, resistance is futile; most reluctantly pay rather than have their names associated with illegally downloading porn. So now, copyright laws originally designed to compensate starving artists allow, starving attorneys in this electronic-media era to plunder the citizenry."

And yes, if reading "resistance is futile" rattles something in your brain—Wright's order is thoroughly peppered with Star Trek references.

The plaintiffs have a right to assert their intellectual property rights, "so long as they do it right," Wright acknowledges. That's not what happened here, though. Prenda lawyers used "the same boilerplate complaints against dozens of defendants," without telling the judge. Instead, defense lawyers like Morgan Pietz flagged the dozens of related cases. "It was when the Court realized Plaintiffs engaged their cloak of shell companies and fraud that the court went to battlestations," stated Wright.

Submission + - Jamestown Bones Show Signs of Cannibalism (

sciencehabit writes: As winter fell at the end of 1609, the settlers in Jamestown, Virginia, found themselves in dire straits. A powerful hurricane had all but destroyed a fleet of ships carrying provisions from England, leaving the colonial fort with a depleted food supply. Outside the walls, the Powhatan Indians had declared war and were laying siege to the fort, trapping the 300 settlers inside. Out of food and unable to forage, the desperate settlers ate horses, dogs, rats, and snakes. As winter dragged on, they turned to an even more unorthodox source of food: Today, scientists revealed the first physical evidence that the starving colonists at Jamestown ate their dead.

Submission + - Middle school students best their teachers with social engineering

lukej writes: In Ketchikan, Alaska a small group of unidentified students gained access to school owned computers by using phishing techniques on their teachers. The then used the elevated access to remotely control their peers computers.

Fortunately the school administrators seem to have a taken a realistic and pragmatic viewpoint of the situation, although no official punishment has yet been determined.

"Kids are being kids," (Principal) Robinson said, adding that he was surprised something like this had not already occurred. "They're going to try to do what they try to do. This time we found out about it."

Submission + - FAA on travel delays: Get used to it (

coondoggie writes: The term sequestration has certainly become a four-letter word for many across the country — and now you can count business and regular traveling public among those hating its impact.

[25 crazy and scary things the TSA has found on travelers]

The Federal Aviation administration today issued a blunt statement on the impact of sequestration on the nation's air traffic control system which this week begain furloughing about 10% of air traffic controllers for 2 days or so per month. It reads an s follows:
As a result of employee furloughs due to sequestration, the FAA is implementing traffic management initiatives at airports and facilities around the country. Travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays....

Submission + - The Internet Archive is now the Largest collection of Historical Software ( 1

hypnosec writes: The Internet Archive has a great collection of books, music, visual items and websites but, it had one thing lacking up until now – archive of software. This has changed recently as The Internet Archive now holds the largest collection of software in the world and has challenged everyone to find a bigger one. The expansion at the Internet Archive has come through collaboration with other independent archives like that Disk Drives collection, the FTP site boneyard, Shareware CD Archive, and the TOSEC archive. The archive doesn’t hold just the software – it also holds documentation as well.

Submission + - The Nielsen Family Is Dead (

An anonymous reader writes: An article at Wired walks us through how the so-called Nielsen Family, responsible for deciding which shows were good and which were flops since the '70s, isn't the be-all, end-all of TV popularity anymore. Quoting: 'Over the years, the Nielsen rating has been tweaked, but it still serves one fundamental purpose: to gauge how many people are watching a given show on a conventional television set. But that’s not how we watch any more. Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Roku, iTunes, smartphone, tablet—none of these platforms or devices are reflected in the Nielsen rating. (In February Nielsen announced that this fall it would finally begin including Internet streaming to TV sets in its ratings.) And the TV experience doesn’t stop when the episode ends. We watch with tablets on our laps so we can look up an actor’s IMDb page. We tweet about the latest plot twist (discreetly, to avoid spoilers). We fill up the comments section of our favorite online recappers. We kibitz with Facebook friends about Hannah Horvath’s latest paramour. We start Tumblrs devoted to Downton decor. We’re engaging with a show even if we aren’t watching it, but none of this behavior factors into Nielsen’s calculation of its impact.'

Submission + - Romney 1040 returns ransomed (

An anonymous reader writes: Somebody has laid claim that US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax records have been stolen and has sent encrypted copies to the campaigns with a letter starting a bidding war to release the keys or destroy them

"Failure to do this before September 28, the entire world will be allowed to view the documents with a publicly released key to unlock everything."

Are these just more campaign hijinks, or is it a chance to have your voice heard by paying to have the records released?


Submission + - Canonical: Ubuntu To Soon Ship On 5% Of PCs (

An anonymous reader writes: Chris Kenyon, the VP of sales and business development for Canonical, just spoke this afternoon at the Ubuntu 12.10 Developer Summit about what Canonical does with OEMs and ODMs. He also tossed out some rather interesting numbers about the adoption of Ubuntu Linux. Namely, Ubuntu will ship on 5% of worldwide PC sales with a number of 18 million units annually.

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