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Microsoft Working On Motion-Sensing Camera For the Xbox 360 68

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-they-promise-not-to-watch-you-and-laugh dept.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the motion-capture technology Microsoft is rumored to be working on for the Xbox 360. "Unlike the Wii, the Microsoft camera won't require users to hold any hardware to control on-screen action, the people familiar with the matter said. The camera would sit near the television and capture when players move their hands, legs or head." The Guardian Games Blog points out that we've gotten a look at this technology before, from a company called 3DV, which was reported to be talking with Microsoft earlier this year. Many expect the specifics of this technology to be revealed at E3 early next month.
First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - id Talks Licensing, Consoles & More

Submitted by Leowiz
Leowiz (666) writes "PlanetQuake4.net has an interview with id Software's Marty Stratton and Steve Nix. In the interview they discuss engine licensing, console development, piracy, digital distribution, and QuakeCon. Steve recently joined id Software after working as Ritual Entertainment's CEO. Marty has been with id Software for the last seven years as their Director of Business Development, but as recently taken on the role of Executive Producer.

Steve and Marty both recognized the growing importance of digital distribution, but have no plans of putting the publisher out of the equation any time soon. "The retail channel isn't going away," Marty said, and while a company such as id has the financial means to finance their own projects, they don't have the human resources to manage a retail relationship like a big publisher does. The publisher still adds a ton of value, especially in the marketing of games.
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The Courts

AT&T Says Spying Is Too Secret For Courts 312

Posted by kdawson
from the i-didn't-do-it-nobody-saw-me-you-can't-prove-a-thing dept.
The Wired blog 26B Stroke 6 reports on the arguments AT&T and the US government made to an appeals court hearing motions in the case the EFF brought against the phone giant for their presumed part in the government's program(s) to spy on Americans. In essence AT&T seems to have argued that the case against the telecom for allegedly helping the government spy on Americans is too secret for any court, despite the Administration's admission it did spy on Americans without warrants.
Spam

+ - Anti-spammer sued for complaining of spam

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www.sorehands.com
www.sorehands.com writes "E360Insight, LLC and David Linhardt sues more anti-spammers. E360Insight and Lindhardt is known for their $11.7M Default Judgement against Spamhaus.

This time, suit was filed against Mark Ferguson (of Ferguson v. Friendfinder fame), Susan Wilson, Kelly Chien, and Tim Skirvin along with a couple of undientified people for posting on usenet saying that E360Insight and Linhardt are spammers.

This is a disturbing trend. I have had spammer's attorney threaten libel actions, but never followed through. Prior to e360Insight, EmarketersAmerica.org filed a lawsuit lawsuit against Spamhaus. When Spamhaus appeared in the EmarketersAmerica.org case, EmarketersAmerica.org ran with its tail between its legs by filing request dismissal with prejudice. We need to stand up to these spammers and show them that filing suits against people complaining of spam is not in their best interest. These are SLAPP lawsuits brought solely to intimidate and silence — not because the suit has merit."

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