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Razer, Valve, and Sixense Working On Motion Control For PC Games 126 126

An anonymous reader sends along this excerpt from Shacknews: "Gaming hardware developer Razer has announced a new multi-year partnership with Sixense Entertainment and Valve Software to deliver a '...revolutionary true-to-life, next-generation motion sensing and gesture recognition controller for PC gaming.' Razer, Valve, and Sixense, along with a selection of PC OEM partners, are aiming to produce '...ultra-precise one-to-one motion sensing controllers that use electromagnetic fields to track precise movements along all six axes.' Each controller will reportedly track its orientation within a single degree, and detect positioning within one millimeter. Thankfully, the device will be compatible with both current and future generation PC games."
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France Considers 'Pirate Tax' For Online Ads 271 271

angry tapir writes "A report commissioned by the French Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, urges the introduction of a tax on online advertising such as that carried by Google, which would be used to pay the creators of artistic and other works that lose out to online piracy."

Comment Re:I know this *seems* like a bad idea (Score 1) 317 317

While you could try to boil down the soldier's logic to an algorithm, the key difference you can't resolve is that the soldier has free will, while the robot has no real choice of its own.

Free will is an illusion emerging from our observation of the behaviour of very complex systems, namely our brains. The soldier lacks free will just as much as the robot does - it's just that the robot is far less sophisticated in interpreting and taking action on the kind of input we're speaking of. The human soldier has the advantage of an evolutionarily developed brain structure and lots upon lots of prototypical guidelines for responding to many kinds of situations, not just ones a developer thought would be handy on a battlefield. There's a qualitative difference alright, but it's not due to any arbitrary conception of "free will".

Comment Re:Already Free (Score 1) 376 376

On your first gripe I agree.

Why am I forced to select something before doing most operations? If nothing is selected, surely it's logical I want to do it on the whole image.

You don't need a selection, but you do need an active layer to operate on. Just click on one in the layers tab. Perhaps it's only me being grown with Photoshop, but this seems coherent with the way layers are supposed to work.

What is Photoshop's equivalent to "Alpha to Selection", which I use all the time? (I'm sure it has one but damned if I can find it)

Ctrl+click on a layer.

I'm obviously not trying to refute any of your statements; just trying to be helpful.

"Virtual" means never knowing where your next byte is coming from.

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