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Comment: Do you blame them? (Score 1) 267

by Ilsundal (#47619353) Attached to: Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

C'mon. Most people are doing this. WHY?! Because Snow Leopard (10.6.x) is the first release of OSX that removes the PPC aspect of it. What software developer, in 2014 wishes to provide legacy support for an architecture that Apple abandoned 5+ years ago? No new Macs are being developed with PPC. Let's move with the times already.

Comment: Guaranteed XBox Live Servers Until the End of Time (Score 1) 435

by Ilsundal (#43569299) Attached to: New Console Always-Online Requirements and <em>You</em>

This is my biggest issue with this sort of thing; I still have my original Nintendo Entertainment System from 1985. I am an avid fan of retro gaming. What if, in 30 years, I still have an XBox 720? Is Microsoft going to guarantee lifetime online authentication for this console? When/if the servers go offline, it's time to throw it in the trash? This is a piece of hardware that I would be paying for, and should be able to enjoy it for 50+ years, pass it down, whatever.

Comment: Talk about overdoing it. (Score 1) 34

by Ilsundal (#43334371) Attached to: Dell, Raymond Unveil 'One Smartwatch Per Child'; Icahn Erupts

Errr, this is madness. What I used to love about the old April Fools /. way of doing it, is they would mix up real stories that seemed questionable, with APril Fools ones, and you always second guessed the story. This current way, errrr, why boter using the page at all? %90 of them aren't even remotely funny or believable.

Comment: Metaverses / Virtual Worlds / MMORPGs (Score 2) 96

by Ilsundal (#34754950) Attached to: Kinect Creators To Make PC Controller

Could be pretty interesting for 3D interactive worlds; these type of worlds have always been far more successful on the PC. Those static/boring standing/dancing animations 3d characters currently have could be a thing of the past. Interaction between avatars could be a bit more "real" with something like this. It certainly is no "Lawnmower Man" hardware however it's an interesting step for metaverses and MMORPGs. Granted, the amount of space (if based on Kinect specs) you would need for your computer station would be enormous, but I think "the computer" really could benefit from these sort of user input technology.

Social Networks

Twitter Says Americans Are Happier In the Morning 88

Posted by samzenpus
from the 140-character-science dept.
DWF3046 writes "There are lots of things you can infer from Twitter. But while we're learning what we're eating or where we're flying, we haven't been able to use Twitter to determine how we're feeling. Researchers at Harvard and Northwestern have created a video that shows the mood in the US, as inferred using over 300 million tweets, over the course of the day. The results? The early morning and late evening appear to provide the highest levels of happiness. Geographically, the data points to a significantly happier west coast, which is consistently three hours behind the east coast."
Science

Your Feces Is a Wonderland of Viruses 211

Posted by timothy
from the and-so-can-you dept.
sciencehabit writes "Thanks to an anlaysis of fecal samples from four sets of Missouri-born female identical twins and their mothers, researchers have concluded that human guts harbor viruses as unique as the people they inhabit; the viral lineup differs even between identical twins. Even more surprising? These viruses may be doing good work inside of us."
Idle

Growing A House From Meat 133

Posted by samzenpus
from the delicious-future dept.
baosol writes "From the boundary-pushing team of archi-visionaries who brought us the fabulous Fab Tree Hab comes a new (and somewhat disgusting) way to grow a structure — using animal flesh! The In Vitro Meat Habitat is a futuristic concept home composed of meat cells grown in a lab. The creator of the concept, Mitchell Joachim, is a futurist with a twist– he says he is actually developing the concept in a lab."
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Prince Says Internet Is Over 450

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-was-fun-while-it-lasted dept.
the_arrow writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, 'The internet's completely over.' At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror. Quoting Prince: 'The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.'"

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