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Comment: To answer your question... (Score 1) 646

by Kra Z Joe (#32974710) Attached to: Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?
No.

I absolutely hate (and I'm not normally a hater) the glare from the glossy screens... and the fingerprints that seem to magically appear whenever I shift or close my eyes for a moment of respite.

FWIW - There are privacy filters available, that also act as anti-glare filters. Personally, I've found certain size displays to be absent from your selection of these screens, and some are incompatible with laptop displays. Not to mention that the privacy filtering makes them a rather poor choice of anti-glare covering when trying to share your entertainment with others on a laptop.

Luckily, I found a WUXGA 1920x1200 screen for my purposes... but it cost me.
Science

Ball Lightning Caused By Magnetic Hallucinations 269

Posted by kdawson
from the on-the-ball dept.
KentuckyFC writes "Transcranial magnetic stimulation involves placing a human in a rapidly changing magnetic field powerful enough to induce eddy currents in the brain. Focus the field in the visual cortex, for example, and the induced eddys cause the subject to 'see' lights that appear as discs and lines. Move the field within the cortex and the subject sees the lights move too. Physicists have calculated that the fields associated with certain kinds of multiple lightning strikes are powerful enough to induce the same kind of visual hallucinations in anybody unlucky enough to be within 200 meters or so. These fields ought to induce hallucinations that would take the form of luminous lines and balls that float in front of the subject's eyes, an effect that would explain observations otherwise classed as ball lightning, say the scientists."
Biotech

Crowdsourcing HIV Research 52

Posted by timothy
from the work-backwards-to-zero dept.
biolgeek writes "In recent years, HIV has been managed with a collection of therapies. However, the virus will likely evolve around these drugs, making it crucially important to get a better understanding of the virus itself. An important step in understanding the virus is to get a handle on its genetic blueprint. William Dampier of Drexler University is taking a novel approach to this research by crowdsourcing his problem. He is hosting a bioinformatics competition, which requires contestants to find markers in the HIV sequence that predict a change in the severity of the infection (as measured by viral load). So far the best entry comes from Fontanelles, an HIV research group, which has been able to predict a change in viral load with 66% accuracy."
Power

MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed On Paper 125

Posted by timothy
from the let's-give-them-some-post-unveiing-privacy dept.
lucidkoan writes "MIT researchers recently unveiled the world's first thin-film solar cell printed on a sheet of paper. The panel was created using a process similar to that of an inkjet printer, producing semiconductor-coated paper imbued with carbon-based dyes that give the cells an efficiency of 1.5 to 2 percent. That's not incredibly efficient, but the convenience factor makes up for it. And in the future, researchers hope that the same process used in the paper solar cells could be used to print cells on metal foil or even plastic. If they're able to gear efficiencies up to scale, the development could revolutionize the production and installation of solar panels."
Image

Woman Creates 3-D Erotic Book For the Blind 113

Posted by samzenpus
from the is-that-a-book-in-your-pocket-or-are-you-just-happy-to-see-me dept.
Lisa J. Murphy has written an erotic book with tactile images for that special visually impaired porn connoisseur in your life. Tactile Mind contains explicit softcore raised images, along with Braille text and photos. From the article: "A photographer with a certificate in Tactile Graphics from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Murphy learned to create touchable images of animals for books for visually impaired children. Then she realized that there was a lack of such books for adults only. 'There are no books of tactile pictures of nudes for adults, at least the last time I looked around,' says Murphy. 'We're breaking new ground. Playboy has [an edition with] Braille wording, but there are no pictures.' She says that while we live in a culture saturated with sexual images, the blind have been 'left out.'"
Government

South Korea Announces Daily MMO Blackouts For Youths 148

Posted by Soulskill
from the probably-just-making-more-time-for-starcraft dept.
eldavojohn writes "GamePolitics reports that South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has announced two new policies that will force underage gamers to pick a six-hour block of time (midnight-6 AM,1-7 AM, or 2-8 AM) where they will not be able to play 19 online role-playing games. While it targets most popular MMORPGs, some popular games like Lineage were left off the list."
Security

+ - Security analyst for Sandia wins lawsuit

Submitted by DeQuincey
DeQuincey (221531) writes "The Register is reporting that Shawn Carpenter, the security analyst at Sandia National Laboratories who was fired for investigating attacks on SNL, has been awarded $4.7 Million. Carpenter investigated the attacks, dubbed "Titan Rain," despite his employer's refusal to approve the action. He contacted the FBI about the attacks and they were aware of this activities. Despite this, Sandia didn't take it lightly and terminated his employment."
Microsoft

Teacher Avoids Getting Sent to Siberia For Piracy 252

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the off-the-hook dept.
Piracy Support Line writes "Russian principal Alexander Ponosov will not be visiting Siberia any time soon, at least not for the allegedly illegal Microsoft software that were preloaded on the computers they bought and Microsoft supported the reseller's story. Although Bill Gates rejected Mikhail Gorbachev's personal appeal for mercy on behalf of the teacher, the judge was kinder. Judge Elvira Mosheva decided to dismiss the case because 'Microsoft's financial damage is too insignificant for a criminal investigation.'"
Handhelds

Camera Phones Read Hidden Messages in Print 126

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the go-go-gadget-decoder dept.
pikine writes "As reported by BBC News, Fujitsu has developed a technology that encodes 12-bytes of information in a printed picture by skewing yellow hue, which is difficult to discern by human eye but fairly easy for camera phones to decode using software written in Java." The first target uses are promotional contests and competitions, not entirely unlike those game pieces that need to be viewed through a colored filter.
Announcements

+ - BitTorrent and µTorrent join forces-not g

Submitted by
wo0zy
wo0zy writes "Bram Cohen, the creator of the BitTorrent protocol, and Ludvig (Ludde) Strigeus, the writer of Torrent have decided to join forces. Together, we are pleased to announce that BitTorrent, Inc. and Torrent AB have decided to join forces. BitTorrent has acquired Torrent as it recognized the merits of Torrent's exceptionally well-written codebase and robust user community. Bringing together Torrent's efficient implementation and compelling UI with BitTorrent's expertise in networking protocols will significantly benefit the community with what we envision will be the best BitTorrent client. Many Torrent users are very unhappy about this. Check out the thread on Torrent,s, web site http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=17278"
Space

+ - Possible impact crater in Black Rock Desert

Submitted by brianc
brianc (11901) writes "Ian Kluft, author of WebFetch and amateur rocketeer, has pulled together a compelling case supporting the discovery that "an elliptical-shaped impact crater approximately 30 miles (48 km) wide east-to-west and 40 miles (64 km) long north-to-south exists at the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada". Although additional field-based research is necessary, the Impact Field Studies Group believes there is enough evidence in Ian's findings to add the location to their Suspected Earth Impact Sites (SEIS) list. Besides the numerous high powered rocket launches that ultimately led to the discovery, Black Rock Desert is the home of the annual Burning Man Festival."

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