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+ - High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Canoe Tech reports that M&M sorting machines are a popular project for people who like combining electronics, programming and machine building. Most of them send a single M&M down a chute to a simple color sensor where the color sensor will then take a second or two to figure out the color. A servo motor will then rotate a chute that will direct the M&M into the correct pot. But a new project created by the nameless blogger behind the reviewmylife blog, that uses an iPhone 5s as its brain is capable of sensing different colors and so can "sort" the M&Ms as they fall past. The iPhone communicates the information via Bluetooth to an Arduino board, which in turn fires off the correct electro magnet controlled gate. One practical application of the sorter could be creating a bowl of M&Ms — with all the brown ones removed. According to Dan and Chip Heath, that's just what rock band Van Halen demand in one of the riders to their standard contract. The band’s “M&M clause” was written into its contract to serve a very specic purpose. It was called Article 126, and it read as follows: “There will be no brown M&M’s in the backstage area, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation.” The article was buried in the middle of countless technical specications. When David Lee Roth would arrive at a new venue, he’d immediately walk backstage and glance at the M&M bowl. If he saw a brown M&M, he’d demand a line check of the entire production. “Guaranteed you’re going to arrive at a technical error,” said Roth.. “They didn’t read the contract Sometimes it would threaten to just destroy the whole show.”"

+ - Stupid Costly Patent Nuclear War By Microsoft & Apple Against Android Averte->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We've written a few times about Rockstar Consortium, a giant patent troll that was created when Microsoft and Apple (and a few others) teamed up to outbid Google, Intel (and a few others) in buying thousands of Nortel patents. Nortel admitted that it had bulked up on many of these patents for defensive measures, but once Nortel went bankrupt they went to the highest bidder (and the bidding went pretty damn high).

The winners of the bidding kept a few of the patents for themselves, but then dumped them all into "Rockstar Consortium" which was a new giant patent troll and which, importantly, was not subject to promises that Apple and Microsoft initially made (to avoid antitrust problems) to license the patents under reasonable terms."

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Comment: Re:i'm not going to see this (Score 1) 345

by UnknownSoldier (#48664935) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I'm not sure why The Hobbit is so bad. One was OK, Two was more meh. It was like all the heart, soul, and magic of LOTR vanished in a poof of smoke for The Hobbit. I mean, come on, one of -the- best parts in one was the dwarves singing "Misty Mountains" and the song is not even 2 minutes long! It is like they don't have any faith in their ability to please the non-ADD crowd ...

Speaking of foreign films ...

Wheat (2009) was a great foreign film .. IF you can find it !

It opened at the Shanghai International Film Festival, but I guess it is not dumb action like Prometheus so it got panned ...

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 0) 170

It is the same fucktards who spend $100,000+ on a watch. Hell, even spending $10,000 on a Rolex are idiots -- Who knew the price of vanity was so high!

> To anyone about to say real estate is an investment, go look at his electric bill, cleaning bill, and property taxes.

Spot on!

If it costs you money it is a liability
If it makes you money, it is an investment.

People who buy watches over $5,000 only prove that they have more money then brains.

+ - Sony Hires SCO's Anti-Linux Lawyer in Attempt to Bully the Press

Submitted by ErikTheRed
ErikTheRed (162431) writes "In what can only be taken as a serious attempt to provoke maximum outrage in the hacking community, Sony has retained the services of David Boies — the lead attorney in SCO's failed attempts at destroying Linux through its legal actions against Novell and IBM — to engage in some rather pathetic and legally questionable (per UCLA law professor and Washington Post blogger Eugene Volokh) attempts to get the media to stop talking about what is probably the largest corporate hack in history. What could possibly go wrong?"

+ - New compilation of banned Chinese search-terms reveals curiosities->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Canada’s Citizen Lab has compiled data from various research projects around the world in an attempt to create a manageable Github repository of government-banned Chinese keywords in internet search terms and which may appear in Chinese websites. Until now the study of such terms has proved problematic due to disparate research methods and publishing formats. A publicly available online spreadsheet which CCL have provided to demonstrate the project gives an interesting insight into the reactive and eccentric nature of the Great Blacklist of China, as far as outside research can deduce. Aside from the inevitable column listings of dissidents and references to government officials and the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989, search terms as basic as 'system' and 'human body' appear to be blocked."
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+ - Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Making A Comeback-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft Flight Simulator X from 2006 is still very popular among flight simulator aficionados, despite X-Plane offering a much more up-to-date product. In July of this year, Microsoft licensed the rights for the Flight Simulator franchise to Dovetail Games (responsible for Train Simulator). Dovetail is now releasing a "supersized" version of the classic — Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition features over 20 aircraft, 80 missions, 24,000 airports, and an updated multiplayer mode. It also comes with both Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration Expansion Pack, with more goodies to come next year. Most interestingly, the company reiterated that it is "working on its own original titles based on Microsoft's flight technology"."
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+ - FreeNAS 9.3 hits release status->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Here’s an early Christmas present for you all: FreeNAS 9.3!

This FreeNAS update is a significant evolutionary step from previous FreeNAS releases, featuring a simplified and reorganized Web User Interface, support for Microsoft ODX and Windows 2012 clustering, better VMWare integration, including VAAI support, a new and more secure update system with roll-back functionality, and hundreds of other technology enhancements. We’re quite proud of it and excited to make it publicly available."

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+ - A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two journals->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A scientific study by Maggie Simpson, Edna Krabappel, and Kim Jong Fun has been accepted by two journals. Of course, none of these fictional characters actually wrote the paper, titled "Fuzzy, Homogeneous Configurations." Rather, it's a nonsensical text, submitted by engineer Alex Smolyanitsky in an effort to expose a pair of scientific journals — the Journal of Computational Intelligence and Electronic Systems and the comic sans-loving Aperito Journal of NanoScience Technology."
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+ - NetHack: Still The Greatest Game Ever Written

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "While everyone obsesses about frame rates and polygon counts, there's one game that hasn't changed visually since for decades. NetHack may look incredibly primitive today, but it's still arguably the best game of all time, with an unmatched level of depth, creativity and replayability. Linux Voice looks at this fascinating dungeon romp, explaining what makes it great, how to get started with it, and how to discover some of its secrets."

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer

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