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+ - Inkless printers to be built into digital cameras

Submitted by
MattSparkes
MattSparkes writes "A revolutionary way to print pictures without ink has been invented by a US company called Zink Imaging. The company, a spin-off of Polaroid, says it will use the technology to make hand-held printers that can be integrated into mobile phones and digital cameras. "The key to creating the devices is doing away with ink, using a new type of digital printing that changes colour of paper when heat is applied.""
Sci-Fi

+ - Online psi experiments launched

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mindenergy
mindenergy writes "A series of psi (parapsychology) online experiments were announced to be launched.

From the Press Release: Mind-Energy.net Launches a Series of Mind Power Experiments

A series of combined online and offline experiments designed to verify the existence of human mind's ability to perceive information over distance and to influence events over distance are being launched at Mind-Energy.net website.

The faculties of the human mind, such as remote viewing, clairvoyance, telepathy, commonly referred as 'psi' in the science of parapsychology, are still considered paranormal by the mainstream and require further testing to prove or disprove their existence. The everlasting question whether people possess the sixths sense will be put to test once again in a new series of unique experiments on the 'Psi Experiments' website at http://psi.mind-energy.net.

In addition, the experiments will try to discern whether there's a difference between the results of the two genders and is there any connection between subjective level of competence (level of belief) and actual results. The results and the statistics will be published on the site after each experiment ends.

A new experiment will be started once a month and people all over the world will be able to take part in them, with a chance to win prizes from participating sponsors. Anonymous participation is also possible.

About Mind-Energy.net.
Parapsychology articles and blog on http://www.mind-energy.net is a site devoted to parapsychology, healing and alternative medicine news and articles. The website has published over 150 articles describing health tips, interviews with parapsychology researches and healers, personal experiences and psi research news."
Media

+ - Open Source Gaming Round Table

Submitted by
cranos
cranos writes "This fortnight I managed to snag three FOSS games developers for Open Source On The Air, a fortnightly podcast radio show. Tim Ansell from the Thousand Parsec project, Rusty Russell — Kernel Hacker and contributer to the popular Wesnoth project, and Michael Kedzierski from kruel.org a small gaming project trying something a little different."
Businesses

+ - Opportunity is knocking. Should I open the door?

Submitted by
infinite9
infinite9 writes "I hear about startups all the time. But most of the time, it's just talk. So I don't take them seriously. But this time, someone has really caught my attention. I'm an independant IT consultant with many years of experience. I'm in my 30s. I make an excellent hourly rate and would most likely continue to do so. But a friend of mine has offered me part ownership as a founding share holder in a new business. I can't talk about what I would be doing, but it's spectacularly awesome. It's the stuff I dreamed about making when I was a kid. I'm usually very skeptical about these things. But in this case, their business plan is rock solid. They have several investors interested already. But when I heard about one potential investor in particular who they've already met with, it floored me. Everyone here would instantly recognize his name. If this person trusts these people and their business plan, shouldn't I? Here's the problem. For the first few years, I would be making what for most people is a great salary. But for me, it's a significant pay cut, almost half. But I'd be working from home a lot. I'd have a lot of control. I'd be working with my friends doing something extremely fun and satisfying. Currently, I put quite a lot of money a year in an IRA/401k. I'd have to stop that. But in exchange I'd get quite a lot of shares. If they just hit the conservative estimates in their business plan, i'd be very comfortable. If they exceed plan even a little, which is likely if they succeed, I'd never have to work again. Worst case, I walk away with valuable business experience, good technical experience, and no IRA/401k. I would be around 40 at this point. So what would you need to justify leaving your comfort zone and taking a risk like this? Other than obvious due diligence, what would you want to know or consider up front?"
Emulation (Games)

+ - DS Homebrew Review

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marcellizot
marcellizot writes "In the second monthly DS Homebrew round up, Pocket Gamer tackle some new hardware with the EZ-V 3-in-1 Expansion Pack, (a rumbling 3 in 1 slot 1 solution), some new software with MSN Messenger and take time to look at the new homebrew puzzle game Omalone. There is also news on the game no self respecting homebrew enabled deviece can live without: Doom, including a quick 'how to' on setting up your own Doom WiFi game server. Add to that details on the recently released WFCStatus — an application that checks where the WiFi action is at — and your month in DS homebrew should be well catered for."
Biotech

+ - Human Immortality: A Scientific Reality?

Submitted by socram
socram (625524) writes "From the moment of birth, we begin the battle against death — against the inevitable. Statistics say that a newborn child can expect to live an average of 76 years. But averages may not be what they use to be.In 1786, life expectancy was 24 years. A hundred years later it doubled to 48. Right now, it's 76. The cause of human aging is now being understood."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Opensource Mobilephone, the i-Phone beater!

Submitted by
Pyrofer
Pyrofer writes "There has been quite a bit of press recently about the openmoko linux phone, Story here
Will anybody buy an iPhone that is closed and locked, when they could have a cheaper opensource phone and write apps for it?
I will buy one of these as soon as I can, The chance to finally fix the bugs that annoy me about my phone is too much to pass up. Dont like the way your phone does something? Change it!"
Music

+ - Digital technologies creat classical music hoax

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An anonymous reader writes "The classical music world is in a tizzy today, as it turns out that a recently-lauded pianist — Joyce Hatto — most likely did not play on any of the albums with here name on them. The late pianist, who died in June 2006, had become something of a star in the limited world of small-label classical releases, but some listeners questioned how she could have recorded so many CDs, and how here styles sounded different from one disc to the other. It turns out that some — if not all — of her discs were mere copies of other discs, with occasional digital tweaks, such as speed changes or EQ changes, to make them sound a bit different.

Many critics were fooled, and a minor Hatto-mania ensued following some of the more recent releases, but the digital music CSI teams have proven that some of the discs are simply copies of other recordings.

http://www.mcelhearn.com/article.php?story=2007021 6113905156"
Privacy

+ - Judge Restricts New York Police Surveillance

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berberine
berberine writes "In a rebuke of a surveillance practice greatly expanded by the New York Police Department after the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge ruled today that the police must stop the routine videotaping of people at public gatherings unless there was an indication that unlawful activity may occur. Nearly four years ago, at the request of New York City, the same judge, Charles S. Haight Jr., had given the police greater authority to investigate political, social and religious groups."
The Courts

+ - Prison for pop-up and fundamentalism

Submitted by blh42
blh42 (928419) writes "Friday, oh mighty friday. I'd like to throw my self into the malicious debate regarding morale issues in the U-S of A.
On the morning train I stumbled upon an article about a teacher who apparently is being sentenced to 40 years in prison for accidental display of hard-core porn pop-ups in class.

Now the story tells that the teacher who was teaching in class had previously been surfing hair fashion pages, which according to the expert witness had installed ad spyware on the computer. These in term flashed hard-core porn ads on regular basis.
At the time there where 10 students in class, from which 4 did see the images displayed. The eleven members of the jury choose to believe that this was an moral assault on the students and didn't care about the expert witness.

Now I find this as a court case completely crazy. I'm not sure if they understand the impact of what they may or may not create with this. I mean what is she suppose to learn from this 40 years sentence? Not to use computers in class? Or perhaps stop using the Internet?

I think it's the same as trying to punish elders for exposing the selfs to the streets where they may be assaulted by robbers..

Something has to be done with this police state if it's not already too late. Los in court and lost to the state.. lost to the Christian way fundamentalism in my opinion. Fundamentalists that actually do have access to nuclear weapons.. shouldn't we do something about that?"
PC Games (Games)

+ - Build A World

Submitted by
queenb**ch
queenb**ch writes "A new open source development is roaming the net. They've found a home over at BuildaWorld.net. They're taking the Delta3D engine and turning it into something a bit more user friendly and ready to build a game with. It's getting the networking components added back in along with avatar inventory and a user interface. That should make it ready for a RPG or FPS game. Their "mission statement" and "purpose" is as follows... Now a small bird told me that they're getting close to releasing the network code and that the avartar inventory and UI won't be far behind it. You can visit them at http://www.buildaworld.net/ for more information.

Mission Statement

We are an alliance of smaller teams that are working to build a rules-independent world-independent Free Software-licensed game engine that we can share.

Purpose

Our purpose is for several teams to come together to create tools that let you build your own virtual world, roleplaying game, or whatever else you can imagine. Our purpose is to create a game engine and at least one "reference world."

1 — The license must permit anyone to use, modify, and distribute work based on our products.

2 — All decisions will be made by participating teams, not by a few individuals.

3 — Creation, administration, and maintenance of the demonstration shards will be shared by participating teams.

4 — The reference world will demonstrate that the game engine functions.

5 — The reference world will serve as a working "HOWTO" with examples of some basic tasks."

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?

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