Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Submission Summary: 0 pending, 1 declined, 4 accepted (5 total, 80.00% accepted)

+ - Is 2013 the year of alternative inputs? 1

Submitted by gotfork
gotfork (1395155) writes "Now that touch screens have become ubiquitous thanks to smartphones and tablets, will alternative input technologies finally start to change the way we interact with desktop computers? Touch screen monitors are becoming commonplace, and while operating systems are increasingly working to support them, David Pogue thinks it's not enough. Despite issues that remain with touch-enabled displays, I think that pen-enabled writing pads, tablets and displays are now a mature technology, since they work more readily with traditional OS interfaces. There's also interesting new technologies on the horizon — SteLuLu Technologies wants gamers to start using their feet and Leap Motion, previously covered here, wants to bring their 3D gesture input to the desktop (think a Kinect on steroids) . If you're not a fan of the new stuff, you can always hack a Nintendo Power Glove or use something that looks like a Portal gun in reverse. Keyboards and mice won't go away any time soon, but we now have many more options to use in parallel."
Education

+ - The most epic scavenger hunt returns

Submitted by gotfork
gotfork (1395155) writes "The world's largest scavenger hunt, covered in previous years on Slashdot, is now taking place at the University of Chicago. The competition is fierce: in 1999 one team build a working breeder reactor in the quad, but only won second place. Items on this year's list include your appendix in a jar (210), a disappearing spoon made of metal (105), a chromatic typewriter (216), an xyloexplosive (33) and a weaponized Xerox machine (83). Check out the full list here (PDF). Not bad for the school where "where fun comes to die"."
Your Rights Online

+ - Hacked emails reveal Russian astroturfing program->

Submitted by gotfork
gotfork (1395155) writes "Quoting The Guardian: "A pro-Kremlin group runs a network of internet trolls, seeks to buy flattering coverage of Vladimir Putin and hatches plans to discredit opposition activists and media, according to private emails allegedly hacked by a group calling itself the Russian arm of Anonymous."

While a similar program has operated in China for a long time, and some commentators have suggested that a similar program exists in Russia, this is the first confirmation."

Link to Original Source
News

+ - Publicly available Russian election results show e->

Submitted by
gotfork
gotfork writes "As some Russians protest the results of the recent election, several commentators (Russian, English) have started looking at the results which are posted to the election commission web site and there's very strong evidence of fraud. Voter turnout correlates strongly with percent voting for the ruling party, United Russia, and there are a lot of polling stations with nearly 100% turnout and 100% voting for United Russia in some unusual places. The raw data is posted so you can do your own analysis."
Link to Original Source
Input Devices

+ - Best mobile computing options for people with RSI?

Submitted by gotfork
gotfork (1395155) writes "Several years ago I injured my wrists while typing at a poorly set up desk. I am now greatly recovered, and can work at a desktop computer for several hours each day as long as I wear wrist braces. I have avoided using laptops in the past because both TrackPoint-style pointing sticks and touch pads create a lot of strain on my wrists, but am ready to give it another shot. Is my best option a stylus-based convertable tablet/laptop (such as the Lenevo X series) or are there any lighter-weight devices that have ergonomic inputs?"

Don't hit the keys so hard, it hurts.

Working...