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+ - Poll Suggestion: Where do you live?

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tpwch
tpwch writes "There have been some debating on slashdot recently regarding us-centric stories and polls, usage of imperial units, etc. How about we settle it once and for all with a poll to see if the visitors to slashdot really are mostly from the U.S. or if the us-readers are in minority with readers from all over the world?

I suggest this poll:

Where do you live?
* Africa
* Antarctica
* Asia
* Australia (and surrounding areas)
* Europe
* North America
* South America
* I'm on the ISS, you insensitive clod!"
Idle

+ - Facebook to preserve accounts of the dead ->

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "Social-networking site Facebook is planning to preserve the accounts of dead members. The new "memorialized" accounts will continue to display photos and wall posts, but remove "senstive information" such as status updates and contact information. Friends or family who want to report the death of a Facebook member are encouraged to fill out the site's Deceased form. The form asks for proof of death, such as an obituary or news article, although it's not clear how Facebook can validate the death of a member if neither of those pieces of information is published on the internet. How long before someone snuffs it on Facebook before their time?"
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Input Devices

+ - Python + Motion detection = Fweemote

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jedie
jedie writes "After reading about different Wiimote hacks on Slashdot I decided to make a video with some demos of my motion detection library. You can watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGImvHEtUpE There's a link to the sourcecode (GPL) as well but the demo is win32 only
It's basically a webcam & some software in python to track LED's (preferrably IR's). In the demo video you see the software (albeit badly because of the webcam's IR filter being removed) tracking 2 different color LED's so multiplayer is possible. The software can track multiple points easily and when combined with IR-LED's its easy to simulate one Wiimote (ie. calculateing the distance + angle between two IR-leds to determine where the remote is relatively to the webcam). I want the code to get some publicity becauseI don't have time to work on it (dissertation blabla) but I don't want the code (however messy it is) to go to waste."
Games

+ - Sony Cuts PSP Prices

Submitted by CHaN_316
CHaN_316 (696929) writes "Sony has announced that they will cut the price of the Playstation Portable (PSP) from $199.99USD to $169.99USD. The move is intended to better compete against the Nintendo DS. The article reports, "In February, Nintendo's DS outsold every other console in the U.S., with about 485,000 total units sold. The prices of the DS vary among online and brick-and-mortar retailers, but a consumer can usually expect to pay from $130 to $160." This is the first price cut of the PSP since its launch in March 2005. Now when are we going to see a PS3 price cut?"

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