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Robotics

Submission + - Robot becomes one of the kids in classroom study

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have found that toddlers treat a small robot as a peer rather than a toy. A team from the University of California, San Diego, placed Sony's QRIO in a classroom of kids aged 18 months to 2 years and watched them interact. Over time the children grew to treat the robot as one of them — playing games with the robot, hugging it, and covering it up with a blanket when its batteries ran down. AWww..
Microsoft

Submission + - Is Microsoft to blame here?

netbuzz writes: "Or the BIOS maker Phoenix? Or the laptop user who ignored this warning? "This BIOS is ONLY for use with Windows Vista. Please do not install this BIOS for use with Windows XP, or other Windows versions." The user ignored it. Trouble ensued. ... Your call (and there seems to be plenty of disagreement). http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1383 1"

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