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+ - Fans asks Disney for Tron 3->

martiniturbide writes: Disney's Tron fans are trying an online petition requesting the third installment of the film. Their request says:
"Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully realize the world created in the original Tron. It's a shame that Disney has elected not to move forward with a third Tron film as the universe is ripe to be explored. Sign this petition so that we may show Disney that The Grid is too great to never be shown again and to prove that Flynn lives."

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+ - An USB Adapter for almost all Console Controllers->

martiniturbide writes: The Retrogaming and Emulation community are putting their efforts together to support the Bliss-Box 4-Play last days on kickstarter. This is an independent produced multi console controller USB adapter supporting Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, PS3 and Raspberry Pi and it already supports 17 controller ports (NES, SNES, Sega Dreamcast, Atari 2600, Virtual Boy, DB9 and more). EmuParadise just released a ”GiveAway” to promote the project, there had been several videos reviews ( Lon Reviews Tech with the Ouya!, Lon Reviews Tech , Racketboy, Thomas Smith ) and even Zophar’s Domain came back from the underworld to try to promote this project on the last days of the funding campaign.
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+ - All console controllers in your PC->

martiniturbide writes: Bliss-Box 4-Play is a multi console controller USB adapter with support for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, PS3 and Raspberry Pi and it already supports 17 controller ports (NES, SNES, Sega Dreamcast, Atari 2600, Virtual Boy, DB9 and more). It does it by having a variety of cables (that are available for sale or DIY) that connects to the main device and it supports up to 4 controllers at the same time. They are trying to get support via kickstater to be able to commercialize this adapter.
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Why there is not a campaign against "Cloud Exclusive Hardware" ?

martiniturbide writes: Today we can see a lot of hardware that is being sold that only works only against a cloud. There are many examples, like the Belkin NetCam HD+ (wifi webcam) that only works if you run it against their service (by seedonk) and if you don’t want to use their cloud, this hardware is useless. This is happening with a lot of new hardware and it does mean that you get the device cheap for being locked to their cloud, you are paying full price for this devices. On the internet there are just little groups trying to hack some of this hardware, but the consumer does not seems to care that if the manufacturer discontinue the service the hardware will be useless. Why there are no complains against this kind of hardware on the internet? Is it useless to fight “cloud exclusive hardware”? Should we care about it? Or we are so used to disposable hardware that we don’t care anymore?

+ - Bliss-box launches a "Kick Starter" campaign-> 2 2

martiniturbide writes: The dream of every emulator enthusiast is to be able to connect all the game consoles classic controllers into the USB port of the PC (and other platforms) to play games. Bliss-box had been discussing some prototypes on how to do that since 2007 on emulation forums. Now Bliss-box launched a kick starter campaign to raise money to turn the Bliss-box 4-play product into a reality, this is an "almost circular" 4 USB ports adapter that with a set of cables with allow you to connect almost any kind of gamepad/joystick to your PC.
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+ - eComStation, OS/2 Warp and WarpStock->

martiniturbide writes: The Warpstock annual conference was held on Oct 24 to 26 on St. Louis, Missouri. These conferences are related to the OS/2 and eComStation platform. Currently there are two reviews of the event online at OS2World and at WarpCity2 blog. The videos are available at YouTube. Between the relevant news there is a new company called "Arca Noae" that will focus on software development for the platform. They are working on ACPI, USB, Network and other drivers for the platform. Additionally Mensys also gave some light why there haven't been activity on the last year. Arca Noae announced driver releases and software subscription products for the users of this platform. OS2World is collecting all OS/2 software source code available and uploading it at Github and for the moment they have 1340 repositories.
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+ - RetroN 5 copyright violations and "TIVO-ization"->

martiniturbide writes: There was some complains about the legally of the source code used by the Hyperkin's RetroN 5 console (NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA console in one). The open source project called "RetroArch" complained "SNES9x" core and "Genesis Plus GX" core source code are available under a non commercial use license. Plus they complained they used the source code of Libretro (GPL V3 ) doing a "TIVO-ization". Now Hyperkin has replied and released some of the source code to the public. But about RetroArch they said "While it is true that a few ASM functions from RetroArch were previously found in our frontend library, these were merely remnants of old test code which we unfortunately forgot to remove." RetroArch (libreto) replied again saying that the copyright violation exists because Genesis Plus GX and SNES9x-Next are non-commercial software and forbides it to be included in comercial bundles. Aditionally they claim that when RetroN 5 included the RetroArch code on their firmware (by mistake or not) they linked GPL V3 code so the previously distributed firmware should be open sourced under that license.
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+ - RetroN 5 copyright violations on OSS and non-commercial software->

martiniturbide writes: I noticed on the emulation scene that are some complains about the legally of the source code used by the RetroN 5 console (NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA console in one). The open source project called "RetroArch" is complaining that "SNES9x" core and "Genesis Plus GX" core source code are available under a non commercial use license. There are also claims of "TIVO-ization" of the open source code included on RetroN 5. Some discussion and demands to RetroN 5 are registered on the AssemblerGame forum . The blog post show evidence of the binary comparison done with Google's BinDiff tool.
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+ - A real life example on how bad is the DRM software on a Tablet->

martiniturbide writes: A good example on how bad can the DRM software be is the Lenovo's 2011 Thinkpad Tablet 1 (Android) example. This Thinkpad Tablet came with a locked bootloader to protect the DRM license agreements with the OEM software included on it. It ended up turning that a software problem can brick the tablet, since you can not access the lower level firmware to fix the tablet software corruption because of the locked bootloader, Lenovo will have to change the perfectly working mainboard if it was under warranty. I tried to escalate this issue for Lenovo to unlock this bootloader, but I my only little victory was for Lenovo to recognize the problem and provide a "Free Mainboard Replacement" warranty until August 31 of 2014. Lenovo did not comply to unlock the bootloader and does not want to provide a full stock ROM because it will need to unlock the bootloader for the user to install it. This was my real case scenario of why you need to stay away of DRM software on a tablet.
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+ - Tiny Robots as Computer Interfase.->

martiniturbide writes: An article at ITProPortal shows how tiny robots with omnidirectional wheels are used as a way to interact with the computer. The robots are rolled onto a projected touchscreen and the human interaction with the little robot generates different actions. An interesting video about it is also available.
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+ - U.S., UK advise avoiding Internet Explorer until bug fixed->

martiniturbide writes: Reuters is reporting that "The U.S. and UK governments on Monday advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers used to launch attacks." and states that "The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in an advisory released on Monday that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to "the complete compromise" of an affected system."

S.H.I.E.L.D. did not release any statement yet.

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+ - Why you have to stay away of "Locked Bootloaders" and DRM software->

martiniturbide writes: I want to share my personal experience with "Locked Bootloaders" and DRM software, and why you have to stay away from it. This is a short post about my experience with the "Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 1" and how DRM software combined with the locked bootloader are making some models of this tablet useless after a software brick, forcing you to pay for a new motherboard.
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+ - eComStation 2.2 Beta Released->

martiniturbide writes: "Today Mensys released the eComStation 2.2 Beta for subscribers. (eComStation is an OEM version of IBM's OS/2 Warp operating system). This marks with optimism the continuity of this platform and at the OS2world community we keep supporting the OS/2 users with updated news and user forum. It had been key for us to support open source software. Qt4, OpenJDK, OpenOffice, Firefox, CUPS had been ported but as a community we still need more interested developers on this platform. I hope that someday, as a community, we can create an full OS/2 open source clone."
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+ - Preview: eComStation 2.2 Beta, the legacy of OS/2 lives on->

martiniturbide writes: "Matthew Nawrocki wrote an article for techrepublic.com reviewing the forthcoming version of eComStation. eComStation is the evolution of IBM OS/2 operating system. Check this article Preview: eComStation 2.2 Beta, the legacy of OS/2 lives on"
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