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Microsoft CEO Says Kinect To Support PCs Eventually 47

Posted by Soulskill
from the within-one-to-seventeen-years dept.
Ken writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that the company will support Kinect for PCs sometime in the future. The motion controller is currently only officially supported for the Xbox 360, although it has been hacked and tweaked to work on pretty much any platform that can be plugged into via a USB port. 'We're trying to move beyond gaming to include the world of socialization, movies, TV, music, and we're trying to make the whole experience accessible to everybody in the family not just the traditional gamer.' When Ballmer was asked, 'Will you plug-in the Kinect to the PC, will you go for that in the near future?' he replied, 'We'll support that in a formal way in the right time and when we've got an announcement to make we'll make it.' Note that this is completely separate from the Kinect-like controller from PrimeSense and Asus." Other readers have tipped related articles about Kinect being used to enable 3D teleconferencing and help drive a small helicopter drone.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 459

by michaelhood (#34819000) Attached to: Why haven't you bought a tablet?

a lot of the time this can point to patent issues

So what you're saying is that the US patent system is anti-competitive and harmful to consumers?

Thought so.

so if you spend millions/billions developing a microchip, then sell a phone that uses it..

you'd be okay if I just opened up the first phone that rolled off the assembly line and duplicated your chip? then started selling clones for a tenth of what you charge?

that's what happens when there's no [reasonable] patent protection for hardware. see: China.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 2) 459

by michaelhood (#34812208) Attached to: Why haven't you bought a tablet?

The cheap tablets and handhelds that you can buy everywhere else in the world just aren't in the US. It seems fishy.

a lot of the time this can point to patent issues. there might be chipsets (often the radios or something else fairly narrow) that prevent legitimate US import.

I'm having trouble finding it now, but sometime in the last few years there was a pretty major seizure by Customs in a situation like this. I believe it was related to this, if memory serves.

Comment: Re:still dont see (Score 1) 134

by michaelhood (#32648920) Attached to: States Launch Joint Probe of Google Wi-Fi Snooping

Why this is being given such legal scrutiny. Its akin to driving down the street with a tape recorder and parabolic mic, recording whatever conversations people might be having as part of a population density study, and accidentally recording someone in their front yard yelling their cc# into the phone. It should fall under general privacy law: if you dont spend the time/energy to setup encryption of some form, dont expect privacy (same as if you dont try to block peeping toms, or if you go sunbathing nude in your front yard next to the street, dont be surprised to find yourself posted to /b). Even windows warns you now if you try to connect to an unencrypted AP. If anyone should be sued for this, sue the manufacturers that distributed the APs with a default configuration of no encryption and see how well that flies.

Tm

What if I sniff all the guests' network traffic in a hotel? (via ARP spoofing or otherwise)

There's certainly no warnings presented in any OS when you plug in ethernet and grab an IP, and the average computer user certainly doesn't know that it's possible to do this.. so, how do you feel about that?

Cellphones

Journal: Rumor: 500 Kin Phones 9

Journal by symbolset

When Microsoft's Kin was released a month ago, it came with the usual sequence of tittilating leaks (project Pink), a swell of coverage leading to liveblogging of the release press conference, and an advertising blitz impressive in its scope. Since it's supposed to be a social phone of course it has numerous fansites including Facebook and Twitter. Of course there's a Wikipe

Comment: Re:Hahaha (Score 1) 179

by michaelhood (#32621774) Attached to: HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

An unmodified, unrestricted Android OS phone would be a selling point in and of itself.

There is, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Dev_Phone - you can buy it directly from Google. Sign up as an Android developer for $25 (one-time fee that gets you access to submit apps for the Market, required to purchase the phone unfortunately). The latest version of the phone is actually just a completely unlocked HTC Magic; it costs $399 from Google (no contract subsidy here obviously.)

If you're interested in a "solution" (only workable to tech savvy folk, really) for from-carrier devices you can pick up any Android device you'd like, root it (attain su via exploits, there are one-click scripts for every popular device) and install whatever OS version you'd like on it. XDA-Developers forum has hundreds of custom Android "ROMs" that have been developed by regular users with no more access than the phone they bought and the Android SDK.

You can install a regular 'vanilla' release of Android OS from source and customize (or not customize) to your heart's content.

Comment: Re:Huh. (Score 1) 179

by michaelhood (#32621700) Attached to: HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

maybe a better practice would be to store a thumbnail size image of the screenshot.

They _are_ only storing a thumbnail; the article just sucks.


C:\android-sdk-windows\tools>adb shell
# cd /sdcard/.bo*
# ls -l | wc -l
62
# du -h .
2.0M .
#

Here, I uploaded the largest one out of the 62 for your review.

Comment: Re:Huh. (Score 5, Insightful) 179

by michaelhood (#32621664) Attached to: HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

It’s not the SD card, and people stating otherwise are lying. That is part of my point.

I really wish you and that commodore64 kid would leave the Slashdot I know and love with your paranoid delusional trolling.

C:\android-sdk-windows\tools>adb shell
# find . -name *.jpg | grep -v -e customize -e contacts -e wallpaper -e DCIM | more ./sdcard/.footprints/thumbnails/1272099190529.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/mcd0bb890.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/scd0bb890.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/m46bb1b3c.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/s46bb1b3c.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/mdabb3bb3.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/sdabb3bb3.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/m66c70c76.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/s66c70c76.jpg

[snipped for brevity, more of the same follows]

the /emmc/ folder that's present on some Android devices (including the incredible) is a mount point for the internal eMMC storage. it's a bus for a type of embedded flash memory (like SDHC for removable cards).

when there's no SD card, the phone might choose to use this embedded storage (or might choose to use it for other reasons).. it's not really the same as the "internal storage" (which is wiped in a factory reset).

this is a simple oversight on the part of HTC and/or the Android team - not making it more obvious, on devices that have eMMC (very few models of which exist yet), that this is another persistent area of storage that needs to be treated like the SD card when it comes to privacy concerns.

there is no conspiracy here, just innocent mistakes in a massive contribution-driven software project.

Comment: Re:Huh. (Score 1) 179

by michaelhood (#32621520) Attached to: HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

Wonder what those are used for?

Are they ever read? Sent anywhere? Are they permanent (always taking up space), or are they rotated out?

Is there any particular reason I should care?

They're used to make thumbnails for bookmarked pages (and maybe frequently-visited in some versions, I don't have access to >2.1 now.)

This is exactly like the start page in Chrome, where it shows thumbs of recent pages.. they're at an infinitely small resolution. The entire screen on the EVO is only 480x800px wide, and they cram like a 9-thumb grid in 50% of the screen.

I wish I could downmod this submission.

Comment: Re:Sounds like a debug feature (Score 2) 179

by michaelhood (#32621484) Attached to: HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

>>>as you're typing them in, they show each letter for a second or so then it becomes an asterisk

No. They don't.

do you have his phone?

you're climbing up my "most obnoxiously narcissistic posters" list.

every android device i've used has exhibited this password-masking behavior. it's common for mobile devices with low-confidence keyboards.

see your parent post's sig, please.

Comment: Re:Tune in a half-hour early... (Score 1) 170

by michaelhood (#32610744) Attached to: IBM's Question-Answering System "Watson" Revisited

H&R Block's mainframe system has computed that all of the the offers on Deal or No Deal are bunk, you're always statistically better off sticking with your case through most of the game... but they're still unsure whether you should take Howie's offer to switch your case with the last one left in the hands of the models.

That's interesting to me for a couple reasons.

I loathe that show. I'm not part of the anti-pop-TV brigade, I just find it incredibly boring. I tell my wife it's like watching someone throw dice against the wall for 42 minutes (DVR!), interspersed with crap dialogue.

Having admittedly never thought about the last two cases scenario (the one you started with, and a final model's case). I would have thought that the probability maths behind this would be pretty simple.. do you have a link for that H&R block conclusion? I'd find their reasoning for it being unclear interesting.

My math is as follows.

- You pick one of the [26] cases at the beginning. Instead of focusing on amounts let's call one a "winning" case (top prize), all the others losers.
- This means you have a 25/26 (P=0.96) chance of selecting a loser.
- If you open the 24 cases on the stage, and one remains in addition to the one you're holding, and you haven't 'cleared' (opened) the winning case.. you're now left with a 1/2 (P=.50) chance at picking the winner.

This is part of the reason the show bores the crap out of me. :)

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 5, Funny) 241

by michaelhood (#32574658) Attached to: Starbucks Frees Wi-Fi

And I'm still not interested in using any wifi device in a coffee shop. And not interested in drinking coffee either. Or hanging out with the sorts of people who hang out in coffee shops.

Sometimes it's nice to actually NOT be connected to the internet.

Thanks for sharing. I'll look for next week's post about you not watching TV.

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