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Comment: Re:Can this be used for prank phone calls? (Score -1) 68

You really missed the boat on that. Before 2010's "Truth in Caller ID" act, and during the heyday of fly-by-night mom-and-pop VoIP telcos, you could call pretty much anybody, pretending to be anybody, and more or less get away with it. These days I whould just be content with listening to old Longmont Potion Castle LPs.

Comment: More GPL'd software to run on your Nao (Score 2) 26

by RyLaN (#36133962) Attached to: Aldebaran Robotics To Open Source Nao Robot Control Software

Shameless plug time!

I'm a student at Bowdoin College, and the current lead developer of the motion engine we run on our Naos to compete in the RoboCup Standard Platform League. The idea of the SPL league is that all teams use the same hardware (the Nao) so that the entire competition is about the software. My team, the Northern Bites has written our own omni-directional motion engine, vision system and behavior stack (the latter two in C++/ASM, the behaviors in Python). We recently hosted the US Open up at Bowdoin, and we're headed to Istanbul in early July for the world championships.

The Aldebaran guys rock, and the Nao is an extremely cool platform for bipedal research (it runs a stripped down version of Debian).

If you're interested, here's our public GitHub and YouTube

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Scientists Find Tears Are the Anti-Viagra 207

Posted by samzenpus
from the blood-hound-gang-is-wrong dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The male test subjects didn't know what they were smelling, they were just given little vials of clear liquid and told to sniff. But when those vials contained a woman's tears (collected while she watched a sad movie), the men rated pictures of women's faces as less sexually attractive, and their saliva contained less testosterone. Is this proof that humans make and respond to pheromones? The researcher behind the study doesn't use that controversial word, but he says his findings do prove that tears contain meaningful chemical messages."
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Cedega Being Replaced By GameTree Linux 124

Posted by Soulskill
from the what's-in-a-name dept.
An anonymous reader writes "TransGaming Cedega, the software forked from Wine that allows running Windows games under Linux, is being discontinued and replaced by GameTree Linux. This new software is also free. From the new website: 'TransGaming is pleased to announce the continued development of Cedega Technology under the GameTree Developer Program. This repositioning of the technology that powered the Cedega Gaming Service will allow the entire Linux community to gain free access going forward. Cedega is a cross-platform enablement technology that allows for Windows-native games to be executed on both the Linux desktop and embedded Linux platforms.'"

Comment: Re:In Soviet Brazil (Score 2, Informative) 258

by littlerubberfeet (#32874992) Attached to: Brazil Forbids DRM On the Public Domain

Actually not...I do stuff with intellectual property for a living, including replication management and licensing for music and film.

DVDs in retail packaging (cased, 4/0 cover, 4 color disc face, shrinked, top spine label, etc.) can cost well below 50 cents when produced in very large quantities. The last batch I had made came in at about $1.05 a disc, and was a short run for a small publisher.

As for old films: The publisher/studio is contractually bound to pay residuals/reuse on DVDs for the entire life of the copyright. SAG/DGA/WGA want their (pitifully small) cut. For the soundtrack, the AFM wants their cut. IATSE also gets a cut, which helps fund pension and health plans. This list goes on.

The point is, a certain amount of money does, in fact, flow to the original artists.

Comment: Re:Offshore wind farms (Score 1) 252

by littlerubberfeet (#32610034) Attached to: US Dept. of Energy Wants Bigger Wind Energy Ideas

Yeah, tankers are vulnerable.

The one point of vulnerability in a wind farm is probably the power cable assembly...But if enough farms get developed, then a mesh network develops as well, insulating against single-point failures.

Unlike those major fibre chunks some captain was bribed to drag anchor over...

Comment: Re:Offshore wind farms (Score 1) 252

by littlerubberfeet (#32605444) Attached to: US Dept. of Energy Wants Bigger Wind Energy Ideas

Another issue is that offshore oil platform are much more easily attacked by an enemy. If we are pumping 30% of our oil from offshore rigs, and we get attacked by an enemy, we could be crippled around the country by fuel shortages if they took out the rigs, which could be done very easily with submarines and torpedoes.

The F-15 Eagle: If it's up, we'll shoot it down. If it's down, we'll blow it up. -- A McDonnel-Douglas ad from a few years ago

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