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Comment: Nintendo Power Glove (Score 2, Informative) 123

by technomancerX (#33376554) Attached to: Touchless Gesture User Interfaces

This is the same basic tech that was used to track position on the old Nintendo Power Glove, and having used it and written drivers to interface it to a PC, it isn't accurate enough to work for anything finer grained than what's shown in the video. So if you want to control something using large, sweeping, ungainly hand gestures this is the tech you want.

Comment: Re:It is their site. (Score 1) 588

by technomancerX (#32887516) Attached to: Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions

Exactly. Could someone point me to a company forum that DOESN'T do this (that is actually run by the company)? I spend more time on guitar forums than computer forums, but the two guitar manufacturer forums I visit occasionally, Ibanez and Ernie Ball/Music Man, do the exact same thing.... and those are general discussion forums, the Apple forum in question is a technical support forum. So why exactly would you consider a Consumer Reports review something that should be discussed on a tech support forum?

Comment: Re:I said goodbye to speakeasy this year (Score 1) 199

by technomancerX (#32703470) Attached to: The Fastest ISPs In the US

I'll keep my Speakeasy thanks. I've had it for several years, am always at least in the ballpark of my rated speeds, and have had a grand total of about 8 hours of downtime. A friend of mine has Comcast cable and his service goes down all the time. He's actually had to argue with Comcast to convince them his service is down, then wait days for the problem to be fixed. Pass. I work from home and need my connection to be reliable.

Comcast can't even get my TV cards to work consistently, I really don't want them anywhere near my internet.

Comment: Ah Yes Evil Capitalism (Score 3, Interesting) 659

by technomancerX (#32400532) Attached to: Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

So am I the only one noticing the growing trend to vilify capitalism and individualism in this country? Last I checked self-determination and free market capitalism were some of the founding principles of this country, yet I'm increasingly seeing these traits being blamed for all of society's problems. I find this highly disturbing, along with the disappearance of a major political party interested in smaller, less pervasive government.


Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-wouldn't-be-polite-to-patch-windows dept.
Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.

Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory 248

Posted by Soulskill
from the gotta-take-off-your-shoes-too dept.
An anonymous reader writes " is reporting that a trusted source has informed them that Blizzard is giving serious consideration to making authenticators mandatory on all World of Warcraft accounts. The authenticators function the same as ones provided by most banks — in order to log in, you must generate a number on the external device. Blizzard already provides a free iPhone app that functions as an authenticator. The source stated, 'it is a virtually forgone conclusion that it will happen.' This comes after large spates of compromised accounts left Bizzard game masters severely backlogged by restoration requests."

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pricepoint-better-be-right dept.
Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."
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+ - PWC migrates to OpenBSD after crippling by Windows-> 1

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Renegade88 writes: "After months of network failures and depleted IT budget, newly hired IT manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Japan was "forced" to migrate half of the company's Windows servers to OpenBSD to stabilize and secure their network. After eliminating the frequent downtime and data loss PWC had experienced for months, Mark Uemura was ordered to reinstate their Checkpoint firewall for political reasons. The Checkpoint server was later overwhelmed by a network virus so rather than taking it offline again, PWC placed an OpenBSD firewall in front of the Checkpoint Firewall! Mark's advice: "My experience is that if something has to be done, just do it — don't ask! [Management] will thank you later.""
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+ - Microsoft struggling to gain endorsement for OOXML->

Submitted by Tri
Tri writes: The Open Source Industry of Australia (OSIA) has formally contacted Standards Australia, requesting that Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format not be endorsed by the body as an ISO standard.

  "Quite apart from the technical problems with OOXML, the main problem from OSIA's point of view is a substantive one — the 'standard' is designed so that it can only be implemented by a single vendor", said Brendan Scott, Director of Open Source Industry Australia. "So, while in theory a third party could create an independent implementation, in practice it is very unlikely", he said.

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