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+ - TweetBubble: Easily Explore Social Media Connections

Submitted by aj85
aj85 (3567619) writes "Interface Ecology Lab announces the release of TweetBubble, a free and open source Chrome extension that helps users explore social media network connections. TweetBubble subtly transforms the Twitter interface to enable users to explore networks of content referenced through @ user handles and #hashtags without switching back and forth across tabs and windows. Users can see the big picture of who is connecting with whom, and keep on track when following conversations. TweetBubble can make Twitter more effective and engaging for occasional and expert Twitter users, right now. The public release is aimed at demonstrating how fluid interfaces can help people understand, work with, and think about complex information, and provoke design of better interfaces to connected information networks. Developers who want to build on TweetBubble can access the open source TweeBubble code on GitHub."

Comment: There's some ubicomp work on this... (Score 2) 478

by toupsz (#46277321) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

See below:


The basic premise before was to detect a camera's CCD (it is retro-reflective), then blind it with a rapidly-changing sequence of bright light from a projector to prevent the camera from compensating. Might not work with modern cameras, and might be in-feasible in your environment, but there's the info.

Comment: Re:Hooray! (Score 1) 120

by toupsz (#44196569) Attached to: BBC Gives Up On 3-D Television Programming

That doesn't change the original point of KZigurs -- even if you watch in 2D, there are still pointless scenes of things being thrown at the camera or poked at it that in no way make the story better. It reminds me of the old SCTV sketch about Midnight Cowboy in 3D, where John Candy constantly picks up objects and pushes them toward the camera during peaceful dialog.


+ - Ask Slashdot: What are the technology hurdles in a US to Canada move? 1

Submitted by toupsz
toupsz (882584) writes "Considering how many "geek" technologies are now tied to accounts and subscriptions, can anyone speak to the hurdles involved in a (potentially permanent) US to Canada move? Since, presumably, licensing rules, pricing structures, etc. will be different, should I wholesale change my accounts? Leave some of them with a US address (of a trusted family member)?

By "'geek' technologies tied to accounts", I am thinking about things such as Dropbox, Netflix, Hulu, smartphone plan, iTunes, iCloud, Xbox Live, etc., etc., etc. Will various forms of DRM on games, apps, music, and movies fail? How much is tied to where your account officially lies and where it shows up by IP address (say when streaming a movie)?"

Comment: Re:Sounds familiar. (Score 1) 571

by toupsz (#32757114) Attached to: Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs"

I was recently reading some of Hutchin's work on distributed cognition (including "How a Cockpit Remembers its Speeds"), and was a little curious about more modern aircraft cockpits (since the socio-technical system he was describing was probably considerably more technical now). I had the same concern about lingering near the cockpit on my last flight, but I just asked the attendant if I could speak to the pilot, and was politely allowed to do so...

Probably just depends on whether or not the person is either (a.) overly concerned and diligent (and unable to make an assessment of what is reasonable) or (b.) has a far overdeveloped sense of authority and needs to boss someone around.

Of course, when I was a kid, you almost always got to see the cockpit... :-/

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