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Submission + - Cheap alternative to expensive "smartboards" (

An anonymous reader writes: A Belgian company has devolpmedt a cheap alternative to the smartboard. These interactive whiteboard let the user with a beamer to create a simple but cheap multitouch input device.
They also recently launched a contest, where a school can win a interactive whiteboard upgrade for its classrooms.

Comment Re:Confidential Sources (Score 1) 122

Because if you ever been in their channel, this is exactly how they talk. There's little proof needed.

I say, let them burn in hell for 5-10 years without parole (thanks federal crimes), come back to life with a permanent restriction on using computers, never get a job again (thanks google), and show the rest of the retards like weev & co how things should be done. good riddance, the internet thanks you!


Microsoft Finally Certifies an Open Source Web App 87

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has caught up with the fact that open source web-based software exists, today announcing an open source project written in PHP is the first 'Certified for Windows' software that (a) follows an OSI-approved license and (b) runs via a webserver rather than operating as a native Windows executable. The software in question is SilverStripe CMS, free software released under a BSD license, that is used to build and manage websites. Certification entails a third-party performing various tests and audits on the software and giving it the green light. If other open source projects can follow suit, this will be another step in getting business folk to see that open source is ready for enterprise use. And heck, maybe even a .NET application could now seek to be certified!"

Comment Re:Wells Fargo (Score 1) 359

I've been with WellsFargo for about 15 years (actually started with a smaller local bank they bought out) and I can actually pull all my statements (in PDF) since the month I opened my account - and they carried over the statements/history from the bank they picked up. Shrug. Last year my account brought in ~$1k in interest, so I'm not sure I'm getting your "stupid enough to bank with WellsFargo" comment either. Do they suck or something?

Comment If it comes with same firmware issues as before... (Score 4, Informative) 56

If this unit has the same firmware development team (and likely, it does) who handle firmware for Popcornhour & etc, good luck getting this unit to a usable state until at least a year after initial release.

popcornhour c-200 is a perfect example of good hardware ruined by crappy firmware support.
there are still bugs over a year after release that aren't getting fixed. ridiculous.

Comment Totally useless (Score 4, Insightful) 31

General consumers won't have any use for 100 gpio pins, the fragile 240-pin connector will not last on any kind of multiple-insertions application, and in general, is there even any demand for this kind of stuff? bringing more pci-e lanes = only useful for graphics, anyone who needs more than 1x out of a laptop will be buying a desktop instead.

Wireless Networking

Open Firmware Released For Broadcom Wireless 95

mcgrof writes "Linux developers have announced the release of a reverse-engineered open source firmware for Broadcom 4306 and 4318 wireless hardware, licensed under the GPLv2. 'Although the base firmware is not fully 802.11 compliant, e.g., it does not support RTS/CTS procedure or QoS, we believe that someone could be interested in testing it. The firmware does not require the kernel to be modified and it uses the same shared memory layout and global registers usage of the original stuff from broadcom to ease loading by the b43 driver.' You can go check out and download the firmware at the Italian Universita' Degli Studi Di Brescia Open FirmWare for WiFi networks project page. This is a good example of clean room reverse engineering design where one group worked on specifications while another worked on the the driver and the firmware. Kudos to the specification writers and bcm43xx development team for their hard work."

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