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+ - Self lacing shoes tomorrow?->

Submitted by xTK-421x
xTK-421x (531992) writes "Looks like Nike is announcing tomorrow night (8:30PM PST) that they've finally been able to create the self lacing shoes from Back to the Future 2 (Great Scott!). An editor has received an invite with props indicating a very BTTF tone, and someone has posted a YouTube video of a closet of the new shoes."
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Windows

+ - Vista Family Discount Keys Found Not Compatible

Submitted by acousticiris
acousticiris (656375) writes "Many (if not all) users who took advantage of Microsoft's Vista Family Discount have been issued invalid installation keys and cannot install Windows Vista Home Premium. Microsoft says, "There is no expected time period for a fix at this time." According to the article, the keys are valid for something, just not Windows Vista. Perhaps it's just too simple to issue these folks new keys and send them on their way."
Television

+ - Basics Of HDTV: Quick Tech Tutorial

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A bit rusty on the basics of high-res television? Or just wondering how to better hook up your new wide-screen? Texas Instruments engineer Jon Bearfield has written a non-trivial but uncomplicated article, The Basics Of HDTV: Technical Look At High-Res Television. It takes you through formats, video, audio, interfaces, and has several block diagrams. Now can you figure out where that red cable goes?"
Google

+ - Google's Bosworth: Why AJAX Failed, Then Succeeded

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An anonymous reader writes "eWEEK has a story on a talk from former-Microsoft developer Adam Bosworth (now VP for Google) entitled "Physics, Speed and Psychology: What Works and What Doesn't in Software, and Why." Bosworth depicts issues with processing, broadband, natural language, human behavior, and dishes on Microsoft. From the article:
"'Back in '96-'97, me and a group of people... helped build stuff that these days is called AJAX,' Bosworth said. 'We sat down and took a hard look at what was going to happen with the Internet and we concluded, in the face of unyielding opposition and animosity from virtually every senior person at Microsoft, that the thick client was on its way out and it was going to be replaced by browser-based apps. Saying this at Microsoft back in '96 was roughly equivalent to wandering around in a fire wearing matches,' he said. 'But we concluded we should go and build this thing. And we put all this stuff together so people could build thin-client applications.'...
Drawing on the lessons he learned from the initial failure of AJAX, Bosworth admonished developers to think about user activity. 'Ask what the frequency is,' he said. 'Unless an app is used over and over each day, make it simple, even if more clicks [or] pages are required.' Also, 'Ask how long it takes to execute a requested task,' he said. 'If it takes more than 2 seconds, consider not providing the task or splitting it up into small, user-controlled tasks.' Moreover, 'sites where people don't go a lot don't need AJAX-style UIs [user interfaces],' Bosworth said. 'If we started building AJAX for AJAX's sake we wouldn't be doing our customers any favors.'""
PC Games (Games)

+ - Games that should be remastered

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Lumiras
Lumiras writes "Pseudo-sequels, Crappy "re-imaginings", drastic story changes...this is what usually happens when a game is remade. Therefore, most gamers are tepid about remaking the classics like Starcraft or the King's Quest series. But, what if the games could be "Remastered" much like classic movies? This article on Bit-Tech discusses some potential candidates for remastering treatment.

From the article:
"There are some games that just shouldn't be messed with. You know the ones — the kind that you play through with a visceral zeal. Maybe they got you into gaming. Maybe they happened to be found along the way. Whether they confounded you, challenged you, or made you cry "Mommy!", some games just stick in the subconscious...and even as we look at our mighty 185W graphics cards and our quad-core CPUs, we dream of playing them again.""

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