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Submission + - Cuddly Pillow Helps You Snore Less (mashable.com) 1

Random2 writes: Last week, Wasaeda University unveiled a new type of pillow at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. Unlike conventional pillows, the cuddly bear is designed to gently stroke the face of a sleeping person as they snore, encouraging them to roll on their side; where they are less likely to snore.
Primarily intended to roommates and spouses who want to enjoy a night without sleep, the bear hasn't quite made it to market yet.

Is another invasion of cuteness from Japan imminent, or would the device suffer too much abuse from thrashing sleepers?

The Military

Submission + - Russia's MiG Aircraft Company Develops 3D Flight S (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Russian aircraft company MiG is best known for its fighter planes which have been used by the USSR, China, North Korea and North Vietnam since the beginning of WWII. These days, the former Government-owned RAC MiG is a publicly traded entity and competes on the open market with its technologies, having more than 1600 of its MiG-29 fighters in operation in 25 countries. Now MiG is claiming a major first in military aviation with the launch of a 3D flight simulator at the Dubai Air Show, providing volumetric visualization of beyond-the-cockpit space for trainee top guns. The simulator comes complete with the MiG-29’s cockpit and actual control systems.
Apple

Submission + - Tor enabled Browser for the iPad on the AppStore (bsd.at)

An anonymous reader writes: While there has been a port of Tor for jailbroken iOS devices for a long time, there was no way to use it if you did not want to loose your warranty. Now it looks like Apple has approved a Webbrowser for the iPad called "Covert Browser" which includes a Tor client. If you look at the first screenshot on the authors page it looks like you can even select the Exitnode at wish. According to App Shopper it already hit place 64 in the iPad/Utilites category.

Submission + - Trion has spyware in Rift (ownedcore.com)

Captain Kirk writes: Trion has a vigorous anti-cheat policy which we all applaud. But its a shock that they are scanning all processes, including email and IM. Blizzard used do this and stopped due to privacy concerns. Here's hoping Trion does the same and restricts itself to scanning its own game processes, not everything it can see on the client computer!

Comment Bad. (Score 1) 102

Alzheimers can be 20 years in your body before it causes problems. There is no effective treatment. Forcing people to take this test early would simply mean that otherwise healthy people have 20 years of their lives ruined waiting for Alzheimers before the disease itself starts to affect them.

Really its like you didn't read the article :p

Comment UO wasn't that much fun really (Score 4, Insightful) 480

A lot of of the people who rave about pre-Tramell UO are people who fit the "Multi-player appeal to the Killer" label Bartle uses.

Sadly they needed 1000s of "Multi-player appeal to the Socializer" players to feed on. Beign griefed is not fun for such a person so UO failed to grow. No other game that allows griefign will be fun so you won't see them get developed or launched.

WoW allows griefing on PVP realms - you have to opt in. Most of those realms are empty for the same reason.

Comment Confuses cause and effect (Score 1, Informative) 661

Swine flu is a serious thread to people who are already chronically ill. If you are seriously ill, you are likely bed ridden and pumped with cortizone, steroids and other drugs. And as a result, of course you have a poor body mass index. Its a miracle you are even alive. Swine flu comes along and is the final straw, your body can't take another illness.

 

Comment straw man argument (Score 3, Interesting) 248

Geo-engineering may make people think that we can carry on as now with no sacrifices. This article tries to re-inject a sense of fear. Its like saying "OK so the vacuum cleaner is good at cleaning the floor. But does it paint the garage? No? Well back to cleaning the floor with a mop then"

Surely we deserve a more rational debate? Sacrifices are needed but sophistry will not persuade anyone.

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - World of Warcraft uses a new Rootkit

Captain Kirk writes: We all know that World of Warcraft has checked for hacks to ensure a safe game environment for all players.

The latest version of these checks goes beyond anything seen so far in that what is being checked is now completely encrypted. Obviously this hits bot writers as can be seen from these complaints: http://onwarden.blogspot.com/2007/11/storm-is-brewing.html

But it also strikes at the privacy of all users. Now Blizzard has a tool that is encrypted and can run any type of scan, transfer any file or edit any document on your computer. That can't be right.

Comment Weasel words (Score 2, Interesting) 149

From TFA "As does any advertiser, we aim to give our campaigns a budget"

Come on, what you are doing is bidding whatever it takes to get the sport you want.

That pushes up the price for everyone else. Good for you but bad for your customers.

There is never a case where you lie awake at night worrying if you have bid too much.

"Do no evil" is a great motto and Google is a great company. I feel that they have not considered this from the point of view of Adwords buyers. I'd be surprised if they are still doing it in 12 months. Google would no longer be the Google we love if they are.

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