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Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360 121

tekgoblin writes "It seems that Microsoft may be in talks with media companies to license TV shows and movies for a new streaming service. With the addition of ESPN to the Xbox 360 over Xbox Live, Microsoft may be in a position to do the same for different content providers and charge a subscription fee for them separately. The idea is to better personalize content and only pay for what you want to watch instead of paying cable companies for all the channels you don't watch. Microsoft is looking into duplicating what they have done with ESPN to include channels such as Showtime or HBO and possibly Disney."

The World's Smallest Legible Font 280

hasanabbas1987 writes "From the article: 'Well 'technically' they aren't the smallest fonts in the world as if they were you wouldn't be able to read even a single letter, but, you should be able to read the entire paragraph in the picture given above... we did. A Computer science professor called Ken Perlin designed these tiny fonts and you can fit 500 reasonable words in a resolution of 320 x 240 space. There are at the moment the smallest legible fonts in the world.'"

1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film? 685

Many of you have submitted a story about Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who claims to have found a person using a cellphone in the "unused footage" section of the DVD The Circus, a Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in 1928. To me the bigger mystery is how someone who appears to be the offspring of Ram-Man and The Penguin got into a movie in the first place, especially if they were talking to a little metal box on set. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

The Home-Built Dark Knight Batmobile 87

ElectricSteve writes "RM Auctions recently declared James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 to be 'the world's most famous car,' but there's no doubt that there is another contender for that title — the Batmobile. One thing that muddies the waters a bit is the fact that the term 'Batmobile' actually describes at least three different vehicles: the modified Lincoln Futura concept car from the '60s TV series, the vaguely Corvette-shaped 1989-and-beyond movie cars, and now the car from the most recent two movies, the military-spec Tumbler. Michigan-based movie props artist Bob Dullam really likes the Tumbler, so he did what any of us would do in his position — he built one of his own from scratch."

New York To Spend $27.5 Million Uncapitalizing Street Signs 322

250,000 street signs in New York City feature street names in capital letters only, which is not the national standard. Having no other issues on the table, The New York City Department of Transportation has decided to fix the problem and put up proper signs featuring both capital and lower-case letters at a cost of $27.5 million. The Transportation Department hopes to have the job completed by 2018 with 11,000 of the most important improperly capitaled signs fixed by the end of the year. Catastrophe averted.

Comment Re:It should be: 4+3+2=x+2 (Solve for x) (Score 2, Interesting) 1268

Yes, my 3rd grader is given that kind of problem, but with a longish underscore instead of the parentheses. Sometimes it's a box, but the underscore is better, because it's a familiar holdover from learning to read, where a drawing of a feline is accompanied by "__at" and they're told to fill in the blank. I agree that using parentheses would be as poor a choice as "()at" when you want them to produce the three letter synonym for feline.

The mathematical pedagogy is fine; they're trying to develop numeracy (numeric literacy) by instilling the idea that there's more than one way to "express" 7, but they don't (yet) want to muddy the waters more by mixing letters and numbers and using phrases like "solve for"


Man Put On "No-Fly List" While In Air To NYC 300

An unnamed man flying from Nigeria to New York City found out he was added to a no-fly list somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean, when the plane stopped to refuel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Officials won't say what he did or why he was added to the list after he had already boarded a flight. He was not immediately charged with a crime and Customs and Border Protection will only say that he is a "potential person of interest." From the article: "The man, a citizen of Gambia, was not on the no-fly list when he boarded the aircraft in Dakar, Senegal, said a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly."

Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality? 735

e3m4n writes "The fictitious 'good samaritan' law from the final episode of Seinfeld (the one that landed them in jail for a year) appears to be headed toward reality for California residents after the house passed this bill. There are some differences, such as direct action is not required, but the concept of guilt by association for not doing the right thing is still on the face of the bill."

Comment Re:Already have wireless power.... (Score 0) 184's called 'using batteries'

With this form of wireless power, you don't have to remember to replace the batteries, and you don't have to interrupt the device from working while the batteries are being replaced.

....With wireless power, would each device need some kind of special wireless receiver/transformer?

Yes, just like wireless phones, which each need a special wireless receiver/transformer.

Comment Re:awww poor casinos (Score 1) 462

Players who get miffed when others don't follow Basic Strategy are just trying to feel superior. (Hmm, just like people who post on Slashdot, including you and me?)

It really is all a wash. If you're on first base (first player to be dealt to) and the count is negative (the composition of the remaining cards is unfavorable to all the players) then if everybody after you hits a 20, you should be happy because by taking cards they are bringing the deck back towards neutral or favorable after you've played but before your next bet, which is precisely what you want. In that situation their (provably) incorrect play is improving the odds for you. But of course over time their incorrect play is just as likely to hurt your odds, so you might as well give your blood pressure a break, because it will probably improve your counting.
All of this is true even if you play perfect Basic Strategy but you don't bother to count.

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