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Submission + - Optimus Maximus keyboard gets price and date

tedgyz writes: With duke-nukem-forever style delays, it appears there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Optimus Maximus keyboard. Engadget reports:

After some OLED display supply issues and a few setbacks, it looks like Lebedev and company have finally settled on a launch date and price for the king of keyboard, the Optimus Maximus. Hold your breath, it'll be due late November (the 30th, to be specific) for $1536 US ("Shakespeare's birthday"). Bad news, we know, but the worst news is still to come: only 200 keyboards per month for November and December, and 400 keyboards are scheduled to be made next January. (On second thought, at over $1500 apiece, maybe that's not so few keyboards.) Ok, exhale, it's going to be alright.
Games

Videogames Really Are Linked to Violence 204

ahoehn writes "Amanda Schaffer has written a refreshingly balanced piece about the connection between video games and violence. Instead of regurgitating the typical reactionary voices in this debate, she looks at what scientific studies suggest about the issue. From the article: 'Pathological acts of course have multiple, complex causes and are terribly hard to predict. And clearly, millions of people play Counter-Strike, Halo, and Doom and never commit crimes. But the subtler question is whether exposure to video-game violence is one risk factor for increased aggression: Is it associated with shifts in attitudes or responses that may predispose kids to act out? A large body of evidence suggests that this may be so ... Given this, it makes sense to be specific about which games may be linked to harmful effects and which to neutral or good ones. Better research is also needed to understand whether some kids are more vulnerable to video-game violence, and how exposure interacts with other risk factors for aggression like poverty, psychological disorders, and a history of abuse.'"
Biotech

Submission + - A pill that makes women slimmer and hornier

The Great Pretender writes: The BBC reports that scientists are developing a pill which could boost women's libido and reduce their appetite. The hormone-releasing pill has so far only been given to female monkeys and shrews who displayed more mating behavior and ate less. The team from the Medical Research Council's Human Reproduction Unit in Edinburgh believe a human version could be available within a decade. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6606927.stm. I was married to a shrew once...
Censorship

Submission + - Breast cancer portrait banned from group art showh

Daddy Rhon writes: "http://www.daddyrhon.com/?p=741 A portrait of a breast cancer survivor was deemed indecent, banned and removed from an art show. The piece is a simple figure study of a woman with a scar. Why was this piece considered morally offensive? Because the model is older? Disfigured by disease? Or are there implied subtexts to this piece simply because the artist is a dyke?"

Feed Xerox developing "natural language color editing" (engadget.com)

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets


Xerox's Geoffrey Woolfe seems to think he's found a way to make picking just the right color a bit easier, laying out his plans for so-called "natural language color editing" at the annual meeting of the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC). While it's apparently still in the early stages, the system will supposedly let you adjust colors simply by describing them in natural langauge, using voice or typed commands like "make the sky a deeper blue" or "make the background carnation pink" -- the software then does all the rest of the work. Of course, Xerox isn't exactly giving any indication when that may happen, so you'll have to make do with the cumbersome point-and-click method of color-choosing we've somehow managed to get along with all these years for a little while longer.

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Feed Photos: Yahoo hosts an open house (com.com)

Internet giant gives a tour of its new San Francisco office, where visitors can spin a digital globe or check out a dynamic display of digital user info.
Portables (Games)

The PSP - Sony's Missed Opportunity 157

C|Net passes on the words of Forrester analyst James McQuivey, who lambasts Sony for failing to live up to the opportunity the PSP presented. Though the handheld has certainly been doing better of late, it's hard not to point out that the PlayStation Portable's sales numbers flag in the face of the DS's incredible popularity. McQuivey also makes a point of stating how well the system could have done at taking a slice of Apple's death-grip on the downloadable media market. "'The thing is, Sony could have been all this,' McQuivey said. 'The Sony PSP is one of the best portable entertainment media devices that anyone has come up with in years. It has a relatively big screen, plays video beautifully, has good storage and audio. It could have been the first big mobile carrier for TV shows and movies.' Instead, the mobile-video play of one of the world's largest electronics companies is straggling behind Apple, has shaken the confidence of supporters--especially in Hollywood--and added to the woes of CEO Howard Stringer."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Killing Whales for Science

Chancey writes: Science is running a news story outlining plans to increase 'scientific' whaling (ie killing whales for science) to include the rebounding populations of humpback whales. According to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan's Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic has killed 5304 whales since 2001, and would like to include 50 humpback whales annually starting in 2007/2008. This is expected to be a highly debated topic at next month's IWC Scientific Committee meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

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