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Submission + - I Am Iron Man: Imaginary User Interface (msn.com)

smitty777 writes: The folks at the Potsdam University have developed a user interface based completely on hand gestures. A small(ish) device worn around the neck is used to track the hand position, allowing the user to draw, type or gesture in the air. You think it looks ridiculous when you can't tell that folks are talking on a cell phone? Imagine a bus full of people gesturing in thin air. Also, don't forget to turn this thing off, or it will look like your cat was walking on your keyboard.

Submission + - Space combat MMORPG porting to Android, Tegra (guildsoftware.com) 1

Incarnate-VO writes: Guild Software, makers of the multi-platform space MMO Vendetta Online are apparently rolling a native Android port, intended for use on upcoming smartbooks and tablets powered by Nvidia's second-generation Tegra. More information on the port at the Android FAQ page on the Vendetta Online website.
Television

Submission + - Hulu plans to charge, expand to devices: sources (reuters.com) 2

Kitkoan writes: From the article:



Free video website Hulu plans to soon begin charging customers and is looking to expand its content to consumer devices like the Xbox and iPad, according to two sources, as the site's media owners experiment with platforms beyond an ad-supported TV model.

Those sources and another with knowledge of the matter said that Hulu, the website for TV viewing owned by News Corp, General Electric's NBC Universal and Walt Disney Co, was developing a subscription service to be rolled out on multiple devices in the next month or two. It was not clear if that service would be offered before Hulu is available on devices.

One of those devices is expected to be Microsoft Corp's Xbox, which also features Netflix Inc's movie streaming service, one of the sources said on Tuesday. Another one of the sources said Hulu was also working to offer its service on Apple Inc's iPad.


Comment Re:Capitalist/Socialist (Score 1) 670

I did not complain about devices (the Iphone). Rather, just data plans. Well, all their cellular plans in general. I do not own a single apple device, but that will not stop me from pointing out the obvious fact that there is an oligopoly. Back in 84? the telecom Bell was broken up. Over time many of those have merged basically recreating the monopoly of Bell, under the new name AT&T. The oligopoly controls around 90% of the market.

Comment Capitalist/Socialist (Score 1) 670

Dear SmallFurryCreature, In a capitalist society commodities are to be sold at lower prices due to competition. Although Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile may be 'competitors' they are rather an oligopoly. There is no true competition. In a capitalist society monopolies and oligopolies are usually the things people hate most. So yes, your right, they can charge whatever they want. If they were the only person to offer this service (data) because of a new technology, let them earn their money. But no, cellular data has been around for quite a while, and the oligopoly is just raking in the cash at every opportunity. Text messaging prices have INCREASED despite the fact that text messages cause NO effect on the network. So before you say 'this is the way things work in a socialist/capitalist market' consider the fact that its actually not a capitalist situation because there is no true competition. Regards, Rukie Dear AT&T, I hate you. Regards, Your Customer.

Comment Re:Next up (Score 1) 355

Gradeschool and Highschool for me always required a Librarian to scan the book and then input your name. However, our Librarians knew every student by first and last name. College for me has a photo identification card that needs to be shown (with a magnetic stripe) and the books are linked to whoever is on the photo (you must match the photo).

I dislike the idea of using fingerprints. The government should NOT maintain this information. I can fully understand someones approach to this and why they want to use this, but as this gains popularity, it will become far easier for the governments to say, Hey, lets have a universal id system using fingerprints. Oh, you'll need the fingerprint to check out books, identify yourself for guns, for paying at the gas station, for getting on the city bus, etc. Yes it can create a significant convenience for the consumer, but now the government can track your every move, every purchase. Today's kids are going to be used to handing over every bit of personal information, our government certainly isn't going to protect our rights at this point, we need to protect them ourselves. (How often is the government supposed to be overthrown? Every 200 years?) I realize this article is about a school, but it all starts somewhere, right?

Comment Re:What Farhad Manjoo misses (Score 1) 368

I bought a cheap sirius radio about 3 years ago. After three years the unit burned out, and for no charge Sirius sent me a free radio. The problem Sirius has right now, is that they need a larger market. If it became "standard" that all cars had sirius, it would be great for them. Their monthly fee is 12.95, and I think that's cheaper than WoW. Internet Radio is NOT the market for sirius (but they do offer it). Sirius also offers business deals and campus deals. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, you can hear Sirius channels playing in the dining areas, in the gym, and in general all around campus. Since attending college I gave my parents the car unit, and picked up a second subscription and a stiletto. It can hold about 18 gig or so of music, has streaming internet access when your indoors (for music only), and streaming sattelite radio when your outdoors. So, it can compete with Slacker quite well. Many restaurants fail on the first attempt, are bought out, and become successful on the second buyout. I have a feeling the same will hold true for Sattelite radio.
Enlightenment

Submission + - Drive for Altruism is Hardwired, Like Sex or Food

Dekortage writes: "Your brain is pre-wired to enjoy placing the interests of others ahead of your own. At least, that's what neuroscientists are claiming in the Washington Post. In studies, "generosity activated a primitive part of the brain that usually lights up in response to food or sex.... Altruism, the experiment suggested, was not a superior moral faculty that suppresses basic selfish urges but rather was basic to the brain, hard-wired and pleasurable." Such neuroscience "has opened up a new window on what it means to be good," although many philosophers over recorded history have suggested similar things. Are you hardwired for good?"
Security

Submission + - Weak GMail Security

Martins writes: "About a year ago, I was sent an invite to GMail to my email account at the time at Telus. I set the account up but didn't use it immediately. A month later, I changed my ISP and email to Shaw. I then tried to get into GMail but had forgotten my password. I clicked on the appropriate link, and instead of asking me the security question as I'd expected, GMail emailed my password to my old Telus account, which had since been registered by someone else. I've tried contacting Google support to get my account back, even providing them with the original invite email that my friend had sent to me. However, I get back one or two form replies stating that they cannot help me because I don't have the received invite email — the one that has been appropriated by the user @ telus.net. After the form reply, Google tech support ignores my emails. This seems to me to be a huge security risk, what with the transiency of email accounts, to have a forgotten password automatically emailed without a verifying security question first. I was also hoping for better technical support from Google. I don't think my expectations are that unrealistic."

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