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Comment Re:Conflict of Interest (Score 1) 107

As far as I can tell, one of those patents ( is about 'detecting structures in data and presenting the user with the ability to perform actions on a structure'.

This can be anything from a hyperlink that you can click (a grammar detects a pattern, a link tag, and presents the user with an interface (right mouse button) to perform actions (opening the link, or bookmarking it) on the structure) to a phone number you can dial from the screen or even all those online ads highlighting words in the text of a webpage.

The only specific feature is that this implementation uses a 'analyzer server' to process the data. But since it is not specified what that is, it can be anything running on the device.

I am sure there must be some prior art to that patent ;)

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 1) 248

That's true, although I think (no hard data though) a large portion of account theft happens through social engineering.

Malware on consoles is a lot less common, so this could at least rule out a significant portion of abuse without bothering users too much. To abuse a gamers account, malware would need to be installed on the console, and be able to login to the game and abuse your account data there, all from the console that the (activated) controller is paired with, while it is turned on, possibly without the player noticing. I never heard of such sophisticated malware for consoles, but it could happen, obviously.

Not as secure as the Blizzard Authenticator (which I use and works great!), but perhaps good enough to prevent password theft.

Feed Engadget: GestureTek brings Eyemo gesture control to Android, Momo tracking engine for Win (

GestureTek was showing off some of its gesture-based options for controlling your TV at last year's CES, and it's now back again with a few more slightly interesting pieces of software. That includes a version of its Eyemo software for Android, which is already available for range of other platforms, and lets developers take advantage of a phone's camera to add gesture control options to various applications -- although that only involves gesturing with the device itself, not your hands. The company's recently announced Momo software for Windows Mobile takes things one step further than that, however, and will indeed apparently let you control a game or other application with hand or body gestures -- although that'll likely work best on a device with a front-facing camera.

GestureTek brings Eyemo gesture control to Android, Momo tracking engine for Windows Mobile originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Jan 2010 07:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Submission + - Samsung Develops A Transparent OLED Laptop Screen ( 3

Dyne09 writes: The design blog has posted an entry on Samsung's new laptop with a transparent OLED screen. The photos show a dark tinted and dimly lit screen that is fully see-through. While the utility of a see through laptop probably isn't that high for the average user, several medical and industrial industries could greatly augment design work or frame 3-D models over real life in real-time. Imagine a world where this concept is expanded to include things like car windshields or reading glasses?
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Duke Nukem Forever Not Dead? (Yes, This Again) 195

kaychoro writes "There may be hope for Duke Nukem Forever (again). 'Jon St. John, better known as the voice of Duke Nukem, said some interesting words during a panel discussion at the Music and Games Festival (MAGFest) that took place January 1 – 4 in Alexandria, Virginia, according to Pixel Enemy. Answering a question from the crowd regarding DNF, St. John said: "... let me go ahead and tell you right now that I'm not allowed to talk about Duke Nukem Forever. No, no, don't be disappointed, read between the lines — why am I not allowed to talk about it?"'"

Submission + - Nature article argues for open U.S. DNA database

chrb writes: New Scientist has an article questioning the uniqueness of DNA profiles. 41 scientists and lawyers have published a high-profile Nature article arguing that the FBI should release its complete CODIS database. The request follows research on the already released Arizona state DNA database (a subset of CODIS) which showed a surprisingly large number of matches between the profiles of different individuals, including one between a white man and a black man. The group states that the assumption that a DNA profile represents a unique individual, with only a miniscule probability of a secondary match, has never been independently verified on a large sample of DNA profiles. The new requests follow the FBI's rejection of similar previous requests.

NIST Investigating Mass Flash Drive Vulnerability 71

Lucas123 writes with a followup to news we discussed earlier this week that the encryption on NIST-certified flash drives was cracked. "A number of leading manufacturers of encrypted flash drives have warned their customers of a security flaw uncovered by a German company. The devices in question use the AES 256-bit encryption algorithm and have been certified using the FIPS 140-2, but the flaw appears to circumvent the certification process by uncovering the password authentication code on host systems. The National Institute of Standards and Technology said it's investigating whether it needs to modify its standards to include password authentication software on host systems. Security specialist Bruce Schneier was blunt in his characterization of the flaw: 'It's a stupid crypto mistake and they screwed up and they should be rightfully embarrassed for making it.'"

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 1) 248

I assume if consoles start using this technology, they would integrate the keyfob into your controller. Most consoles have a way of placing an extension into a controller, so if you register your controller or keyfob serial when you buy the game, the system can figure our it's you, unless someone physically steals or uses your controller. Its actually easier for consoles, since there the security system can be provided my Nintendo / Microsoft / Sony, instead of each publisher individually.

Submission + - The gradual erosion of the right to privacy (

PeteV writes: "There is an interesting article on the BBC website based around research carried out by Dr Kieron O'Hara of Southampton Univeristy. He points out (under british law) that an individuals right to privacy is being eroded by the behaviour of those who have no qualms about broadcasting every intimate detail of their life online (via social networking sites) because the privacy law is predicated in part upon the concept of a "reasonable expectation of privacy" . I think his request "for people to be more aware of the impact on society of what they publish online" is likely to fall on deaf ears, but in effect what he is saying is that the changing habits of the world-wide community of social networkers is likely to have an effect upon english law and how it is interpreted. Given that the significant bulk of social networkers are american, this might be interpreted as "american behaviour" may cause changes in the interpretation of english law (which is not to say english people dont also post their intimate details on Facebook)."

Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory 248

An anonymous reader writes " is reporting that a trusted source has informed them that Blizzard is giving serious consideration to making authenticators mandatory on all World of Warcraft accounts. The authenticators function the same as ones provided by most banks — in order to log in, you must generate a number on the external device. Blizzard already provides a free iPhone app that functions as an authenticator. The source stated, 'it is a virtually forgone conclusion that it will happen.' This comes after large spates of compromised accounts left Bizzard game masters severely backlogged by restoration requests."

Golden Ratio Discovered In a Quantum World 191

FiReaNGeL writes "Scientists have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter. 'In order to study these nanoscale quantum effects, the researchers have focused on the magnetic material cobalt niobate. It consists of linked magnetic atoms, which form chains just like a very thin bar magnet, but only one atom wide.' By artificially introducing more quantum uncertainty, the researchers observed that the chain acts like a nanoscale guitar string. The first two notes show a perfect relationship with each other. Their frequencies (pitch) are in the ratio of 1.618, which is the golden ratio famous from art and architecture. The observed resonant states in cobalt niobate are a dramatic laboratory illustration of the way in which mathematical theories developed for particle physics may find application in nanoscale science and ultimately in future technology."

Bottles of Honey Shut Down Airport 24

The suspicious material found inside luggage that shut down Bakersfield's Meadows Field Airport turned out to be five soft drink bottles filled with honey. A routine swabbing of the luggage tested positive for TNT. When the bag was opened authorities found the bottles filled with an amber liquid. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said, "Why in this day and age would someone take a chance carrying honey in Gatorade bottles? That itself is an alarm. It's hard to understand."

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