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Comment This is hilarious (Score 3, Interesting) 81

I was actually a classmate of one of the two guys doing this (Aaron Perell) and I distinctly recall being incredulous when he described a project he was working on as "playing a lot of video games." It's funny to see this get thrown on to the CSM, since I got the impression that it was a minor exercise to keep bored college IT folk occupied. Hopefully this ends up producing some interesting research so we can justify further studies of this nature - to the delight of grad students everywhere.
Input Devices

Submission + - SPAM: Use your cellphone as a 3-D mouse 1

Roland Piquepaille writes: "In recent years, we've started to use our cellphones not only for placing calls or exchanging messages. Now, we take pictures, read our e-mails, listen to music or watch TV. But, according to New Scientist, UK researchers are going further with a prototype software that turns your cellphone into a 3-D mouse. The phone is connected to your computer via Bluetooth. And you control the image on the screen by rotating or moving your phone. As says one of the researchers, "it feels like a much more natural way to interact and exchange data." The technology might first be used in shopping malls to buy movie tickets or to interact with advertising displays. But read more for additional details and a picture showing how a researcher is using his cellphone to control what appears on his screen."

Submission + - Google's Market Cap Spells Doom (

Anti-Luddite writes: "On the recently launched site, Internet Evolution, Scott Raynovich evaluates Google's market capitalization and compares it to some other big name technology companies such as Boeing and GE. Playing what he calls the "Google Market Cap game," Raynovich quizzes the reader on which of the listed companies or combination of companies add up to more than Google's total market capitalization. His overall conclusion is that Google is headed for trouble with its $200 million market cap as its revenue and profit growth will eventually start to slow down. Interestingly enough, Raynovich humbly points out that he's usually wrong with regard to his market predictions."

Submission + - Producer Thanks Pirates for Stealing his Film (

Klatoo55 writes: Eric Wilkinson, producer of the late Jerome Bixby's "The Man From Earth", wrote an email to Releaselog thanking them for the free publicity spurred by their review of a ripped screener of his film.

Wilkinson writes: "Our independent movie had next to no advertising budget and very little going for it until somebody ripped one of the DVD screeners and put the movie online for all to download. After that happened, people were watching it and started posting mostly all positive reviews... ...People like our movie and are talking about it, all thanks to piracy on the net!"

Wilkinson is, however, asking for people who enjoyed the pirated release to consider contributing via PayPal on his MySpace.

The Courts

Submission + - Canadian Cops won't target music/movie downloaders (

rdoherty writes: Canadian police will stop targeting people who download copyrighted material for personal use. Polce will focus on organized crime and copyright theft that affects the health and safety of consumers instead of the cash flow of large corporations. It is inefficient to track down individuals who download music or movies off the Internet, and the police do not have the time nor the resources to go after filesharers. Article: Torrentfreak Original article en francais: Le Devoir

Submission + - AMD hit by birth defects lawsuit

An anonymous reader writes: Chip giant AMD was yesterday slapped with a lawsuit from a former worker who claims that exposure to hazardous chemicals during pregnancy had caused multiple birth defects in her son.
                                                    Maria Ruiz worked in AMD's "Fab 14" clean room from 1988 to 2002 where she claims in the lawsuit, which was filed at the Travis County District Court in Texas, she was exposed to a host of toxic chemicals including ethylene glycol monethyl ether acetate and 2-ethoxyethyl acetate.

Submission + - Get your hands on an OLPC (

hitautodestruct writes: Here's a chance for anyone who has been dying to get their hands on the so called cheapest laptop on the planet. Buy one XO for any developing countrys' child and get the second one sent to you, for your developing child. The price tag is set at a 400$ donation. Although you can donate as many as you want.

NBC Direct Launches With Free Downloads 273

thefickler writes "It's here, and it's no joke. NBC has launched NBC Direct where most shows can be watched online and some shows are available for full episode downloads. This comes after NBC decided to pull out of iTunes." For now it's Windows only, XP or Vista, IE 6 or 7.

Submission + - Clinton Campaign Pulls a FEMA

theodp writes: "Two weeks after FEMA apologized for faking a news briefing, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton's campaign admitted that it planted the global warming question asked at an Iowa town hall meeting to discuss clean energy, adding that it would not happen again. 'It's usually young people that ask me about global warming,' replied Hillary to the specific question a Clinton staffer told a Grinnell College student to ask at the biodiesel plant where Clinton's new energy plan was laid out. The Clinton campaign has also confirmed to ABC News that a minister was asked to pose a specific question about Iraq war funding to Hillary at another Iowa campaign stop last spring."

Submission + - When You Play the Game, They Donate Rice to Hungry ( 2

TechLuver writes: "What if just knowing what a word meant could help feed hungry people around the world? Well, at FreeRice it does. Go to the site, which launched last month, and you'll see a word and four definitions. Choose the right meaning and the site's advertisers will donate 10 grains of rice to the World Food Program, a United Nations agency that is the world's largest humanitarian organization. On Oct. 7, the day the site launched, 830 grains of rice were donated. Barely a bowlful. As of November 09, '07, the total has grown to 1,072,025,720, approx. 26,800 metric tones. ( )"

Submission + - Online Ad Spending Expected to Double by 2011

techoon writes: U.S. companies will continue to increase Internet ad spending, though the disruptive effect of the credit squeeze has caused analysts to back off slightly from earlier projections, according to a new study.
The report, issued by analyst firm eMarketer, projects online ad spending to reach $42 billion by 2011, more than doubling from the estimated $21.4 billion this year. Those numbers are slightly down from eMarketer's previous estimates of $21.7 billion in spending for 2007 and $44 billion for 2011.

Submission + - AdobeOnline Photoshop coming soon

An anonymous reader writes: Adobe Systems has committed to shipping a beta version of its online image-editing tool, Photoshop Express, this year, and said it will be complete in 2008. "By late this year, we anticipate having a beta version," said John Loiacono, senior vice president for Adobe Creative Solutions, speaking at the 6sight digital imaging conference here. And next year, the online service will be "available to anyone," he said. Photoshop Express is a profoundly important project, and Adobe's schedule indicates that its repercussions are near-term and not academic.

Submission + - Mandriva Regains Nigeria Deal From Microsoft

techavenger writes: A decision to wipe 11,000 machines of their shipped Mandriva Linux operating system and replace it with Windows XP for Nigerian schools received a reversal that should please Mandriva's CEO.
  Someone break out the champagne for Francois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva. He had blogged his anger with Microsoft counterpart Steve Ballmer over what Bancilhon suggested were dirty tactics in gaining business with Nigeria.

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