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Submission + - Darling: Run Apple OS X Binaries On Linux ( 4

An anonymous reader writes: After having Wine to run Windows binaries on Linux, there is now the Darling Project that allows users to run unmodified Apple OS X binaries on Linux. The project builds upon GNUstep and has built the various frameworks/libraries to be binary compatible with OSX/Darwin. The project is still being worked on as part of an academic thesis but is already running basic OS X programs.

Submission + - iPads for all causes parental backlash (

NGTechnoRobot writes: In a bid to bolster Apple's order book during the festive season Rossett School in Harrogate, North Yorkshire has mandated that each student should see their way clear to purchasing an iPad, without giving too much thought to the UK Government procurement and tendering guidelines the school seem set to continue down the one to one iPads for students programme leaving many parents angry and exasperated. The headteacher sent this letter out to parents to explain the decision.

Submission + - Good Cholesterol (HDL) is not all that it's cracked up to be

BayaWeaver writes: We have been told for a long time that there's good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol lowers the rate of heart disease. However, the New York Times reports that a just published article in The Lancet has shown that people genetically endowed with higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL) do not have decreased heart attack risk. Also, tests of HDL-boosting drugs by Roche and Pfizer have failed to lower heart attack risk. So it looks like we should ignore 'good' cholesterol and just concentrate on lowering bad cholesterol with diet, exercise and statins if we want to reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Submission + - Pulpcore draws to a close (

NGTechnoRobot writes: After seven years of active development the popular java animation library pulpcore is to cease. Lead developer David Brackeen anounced via the pulpcore google group that the site, code and forums will be removed next week. David explains his decision is due to the decline in supported java runtimes on major platforms and the increase in technologies such as HTML 5 and WebGL.

Submission + - Microsoft Kinect ads will watch you while you watch them (

colinneagle writes: Do you watch commercials or do use that timeslot to run to the restroom or to the kitchen? Do you fast-forward to skip as many commercials as possible when watching TV via a DVR or On Demand? Microsoft hopes to change all that by offering Kinect-powered interactive commercials called NUads (Natural User Interface Advertisements).

According to CNET's Declan McCullagh, Microsoft manager Lyn Watts stated that advertisers can "go after the holy grail — the living room" with Kinect Nuads. Whether you like the idea of TV ads watching while you watch the advertisement or not, Microsoft's Kinect interactive NUads will "begin rolling out in late spring."

The Kinect privacy policy states, "Kinect can record speech data, photos and videos" and "collects and uses body recognition data." But Microsoft told CNET, "With respect to privacy, Xbox 360 and Xbox Live do not use any information captured by Kinect for advertising targeting purposes and NUads is no exception." Eurogamer pointed out Watt's statements about "how NUads may tailor advertising using data gathered by Kinect" contradict Microsoft's statement about privacy.

"With a NUads-based commercial, TV advertisers will be able to listen in on a TV audience at home via a microphone, or perhaps view the home audience via facial recognition or video," reported Neowin. "Of course, all of this conjurers up a 'Big Brother' future where we would be spied on while watching TV commercials." Indeed much like the Samsung smart TVs that watch you, the Kinect NUads bring to mind the spying TV sets that George Orwell foresaw, televisions that watched viewers on behalf of Big Brother.

Immediately after announcing Nuads last year, Microsoft's Mark Kroese wrote,"In this case of NUads and Kinect, I'm here to say that it will change television as we know it-forever." At that time Seattle Pi skeptically asked, "Would you actually interact with ads?" Whether Kinect-enabled advertising will prove "irresistibly interactive" or yawnsville to viewers remains to be seen, but Gizmodo called the NUads "awful" and that when it comes to interacting and sharing TV ads, "literally no one has ever wanted to do that."

NUads will incorporate voice commands as Kroese had suggested. Xbox Tweet and Xbox Share are about social media interaction. Xbox More will "request additional information and/or a discount coupon to be sent directly to your email inbox." Xbox Schedule will send calendar reminders. Xbox Near Me finds a local retailer and sends you "a text message with the location."

Comment One Patent to rule them all (Score 1) 176

WTF, 70 years ago Jack Purcher would have been buddies with Joseph Goebbels. In what reality does this guy think that everyone and his dog needs and iDevice. Ooh this week we patented red, green and blue now we want royalties on anything that's coloured. Kill Me Now.

Comment A stick is still a stick (Score 3, Insightful) 164

If I have a stick its just a stick, Currently I can patent throwing the stick, balancing the stick on my nose, throwing the stick, but it's still a stick. If I add some string to make it so I can throw it farther its now an enhanced stick worthy of a patent. Hardware is the key and should be the deciding factor when accepting a patent.

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