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XBox (Games)

Submission + - Past Attempts On Hands-Free Gaming

adeelarshad82 writes: While Microsoft does get points for innovation, Kinect for Xbox 360 isn't the first attempt to make gaming a hands-free affair. Decades before Microsoft would release its Kinect for Xbox 360 depth-sensing camera system, other companies tried to take the gamepad out of the gaming equation. Playstation, Dreamcast, NES and Sega have all been there. These attempts varied in usefulness, ranging from somewhat functional to laughable and pointless, and from the forgettable to the downright infamous.

Submission + - Cookies: how not to design a protocol (

An anonymous reader writes: Google security researcher Michael Zalewski posted a cautionary tale for software engineers: amusing historical overview of all the security problems with HTTP cookies, including an impressive collection of issues we won't be able to fix. Pretty amazing that modern web commerce uses a mechanism so hacky that does not even have a proper specification.

Submission + - Inside a Full-Body Scanning X-Ray Van (

Velcroman1 writes: In August, Slashdotters learned that full-body scanners were roaming the streets in vans: "The same technology used at airport check points, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on US streets where law enforcement agencies have deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs." just took a ride in one of the $800,000 vans, videotaping the entire event — and continues the debate about security, privacy, and health risks.
The Internet

Submission + - Should NPR CEO in a Glass Website Throw Stones? 1

theodp writes: Commenting on NPR's firing of Juan Williams after he remarked that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said Williams should have kept his feelings between himself and 'his psychiatrist or his publicist.' Which is interesting, considering that NPR's own website has for years hosted stories like Worried Glances on the Flight Home ('The man across the aisle from me was dark-skinned, Arab-looking. He had an accent') and Profiling or Common Sense? ('I think it's fair to say that since 9/11, it's hard not to scrutinize your fellow passengers a shade more closely when you're on an airplane'). And an NPR News Blog item reported that 'the fear of FWA ('Flying While Arab') can make even Arabs suspicious of each other.' Williams said Friday that he believes NPR had been looking for a reason to fire him and used his comments as an excuse to do so. Williams also noted that NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg once remarked (1995 video) that if there is 'retributive justice,' former Republican North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms or one of his grandchildren will get AIDS from a transfusion (an NPR spokeswoman said Totenberg has repeatedly apologized for her comments).

Submission + - Steve Jobs' anti-Android rant dissected (

Barence writes: Steve Jobs made a personal appearance on Apple’s earnings call last night in which he denounced Android and Google’s “open” approach. PC Pro has produced a complete transcript of that four-minute section of the call, and taken apart — piece by piece — Jobs' rant against Google's open platform. "His vision of triumph is the collapse of the free market – in applications and mobile devices, at least – and the rise of a glorious conformity, in which the individual is freed from the confusion of choice under the wise direction of a single, central power — unanswerable, perhaps, but professing concern only for the best interests of the customer," PC Pro's Darien Graham-Smith concludes. "And to further that end, he’s willing to twist words, distort figures, spread propaganda that he must know to be untrue and openly denounce his enemies."

Submission + - Given truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More ( 2

SharpFang writes: In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.
Input Devices

Journal Journal: Glad Tidings! No 4: CHDK's nice website

I finally ordered a digital SLR earlier this week, after more than a decade's worth of wanting one, and watching the prices go from crazy, crazy, only AP-photogs-need-apply (and with a grant, too) for modified Fujis and Nikons (including the early Kodak/Nikon venture), to something like cheaper at entry level than I paid for my own used entry-level film gear not that many years ago. (And while it's not exactly apples to apples, that comparison is at least Pentax to Pentax; Pentax K1000, thoug


Submission + - BBC Trust urged to block BBC iPhone Apps (

krou writes: It looks as if Rupert Murdoch isn't the only one complaining about news from the BBC distorting the market. The BBC Trust has received an appeal from the Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) urging them to prevent the BBC from launching its own iPhone apps. The NPA has also stated they would discuss the matter with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and MPs on the Media Select Committee. David Newell, director of the NPA, said: 'Not for the first time, the BBC is preparing to muscle into a nascent market and trample over the aspirations of commercial news providers.' He claimed that iPhone apps were 'a unique and narrow commercial space', something that the BBC would 'distort': 'This is not, as the BBC argues, an extension of its existing online service, but an intrusion into a very tightly defined, separate market ... [Development of apps] for a niche market does not sit comfortably with the BBC's mission to broadcast its content to a wide, general audience. We strongly urge the BBC Trust to block these damaging plans, which threaten to strangle an important new market for news and information.' The BBC has stated in response that 'plans to deliver BBC News, Sport and iPlayer content via smartphone apps fall within the terms of its existing BBC service licence and that the plans do not constitute a significant change to the service.'

Submission + - Olympics In Brazil? Beware The Visa Application! 5

BuhDuh writes: Not that I intend to go, but we planned to take a cruise later this year, as part of a European vacation, from Portugal to Brazil. That's when the fun started. You need a visa. No problem, fill in a form online starting at the official government site. Wait a minute! A government in a sovereign country can't afford a valid security certificate from a trusted authority?

It gets worse. Among other choice pieces of information you will be required to supply on this untrusted site are:
full biographical info, including mother and father's full names!?
complete details of your passport — number, date of issue/expiry/where issued etc
schooling details!?
current employment!?
full address/zip/phone/email

Is this a perfect recipe for identity theft, or am I just a paranoid who misplaced his tinfoil hat?

Submission + - One of the oldest FOSS apps you never heard of:ACP

Esther Schindler writes: "The Airline Control Program (ACP), introduced by IBM around 1967, predated the term "open source" by decades. But you may be surprised by how much of its development reflects the FOSS movement today. The article An Abbreviated History of ACP, One of the Oldest Open Source Applications describes what made it special."

Submission + - new /. not as nice

cinnamon colbert writes: Am I the only /. fan who does not like the changes that have occured to the site in the last month or two ? Perhaps a survey is inorder

Submission + - Liberal interpretation

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot recently reported on alleged brain differences between liberals and conservatives as described in Nature Neuroscience. An article in Slate challenges the study as not proving its claims. It concludes: 'Sometimes, [conservatives'] inclinations lead us astray. But over the long run, they've served us and society pretty well. It's just that you [liberals] notice all the times we were wrong and ignore all the times we were right. In fact, that's exactly what you've done in this study: You've manufactured a tiny world of letters, half-seconds, and button-pushing, so you can catch us in clear errors and keep out the part of life where our tendencies correct yours. And now you feel great about yourselves. Congratulations. You haven't told us much about our way of thinking. But you've told us a lot about yours.'

Submission + - Why we need to expand into space

Zentropa writes: Why do humans need to explore and colonise space? To save the planet and our species, argues an opinion piece in Cosmos, an Aussie science magazine, by its editor. Makes some good points, and come at it from an angle I hadn't condidered before — like that the universe DESERVES us. If you're a space fan as I am, and sick of those boring "why spend all that money in space when there ar so many problems here on earth", this gives some ammo.
User Journal

Journal Journal: History known to the Web 4

I suspect strongly that this is due to copyright laws, but it's kind of a weird effect I've seen in Google, Wikipedia, and other search engines on the web. Stuff that happened in the real world before 1950 is generally on the web, if it was previously recorded on paper at all. Stuff that happened in the real world after 1998 is almost certain to be covered on the web if it hit any major news source, usually covered from a variety of angles. Stuff that happened int he real world after 2000 wil
User Journal

Journal Journal: Bread and Circuses

History tells of how the ancient Romans began to offer their people entertainment, as a way to gain popularity and thereby buy their votes in elections.

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