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Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21 112

An anonymous reader writes "Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface." One wonders what kind of adoption they expect with a $299 price tag.

Comment Re:Pagers were working? (Score 1) 309

That's partially true.
I also lived and worked in Manhattan during 9/11.

There was a cellphone tower on top of one of the two towers which killed cellphones for the lower region of the island, but cellphones were working just fine as low as 35th st. I called my parents back home from my apartment on 91st street and spoke with a co-worker who was already at work and watching the events unfold from the corner of 35th and 7th.

You are definitely correct about cellphones not working down in the financial district however.

Comment Re:Linux Is a Dinosaur and so Is Windows (Score 1) 865

I'm not trolling here, I'm genuinely curious...

What makes using multiple processes in an app better than threading?
I've used both in programming and a nutshell breakdown that I understand and that I've experienced is thus:

* Threading is quick and can "share" memory and resources but requires the programmer to synchronize access to shared resources through mutexes and such
* Processes have no such synchronization problem and *can* share memory but it's much more difficult to do so, instead making use of inter-process communication via pipes and unix sockets, which in my experience is much more time consuming and difficult than sharing memory via threads but still easier than sharing memory between processes.

Again, this is a nutshell and oversimplified comparison, but from where I stand, I've always thought threading was easier and quicker to use and works just as well, if not better, than multi-process apps. Of course there are times when it's more appropriate to use processes rather than threads.

Again, what's your take on the matter?

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