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Submission + - Kickstarter for 3D Camera addon for smartphones! With frickin' lasers! (

cixelsyd writes: The Kickstarter itself sums it up best: "LazeeEye upgrades your smartphone for use as a 3D camera, using a laser illuminator hardware add-on and stereo vision processing app. The name "LazeeEye" is a portmanteau of "laser" and "eye," indicating that your phone's camera (a single "eye") is being augmented with a second, "laser eye" — thus bestowing depth perception via stereo vision, i.e., letting your smartphone camera see in 3D just like you can!"

Comment Am I the only one sick of videos? (Score 1) 203

Seriously, I go to news sites to READ news. I understand some things are best presented as video, but it seems like a lot of news sites are moving to lots of video, which makes it difficult to catch up in quiet environments, plus it forces me to get through a story at the pacing of the presentation, as opposed to an article where I can read at my own pace (be that faster or slower than the video would be).

Enough with the videos!

Comment Re:It's all the customers' fault... (Score 5, Interesting) 406

What I want to know is, why do they throttle down to ridiculously low throughput?

Is there no way to traffic shape over wireless? Why can't I choose between several "unlimited" packages with varying speeds, like I can with a regular wired ISP?

Wouldn't this solve their "problem" users issues? Or is there something about wireless networking that I'm not aware of making this difficult/impossible?

Comment Re:facebookg+ (Score 1) 408

I'm not sure about the formatting (it says a "browseable" format), but you CAN download all your user data (posts, photos, etc) from Facebook. There is a link right from your Account Settings page.

Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."

Comment Re:Dear Nintendo (Score 1) 189

If you read the info page, it's because the emulator is designed to focus on accuracy, and any optimization techniques that compromise that functionality are not used. They also define accuracy versus compatibility in the FAQ:

Compatibility is the percentage of software output perceptibly reproduced by emulation. Accuracy is the percentage of hardware processes faithfully reproduced by emulation.

I personally had never heard of this emulator before, but I am going to try it now. They recommend a Phenom II or Core 2 Duo as minimum to get acceptable performance, which is reasonable for near-full compatibility with games, IMO.


How Famous OS Logos Got Started 103

Shane O'Neill writes "Ronald McDonald and the NBC Peacock may get more TV air time, but today's operating systems have cool logos, too. Google, Apple, Microsoft and the Linux crowd crafted mascots ranging from cute lizards to circles of life. In this slideshow, we look at the origins of the logos and look ahead to their future."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Therapists Log On To WoW To Counsel Addicts 187

eldavojohn writes "So, you can't find the time to leave the World of Warcraft to seek help for your World of Warcraft addiction? Sounds reasonable. Well, addiction therapists are coming to meet you so you don't have to quit playing as they counsel you and your addiction. From the leader of this initiative, Dr. Graham: 'We will be launching this project by the end of the year. I think it's already clear that psychiatrists will have to stay within the parameters of the game. They certainly wouldn't be wandering around the game in white coats and would have to use the same characters available to other players. Of course one problem we're going to have to overcome is that while a psychiatrist may excel in what they do in the real world, they're probably not going to be very good at playing World of Warcraft.' Send in the level 5 counselor and let the games begin!" What happens when the therapists become addicted?

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