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Comment Re:Watch the video (Score 5, Insightful) 261

Plus, you get to see the ugly UI that appears to have been built as an afterthought - just like the UI of all the other industrial television software I've operated.

It's true, 90% of software that I've used in a television studio has a poorly designed, or worse, broken, user interface. Gets the job done but in the most convoluted way. The only well made interfaces are the ones by major companies who have been around for a while, ie Newtek, Adobe, Pinnacle, Chyron.


Hippies Say WiFi Network Is Harming Their Chakras 432

Anti-Globalism writes "A group of hippies is complaining that a recently installed WiFi mesh network in the UK village of Glastonbury is causing health problems. To combat the signals from the Wi-Fi hotspots, the hippies have placed orgone generators around the antennae." Although there have been many studies that show no correlation between WiFi and health issues the hippies say, "Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man."
Portables (Games)

Xbox 360 Laptop Creator Unveils Sleek New Design 46

A couple years ago we discussed Benjamin Heckendorn's modification which turned the Xbox 360 into a laptop. Now, he's completed a new, revamped design which includes a removable Xbox 360 hard drive, an internal Wi-fi module and a new button layout. It looks a lot nicer, too. He's also posted a description of how he did it.

Comment Re:but.. (Score 1) 960

Yeah, that's totally what women sit around discussing. "Oh, I like Tim! He's an ideal genetic match, and if I mate with him, our children will have all the advantages they need to edge out those mutants from down the block!"
maybe not in so many words, but yes, that is exactly what they talk about

Apple's OS X Leopard In Depth 624

jcatcw writes "Computerworld begins its Week of Leopard with an in-depth review and image gallery covering Apple's newest version of OS X. Is it worth the wait? Well, Yes. It trumps Vista, of course; the Finder, Quick Look and Cover Flow provide better functionality and eye candy; Time Machine is the biggest undelete ever and the restore function is one of the coolest things we've ever seen; it has iChat; and has lots of updates under the hood. The answer might be no if you're lacking in the hardware department - an FAQ on how to get ready for the new version will help."

Submission + - Will Sony really do open source? (freshmeat.net)

An anonymous reader writes: A Sony company has released a java-based flv tool under GPLv3 on Google-Code (http://code.google.com/p/jflvtool/) ... from their website the company (Sony DADC) looks to be mainly a disc replicator but they also do some copy protection (such as the infamous ARccOS). It's known that Sony already uses OS components (http://products.sel.sony.com/opensource/) but with YDL running on the PS3 now is it possible that Sony is testing the OS waters for the future contribution?

Submission + - Record Industry Woes Aggravated by Years of Bad PR

An anonymous reader writes: Richard Menta makes a strong case on MP3 Newswire that bad public relations stirred by the open conflict between the record industry and the consumer is a heavy contributor to the crumbling fortunes of the major labels. In his analysis he contrasts how the NFL and Major League baseball tread gingerly with the Michael Vick and steroids scandals respectively to avoid further raising the ire of sports fans, while the major labels and the RIAA openly antagonize music fans who dare embrace new technologies they don't have full control of. From the article" Today the major record labels don't have a positive brand image and the very public actions they have taken to control the rise of digital media and the Internet over the last several years is at the very heart of their fall from grace. To some the big labels are an anachronism. To others they are anti-consumer. The erosion of their image is dramatic..." Menta then lays out 17 public events that have chipped away at the image of the recording industry including those that show them as bullies (RIAA sues little girls), as incompetent (RIAA sues the dead), as oppressors of the artist (Courtney Love, Janis Ian, and Grey Tuesday), as greedy (that's what Steve Jobs called them), and as practitioners of unauthorized access (Sony rootkit scandal). Consumer perception can be a bitch and the end result here is that many consumers probably don't feel as good about buying a CD anymore.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Magnetic fields related to Alzheimer's disease

Via_Patrino writes: A study on California pacients show people exposed to magnetic fields (MF) are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease (AD). 'Elevated occupational MF exposure was associated with an increased risk of AD'. The study focused on low frequency magnetic fields, like the ones of transmission lines, CRT monitors and TV tubes, but high frequency fields of cell phones and wireless devices have a similar nature and could have the same effects.

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