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Submission + - Multi-mouse development for X made easy (sourceforge.net) 2

dr.matrix writes: "Shameless plug: I've recently published the 1.1 release of libTISCH, our multitouch & multi-pointer development platform. Source code is available at http://sf.net/projects/tisch/ while PPA packages for Ubuntu 10.04 & 9.10 are at https://launchpad.net/~floe/+archive/libtisch .

I'm posting this here because libTISCH is, to the best of my knowledge, one of the very first GUI development libraries to natively support XInput 2 and therefore input with multiple mice. You do need a patched version of FreeGLUT for this to work, but I've provided suitable binary packages in the PPA. The patch itself is part of the source distribution and is also available directly on the SF.net site.

If you manage to spare some minutes and give libTISCH a try, I'd be glad to hear about your opinions."


Submission + - Drug adviser sacked for cannabis claim (guardian.co.uk) 2

thespeech writes: "The British Government's chief drug adviser, Professor David Nutt from the University of Bristol, has been sacked a day after claiming that cannabis, LSD, and ecstasy were less dangerous than alcohol. "Alcohol ranks as the fifth most harmful drug after heroin, cocaine, barbiturates and methadone. Tobacco is ranked ninth," he wrote in the paper from the centre for crime and justice studies at King's College, London, published yesterday. "Cannabis, LSD and ecstasy, while harmful, are ranked lower at 11, 14 and 18 respectively." Nutt said he was not prepared to "mislead" the public about the effects of drugs in order to convey a moral "message" on the government's behalf, and that "if scientists are not allowed to engage in the debate at this interface then you devalue their contribution to policy making and undermine a major source of carefully considered and evidence-based advice."
This is not the first time that the British government has ignored advice from experts in making drug policy decisions.
Some are worried that this will discourage others from giving their opinions in a field where, apparently, honest scientists are to be seen and not heard."

Submission + - Geek-Friendly Video Cameras for Young Children

Alaren writes: My daughter, almost 7 years old, is fascinated by YouTube and has declared that she wants a video camera. This strikes me as an opportunity to teach about videography and video technology and to show her that computers do more than just play games. Unfortunately, most tech review sites don't deal in technology aimed at children, and most sites that do are uninformative SEO sewage bobbing through the intertubes. I was intrigued by the announced Lego camcorder but it does not appear to have reached production. The Discovery Kids line of video cameras looked promising, but reviews (especially of the software) are in short supply. Most of the other brands I've found are clearly aimed at helping kids feel like they're using a video camera without providing the functionality I want: reasonable quality (VGA or better), expandable storage (like an SD card), easy YouTube uploading, and some straightforward software for trimming and merging video files (and, maybe, audio tracks). Part of me thinks what I'm really looking for is a Flip, but of course with children durability is an added concern, and I'd like to minimize adult interference where possible. So, Slashdot, help me finish my Christmas shopping early: what experience do you have with child-friendly video equipment and software? What brands do you recommend? Or should I just buy the grown-up version and a pack of stickers?
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Submission + - Displaylink support for Linux followup (butterbrot.org)

dr.matrix writes: "I'd like to add something to that story about the DisplayLink library for Linux. This library doesn't include compression, contains deliberately obfuscated parts and doesn't really provide anything which we hadn't already reverse-engineered in January.. so IMHO it's not really a fine example of Linux support (at least not yet)."

Submission + - Multitouch development made easy (easier) (sourceforge.net)

dr.matrix writes: "Do you happen to have a multitouch interface lying around? One of the big ones? Yes, of course you do. If you are into writing applications for that sort of thing, you might want to check out the second beta release of libTISCH, a multitouch development library with focus on applications. Head over to http://tisch.sourceforge.net/ and grab the source. Works under Linux, Windows and Mac. Yes, an iPhone port is in the works. No, it won't blend.
P.S. If you don't have a big multitouch table: it also has a mouse-based emulation mode."

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