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Submission + - Transforming Any Surface Into Interactive Boards W

brunozamborlin writes: "I just published a short video that shows how a very cheap contact microphone can be used to recognize different types of fingers touch and transform any surface into an interactive board.
In the video we put the microphone over different surfaces such as kitchen tables and balloons and through realtime gesture recognition we show how we can play different virtual music instruments using a technique called physic modelling . A mobile version would be definitely possible."

Submission + - Firefox 9 released, JS improved 20-30% by type inf (extremetech.com) 4

MrSeb writes: "Firefox 9 is now available — but unlike its previous rapid release forebears where not a lot changed, a huge feature has landed with the new version: the JavaScript engine now has type inference enabled. This simple switch has resulted in a 20-30% JS execution speed increase, putting JaegerMonkey back in line with Chrome's V8 engine, and even pulling ahead in some cases. If you switched away from Firefox to IE or Chrome for improved JS performance, now is probably the time to give Firefox another shot."

Submission + - NFL: National Football Luddites? 1

theodp writes: The National Football League has been brainstorming with tech and communications companies on how to bring the NFL into the 21st century. Major-league sports are famously technophobic — the NFL outlaws computers and PDAs on the sidelines, in the locker room and in press-box coaching booths within 90 minutes of kickoff. But that may be about to change, which the WSJ's Matthew Futterman speculates could mean: 'Coaches selecting plays from tablet computers. Quarterbacks and defensive captains wired to every player on the field and calling plays without a huddle. Digital video on the sidelines so coaches can review plays instantly. Officials carrying hand-held screens for replays. Computer chips embedded in the ball and in the shoulder pads (or mouth guards) that track every move players make and measure their speed, the impact of their hits, even their rate of fatigue.' Part of the impetus for the changes is the chance for a windfall — the NFL's sponsorship deals with Motorola and IBM will expire after this season, and the NFL will be seeking more technology (and presumably cash) from its next technology partner(s). Hey, there are worse ways that Microsoft could spend its advertising bucks!

Submission + - Ireland to Fix Downloading Law for EMI (irishtimes.com)

2phar writes: The Irish Government is to publish an order early in the new year to allow music publishers, film producers and other parties to go to court to prevent ISPs from allowing their customers access to 'pirate' websites.

The government has written to music publisher EMI Ireland confirming the order will be published and incorporated into existing legislation in January. EMI Ireland recently warned the Government that it would take legal action against the State if the Government did not address the problem, following its unsuccessful attempt to seek an injunction against UPC last October


Submission + - Blue Skies over Iraq - What's Drone Is Done (motherboard.tv)

HansonMB writes: It’s one thing to have the U.S. symbolically ending all major combat operations in Iraq for the second time in eight years. It’s an entirely other thing to watch the Americans physically rolling out of a warzone, especially after a nine-year campaign that cost the U.S. nearly $1 trillion and 4,500 lives, not to mention the lives of over 100,000 Iraqis, mainly unarmed civilians.

It’s only fitting, too, that footage of a final American convoy discreetly exiting Iraq early Sunday morning comes by way of a U.S. Predator surveillance drone. That the U.S. even had an unmanned aerial vehicle loitering high above yesterday’s dawn departure suggests that America’s stake in a seemingly endless Iraq conflict isn’t flat ending, but is simply phasing into something else – something with a lot more drones.


Submission + - Microsoft Adds XMPP to Messenger (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Microsoft has until now kept Windows Messenger to itself. It did produce an API that made it possible to write add-ons, but actually communicating with Messenger was a matter of hacking its communication methods or finding some way of transferring data by hosting the client. Now it has delivered on its promise, made at Build, to support the XMPP protocol. XMPP being an open protocol means that anyone can now build a client that works with Messenger. The only negative is that Microsoft have implemented their own authentication which means they get to say who can connect and existing XMPP clients don't work until they are modified. Its sort of open.

Submission + - How UK government is boosting tech industry (silicon.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Technology Strategy Board is aiming to boost economic growth by making the UK into one of the world's leading tech innovation nations. This story explains hows...

Submission + - Twitter to hand over user data (telegraph.co.uk)

drginge writes: Looks like twitter are set to hand over user data in the Ryan Giggs Superinjuction debacle. One question, given the users didn't necessarily break any laws (i.e. anyone tweeting from outside England), how will twitter ensure they aren't in breach of privacy/data protection laws themselves? Should the onus not be on the accuser to at least prove a crime was committed before insisting on a users data?

Submission + - This Is What Your Brain Looks Like In Love (gizmocrazed.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have revealed the fonts of desire by comparing functional MRI studies of people who indicated they were experiencing passionate love, maternal love or unconditional love. Together, the regions release neurotransmitters and other chemicals in the brain and blood that prompt greater euphoric sensations such as attraction and pleasure. On the other hand, psychiatrists might someday help individuals who become dangerously depressed after a heartbreak by adjusting those chemicals.

Submission + - Google datacenter cooled by seawater (businessinsider.com)

another similar writes: Google has released a video [Business Insider] detailing their version of cool at their new datacenter in Hamina, Finland. The system re-purposes a papermill to cycle seawater through heat exchangers removing heat from the servers. The approach appears similar to an underground datacenter [datacenterknowledge.com] in Helsinki which is similarly cooled by seawater, but also provides heating to up to 500 nearby homes. Neither story directly addresses the potential environmental impact of localized warming, which may dim the green a shade or two.

Submission + - Inmates can use iPads in Indian Jails (newlaunches.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A high profile white collar criminal in India's high security Tihar jail has been given the green light to use the iPad when in jail. The accused will not be using the iPad to play Angry Birds or Tweet on his experience in the jail but he will be using a Wi-Fi only model to browse through the 80,000 page chargesheet filed against him and prepare notes to brief his counsel.

Submission + - SCADA Flaws Talk Cancelled Due to Security Fears (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: NSS Labs researcher Dillon Beresford was scheduled to demonstrate the vulnerabilities he found after researching various Siemens SCADA systems for only two and a half months, but changed his mind after talking to the DHS and Siemens. Instead, he shared some of the flaws with Siemens and the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Siemens apparently managed to work out a remediation for one of the vulnerabilities, but it turns out that it is easily circumvented.

Submission + - Oracle Commits to Open Source Hudson at Eclipse (developer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Hudson at Oracle is still alive and well. Oracle took a major step toward ensuring the open source future and continued success of Hudson by giving the project to the open source Eclipse Foundation.

Submission + - CPU cycles an average human consumes in a lfetime

Hazee Daze writes: A friend and I were having lunch and he got on the topic of his Java programming class. He mentioned one of his assignments was to sort ten thousand double objects, which led us to conjecture how many CPU cycles it took to perform this. It made me wonder how many CPU cycles a person might "consume" in a lifetime. I'm not smart enough to figure this one out, but made me wonder what the Slashdot folks might say.

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