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Submission + - Kinect Motion Capture Animated Series - Under the (

baxpace writes: "Thanks to all of the recent break throughs of Kinect hacks that have emerged, a new animated series is now in development that incorporates many open source middleware and wrappers available to us all in order to create an entire series with motion capture software using the Kinect, OpenNI, Brekel, MotionBuilder and Maya."

Comment Re:America, land of the "free". (Score 2) 486

Uhm, not in the UK it isn't - there are no laws forbidding you from photographing or videoing the police while on duty....

Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.

Source: The police themselves!

Which makes it even worse that people are routinely arrested for it. What was your point again?

Comment Re:YRO, RLY? (Score 1) 163

Why is this exactly in Your Rights Online? Are /.ers so afraid of entering their ZIP code anywhere?

Some people believe that broadband is a right. At the very least, it is a sign that we're not an undeveloped nation. Access to communication can help citizens become more informed and involved (whether it actually does is another question). Unfortunately, many people across the US have limited or no options. I'm one of those people with only one option.

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Submission + - DARPA Open-Sources Military Vehicle Design (

Velcroman1 writes: The army's secretive technology division has been collecting dozens of ideas for the design of its in-the-works rescue vehicle via a social-media contest — relying solely on the power of the crowd to get the next big thing built. Local Motors of Chandler, Ariz., is running the competition, officially known as the Experimental Crowd-derived Combat-support Vehicle (XC2V) Design Challenge, through March 10. It’s not so different from when multiple users edit a page on Wikipedia, Local Motors CEO John Rogers said. “Effectively, we want to co-create all aspects of a vehicle,” Rogers explained. “The Wikipedia method of co-creation is really not far off from the way we talk about it."

Submission + - #china revolution set to start 2pm Shanghai time ( 2

h00manist writes: Online pages call for protests in 13 cities in China, at 2:00 pm Shanghai time, 1:00 am EST, Twitter tag being used is #cn220. In spite of China censoring Middle East protests, now known as "Jasmin Revolutions", Chinese people are inspired. Instructions for participating are being censored, help re-posting is requested. They keep disappearing, and then popping up everywhere on the net, and being censored again. Yes, I used the google translated version to understand Chinese.

Submission + - Police Chief Teaches Parents to Hack Facebook 3

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "LiveScience reports that James Batelli, the police chief of Mahwah, N.J., and his detectives conduct seminars that teach parents how to outfit a computer with keystroke logging software, giving them access to the full spectrum of the kids' online activities. Batelli explains that kids put themselves in potentially dangerous situations online every day, especially on Facebook, where they run the risk of coming into contact with child predators who troll the social networking site. "Read the paper any day of the week and you’ll see an abduction [or] a sexual assault that’s the result of an Internet interaction or a Facebook comment,” says Batelli. "When it comes down to safety and welfare of your child, I don’t think any parent would sacrifice anything to make sure nothing happens to their children." But not everyone agrees with Batelli's recommendations. “It’s a slippery slope to spy on your kids,” says Edi Goodman, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft 911, who has two young children. “Hopefully I can teach my kids the skill sets to be aware about these [online] dangers, because I can’t be with them all the time.”"

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