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Businesses

Submission + - What your IT dept wish you knew about requesting s (itwire.com)

davidmwilliams writes: ""Help us help you" is nowhere as strained as is in the corporate environment where users wail their IT dept don't want to help them, and IT laments that users simply can't log tickets properly. Can the twain meet? Here are some tips for end users to explain just why IT want you to communicate in a particular way and what you can do to leverage the helpdesk system, ensuring yourself more rapid support!"
IT

Submission + - IT Inferno: The Nine Circles Of IT hell (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Dan Tynan takes us on a tour of the nine circles of IT hell, a place 'not unlike the underworld described by Dante in his Divine Comedy.' 'But here, in the data centers, conference rooms, and cubicles, the IT version of this inferno is no allegory. It is a very real test of every IT pro's sanity and soul,' Tynan writes. From IT limbo, to tech lust, to stakeholder gluttony, to tech-pro treachery, the IT inferno is not buried deep within the earth, it's just down the hall. 'Thankfully, as in Dante's poetic universe, there are ways to escape the nine circles of IT hell. But IT pro beware: You may have to face your own devils to do it. Shall we descend?'"
Games

Submission + - Study Shows Gaming Cues Can Seep Into Reality (industrygamers.com)

donniebaseball23 writes: If the real world looks like a video game to you, you're not alone. A number of gamers actually deal with "Game Transfer Phenomena" or GTP, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Stockholm University. Essentially, gamers can involuntarily bring elements from their favorite games into real life. Some gamers surveyed reported seeing health bars above others’ heads, others reported seeing in-game menus, and some even admitted they voluntarily pressed a button on a non-existent controller in response to certain events. "The GTP study, while based on a small number of video game players, demonstrated that playing video games intensely can be associated with the elicitation of automatic thoughts," wrote Angelica Ortiz de Gortari, one of the study's authors.
Piracy

Submission + - $5M in Torrented Files Presented as Art (wired.co.uk)

ideonexus writes: "From the article:

The Art 404 gallery is currently exhibiting a piece by Manuel Palou called "5 Million Dollars, 1 Terabyte" which is a "sculpture" consisting of a 1 TB external hard drive containing $5,000,000 worth of illegally downloaded files. The hard drive is displayed on a pedestal at the gallery.

There is a PDF of the files stored on the device with links to the torrents."

Virtualization

Submission + - Virtualization Comes to Mobile Devices (arstechnica.com)

oker writes: Project known as Horizon Mobile will let Android phones use virtual machine technology to run a second instance of Android, in much the same way virtualization works on servers and desktops. The user essentially has two completely separate phones running on one device, and can switch from the personal one to the corporate one by clicking a “work phone” icon.
Idle

Submission + - Two chatbots interact - hilarious and weird (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: When Cornell's Creative Machines Lab got two chatbots to settle down for a short interaction the result was surreal, to say the least. Watch the video and see if you can stand the agression these two show to each other. Is this the future of AI? Is one of them the future winner of the Loebner prize or a future TV show host?
Cellphones

Submission + - SignalGuru helps drivers avoid red lights (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: The continuing increase in gasoline prices around the world over the past decade has also seen an increase in the practice of hypermiling — the act of driving using techniques that maximize fuel economy. One of the most effective hypermiling techniques is maintaining a steady speed while driving instead of constantly stopping and starting. Unfortunately, traffic lights all too often conspire to foil attempts at keeping the vehicle rolling. Researchers at MIT and Princeton have now devised a system, dubbed SignalGuru, that gathers visual data from the cameras of a network of dashboard-mounted smartphones and tells drivers the optimal speed to drive at to avoid waiting at the next set of lights.

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