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Feed Engadget: Biofeedback signals used to predict gamers' moves (

Filed under: Gaming

While it's no shock that artificial intelligence as a whole is making strides, a pair of Hungarian researchers have seemingly unlocked a secret that gamers are sure to detest. Laszlo Laufer and Bottyan Nemeth, both from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, have reportedly "discovered that a gamer's button presses can be predicted two seconds before they make them, through measurements of skin conductance." To make such a bold claim, the duo had guinea pigs play a simple game while their heart rate and skin conductance were measured, and after utilizing "neural networks to analyze the biofeedback signals and input records," the data showed that we humans aren't as unpredictable as we sometimes hope to be. Notably, this unearthing could be used in quite a few applications outside of infuriating gamers, but we all know where the real fun in this is.

[Via The Raw Feed]

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Submission + - Linux blind to average user's needs (

athloi writes: "The thing the fanboys miss is, it's not about which OS is best. It's about what the average consumer feels comfortable with. Yes, even today most users don't understand that the typical Linux distro, fitted with a GNOME or KDE desktop, will seem very familiar to them. Why should this be, other than because there are some folks who expend their energy less on informing the general public of this fact and more writing about how the name of a certain OS is to be rendered. 2007/07/blindness_to_pe.html"

Feed Engadget: Sony's ES receiver lineup handles multizone HD streaming, iPods (

Filed under: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Portable Audio

Those in the market for a receiver that can handle the latest and greatest ought to look Sony's way, as the firm's revamped ES lineup not only plays nice with your iPod, but it's the first from Sony that can distribute high definition content to a second room. The STR-DA5300ES, STR-DA4300ES, and STR-DA3300ES 7.1-channel devices all offer seamless (albeit optional) iPod integration, and the onboard Digital Media Port allows users to add other accessories such as a WiFi client for streaming digital music, a Bluetooth receiver, or a Network Walkman docking station. You'll also find 1080/60p and 24p support, 1080p upconverting, Sirius / XM compatibility, and a variety of internal amplifier ratings depending on model. All three of Sony's latest AV components will be available before October, and while the low(er)-end DA3300ES will check in at a cool grand, the DA4300ES will demand $1,300 while the DA5300ES runs $1,700.

[Via Electronista]

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Submission + - Eight ways to search the dark web beyond Google (

Rea Maor writes: "Google this, Google that, Google something else. But there's a lot more to the web than Google, and in fact Google only shows you a tiny bit of what's going on. You've heard of the "deep web" or "dark web" — the part not normally indexed by Google, and maybe even not by Yahoo, MSN, or Ask. Well, here's a little list presenting a few "rabbit holes" into that vast, uncharted territory!

Dogpile — In the first place, you can check the Big Four (Google, MSN, Yahoo, Ask) search engines all at once with Dogpile. Since other search engines use the indexes from one of these four, chances are if you cannot find it here and you are sure it exists, it is "dark" to the web.

Clusty — Clusty is a more comprehensive search, finding those deep, dark crevasses that other search engines pass over. I'd nominate Clusty for "the dark-web Google" Of course, the more inclusive you make a search engine, the more spam sites it will pick up, so you might have to wade through a lot of garbage.

USA Library of Congress — Good for finding research materials for scholarly interests.

Nelson Search — If you're looking for a journalistic piece, you can't beat the self-proclaimed search engine for journalists. If there was a news story on it, it's here.

Intute — Well, if the bots don't do a good enough job of weeding out the spam sites, how about giving the humans a go? Intute is the only search engine which uses only web pages quality-checked by human researchers — guaranteeing that you'll never get a spam hit!

AltaVista — What better way to search the dark web than use a dark search engine? AltaVista died in popularity when Google came out, but it's still kicking, and it returns hits similar to Clusty.

Wayback Machine — Maybe the page you're looking for no longer exists? that's OK, the Wayback Machine should have an index of it. The only snag here is, you have to give it an exact URL. Once you have that URL, you can find the entire history for the domain — sometimes through several owners!

Bloglines — A search engine just for finding blogs. Anything that's a blog is here, and these days the web is mostly blogs anyway!

Note that the whole thing behind the dark web is that it is mostly made of sites that are one of (a) spam sites rejected for quality (b) personal home pages, bulletin board archives, and other stuff not generally of interest to the public (c) academia, which lives in its own world (d) government, which lives in its own world (e) criminal and underground sites that aren't in too great a hurry to be found!"


Submission + - EU questions Google privacy policy

An anonymous reader writes: BBC reports that the European Union is saying that Google's privacy policy may be breaking European privacy laws by keeping people's search information on its servers for up to two years. A data protection group that advises the European Union has written to the search giant to express concerns. The Article 29 group, made up of data protection commissioners around the EU, has asked Google to clarify its policy. Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, said the firm was committed to dialogue with the group.

The EU has a wide range of privacy protections that set limits to what information corporations may collect and what they may or may not do with them. In the US on the other hand privacy laws generally cover government actions while the business sector remains largely unregulated. Is it perhaps time to follow the European example and extend privacy laws to include corporations?

Comment keyboard removal (Score 1) 1352

5 years ago I was (and still am) the owner of an ASUS t2p4 (with a pentium 66/233 MMX overclocked at 83Mhz FSB, good old days).
I was in the process of creating a server running linux and I had only one keybord/screen/mouse and no KVM switch, so I had to plug/unplug all the three components quite a lot, so much than after a reboot, my T2P4 stop reconising the keyboard.
after switching keybord I quickly conclude it was a probloem of the motherboard!!!!!

I manage to identify what look like a resistor (remember real resistor not SMD device) labeled as fuse on the Motherboard. so here we go, I unsolderer the bastard and shorted the fuse.
I had to say I was a bit worried to solder a motherboard, but it all went fine and the MB is still working so far and is still my prefered linux server :=)

happy end

PS now hot keyboard removal feature work like a charme, but I tend to avoid this on newer PCs

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