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Sony Rebuilding PlayStation Network Security After Attack

Gumshoe Re:PSN (220 comments)

Thanks for the info. That sounds like a pretty good system. Just one question. What does the E stand for in PCI-E? I know PCI stands for Payment Card Industry but after a cursory search, I can't find what the E stands for.

more than 3 years ago

Senate Passes Landmark Patent Reform Bill

Gumshoe Re:wait (362 comments)

Isn't first to file REALLY bad? It helps patent trolls doesn't it?

Yes. It's a disaster. In effect if you invent something you now have to patent it or possibly suffer the consequences from a patent troll. It's a money spinner for the patent office if nothing else.

more than 3 years ago

Major Security Flaws Discovered In Internet HDTVs

Gumshoe User permission (128 comments)

This attack could render the product unusable at important times and extend or limit its functionality without the manufacturer's permission.

Surely that should read, "without the user's permission".

about 4 years ago

Sony Files Patent On "Any-Object" Motion Control

Gumshoe Re:Prior Art (69 comments)

I think the demo video for Natal went to ridiculous extremes to showcase the technology. The "hand buzzer" thing to which you refer being one, the invisible steering wheel being another. It's an interesting technology but I agree with Natal's detractors in that tactile feedback is important in many gaming situations.

In my opinion, equating Natal with "hands free" is potentially a marketing mistake. But then again, "hands free" is more casual and that's a huge market so perhaps Microsoft is right. The beauty of Natal though is that it can, like the tech in this patent, do "hands on" too.

That said, Sony's patent seems to be something else entirely. It claims to be able to recognise objects in 3d space and presumably, orientation of those objects. I'm afraid however that that is where my imagination fails me. I can't understand how that level of tech could be more effective in a gaming environment than what is already available (or soon to be). Anyone have any ideas?

more than 5 years ago

Sony Files Patent On "Any-Object" Motion Control

Gumshoe Prior Art (69 comments)

The system looks similar to Microsoft's Project Natal, but instead of driving with an imaginary steering wheel, players can use an everyday item like a plate.

You can hold "everyday item's like a plate" with Natal too. The difference is that you don't have to for it to work.

more than 5 years ago


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Slashdot userstyle

Gumshoe Gumshoe writes  |  about 4 years ago

While I generally like the new Slashdot design there are a couple of design ideas I'm not so keen on.

This userstyle makes it easier for me to read Slashdot in the way I've become accustomed.

Key Elements:

1. Makes the header scrollable
2. Removes the left sidebar
3. Remove the syndication icons from the slashboxes
4. Adds a more aggressive indentation to user comments. Hopefully making the comment tree easier to read.

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