crabel writes "The Oculus rift prototype Crystal Cove shown at CES uses a camera to track over two dozen infrared dots placed all over the headset. With the new tracking system, you can lean and crouch because the system knows where your head is in 3D space, which can also help reduce motion sickness by accurately reflecting motions that previously weren't detected. On top of that, the new "low persistence" technique practically removes motion blur." Link to Original Source top
Activision is preventing Gabriel Knight from coming to Linux
crabel writes "A Gabriel Knight remake was announced back in October with plans to release the game for Windows, Apple OS X, iPad, Android, and Linux. Unfortunately, the technical director of the game studio had bad news for Linux users: "Figured this deserved its own thread. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but my previous statement that GK would be available on Linux turns out to be incorrect. I can't even begin to imagine why, but Activision isn't allowing the game to be made for that platform. Just PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices."" Link to Original Source top
Interview with Prof. Potrykus, inventor of Golden Rice
crabel writes "According to WHO, 127 millions of pre-school children worldwide suffer from vitamine A deficiency, causing some 500,000 cases of irreversible blindness every year. This deficiency is responsible for 600,000 deaths among children under the age of 5. Golden Rice might be a solution to this problem. The only problem? It's GMO.
In an interview inventor Potrykus, now close to 80 years old, answers questions about the current state of approval, which might happen in the next couple of months." Link to Original Source top
crabel writes "Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins University today described the first documented case of a child being cured of HIV. The landmark findings were announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, GA." Link to Original Source top
crabel writes "It appears, the dreaded RWA is dead. The bill would have prevented agencies of the federal government from requiring public access to federally subsidized research. After Elsevier has pulled its support, it was decided that legislative action will be taken on the bill." Link to Original Source top
crabel writes ""Honest Achmed", from "Honest Achmed's Used Cars and Certificates" has asked Mozilla to add his CA root certificate. Honest Achmed plans to authorise certificate issuance by at least, but not limited to, his cousin Osman, his uncles Mehmet and Iskender, and possibly his cousin's friend Emin.
His business plan is to sell sell bucketloads of other certificates, make a lot of money and become too big too fail.
crabel writes "The NASA has compiled a list of the most plausible and implausible movies up to date.Gattaca topped the "good" list, while 2012 was named the least realistic movie of all time. 2012 won the title against steep competition like "The Core"" Link to Original Source top
crabel writes "At the 27. Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin security researcher Julia Wolf pointed out numerous, previously hardly known, security problems in connection with Adobe's PDF standard. For instance, a PDF can reportedly contain a database scanner that becomes active and scans a network when the document is printed on a network printer." Link to Original Source top
crabel writes "In August 2004, the pianist Roger C. Davidson walked into a computer services shop seeking help with his virus-plagued computer. The shop owner told Mr. Davidson about an elaborate international conspiracy that had attacked Mr. Davidson's computer and was threatening him and his family. The conspiracy allegedly involved a mysterious hard drive in a remote village of Honduras and a plot to infiltrate the United States government by Polish priests linked to Opus Dei. The CIA was working with him to prevent the priests from infiltrating the United States government. Mr. Davidson was persuaded to pay the computer shop not only for data retrieval, but for personal protection. Over time he paid over 6 million dollar for protection..." Link to Original Source top
crabel writes "3 blind people got implanted with a retinal chip that allowed them to see shapes and objects within days of the procedure. "One of the patients surprised researchers by identifying and locating objects on a table; he was also able to walk around a room unaided, approach specific people, tell the time from a clock face, and describe seven different shades of gray in front of him."" Link to Original Source top
crabel writes "A couple of weeks ago India went after RIM and it's mail service it has extended its hunger for data now to all telecommunication. All telecom companies have to give them access to all voice over IP services that go in/out or happen within the country. Heck, they are even going after VPNs used by corporate employees working remotely. What's next?
crabel writes "Eclipse released version 4.0 for early adopters. It is compatible to version 3.6, has lots of improvements for rich client developers (using RCP) and a new model-based user interface." Link to Original Source top
crabel writes "In Java 1.6.0_21 the company field was changed from "Sun Microsystems, Inc" to "Oracle".
Apparently not the best idea since some applications depend on that field to identify the virtual machine. All eclipse versions since 3.3 (released 2007) until and including the recent Helios release (2010) have been reported to crash with an OutOfMemoryError due to this change.
crabel writes "An ingenious american company actually found a way to earn money with the "lost privacy" due to airport scanners the scan little stickers that "protect your privacy". Hilarious website!" Link to Original Source top
crabel writes "Sad news: According to the linked study the typical slashdotter probably has a reduced life expectancy. Sitting around seems to be quite deadly. (Well not so much, but still statistically significant). So, stop reading and take a walk!" Link to Original Source