Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MC2 Post 1848 Windows Research Shows Off a Keyboard that thinks it's a Tablet








From:   http://www.wpcentral.com


 



Microsoft Research has posted a report, as well as the video above, about their prototype for a new, gesture-reading, mechanical keyboard. The prototype, built using the keys of an Apple wireless keyboard (oh, irony, sweet sweet irony), uses a low-resolution matrix of infrared sensors placed between the keys to detect gestures, such as swiping and pinch-to-zoom, on the keyboard.

 

This achieves an effect similar to the new Touch Cover 2 for the Surface 2 tablets, though the prototype goes a step further, reading gestures taking place above the keyboard instead of sensing you brushing your fingers over its surface.

 






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((  spock remember  ))


MindMeld APP






From:  http://www.expectlabs.com 

A Video and/or Voice conversation tracker 
(jt listens to your conversation) and brings up in a side panel related Sites that might be of interest...




Wingman...




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Is There Anything LINUX Can't Do ???
 
 


GNUGuitarINUX

 
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Link:   http://gnuguitarinux.sourceforge.net/
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Description

GNUGuitarINUX is a GNU/Linux Live CD with a Realtime kernel aiming to be used as an electric guitar pedal effect.


 

License
GNU General Public License version 3.0 (GPLv3)
Features

    Based on Debian Squeeze
    Custom RT kernel - linux-image-2.6.33.7-               rt29-gnuguitarinux_2.6.33.7-rt29
    Rackarrack v0.6.1
    Guitarix v0.11.1
    SooperLooper v1.6.14
    Tuxguitar v1.2
    Jackd2
    Jack Capture v0.9.5
    Hydrogen v0.9.4
    gNinjam v0.1a
    GNU Solfege v3.16.4-2

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Monday, April 28, 2014

MC2 Post 1847 If Tom Cruise is on the Cover Running --






Then The Summer Blockbusters are Right Around the Corner


 



From:   http://www.shortlist.com


The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman takes on aliens, groundhog days and Tom Cruise’s girly noises in his gigantic sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow


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Excellent Tech Relics Photo series


 




From:  http://www.shortlist.com


 




TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/ljraj2x


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From:   http://www.webdesignerdepot.com


Link:  
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2010/02/blast-from-the-past-vintage-technologies-that-we-no-longer-use/

 

TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/yhwmw4p


Blast from the Past: Vintage Technologies


That We No Longer Use 



I  Used a similar movie camera to record a 

Beatles song music video with 

my brothers, back in the day... 

*****


Unbelievablly, I saw one of  these ancients on

Sunday's 60 minutes,  in a story about weaknesses

of our nuclear missile defence system.

Yes, There we still use these old-school floppies. 
 

That very scary story is linked here:
 

 
Who's minding the nukes?

 

Lesley Stahl gets rare access inside an American nuclear control center and meets the young airmen who watch over some of the world’s deadliest weapons


 


Link:   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/whos-minding-the-nuclear-weapons/

 

TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/nykown7


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Microsoft Xbox Struggles in Big Hollywood Foray




 Last May, when filmmaker Steven Spielberg announced he would create a television series based on Halo, it was a defining moment for Microsoft, the owner of the 
$4-billion-dollar science-fiction game franchise.

 

 


The commitment by the director of “Jurassic Park” and “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” signaled the arrival of Hollywood-caliber original entertainment on Microsoft’s next-generation game console, the Xbox One.

On Monday, Xbox Entertainment Studios chief Nancy Tellem will once again tout the “Halo” TV series in a presentation to advertisers and media buyers in New York City as part of the digital media Newfronts.

But she will have little else to show of this marquee property some 12 months later. In a preview to the press, she offered no video teaser, no definitive timeline or even an update on its progress.





 



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WONTFIX: Hackers seize Internet Explorer bug, no patch for Windows XP


 


IE 6 to 11 puts Win PCs at risk of hijacking, fix coming –



but not for dead OSes, Like XP !!!

 




From:   http://www.theregister.co.uk


 







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Saturday, April 26, 2014

MC2 Post 1846 Hot coffee 'entanglements' and the arrow of time







 
Propeller Hats please....

 




A New Quantum Theory stirs up an old idea



about entanglements


From:   http://www.wired.com


This very interesting article on Wired presents some New Interesting ideas (theories) about quantum mechanics, entanglement and something they like to call:  'the arrow of time'.

In essence, it questions why coffee gets 'colder' over time 
instead of getting hotter.  The 'physics' point to 
the possibility that it 'could' go either way'. 

So why doesn't it?


Yeah, it's out there, but I find it quite interesting 
and well written article on Wired.

Wingman. 


  
 
P.S.  The supporting math is Not There Yet, but they are working on it. 



 




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New Google Play Magazines 

I added to my Nexus 7 Tablet. 

Yeah, Some Are For Linda...


 

Some are NOT.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

MC2 Post 1845 How to Protect Your Secrets From Nosey Android Apps





Out in the Open: How to Protect Your Secrets 



From Nosey Android Apps





From:   http://www.wired.com


 


When you install an app on your phone, it often spreads its tentacles into other various parts of the device. Sometimes, it taps into the hardware that identifies your location. Others, it grabs data from your address book.



If you use an Android phone, the OS will tell you — explicitly — what the app is trying to access, and it will ask your permission to do so. But you can’t provide permission for one data grab and then reject another. It’s an all-or-nothing proposition. If you want the Twitter app but don’t want it accessing your text messages, you’re out of luck.




 



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Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy



This post was updated at 12:10 a.m. ET on Thursday. See update below for details.
 
The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to propose new rules when it comes to net neutrality, and are reporting based on unnamed sources.
 
Late Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the reports of a turnaround "."
 
According to the Times and the Journal, the FCC is planning to allow Internet service providers to sell a faster pipe into people's homes to content companies willing to pay for it. In other words, content providers could pay for preferential treatment into American homes.










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Gnawing the Knoppix Bones of   kNowledge


 


From: Chapter 5 Putting Knoppix in Your  ToolBox


 


Hacks: 37-51



#37 Run Remote Desktops
#38 Run X Remotely with FreeNX
#39 Run Windows Shares
#40 Create an Emergency Router
#41 Create an Emergency File Server
#42 Create an Emergengy Web Server
#43 Run Other Emergency Services:  SSL, DHCP, DNS, MySQL, Inetd, NFS.
#44 WarDrive with Knoppix
#45 Audit Network Security
#46 Check For RootKits
#47 Collect Forensics Data
#48 Clone Hard Drives
#49 Wipe a Hard Drive
#50 Test Hardware Compatibility
#51 Copy Settings to Other Distributions


 


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

MC2 Post 1844 Is The OnePlus One smartphone a $299 Nexus Killer ???





From:   http://www.theverge.com

 




OnePlus, the startup founded by former Oppo VP Pete Lau, 
has unveiled its first smartphone, the OnePlus One. 

It's a powerful effort, with a 2.5GHz 
Snapdragon 801 processor, 

a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 
a 13-megapixel f/2 camera unit, 
and bottom-facing stereo speakers 
designed with assistance from JBL. 

It runs a minimalist custom UI 
atop CyanogenMod, the modified version of Android breaking 
out as an operating system in its own right.


"Undercutting the Nexus 5"   

And the pricier iPhone 5 Too!


 

WHOA !!!



TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/kwu9kd6


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Game Boy:

 


25 Things We Forgot About Game Boy on 

Its 25th Anniversary


 


From:   http://abcnews.go.com


 Twenty five years ago today, Nintendo released its first Game Boy in Japan. 


Later, the device came to the U.S., delighting teenagers 
and adults (even "Friends" actress Lisa Kudrow said she never 
left home without hers back in 2000).

Here are 25 facts that will bring you back to 1989:
 

1.

Launched April 21, 1989 in Japan.

Game Boy was released only four years 

after the launch of Nintendo Entertainment

System, introduced in 1985, eventually bringing hits 

like Mario and Zelda into homes for the first time.



 
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23.


You can "play" Game Boy games on your iPhone or iPad.

The "best" Game Boy Advance emulator for iOS was released in February, according to CNET, but it’s not a product endorsed by Nintendo.


24.


Or you can download apps that simulate the nostalgic Game Boy experience.

... with a similar mono-color experience, like a Video Games Quiz. Again, this is not a product created or licensed by Nintendo.

25."Game Boy" on Android

"My Boy!" is an app available created by a Game Boy fan in the Android Play 


Store that is free. It's described as a "super-fast emulator 
to run Game Boy Advance games on the broadest range of Android devices..."

Link:   http://abcnews.go.com/Business/25-things-remember-forgot-game-boy-25th-anniversary/story?id=23407262


 

TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/kglge92

 


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MC2 Post 1843 Apple Marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” Eco-Video





From:   http://www.slashgear.com 


Apple has relaunched its Environmental Responsibility hub on Earth Day 2014, renewing attention on its materials selection, the impact of climate change, and how it is sourcing energy for new projects like the Yerington, Nevada data center from solar farms. The company also has a new video, filmed at different Apple locations around the world and narrated by CEO Tim Cook, in which the chief exec discusses the "big responsibility to leave a smaller footprint."


 



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Focusing on clean production and carbon emissions has long been a factor in Apple's launches, and at most of the company's events where new hardware is launched, there's invariably a short section on how it ticks the boxes for avoiding things like arsenic in glass and lead solder.

 
Apple is also building a solar facility that will power its new manufacturing plant in Arizona.

 


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Google Earth Day 2014  Doodle.

 

Japanese Macaques and Rufous hummingbird inhabit Earth Day 2014 Google Doodle



Google Doodle of Earth Day 2014 Photograph: /Google



Earth Day, marked annually by Google with one of its famous doodles, has been given a beatific and celebratory treatment by the internet giant today.



 


In the place of last year's depiction of the hydrological cycle and 2012's flowers, this year's doodle is half a dozen animated illustrations of species, from the photographer's favourite, the Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata), to the Rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), a small bird found mostly on the west coast of the US.

 

Also featured are the puffer fish, dung beetle, veiled chameleon and moon jellyfish. The collection appear to be chosen on the basis of being inspirational or beautiful rather than being endangered; Google's doodle is accompanied by a photo-sharing initiative on Google+ called #MyBeautifulEarth.



 

This year is the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, which was started in the US. It was the creation in large part of Gaylord Nelson, a US senator and Democrat, who died in 2005.

It is designed to "[activate] individuals and organizations to strengthen the collective fight against man's exploitive relationship with the planet."
 
The Earth Day website this year says that:


Our planet is at a turning point. The massive global migration underway now from countryside to cities will demand huge investments in energy, water, materials, waste, food distribution, and transportation over the next 25 years. If the right investments are made now, this unique opportunity will be the catalyst for dramatic changes in the built environment and the fight against carbon emissions and climate change.

 

This year's anniversary follows a trilogy of recent major reports from the UN's climate science panel, the last of which concluded earlier this month that the cheapest and least risky route to dealing with global warming is to abandon all dirty fossil fuels in coming decades.



 



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MC2 Post 1842 Google's Out of This World Ideas Take Wing




Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone company


From:    http://www.pv-magazine.com

 

The tech giant snaps up New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace, a startup that is developing unmanned, solar-powered jets designed to fly nonstop for years at a time.



Google on Monday announced the acquisition of Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum in a move that sees the technology giant enter the unmanned race for the skies.




Following Facebook's $20 million purchase of U.K.-based aerospace company Ascenta – which has been working on the development of unmanned, solar-powered aerial drones for the past few years – Google acted fast to usurp an expected bid by Facebook to also acquire Titan Aerospace.


The New Mexico-based company has been working on the development of solar-powered drones designed to fly unmanned and nonstop for years at a time – a technology Google hopes to utilize in order to extend its influence and reach across the most remote corners of earth.




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If You Prefer to Keep Your Feet on the Ground, This vehicle might be More
To Your Liking.  Shown on a Jay Leno's Garage:   You Tube segment.


Batman's Tumbler - Jay Leno's Garage 




From:   https://www.youtube.com


 

Link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydtGew7bWuw



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