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jjp9999 writes “The special effects arms race sci-fi films get stuck in has pulled the genre further and further from its roots of good storytelling and forward-thinking.
beaverdownunder writes “Julian Assange has won the right to submit an appeal of his extradition to Sweden on ‘public interest’ grounds. He now has two weeks to come up with a convincing argument for Britain’s Supreme Court. From the article: ‘The judges ruled that Mr Assange’s case is of general public importance, but the Supreme Court could still refuse to hear his case.
harrymcc writes “Three months ago, I started using an iPad 2 (with a Zagg keyboard) as my primary computing device–the one I blog on, write articles for TIME magazine on, and use to prepare photos and other illustrations that go with my writing. I now use it about 80 percent of the time; my trusty MacBook Air has become a secondary machine.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
New submitter ittybad writes “I work with a small web-based company, and, for some new web applications, we are looking to possibly change frameworks if it will be a benefit to our developers and our customers. We have experience with PHP’s Symfony 1.4, and are not happy with what we are experiencing with Symfony 2.0. We have some Ruby guys who would love us to implement a Ruby on Rails solution, and our backend is Python powered — so maybe Django is the way to go.
K7DAN contributes this excerpt from the intersection of politics, regulation, and high technology: “Sen. Charles Grassley is standing by his threat to place a hold on two nominees to the Federal Communications Commission over concerns about a controversial new wireless network the agency has allowed to move forward.
Finally pulled yourself out of last week’s turkey coma? Awesome. You’ve managed to regain consciousness just in time for a freshly baked edition of Engadget Distro
Don’t think you’ll get caught checking the Duke score while cruisin’ down the highway? Soon, you may have to think twice before hitting the scoreboard. Tobii has unveiled its new technology that detects drowsiness and distraction in on-board driver safety systems.
If you’re not really into using your Kinect experiment to launch your new startup or give your next presentation , let us offer another entertaining option. Two students at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen have created an interactive sandbox using Kinect , a projector, a computer and, of course, a box chock full of sand. The Xbox motion / depth detector is installed about two feet above the sand pit to measure each area that is carved out
Sure, we’ve seen Siri used to do a host of things , including controlling the temperature in a hacker’s home. But the folks over at Autoblog were curious to know just how well the virtual assistant would work with Bluetooth-enabled car stereos. Once your iPhone 4S is properly tethered, holding down the handset’s home button will activate Siri