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More Than Meets The Eye – Artist Wants Robot Eye

By Newsgroup Usenet November 17th, 2008

Before and After?

Before and After?

Tanya Vlach a San Francisco artist who lost an eye in a 2005 car accident, wants a Web cam installed into her prosthesis. Vlach, who now wears a realistic acrylic prosthesis says she’s issued a challenge to engineers on her blog: build an “eye cam” for her prosthesis that can dilate with changes of light and allow her to blink to control its zoom, focus, and on/off switch.

“It is possible to build a wireless camera with the dimensions of the eyeball,” said Want, a senior principal engineer at Intel. “You can find spy cams or nanny cams designed to fit into inconspicuous places in the home.”

Want also saw the potential for a system like this to serve as a personal memory back-up saying, “You’d never lose anything. You could ask it, ‘Where was the last time I saw my keys?'”

Once she’s captured some content, Vlach wants the freedom to move it to a PC by Bluetooth, Firewire, USB or memory card. The eye would be powered with a wireless charger. Uploading the content to Newsgroups could be a great channel to share and communicate her content.

Vlach’s challenge, first reported by tech blogger Kevin Kelly, has inspired blog posts from around the world and e-mails to Vlach from dozens of eager engineers. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more details [sic].



Touch Screen Computing No Longer Star Trek Fantasy

By Newsgroup Usenet November 15th, 2008

We’ve all heard the tech world make promises to transform the technology inustry and sometimes the world. Now a new startup company called Oblong Industries which grew out of the Media Lab in MIT demonstrated something that might deliver on that promise.

The Oblong operating system, known as g-speak, dispenses with decades-old mouse technology and allows users to control what’s happening on their screens by gesturing, pointing and other hand motions.

They plucked pieces of images from one display and dragged them to other locations, or drew a pattern on the screen then rotated it to create three-dimensional image. The impression was of an orchestra conductor, using simple hand motions to tell his computer what to do. Los Angeles-based Oblong calls it the spatial operating environment.

Oblong has existed for several years, but had been operating in stealth mode until premiering the technology to advertising, TV and other media professionals at the annual Monaco gathering. “We believe the spatial operating environment is how we will all work in the future,” Mary Ann de Lares Norris, general manager of Oblong Europe, told those present. This is one time that such a bold claim seemed plausible.

Imagine the capabilities of a Newsreader program that would allow drag and drop functions to headers and articles. What this kind of technology can represent could possibly change the way that Usenet and Newsgroups are accessed.

You can follow this story and many other on Newsgroups:
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Newsdemon Review: Newsrover Newsreader Version 14

By Newsgroup Usenet November 11th, 2008

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As one of the pioneers in the newsreader market, News Rover remains as one of the most popular newsreaders available today. Currently up to version 14, the automated newsreader has grown to host a multitude of features while still remaining fairly light on system resources.

The program excels when properly setup to download newsgroup posts and attachments. Extremely fast working in the background, some of the automatic functions include being able to download specific files to designated locations unattended.

By scanning each newsgroup the user specifies, News Rover downloads the messages that match the selection criteria – minus the spam. News Rover includes a built-in RAR/PAR processor for handling RAR file posts, MIME and uuencoding.

Like Outlook Express, News Rover is also capable of sending and receiving emails as well via conventional email protocols as well as acting primarily as a Newsreader. The program also includes a JPG picture gallery which can create a thumbnail gallery of images.

On the security side, Newsrover has the option to be password protected and includes file encryption capabilities. The file encryption is dependent on the Usenet providers availability for SSL. Newsdemon accounts are all eligible for this SSL capability.

Running on Windows solely, News Rover is compatible with most Windows versions from 98 to Vista.

News Rover is a robust and trusted name as a Newsreader solution. With each iteration, it has matured. Now at Version 14, and moderately priced at $29.95, News Rover remains a top-tier level consideration for all of your Usenet and Newsgroups needs.

You can find out more about Newsreaders and Newsrover on Newsgroups:

alt.binaries.newsrover
alt.comp.software.newsreaders
alt.comp.software.newsreaders.bnr
de.comm.software.newsreader



Newsdemon.com Free T-Shirts to arrive for US Members

By Newsgroup Usenet November 8th, 2008

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Newsdemon.com members who signed up and qualified for their free t-shirts will be arriving at their doorsteps soon. For the month of October, Newsdemon.com gave away a free t-shirt for new members who had signed up for the unlimited plan.

 

On Thursday, November 6th, Newsdemon.com has sent all US qualified members their t-shirt. Delivery should be between 3-5 days with most shirts.

 

Canada and EU qualified members will be sent out shortly as well. Updates will follow on this blog on the status of delivery.

 

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who partook in this event as well as our existing members as we look forward to providing all of our members continued excellence in service and support.

 

Stay tuned as Newsdemon.com has other promotions and giveaways in the works for the near future.

 

For those who will be receiving these t-shirts, we hope you enjoy and wear them often and thank you for choosing Newsdemon.com as your Usenet and Newsgroups provider.



Newsdemon.com Provides Extended Security and Privacy

By Newsgroup Usenet November 8th, 2008

Newsdemon.com has recently announced the implementation of a 256 bit Extended Validation SSL certification, the highest industry standard for identity authentication.

Newsdemon.com visitors and members with the latest high-security web browsers will see a highly visible green address bar verifying the authenticity of the web site with an Extended Validation SSL Certificate. This is the only level of authentication that enables Internet Explorer 7 to display the trusted green address bar and a scrolling security status bar identifying both the Newsdemon.com web site and the Certificate Authority for Newsdemon.com.

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The new address bar provides Newsdemon.com  users with more peace of mind by a clear identifiable sign that the Usenet and Newsgroups provider site can be trusted.Newsdemon.com takes privacy and security to extended measures to assure our members continue to have a safe, private and secure experience. Newsdemon.com continues to trail blaze the initiative of new standards as America’s #1 Usenet Provider.

You can find other matters regarding web site security and SSL information on Newsgroups:

alt.security
microsoft.public.security
comp.security.firewalls
comp.security.misc
comp.security.ssh
microsoft.public.inetserver.iis.security



Happy Halloween

By Newsgroup Usenet October 31st, 2008

From All of us at Newsdemon, a Happy Halloween to all.



Jonathon Ross, Russel Brand Upsets BBC, British Comedy Awards and Andrew Sachs

By Newsgroup Usenet October 31st, 2008

f_0_brand_sachs_320.jpgJonathon Ross has already cost BBC TV hundreds of thousand of pounds, leading to a 12-week suspension due to a series of prank calls to Andrew Sachs.Estimates range around £550,000 in cancelled studio costs alone.

Jonathon Ross has since stepped down as the host of the British Comedy Awards, breaking tradition over the last 17 years of the 18 year old award show history.

A spokesman for Ross said of the British Comedy Awards: “It’s a show he very much enjoys being part of but would not want his participation in this year’s event to take away from the awards themselves or the many talented winners of the awards.”

The offensive on-air comments presented by both Johathon Ross and Russell Brand on the Radio Two show against veteran actor Andrew Sachs, famed for his role in the bumbling Spanish waiter Manuel in the 1970’s comedy Fawlty Towers, have unleashed a political storm throughout the UK. Complaints topped 30,000.

The situation was sparked when Ross and Brand aired recordings of multiple explicit voicemail messages of Sachs, 78, in which they told him Brand had sex with his granddaughter, Georgina Baillie, 23, a burlesque performer who is a member of a group called the Satanic Sluts.

Lesley Douglas, the controller of Radio 2, was forced out of her job. Following an emergency meeting of the BBC Trust, Miss Douglas announced that she was resigning her post after four years, admitting that she was ultimately responsible for allowing the offending material to be broadcast.

The BBC Trust has also demanded that the BBC management broadcast an apology to licence fee payers on Radio 2 for what it called “serious and deliberate breaches” of the editorial code. It has also instructed Mr Thompson to write a personal apology to Mr Sachs and his granddaughter for the “deplorable intrusion”.

You can follow this story, and many like it on Newsgroups:

uk.media.tv.misc
uk.media.tv.sf.farscape
uk.media.tv.misc
rec.arts.tv.uk
alt.comedy.british



Microsoft Has It’s Head In The Cloud

By Newsgroup Usenet October 28th, 2008

Microsoft is taking another step into the world of Web-based computing with a new system it’s calling Windows Azure.

Microsoft says it’s joining Amazon.com and other rivals in selling information storage space and computing power “in the cloud,” distributed across massive data centers worldwide. That will let companies build Web-based programs without having to manage their own data centers.

Microsoft’s chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, described Azure to software developers at a conference in Los Angeles. Ozzie said that managing Microsoft’s own Web sites and Web-based programs has made the company adept at anticipating Web traffic spikes and knowing when to ramp up some computers and dial down others.

Want to know more about Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft news? Did you know that Microsoft has over 100 Newsgroups relating to every product they’ve released?  Check out just some of these Newsgroups as an example:

microsoft.public.test
microsoft.public.windows.vista.general
microsoft.public.greatplains
microsoft.public.outlook
microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
microsoft.public.excel.misc
microsoft.public.access
microsoft.public.windowsupdate

To name a few.



Richard Garriot Comes Back To Earth

By Newsgroup Usenet October 26th, 2008

media.jpgAfter departing on October 12 to the International Space Station, with a round-trip ticket that cost him $30 million, famed videogame creator Richard Garriott returned safely back to Earth on Friday (via the Associated Press). It was a trip Garriott had been planning and preparing for since September, 2007.

“What a great ride that was,” Garriott said, after emerging from the capsule he and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Volkov returned in. Later, in televised comments, Garriott added, “I’m looking forward to some fresh food and to calling my loved ones. I’ve got my father here, but I’ve got other family back home I want to get ahold of.”

Interestingly, Garriott’s trip into space makes him America’s first second-generation space-traveler — his father, Owen Garriott, was an astronaut himself. Richard “Lord British” Garriott, of course, is the creator of the Ultima RPG series.

The AP story notes that while on the space station, Garriott “conducted experiments,” although what they entailed weren’t detailed. But there’s one thing we do know he did: ensure humanity’s immortality. As part of what Garriott called “Operation Immortality,” he delivered and stored digital human DNA data on the International Space Station, including data from none other than Stephen Colbert. The idea, we suppose, is that if humanity ever goes extinct, the data could be used by far more advanced alien civilizations to recreate our species.

You can follow this story, and many other topics involved with space exploration on Newsgroups. Check out:

sci.space.shuttle
alt.binaries.backup.space
sci.space.news
sci.space.history
sci.space.station



Britain Blows Wind Power Forward

By Newsgroup Usenet October 22nd, 2008

Britain has stepped onto the global energy stage and become the largest producer of power from wind technology, outstripping countries like Denmark (19% wind) and Spain (9% wind). Off the coast of Skegness they have set up a wind array that generates enough energy to power 130,000 homes — quite a feat, considering the vast patches of land that wind power requires in order to be effective (you could fit an airplane between the tips of the blades of these turbines).

The UK has been making major moves to become the leader in world wind production, adding batches of turbines over the last several years. Another set, at the Whitelee farm, brought the UK’s total energy capacity (from wind technologies) up to 3 Gigawatt hours. To put that into perspective, that is enough energy to power 1.5 million homes.

The Skegness array represents another major step, it is the largest off-shore wind array in the world and is a amazing touchstone for alternative energy, and is one of many world wide initiatives to reduce coal-based energy production. Even so, these developments are not without their problems.

The UK wants wind to represent 1/3rd (35 Gigawatts) of their total energy production by 2020. Many analysts say that without major infusions of capital (mostly in the form of tax money), achieving this goal will be impossible. In a world where all economies are feeling increasing pressure to trim the fat, these massive outlays are unlikely. Add this to the fact that there are problems getting these wind farms hooked into the grid, and the task becomes even more uncertain.

If they are unable to meet these targets, they could face energy shortages and heavy fines from Europe as Britain is legally committed to generating at least 15 per cent of its total energy from alternative sources by 2020.

You can also follow this story, and many other Energy related stories on Newsgroups:

sci.energy
alt.energy.homepower
alt.energy
ukr.commerce.energy
gov.us.topic.energy.utilities