The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NIAIST--apparently all the good acronyms really have been taken) has developed a carpet whose grid of electrodes tracks your footfalls. The magic comes from the analysis algorithm: It can determine your age (between 20 and 60) and gender (with about 75 percent accuracy) based entirely on your gait.
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In case you missed it, AOL has been under the gun this week for releasing search data onto the Web that many thought could result in a serious privacy violation. Well, the thinking is over and the privacy violation has officially happened (probably with more to come).
Core Duo supply & demand means premium pricing. But on price/performance, Intel still has AMD beat (by a country mile)
Apparently, the law of supply and demand is kicking in with respect to Intel's new dual core microprocessors (officially, Core Duo, but previously code-named Conroe). Not only does short supply mean higher prices, but also a bit of rationing as well.
First cloned passports, then bombs, and now ATM fraud: Security problems should plague RFID's future
First, it took hackers barely two weeks to clone the new RFID-based passports. Wrote Wired of the situation:Grunwald says it took him only two weeks to figure out how to clone the passport chip.
Matt Assay responded to the Enterprise Irregulars postings, which I summarized here, on the question of whether open source will crush, extinquish, vanquish traditional, proprietary enterprise software. Matt is vice president of business development for Alfresco (open source content management) and founder and program director for the Open Source Business Conference.
In this special edition of the Dan and David Show we interview to VMware President Diane Greene. VMware just announced a future product designed to enable Mac OS X users to run multiple PC operating systems simultaneously without rebooting.
At a Churchill Club event on July 27, a group of movie industry executives discussed the emerging digital age of cinema. Issues surfaced included the changing relationships between studios, filmmakers, and the audience, as well as major trends and new business models driving the future of cinema.
Sean Smith, campaign manager for Senator Joe Lieberman, has stated publicly that his candidate's site and email systems started experiencing problems last (Monday) night and became totally inaccessible by 7am this morning. Although we won't know for sure until more news comes out, it appears to be a classic denial of service attack.
Although virtualizating desktop computers is an extremely nascent market these days -- largely confined to power users and developers (often one in the same) -- it's only a matter of time before the technology that's wildly successful in server country makes its way to a desktop near you. Especially now that Intel and AMD are building virtualization capabilities right into their chips.
SCO has been much maligned to the point that it's easy to forget that there a real people who work there, just trying to do their jobs. Being from Utah, where SCO is located, I happen to know a few of them.