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dyeSight $2 Multi-Touch Pad

Posted on June 13th, 2007 at 23:08 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Software


I guess most of the people reading this will have seen some of the multi-touch demos by Jeff Han, Apple and Tactiva. I wanted to play around with some ideas that required a multi-touch pad, but there aren’t any devices available (Tactiva aren’t shipping…)

Long story short, I made a simple one from a plastic bag, some dye and a camera:

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Stop the SPY Act!

Posted on June 13th, 2007 at 18:40 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property, Security


The SPY Act is supposed to help stop spyware, deceptive adware, and other malicious software, but it is unlikely to do any good and could actually make things worse. If enacted, it would block lawsuits similar to the one EFF brought against Sony-BMG for infecting customers’ computers with privacy-invasive copy protection. Don’t let badware makers off the hook — tell Congress to go back to the drawing board and draft a more sensible law.

Both the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have said that they already have the authority they need to go after badware vendors, and this bill doesn’t add any funds or significant tools for federal enforcement.

At the same time, the bill would stunt states’ enforcement, preempting most of their stricter badware laws. For acts covered by the bill, state statutes (including consumer protection laws) wouldn’t be available to consumers themselves as grounds for a lawsuit. And it leaves enforcement exclusively in the hands of federal bureaucrats, specifically barring private citizens and organizations like EFF working on their behalf from using the new law to fight back in the courts.

I wonder how many people Sony had to bribe to get this result.

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spelling chequer

Posted on June 13th, 2007 at 18:33 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

Eye have a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It planely marques four my revue
Miss Steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight for it to say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

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Help Set IPac’s Course

Posted on June 13th, 2007 at 6:44 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Politicians have to make decisions about many important tech-related issues, and IPac is dedicated to ensuring that they decide wisely. But there are a *lot* of issues to track, and we have to focus our time and resources for maximum impact. That’s why we want to know which are the most important to you.

IPac hasn’t taken a stand on all of the issues listed below, but each one touches some aspect of the tech-savvy world we call home. Please let us know your thoughts about each issue.

Go click and tell them what’s important.

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