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The Evolution of the Shooter

Just downloaded this shooter from the Playstation Network

The best way I can describe this shooter is… it is a 2D version Rez. But it is so much more than that.

If you have a PS3, get this game now!!!

Everyday Shooter

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October 11, 2007 Posted by | Games and Gaming | Comments Off on The Evolution of the Shooter

LucidTouch, A see-through mobile device prototype

The iPhone is clearly one of the golden standards of touch-screen interface implementation. With just two fingers you can manipulate the iPhone in a mostly intuitive fashion.

Now imagine using all of your fingers to interact with the device. That’s what LucidTouch is about. The prototype featured in the video above is obviously very clunky and unwieldy, but the proof of concept is solid. I can imagine devices employing this technology within the next 3 years.

October 11, 2007 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Science and Technology | 1 Comment

Teen Driver Cam; Record Your Kid’s Horrible Driving Habits; Embarrass Them Later

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My first take on this technology was that it was an invasion of privacy and another tool for big brother to use to track you. The more I thought about it, though, the more I recognized its genius.

Consider the following statistics (from the CDC website):

* In the U.S. during 2004, 4,767 teens ages 16 to 19 died of injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes. During 2005, nearly 400,000 motor vehicle occupants in this age group sustained nonfatal injuries severe enough to require treatment in an emergency department (CDC 2006).

* The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash (IIHS 2006).

* In 2005, teenagers accounted for 10 percent of the U.S. population and 12 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths (IIHS 2006).

* The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers; the risk increases with the number of teen passengers (Chen 2000).

What better way to curb those hormone-overloaded, immature teenager brains?

October 11, 2007 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Science and Technology | 2 Comments

Transformer Built From Citroen

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2 nerds + $8000 + Free Time = Transformer

October 11, 2007 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Movies, Science and Technology, Television | Comments Off on Transformer Built From Citroen

Honda CR-Z Hybrid Concept

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This car looks fan-friggin’-tabulous. This is how all hybrids should look. I’m wondering if this is the follow up to the Honda Civc CRX. I noticed there’s no Honda Civic CRY model in the works–no clue why that is.

October 11, 2007 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Science and Technology | 5 Comments

Disable Windows AutoReboot Functionality

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I usually leave my workstation at work on overnight to keep my “context” persisted so I can pick up from where I left off. On more than one occasion, though, Windows XP performed a system update (which is fine) then decided to reboot in the middle of the night.

Very annoying.

Here’s freeware that disables this functionality. The commenters in that Lifehacker article also suggest the following.

For you registry hackers out there, here’s another option:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

RebootRelaunchTimeout Reg_DWORD
Range=n; where n=time in minutes (1-1440).
Time between prompting again for a scheduled restart.

RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled Reg_DWORD
Range = 0|1
1 = Enable RebootRelaunchTimeout.
0 = Disable custom RebootRelaunchTimeout(use default value of 10 minutes).

And if you’d rather just mess with Services, at the command-line:

NET STOP WUAUSERV

October 11, 2007 Posted by | How-To, Software, Windows | 2 Comments