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Yes this post is to tell you about the success yesterday (18/01-12) when many sites went dark and most significant sites wrote about SOPA & PIPA or blacked out their logo. Even google blacked out their logo for a some time. Wikipedia went completely black. And so did reddit. This is very good, because it worked, yesterday according to google SOPA & PIPA got 4.5 million new protesters!
A spokeswoman for Google confirmed that 4.5 million people added their names to the company’s anti-SOPA petition today.
One more big step we took against defeating SOPA is finally convincing Facebook!
Anything more? Oh yes, 18 senators withdrew their support of the bill! But remember its not quite over just yet!
Microsoft, which has gradually embraced hackers tinkering with its Kinect motion-sensing video game controller, is now working on a Kinect for PCs.
Ever since Kinect debuted last year, hackers have fiddled with the device to come up with scores of new uses for it, everything from using gestures to navigate a computer’s file system to providing visual sensors for robots.
But those hacks relied on a Kinect that is optimized to detect gamers standing several feet away. In a blog post, Craig Eisler, general manager of Kinect for Windows, said the company is shortening the USB cable and adding a dongle so that multiple devices can tap into the same USB port. Microsoft is also updating the firmware on the device to enable the depth camera on the Kinect to see objects as close as 50 centimeters away.
“‘Near Mode’ will enable a whole new class of ‘close up’ applications, beyond the living room scenarios for Kinect for Xbox 360,” Eisler wrote.
Kinect hackers seemed to catch Microsoft off-guard when they began experimenting with the device. But by April, Microsoft began reaching out to them, announcing plans at its MIX11 developers conference to create a software development kit for the device. The company underscored the effort at the show by rigging a lounge chair with wheels, wiring, and a Kinect, giving loungers the ability to “drive” the chair with hand gestures.
In June, Microsoft released a noncommercial version of the SDK. Last month, Microsoft announced plans to offer a commercial version of the SDK early next year. In his blog post, Eisler noted that those who opt for the commercial license will get “ongoing updates in both speech and human tracking” as well as “fully supported Kinect hardware for Windows.”
The software giant said the Kinect PC hardware will be available in early 2012 when the Kinect for Windows commercial program launches.
Keep in mind that microsoft is in support of Protect IP and SOPA acts..
Illegal Flower Tribute refers to a day of commemoration organized by Chinese internet users at the headquarters of Google China in Beijing in January 2010. The real life homage took place as a result of Google’s announcement of a possible pullout from mainland China following the disclosure of a cyberattack carried out by Chinese hackers against dozens of high-tech companies including Google.
FOR REAL: The House just introduced a version of the Internet Blacklist Bill which could effectively SHUT DOWN Twitter, Youtube, and sites that rely on user-generated content. Click here to tell your lawmakers not to sponsor the bill.
The rumors were true: The new Blacklist Bill could effectively destroy YouTube, Twitter, and other sites that rely on user-generated content by making the sites’ owners legally responsible for content their users post.
It also includes provisions that would make it a felony to stream unlicensed content — including cover band performances, karaoke videos, video game play-throughs, and more.
It’s a grab-bag of Halloween goodies for a handful of big corporations — but for us it’s Frankenstein’s monster, cobbled together from half-born bills, set to suffocate free speech and innovation and terrorize consumers and Internet users.
It would effectively mean death of the Internet, Gadgetzz would have to remove commenting and censor all our content!