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Microsoft to offer version of Visual Studio Express 2012 that supports desktop apps

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Back in May, it looked like Microsoft was intent on pressuring developers into focusing on the Metro UI by reserving the ability to develop desktop apps to the paid versions of Visual Studio. In response to community feedback, Microsoft has backed off from this decision and will be offering “Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop” as part of the larger Visual Studio Express lineup after all.

The developer backlash stemmed from the fact that before now, the least-expensive version of Visual Studio which could be used to create desktop apps would have started at $ 499 – and prices move up quickly from there. Microsoft has made it abundantly clear that Metro is the future, but even so it apparently doesn’t want to burn developers…

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Man, I Love That “OMG I’m About To Die” Feeling: Nepal’s 87MPH, Mile-Long Zipline

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This is the ZipFlyer, an 87MPH zipline with “a vertical drop of almost 2,000 feet (600 meters) and a distance of almost 6,000 feet (1.8 kilometers).” According to the company responsible, that makes it the steepest and longest in the world although THIS ONE gets up to 100MPH, so I’m not sure if they’re lying or not. Call me a loser, but I haven’t been keeping up on zipline world records. Still, I like how you get to ride this one tandem with another person across from you. They should give you both swords so you can beat the shit out of each other on the way down.

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These Are The Guys That Will Take You To Space… In 2014… For $95K [TCTV]

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It’s in every science fiction book and movie since forever. Humans — the ordinary non-astronaut kind, like you and I — going up into space like it’s no big deal. And it’s generally believed that one day, eventually, space flight will become mainstream.

But alas, the day draws nigh. XCOR Aerospace and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) have introduced the first aircraft that can endure frequent repeat trips to sub-orbital levels before tuckering out: the Lynx. Since the Lynx, a small fighter-esque plane that only holds two people, can make multiple trips a day back and forth to space, space flight becomes affordable enough for anyone to take the trip.

Well, not necessarily anyone. By “affordable,” I mean $ 95,000 for a ticket.

You’ll co-pilot the mission yourself, since there’s only space for two. The flight will last four or five minutes, over various spots on the planet, wherein the Lynx will flip upside down to give you a full view of our lovely rock.

According to Chief Test Pilot Rick Searfoss, who has traveled up into space with NASA three times as a Space Shuttle Commander, you’ll be able to see the curve of the earth and the thin blue line that separates our atmosphere from the black vacuum of space.

And though the Lynx doesn’t go past sub-orbital levels (around 100 kilometers), you’ll still feel entirely weightless.

The company has already sold over 175 tickets, and at $ 95,000 a pop, they’ll turn a profit immediately once they begin regular flights with private citizens. For now, we’re only in the testing phase, with commercial flights beginning no later than 2014.

Here’s an animation of the Lynx:





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Sail That Mother Into My Yard!: Pirate Ship Fire Pit

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Yaaaar — set sail for smores!

That…is a nice setup. To the right of the ship you can even see some swords for roasting hot dogs/marshmallows/squirrels. So yeah, this pirate ship fire pit: you want it, I want it, let’s go steal it. Then we can alternate ownership on weekends — I’ll even let you have the first one! “You’re gonna call the police on me, aren’t you?” Already hid a dead body on your property to seal the deal.

Thanks to my buddy Terry, who I refuse to go camping with anymore because he never puts up his tent until it’s dark and too late and then wants to share mine. He’s a creeper.



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Toshiba Excite 10 review: a 10-inch ICS tablet that puts the Thrive to shame

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In the tablet market, big as it is, one notion generally holds true: thinner equals better. Toshiba, for example, surely tried to equate a svelte silhouette with a premium product in its super-slim Excite 10 LE. And indeed, its 1.18-pound body and solid Honeycomb experience add up to tablet that puts Toshiba’s earlier Thrives to shame. That $ 530 model is definitely priced like a high-end tablet, but it’s accompanied by a new, lower-priced Toshiba slate, the Excite 10.

For $ 450, you get a tablet with a tad more meat on its bones, but that increase in weight and thickness comes with some more powerful specs: a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM — not to mention Ice Cream Sandwich. While you can probably guess which of these slates makes a stronger contender (hint: the one without the “LE”), figuring out the Toshiba Excite 10’s place in the grand hierarchy of tablets takes a little more exploration. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for, so join us past the break as we do our best to get through the review without a single “excite” pun.

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Toshiba Excite 10 review: a 10-inch ICS tablet that puts the Thrive to shame originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Whenever i charge my LG Ally (android) it will randomly switch to the clock but it didnt do that before How c?

Question by Catharina J: Whenever i charge my LG Ally (android) it will randomly switch to the clock but it didnt do that before How c?
I have an LG Ally and whenever I start to charge it, it will randomly go to the clock page about every 20ish seconds. Before, when I would charge it, it would charge but it would still let me use it normally and would never go to the clock randomly. I have had my phone for about 6 months and it is also an android. Can anyone help? Thanks guys!

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Answer by james
The LG Ally has a Docking station that it can be used with that charges it and hooks it to computer. This dock plugs into the same port that you charge your phone through. When docked a small magnet inside the phone next to the charging port reacts to the metal plate on the dock to tell the phone to enter its “Alarm Clock” screen. Your phone thinks for some reason that it has been placed in the docking station every time you put it on charge, so it would seem to me either you are charging your phone on something metal that the magnet is picking up or the magnetic switch in your phone is stuck. You may be able to unstick it by hitting the charging port on a hard surface, lightly though you don’t want to break your phone.

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ApriPetit Is A Little Robot That Wants To Talk To You

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Robots are hard to talk to. They’re not friendly, they’re mostly made of plastic, and, as anyone who has tried to chat with a Roomba can attest, they are often dedicated to a single task. Luckily, there’s ApriPetit.

Toshiba’s R&D department built ApriPetit as a successor to their larger ApriPoco. This little guy is about six inches tall and follows along to conversations by moving its slug-like body and eyes in ways that resemble proper conversation.

This wee fellow is designed to help older folks with their daily chores. Its eyes are expressive and will follow the user across a room and it can ask and answer simple questions relating to health and mood.

The robot is part of Toshiba’s “Advanced Personal Robots with Intelligence” project and is not yet for sale.

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what is a tool, or product that utilizes robotics?

Question by mimi53: what is a tool, or product that utilizes robotics?
I need a a tool, or a list of tools that you utilize in robotics.
Please….
help meee:)

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Answer by sargosis
Any vending Machine

cars are manufactured using robots…

just about any precision-made item that has very detailed use of metal or plastic is created using a robotic mill and lathe to create the product.

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I have this CMU cam2+ robotics project that requires image processing, where do i start from??

Question by Divz: I have this CMU cam2+ robotics project that requires image processing, where do i start from??
I think i am pretty much clear with the idea that the cam actually tracks a ball. I would like to know if there is anyone who has already worked on the same and has experience with the image processing part of the project. For example, what color model is better if the cam is used? After the entire robot is set up how do we actually get the data from the robot?

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Answer by Snoopy’s Best Friend
You asked a lot of questions here.

In my experience, the best color to use with the CMU cam (speaking from experience with the original CMU cam) is in the red spectrum — red, light red, orange, etc.

The camera has various modes that you can extract data from it. One mode will tell you how much of a color is visible to it at that point in time. You can also extract where the bulk of each color is in relation to the camera frame. That is how you can tell if something is moving, where a certain color object mass is in relation to the camera frame, etc. The camera sees in two dimensions so it can’t tell you how far away something is, but it can give you x-y coordinates in relation to the frame avaialble to it at that time.

If you go to various robotic sites, there are samples of these programs. I am assuming you have already been to the CMU website as well.

I am not quite clear on what you are asking in your last question.

Good luck.

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On the tailor of xbox kinect what us the ninja game that the boy is playing?

Question by : On the tailor of xbox kinect what us the ninja game that the boy is playing?
It would really help if you tell me the name of the game of the ninja game that the boy is playing on the xbox kinect trailor

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Answer by ん乇尺ロノく 尺乇つ 丂ム√ム尺ノ刀
Yes… That could be Fruit Ninja game!

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