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[News] Linux's Six Degrees of Freedom; MSBBC advertises Microsoft Vapourware

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Controlling desktop applications with six degrees of freedom

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| Six degrees of freedom (6DOF) devices allow for movement in three axes, tilt 
| in two axes, and rotation in the third. Some of these devices look like small 
| joysticks -- for example, the SpaceNavigator. These devices are typically 
| used for computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and other 3-D 
| applications. With a new programming library, you can now also use them with 
| Linux applications.     


The BBC Has Drunk its Brain

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| Good to see the BBC with its finger on the pulse of computing, bravely 
| serving up the facts without fear or favour here: 
|     Microsoft's next operating system (OS) will come with multi-touch 
|     features as an alternative to the mouse. 
| Rather like the Hewlett-Packard touchscreen system I used back in the 1980s.
| [...]
| Is this a similar statement to 2003's "Bill Gates said that Longhorn will 
| have a unified storage system called WinFS." found at 
| http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3220017.stm  


Seven's Sleight of Hand

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| Windows Vista inherited many attributes from Mac OS X, the most apparent 
| being translucency. Seven is getting multitouch, which Apple demoed and got 
| to market first.   


But the BBC only advertises Microsoft (media partner), at taxpayers' expense.


BBC pinches hot new columnist from Microsoft


Beeb slammed for 'fawning' to Bill Gates 

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| BBC viewers have flooded the corporation with complaints over how it
| covered the launch of Microsoft Vista earlier this week.
| In one cringingly servile interview worthy of Uriah Heep, the
| Beeb's news presenter Hugh Edwards even thanked Gates at the
| end of it, presumably in appreciation at being allowed to give
| the Vole vast coverage for free.
| In other TV news items presenters excitedly explained how Vistac
| ould be obtained and installed - details courtesy of the BBC's
| website.
| But British viewers, currently forced to pay a £131.50 licence
| fee to maintain the BBC's "impartiality", were less than impressed.
| Scores got in touch to complain that so much was Auntie up Bill's
| bum that you could barely see her corset.



BBC iPlayer Protests 

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| Who are the people responsible for creating this mess?
|     * Mark Thompson, BBC director general (DG)
|     * Erik Huggers, group controller at BBC Future Media & Technology
|     * Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology
| Right now, there is very considerable concern within the BBC that the actions 
| of the Director General and his team are sending the corporation in the wrong 
| direction. The BBC has been embroiled in a number of recent controversies, 
| all linked back to the DG's leadership.   

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