March 29, 2005

Future Cast

FutureCast is a real-time face-scan technology being used to put faces up on screen in "Space Child Adventure Grand Odyssey". Now all they need is a new title and we're hooked!


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March 22, 2005

Legal TV downloads from five

No one is predicting huge sales but five in the UK is now selling "Fifth Gear DVD-quality" downloads of car reviews featured in the series.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | Five offers programme downloads

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March 21, 2005

Hardware-based trust is suspicious

An eloquent analysis of the contradiction in terms which is the "trusted platform module" (TPM). Bill Thompson, writing for BBCi, notes that disempowering the audience from making future choices is an essential part of DRM business when the lock is in chips not software.

BBC NEWS | Technology | What price for 'trusted PC security'?

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March 15, 2005

Hollywood hedges its bets on BitTorrent

The Washington Post notes that while the Motion Picture Association of America is waging war against illegal P2P file sharing, there has been no moves against BitTorrent developers and users directly. The paper suggests optimistically that this may be the key to legal distribution in the future.

BitTorrent May Prove Too Good to Quash (

BitTorrent does have its issues, particularly when it comes to distributing content for which there is a markedly smaller audience, than say Harry Potter films, but it is definitely the one to watch and what other programs will evolve from.

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March 14, 2005

iSM Modeler

Artificial vision systems continue to evolve. This little gadget is being used to quickly capture augmented reality views of crime scenes.

MDA iSM Modeler

The underlying algorithm is available as AutoStitch

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MEAA halts re-mixable film

How hard is it to make a film and give it away? In Australia, very hard... ICT Rights Monitor - ICTs and Culture: MEAA halts world-first film project in Australia

but neither Sanctuary or the issue of licensing a film under Creative Commons is going to go away.

More info on the MEAA submission has been posted to the MOD Films forums.

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