Slashdot.org has passed along news that the University of Electro-communications has created an artificial, Internet-enabled tongue. You manipulate a control with your tongue, and a paired control somewhere else mimics your tongue's movements inside someone else's mouth.
There's also discussion of Ubuntu's new user interface, which seems to have suffered from the rush to put out the latest version of the linux-based operating system. One user claims "Ubuntu is doing a great job throwing away years of UI experience." Ouch.
Some of you may know of the GNOME Desktop Environment. It's one of several projects to create a desktop experience for Unix-based systems like Linux, BSD, and so forth.
GNOME v3 is due to come out later this month, and it's arousing a certain amount of controversy. The designers behind the project have decided to remove the maximize and minimize buttons from application windows, and leave the resulting space blank. In order to maximize and minimize, you have to use the mouse or keyboard.
A recent article on Slashdot.org brought to light an internal batting raging on about changes to the button layout on one of the Ubuntu skins. I found this really interesting because in reading the comments, you really get a sense of the arguments for and against changing a given feature in an overall design.