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Starsiege: Tribes 16 years on

Submitted by: EvanVolm @ 04:32 PM | Monday, December 1, 2014 | (url: http://www.fps-z....)

Tribes will be celebrating its 16th birthday today, though celebrating may be a bit of an overstatement. Unlike other popular PC games of the mid-to-late 90s such as Starcraft, Quake, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life, and of course Counter Strike, the original Tribes has unfortunately been unable to retain much of its player base. While there was a time when the game had over 100,000 players and a plethora of servers and mods to choose from, those days have long since passed.

Those remaining today are the die-hards. The ones who know the game from the inside out, and absolutely slaughter the rare newcomers who dare to step -or fly- in front of their Spinfusor. Online activity typically peaks later into the evenings, with just two servers managing to attract between 12 and 18 players each, 20 on a good day. In total there are roughly 5 active servers, none of which feature the vanilla game itself anymore. Popular mods such as Annihilation and LT (Light Tribes or Light Training, depending on who you ask) have taken over the original game that launched in 1998.


European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case

Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:35 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://www.thegua...)



The European parliament is reportedly poised to call for a break-up of Google in a drastic escalation of Europes long-running antitrust case against the tech giant.

A draft motion seen by the Financial Times, and expected to be agreed next week, calls for the unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services as a potential solution to Googles dominance of the search market in Europe.

The European Commission has been investigating concerns that Google has abused its dominant position in search since 2010 and the dispute has become increasingly bitter. In September the EUs incoming digital commissioner Gnther Oettinger warned that any settlement with Google could cement its strength in the market rather than diluting it.

German, French and Spanish politicians have attacked the company over a variety of issues including revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and right to be forgotten legislation that allows people to delete information from search results.


Googles Project Loon can now launch up to 20 balloons per day, and they fly 10 times

Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:28 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://venturebea...)

Thursday, Google shared an update from Project Loon, the company's initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day. This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons.


Laser Creates Quantum Whirlpool

Submitted by: Hologram @ 07:21 PM | Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | (url: http://www.labora...)

Physicists at The Australian National Univ. (ANU) have engineered a spiral laser beam and used it to create a whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons. Polaritons are hybrid particles that have properties of both matter and light. The ability to control polariton flows in this way could aid the development of completely novel technology to link conventional electronics with new laser- and fiber-based technologies. Polaritons form in semiconductors when laser light interacts with electrons and holes (positively charged vacancies) so strongly that it is no longer possible to distinguish light from matter.


NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

Submitted by: Hologram @ 08:12 PM | Monday, November 17, 2014 | (url: http://www.washin...)

The city announced Monday that it had selected a consortium of advertising, technology and telecom companies to deploy throughout the city thousands of modern-day pay phones that will offer 24-hour, free gigabit WiFi connections, free calls to anywhere in the U.S., touch-screen displays with direct access to city services, maps and directions for tourists, and charging stations (for the cellphones you'd rather use). The devices will also be capable of connecting people straight to emergency responders, and broadcasting alerts from the city during emergencies like Hurricane Sandy.

The whole system, city officials said, will constitute the largest free municipal WiFi network in the world.

All of it will be funded by what the providers say will be an astonishingly large revenue stream from sophisticated digital advertising picture different and constantly fine-tuned ads depending on the block that's projected to generate for the city $500 million over the next 12 years. Scott Goldsmith, the chief commercial officer at the advertising company Titan working on the contract, says the infrastructure will "revolutionize how advertising is delivered in the biggest media market in the world." Fifty percent of that revenue will go to the city.


Goat Simulator turns MMO

Submitted by: Amadeus @ 05:21 PM | Monday, November 17, 2014 | (url: https://www.youtu...)

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I thought the original Goat Simulator idea was kinda lame, but I might just pick it up now. :lol:

Category: PC Gaming | 26 Comments
Tags: goats mmo

Hacked by Chinese: U.S. weather systems, satellite network breached

Submitted by: Hologram @ 06:44 PM | Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | (url: http://money.cnn....)

Hackers attacked the U.S. weather system in October, causing a disruption in satellite feeds and several pivotal websites. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, said that four of its websites were hacked in recent weeks. To block the attackers, government officials were forced to shut down some of its services. This explains why satellite data was mysteriously cut off in October, as well as why the National Ice Center website and others were down for more than a week. During that time, federal officials merely stated a need for "unscheduled maintenance." Still, NOAA spokesman Scott Smullen insisted that the aftermath of the attack "did not prevent us from delivering forecasts to the public." Little more is publicly known about the attack, which was first revealed by The Washington Post. It's unclear what damage, if any, was caused by the hack. But hackers managed to penetrate what's considered one of the most vital aspects of the U.S. government. The nation's military, businesses and local governments all rely on nonstop reports from the U.S. weather service.


ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Submitted by: Hologram @ 11:55 PM | Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | (url: https://www.eff.o...)

Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer's web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers' data to strip a security flagcalled STARTTLSfrom email traffic. The STARTTLS flag is an essential security and privacy protection used by an email server to request encryption when talking to another server or client.1

By stripping out this flag, these ISPs prevent the email servers from successfully encrypting their conversation, and by default the servers will proceed to send email unencrypted. Some firewalls, including Cisco's PIX/ASA firewall do this in order to monitor for spam originating from within their network and prevent it from being sent. Unfortunately, this causes collateral damage: the sending server will proceed to transmit plaintext email over the public Internet, where it is subject to eavesdropping and interception.

This type of STARTTLS stripping attack has mostly gone unnoticed because it tends to be applied to residential networks, where it is uncommon to run an email server2. STARTTLS was also relatively uncommon until late 2013, when EFF started rating companies on whether they used it. Since then, many of the biggest email providers implemented STARTTLS to protect their customers. We continue to strongly encourage all providers to implement STARTTLS for both outbound and inbound email. Google's Safer email transparency report and starttls.info are good resources for checking whether a particular provider does.


fMRI Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain

Submitted by: Hologram @ 03:15 AM | Sunday, November 9, 2014 | (url: http://www.techno...)

The human brain carries out many tasks at the same time, but how many? Now fMRI data has revealed just how parallel gray matter is. ... Although the analysis is complex, the outcome is simple to state. Georgiou says independent component analysis reveals that about 50 independent processes are at work in human brains performing the complex visuo-motor tasks of indicating the presence of green and red boxes. However, the brain uses fewer processes when carrying out simple tasks, like visual recognition.

That's a fascinating result that has important implications for the way computer scientists should design chips intended to mimic human performance. It implies that parallelism in the brain does not occur on the level of individual neurons but on a much higher structural and functional level, and that there are about 50 of these. 'This means that, in theory, an artificial equivalent of a brain-like cognitive structure may not require a massively parallel architecture at the level of single neurons, but rather a properly designed set of limited processes that run in parallel on a much lower scale,' he concludes.


AF to change instructions for oaths

Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 06:24 PM | Sunday, September 21, 2014 | (url: http://www.af.mil...)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words So help me God from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses.

In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from the Department of Defense General Counsel addressing the legal parameters of the oath. The resulting opinion concluded that an individual may strike or omit the words So help me God from an enlistment or appointment oath if preferred.

We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our Airmen's rights are protected.

The Air Force will be updating the instructions for both enlisted and commissioned Airmen to reflect these changes in the coming weeks, but the policy change is effective now. Airmen who choose to omit the words 'So help me God' from enlistment and officer appointment oaths may do so.

The language in previous instructions was based on an Air Force legal interpretation of 10 U.S.C. 502, 5 U.S.C. 3331 and Title 32, which contain the oaths of office.

The Air Force requested the review following a ceremony at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, in which an enlisted Airman struck out the words, So help me God on the Department of Defense Form 4 and did not include them in his verbal oath. The Airman's unit was unable to process his paperwork due to the guidance in Air Force Instruction 36-2606, Reenlistment in the United States Air Force, which prohibited any omissions. Now that the Department of Defense General Counsel has provided an opinion, the Airmans enlistment paperwork will be processed to completion.

Category: General | 10 Comments
Tags: god

Microsoft buying Mojang AB, Minecraft devs, for $2 Billion

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 05:23 PM | Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | (url: http://www.thever...)


Microsoft is nearing a deal to buy Mojang AB, makers of the Minecraft video game franchise, according to a new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal would value Mojang at more than $2 billion and could be signed as soon as this week.

Microsoft and Mojang declined to comment to the Journal.

Developing ...


Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing

Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:45 PM | Monday, September 8, 2014 | (url: http://www.forbes...)

[quote]The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today issued Americas latest jobs report covering August. And its a disappointment. The economy created an additional 142,000 jobs last month. After six consecutive months over 200,000, most pundits expected the string to continue, including ADP which just yesterday said 204,000 jobs were created in August.


Category: Politics | 87 Comments
Tags: economy

BP found negligent by US courts, $18 billion fine

Submitted by: Goshin @ 08:20 PM | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | (url: http://online.wsj...)

I can't believe this verdict in such a pro corporate environment. wow
so big
much scandal

PLC was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, a federal judge ruled, handing down a decision that could cost the company as much as $18 billion in pollution fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Thursday's decision could leave BP on the hook for far more than the $3.5 billion it had set aside for civil penalties under the U.S. Clean Water Act and likely would easily exceed the biggest previous fine under the statute.

The $3.5 billion was based in part on BP's expectation that the court would rule the company liable for simple negligence. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's finding of gross negligence, or more reckless and extreme behavior, means BP faces a penalty of as much as $4,300 for each barrel of crude spilled in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. That is nearly quadruple the maximum civil fine had the finding been simple negligence, which means the failure to take reasonable care.

The judge could impose lower penalties but the fine is likely to surpass the previous record under the act: the $1 billion paid by Transocean Ltd. RIGN.VX +1.91% , the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, in a settlement last year.


fuck

Category: General | 33 Comments
Tags: oil

Unreal Engine 4 Goes Free for Academic Use

Submitted by: Amadeus @ 03:07 PM | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | (url: http://www.unreal...)

Damn, it's good to be a student nowadays.

Since we launched back in March, many educators have been working with us to get Unreal Engine 4 into their classrooms. Additionally, over the last few months students in our community have been asking for a way to gain access to the tools without having to pay anything upfront. The steady increase in interest made us realize we need a much simpler way to partner with academia and so weve decided to go with the simplest solution of all Unreal Engine 4 is now free for academic use, including personal copies for students enrolled in accredited video game development, computer science, art, architecture, simulation, and visualization programs!

All educators can now have unrestricted access to the engine simply by contacting us at unrealengine.com/education. Schools can integrate the same fully featured version of Unreal Engine 4 previously available only to developers, along with all future updates. Students will retain indefinite access to any versions of the engine they used during their coursework so theyll always have the option to take their class projects and turn them into shipping projects any time in the future.

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Category: Technology | 12 Comments
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Ukrainian forces capture 10 Russian soldiers

Submitted by: ZooL @ 06:21 PM | Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | (url: http://www.foxnew...)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/26/russia-claims-soldiers-captured-by-ukraine-crossed-border-by-accident/


Ukraine announced Tuesday that it had captured ten Russian soldiers in the eastern Donetsk region, while Russia reportedly claims that they crossed the border by accident.

Ukraine said it captured the soldiers in the area of Amvrosiivka, near the Russian border. The region has been torn apart by fighting between government troops and pro-Russian separatists who declared independence in the region in April.

The announcement came as the presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for talks Tuesday, meeting face-to-face for the first time since June.

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko were joined by the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan and three senior officials from the European Union in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.....

Category: General | 37 Comments
Tags: war