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Volvo Self-Parking Car Hits People Because Owner Didn't Pay For Extra Feature

/. - 1 hour 29 min ago
schwit1 writes: A video that recently went viral shows a demonstration of a Volvo XC60's self-parking feature. It reverses itself, waits, and then confidently drives into a group of people at a non-negligible speed. (Two were hit, and while both were bruised, they were otherwise OK.) The situation was presumed to have resulted from a malfunction with the car — but the car might not have had the ability to recognize a human at all. A Volvo representative said the car was not equipped with the "Pedestrian detection" feature. That feature is sold as a separate package.

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Insurer Won't Pay Out For Security Breach Because of Lax Security

/. - 4 hours 27 min ago
chicksdaddy writes: In what may become a trend, an insurance company is denying a claim from a California healthcare provider following the leak of data on more than 32,000 patients. The insurer, Columbia Casualty, charges that Cottage Health System did an inadequate job of protecting patient data. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in California, Columbia alleges that the breach occurred because Cottage and a third party vendor, INSYNC Computer Solution, Inc. failed to follow "minimum required practices," as spelled out in the policy. Among other things, Cottage "stored medical records on a system that was fully accessible to the internet but failed to install encryption or take other security measures to protect patient information from becoming available to anyone who 'surfed' the Internet," the complaint alleges. Disputes like this may become more common, as insurers anxious to get into a cyber insurance market that's growing by about 40% annually use liberally written exclusions to hedge against "known unknowns" like lax IT practices, pre-existing conditions (like compromises) and so on.

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Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

/. - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: The music industry has gone through dramatic changes over the past thirty years. Virtually everything is different except the structure of the songs we listen to. Distribution methods have long influenced songwriting habits, from records to CDs to radio airplay. So will streaming services, through their business models, incentivize a change to song form itself? Many pop music sensations are already manufactured carefully by the studios, and the shift to digital is providing them with ever more data about what people like to listen to. And don't forget that technology is a now a central part of how such music is created, from auto-tune and electronic beats to the massive amount of processing that goes into getting the exact sound a studio wants.

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How To Die On Mars

/. - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:05pm
An anonymous reader writes: Many space-related projects are currently focusing on Mars. SpaceX wants to build a colony there, NASA is looking into base design, and Mars One is supposedly picking astronauts for a mission. Because of this, we've been reading a lot about how we could live on Mars. An article at Popular Science reminds us of all the easy ways to die there. "Barring any complications with the spacecraft's hardware or any unintended run-ins with space debris, there's still a big killer lurking out in space that can't be easily avoided: radiation. ... [And] with so little atmosphere surrounding Mars, gently landing a large amount of weight on the planet will be tough. Heavy objects will pick up too much speed during the descent, making for one deep impact. ... Mars One's plan is to grow crops indoors under artificial lighting. According to the project's website, 80 square meters of space will be dedicated to plant growth within the habitat; the vegetation will be sustained using suspected water in Mars' soil, as well as carbon dioxide produced by the initial four-member crew. However, analysis conducted by MIT researchers last year (PDF) shows that those numbers just don't add up."

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Fraudulent ESO Keys Banned

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
A post on the Elder Scrolls Online website from last week explains that they've seen a spike in the use of "fraudulently obtained" digital game keys for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited,...

Evolve Free Update Adds Arena Mode

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
The Evolve website has details on a new Arena Mode for Evolve that was added by a new patch today for the asymmetric shooter. This trailer offers a look at this "domed deathmatch," and here's word on...

Ship Ahoy - Magicka 2

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Paradox Interactive announces that Magicka 2 is now available for Windows and PlayStation 4, offering a new installment in this co-op action/adventure series. You can pick up a copy from the Paradox...

Steamship Ahoy - Magnetic: Cage Closed

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Magnetic: Cage Closed is now available on Steam for Windows computers with Guru Games' new first-person puzzler offered as either a Standard or a Collector's Edition. A new launch trailer shows off...

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supremacy Details

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Activision offers details on Supremacy, the next DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, saying this will come to the Xbox editions of the military shooter sequel on June 2nd, with the Windows...

Convoy Now Available DRM-Free & on Linux

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Convoy Games announces that Convoy is now available without DRM on GOG.com, saying the DRM-free version will also show up soon on the Humble Store,  though for now they are still only offering a...

Baseball Mogul Diamond Released

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Sports Mogul announces the release of Baseball Mogul Diamond, a new version of Baseball Mogul updated with rosters and stats for the 2015 season. In addition to the updated players, the new version...

Iron Brigade Replaces GFWL Matchmaking with Steam

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Double Fine productions announces they have acquired the rights to Iron Brigade, which will now be distributed under the Double Fine label (thanks Orogogus). They also announce they have fixed the...

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Dragon of Legends - Square Enix Collective campaign. "Dragon of Legends is an action based MMORPG for PC, Mac, and Mobile platforms heavily influenced by the mythic cycle of Gaelic Ireland and Norse...

Evening Patches

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
DiRT Rally Early Access update adds Pike's Peak. Killing Floor 2 Early Access Content Patch 01 is now live. Survivor Squad: Gauntlets Update #28 - New Developer and Community Gauntlets.

Evening Interviews

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Denis Dyack Interview Part 1 - Yellow Journalism and What Really Happened with X-Men Destiny and Part 2 - #GamerGate, the IGDA, and Censorship. Thanks One Angry Gamer. Mad Max Developer Interview...

Evening Previews

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Stars in Shadow on SpaceSector.

Evening Consolidation

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
USFIV on PS4 Out Today. Bloodborne patch 1.04 adds co-op with anyone, regardless of level. The Evil Within Digital Bundle is Now Available for Xbox One. More Guitar Hero Live tracks announced,...

Evening Mobilization

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Cortana coming to iOS, Android, as part of Windows 10?s embrace of every phone.

Evening Tech Bits

Blue's News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:19pm
Grand Theft Auto V Image Quality Comparison - Part 5 - HARDOCP. Robot Tongue Identifies The Correct Beer Every Time. Thanks HARDOCP. It's a great time to buy RAM- DDR3 prices lowest in 26 months.
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