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Keystone Announced

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Digital Extremes announces Keystone, an upcoming free-to-play multiplayer shooter that looks for a new take on the concept with a deck-building strategy component. If you're interested, you can sign...

Mirage: Arcane Warfare Released

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Steam now offers Mirage: Arcane Warfare, a new multiplayer FPS featuring melee combat from Torn Banner Studios, developer of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. This cinematic trailer features an animated...

Portal Knights Released

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
The Portal Knights website announces this sandbox action/RPG is out of early access and now officially available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Windows edition is available on Steam,...

Starpoint Gemini Warlords Released

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Starpoint Gemini Warlords has officially launched after about one year of early access for the Windows sci-fi action/strategy game. This is available at retail and via digital distribution from

TrackMania2 Lagoon Released

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
UbiBlog announces the release of TrackMania2 Lagoon for Windows, the latest expansion for Nadeo's driving game (thanks Frans). The TrackMania series has always featured wild stunts, so it says...

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Launches

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Publisher Paradox and developer Eugen Systems now offer Steel Division: Normandy 44, a real-time strategy game set during World War II. You can get a look at this in the release trailer and pick up a...

Geneshift Early Access

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Early access to Geneshift is now available on Steam, offering the chance to experience this genre-crossing action game. This features top-down GTA2-style driving in a variety of offbeat vehicles and...

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Bobby Prince Medical Fund. "It is May 18th, and Bobby is doing well. In the last surgery, they were unable to remove the part of the colon that they wanted to due to a large amount of scar tissue....

On Sale

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
All Army Men games on Save 50%. Grand Theft Auto V on Steam. Save 40%. Hacknet on Steam. Save 66%. Heroes of the Storm Weekly Collection Update- May 23 - 30, 2017. Humble GameOn Bundle (pay...

Gatherings & Competitions

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Hasbro HASCON 2017 announced. FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS FAN FESTA 2017 announced.

Evening Previews

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Killers and Thieves on PC Invasion.

Evening Consolidation

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
PlayStation Plus subscribers hit 26.4m, up 27% YOY. Overwatch Game of the Year Edition Is Now Available For Xbox One. Dragon?s Dogma: Dark Arisen comes to PS4 and XB1 this fall. PlayStation Extended...

Evening Metaverse

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Think Before You Tweet In the Wake of an Attack. Google Fiber Arrives in Parts of Huntsville.

Evening Tech Bits

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Acer Predator Z35P Available for Order- Curved 35- with 3440×1440@120 Hz and G-Sync.

Evening Safety Dance

Blue's News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:53pm
Chaos Computer Clubs breaks iris recognition system of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Thanks Hypothermia.

Women In Film

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:37pm

by Philip Scott Johnson

80 Years of Female Actresses in Cinema

Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, Norma Shearer, Ruth Chatterton, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck, Vivien Leigh, Greer Garson, Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Olivia de Havilland, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers, Loretta Young, Deborah Kerr, Judy Garland, Anne Baxter, Lauren Bacall, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Audrey Hepburn, Dorothy Dandridge, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Janet Leigh, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Ann Margret, Julie Andrews, Raquel Welch, Tuesday Weld, Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, Faye Dunaway, Catherine Deneuve, Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Kathleen Turner, Holly Hunter, Jodie Foster, Angela Bassett, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Sandra Bullock, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry

Music: Bach's Prelude from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma

Cast: Philip Scott Johnson

Tags: morph, morphing, animation, cinema, hollywood, actresses and film

Researchers Find Dozens of Genes Associated With Measures of Intelligence

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: We don't know a lot about the biological basis of our mental abilities -- we can't even consistently agree on how best to test them -- but a few things seem clear. One is that performance on a number of standardized tests that purport to measure intelligence tends to correlate with outcomes we'd associate with intelligence, like educational achievement. A second is that this performance seems to have a large genetic component. But initial studies clearly indicated that the effect of any individual gene on intelligence is small. As a result, the first genetics studies found very little, since you needed to look at a large number of people in order to see these small effects. Now, a new study has combined much of the previous work and has turned up 40 new genetic regions associated with intelligence test scores. But again, the effect of any individual gene is pretty minor. The team behind the new work took advantage of open data to pull together information from 13 different studies, which cumulatively looked through the genomes of over 78,000 individuals. While those individuals had been given a variety of tests, the authors focused on measures of general intelligence or fluid intelligence (the two seem to measure similar things). The genomes of these individuals had been scanned for single base pair differences, allowing the authors to look for correlations between regions of the genome and test scores. Two separate analyses were done. The first simply looked at each base difference individually. That turned up 336 individual bases, which clustered into 22 different genes. Half of these had not been associated with intelligence previously. To provide a separate validation of these results, the authors did a similar analysis with educational achievement. They found that nearly all of the sites they identified also correlated with that. In a second analysis, the authors tracked base differences that cluster in a single gene. Since there are more markers for each gene, this tends to be a more sensitive way of looking for effects. And in fact, it produced 47 genes associated with the intelligence test scores. Seventeen of those had been identified in the earlier analysis, which brought the total genes identified to 52, only 12 of which had been previously associated with intelligence test scores.

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When AI Botches Your Medical Diagnosis, Who's To Blame?

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:25pm
Robert Hart has posed an interested question in his report on Quartz: When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who's to blame? Do you blame the AI, designer or organization? It's just one of many questions popping up and starting to be seriously pondered by experts as artificial intelligence and automation continue to become more entwined into our daily lives. From the report: The prospect of being diagnosed by an AI might feel foreign and impersonal at first, but what if you were told that a robot physician was more likely to give you a correct diagnosis? Medical error is currently the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and as many as one in six patients in the British NHS receive incorrect diagnoses. With statistics like these, it's unsurprising that researchers at Johns Hopkins University believe diagnostic errors to be "the next frontier for patient safety." Of course, there are downsides. AI raises profound questions regarding medical responsibility. Usually when something goes wrong, it is a fairly straightforward matter to determine blame. A misdiagnosis, for instance, would likely be the responsibility of the presiding physician. A faulty machine or medical device that harms a patient would likely see the manufacturer or operator held to account. What would this mean for an AI?

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Republicans Want To Leave You Voicemail -- Without Ever Ringing Your Cellphone

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:05pm
bricko quotes a report from Recode: The GOP's leading campaign and fundraising arm, the Republican National Committee, has quietly thrown its support behind a proposal at the Federal Communications Commission that would pave the way for marketers to auto-dial consumers' cellphones and leave them prerecorded voicemail messages -- all without ever causing their devices to ring. Under current federal law, telemarketers and others, like political groups, aren't allowed to launch robocall campaigns targeting cellphones unless they first obtain a consumer's written consent. But businesses stress that it's a different story when it comes to "ringless voicemail" -- because it technically doesn't qualify as a phone call in the first place. In their eyes, that means they shouldn't need a customer or voter's permission if they want to auto-dial mobile voicemail inboxes in bulk pre-made messages about a political candidate, product or cause. And they want the FCC to rule, once and for all, that they're in the clear. Their argument, however, has drawn immense opposition from consumer advocates.

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Open19 Launches Open Hardware Project Targeting Edge Computing

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:35pm
miller60 writes: The Open19 Foundation launched today, positioning its open hardware designs as a platform for edge computing, and an alternative to the Open Compute Project and hyperscale designs. The Open19 designs were created by the data center team at LinkedIn, citing its focus on a 19-inch rack and licensing terms that it said allow participants better control over their intellectual property. Open Compute develops the 21-inch Open Rack but is also supporting several designs for 19-inch racks, including the Project Olympus concept contributed by Microsoft, LinkedIn's parent company. According to Fortune, the Open19 Foundation is a new group established by LinkedIn, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and General Electric. Its purpose is to make it easier for businesses to buy data center hardware and to encourage companies to build data center hardware more uniformly so that it fits in standardized data racks. The racks themselves are used by businesses to house their computing gear, such as servers and routers. The 19-inch rack is the most commonly used.

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