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PC Gaming Alliance Gives Up, Changes Name

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
A new Open Gaming Alliance website is live as a new home to the organization formerly known as the PC Gaming Alliance (thanks GamePolitics). The PCGA was originally formed in 2008 with a stated goal...

Evening Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Warframe Update 14- The Mad Cephalon.

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Harvester on GOG.com. Save 60%. Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars on Bundle Stars. Save 40%. Kerbal Space Program on Steam. Save 40%. Sokobond on Steam. Save 20%. Syberia II on Steam. Save 90%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Areal by West Games » A quick message. Apologizes for their last update.

Evening Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Battleborn Game Informer Video Interview. Cliff Bleszinski on his retirement, returning, what he's learned, and where he's going from here (interview) - GamesBeat. Digital Eel Discussion - Game...

Op Ed

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Polygon - Gaming's favorite villain is mental illness, and this needs to stop. If you encounter a game that deals with issues of mental health, chances are it?s a horror game. The genre loves to...

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
The New International Dota 2 Grand Champions ? Newbee. The International Grand Finals. Opinion: ESPN2's Dota 2 special was far from mainstream. Meet the pro 'Dota 2' gamers competing for $10 million....

Evening Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Gods Will Be Watching on Gaming Nexus.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One for sixth consecutive month in the US. Thanks Ant. Media Molecule teases PS4 project in glitchy video. News of the next PS4 firmware update is coming soon. Celebrate...

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Samsung Begins Tizen Rollout for Original Galaxy Gear in the US. Amazon Game Studios Reveals Exclusive Fire Phone Titles. Tetris Ultimate Is Coming to the 3DS.

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Upload an HD YouTube video in 4 seconds with Verizon?s new FiOS speed upgrades. Thanks Ant via Slashdot. Netflix Q2 profit surges as it surpasses 50M subscribers. Thanks HARDOCP.

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
8 technologies that are on the way out -- and one that we'll never be rid of. Thanks Ant.

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Thanks Ant. Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block. Wow! Need to remove that AddThis code from here. Thanks Acleacius. Home router security holes to be exposed at Def...

Evening Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Dotcom's MEGA Blocked in Italy Over Piracy Concerns. Thanks HARDOCP. US court says warrant for access to all content of email account is justified. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

etc., etc.

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:28pm
Meet the Vice President of the World is a new trailer from Citizens of Earth, the retro RPG… This trailer celebrates the release of Selknam Defense on Steam this coming Friday…

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:02pm
theodp (442580) writes So, what does Microsoft do for an encore after laying off 18,000 employees with a hilariously bad memo? Issue another bad memo — Changes to Microsoft Network and Building Access for External Staff — "to introduce a new policy [retroactive to July 1] that will better protect our Microsoft IP and confidential information." How so? "The policy change affects [only] US-based external staff (including Agency Temporaries, Vendors and Business Guests)," Microsoft adds, "and limits their access to Microsoft buildings and the Microsoft corporate network to a period of 18 months, with a required six-month break before access may be granted again." Suppose Microsoft feels that's where the NSA went wrong with Edward Snowden? And if any soon-to-be-terminated Microsoft employees hope to latch on to a job with a Microsoft external vendor to keep their income flowing, they best think again. "Any Microsoft employee who separated from Microsoft on or after July 1, 2014," the kick-em-while-they're-down memo explains, "will be required to take a minimum 6-month break from access between the day the employee separates from Microsoft and the date when the former employee may begin an assignment as an External Staff performing services for Microsoft." Likely not just to prevent leaks, but also to prevent any contractors from being reclassified as employees.

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Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:49pm
Presto Vivace (882157) writes It seems that Murdoch's desire to acquire Time Warner predates his acquisition of Fox, and continues in spite of Time Warner's recent refusal. The possible deal is important in and of itself, but it also affects the future leadership of Fox. From the article: "Murdoch's skill is not just hiring the right people; he has been able to maintain control over them. They have his support as long as they produce results. His executives are the hired help. There is never any threat to his control. When a Murdoch favourite begins to get more headlines than the chairman, the clock begins ticking for their departure. But with the Time Warner bid, that balance may change. Chase Carey has put together a deal that, because of Murdoch's history, is almost irresistible to him. But it's a deal only Carey can put together. If he succeeds, the $US160 billion company that will emerge will be an ungainly beast that will depend on Carey making the merger work. He's indispensable." Clearly we have not heard the last of this.

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Mimicking Vesicle Fusion To Make Gold Nanoparticles Easily Penetrate Cells

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:06pm
rtoz (2530056) writes A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells. A new study from MIT materials scientists reveals that these nanoparticles enter cells by taking advantage of a route normally used in vesicle-vesicle fusion, a crucial process that allows signal transmission between neurons. MIT engineers created simulations of how a gold nanoparticle coated with special molecules can penetrate a membrane. Paper (abstract; full text paywalled).

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The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google's Transparency Reports

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:24pm
Jason Koebler writes The number of law enforcement requests coming from Canada for information from companies like Facebook and Google are often inaccurate thanks to a little-known loophole that lumps them in with U.S. numbers. For example, law enforcement and government agencies in Canada made 366 requests for Facebook user data in 2013, according to the social network's transparency reports. But that's not the total number. An additional 16 requests are missing, counted instead with U.S. requests thanks to a law that lets Canadian agencies make requests with the U.S. Department of Justice.

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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:38pm
An anonymous reader writes A building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where Apollo astronauts once trained, was named in honor of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Armstrong, who died in 2012, was remembered at a ceremony as not only an astronaut, but also as an aerospace engineer, test pilot, and university professor. NASA renamed the Operations and Checkout building, also known as the O&C, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the last stop for astronauts before their flights since 1965. It was also used to test and process Apollo spacecraft. Currently, it's where the Orion spacecraft is being assembled to send astronauts to an asteroid and later to Mars.

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