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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Demo

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
The Steam page for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth now offers the playable demo for the just-released turn-based strategy game. Details on the demo are not provided, so here's the overview of...

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
The opening cinematic from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now available to heighten anticipation for the upcoming release of the RPG sequel from CD Projekt RED. Word is: "Foreshadowing the story of The...

Project CARS Halloween Trailer

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
A new video from Project CARS looks to put the fear of Halloween into potential drivers in Slightly Mad Studios' upcoming racing game by showing the spookiness of driving at night. Here's the story: "...

Golden Joystick Winners

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
CVG announces the winners of the 2014 Golden Joystick awards, which they call "the people's awards," though most them carry individual corporate sponsorships. Along the way Metal Gear Solid creator...

Hardland Early Access

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Steam now offers early access to Hardland, a stylized open-world action/adventure inspired by Ultima and Betrayal at Krondor that was greenlit for release on the platform after just four days. Word...

Dead Island: GOTY for Linux/SteamOS

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Steam News announces the release of the Linux and SteamOS editions of Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition. Word is: "Terror. Violence. Madness. Bedlam. A holiday paradise gone mad. A tropical...

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Best of Both Worlds Sale on ShinyLoot. Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut on Steam. Save 90%. Eidos Anthology on Steam. Save 75%. Escape Dead Island on Steam. Save 15% on pre-purchases....

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Another Tor router crowdfunding project nixed by Kickstarter. Sudden Crisis Sci-Fi Sandbox MMORPG - Indiegogo. Project announces as Seldon Crisis renamed, because copyrights. Thanks Massively.

Evening Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Interview: Mushroom 11?s Julia Keren-Detar - Show Me the Games. We are the Star Citizen FPS Team, Ask us anything! - IAmA. Thanks DSOGaming.

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Extra Life 2014 ? Watch some games and win some swag.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Analysis: Worldwide PS4 sales at least 40 percent better than Xbox One. Xbox console sales jump 102% in Q1. New Bloodborne trailer released. Sony Explains How To Pass Your PS4 Controller To A Friend...

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
T-Mobile: Our network has trouble with building walls and long distances. Amazon has $83 million in unsold Fire Phones. LG unveils its new 8-core 'NUCLUN' processor, new G3 Screen smartphone. AT&T...

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Silicon Valley startup unveils Internet-connected smart guns for cops. CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE. Thanks Ant. Comcast lost 81,000 video customers in Q3, ?the best...

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Civilization: Beyond Earth CrossFire with Mantle SFR- Not Actually Broken. Amazon losses widen as it braces for rocky holiday quarter. Thanks HARDOCP. Intel X99 Motherboard Goes Up in Smoke For...

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:16pm
Thanks j.c.f. Apple Warns Users of Attack Targeting iCloud Site. 1.2 Million Networking Devices Vulnerable Due to NAT-PMP Issues. CryptoWall 2.0 Delivered Through Malvertising on Yahoo and Other...

Yardarm Technologies

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:12pm

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Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:07pm
SmartAboutThings writes Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition. But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn't yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter, up a massive 127 percent from the $400 million this time last year. However, if we assume that the average spent amount on the purchase of this year's Surface Pro 3 was around $1000, then we have less than 1 million units sold, which isn't that impressive, but it's a good start.

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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:22pm
New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer's website featured "a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that 'disbelievers' will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity." A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed. (Please note that some articles may be partially paywalled unless opened in a private/incognito browser window.)

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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:47pm
As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, "AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. ... AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its network. T-Mobile's John Legere has indicated that T-Mobile's process does not lock a customer in to T-Mobile, which appears to be confirmed by Apple's support document, and Sprint's process also seems to leave the Apple SIM unlocked and able to be used with other carrier plans. Verizon, the fourth major carrier in the United States, did not opt to allow the Apple SIM to work with its network." The iPad itself can still be activated and used on other networks, but only after the installation of a new SIM.

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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:08pm
An anonymous reader writes: Sophos has a blog post up saying, "attempts to get users to choose passwords that will resist offline guessing, e.g., by composition policies, advice and strength meters, must largely be judged failures." They say a password must withstand 1,000,000 guesses to survive an online attack but 100,000,000,000,000 to have any hope against an offline one. "Not only is the difference between those two numbers mind-bogglingly large, there is no middle ground." "Passwords falling between the two thresholds offer no improvement in real-world security, they're just harder to remember." System administrators "should stop worrying about getting users to create strong passwords and should focus instead on properly securing password databases and detecting leaks when they happen."

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