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Evening Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:17pm
Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault interview (with modding discussion) video.

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:17pm
Road to Gamers Assembly. Nadeo announces Trackmania & Shootmania tournaments at the Gamers Assembly of Poitiers in April 2015. Thanks Frans.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:17pm
The Voice is Now Available for Xbox 360. F1 2014 is Now Available for Xbox 360. ESL Gaming Launches on Xbox One Today.

Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:06pm
sciencehabit writes: Earth is rapidly being wired with fiber-optic cables — inexpensive, flexible strands of silicon dioxide that have revolutionized telecommunications. They've already crisscrossed the planet's oceans, linking every continent but one: Antarctica. Now, fiber optics has arrived at the continent, but to measure ice sheet temperatures rather than carry telecommunication signals. A team of scientists using an innovative fiber-optic cable–based technology has measured temperature changes within and below the ice over 14 months. This technology, they say, offers a powerful new tool to observe and quantify melting at the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:24pm
jones_supa writes: Microsoft has just released Windows 10 TP build 9860. Along with the new release, Microsoft is introducing an interesting cadence option for how quickly you will receive new builds. The "ring progression" goes from development, to testing, to release. By being in the slow cadence, you will get more stable builds, but they will arrive less often. By choosing the fast option, it allows you to receive the build on the same day that it is released. As a quick stats update, to date Microsoft has received over 250,000 pieces of feedback through the Windows Feedback tool, 25,381 community forum posts, and 641 suggestions in the Windows Suggestion Box.

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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:41pm
Lasrick writes: David Ropeik explores risk-perception psychology and Ebola in the U.S. "[O]fficials are up against the inherently emotional and instinctive nature of risk-perception psychology. Pioneering research on this subject by Paul Slovic, Baruch Fischhoff, and others, vast research on human cognition by Daniel Kahneman and colleagues, and research on the brain's fear response by neuroscientists Joseph LeDoux, Elizabeth Phelps, and others, all make abundantly clear that the perception of risk is not simply a matter of the facts, but more a matter of how those facts feel. ... People worry more about risks that are new and unfamiliar. People worry more about risks that cause greater pain and suffering. People worry more about threats against which we feel powerless, like a disease for which there is no vaccine and which has a high fatality rate if you get it. And people worry more about threats the more available they are to their consciousness—that is, the more aware people are of them."

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I've fallen, and I can't get up!

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:08pm

Crowd dynamics test using Miarmy for Maya.
Shows the new servo force feature which allows struggling animation once the agent has become dynamic

Rendered with Arnold

Cast: Dave Fothergill vfx

Tags: crowd dynamic, dynamics, maya, arnold, mtoa, miarmy, animation, cgi and vfx

Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:58pm
An anonymous reader writes: After rumors broke last week, Magic Leap has officially closed the deal on a $542 million Series B investment led by Google. The company has been extremely tight-lipped about what they're working on, but some digging reveals it is most likely an augmented reality wearable that uses a lightfield display. "Using our Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal, imagine being able to generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real world," the company teases. Having closed an investment round, Magic Leap is now soliciting developers to create for their platform and hiring a huge swath of positions.

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The Future of Stamps

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:15pm
New submitter Kkloe writes: Wired is running a profile of a gadget called Signet, which is trying to bring postage stamps into the age of high technology. Quoting: "At its core, it is a digital stamp and an app. If you want to send a parcel, you'd simply stamp it with a device that uses a laser to etch it with your name and a unique identifying pattern. After that, the USPS would pick up your package; from there, the app would prompt you to provide the name of the person you're trying to reach." I'm curious whether such a finely-detailed etching can even survive a journey. How far can you expect it to travel before all the handling and sorting make the mark unreadable to the sorting machines in the delivery office? Then you'd have to worry the post office would mark it as a fraudulent stamp (as someone has to pay for the shipping in some way) and either return it or throw it away.

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The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video)

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:32pm
This is a "wet" submarine. It doesn't try to keep water out. You wear SCUBA gear while pedaling it. And yes, it is powered by a person pushing pedals. That motion, through a drive train, makes manta-style wings flap. This explains the name, since rays are Batoids, and this sub is a fake Batoid, not a real one. It's a beautiful piece of work, and Martin Plazyk is obviously proud to show it off. He and his father, Bruce, operate as Faux Fish Technologies. Follow that link and you'll see many photos, along with a nice selection of videos showing their creations not just in static above-water displays, but in their natural (underwater) element. Meanwhile, here on Slashdot, Martin tells how Faux Fish subs are made. (Alternate Video Link)

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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:46am
Lucas123 writes: Samsung has issued a firmware fix for a bug on its popular 840 EVO triple-level cell SSD. The bug apparently slows read performance tremendously for any data more than a month old that has not been moved around on the NAND. Samsung said in a statement that the read problems occurred on its 2.5-in 840 EVO SSDs and 840 EVO mSATA drives because of an error in the flash management software algorithm. Some users on technical blog sites, such as, say the problem extends beyond the EVO line. They also questioned whether the firmware upgrade was a true fix or if it just covers up the bug by moving data around the SSD.

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