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Tune In: Mythbusters Meets DOOM Next Weekend (1/31/2015)

"For now over a decade, Discovery's popular show MythBusters has helped put an end to longstanding myths relating to popular culture, news stories, and everyday life. For next week's January 31st episode, they're taking their expertise to video games.

In this special episode dedicated to the hobby near and dear to our hearts, we're excited that id Software's own Tim Willits will be helping Adam and Jamie dig into an often-discussed topic of FPS games: Is it really possible for someone to carry all those health packs, guns, and even a chainsaw? Using the DOOM universe and DOOM 3 BFG Edition for reference, Tim helps the team recreate a DOOM level in real life.

Catch the episode on Discovery on Saturday, January 31st at 9/8c. For more details, visit the show's page on"

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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:36am
eldavojohn writes A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist, and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865, Alexis Tsipras has been appointed the new prime minister and begun taking immediate drastic steps against the recent austerity laws put in place by prior administrations. One such step has been to appoint Valve's economist Yanis Varoufakis to position of Finance Minister of Greece. For the past three years Varoufakis has been working at Steam to analyze and improve the Steam Market but now has the opportunity to improve one of the most troubled economies in the world.

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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:13am
mi (197448) writes You heard the scare-mongering, you heard the governors and mayors closing public transit and declaring driving on public roads a crime. But it turned out to have been a mistake. Boston may have been hit somewhat, but further South — NYC and Philadelphia — the snowfall was rather underwhelming. Promised "2-3 feet" of snow, NYC got only a few inches. Is this an example of "better safe than sorry," or is government's overreach justified by questionable weather models exceeding the threshold of an honest mistake?

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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:56am writes The Washington Post reports that the intrusion by a recreational drone onto the White House lawn has exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix. Commercial technology is available that can use a combination of sensitive radar and acoustic trackers to detect small drones, though coming up with an effective way to stop them has been more elusive. "To do something about the problem, you have to find it, you have to track it, you have to identify it and you have to decide what to do with it," says Frederick F. Roggero. "But especially in an urban environment, it would be tough to detect and tough to defeat kinetically without shooting it down and causing collateral damage." Most recreational drones, like the one that crashed Monday, weigh only a few pounds and lack the power to do much harm. Larger models that can carry payloads of up to 30 pounds are available on the market and are expected to become more common. The FAA imposes strict safety regulations on drones flown by government agencies or anyone who operates them for commercial purposes. In contrast, hardly any rules apply to people who fly drones as a hobby, other than FAA guidelines that advise them to keep the aircraft below 400 feet and five miles from an airport. "With the discovery of an unauthorized drone on the White House lawn, the eagle has crash-landed in Washington," says Senator Charles Schumer. "There is no stronger sign that clear FAA guidelines for drones are needed."

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Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:14am
Required Snark writes NASA has funded a study of a geo-sychrounous orbit telescope that uses a half-mile diameter opaque disk to provide images with 1000 times the resolution of the Hubble. It uses diffraction at the edge of the disk to focus light, resulting in a very high quality image. It's named the Aragoscope, after the scientist Francois Arago, who first noticed how a disk affects light waves. "When deployed the Aragoscope will consist of an opaque disk a half mile in diameter parked in geostationary orbit behind which is an orbiting telescope keeping station some tens to hundreds of miles behind that collects the light at the focal point and rectifies it into a high-resolution image. 'The opaque disk of the Aragoscope works in a similar way to a basic lens,' says CU-Boulder doctoral student and team member Anthony Harness. 'The light diffracted around the edge of the circular disk travels the same path length to the center and comes into focus as an image.' He added that, since image resolution increases with telescope diameter, being able to launch such a large, yet lightweight disk would allow astronomers to achieve higher-resolution images than with smaller, traditional space telescopes."

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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:32am
An anonymous reader writes that yesterday Uber announced a cap on surge pricing during the mammoth snow storm hitting the northeast this week; there will still be surge pricing, but it will be capped at 2.8 times the usual fares. The cap comes after an agreement struck between Uber and the New York City Attorney General’s office in January 2014 that required Uber to limit prices during “abnormal disruptions of the market”, including emergencies and natural disasters. Uber also announced a national policy for its price limits during those emergencies. ... While Uber plans to limit dynamic pricing during this storm, the company has had a bad history with emergency situations and surge pricing. In late 2012, Uber received criticism for raising fares during Hurricane Sandy. (The agreement with the NY AG came in part as a result of Hurricane Sandy backlash.)

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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:51am
Trailrunner7 writes Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered shared code and functionality between the Regin malware platform and a similar platform described in a newly disclosed set of Edward Snowden documents 10 days ago by Germany's Der Spiegel. The link, found in a keylogger called QWERTY allegedly used by the so-called Five Eyes, leads them to conclude that the developers of each platform are either the same, or work closely together. "Considering the extreme complexity of the Regin platform and little chance that it can be duplicated by somebody without having access to its source codes, we conclude the QWERTY malware developers and the Regin developers are the same or working together," wrote Kaspersky Lab researchers Costin Raiu and Igor Soumenkov today in a published report. (Here is the Spiegel article.)

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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:10am
itwbennett writes: A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program set up in 2008 to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects. The extent of the system, which is said to contain hundreds of millions of records on motorists and their journeys, was disclosed in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:17am
An anonymous reader writes: Internet connections remain illegal for Cuban households, but many of the country's citizens still want to tap into the power of networked information exchange. A group of tech-savvy young Cubans has set up a network comprising thousands of computers to serve as their own miniature version of the internet. They use chat rooms, play games, and connect to organize real-life activities. Cuban law enforcement seems willing to tolerate it (so far), but the network polices itself so as not to draw undue attention. One of the engineers who helped build the network said, "We aren't anonymous because the country has to know that this type of network exists. They have to protect the country and they know that 9,000 users can be put to any purpose. We don't mess with anybody. All we want to do is play games, share healthy ideas. We don't try to influence the government or what's happening in Cuba ... We do the right thing and they let us keep at it."

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Frontier Announces Coaster Park Tycoon & Layoffs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
Frontier Developments announces development of Coaster Park Tycoon, a second franchise they plan to support concurrently with Elite: Dangerous, their space combat game, saying this "marks the next...

Five Nights at Freddy's 3 Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
The Scott Games website has another teaser image following the recent tease presumed to be for Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (along with warnings not to be scammed by Scottgames impersonators). Sure...

The Witcher III Video; Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
As noted on The Witcher website, today had a livestream session showing off gameplay from The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, the upcoming RPG sequel. The recording of that session is now available,...

Dying Light Launch Trailer

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
Here's a launch trailer for Dying Light, Techland's zombie game that will be released worldwide tomorrow via digital distribution. Here's the slightly premature word from the description: "Dying...

Dragon Age: Inquisition Tavern Songs & Sheet Music for Free

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
The Dragon Age website now offers the Tavern Songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition as a free download, a temporary offer, as beginning on February 9th this will cease being free and will go on sale on...

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
FEZ on Steam. Save 75%. Painkiller Hell & Damnation on Steam. Save 80%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
Final Strike - Steam Greenlight. New video and screenshots on display.

Evening Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
The Witcher 3 level designer on the delay, PC controls, and world building - PC Gamer. Witcher 3 Dev Talks Free DLC - GameSpot.

Evening Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38pm
Galactic Civilizations III on Space Game Junkie.
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