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MMOGs Under Attack

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
A post on the RuneScape Forum from Jagex says they "are aware that RuneScape (as well as other games) are being targeted by attacks," saying the connectivity issues are also impacting their web...

Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Phil Fish has quit gaming again, reports CraveOnline, saying the Fex developer has put his company and the Fez brand up for sale. They say this came after Polytron's website and Twitter account were...

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
The $1.5 Million Indiegogo Smartwatch Horror Story. Thanks Derek.

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
The Dirty Dozen Discounts on Show Me The Games. Electrifying EA Classics on GOG.com. Save 60%. Nordic Weekend on The Humble Store.

Op Ed

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Forbes - The Truth About Video Game Journalism. We don?t want a war. We want to report the news, share our opinions and have fun playing games. Ideally, we?d like to do so without being insulted and...

Evening Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Diablo III on Battle.net. Patch 2.1.0 Preview: Greater Rifts.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
OperationPlatinum Aims To Get Bayonetta 2 To Sell 1 Million On Wii U.

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
This week in iPhone rumors: It?s all about the screen.

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Thanks j.c.f. China censorship filters are hamstringing posts that help their cause. Most popular Android apps open users to MITM attacks. Graphic Library Flaw Exposes Apps Created With Delphi, C++...

Evening Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
British man sentenced to nearly three years in prison for movie piracy.

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Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Adam Jensen Soundboard…

Into the Black

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Link of the Day: ?Addams Family? house on the market for the first time since 1924. You rang?

A Fistful of Gun Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Publisher Devolver Digital announces A Fistful of Gun, a top-down western shooter in development at FarmerGnome for release for Windows in the spring of next year (if there's a sequel, it'd better be...

Seldon Crisis Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Chaos Interactive announces Seldon Crisis, a science fiction MMORPG expected to reach the beta stage next year (a Kickstarter for this should kick off next month). Those familiar with classic sci-fi...

Vector Thrust Early Access

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm
Vector Thrust is now available on Steam as an early access release, though this early access is a bit late, as the game was announced for release in Q2 of this year. This alpha version of the arcade...

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:11pm
An anonymous reader writes: I have an old phone with a battery that barely works anymore. My current phone's battery is mediocre — I can put up with it, but I've been thinking about getting a new one. My four-year-old ThinkPad holds less of a charge than I'd like, and less than it did when I bought it. In all these cases, the only thing holding me back from buying a new battery is that I'm not sure where to find a good one. Searching for my phone's battery on Amazon (or any major online retailer) yields a dozen results, all fairly cheap. But which are reliable? They all seem to have varying reviews, ranging from "Perfect official factory replacement!" to "Garbage knock-off, worse than the battery I replaced." Part numbers don't seem to help, as the knock-offs replicate those pretty well. I ask you, Slashdot: where can I find a good replacement battery?

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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:28pm
An anonymous reader writes: Terrorist organization ISIS has been in the news a lot lately for their hostile activities in Iraq and Syria. They've also been very active online, posting propaganda and photos on various social networking sites to try to recruit more members. Frequently, they'll have pictures of themselves in nondescript locations — but even carefully selected images give clues to a real location. Citizen journalists at Bellingcat analyzed a group of these photos, comparing buildings and bridges in the background to images from Google Earth. With very little to go on, they were able to pinpoint the location of a terrorist training camp.

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Researchers Hack Gmail With 92 Percent Success Rate

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:46pm
SternisheFan sends this report from CNET: Researchers at the University of California Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the University of Michigan have identified a weakness they believe to exist across Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could allow malicious apps to obtain personal information. Although it was tested only on an Android phone, the team believes that the method could be used across all three operating systems because all three share a similar feature: all apps can access a mobile device's shared memory. "The assumption has always been that these apps can't interfere with each other easily," said Zhiyun Qian, an associate professor at UC Riverside. "We show that assumption is not correct and one app can in fact significantly impact another and result in harmful consequences for the user." To demonstrate the method of attack, first a user must download an app that appears benign, such as a wallpaper, but actually contains malicious code. Once installed, the researchers can use it to access the shared memory statistics of any process (PDF), which doesn't require any special privileges.

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A Better Way To Make Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Limbs

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:04pm
the_newsbeagle writes: To make a brain-machine interface, you need a way to capture neurons' electric signals. The most precise and most invasive way uses implants that are stuck in the gray matter. The least precise and least invasive way uses EEG sensors stuck to the scalp. But researchers at Johns Hopkins University say there's a third way that gets the best of both worlds, which is not too invasive and fairly precise. They use ECoG systems, in which a mesh of electrodes is placed under the skull, draped over the surface of the cortex. They're testing their systems on epilepsy patients, who have these ECoG systems inserted anyway while they're waiting for surgery (the electrodes record the source of their seizures). The researchers are capturing these patients' movement commands from their brains, and using them to control robotic limbs. Someday such a system could be used by amputees to control their prosthetic limbs.

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