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Mozilla CEO: Windows 10 Strips User Choice For Browsers and Other Software

/. - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 7:04am
puddingebola writes: Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has sent an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella complaining about the default settings in Windows 10. Users who upgrade to 10 will have their default browser automatically changed to the new Edge browser. Beard said, "We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost. ... We strongly urge you to reconsider your business tactic here and again respect people’s right to choice and control of their online experience by making it easier, more obvious and intuitive for people to maintain the choices they have already made through the upgrade experience.

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Crystal Kingdom Dizzy - Classic Dizzy is back with a new look! (PC)

Indie Retro News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 7:02am

Dizzy fans it's time to get excited once again, as we've just been informed by Adam Markey from YolkFolk, of the recent beta update for the remake of  'Crystal Kingdom Dizzy'. First released in 1992 on many different systems by Codemasters such as the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOS, and Amiga, has now been given a graphical redo to the likes of the 8-bit classics. Unlike the original graphics which some would class as Marmite, you either liked it or you didn't, this version goes back to it's 8-bit roots and looks just like the original Dizzy series.

Everything else in the game is very similar unlike the graphics, it has the same story as the original and as always features the lovable character of Dizzy talking to the YolkFolk villagers, while solving puzzles, avoiding snakes and rolling about without a single crack to his shell. It's just a shame the original Crystal Kingdom Dizzy was so expensive coming in at £9.99 and the legendary developers 'The Oliver Twins' didn't have as much involvement with the original game. But as for this updated release, a number of issues have been sorted such as better sound quality in the jingle, wishing well being an inch taller to avoid snake damage, and a different position of the leak in the pirate ship.

For further details and bug fixes see the links below, and if you have the spare time to help out, contact the creator through the forums to finally see this remake to completion.


1) Forum Discussion
2) Facebook Group
3) Download ( PC )

Scarabaeus - Egyptian C64 classic cracked by Onslaught

Indie Retro News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:25am

Way back in the time of the Egyptians and of the ancient Pyramids, an astronaut and his dog has to explore an Egyptian tomb to find the Pharaohs Jewel, the problem was (which isn't shown) you get bit by a spider, so not only are you trying to locate the gem, you need to find the medicine to stop the poison before you die. Welcome to 'Scarabaeus', a rather interesting 3D Maze game with a fantastic soundtrack originally developed by Andromeda Software, and released in 1985 for the C64 which has now been re-released by Onslaught with a cheat trainer.

Before you delve into this game be warned, it's very confusing and slightly creepy. You must solve puzzles in a 3D Maze spread over three levels in a first person viewpoint by touching ghosts and collecting the usable hieroglyph's. Once you have all the hieroglyph's it's time to use the lift to the next level where you must avoid spiders and solve many more of the strange puzzles. When the levels are complete, you will gain the medicine and finally collect the gem. I for one am still struggling with the game, so if you have the time, check out the walkthrough, or jump straight in and get totally lost!

Links :

1) Source
2) Download
3) Walkthrough

Google Rejects French Order For 'Right To Be Forgotten'

/. - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:21am
Last month, French data protection agency CNIL ordered Google to comply with the European "right to be forgotten" order by delisting certain search results not just on the European versions of Google's search engine, but on all versions. Google has now publicly rejected that demand. CNIL has promised a response, and it's likely the case will go before local courts. Google says, This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web. While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be "gay propaganda." If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place.

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Additional Units Mod - Attila (AUM-ATT) 2.0

Mod DB's News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:44am

Additional Units Mod - Attila (AUM-ATT) 2.0 has been released.

Contra 009 work in progress - Update 2

Mod DB's News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:42am

Another update part of new Contra 009 version. In this update, we are showing you new makeovers, but also want to invite you to an event.

Big changes! Refactoring, spawning entities, ragdolls and more

Mod DB's News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:39am

Lots of things happened in our community lately - thanks to our new contributors, engine development entered into rapid development phase. In the last two months, we have introduced lots of new features and bugfixes, which will be described below.

A Robot That Can Walk and Jump On Water

/. - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:38am
Taco Cowboy writes: Researchers from Seoul University and Harvard have constructed tiny robots that can walk across the surface of standing water, and even jump into the air. The robots were designed to imitate the way pond-skimmer insects take advantage of surface tension to maneuver on top of still bodies of water. After studying the insects, the researchers found their legs started with a small amount of movement before gradually accelerating downward into a jump. The insects also sweep their legs inward during the jump to maximize the amount of time they stay in contact with the surface (abstract). "Using these principles, the researchers developed an ultra light robot made out of nickel titanium with a 2 centimeter long body inspired by origami. Its 5 centimeter long wire legs are curved at the tips like a real water strider's and coated with a material that repels water." Pictures of the robots are available here and here, as well as this animated gif.

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Ex-TEPCO Officials To Be Indicted Over Fukushima

/. - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:56am
AmiMoJo writes: Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company will face mandatory indictment over the March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The prosecution inquest panel of randomly-selected citizens voted for the indictment on Friday, for professional negligence resulting in death and injury. "Tokyo prosecutors in January rejected the panel's judgment that the three should be charged, citing insufficient evidence. But the 11 unidentified citizens on the panel forced the indictment after a second vote, which makes an indictment mandatory. The three are former chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, and former executives Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69. Citizens' panels, made up of residents selected by lottery, are a rarely used but high-profile feature of Japan's legal system introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic overreach."

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Throwing Weapons, Ranged Combat and Visual Makeover Continued

Mod DB's News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:35am

The first Goblins have made their way into the game and are now being playtested. While that's going on, as always, we've implemented a bunch of smaller things from our todo. The most important one this week: Throwing Weapons and a bit of love for ranged combat in general. Also, Paul has been busy as ever continuing his visual rework. Wiedergangers and all armors in the game got a makeover!

Why Micron/Intel's New Cross Point Memory Could Virtually Last Forever

/. - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:14am
Lucas123 writes: As they announced their new 3D XPoint memory this week, Micron and Intel talked a lot about its performance being 1,000X that of NAND flash, but what they talked less about was how it also has the potential to have 1,000X the endurance of today's most popular non-volatile memories. NAND flash typically can sustain from 3,000 to 10,000 erase-write cycles — more with wear-leveling and ECC. If Micron and Intel's numbers are to be believed, 3D XPoint could exceed one million write cycles. The reason for that endurance involves the material used to create the XPoint architecture, which neither company will disclose. Unlike NAND flash, cross point resistive memory does not use charge trap technology that wears silicon oxide over time or a typical resistive memory filamentary architecture, which creates a statistical variation in how the filaments form each time you program them; that can slow ReRAM's performance and make it harder to scale. Russ Meyer, Micron's director of process integration, said 3D XPoint's architecture doesn't store electrons or use filaments. "The memory element itself is simply moving between two different resistance states," which means there's virtually no wear.

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Update #1: Combat Racers is in Greenlight!

Mod DB's News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:45am

Combat Racers is the first game from The Major Game Company. In this update I'll introduce myself, tell about the game and company in general and tell about our future plans.

Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution

/. - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:24am
Eloking writes: Google and a San Francisco-based Aclima have equipped Google's Street View cars with environmental sensors in order to map urban air quality. The project aims to create high resolution maps of air quality across cities by measuring carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, Volatile Organic Compounds, and other pollutants. “We have a profound opportunity to understand how cities live and breathe in an entirely new way by integrating Aclima’s mobile sensing platform with Google Maps and Street View cars,” said Davida Herzl, co-founder and CEO of Aclima. “With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, environmental health is becoming increasingly important to quality of life. Today we’re announcing the success of our integration test with Google, which lays the foundation for generating high resolution maps of air quality in cities.”

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Alpha 14 – Tools, Autorepair, …

Mod DB's News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:51am

Alpha 14 brings a load of small enhancements to the game: Tools like repair and remediation can now be mass-apply to your buildings, the quality of life feature has been extended, UI elements are now smaller, the competitor AI got stronger and new Steam achievements are available. Aside from this we are working on new planets that will be added as an extension of the campaign and come with the next release.

Cameron Tells Pornography Websites To Block Access By Children Or Face Closure

/. - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:31am
An anonymous reader writes: Prime Minister David Cameron says that if online pornographers don't voluntarily install effective age-restricted controls on their websites he'll introduce legislation that will close them down altogether. A recent Childline poll found nearly 10% of 12-13-year-olds were worried they were addicted to pornography and 18% had seen shocking or upsetting images. The minister for internet safety and security, Joanna Shields, said: “As a result of our work with industry, more than 90% of UK consumers are offered the choice to easily configure their internet service through family-friendly filters – something we take great pride in having achieved. It’s a gold standard that surpasses those of other countries. “Whilst great progress has been made, we remain acutely aware of the risks and dangers that young people face online. This is why we are committed to taking action to protect children from harmful content. Companies delivering adult content in the UK must take steps to make sure these sites are behind age verification controls.”

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Trailer released and News on 0.0.6

Mod DB's News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:08am

Our trailer for TactiX has been released! Version 0.0.6 is going to be released at the beginning of next week.

Germany Won't Prosecute NSA, But Bloggers

/. - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:02pm
tmk writes: Despite plenty of evidence that the U.S. spied on German top government officials, German Federal Prosecutor General Harald Range has declined to investigate any wrongdoings of the secret services of allied nations like the NSA or the British GCHQ. But after plans of the German secret service "Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz" to gain some cyper spy capabilities like the NSA were revealed by the blog, Hange started an official investigation against the bloggers and their sources. They are now being probed for possible treason charges.

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Japanese Scientists Fire the Most Powerful Laser On the Planet

/. - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:25pm
Sepa Blackforesta writes: Scientist from University of Osaka claim have fired the world's most powerful laser. The beam was intact for 2-petawatt, pulse lasted just one picosecond. While it produced a huge amount of power, the energy required for the beam itself is equivalent to that needed to power a microwave for two seconds. An associate professor of electrical engineering at Osaka University Junji Kawanaka says “With heated competition in the world to improve the performance of lasers, our goal now is to increase our output to 10 petawatts.”

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Robots Must Be Designed To Be Compassionate, Says SoftBank CEO

/. - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: At the SoftBank World conference in Tokyo, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has made a case for robots to be developed so as to form empathic and emotional relationships with people. "I'm sure that most people would rather have the warm-hearted person as a friendSomeday robots will be more intelligent than human beings, and [such robots] must also be pure, nice, and compassionate toward people," SoftBank's Aldebaran tech group will make its empathic "Pepper" robot available for companies to rent in Japan from October at a rate of $442 per month.

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