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Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:33am
An anonymous reader writes On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a case involving the conviction of a man based solely on the analysis of his "inadvertently shed" DNA. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) argues that this tacit approval of the government's practice of collecting anyone's DNA anywhere without a warrant will lead to a future in which people's DNA are "entered into and checked against DNA databases and used to conduct pervasive surveillance."

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What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:54am
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft spent billions purchasing Mojang, the studio behind the game Minecraft, and while it's unlikely to start work on a sequel anytime soon, rather than continue development of the game, it's worth considering what a Minecraft 2 will look like. After all, as a public company with revenues to justify, it doesn't seem beyond unreasonable a few years down the line, especially since a Minecraft-like game was one of the stand-out tech demos shown for the software giant's HoloLens augmented reality headset. As the author points out, Microsoft will have to tread carefully, tackling issues like whether greater graphical fidelity is actually what players will want ever — and whether to continue to support Minecraft on PlayStation."

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Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:13am
An anonymous reader writes 14 years after the Anna Kournikova virus took advantage of users' ignorance about file-name extensions in order to wreak worldwide havoc, virus writers and hackers are still taking advantage of the tendency of popular consumer operating systems to hide file-name extensions: Windows users still need to activate extension visibility manually – even though email-transmitted viruses depend most on less savvy users who will never do this. Additionally applications on even the latest versions of Apple's OSX operating system still require the user to 'opt in' to including a file-name extension during an initial save. In looking at some of the eccentricities of the modern user experience, this article argues that it might be time to admit that users need to understand, embrace and responsibly use the only plain-text, obvious indicator of what a file actually is.

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Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:54am
Phopojijo writes The Khronos Group has announced the Vulkan API for compute and graphics. Its goal is to compete against DirectX 12. It has some interesting features, such as queuing to multiple GPUs and an LLVM-based bytecode for its shading language to remove the need for a compiler from the graphics drivers. Also, the API allows graphics card vendors to support Vulkan with drivers back to Windows XP "and beyond."

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Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:31am
Sparrowvsrevolution writes A new Wired magazine story goes inside the North Korean rebel movement seeking to overthrow Kim Jong-un by smuggling USB drives into the country packed with foreign television and movies. As the story describes, one group has stashed USB drives in Chinese cargo trucks. Another has passed them over from tourist boats that meet with fishermen mid-river. Others arrange USB handoffs at the Chinese border in the middle of the night with walkie talkies, laser pointers, and bountiful bribes. Even Kim assassination comedy The Interview, which the North Korean government allegedly hacked Sony to prevent from being released, has made it into the country: Chinese traders' trucks carried 20 copies of the film across the border the day after Christmas, just two days after its online release.

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Bombshell Details & Trailer

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Here's a new trailer from Bombshell, showing off gameplay from this Unreal-engine action/RPG in the works at 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment. It seems the trailer released when the game was...

RPG Character Transfer System

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
GamesBeat has details on a tool TSI Partners are showing at the GDC to allow character transfers from one game to another (thanks Daniel). Word is: "While this system from former Strategic...

Skyrim Mod Size Limit to End

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Bethesda Blog announces they are beta testing a new version of the PC Launcher and the Creation Kit for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, saying they expect the test to last about a week. The big change...

Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5 Will Add Party Storage; Mouselook

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
The BioWare Blog now offers Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5 Notes for Patch 5, an update they say will come to the RPG on all platforms, though they don't specify when. This will add party storage to...

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Half the sleep, twice the fun. The Double Insomnia Promo starts now! ● GOG.com. Train Simulator 2015 on Steam. Save 85%.

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
UK retailer Game expands into eSports with Multiplay acquisition. Might & Magic Heroes Online - Champions of Ashan tournament.

Evening Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Distant Star: Revenant Fleet on Space Game Junkie. Naev on Space Game Junkie. Starsector on Space Game Junkie. Telepath Tactics on SinisterDesign.net. February 2015 update.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Xbox 360 Owners: Start building your Xbox One Game Library for free. #IDARB- It gives away a red box.

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Google confirms wireless efforts, plans bigger reveal 'in coming months.' Thanks HARDOCP. Samsung Pay Can Work at 30 Million Retail Locations, Compared to the ?Thousands? of Apple Pay. Google...

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Islamic State threatens Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey over account bans. Zip-Line Through The Amazon Jungle With Google's Newest Street View Feature. Thanks Acleacius.

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Foxconn expects robots to take over more factory work. Thanks Slashdot via Ant. The World's Richest Tech Billionaires- Jack Ma Breaks Through to Top, Google Leaders Slip. Thanks HARDOCP.

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Thanks j.c.f. Qualcomm unveils its answer to Touch ID: Ultrasonic fingerprint scanning. Critical Vulnerability Found in Jetty Web Server. Apps Bypass Google Play Verification and Spew Tempest of Ads.

Evening Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Supreme Court gives tacit approval for government to take anybody?s DNA. FCC chief scheduled for marathon week of testimony on Internet rules. Thanks HARDOCP.

Into the Black

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50am
Link of the Day: ?Alien?: Michael Biehn May Reprise as Corporal Hicks in Neill Blomkamp?s New FIlm. Thanks nin.

Kaboom!

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:49am

This short documentary profiles a couple who spend their lives pursuing their passion for blowing things up.

Directed and Produced by Colin Sonner and Brady Welch

Production Company: K-MB Creative Network NYC

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