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Evening Interviews

Blue's News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:32pm
What Happens After An Indie Game Fails On Steam - Kotaku. Thanks nin.

Evening Consolidation

Blue's News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:32pm
System Shock remake is officially coming to PS4 in 2018. Here?s what classic games will actually look like on the HD NES Classic Edition.

Evening Mobilization

Blue's News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:32pm
Verizon to Kick 'Excessive' Unlimited Users From the Network. Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff.

Evening Metaverse

Blue's News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:32pm
Frontier Sued For Misuse of Federal Broadband Funds.

Evening Tech Bits

Blue's News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:32pm
Oracle VM VirtualBox version 5.1.2. Thanks Ant. PC Perspective Podcast #409 - GTX 1060 Review, 3DMark Time Spy Controversy, Tiny Nintendo and more.

Evening Safety Dance

Blue's News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:32pm
Thanks j.c.f. DDoS Attack Takes Down US Congress Website for Three Days. DoS Vulnerability Patched in BIND. Gmail Security Filters Can Be Bypassed Just by Splitting a Word in Two. Security software...

Evening Legal Briefs

Blue's News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:32pm
No Man's Sky: Dutch company claims Hello Games used its patented 'superformula' without permission. Thanks Kxmode.

LGR Tech Tales - 3Dfx & Voodoo's Self-Destruction

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:13pm

"This episode covers the founding, voodoo-powered rise, and ridiculously powerful fall of 3Dfx Interactive. Join me in LGR Tech Tales, looking at stories of technological inspiration, failure, and everything in-between! ..."

How old school cassette tape drives worked.

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:11pm

"... In this episode we take an in depth look at what life was like using cassette drives for storage on computers during the 1970's and 1980's."

Simple Advice to the Selfish and Strong-Willed, Part 1

What stubborn people we can be! Selfish to the core, we want our way, not someone else’s . . . and certainly not God’s. Shortsighted, we see the immediate and the obvious, not the ultimate and the hidden. Easily irritated and impatient, our first reaction when taken advantage of is to retaliate, to establish a defensive posture and not give anyone an inch. Those efforts only intensify when faced with an adversary. Then we aren’t satisfied with simply standing our ground and being determined . . . getting even becomes our agenda. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offered revolutionary, even strange, advice for His people. Without pulling His punches, Jesus addressed the very best way to handle sensitive situations with those who threaten our personal rights. He offered countercultural counsel and dared us to obey. In place of retaliation, release . . . instead of hate, love . . . don’t get even, pray. It’s with this counsel in Jesus’s sermon that most people have their greatest struggles.

Transformers: Combiner Wars - Official Trailer

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 7:46pm

"The Autobots and Decepticons have disbanded and returned to Cybertron. With the days of Optimus Prime and Megatron over, Cybertron is now ruled by a triumvirate. However, an ancient technology has enabled a new threat, the power for multiple Transformers to combine into one massive, dangerous form: Combiners. Who will stand-up to this threat to ensure that the fragile peace that was 4 million years in the making remains?

Stream the full 8 episode series starting Aug. 2, exclusively on go90: "

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Man Builds $1.5 Million Star Trek-Themed Home Theater

/. - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 7:30pm
CIStud writes: This $1.5 million "Star Trek" home theater is the envy of every geek on the planet. The theater is a reconstruction of the bridge of the Starship Enterprise from "Star Trek: Next Generation" and also includes $1 million worth of memorabilia from the classic sci-fi TV show. The home theater was created by financier Marc Bell with the help from Jay Miller of Boca Raton-based Acoustic Innovations. The two started working on the home cinema in 2002 -- before construction of Bell's house even began -- and it took them four years to complete. CEPro reports: "A D-Box controller manipulates hydraulics installed beneath the floorboards, meaning the entire room shakes when anything loud happens on screen. The room also includes a JBL Synthesis sound system, which at the time of installation was only used in commercial theaters. The audio system is currently being upgraded to Dolby Atmos specifications and Bell plans to install a 4K projector. A big movie fan, Bell has had over 3,500 films digitized, which are stored and streamed through a Kaleidescape server. He also spent approximately $35,000 on a Prima Cinema system, allowing him and his family to watch films at home the day they are released in commercial cinemas. A wraparound control center surrounds the 11 custom leather chairs in the theater, eight of which recline into beds, while the doors that open into the theater are exact replicas of the Turbolift doors as seen on the TV show. When someone steps on the circular "transporter," the doors open with that familiar "whoosh" sound." Bell apparently likes to spend his money on others too. He has rented a local movie theater for every Star Trek film released in the past 25 years and has taken all of his employees, friends and their children along on opening night. The Wall Street Journal posted a video on YouTube of the home theater.

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Indie DB partner GamesRepublic launches the Indie Spotlight

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 5:49pm

GamesRepublic announces the Indie Spotlight, proudly supported by Indie DB - with the goal of beaming the talented work of indie game developers to the masses.

Spotify Is Now Selling Your Information To Advertisers

/. - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 5:30pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Engadget: Spotify is now opening its data to targeted advertising. "Everything from your age and gender, to the music genres you like to listen to will be available to various third-party companies," reports Engadget. "Spotify is calling it programmatic ad buying (Warning: source may be paywalled) and has already enabled it." The nearly 70 million people that currently use Spotify's free, ad-supported streaming service across 59 countries will be affected. The ads will be audio-based and stretch between 15-30 seconds in length. The advertisers who buy ad spots will be able to look for specific users by viewing their song picks to find the best matches for the products they're selling. Two weeks ago, China has released its first ever set of digital ad regulations that seems to all but ban ad blocking.

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Texas Man Who Acted As Russian Agent Gets 10 Years' Prison

/. - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:50pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: A Texas man who acted as a secret agent for the Russian government and illegally exported cutting-edge military technology to Russia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Alexander Fishenko learned his punishment Thursday in federal court in New York. He pleaded guilty in September to crimes including acting as a Russian agent. The 50-year-old Fishenko is a U.S. and Russian citizen. He owned Houston-based Arc Electronics Inc. Prosecutors say he led a scheme that evaded strict export controls for micro-electronics commonly used in missile guidance systems, detonation triggers and radar systems. Prosecutors say his company shipped about $50 million worth of technologies to Russia between 2002 and 2012. In other Russian-related news, a Russian government-owned news site Sputnik has reported that the Kremlin is building a nuclear space bomber that should be flight-ready by 2020.

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McDonald's 'Make Burger History' Site Hijacked With Offensive Burger Ideas

/. - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:10pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from McDonald's New Zealand has been left with egg on its face after a raft of bad-taste burger suggestions customers forced it to quickly take down its new design-your-own-burger website. The company launched its "Make Burger History" site this week, as part of a new promotion where customers can "build your own unique burger" and get free fries and a medium soft drink. "Just come in to a participating 'Create Your Taste' McDonald's and order your Creation at the self ordering kiosk," McDonald's promised. But its failure to consider what pranksters might dream up online has left the company red-faced, with the website overrun by racist, homophobic and otherwise offensive suggestions. The page now redirects to the McDonald's homepage. The burger concepts ranged from the mild, such as "Bag of Lettuce" (literally just a pile of lettuce leaves) and "The Carbonator" (seven burger buns, no filling), to X-rated, including "Girth" (a stack of seven undressed burger patties) and "Ron's Creamy Surprise" (a pile of mayonnaise, best left unexplained). But many went totally tasteless, creating burgers with names like "Mosque at Ground-Zero," "Rektal Prolapse" and "Toddler Body Bag," some of which ended up on the website's front page before it was shut down entirely overnight.

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ZP:S Maps Update Released!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:49pm

It's been a long time, ZPS Maps Update is finally here via Steam! Providing you with the latests fixes and improvements to the majority of the offical stock maps. This include fixes of most, if not all, known exploits and stability issues, and it also brings subtle tweaks to the maps layout, improving the gameplay and balance.

Tesla's Autopilot Mode Reportedly Saves Pedestrian's Life

/. - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: Following reports of Tesla's Autopilot mode being linked to a fatal crash, one Tesla Model S owner is reporting that the Autopilot mode has likely saved a pedestrian's life. The driver sent an email to Elon Musk explaining the situation, which was confirmed by Tesla through the vehicle logs: "I wanted to let you know that I think my car probably saved the life of a pedestrian last night, 7/16 around 10:30pm when I was driving in Washington DC with my daughter." The driver says him and his daughter were trying to locate where sirens were coming from "when a pedestrian stepped out in front of [their] Model S in the dark with dark clothes and in the middle of the road." The car slammed on its breaks before he could and "stopped just inches from hitting the pedestrian." The driver said, "I am not sure if I would have been able to stop before hitting him but I am so glad the car did." The Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), which is standard on all Tesla vehicles and is part of Tesla's Autopilot mode, is what was at work here. It appears that many of the convenience features of Autopilot were not activated at the time of the incident. This is likely the first of many good press stories released by Elon Musk, who said he would consider releasing the stories of accidents prevented by the Autopilot mode with the authorization of the Tesla owners and by confirming the events through the vehicle logs. Elon Musk did also announce Tesla's 'Master Plan, Part Deux,' which includes new kinds of Tesla vehicles, expanded solar initiatives, updates on Tesla's 'autopilot' technology, and a ride-sharing program.

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