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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:26am
SternisheFan notes that Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over marijuana legalization. The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines. The suit invokes the federal government's right to regulate both drugs and interstate commerce, and says Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana has been "particularly burdensome" to police agencies on the other side of the state line. In June, USA TODAY highlighted the flow of marijuana from Colorado into small towns across Nebraska: felony drug arrests in Chappell, Neb., just 7 miles north of the Colorado border have skyrocketed 400% in three years. "In passing and enforcing Amendment 64, the state of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress. Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining plaintiff states' own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems," says the lawsuit. "The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws."

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Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:31am
astroengine writes NASA's Kepler space telescope has detected its first new extrasolar planet after mission engineers were able to save the mission from a premature death after two of the exoplanet hunter's four stabilizing reaction wheels failed last year. Called "K2," the extended mission arose from an "innovative idea" that appears to have given the prolific telescope a new lease on life. "Last summer, the possibility of a scientifically productive mission for Kepler after its reaction wheel failure in its extended mission was not part of the conversation," said Paul Hertz, NASA's astrophysics division director at the agency's headquarters in Washington D.C. "Today, thanks to an innovative idea and lots of hard work by the NASA and Ball Aerospace team, Kepler may well deliver the first candidates for follow-up study by the James Webb Space Telescope to characterize the atmospheres of distant worlds and search for signatures of life."

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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:06am
Molly McHugh writes When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, and I owned a BlackBerry Curve. To me, my BlackBerry was close to being the absolute perfect smartphone. Today, BlackBerry revealed the Classic, a phone that is designed to make me—and everyone who owned a BlackBerry before the touchscreen revolution—remember how much we loved them.

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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:33pm
v3rgEz writes In a terse form letter responding to a FOIA request, the FBI has confirmed it has an open investigation into Gamergate, the loose but controversial coalition of gamers calling for ethics in gaming journalism — even as some members have harassed and sent death threats to female gaming developers and critics.

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SoundWorks Collection - The Sound of Godzilla

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:28pm

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile Michael Coleman talks with Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Erik Aadahl and Supervising Sound Editor Ethan Van der Ryn about the sound of Director Gareth Edwards Godzilla.

This 45-minute conversation covers the creative and technical process that the sound team of E2 ( pursued to create the dark and powerful sound of the king of all monsters, Godzilla.

Dr. Ichiro Serizawa - "I think Godzilla was only listening. The MUTO was calling something else."

E² is a sound design team dedicated to the art of sound. Founders, Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl, are responsible for the sound design and sound editing of the TRANSFORMERS and KUNG FU PANDA films. Other credits include the LORD OF THE RINGS series and THE TREE OF LIFE. Together they have garnered 7 Oscar nominations and 2 wins.

Special thanks to Legendary Studios and Warner Bros. Studio

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Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:02pm
sciencehabit writes About 1% of the light that strikes plants is re-emitted as a faint, fluorescent glow—a measure of photosynthetic activity. Today, scientists released a map of this glow as measured by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, a NASA satellite launched in July with the goal of mapping the net amount of carbon in the atmosphere. The map reveals that tropical rainforests near the equator are actively sucking up carbon, while the Corn Belt in the eastern United States, near the end of its growing season, is also a sink. Higher resolution fluorescence mapping could one day be used to help assess crop yields and how they respond to drought and heat in a changing climate.

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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:56pm
mrspoonsi writes with the findings of an investigation into working conditions at a factory that makes Apple products. Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories. Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions. Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai. One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off. Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move. Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."

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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:13pm
An anonymous reader writes Github has announced a security vulnerability and has encouraged users to update their Git clients as soon as possible. The blog post reads in part: "A critical Git security vulnerability has been announced today, affecting all versions of the official Git client and all related software that interacts with Git repositories, including GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac. Because this is a client-side only vulnerability, and GitHub Enterprise are not directly affected. The vulnerability concerns Git and Git-compatible clients that access Git repositories in a case-insensitive or case-normalizing filesystem. An attacker can craft a malicious Git tree that will cause Git to overwrite its own .git/config file when cloning or checking out a repository, leading to arbitrary command execution in the client machine. Git clients running on OS X (HFS+) or any version of Microsoft Windows (NTFS, FAT) are exploitable through this vulnerability. Linux clients are not affected if they run in a case-sensitive filesystem....Updated versions of GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac are available for immediate download, and both contain the security fix on the Desktop application itself and on the bundled version of the Git command-line client."

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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:30pm
schnell writes The New York Times Magazine has an in-depth profile of Marissa Mayer's time at the helm of Yahoo!, detailing her bold plans to reinvent the company and spark a Jobs-ian turnaround through building great new products. But some investors are saying that her product focus (to the point of micromanaging) hasn't generated results, and that the company should give up on trying to create the next iPod, merge with AOL to cut costs and focus on the unglamorous core business that it has. Is it time for Yahoo! to "grow up" and set its sights lower?

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Steam Holiday Sale Begins

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
The Holiday Sale is now underway on Steam, kicking off two weeks of bargains. Word is: "The Steam Holiday Sale is on now thru January 2, 2015. Throughout the sale, Steam customers may take advantage...

Evolve Beta Details; Limited PC Testing Next Month

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
2K Games announces that beta testing for Evolve will commence next month on the Xbox One, as they gear up for the eventual release of Turtle Rock's asymmetric multiplayer game. There are fuller...

Space Hulk: Ascension Imperial Fists Released

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
Space Hulk Ascension ascends further today, as the Imperial Fists add-on is now available for Full Control's turn-based strategy game. The Windows, OS X, and Linux expansion is now on Steam, adding...

New NVIDIA Beta Drivers

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
The GeForce website now offers new version 347.09 beta drivers for NVIDIA GeForce accelerators. Word is: "The new GeForce Game Ready Elite: Dangerous and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 347.09 beta...

Sportsfriends on Steam Tomorrow; Move Issues for PC Joust

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
A blog update announces that tomorrow will see the Steam release of Sportsfriends, "a compendium of award-winning local multiplayer games for living rooms, parties, and even backyards." This launch...

Adopted Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
Clockwork Demon announces Adopted, a single-player exploration game that puts the player in the role of a family dog that's expected for Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2016. An announcement trailer...

Morning Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
Dota 2 Workshop Tools Alpha Update - December 17th, 2014. Minecraft 1.8.2-pre1 ? Christmas Gift Edition. Team Fortress 2 Update Released.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
Rocket Ranger Reloaded by Cinemaware ? Kickstarter. Successfully funded, but an ongoing campaign on Paypal continues the effort.

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
Valve's Chet Faliszek To host Developer Sessions at EGX Rezzed 2015.

Morning Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
Evolve Interview With Chris Ashton - The Escapist. Still trying to understand the business ties between Take-Two and the Escapist explained at the end.

Morning Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:25pm
Countdown to 2015 Xbox Daily Deal ? Day 3. Driveclub's Redline Expansion Launches In Europe. New Xbox Deals with Gold daily discounts revealed. Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for...
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