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On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:49pm
The Black Friday Sale at the Rockstar Warehouse - 30% off All Gear & Collectibles. Diablo III and Reaper of Souls on Shop. Save 50%. World of Warcraft on Shop. Save 75%

Getaway Day Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:49pm
Defiance?s Aftermath Update. Survivor Squad: Gauntlets - Update #2 - Cool new Gauntlets and plenty of features. World of Warcraft 6.0.3 Hotfixes- November 25.

Getaway Day Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:49pm
Interview with David Braben (English) on PC Games Hardware. "I personally dislike most DRM. I get annoyed when music I have paid for won't play in my car, or when I have to type in a 16 digit (or...

Getaway Day Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:49pm
Xbox Live Games with Gold for December 2014. Tales from the Borderlands is Now Available for Xbox One. The Pinball Arcade is Now Available for Xbox One.

Getaway Day Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:49pm
Classic Capcom games for cheap this week on iTunes. Google Commerce: Shoppers Go Mobile Black Friday Weekend. Thanks Ant HARDOCP. Fire Phone?s price drops to $199 unlocked, and you still don?t need...

Getaway Day Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:49pm
Advertising Standards Authority warns YouTubers to flag promotional videos. Twitter?s plan to acquire a Bieber startup leaked by accidental tweet.

Getaway Day Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:49pm
Samsung Announces Far Cry 4 Gaming Bundle, Free with Purchase of 840 EVO SSD. Latest Windows 10 update shows how rapid releases work in practice. Samsung to speed up restructure by selling defense...

Getaway Day Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:49pm
Intel looks to tame passwords with biometrics. Thanks j.c.f. Canada Revenue Agency leaks its own data, hands journalist private tax details.

Bearcats Baseball Post Game Shenanigans

"A series of interesting clips from 2012-13 post game interviews on @BearcatsTV
Scott Waldrop - Voice of BearcatsTV Baseball does a great job keeping his composure"

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Everything Wrong With POTC: Dead Man's Chest

"Many of you have been begging us to go back to the Pirates series for a LONG time. Today you get your wish. Dead Man's Chest is almost as terrible as the first Pirates movie is fun. Plenty of sins to be found, as you will see..."

BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:00pm
mpicpp points out that BlackBerry is hoping to get iPhone owners to switch to Passport smartphones by promising up to $550 to trade in their phones. "The promotion, which starts Monday, promises as much as $550 to iPhone owners who trade in their handsets in favor of BlackBerry's Passport. The actual trade-in value depends on the iPhone, with the iPhone 4S worth up to $90 and the iPhone 6 worth up to $400. (The iPhone 6 Plus is not eligible.) BlackBerry then sweetens the deal by kicking in an additional $150 as a topper for each iPhone. The deal will run through February 13, but it's good only in North America. Customers must buy the $599 to $699 unlocked Passport phone through either BlackBerry's website or Amazon. The trade-in amount comes in the form of a Visa prepaid card."

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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 1:16pm
wbr1 writes Apparently the pit pattern on a blu-ray disk is great at helping trap photons, rather than reflecting them. Applying this pattern to the glass in a solar panel can boost efficiency by 22%. Researchers at Northwestern tested this system with Jackie Chan discs. From the article: "To increase the efficiency of a solar panel by 22%, the researchers at Northwestern bought a copy of Police Story 3: Supercop on Blu-ray; removed the top plastic layer, exposing the recording medium beneath; cast a mold of the quasi-random pattern; and then used the mold to create a photovoltaic cell with the same pattern....The end result is a solar panel that has a quantum efficiency of around 40% — up about 22% from the non-patterned solar panel."

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Fly With the Brooklyn Aerodrome (Video)

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:32pm
A bit of housing insulation material, a battery, a motor and propellor, a radio receiver and transmitter, and servos to control the motor and a pair of ailerons, and you're ready to fly the Brooklyn Aerodrome way. This isn't a tiny radio-controlled paper airplane, but a big bruiser with a 1:1 power to weight ratio (which means it can climb like a bat out of hell) and enough guts to fly in reasonably windy conditions while carrying a camera -- except we'd better not mention cameras, since Brooklyn Aerodrome creations, whether kits or plans, are obviously intended tohelp you build model airplanes, not drones. Timothy ran into project proponent Breck Baldwin at a maker faire near Atlanta, surrounded by a squadron of junior pilots who may someday become astronauts on the Moon - Mars run -- or at least delivery drone controllers for Amazon. (Alternate Video Link)

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DragonFly BSD 4.0 Released

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:03pm
An anonymous reader writes From the release page: Version 4 of DragonFly brings Haswell graphics support, 3D acceleration, and improved performance in extremely high-traffic networks. DragonFly now supports up to 256 CPUs, Haswell graphics (i915), concurrent pf operation, and a variety of other devices.

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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:42am
itwbennett writes China's state-controlled Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday that an unnamed international company was forced to pay 840 million yuan ($136 million) in back taxes, as part of a Chinese government crackdown on tax evasion. The Xinhua article simply referred to it as the "M company," describing it as a top 500 global firm headquartered in the U.S. that in 1995 set up a wholly owned foreign subsidiary in Beijing. The details match Microsoft's own background, and no other company obviously fits the bill. Xinhua added, that despite the company's strengths, its subsidiary in China had not been not making a profit, and posted a loss of over $2 billion during a six-year period.

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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:59am
Bennett Haselton writes A judge rules that a county has to turn over the IP addresses that were used to access a county mayor's Dropbox account, stating that there is no valid security-related reason why the IP addresses should be exempt from a public records request. I think the judge's conclusion about IP addresses was right, but the reasoning was flawed; here is a technically more correct argument that would have led to the same answer. Keep Reading to see what Bennett has to say about the case.

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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:15am
Zothecula writes: Scotland's Albatern is putting a new, modular spin on renewable energy generation. WaveNET is a scalable array of floating "Squid" generator units that harvest wave energy as their buoyant arms rise and fall with the motion of the waves. Each Squid can link up to as many as three others, effectively creating a large, floating grid that's flexible in every direction. The bigger this grid gets, the more efficient it becomes at harvesting energy, and the more different wave movements it can extract energy from. Albatern's 10-year target is to have 1.25 kilometer-long floating energy farms pumping out as much as 100 megawatts by 2024.

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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:32am
An anonymous reader writes: A team of hackers is collaborating with military and industry groups to develop cyber security defenses for commercially available cars, in response to a growing threat from criminals and terrorists. In the U.K., hackers are now responsible for a third of car thefts in London and there are fears that while technology is progressing, older models will remain vulnerable to attack. Although there have been no reported instances of a car being completely commandeered outside of controlled conditions, during tests hackers come out on top every time – unlocking car boots, setting off windscreen wipers, locking brakes, and cutting the engine.

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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:50am
An anonymous reader writes: It's no secret that prosecutors usually throw every charge they can at an alleged criminal, but the case of Aaron Swartz brought to light how poorly-written computer abuse laws lend themselves to this practice. Now, another perfect example has resolved itself: a hacker with ties to Anonymous was recently threatened with 44 felony counts of computer fraud and cyberstalking, each with its own 10-year maximum sentence. If the charges stuck, the man was facing multiple lifetimes worth of imprisonment. But, of course, they didn't. Prosecutors struck a deal to get him to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge, which carried only a $10,000 fine. The man's attorney, Tor Eklund, said, "The more I looked at this, the more it seemed like an archetypal example of the Department of Justice's prosecutorial abuse when it comes to computer crime. It shows how aggressive they are, and how they seek to destroy your reputation in the press even when the charges are complete, fricking garbage."

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The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition, book trailer

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:13am

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children’s and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as “Rapunzel,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Cinderella” would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book, are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezsö.

From “The Frog King” to “The Golden Key,” wondrous worlds unfold—heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique—they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms’ later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes’s introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms’ prefaces and notes.

A delight to read, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.

Cast: Princeton University Press

Tags: Literature, Comparative Literature and European History

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