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Game Reviews

Blue's News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:04pm
Mass Effect Andromeda on Angry Centaur Gaming and Ars Technica. Hollow Knight on Christ Centered Gamer. NieR: Automata on PC Invasion. Thimbleweed Park on Just Adventure.

Hardware Reviews

Blue's News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:04pm
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Retail CPU Overclocking X 2 on HARDOCP. AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU on Eurogamer.net. "What's the real story with gaming?" ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero (AMD X370) Motherboard on TweakTown....

Who's Liable For Decisions AI and Robotics Make?

/. - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a BetaNews article: Reuters news agency reported on February 16 that "European lawmakers called [...] for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an ethical framework for their development and deployment and the establishment of liability for the actions of robots including self-driving cars." The question of determining "liability" for decision making achieved by robots or artificial intelligence is an interesting and important subject as the implementation of this technology increases in industry, and starts to more directly impact our day to day lives. Indeed, as application of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning technology grows, we are likely to witness how it changes the nature of work, businesses, industries and society. And yet, although it has the power to disrupt and drive greater efficiencies, AI has its obstacles: the issue of "who is liable when something goes awry" being one of them. Like many protagonists in industry, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are trying to tackle this liability question. Many of them are calling for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics to address the legal and insurance liability issues. They also want researchers to adopt some common ethical standards in order to "respect human dignity."

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Classic Game Room Video Review: Atari 2600 Cartridge Designs

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:38pm

"Classic Game Room HD reviews the various cartridge designs for videos games on the ATARI 2600 video computer system VCS. Games on the Atari came in many shapes and sizes like Combat, Berzerk, Yars' Revenge, Demon Attack and QBert. Atari games are highly collectible today and many can be quite rare like Actionauts and SwordQuest Waterworld. They came in hard plastic shells like games for the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, Sega Genesis and SNES, but these Atari games stand out because of the variety in physical styles from manufacturing..."


AMD Confirms It's Issuing a Fix To Stop New Ryzen Processors From Crashing Desktops

/. - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:00pm
AMD says the company has been able to figure out why FMA3 code is causing system hangs on PCs using a new Ryzen desktop processor. From a report: Although AMD didn't provide a detailed report on the problem's root cause, the company said that BIOS changes will be distributed to motherboard manufacturers to resolve the issue. Customers are encouraged to keep an eye on their motherboard vendor's website for an update. "We are aware of select instances where FMA code can result in a system hang," the company said. "We have identified the root cause." AMD released three Ryzen-branded desktop processors at the beginning of March that plug into motherboards based on AMD's new AM4 socket. The trio of processors include the Ryzen 7 1800X, the Ryzen 7 1700X, and the Ryzen 7 1700. However, all three reportedly cause a hard system lock when running certain FMA3 workloads. The problem was replicated across all three processors and a variety of motherboards.

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Microsoft Outlook, Skype, OneDrive Hit By Another Authentication Issue

/. - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:20am
Two weeks after a widespread authentication issue hit Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox and other Microsoft services, it's happening again. From a report: On March 21, users across the world began reporting via Twitter that they couldn't sign into Outlook.com, OneDrive and Skype, (and possibly more). I, myself, am unable to sign into Outlook.com, OneDrive or Skype at 2:30 pm ET today, but my Office 365 Mail account is working fine. (Knock wood.) I believe the issue started about an hour ago, or 1:30 p.m. ET or so. MSA is Microsoft's single sign-on service which authenticates users so they can log into their various Microsoft services. As happened two weeks ago, Skype Heartbeat site, has posted a message noting that users may be experiencing problems sending messages and signing in.

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BrewLAN 0.8 progress report

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:02am

What has happened since 0.7.5.5, and where is 0.8.

New map release and plan of the project

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:44am

Hello everyone, I have litte changes about my Demopoliticts for the two Mappack Contentpacks. I was thinking about it would be fair to you to release the maps as single Downloads which are currently finished after Demo 1. That means you willget the Maps early, when I have the Maps finished for you.

Android O First Developer Preview Featuring Notification Channels, Background Limits Now Available

/. - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:43am
A year after Google released the Android N Developer Preview, the company has made available the developer preview of the next major version of Android, "Android O." You will not want to put it on your primary Android smartphone as the preview is likely to have rough edges. Google says as much. "it's early days, there are more features coming, and there's still plenty of stabilization and performance work ahead of us. But it's booting :)." The company is using the developer preview to give beta testers a sneak peek into some new features, such as "notification channels," which will offer users the ability to group notifications. There is also Picture in Picture, which will enable you to have a video appear in a small window on top of homescreen or any application. Google is also adding "multi-display support" and improved "keyboard navigation." Your guess is as good as mine as to what these features will actually do. There's also better "background limits" which will supposedly help save battery, and wider Wi-Fi support to include things like Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN). No word on what "O" in Android O stands for.

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Twitter Suspended Hundreds of Thousands of Accounts Amid 'Violent Extremism'

/. - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:00am
Twitter said on Tuesday it had suspended more than half a million accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform. From a report: The company shut down a total of 376,890 accounts in the last six months of 2016, Twitter said in its latest transparency report.

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Ellison Talks M:I-6 Stunts, WWZ 2 Director

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:53am

With a new “Mission: Impossible” film about to shoot imminently comes the promise of Tom Cruise once again getting up to some insane practical stunt for a central set piece. The last two films in particular featured memorable scenes be it Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa, or hanging off the door of an airplane.

Skydance Media CEO David Ellison spoke with Collider this week and revealed that Cruise has been working tremendously hard for the past year for the sixth film’s biggest action moment:

“I will say after the Burj [Khalifa] we thought it was going to be impossible to top that stunt, and then Tom did the A380 for the plane. What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable – he’s been training for a year.

It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after ‘Rogue Nation’ came out. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.”

He also says Cruise does these things because he knows moviegoers can tell the difference when a stunt is done for real and it allows for more investment in the adventures of Ethan Hunt:

“It all comes from the best place. It is all about entertaining an audience. Tom’s entire mantra for hanging on the side of the Burj Khalifa or the A380 or literally holding your breath for six minutes underwater to do the Taurus sequence is, in a world of massive [visual] effects, he said the audience can tell when it’s you on a green screen or when you’re actually doing it live. And the tension, because the stunt is real, actually puts the audience where Ethan Hunt is where they are in the movie. He said that’s why he does it; it’s all about entertaining an audience and it makes the movie better.”

Separately, actress Rebecca Ferguson revealed she will film scenes in New Zealand and Paris for the film which is currently targeting a July 27th 2018 release.

Ellison also offered a very brief update on the “World War Z” sequel, saying they’re still after filmmaker David Fincher to take the helm:

“There’s a script that we’re incredibly happy with, and it’s just getting a couple of key deals closed… We hope [Fincher] makes the movie.”

“World War Z 2” doesn’t have a release date at this point.

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“Avengers”-Style Film For Princesses Proposed

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:50am

Producer David Boxerbaum and literary manager Jake Wagner are reportedly out to several major studios with a spec script for what is described as “a female-driven ‘Avengers’ featuring classic fairy tale princesses” says The Tracking Board.

Nir Paniry (“Extracted”) wrote the spec, though it is not known which specific princesses are included in the team-up – almost all of them will be iconic and all in the public domain.

Should Disney Pictures bid on it, director Joachim Ronning (“Kon-Tiki,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) would be attached to tackle the film which would have access to the studio’s back catalogue of classic Disney princesses.

Lawrence Grey (“Lights Out,” “Last Vegas”) is attached to produce through his Grey Matter production house.

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“Guardians” Sequel Photos & Ego Talk

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:48am

Empire Magazine has done a new feature story for James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel, and to celebrate they have released new cover art and three new photos from the film.

Yondu and Rocket, Ego and several other cast members can be seen in the shots below. Gunn spoke about Kurt Russell’s Ego character and says his ‘Living Planet’ form, which we’ll see in the film, is the biggest visual effect in history: “We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet. It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool.”

Source: Empire

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Robert Pattinson On His Upcoming Films

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:48am

With James Gray’s “The Lost City Of Z” hitting the UK this weekend, some of the cast has been doing press including Robert Pattison who spoke with the Kermode and Mayo podcast (via The Playlist) and discussed how he loves working on left-of-center movies and keeps pursuing projects with notable auteurs.

“You can have a great director with an OK script and the likelihood is they’ll probably make a good movie. I like feeling alien in an environment. The next few things I’m doing are wildly swinging in the other direction.”

One of those projects is Ben and Joshua Safdie ‘s “Good Time,” alongside Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Barkhad Abdi, which he describes as a neo-grindhouse crime film:

“The next movie is this really hardcore kind of Queens, New York, mentally damaged psychopath, bank robbery movie”.

After that is “Damsel,” a western from the Zellner brothers (“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”) co-starring Mia Wasikowska:

“[It’s] a kind of slapstick comedy. I don’t play that much any more, though I am doing music for [‘Damsel’]. I used to differentiate between music and acting but the more I don’t play music, the more I push that area of my brain into acting. I improvise like I would when I play music.”

Another one is something quite different:

“Then hopefully [I’m] doing this 100% improvised movie afterwards. You just try and do things that you hope you won’t be bored in and then hopefully other people won’t be bored in it too.”

Other projects on the way are Oliver Assayas’ gangster flick “Idol’s Eye” and Claire Denis’ “High Life”.

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“Black Panther” Car Stunt Filming

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:45am

Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie production has been shooting in South Korea recently and new photos and video have arrived from a car chase sequence that’s a key part of the superhero film.

Ryan Coogler helms the film which is said to boast a “wild chase sequence”. T’Challa’s new costume can be seen as he clutches onto the roof of a blue Lexus speeding down the street. The film opens early next year.

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Trailer: Banderas In “Black Butterfly”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:43am

Lionsgate Premiere has premiered the first trailer for “Black Butterfly” starring Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Piper Perabo.

An adaptation of the acclaimed French thriller “Papillon Noir,” and set outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Banderas plays a reclusive screenplay writer.

Rhys Meyers plays a drifter seeking a place to say. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game of one-upmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end. The film hits cinemas and VOD on May 26th.

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Microsoft Just Showed Off Exactly What Salesforce Was Worried About

/. - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:20am
Microsoft just took a direct swipe at Salesforce with a new enterprise-ready version of LinkedIn's customer relationship management product called Sales Navigator. From a report on CNBC: "Today's announcements take Sales Navigator to the next level," Doug Camplejohn, LinkedIn sales solutions head of product, said in a blog. The new product steps up competition with arch rival Salesforce. Microsoft beat out Salesforce to acquire Linkedin for $26.2 billion -- by far the company's largest acquisition to date -- in June. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was so concerned, he accused the company of "anti-competitive behavior" and urged regulators to investigate. Flash-forward less than a year and Microsoft's new Sales Navigator Enterprise Edition incorporates many features aimed at turning LinkedIn into a must-have tool for sales teams at big companies.

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IBM, Remote-Work Pioneer, is Calling Thousands Of Employees Back To the Office

/. - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:41am
An anonymous reader shares a report: Less than a year into her tenure as IBM's chief marketing officer, Michelle Peluso prepared to make an announcement that she knew would excite some of her 5,500 new employees, but also, inevitably, inspire resignation notices from others. In a video message, Peluso explained the "only one recipe I know for success." Its ingredients included great people, the right tools, a mission, analysis of results, and one more thing: "really creative and inspiring locations." IBM had decided to "co-locate" the US marketing department, about 2,600 people, which meant that all teams would now work together, "shoulder to shoulder," from one of six different locations -- Atlanta, Raleigh, Austin, Boston, San Francisco, and New York. Employees who worked primarily from home would be required to commute, and employees who worked remotely or from an office that was not on the list (or an office that was on the list, but different than the one to which their teams had been assigned) would be required to either move or look for another job. Similar announcements had already been made in other departments, and more would be made in the future. At IBM, which has embraced remote work for decades, a relatively large proportion of employees work outside of central hubs. (By 2009, when remote work was still, for most, a novelty, 40% of IBM's 386,000 global employees already worked at home). [...] "When you're playing phone tag with someone is quite different than when you're sitting next to someone and can pop up behind them and ask them a question," Peluso says. Not all IBM employees see it that way.

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