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Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:18pm
Tropes vs Women in Video Games - Women as Background Decoration- Part 2. Thanks Ant via Boing Boing. This is the second episode exploring the Women as Background Decoration trope in video games. In...

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:18pm
First 64-bit Android phone has no 64-bit software. Barnes & Noble Announces Exclusive Preview of New Angry Birds Game.

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:18pm
Time Warner Cable Internet Outage - BGP System wide Routing Outage. Thanks Ant. 11 Internet of Things ideas worth watching. As Online Video Surges, the .TV Domain Rides the Wave. Thanks j.c.f.

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:18pm
Windows 9 Will Offer Desktop Or Start Screen.

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:18pm
Thanks j.c.f. Researchers exploit flaw to tie Secret users to their secrets. 50 Security Flaws Fixed in Google Chrome. Hardcoded Password in Netis, Netcore Routers Offers Backdoor to Devices. Backoff...

Evening Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:18pm
Thanks Ant. Time Warner Cable to Pay $1.1M to Resolve Outage Reporting Violation. Kleargear's new street address is also home to notorious ripoff site. Here?s What Netflix, Dish & Others Said To The...

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Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:18pm
Europa Barbarorum II is now available, offering a modification sequel for Medieval II Total War. Thanks Kevin… SWAT threat locks down school, gets Counter-Strike player slammed to the ground&h...

Into the Black

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:18pm
Link of the Day: Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos?: David Chase finally answers the question he wants fans to stop asking. Thanks nin.

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:30pm
littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Astronomers have uncovered for the first time the earliest stages of a massive galaxy forming in the young Universe. The discovery was made possible through combining observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The growing galaxy core is blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. The paper appears in the journal Nature on 27 August." (Here's the NASA press release.)

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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:04pm
sciencehabit writes When raised on land, a primitive, air-breathing fish walks much better than its water-raised comrades, according to a new study. The landlubbers even undergo skeletal changes that improve their locomotion. The work may provide clues to how the first swimmers adapted to terrestrial life. The study suggests that the ability of a developing organism to adjust to new conditions—its so-called developmental plasticity—may have played a role in the transition from sea to land.

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Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 5:40pm
alphadogg (971356) writes Netflix has released three internal tools it uses to catch hints on the Web that hackers might target its services. "Many security teams need to stay on the lookout for Internet-based discussions, posts and other bits that may be of impact to the organizations they are protecting," wrote Andy Hoernecke and Scott Behrens of Netflix's Cloud Security Team. One of the tools, called Scumblr, can be used to create custom searches of Google sites, Twitter and Facebook for users or keywords.

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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:21pm
MojoKid writes If you're a classic gamer, you've probably had the unhappy experience of firing up a beloved older title you haven't played in a decade or two, squinting at the screen, and thinking: "Wow. I didn't realize it looked this bad." The reasons why games can wind up looking dramatically worse than you remember isn't just the influence of rose-colored glasses — everything from subtle differences in third-party hardware to poor ports to bad integrated TV upscalers can ruin the experience. One solution is an expensive upscaling unit called the Framemeister but while its cost may make you blanch, this sucker delivers. Unfortunately, taking full advantage of a Framemeister also may mean modding your console for RGB output. That's the second part of the upscaler equation. Most every old-school console could technically use RGB, which has one cable for the Red, Green, and Blue signals, but many of them weren't wired for it externally unless you used a rare SCART cable (SCART was more common in other parts of the world). Modding kits or consoles cost money, but if you're willing to pay it, you can experience classic games with much better fidelity.

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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:37pm
davidshenba writes Intex and Mozilla have launched Cloud FX, a smartphone powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. The phone has a 1 GHz processor, 2 Megapixel camera, dual SIM, 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen. Though the phone has limited features, initial reviews say that the build quality is good for the price range. With a price tag of $33 (2000 INR), and local languages support the new Firefox phone is hitting the Indian market of nearly 1 billion mobile users.

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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:59pm
mdsolar writes in with news about a NRC rule on how long nuclear waste can be stored on-site after a reactor has shut down. The five-member board that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday voted to end a two-year moratorium on issuing new power plant licenses. The moratorium was in response to a June 2012 decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that ordered the NRC to consider the possibility that the federal government may never take possession of the nearly 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel stored at power plant sites scattered around the country. In addition to lifting the moratorium, the five-member board also approved guidance replacing the Waste Confidence Rule. "The previous Waste Confidence Rule determined that spent fuel could be safely stored on site for at least 60 years after a plant permanently ceased operations," said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the NRC. In the new standard, Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel Rule, NRC staff members reassessed three timeframes for the storage of spent fuel — 60 years, 100 years and indefinitely.

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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:15pm
mpicpp sends word that CenturyLink has accused Comcast of restricting competition in the development of internet infrastructure. CenturyLink asked the FCC to block the acquisition of Time Warner Cable to prevent Comcast from further abusing its size and power. For example, Comcast is urging local authorities to deny CenturyLink permission to build out new infrastructure if they can't reach all of a city's residents during the initial buildout. Of course, a full buildout into a brand new market is much more expensive than installing connections a bit at a time. Comcast argues that CenturyLink shouldn't be able to cherry-pick the wealthy neighborhoods and avoid the poor ones. CenturyLink points out that no other ISP complains about this, and says allowing the merger would let Comcast extend these tactics to regions currently operated by Time Warner Cable.

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Ant's Vimeo Likes - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:05pm

The ultimate slow motion movie supercut. 113 films in 6 minutes from Olympia (1938) to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Edited & Produced by Leigh Singer.
Get in touch - Twitter: @Leigh_Singer / Email:
Films Featured (in order of appearance)
Raging Bull (1980) – MGM/UA
Mean Streets (1973) – Warner Bros.
Apocalypse Now (1979) – UA/Zoetrope
Donnie Darko (2001) – Metrodome
Dredd (2012) – Entertainment Film
In The Mood for Love (2001) – Palisades Tartan
Elephant (2003) – HBO/Fine Line
American History X (1998) – New Line
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – Buena Vista
Bad Boys (1995) – Columbia TriStar
Chungking Express (1994) – Artificial Eye
Melancholia (2011) – Zentropa/Magnolia
The Terminator (1984) - MGM
Only God Forgives (2013) – Icon
Rocky III (1982) – MGM/UA
Enter the Dragon (1973) – Warner Bros.
The Grandmaster (2013) – The Weinstein Company
Snatch (2000) – Sony Pictures
Rocky II (1979) – MGM/UA
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) – DreamWorks/Paramount
The Passion of the Christ (2004) – Icon/Newmarket
Olympia (1938) – The Criterion Collection
Inception (2010) – Warner Bros.
300: Rise of an Empire (2014) – Warner Bros.
The Paperboy (2012) – Lionsgate
Watchmen (2009) – Warner Bros./Paramount
Die Hard (1988) – 20th Century Fox
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – Warner Bros.
Pacific Rim (2013) – Warner Bros.
Jupiter Ascending (2014) – Warner Bros.
Daredevil (2003) – 20th Century Fox
The Lion King (1994) – Walt Disney
The Game (1997) – Universal
Antichrist (2009) – Artificial Eye
Desperado (1995) – Columbia TriStar
Pain and Gain (2013) – Paramount
Armageddon (1998) – Buena Vista
Starsky and Hutch (2004) – Buena Vista
The Lone Ranger (2013) – Walt Disney
Monsters Inc (2001) – Pixar/Walt Disney
Reservoir Dogs (1992) – Lionsgate
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) – Buena Vista
The Bling Ring (2013) – FilmNation/Lionsgate
Dazed and Confused (1993) – The Criterion Collection
This is England (2006) – Optimum Releasing
Bridesmaids (2011) – Universal
Easy A (2010) – Sony Pictures
Lost Highway (1997) – Universal
The Mask (1994) – New Line
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) – Universal
Die Another Day (2002) – MGM
How To Train Your Dragon (2010) – DreamWorks/Paramount
Blades of Glory (2007) – Paramount
Dirty Dancing (1987) – Lionsgate
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Paramount
Billy Elliot (2000) – Universal
G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra (2009) – Paramount
Dodgeball (2004) – 20thCentury Fox
The Matrix (1999) – Warner Bros.
The Killer (1989) – The Criterion Collection
Elysium (2013) – Sony Pictures
Vengeance (2009) – Optimum Releasing
Wanted (2008) – Universal
Killing Them Softly (2012) – Entertainment Film
Hard Boiled (1992) – The Weinstein Company
Face/Off (1997) – Paramount
Hot Fuzz (2007) – Universal
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – Warner Bros.
The Wild Bunch (1969) – Warner Bros.
Gangster Squad (2013) – Warner Bros.
The Kings of Summer (2013) – CBS Films
Avatar (2009) – 20th Century Fox
The Last Airbender (2010) – Paramount
Superman Returns (2006) – Warner Bros.
Thelma and Louise (1991) – MGM/UA
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) – Sony Pictures
Need for Speed (2014) – Walt Disney
Die Hard 4.0 (2007) – 20th Century Fox
Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Sony Pictures
Tron: Legacy (2011) – Walt Disney
Zoolander (2001) – Paramount
The Great Gatsby (2013) – Warner Bros.
Romeo + Juliet (1996) – 20th Century Fox
Spring Breakers (2013) – Universal
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) – Artificial Eye
The Piano (1993) – Miramax
Strictly Ballroom (1992) – Miramax
Baraka (1992) – The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Step Up 3D (2010) – Walt Disney
The Hurt Locker (2009) – Lionsgate
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) – Warner Bros.
Babylon A.D. (2008) – 20th Century Fox
The Fury (1978) – 20th Century Fox
Zabriskie Point (1970) – MGM/Warner Bros.
Source Code (2011) – Optimum Releasing
Zombieland (2009) – Sony Pictures
Mission: Impossible (1996) – Paramount
Chariots of Fire (1981) – 20th Century Fox
Lola Rennt (1998) – Columbia TriStar
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) – 20th Century Fox
Attack the Block (2011) – Optimum Releasing
A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Warner Bros.
The Untouchables (1987) – Paramount
300 (2006) – Warner Bros.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) – Walt Disney
Looper (2012) – Entertainment One
Transcendence (2014) – Warner Bros.
Platoon (1986) – MGM
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) – Sony Pictures
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Warner Bros.
The Shining (1980) – Warner Bros.
Rushmore (1998) – Buena Vista
Hard Target (1993) – Universal

Cast: Leigh Singer

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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:53pm
sciencehabit writes: Scientists have long believed that the power of the sun comes largely from the fusion of protons into helium, but now they can finally prove it (abstract). An international team of researchers using a detector buried deep below the mountains of central Italy has detected neutrinos—ghostly particles that interact only very reluctantly with matter—streaming from the heart of the sun. Other solar neutrinos have been detected before, but these particular ones come from the key proton-proton fusion reaction that is the first part of a chain of reactions that provides 99% of the sun's power.

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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:33pm
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T has been overbilling my account based on overcounting DSL internet usage (they charge in 50 gigabyte units after the first 150). I have been using a Buffalo NFinity Airstation as a managed switch to count all traffic. As you may know, this device runs firmware based on dd-wrt and has hidden telnet functionality, so I am able to load a script to count traffic directly onto the device. I have an auto-scraper that collects the data and saves it on my computer's hard disk every two minutes while the computer is running. While it is not running, the 2 minute counters accumulate in RAM on the device. Power problems are not normally an issue here; and even when they are I can tell it has happened. The upshot of all this is I can measure the exact amount of download bandwidth and a guaranteed overestimate of upload bandwidth in bytes reliably. I have tested this by transferring known amounts of data and can account for every byte counted, including ethernet frame headers. AT&T's billing reporting reports usage by day only, lags two days, and uses some time basis other than midnight. It is also reading in my testing a fairly consistent 14% higher whenever the basis doesn't disturb the test by using too much bandwidth too close to midnight. AT&T has already refused to attempt to fix the billing meter, and asserts they have tested it and found it correct. Yet they refuse to provide a realtime readout of the counter that would make independent testing trivial. I've been through the agencies (CPUC, FCC, and Weights & Measures) and can't find one that is interested, AT&T will not provide any means for reasonable independent testing of the meter. It is my understanding that if there is a meter and its calibration cannot be checked, there is a violation of the law, yet I can't find an agency that can even accept such a claim (I'm not getting "your claim is meritless", but "we don't handle that"). If indeed they are not overbilling, my claim of no way to verify the meter still stands. My options are running thin here. So that my account can be identified by someone who recognizes the case: 7a6c74964fafd56c61e06abf6c820845cbcd4fc0 (bit commitment).

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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:52pm
Yesterday we had a story titled 'IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch.' In the intro Timothy wrote, ' for a video interview with Balog on how he's helping spend the billion dollars that IBM pledged last year on open source development.' This is that video, and in it Balog tells us how much IBM loves Linux and open source, and how they're partnering with multiple distros, recently including Ubuntu. So get ready for Power 8 servers in October. IBM is pushing them like mad -- especially in the Linux/FOSS realm. (Alternate Video Link)

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