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Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:17am
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Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:17am
Good Game - Series 11 Episode 2. Thanks Ant… GamerGate figurehead turns out to be satirist, becomes harassment target…

Out of the Blue

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:17am
In a thoroughly modern problem, an alarm started up this morning from somewhere in the BlueTower that wasn't related to anyone's wake-up plans. I tracked this down to a small bag I had just earmarked...

The 2014 Elmy Awards

Ant's Recent Latest VideoSift Submissions - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:55am

"Cookie Monster and Elmo take you through the categories of the 2014 Elmies. Who would you vote for? ..."

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Using Microfinance to Develop Coding Talent (Video)

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:46am
Here's a quote from the CodersTrust website: 'CodersTrust is the brainchild of Ferdinand Kjærulff. As a Captain of the Danish army he served as recovery officer in Iraq after the fall of Saddam. He pioneered a recovery project with the allied forces, bringing internet and e-learning to the citizens of the region in which he was stationed. The project was a massive success and inspired him to eventually create CodersTrust – supported by Danida – with a vision to democratize access to education via the internet on a global scale.' A lofty vision, indeed. But with help from the original microfinance company, Grameen Bank, and the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), it seems to be coming true. Note: If you click the "Read" button below this paragraph, the video interview will play automatically.

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From 1 to 9,000 communities, now taking steps to grow reddit to 90,000 communities (and beyond!)

AntDude's Recent Reddit Upvotes/Likes - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:00am

Today’s announcement is about making reddit the best community platform it can be: tutorials for new moderators, a strengthened community team, and a policy change to further protect your privacy.

What started as 1 reddit community is now up to over 9,000 active communities that range from originals like /r/programming and /r/science to more niche communities like /r/redditlaqueristas and /r/goats. Nearly all of that has come from intrepid individuals who create and moderate this vast network of communities. I know, because I was reddit’s first "community manager" back when we had just one (/r/ but you all have far outgrown those humble beginnings.

In creating hundreds of thousands of communities over this decade, you’ve learned a lot along the way, and we have, too; we’re rolling out improvements to help you create the next 9,000 active communities and beyond!

Check Out the First Mod Tutorial Today!

We’ve started a series of mod tutorials, which will help anyone from experienced moderators to total neophytes learn how to most effectively use our tools (which we’re always improving) to moderate and grow the best community they can. Moderators can feel overwhelmed by the tasks involved in setting up and building a community. These tutorials should help reduce that learning curve, letting mods learn from those who have been there and done that.

New Team & New Hires

Jessica (/u/5days) has stepped up to lead the community team for all of reddit after managing the redditgifts community for 5 years. Lesley (/u/weffey) is coming over to build better tools to support our community managers who help all of our volunteer reddit moderators create great communities on reddit. We’re working through new policies to help you all create the most open and wide-reaching platform we can. We’re especially excited about building more mod tools to let software do the hard stuff when it comes to moderating your particular community. We’re striving to build the robots that will give you more time to spend engaging with your community -- spend more time discussing the virtues of cooking with spam, not dealing with spam in your subreddit.

Protecting Your Digital Privacy

Last year, we missed a chance to be a leader in social media when it comes to protecting your privacy -- something we’ve cared deeply about since reddit’s inception. At our recent all hands company meeting, this was something that we all, as a company, decided we needed to address.

No matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on reddit without your permission, it is prohibited on reddit. We also recognize that violent personalized images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate and we will remove them when notified. As usual, the revised Privacy Policy will go into effect in two weeks, on March 10, 2015.

We’re so proud to be leading the way among our peers when it comes to your digital privacy and consider this to be one more step in the right direction. We’ll share how often these takedowns occur in our yearly privacy report.

We made reddit to be the world’s best platform for communities to be informed about whatever interests them. We’re learning together as we go, and today’s changes are going to help grow reddit for the next ten years and beyond.

We’re so grateful and excited to have you join us on this journey.

-- Jessica, Ellen, Alexis & the rest of team reddit

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Facebook AI Director Discusses Deep Learning, Hype, and the Singularity

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:54am
An anonymous reader writes In a wide-ranging interview with IEEE Spectrum, Yann LeCun talks about his work at the Facebook AI Research group and the applications and limitations of deep learning and other AI techniques. He also talks about hype, 'cargo cult science', and what he dislikes about the Singularity movement. The discussion also includes brain-inspired processors, supervised vs. unsupervised learning, humanism, morality, and strange airplanes.

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18 Months On, Grand Theft Auto V's Mount Chiliad Mystery Remains Unsolved

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:15am
An anonymous reader writes One of GTA V's juiciest easter eggs is one that gamers have still yet to crack: the symbols on San Andreas' huge mountain that seem to suggest a jetpack is buried somewhere within it. As the game's PC launch — and presumable final uncovering as modders raid the game's code — nears, a new article looks at the lengths conspiracy theorists have gone in a bid to locate it, waiting entire in-game lunar cycles at points of interest on the map, trying to complete the game without killing anybody and even attempting to trigger earthquakes in Los Santos. Will it all have been for nothing?

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H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:34am
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes Ever wanted to know how much H-1B holders make per year? Developer Swizec Teller, who is about to apply for an H-1B visa, took data from the U.S. Department of Labor and visualized it in a series of graphs that break down H-1B salaries on a state-by-state basis. Teller found that the average engineer with an H-1B makes $87,000 a year, a good deal higher than developers ($74,000) and programmers ($61,000) with the same visa. ("Don't call yourself a programmer," he half-joked on Twitter.) Architects, consultants, managers, administrators, and leads with H-1Bs can likewise expect six-figure annual salaries, depending on the state and company. Teller's site is well worth checking out for the interactive graphs, which he built with React and D3.js. The debate over H-1Bs is an emotional one for many tech pros, and research into the visa's true impact on the U.S. labor market wasn't helped by the U.S. Department of Labor's recent decision to destroy H-1B records after five years. "These are the only publicly available records for researchers to analyze on the demand by employers for H-1B visas with detail information on work locations," Neil Ruiz, who researches visa issues for The Brookings Institution, told Computerworld after the new policy was announced in late 2014.

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UK Scientists Claim 1Tbps Data Speed Via Experimental 5G Technology

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 7:52am
Mark.JUK writes A team of Scientists working at the University of Surrey in England claim to have achieved, via an experimental lab test, performance of 1Tbps (Terabit per second) over their candidate for a future 5G Mobile Broadband technology. Sadly the specifics of the test are somewhat unclear, although it's claimed that the performance was delivered by using 100MHz of radio spectrum bandwidth over a distance of 100 metres. The team, which forms part of the UK Government's 5G Innovation Centre, is supported by most of the country's major mobile operators as well as BT, Samsung, Fujitsu, Huawei, the BBC and various other big names in telecoms, media and mobile infrastructure. Apparently the plan is to take the technology outside of the lab for testing between 2016 and 2017, which would be followed by a public demo in early 2018. In the meantime 5G solutions are still being developed, with most in the early experimental stages, by various different teams around the world. Few anticipate a commercial deployment happening before 2020 and we're still a long way from even defining the necessary standard.

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Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 7:10am
Ellie K writes As of 23 March 2015, Google will remove blogs on its Blogger platform that don't conform to its new anti-adult policies. This is an abrupt reversal of policy. Until today, Google allowed "images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity," and stated that "Censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression." The linked article quotes the message which has been sent to Blogger users thus: (...) In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or presented where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content. The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we've made private.

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Valve To Reveal Virtual Reality Dev Kit Next Week At GDC

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:31am
An anonymous reader writes Gaming giant Valve has been researching augmented and virtual reality for some time. Early on, the company worked closely with Oculus, sharing research findings and even adding support for TF2 to Oculus' first VR headset, the DK1, back in 2013. After demonstrating their own prototype VR headset at Steam Dev Days in early 2014, and then a modified version later in the year, Valve is now ready to take the wraps off a 'previously unannounced ... SteamVR Dev Kit,' which will make its debut at GDC next week. SteamVR is the name of the software adaptation of Steam's 'Big Picture' mode that the company revealed early last year, allowing players to browse their Steam library and play supported games all in virtual reality.

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Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:50am
ErichTheRed writes OK, we all know that there are a lot of developers and IT people in the field who shouldn't be, and finding really good people and hanging onto them is very difficult. However, I almost fell out of my chair reading this breathless article suggesting that developers hire agents. I grant the authors that recruiters are sometimes the only way to cut through the HR jungle in some companies, but outside of the hot San Francisco startup market, can you imagine a "10x rockstar developer" swaggering into a job interview with his negotiating team? I'm sure our readers can cite plenty of examples of these types who were only 10x in their own minds...

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Police Use DNA To Generate a Suspect's Face

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:09am
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times has a pair of articles about a technology now being used in police investigations: computer generation of a suspect's face from only their DNA. Law enforcement in South Carolina had no pictures or descriptions of a man who murdered a mother and her daughter, but they had some of his DNA. From this, a company named Parabon NanoLabs used a technique called DNA phenotyping to create a rough portrait of the suspect's facial features, which the police then shared with the public. The accuracy of these portraits is still an area of hot debate — most of them look rather generic. The NY Times staff tested it with a couple of their employees, circulating the DNA-inspired portraits and seeing if people could guess who it was supposed to be. None of the ~50 employees were able to identify reporter John Markoff, and only about 10 were able to identify video journalist Catherine Spangler. But even though the accuracy for a person's entire face is low, techniques for specific attributes, like eye color, have improved greatly. Of course, the whole situation raises a slew of civil liberties questions: "What traits are off limits? Should the authorities be able to test whether a suspect has a medical condition or is prone to violence should such testing be possible?"

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Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:13am
schwit1 sends this report from the Washington Post: Cellphones didn't just arrive in Pakistan. But someone could be fooled into thinking otherwise, considering the tens of millions of Pakistanis pouring into mobile phone stores these days. In one of the world's largest — and fastest — efforts to collect biometric information, Pakistan has ordered cellphone users to verify their identities through fingerprints for a national database being compiled to curb terrorism. If they don't, their service will be shut off, an unthinkable option for many after a dozen years of explosive growth in cellphone usage here. Prompted by concerns about a proliferation of illegal and untraceable SIM cards, the directive is the most visible step so far in Pakistan's efforts to restore law and order after Taliban militants killed 150 students and teachers at a school in December. Officials said the six terrorists who stormed the school in Peshawar were using cellphones registered to one woman who had no obvious connection to the attackers.

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Ran Ortner Trailer (documentary in process)

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:29am

"The Ran Project" (working title) is a portrait of American artist Ran Ortner. The feature-length film is a meditation on and reflection of the creative process.

When I describe the film to people, they often ask: out of all the artists working today, why this one? Yet the very moment they glimpse the paintings, they get it. The tremendous power of this work makes itself immediately apparent. There is magic here. What is it about him? Even after following him for months and filming him for days, I don't have the answer.

Directed, Shot and Edited by Todd Holland
Produced by Ariane Conrad & Jim Gallagher
Additional editing by Julie Griesert
Ocean footage by Mickey Smith
Music: "Hello Nights", "Seven League Boots" and "Optimist" by Zoë Keating

Cast: Todd Holland

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SteamVR Hardware Reveal Next Week

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:24am
Valve announces plans to unveil their virtual reality headsets at the Game Developers Conference next week as part of a big hardware rollout which will also include Steam Machines "with the final...

Homeworld Remastered Changes

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:24am
With the Homeworld Remastered Collection due Wednesday, Gearbox is in warp-drive, offering a new Homeworld Remastered: Behind-the-Scenes. This explains some things even veterans of the RTS series...

Cancelled Legacy of Kain Sequel Footage

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:24am
A new 32 minute video (NSFW) shows off gameplay footage said to be from Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun, a cancelled installment in the Legacy of Kain series (thanks VG247). This NeoGAF thread explains...
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