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Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:47pm
Settlement Reached in Activision Blizzard Shareholder Case. Gov?t board- Like a drone, your RC aircraft is regulated by law, so pay up. Cisco expects to pay $188M to Rockstar, the Apple-owned patent...

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Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:47pm
Warlords of Draenor ? How New Character Models Get Made…

Into the Black

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:47pm
Link of the Day: 3 Ways the Pumpkin Spice Craze Is Creepier Than You Think.

Assassin's Creed Unity Optimization Plans

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:47pm
An update on the Assassin's Creed Unity Live Updates blog reports the results of an investigation into the "no face" bug some users are reporting in Assassin's Creed Unity, saying this is only...

Starpoint Gemini 2 Patch Adds Missions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:47pm
A Steam Community Announcement has details on a new patch for Starpoint Gemini 2, which adds a couple of freelance missions to the tactical space simulator. Word is this also addresses bugs and...

Vintage ABC Television Logo Treatments

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:42pm

.... from an old 8.5 by 11 Kodak box in a storage room near the art department at ABC Television in New York.
Music "Wandering Sea" by Santo and Johnny.

Cast: Musk Ox

Tags: Vintage, ABC Television, logos and Capital Cities

Sesame Street: James Earl Jones: Alphabet

"... James Earl Jones says the alphabet..."

5 Fabulous Game Show Facts (w/ Wink Martindale) | #5facts

"Always switch doors on 'Let's Make a Deal' because math..."

Mortal Kombat vs Plants vs Zombies

"Sub Zero, Scorpion, Shang Tsung and the rest of the gang take on Plants vs. Zombies! FATALITY!

...yet another game that I wish was REAL!!! ..."

Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:05pm writes Scientific American reports that simply breathing on money could soon reveal if it's the real deal or counterfeit thanks to a photonic crystal ink developed by Ling Bai and Zhongze Gu and colleagues at Southeast University in Nanjing, China that can produce unique color changing patterns on surfaces with an inkjet printer system which would be extremely hard for fraudsters to reproduce. The ink mimics the way Tmesisternus isabellae – a species of longhorn beetle – reversibly switches its color from gold to red according to the humidity in its environment. The color shift is caused by the adsorption of water vapor in their hardened front wings, which alters the thickness and average refractive index of their multilayered scales. To emulate this, the team made their photonic crystal ink using mesoporous silica nanoparticles, which have a large surface area and strong vapor adsorption capabilities that can be precisely controlled. The complicated and reversible multicolor shifts of mesoporous CPC patterns are favorable for immediate recognition by naked eyes but hard to copy. "We think the ink's multiple security features may be useful for antifraud applications," says Bai, "however we think the technology could be more useful for fabricating multiple functional sensor arrays, which we are now working towards."

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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:25pm
wiredmikey writes A federal court has temporarily shut down and frozen the assets of two telemarketing operations accused by the FTC of scamming customers out of more than $120 million by deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services. According to complaints filed by the FTC, since at least 2012, the defendants used software designed to trick consumers into believing there were problems with their computers and then hit them with sales pitches for tech support products and services to fix their machines. According to the FTC, the scams began with computer software that claimed to improve the security or performance of the customer's computer. Typically, consumers downloaded a free, trial version of the software that would run a computer system scan. The scan always identified numerous errors, whether they existed or not. Consumers were then told that in order to fix the problems they had to purchase the paid version of the software for between $29 and $49. In order to activate the software after the purchase, consumers were then directed to call a toll-free number and connected to telemarketers who tried to sell them unneeded computer repair services and software, according to the FTC complaint. The services could cost as much as $500, the FTC stated.

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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:43pm
mpicpp writes with news that Yahoo will soon become the default search engine in Firefox. Google's 10-year run as Firefox's default search engine is over. Yahoo wants more search traffic, and a deal with Mozilla will bring it. In a major departure for both Mozilla and Yahoo, Firefox's default search engine is switching from Google to Yahoo in the United States. "I'm thrilled to announce that we've entered into a five-year partnership with Mozilla to make Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox across mobile and desktop," Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said in a blog post Wednesday. "This is the most significant partnership for Yahoo in five years." The change will come to Firefox users in the US in December, and later Yahoo will bring that new "clean, modern and immersive search experience" to all Yahoo search users. In another part of the deal, Yahoo will support the Do Not Track technology for Firefox users, meaning that it will respect users' preferences not to be tracked for advertising purposes. With millions of users who perform about 100 billion searches a year, Firefox is a major source of the search traffic that's Google's bread and butter. Some of those searches produce search ads, and Mozilla has been funded primarily from a portion of that revenue that Google shares. In 2012, the most recent year for which figures are available, that search revenue brought in the lion's share of Mozilla's $311 million in revenue.

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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:02pm
merbs writes The CEO of the world's largest PR firm has a policy when it comes to campaigns that focus on the environment. "We do not work with astroturf groups and we have never created a website for a client with the intent to deny climate change," Richard Edelman wrote in a blog post in August. That may actually turn out to be true. Technically. Edelman may not work with astroturf groups. Instead, it appears to prefer to build them itself, from the ground up, using sophisticated proprietary software platform designed to "convert" advocates and then "track" their behavior.

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New fan made trailer for The Empire Strikes Back

"Cameron Arrigioni created this trailer for ESB the way it would probably be made nowadays."

From ...

Congress Suggests Moat, Eletronic Fence To Protect White House

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:40pm
PolygamousRanchKid writes Acting Secret Service director Joseph Clancy on Wednesday faced a number of tough questions from the House Judiciary Committee about the fence jumper who made it deep into the White House. But along with the tough questions, Clancy fielded a couple eyebrow raising suggestions on how to better protect the president's home. "Would a moat, water six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?" Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., asked with trepidation. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, asked: “Would you be in favor of removing the fence around the White House and having, maybe, a virtual or electronic fence around it?” Clancy liked the moat idea better than the electric fence. “My knee-jerk reaction to that would be no, sir,” he told Gohmert. “Partly because of the number of tourists that come up Pennsylvania Avenue and come up to that area.”

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Is a Moral Compass a Hinderance Or a Help For Startups?

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:20pm
Nerval's Lobster writes As an emerging company in a hotly contested space, Uber already had a reputation for playing hardball with competitors, even before reports leaked of one of its executives threatening to dig into the private lives of journalists. Faced with a vicious competitive landscape, Uber executives probably feel they have little choice but to plunge into multi-front battle. As the saying goes, when you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail; and when you're a startup that thinks it's besieged from all sides by entities that seem determined to shut you down, sometimes your executives feel the need to take any measure in order to keep things going, even if those measures are ethically questionable. As more than one analyst has pointed out, Uber isn't the first company in America to triumph through a combination of grit and ethically questionable tactics; but it's also not the first to implode thanks to the latter. Is a moral compass (or at least the appearance of one) a hinderance or a help for startups?

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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:38pm
An anonymous reader writes Nielsen is going to start studying the streaming behavior of online viewers for the first time. Netflix has never released detailed viewership data, but Nielsen says they have developed a way for its rating meters to track shows by identifying their audio. From the article: "Soon Nielsen, the standard-bearer for TV ratings, may change that. The TV ratings company revealed to the Wall Street Journal that it's planning to begin tracking viewership of online video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video in December by analyzing the audio of shows that are being streamed. The new ratings will come with a lot of caveats—they won't track mobile devices and won't take into account Netflix's large global reach—but they will provide a sense for the first time which Netflix shows are the most popular. And if the rest of the media world latches onto these new ratings as a standard, Netflix won't be able to ignore them."

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CMI Director Alex King Talks About Rare Earth Supplies (Video)

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:57pm
CMI in this context is the Critical Materials Institute at the Iowa State Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. They have partners from other national laboratories, universities, and industry, too. Rare earths, while not necessarily as rare as the word "rare" implies, are hard to mine, separate, and use. They are often found in parts per million quantities, so it takes supercomputers to suss out which deposits are worth going after. This is what Dr. King and his coworkers spend their time doing; finding concentrations of rare earths that can be mined and refined profitably. On November 3 we asked you for questions to put to Dr. King. Timothy incorporated some of those questions into the conversation in this video -- and tomorrow's video too, since we broke this into two parts because, while the subject matter may be fascinating, we are supposed to hold video lengths down to around 10 minutes, and in this case we still ended up with two videos close to 15 minutes each. And this stuff is important enough that instead of lining up a list of links, we are giving you one link to Google using the search term "rare earths." Yes, we know Rare Earth would be a great name for a rock band. But the mineral rare earths are important in the manufacture of items from strong magnets to touch screens and rechargeable batteries. (Alternate Video Link)

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