An Anonymous Bitcoin Millionaire Is Donating Their Fortune To Charities
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 05:20 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's hitting-the-jackpot department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Tis the season for giving, and one Bitcoin investor claims to be giving away the majority of their cryptocurrency holdings after experiencing an incredible year. The unnamed donor has set up a fund to hand out $86 million worth of Bitcoin to various charities, and they've already started listing the donations and providing receipts. If this whole thing works out, you can just call this mystery person the Bitcoin Bill Gates. So far, The Pineapple Fund claims to have distributed just over $6.5 million in Bitcoin between eight charities. Its website provides links to the blockchain transactions under the name of each charity. These transactions are in a public ledger, but the sender and recipient are only identified by a long string of digits. We contacted the Electronic Freedom Foundation to ask if the two transactions that were purportedly sent to the activist group were indeed legitimate. A spokesperson confirmed via email that the EFF has "been in touch with the Pineapple Fund and are in the process of receiving the donation." The anonymous founder writes: "Sometime around the early days of bitcoin, I saw the promise of decentralized money and decided to mine/buy/trade some magical internet tokens. The expectation shattering returns of bitcoin over many years has lead to an amount far more than I can spend. What do you do when you have more money than you can ever possibly spend? Donating most of it to charity is what I'm doing. For reference, The Pineapple Fund is bigger than the entire market cap of bitcoin when I got in, and one of the richest 250 bitcoin addresses today."

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Don't Keep Cellphones Next To Your Body, California Health Department Warns
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 02:31 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's consider-yourself-warned department:
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. They are asking people to decrease their use of these devices and suggest keeping your distance when possible. TechCrunch reports: The warning comes after findings were offered up this week from a 2009 department document, which was published after an order from the Sacramento Superior Court. A year ago, UC Berkeley professor Joel Moskowitz initiated a lawsuit to get the department to release the findings after he started looking into whether mobile phone use increased the risk of tumors. A draft of the document was released in March, but the final release is more extensive.

According to the Federal Communication Commission's website, there is no national standard developed for safety limits. However, the agency requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure all phones comply with "objective limits for safe exposure." The CDPH recommends not keeping your phone in your pocket, not putting it up to your ear for a prolonged amount of time, keeping use low if there are two bars or less, not sleeping near it at night and to be aware that if you are in a fast-moving car, bus or train, your phone will emit more RF energy to maintain the connection.

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WTF@TFW Podcast Episode 488 Now Online
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 02:23 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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TJ and Aaron get their Tokyo Comicon carols ready while Vangelus opens a few advent calendar slots full of listener questions. You can download and comment on it here: WTF@TFW – Episode 488 Check out the WTF@TFW blog here. If you use iTunes and regularly subscribe to podcasts, you can add us to your player and have the software download each episode automatically each time we update. To do that, and give us a reviews on iTunes, click here: Transformers Podcast on iTunes. We’re now also offering ways to subscribe » Continue Reading.

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Transformers Legends LG-63 Generation 2 Megatron to feature optional “Megatron Rules!” sticker
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 01:03 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Takara-Tomy have uploaded the instructions for several upcoming Transformers toy releases to their website. Among these are the instructions for the February Legends figures, Windblade, Pounce and Wingspan, and G2 Megatron, and we wanted to call attention to something that TFW2005 member Payres spotted when looking at the Generation 2 Megatron instructions. Legends LG-63 G2 Megatron is coming with some stickers, according to the instructions. The instructions sheet shows that these stickers will include the Generation 2 Decepticon logo, and also the infamous “Megatron Rules!” sticker from the US Combat Hero Megatron release. To top it off, there are two » Continue Reading.

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Power of the Primes Deluxe Wave 2 Alternate Mode Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 01:03 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Power of the Primes Prime Masters Wave 1 Out at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 01:03 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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We’re happy to report multiple sightings of the Power of the Primes Prime Masters Wave 1. For those out of the loop, these figures are the successors to the Titan Masters assortment – small 2cm tall robot figures with accessories that interact in various ways with larger toys. The difference this go round is that the accessories are “decoy suits”, aka Pretender shells. Yes, Hasbro has found a cool way to homage one of the weirder gimmicks of the latter years of Generation 1. Wave 1 of the Prime Masters includes Micronus Prime (demoted to Micronus for this release), Liege Maximo, » Continue Reading.

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Robots in Disguise Thermidor and Bludgeon arriving at US retail
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 01:03 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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At last! We hear you cry. Yes, We can confirm that Robots in Disguise’s final two Warrior class toys, Bludgeon and Thermidor, have arrived on US retail shelves. They’re arriving in Wal-Marts, such as the Wal-Mart in Prescott, Arizona. The pair are shortpacks in the final assortment, and are likely to be hard to find – but if you’re collecting Robots in Disguise, both are worth seeking out, particularly Bludgeon, who is a fun toy with a great look to him. But more about him later. Thanks go to TFW2005 member Stygian360 for the heads up!

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Titans Return Overlord, Blitzwing, and Octone arrive in Russia
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 01:03 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Titans Return might be bowing out for Power of the Primes in the US, but in Russia and Europe, new toys are still trickling through. Leader Wave 5 Overlord as well as Voyager Wave 5 Blitzwing and Octone have hit Russian retail in “Detskiy Mir” (“Children’s World”) stores in the shopping center “Gorod” (“City”) in Moscow. This marks the first retail appearance of any of these three toys in Russia or Europe – will we see them make their way west to Germany, the UK, or the rest of Europe before the Power of the Primes takes hold? You can » Continue Reading.

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Transformers The Last Knight Allspark Tech Sqweeks Released in Germany
Posted by News Fetcher on December 16 '17 at 01:03 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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We’ve got word of a few new Transformers sightings today, and first up, we can report that The Last Knight’s Allspark Tech Sqweeks has arrived at German retail. TFW2005 member Nevermore reports two different sightings of this one at German retail. Sqweeks is an Allspark Tech “starter pack”, so he comes with the Allspark Cube that can be plugged into him and other Allspark Tech figures to unlock their light and sound features, and unlike his fellow Allspark Tech releases, Sqweeks does not transform – the implementation of the gimmick as well as a moped transformation was just too much, » Continue Reading.

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Chrome 64 Beta Adds Sitewide Audio Muting, Pop-Up Blocker, Windows 10 HDR Video
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 11:50 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's new-and-improved department:
Chrome 64 is now in beta and it has several new features over version 63. In addition to a stronger pop-up blocker and support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode, Chrome 64 features sitewide audio muting to block sound when navigating to other pages within a site. 9to5Google reports: An improved pop-up blocker in Chrome 64 prevents sites with abusive experiences -- like disguising links as play buttons and site controls, or transparent overlays -- from opening new tabs or windows. Meanwhile, as announced in November, other security measures in Chrome will prevent malicious auto-redirects. Beginning in version 64, the browser will counter surprise redirects from third-party content embedded into pages. The browser now blocks third-party iframes unless a user has directly interacted with it. When a redirect attempt occurs, users will remain on their current page with an infobar popping up to detail the block. This version also adds a new sitewide audio muting setting. It will be accessible from the permissions dropdown by tapping the info icon or green lock in the URL bar. This version also brings support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode. It requires the Windows 10 Fall Creator Update, HDR-compatible graphics card, and display. Meanwhile, on Windows, Google is currently prototyping support for an operating system's native notification center. Other features include a new "Split view" feature available on Chrome OS. Developers will also be able to take advantage of the Resize Observer API to build responsive sites with "finger control to observe changes to sizes of elements on a page."

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Concept Zone The Last Knight Optimus Prime Statue
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 09:04 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Via our friend site and sponsor Robotkingdom we have images and a video of the upcoming The Last Knight Optimus Prime Statue by Concept Zone. This highly detailed statue was shown at the Hong Kong Toysoul convention. It will stand 120cm tall (including the stand) and it will feature light up eyes and includes his iconic sword. According to the information shared by Robotkingdom Facebook there’s no price or pre-orders yet, but the statue is expected for release during the third quarter of 2018. You can check a video of the statue and the mirrored images after the jump, and then you can » Continue Reading.

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Combiner Wars Victorion Packaging Art Pencils By Marcelo Matere
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 09:04 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Artist Marcelo Matere has shared on his Facebook account several images of his Combiner Wars Victorion Packaging Art Pencils. Marcelo has already impressed us when he shared his art for Combiner Wars Bruticus, Platinum Edition Soundwave & Unicron And Titans Return Trypticon which we reported here, and now he brings us all the sketches that let us see the creative process for the complete packaging art of the Camien Combiner, including background, individual vehicle modes and the combiner mode. Marcelo also shared some comment on his work: “Victorion – Combiner Wars Package art Pencils. 2015 – Full Poster. I had the » Continue Reading.

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The Science That's Never Been Cited
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 07:50 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's make-believe department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: One widely repeated estimate, reported in a controversial article in Science in 1990, suggests that more than half of all academic articles remain uncited five years after their publication. Scientists genuinely fret about this issue, says Jevin West, an information scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle who studies large-scale patterns in research literature. After all, citations are widely recognized as a standard measure of academic influence: a marker that work not only has been read, but also has proved useful to later studies. Researchers worry that high rates of uncitedness point to a heap of useless or irrelevant research. In reality, uncited research isn't always useless. What's more, there isn't really that much of it, says Vincent Lariviere, an information scientist at the University of Montreal in Canada.

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GTLive: Most INFURIATING GAME of 2017! | Getting Over it
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 05:30 PM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:


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Mozilla Slipped a 'Mr. Robot'-Promo Plugin Into Firefox and Users Are Pissed
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 05:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's gotta-pay-the-bills-somehow department:
MarcAuslander shares a report from Gizmodo: Mozilla sneaked a browser plugin that promotes Mr. Robot into Firefox -- and managed to piss off a bunch of its privacy-conscious users in the process. The extension, called Looking Glass, is intended to promote an augmented reality game to "further your immersion into the Mr. Robot universe," according to Mozilla. It was automatically added to Firefox users' browsers this week with no explanation except the cryptic message, "MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS," prompting users to worry on Reddit that they'd been hit with spyware. Without an explanation included with the extension, users were left digging around in the code for Looking Glass to find answers. Looking Glass was updated for some users today with a description that explains the connection to Mr. Robot and lets users know that the extension won't activate without explicit opt-in. Mozilla justified its decision to include the extension because Mr. Robot promotes user privacy. "The Mr. Robot series centers around the theme of online privacy and security," the company said in an explanation of the mysterious extension. "One of the 10 guiding principles of Mozilla's mission is that individuals' security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional. The more people know about what information they are sharing online, the more they can protect their privacy."

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Google Is Shutting Down Project Tango
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 05:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's end-of-the-road department:
Google announced that it is ending support for Project Tango, the company's first attempt to bring a solid augmented-reality experience to the average user. The project used an array of cameras and sensors to accurately map 3D areas, causing the devices support Tango to be relatively large and expensive. Android Police reports: The first Tango device put into production was the "Peanut" phone, which was given to early access partners in 2014. Then came the "Yellowstone" 7-inch tablet, which was initially sold for $1,024 before a massive price drop to $512. The only other devices with Project Tango were the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, which wasn't a very good phone to start off with, and the ZenFone AR. This move isn't entirely surprising, now that Google is working on a software-only solution called ARCore. Not only is ARCore similar to Tango in functionality, but it doesn't require specialized hardware like Tango does.

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Argument Timing
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 04:00 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Of course, everyone has their own profile. There are morning arguers, hangry arguers, meal-time arguers, late-night arguers, and people who get in a meta-argument over what their argument timing is, dredge up examples of past arguments, and end up fighting over THOSE again as well.

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Shivering In The Jeweled Dark
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 03:51 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
Sometimes my friend Amy Falcone says that something is “a lot,” and now Gorborath has adopted it. Generally something is “a lot” when you “can’t even.” That’s the threshold. I feel like 52 billion dollars is a lot. I can’t contextualize it in any way. Numbers that big trail off into occult geometries, chthonic vibrations, and hissing parselmouth. It feels like we’ve entered the Epoch Of Gargantua; these are creatures whose slightest movement carves valleys. I really like a lot of the stuff they make,…

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Facebook Admits that Some Social Media Use Can Be Harmful
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 03:51 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's too-little-too-late department:
In a new installment of its "Hard Questions" series, Facebook acknowledged on Friday that social media can have negative effects on people, depending on how they use it. From a report: This might be the first public acknowledgment from the company that its product -- and category in general -- can have detrimental effects on people. Facebook is also addressing the topic shortly after two former executives publicly criticized the company for what they described as exploiting human psychology. Passive use of social media -- reading information without interacting with others -- makes people feel worse. Clicking on more links or "liking" more posts than the average user also leads to worse mental health, according to one study.

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Coinbase Wants Wall Street To Resolve Its Bitcoin Trust Issues
Posted by News Fetcher on December 15 '17 at 03:51 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's trust-building department:
In an effort to use digital money to reinvent finance, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is trying to legitimize itself by convincing big money managers to trust it enough to trade on its exchange. They need to "reassure regulators that bitcoin isn't a silk road for hackers, money launderers and tax evaders," reports Bloomberg. From the report: Despite the table tennis, Coinbase shows glimmers of maturity. More than 10 million customers have used the company since it began, though it recently quit updating the tally on its website. About $57 billion of digital currency has traded on the exchange so far this year. It doubled its staff in that time and expects to do so again in 2018. Ultimately, Coinbase plans to go public. The firm said it's prevailed against security threats, helping it avoid the fate of Mt. Gox, the world's biggest bitcoin exchange before shutting its doors in 2014 after $480 million of customer funds went bye-bye. Coinbase stores 98 percent of users' digital currencies in offline safe-deposit boxes. The remaining 2 percent, which is vulnerable because it's online, is covered by insurance. The company holds more than $10 billion in digital assets. Developing ties with banks is one of the biggest challenges. Coinbase doesn't publicly disclose its banking relationships, but a person familiar with the matter said the company is partnering with Cross River Bank, Metropolitan Bank and Silvergate Bank in the U.S.

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