MovieBob Reviews: DEADPOOL (2016)
Posted by News Fetcher on February 07 '16 at 04:22 AM
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Facebook Knocks "Six Degrees of Separation" Down a Few Notches
Posted by News Fetcher on February 07 '16 at 03:52 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's kevin-bacon-sort-of-a-recluse department:
mikejuk writes: Six degrees of separation is the, already well established, idea that any individual is connected to any other via six network nodes. New research has discovered that the average between Facebook users is just three and a half: "We know that people are more connected today than ever before. Over the past five years, the global Facebook community has more than doubled in size. Today we're announcing that during that same time period, the degrees of separation between a typical pair of Facebook users has continued to decrease to 3.57 degrees, down from 3.74 degrees in 2011. This is a significant reflection of how closely connected the world has become." This may all be true and Facebook makes us better connected, but it leaves the question of the quality of the connections open. Are Facebook friends anything like real friends?

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Startup Uses Sensor Networks To Debug Science Experiments
Posted by News Fetcher on February 07 '16 at 01:11 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's watching-the-watchmen department:
gthuang88 writes: Environmental factors like temperature, humidity, or lighting often derail life science experiments. Now Elemental Machines, a startup from the founders of Misfit Wearables, is trying to help scientists debug experiments using distributed sensors and machine-learning software to detect anomalies. The product is in beta testing with academic labs and biotech companies. The goal is to help speed up things like biology research and drug development. Wiring up experiments is part of a broader effort to create "smart labs" that automate some of the scientific process.

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Study Finds Sleep Deprivation Increases Compulsive Facebook Usage
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 07:42 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's does-not-apply-to-slashdot-don't-worry department:
An anonymous reader writes: A study at UC Irvine has taken a reverse approach to the customary interest in the relationship between technology and tiredness, finding that people who make themselves tired through excessive use of social media such as Facebook are considerably more likely to continue compulsive use of it and deepen their exhaustion. Lead researcher Gloria Mark says "If you're being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It's lightweight, it's easy, and you're tired."

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World's Smallest Optical Switch Uses a Single Atom
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 07:41 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's that's-not-how-the-rules-work department:
Zothecula writes: The rapid and on-going development of micro-miniature optical electronic devices is helping to usher in a new era of photonic computers and light-based memories that promise super-fast processor speeds and ultra-secure communications. However, as these components are shrunk ever further, fundamental limits to their dimensions are dictated by the wavelength of light itself. Now researchers at ETH Zurich claim to have overcome this limitation by creating both the world's smallest optical switch using a single atom, and accompanying circuitry that appears to break the rules by being smaller than the wavelength of the light that passes through it.

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Wonder Festival 2016 Images!
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 06:02 PM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:

We’re starting to get images in from Wonder Festival 2016, including Masterpiece Optimus Primal! Watch this space for more…

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Japanator Live: Gurumin's Phantom Prince is about to get dethroned
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 04:42 PM
By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator:
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I may not have been able to bring peace to the Monster World last week, but I managed to fulfill the requirements to make everyone happy. All that's left is for me to defeat the evil prince who intends to make all creatures miserable.

Seeing that I'm at Gurumin's last segment, this might be the end of my journey through Falcom's titles. Sure, I could fully stream The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky games, but that would be too much for a weekly thing.

Once I kick Gurumin's last set of bosses' butts, I'll see if I can have Parin use her drill to break through the game's optional creature's defenses. As a heads-up, this objective will depend on how prepared I am for this ordeal. If there's no way for me to overcome it, my next plan is to get myself acquainted with some good old capitalism.

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Windows 10 Gets Core Console Host Enhancements
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 03:32 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's in-the-beginning department:
x0n writes: As of Windows 10 TH2 (10.0.1058), the core console subsystem has support for a large number of ANSI and VT100 escape sequences. This is likely to prepare for full Open SSH server/client integration, which is already underway over on github. It looks like xterm is finally coming to Windows. OpenSSH was previously announced (last year) by the very forward-looking PowerShell team. The linked article provides some context, and explains that the console host isn't the same as either cmd.exe or powershell.exe, but there is a lot of overlap in functionality.

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Unreal Engine Will Soon Allow Developers To Build Games Inside of VR
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 03:32 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's recursive-loop department:
An anonymous reader writes: Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, has been a longstanding supporter of VR. They were on board way back when Oculus sparked the VR industry in 2012 with a Kickstarter that would snowball into a rekindling of consumer virtual reality. Having been one of the first major game engines to support VR headsets like the Rift, the company has been aggressively positioning Unreal Engine as the go-to tool for VR developers. Now they're taking a massive next step, showing the first look at bringing developers themselves inside of virtual reality to craft games with the full set of UE4 tools at their fingertips. That means that developers can place and manipulate objects from right within a world in progress; the video demo in the linked story is impressive.

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Combiner Wars Buzzsaw In-Hand Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 03:21 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:

We’re kicking off the next wave of our gallery updates of the most recent assortment of Combiner Wars toys, and this time we are focusing on Combiner Wars Legends Wave 5. Leading off with our coverage on this assortment, we’re giving some love to the Decepticon spy, Buzzsaw! A new mold, Buzzsaw is a pretty cool little guy. A triple changer, he can switch between smartphone, vehicle, and condor modes, and this is a really clever move on Hasbro’s part to do a “real gear” Transformer while also offering an alternate mode that you can “play” with. The vehicle » Continue Reading.

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Ask Slashdot: Time To Get Into Crypto-currency? If So, Which?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 02:11 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's cans-of-crypto-tuna-and-gallons-of-crypto-water department:
Qbertino writes: With the ever-looming cyberpunk future in close proximity, I'm starting to wonder if it isn't time to get myself familiar with crypto currency as a means of trade. Bitcoin is all the hype, but the blockchain has flaws, in that it isn't as anonymous as one would hope for — you can track past transactions. Rumors of Bitcoin showing cracks are popping up and also there are quite a few alternatives out there. So I have some questions: Is getting into dealing with crypto currency worthwhile already? Is Bitcoin the way to go, or will it falter under wide use / become easily trackable once NSA and the likes adapt their systems to doing exactly that? What digital currency has the technical and mind-share potential to supersede bitcoin? Are there feasible cryptocurrencies that have the upsides of Bitcoin (such as a mathematical limit to their amount) but are fully anonymous in transactions? What do the economists and digi-currency nerds here have to contribute on that? What are your experiences with handling and holding cryptocurrency? And does Bitcoin own the market or is it still flexible enough for an technology upgrade?

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Bayonetta - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. PushingUpRoses
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 01:23 PM
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Bethesda To Unleash the Hounds of Hell On May 13th: Doom Release Date Confirmed
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 12:51 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's beethoven's-favorite-video-game department:
MojoKid writes: Bethesda and id Software are in the process rebooting the Doom franchise and it seems like it's been in development for ages. When we last visited the upcoming Doom remake, Bethesda had posted a giblet-filled trailer which showed some pretty impressive gameplay visuals, killer hand-to-hand combat and plenty of head stomping. However, Bethesda just clued gamers in on something that Doom fans have been anticipating for years, an actual release date. Mark your calendars for May 13th, because that's when Doom will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and of course, the PC platform. Bethesda also dropped a new campaign trailer for you to ogle.

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise – Autobots Unite Game Arriving To Apple TV
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 12:41 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:

iOS news website 148Apps is reporting a new Transformers game arriving exclusively for Apple TV. Titled as Transformers: Robots In Disguise – Autobots Unite, the game is an altered port of the “Decepticon Tower” mini-game from the Transformers: Robots In Disguise mobile game by Marmalade Games. Judging by the screenshots, added features include a two-player co-op mode. It is assumed that this port is optimized to use with Apple TV and its remote as well as third party controllers supporting the device. While the original game was free to download and play, the Autobots Unite game is $2.99 but without any additional in-game » Continue Reading.

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Neutrino Exploit Kit Has a New Way To Detect Security Researchers
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 11:32 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's embedded-evil department:
itwbennett writes: [The Neutrino exploit kit] is using passive OS fingerprinting to detect visiting Linux machines, according to Trustwave researchers who found that computers they were using for research couldn't make a connection with servers that delivered Neutrino. Daniel Chechik, senior security researcher at Trustwave's SpiderLabs division wrote that they tried changing IP addresses and Web browsers to avoid whatever was causing the Neutrino server to not respond, but it didn't work. But by fiddling with some data traffic that Trustwave's computers were sending to the Neutrino server, they figured out what was going on.

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GitHub Is Undergoing a Full-Blown Overhaul As Execs and Employees Depart
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 11:32 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's could-never-happen-here department:
mattydread23 writes: This is what happens when hot startups grow up. [GitHub] CEO Chris Wanstrath is imposing management structure where there wasn't much before, and execs are departing, partly because the company is cracking down on remote work. It's a lot like Facebook in 2009. Business Insider has the full inside story based on multiple sources in and close to the company.

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise Season 2 First Two Episode Names Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 11:22 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:

As always, Zap2It is revealing the names of the first two episodes from Transformers: Robots In Disguise Season 2. Titled as  Overloaded part 1 and 2, there is a good chance to see Overload as a new villain. The Decepticon name for the show was first trademarked by Hasbro back in 2014 along with Strongarm following the trademark for the show itself. Adding happiness to this news post is the possible US Release Date for the show which is February 20th. Earlier, March 6th was advertised at the Premiere Date of the new season. RID fans are just two » Continue Reading.

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Get some Love Live Lovin' on Valentine's Day
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 11:12 AM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
Next weekend is a certain date that may be a bit harsh for some of you out there, though I may have some news that may help ease that feeling for some of you all out there. Love Live! is a fun show about high school girls trying to save their school from shutting down by becoming pop idols so they can attract more students.

Sounds silly, right? I surprisingly enjoyed the first season and need to get around to the second season, and now there is a great way for fans to get the second season along with the first season in a more convenient package.

Love Live! fans in the US should clear their schedules this coming February 14 for the official video release for the Love Live! Season 2 Premium Edition and Love Live! Season 1 Premium Edition. Fans should like the stuff in Love Live! Season 2 Premium Edition which include:

-Premium hardcover slip case

-2 Blu-ray discs containing all 13 episodes of Season 2 with English Dub and Japanese Dub with English Subtitles.

-Bonus features in the discs include clean opening and endings, and trailers.

-Hardcover art book with episode guide, character info, gorgeous full color illustrations.

I can't wait to touch that artbook with my waifu loving hands and be able to watch the second season in full 1080P glory. Check out the second season premium edition and the first season standard edition on the NISA online store.



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Strong Style: The attack is back!
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 11:12 AM
By Soul Tsukino from Japanator:
Hello and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we go back to the Sumo Hall in Tokyo for a look at more of the "Invasion Attack" show from April 5, 2015. This week we have a big title match and a return grudge match.

Let's get to the action!


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Giant Magellan Telescope Set To Revolutionize Ground-Based Astronomy
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '16 at 10:12 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's feeling-gravity's-pull department:
StartsWithABang writes: If you want to see farther, deeper and at higher resolution than ever before into the Universe, you need four things: the largest aperture possible, the best-quality optical systems and cameras/CCDs, the least interference from the atmosphere, and the analytical techniques and power to make the most of every photon. While the last three have improved tremendously over the past 25 years, telescope size hasn't increased at all. That's all about to change over the next decade, as three telescopes — the Giant Magellan Telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope and the European Extremely Large Telescope — are set to take us from 8-10 meter class astronomy to 25-40 meter class. While the latter two are fighting over funding, construction rights and other political concerns, the Giant Magellan Telescope is already under construction, and is poised to be the first in line to begin the future of ground-based astronomy.

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