Combiner Wars Computron – New Stock Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 10:12 AM
By Matty from TFW2005:


Thanks to a listing on the Toys ‘R Us UK website, we’ve gathered new stock images of the Combiner Wars Computron box set. Featured here in both combined mode and individual modes, we have a great look at all of the components that make Computron a fantastic looking set of figures, including the new hands and feet. Enjoy the images after the jump.

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Microsoft Is Giving Students a Free Xbox One With Surface Pro 4 Purchases
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 09:11 AM
By manishs from Slashdot's sweet-deal department:
Microsoft on Wednesday announced a sweet deal for any student on the fence on purchasing the Surface Pro 4. The company has said that it will be taking $300 off when students purchase a Surface Pro 4 and Xbox One. In a statement to The Verge, Terry Myerson, head of Windows and devices at Microsoft said, "So basically a free Xbox One with the purchase of a Surface Pro 4." The deal is only running at Microsoft's retail stores in the United States. The deal goes live today and will last until August 14.

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Europe's 'Net Neutrality' Rules Fail to Ban BitTorrent Throttling
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 09:11 AM
By manishs from Slashdot's major-oversight department:
Europe has finally agreed on a set of net neutrality rules. According to a report on TorrentFreak, these rules offer improvements for some individual members states, various activist groups and experts. But the current language would also allow ISPs to throttle BitTorrent traffic permanently if that would optimize overall "transmission quality." From the report (edited):"Europe's new net-neutrality rules should ban throttling BitTorrent, but they don't. They leave ISPs a loophole," said Holmes Wilson of Fight for the Future (FFTF), one of the driving forces behind the Save Net Neutrality campaign. "ISPs can say they're doing it for 'traffic management' purposes -- even when their networks aren't clogged, because the rules say they can throttle to 'prevent impending network congestion,'" he adds. In addition to file-sharing traffic, the proposed rules also allow Internet providers to interfere with encrypted traffic including VPN connections. Since encrypted traffic can't be classified through deep packet inspection, ISPs may choose to de-prioritize it altogether. In theory, ISPs may choose to throttle any type of traffic they want, as long as they frame it as a network congestion risk. "So if your ISP is lazy, or wants to cut corners and save money, they can throttle BitTorrent, or VPNs, or Bitcoin, or Tor, or any class of traffic they can identify," Wilson says.

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Satya Nadella Explores How Humans and AI Can Work Together To Solve Society's Greatest Challenges
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 09:11 AM
By manishs from Slashdot's moving-forward department:
In an op-ed for Slate, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has shared his views on AI, and how humans could work together with this nascent technology to do great things. Nadella feels that humans and machines can work together to address society's greatest challenges, including diseases and poverty. But he admits that this will require "a bold and ambition approach that goes beyond anything that can be achieved through incremental improvements to current technology," he wrote. You can read the long essay here. GeekWire has summarized the principles and goals postulated by Nadella. From the article:AI must be designed to assist humanity. AI must be transparent.AI must maximize efficiencies without destroying the dignity of people.AI must be designed for intelligent privacy. AI needs algorithmic accountability so humans can undo unintended harm.AI must guard against bias.It's critical for humans to have empathy.It's critical for humans to have education.The need for human creativity won't change.A human has to be ultimately accountable for the outcome of a computer-generated diagnosis or decision.

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UW-07 Unite Warriors Bruticus Exclusive Collector Coin Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 08:52 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:


Thanks to a recent Facebook update from site sponsor Robot Kingdom, we now have a look at what the collector coin for the exclusive release of UW-07 Unite Warriors Bruticus will look like. Wrapped up in a package that resembles Bruticus’ chest plate, the coin itself features the head of the Combaticon’s combined mode! You can check out the images after the jump and join in on the discussion thread.  

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Unite Warriors UW-EX Lynx Master Box Art Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 08:52 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:


Takara Tomy have released the box art for Unite Warriors UW-EX Lynx Master (Sky Reign). It of course features the epic art we’ve seen on the Japanese box set counterparts to the Combiner Wars figures. The pic is small, coming from Takara Tomy Mall, but you can make out some details. Check it out after the break!

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Prime 1 Studio PMTF-01 OPTIMUS PRIME
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 08:52 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:


Prime 1 Studio have fully revealed their first statue from the Generation 1 inspired concept line based on designs by artist Josh Nizzi; And it’s none other than Optimus Prime. Though it’s not specifically stated, it gives off the feel of what a Movieverse Prime could look like if done with G1 in mind. Either way it’s bad ass and PMTF-01 coming at you later this year for around $1000 USD. Check out the awesome piece and some additional details after the break! Product Details: “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings” Prime 1 Studio is proud to present » Continue Reading.

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Diamond Comics Shipping List for July 6th
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 08:52 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:


2005 Board member has once again taken the time to let us know what’s on the Diamond Comics Shipping list for next week. On tap for our beloved Transformers for next week, July 6th is: TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE #2 (also shipping ROM & 1-in-10 variant covers) (W) Mairghread Scott (A/CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher PANIC ON THE STREETS OF CYBERTRON! As STARSCREAM’S secret police continue on their rampage, IRONHIDE is caught between the BADGLESS and a population looking for retribution! Bullet points: CYBERTRON takes center stage-can STARSCREAM hold on while power slips through his fingers? Fan favorite character WINDBLADE tries » Continue Reading.

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Don't SCREAM! Surviving Five Nights at Candy's - Game Lab 360 Video
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 08:41 AM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:


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Surviving Five Nights of FEAR! - Game Lab
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 08:41 AM
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Istanbul Attack: A Grim Reminder Of Why Airports Are Easy Targets
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 07:52 AM
By manishs from Slashdot's weak-link department:
An anonymous reader shares a FirstPost article:Even as I write this the echo of gunfire continues at Ataturk International Airport. For reasons that defy logic, Istanbul's main airport has always been seen as a vulnerable target which only underscores the fact that all airports in the world are open to attack and fail-safe is not a viable option. At Ataturk, security is usually high, but the weak underbelly lies in vehicular traffic entering the airport being given cursory checks, pretty much like most airports which is why President Erdogan was able to say this sort of attack could have occurred anywhere. That is true. Airports are easy targets. That even though Turkey was aware of the chinks nothing much was done to up the security levels. If you take Delhi International as a prime example, the access to the terminal is scarcely blockaded and one can reach the entry points with ease, crossing a couple of indolent checkpoints and a roller fence. (Editor's note: the article has been written by an Indian author, and so he uses an Indian airport as an example.) Indian airports are as porous as a sponge. Most of our airports are red-starred which places them in the inadequate category. Add to that the fact that several thousand VIPs are given privileges that make a pudding out of security and it indicates how easy peasy it would be to amble up to the terminal entrance. The weakness primarily lies in the absence of X-Rays and deterrent technology on approach. You practically can check in and get to immigration before being cleared for hazardous material.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update To Roll Out On August 2
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 07:52 AM
By manishs from Slashdot's affinity-for-Windows-updates department:
Windows 10's first major update -- dubbed Anniversary Update -- will be released to users on August 2, according to a blog post published by Microsoft (Archive link). The company presumably posted the blog post ahead of the original publication plans, and as a result, quickly pulled the story. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring with it a number of major changes including extensions to Edge, and improvements to Cortana and Hello biometric feature. It will also mark the end of the one-year free Windows 10 update offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users.

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Google Found Disastrous Symantec and Norton Vulnerabilities That Are 'As Bad As It Gets'
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 06:32 AM
By manishs from Slashdot's security-woes department:
Google's Project Zero team has discovered a heap of critical vulnerabilities in Symantec and Norton security products. The flaws, the team says, allow hackers to completely compromise people's machines by simply sending them malicious self-replicating code through unopened emails or un-clicked links. According to a Fortune report, the vulnerabilities affect millions of people who run the company's endpoint security and antivirus software -- all 17 enterprise products (Symantec brand) and eight consumer and small business products (Norton brand). Dan Goodin, reporting for Ars Technica:The flaws reside in the engine the products use to reverse the compression tools malware developers use to conceal their malicious payloads. The unpackers work by parsing code contained in files before they're allowed to be downloaded or executed. Because Symantec runs the unpackers directly in the operating system kernel, errors can allow attackers to gain complete control over the vulnerable machine. Tavis Ormandy, a researcher with Google's Project Zero, said a better design would be for unpackers to run in a security "sandbox," which isolates untrusted code from sensitive parts of an operating system.

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Clinton Tech Plan Reads Like Silicon Valley Wish List
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 06:32 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's silicon-valley department:
theodp writes from a report via USA Today: "If there was any lingering doubt as to tech's favored presidential candidate," writes USA Today's Jon Swartz, "Hillary Clinton put an end to that Tuesday with a tech plan that reads like a Silicon Valley wish list. It calls for connecting every U.S. household to high-speed internet by 2020, reducing regulatory barriers and supporting Net neutrality rules, [which ban internet providers from blocking or slowing content.] It proposes investments in computer science and engineering education ("engage the private sector and nonprofits to train up to 50,000 computer science teachers in the next decade"), expansion of 5G mobile data, making inexpensive Wi-Fi available at more airports and train stations, and attaching a green card to the diplomas of foreign-born students earning STEM degrees." dcblogs shares with us a report from Computerworld that specifically discusses Clinton's support of green cards for foreign students who earn STEM degrees: As president, Hillary Clinton will support automatic green cards, or permanent residency, for foreign students who earn advanced STEM degrees. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, wants the U.S. to "staple" green cards on the diplomas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) masters and PhD graduates "from accredited institutions." Clinton outlined her plan in a broader tech policy agenda released today. Clinton's "staple" idea isn't new. It's what Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate in 2012, supported. It has had bipartisan support in Congress. But the staple idea is controversial. Critics will say this provision will be hard to control, will foster age discrimination, and put pressure on IT wages.

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Imaginarium Art Soundwave Statue Update
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 06:11 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:


The folks over at Imaginarium Art have updated with new pics of their upcoming G1 Soundwave statue. They’ve gotten to the prototype stage and made some refinements to further nail the G1 essence. Check out the pics after the break! Imaginarium Art and Transformers G1 fans whom have been following our progress will be familiar with the Soundwave statue which we are working on. In case you guys were not aware, we have already printed it and was ready to get it painted. But we did not feel 100% about the final print and felt there was room » Continue Reading.

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Anime Expo 2016 is full of guests you should see
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 06:02 AM
By Jeff Chuang from Japanator:
This weekend starts Anime Expo 2016 out in Los Angeles. It's nuts.

A good anime convention not only have a healthy crowd turnout and lots of things for the attendees to do, but also a wide variety of guests and events. Anime Expo this year probably has more Japanese guests than all other American cons' Japanese guests combined, thanks to all the industry guests who are showing up to promote their respective wares. This is on top of a usual showing of domestic acts, may it be voice, music, or production. To make the things a little easier to digest I've pulled out a bunch of notables in bullets, because it is a crazy list in the total.



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Study: 78% of Resold Drives Still Contain Readable Personal or Business Data
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 02:21 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's it's-all-just-a-simple-misunderstanding department:
itwbennett writes: Blancco Technology Group, which specializes in data erasure, bought 200 secondhand PC storage drives (PDF) from eBay and Craigslist to see if they could recover any of the old data saved inside. Their findings: 78 percent of the drives contained residual data that could be recovered, 67 percent still held personal files, such as photos with location indicators, resumes and financial data, and 11 percent of the drives also contained company data, such as emails, spreadsheets and customer information. Only 10 percent had all the data securely wiped, Blancco said. The Consumerist points out that Blancco makes their money from promising secure data erasure, so the company has a "strong and vested interest in these results." As for why so many of the drives contain unwanted information, the report says it has to do with the difference between "deleting" data and "erasing" data. Your files aren't actually deleted when you drag them to the Trash or Recycle Bin, or by using the delete key -- shocking, I know. You can format a drive to erase the data, but you have to be careful of the format commands being used. A quick format, which was used on 40% of the drives in the sample, still leaves some residual data on the drive for someone to possibly access. A full format, which was used on 14% of the drives, will do a better job in removing unwanted files, but it too may still miss some crucial information. The solution Blancco recommends: buy a tool to perform complete data erasure.

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Acquisitions Incorporated: The Series, Ep. 4: Episode 04
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '16 at 12:23 AM
From PATV:
Welcome to the pilot season full of new Acquisition Incorporated adventures, filmed on-location in an actual basement, delivered episodically for your amusement.

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Google Is Testing Its Own Internet Speed Test In Search Results
Posted by News Fetcher on June 28 '16 at 11:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's all-in-one-solution department:
An anonymous reader writes: Everyone appears to have a speed test of their own nowadays. Netflix launched fast.com more than a month ago; SourceForge released their new HTML5 speed test soon after. Google appears to want a piece of the action as they are trying out a way for people to check their internet speed by simply typing "check internet speed" into search. The tests are performed by Google's Measurement Lab tools, and were first spotted by Pete Meyers, who posted a screenshot of the feature and discovered a Google Support webpage detailing how it works. The feature has not been widely released yet, but it's possible we'll see it made more widely available soon.

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The RegurgiStation
Posted by News Fetcher on June 28 '16 at 11:20 PM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: The RegurgiStation

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