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Combiner Wars Motormaster In Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 11:00 PM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Were you highly anticipating the release of Combiner Wars Motormaster? To further wet your appetite, check or out these new in hand images from 2Danomite2 on Twitter!

Wave 2 of Combiner Wars should be making it's way to retailers across the US fairly soon. Until then, read on to see more of Motormaster & Menasor!

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By Jacer from TFW2005:
Thanks to board member Daimchoc, we now have our first boxed look at Iron Factory's EX03 SonicTech, Rhino Bass, and Leo Treble. This is Iron Factory's take on Blaster, Steeljaw, and Ramhorn in legends scale. It also appears that they come with the weapons featured in the Turrets & Manacle set, good news for those who have not picked them up yet.

Available for preorder at our site sponsors:

Big Bad Toy Store
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Check out the images after the break!

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Physicists Make a Mobius Strip From Beams of Light
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 08:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's not-quite-as-sturdy-as-the-paper-ones department:
rossgneumann writes: A group of physicists has successfully manipulated beams of laser light into an optical mobius strip (abstract). The shape, a classic mindbender all but nonexistent in nature, has never before been seen in such an immaterial form.

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The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 05:30 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's arrr-me-hearties department:
New submitter cbiltcliffe writes: About a month ago, we discussed news that the Pirate Bay domain name was back online. This story mentioned a timer, which supposedly showed the time since the police raid. I didn't notice at the time, but a more recent check showed this counter was counting down, not up, with a time set to reach zero at the end of January. Sometime around a week ago, the waving pirate flag video changed to a graphic of an orange phoenix, and a disabled search box showed up. I've been watching the site since, and now, about 12 hours before the timer was to reach zero, the site is back up, complete with searches.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's i'll-order-a-dozen department:
MarkWhittington writes: Officially, NASA has been charged with sending astronauts to Mars sometime in the 2030s. Toward that end, according to a story in Universe Today, space agency engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center are looking at an old concept for interplanetary travel, nuclear thermal engines. "...according to the report (cached), an NTP rocket could generate 200 kWt of power using a single kilogram of uranium for a period of 13 years – which works out of to a fuel efficiency rating of about 45 grams per 1000 MW-hr. In addition, a nuclear-powered engine could also provide superior thrust relative to the amount of propellant used." However, some doubts have been expressed whether NASA will be granted the budget to develop such engines.

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Inkscape Version 0.91 Released
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 03:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's onward-and-upward department:
Bryce writes: Four years since the last major Inkscape release, now news is out about version 0.91 of this powerful vector drawing and painting tool. The main reason for the multi-year delay is that they've switched from their old custom rendering engine to using Cairo now, improving their support for open source standards. This release also adds symbol libraries and support for Visio stencils, cross platform WMF and EMF import and export, a native Windows 64-bit build, scads of bug fixes, and much more. Check out the full release notes for more information about what has changed, or just jump right to downloading your package for Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X.

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Can Students Have Too Much Tech?
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 02:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's maybe-4th-graders-don't-need-weaponized-roombas department:
theodp writes: In a NY Times Op Ed, developmental psychologist Susan Pinker goes against the conventional White House wisdom about the importance of Internet connectivity for schoolchildren and instead argues that students can have too much tech. "More technology in the classroom has long been a policy-making panacea," Pinker writes. "But mounting evidence shows that showering students, especially those from struggling families, with networked devices will not shrink the class divide in education. If anything, it will widen it." Tech can help the progress of children, Pinker acknowledges, but proper use is the rub. As a cautionary tale, Pinker cites a study by Duke economists that tracked the academic progress of nearly one million disadvantaged middle-school students against the dates they were given networked computers. The news was not good. "Students who gain access to a home computer between the 5th and 8th grades tend to witness a persistent decline in reading and math scores," the economists wrote, adding that license to surf the Internet was also linked to lower grades in younger children.

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New Knights of Sidonia movie PV shows off new angles
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 02:00 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:


One of the most memorable shows from last year, Knights of Sidonia, is getting a compilation movie with new camera angles and improved audio. The compilation movie promises an increase in quality. Now we get to see more of the action and feel even more of the despair and death that Sidonia just loves to drop on its viewers.

Premiering in movie theaters in Japan on March 6, lucky movie goers will get a special treat in the form of character illustration copy prints from Sidonia author Tsutomu Nihei. The first 30,000 viewers in the first week will get a print of the Sidonia protagonist Nagate Tanikaze and those in the second week will get one of Shizuko Hoshijiro.



[Knights of Sidonia Website]
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By Soulskill from Slashdot's price-vs.-performance-vs.-really-loud-fans department:
MojoKid writes: In all of its iterations, NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture has proven to be a good performing, power-efficient GPU thus far. At the high-end of the product stack is where some of the most interesting products reside, however. When NVIDIA launches a new high-end GPU, cards based on the company's reference design trickle out first, and then board partners follow up with custom solutions packing unique cooling hardware, higher clocks, and sometimes additional features. With the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980, NVIDIA's board partners were ready with custom solutions very quickly. These three custom GeForce cards, from enthusiast favorites EVGA, MSI, and Zotac represent optimization at the high-end of Maxwell. Two of the cards are GTX 980s: the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G and the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP! Omgea, the third is a GTX 970 from EVGA, their GeForce GTX 970 FTW with ACX 2.0. Besides their crazy long names, all of these cards are custom solutions, that ship overclocked from the manufacturer. In testing, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 was the fastest, single-GPU available. The custom, factory overclocked MSI and Zotac cards cemented that fact. Overall, thanks to a higher default GPU-clock, the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G was the best performing card. EVGA's GeForce GTX 970 FTW was also relatively strong, despite its alleged memory bug. Although, as expected, it couldn't quite catch the higher-end GeForce GTX 980s, but occasionally outpaced the AMD's top-end Radeon R9 290X.

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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 12:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's permanent-penguin department:
jones_supa writes: In its latest move, Dell will be bringing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to its top-of-the-line Precision M3800 workstation laptop and the latest model of the Dell XPS 13. Both systems will be running Ubuntu 14.04.1. According to Barton George, Dell's Director of Developer Programs, programmers had been asking for a better, officially-supported Ubuntu developer laptop. This came about from a combination of the efforts of Dell software engineer Jared Dominguez and enthusiastic feedback. Specs of M3800: 15.6" LCD @ 3840x2160, Intel i7 quad core CPU, NVIDIA Quadro GPU, up to 16 GB RAM. The bad news is, as Dominguez explained on his blog, this version of the M3800 doesn't support its built-in Thunderbolt 2 port out of the box. However, thanks to the hardware-enablement stack in Ubuntu, starting with upcoming Ubuntu 14.04.2, you will be able to upgrade your kernel to add some Thunderbolt support.

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TFW's Combiner Wars Optimus Prime In-Hand Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Wrapping up our photo gallery coverage of the first waves of the Combiner Wars, we're taking a look at the big bot himself, Optimus Prime! Combiner Wars Optimus Prime is a Voyager Class version of the Autobot commander with inspirations from the current IDW comics design (as well as taking cues from Transformers Energon Optimus Prime and maybe even the Powermaster Optimus Prime / Ginrai).

Optimus Prime is very much a toy. He's big and chunky, and has that certain "larger than life" feel to him - the kind of feel the Autobot commander usually gets in fiction. Poseability is good, and you can squeeze a bit more lateral arm movement out of the toy by unclipping the shoulders in robot mode. Optimus has two blasters, one based on the iconic Ion Blaster, which combine into a larger weapon that looks good held in two hands, or held by the gigantic Ultra Prime combination.

Ultra Prime is a cool extra for the toy. There's some great points on it, such as Optimus' hands providing 5mm sockets for shoulder mounting weapons, as well as the chest details featuring a very Transformers Energon looking Matrix. On the less pleasing side, the legs are a bit awkward thanks to the way they transform, and while there's scope to adjust them to suit your taste, they are the weakest point on the design.

Overall Optimus is a cool design and worth checking out, either as himself or as one of his upcoming redecos / retools including Stunticon Motormaster. For now though, please enjoy our gallery at the link below:

Combiner Wars Voyager Optimus Prime

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's corporations-behaving-badly department:
An anonymous reader writes: According to customer bills and screenshots submitted to and reported by blogger Chris Elliot at BoardingArea, Comcast employees have repeatedly changed the names of customers to insults like "dummy," "w***e," "a*****e," and "b***h." Elliott notes although reasons and consequences for this behavior are unknown, "one thing is clear: At least one person, and maybe more than one person, really doesn't like Comcast's customers. Enough to put it in writing. Repeatedly." Comcast has apologized and is looking at ways to prevent it from happening in the future.

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Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 11:00 AM
By Red Veron from Japanator:

"Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)"
Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Year: 2006

Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings. This week's spotlight goes to Kyoto Animation, commonly referred to as "KyoAni", one of the most popular and prolific anime studios in the last ten years.

We start off these videos with their first big hit with the ending for the monster success that is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The ending song Hare Hare Yukai became as popular as the show and the featured dance routine also became a familiar sight at anime conventions.



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UK Sets Up Internet-Savvy Army Unit
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 10:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's now-recruiting-internet-tough-guys department:
An anonymous reader sends word that the UK Army is establishing a dedicated unit for fighting wars in the information age. The 77th Brigade will specialize in non-lethal, psychological operations that involve the internet and social media. The army says it's learned through its operations in Afghanistan that there are fights to be won not just on the battlefield, but online as well. "In some senses it's defensive - trying to present the case from this side against opponents who hold many of the cards. We've seen with Islamic State, its incredible capability on the net, Facebook, Instagram and all the rest." The new unit will "try to influence local populations and change behavior through what the Army calls traditional and unconventional means." The army also stressed that they're looking for ways that citizens with the right skills could work alongside the 77th Brigade.

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Kre-O Battlechanger Soundwave In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on January 31 '15 at 09:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
TFW2005 member Samsunghk has very kindly shared with us some images of the upcoming Kre-O Transformers Battlechanger Soundwave. this Soundwave takes a cue from his Transformers Prime or Transformers Cybertron incarnation and turns into a jet - and what some of you may be greatly pleased by is the revelation that this Soundwave even includes little Kre-O versions of Ravage, Laserbeak, Rumble and Frenzy!

He's in a two-pack with Ratchet, and should be released in the coming weeks.

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