Lynn and the Spirits of Inao gives off a nice Spirited Away and Castlevania vibe
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '16 at 05:57 AM
By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator:
I'm going to be honest with everyone on here: I'm a really huge sucker for games that look like a beautiful illustration. From Vanillaware's titles to stuff like Indivisible, I can't help to want these things inside of me.

Since the Kickstarter of French Indie Team Bloomlight Studio's first game, Lynn and the Spirits of Inao, fall into this category, as the group's inspirations from Miyazaki's films and classic games complement their project. The neat thing about the title is the Main Character Lynn's ability to switch between day and night at will since it can change the environment's design.

With Lynn's partner being a tiny demon called Aku, I'm hoping that his role as a guide will make him an entertaining character while they do their best to send each spirit to the other side. Combined with Lynn's platforming skills and ability to wield various weapons (such as swords and bombs), the game sports a few aspects that remind me of an old school Castlevania title.

Bloomlight's goal for making Lynn a reality is $65,774, which they're using to improve the game, add more music to it, hire a new programmer, cover business costs and living cost, as the gang has been working on the title for a good while.

Thanks to the game's art and features, Lynn and the Spirits of Inao has the potential to evolve into a great title. That being said, I'd like to wish the group the best in hitting their main goal since I looking forward to seeing how their project will grow later on.

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Study Suggests Free Will Is An Illusion
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '16 at 02:12 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's magic-tricks department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IFLScience: A new paper published in the journal Psychological Science has attempted to define and investigate the subject of free will. By asking participants to anticipate when they thought a specific color of circle would appear before them, something determined completely by chance, the researchers found that their predictions were more accurate when they had only a fraction of a second to guess than when they had more time. The participants subconsciously perceived the color change as it happened prior to making their mental choice, even though they always thought they made their prediction before the change occurred. They were getting the answers right because they already knew the answer. "Our minds may be rewriting history," Adam Bear, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at Yale University and lead author of the study, said in a statement. The implication here is that when it comes to very short time scales, even before we think we've made a conscious choice, our mind has already subconsciously decided for us, and free will is more of an illusion than we think.

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DLC Podcast Show Season 6, Ep. 20: Bumper Crop
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '16 at 12:22 AM
From PATV:
This week Gabe and Tycho create the comic Bumper Crop. Listen to the podcast here.

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Facebook Paid $10,000 To A 10-Year-Old For Hacking Instagram
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 11:33 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's bounty-program department:
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has paid $10,000 to a 10-year-old hacker who discovered how one could hack into Instagram and delete comments made by users. Speaking to local publication Iltalehti, Jani said: "I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber." The Finnish hacker just became the youngest person to receive cash from Facebook for hacking its products. The previous record was set by a 13-year-old back in 2013. What's funny is Jani isn't technically old enough to sign-up and use Facebook or Instagram, as it's supposed to be restricted to those under the age of 13. Jani found he could alter code on Instagram's servers and force-delete users' posts. This was confirmed by Facebook using a test account and patched in February, Facebook told Forbes. Facebook has received more than 2,400 valid submissions and awarded upwards of $4.3 million to over 800 researchers since the bounty program launched in 2011.

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Dr. Wu DW P30 Nanobot Micro Insect Army
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 11:28 PM
By C310 Ginrai from TFW2005:

Famed third Party accessory make Dr. Wu has revealed their next offering on their Weibo page. DW P30 Nanobot Micro Insect Army appears to be a set of 4cm (approximately 1.6 inches) tall Insecticons inspired by the Chop Shop figure that was released along side with Transformers Generations Legends Class Megatron. Dr. Wu’s render images shows 3 models that resemble the iconic Insections Bombshell, Kickback, and Shrapnel in robot mode and insect mode. The image also included the word “Targetmaster” above Chop Shop’s figure, which may imply these figures will have a third weapon mode. No price or » Continue Reading.

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Crossover Potential
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 11:14 PM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Crossover Potential

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Medical Errors Are Number 3 Cause of US Deaths, Researchers Say
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 08:46 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's death-certificates department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third-leading cause of death in the United States -- and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of the public eye. The authors, led by Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Martin Makary, call for changes in death certificates to better tabulate fatal lapses in care. In an open letter, they urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to immediately add medical errors to its annual list reporting the top causes of death. Based on an analysis of prior research, the Johns Hopkins study estimates that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. On the CDC's official list, that would rank just behind heart disease and cancer, which each took about 600,000 lives in 2014, and in front of respiratory disease, which caused about 150,000 deaths. Medical mistakes that can lead to death range from surgical complications that go unrecognized to mix-ups with the doses or types of medications patients receive. The study was published Tuesday in The BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.

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Full-Width Justification
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 08:01 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Gonna start bugging the Unicode consortium to add snake segment characters that can be combined into an arbitrary-length non-breaking snake.

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Ted Cruz Drops Out Of The Republican Presidential Race
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 07:03 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's race-to-the-white-house department:
rmdingler writes: Ted Cruz drops out of the presidential race after losing in Indiana. Donald Trump has become the presumptive nominee before Hillary has locked things up versus Bernie. This is huge. Cruz's decision to drop out came after losing significantly to Trump in the Indiana primary. "I said I would continue on as long as there is a viable path to victory. Tonight I'm sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed," Cruz told a small group of supporters Tuesday night. "Together we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we got, but the voters chose another path." He said he would "continue to fight for liberty," but did not say whether or not he would support Trump as the nominee. The exit comes soon after he announced former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate in a desperate move to keep his candidacy afloat.

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TFcon Air Travel Discount Info for both Toronto and Chicago
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 06:55 PM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
TFcon has established special convention airfare discounts for people traveling to Toronto and Chicago this year with Air Canada and United Airlines. Enter promotion code DKMG3H81 at in the Promotion Code field to save up to 25% depending on fare class and city of origin. The travel period begins Wednesday, July 06, 2016 and ends Wednesday, July 27, 2016 for all travel in Air Canada‚Äôs network to Toronto YYZ airport. With United Airlines for travel between 10/16/2016 to 10/29/2016 anywhere in the world to Chicago Airport (ORD), United will offer a discount up to 15% off » Continue Reading.

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Apple Loses Exclusive Rights To 'iPhone' Trademark For Non-Smartphone Products In China
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 05:45 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's overpriced-leather-products department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday. On March 31, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court rejected an Apple appeal of an earlier ruling, according to Quartz. Xintong Tiandi is already selling a number of "IPHONE" products, including purses, passport cases, and most notably phone cases. The company registered its trademark in China in 2007, the same year as the Apple iPhone launched in the United States. That was, however, still five years after Apple registered the iPhone name in China for computer products, something which formed the basis of a 2012 complaint to the country's trademark authorities. In 2013 the government ruled that because Apple couldn't prove the name "IPHONE" was well-known prior to Xintong Tiandi's registration, the public wouldn't link its use in a way that would harm Apple interests. In rejecting Apple's appeal, the High People's Court further noted that the company didn't sell the iPhone in mainland China until 2009. This comes after Apple reported its first earnings decline in more than a decade.

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Google, Fiat Chrysler Plan Partnership On Self-Driving Minivans
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 05:45 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's autonomous-vehicles department:
An anonymous reader writes: Google and Fiat Chrysler were in "late stage talks" last week about working out a partnership where the two could build some self-driving cars together. Google has the tech available -- it just needs to partner with a car manufacturer, as Google hasn't mass-produced a car before, and could use the experience. A report coming out of Bloomberg says the two companies could be putting Google's autonomous driving technology into some prototypes of the upcoming Pacifica minivan. The report says Fiat Chrysler is looking to equip their upcoming plug-in hybrid Pacifica with Google's autonomous technology. Google could still work out a deal with Ford, which was rumored a few months ago, and they have been reportedly in talks with General Motors, but the deal with Chrysler could be signed as soon as today.

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Ellen Pao Launches Advocacy Group To Improve Diversity In The Tech Industry
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 04:25 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's online-diversity department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Ellen Pao, a former Silicon Valley venture capitalist, today announced the launch of Project Include, an advocacy group aimed at improving diversity in the technology industry. The group was started by Pao and fellow female engineers and executives, including members of Slack, Pinterest, and other Bay Area VC firms. The initiative will focus on providing startups and established tech companies with information on making hiring more inclusive, improving retention, and examining bias in the workplace. Pao became embroiled in one of the most divisive debates in tech last year after suing her former employer, VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, for gender discrimination. She lost at trial and, later, stepped down from her position as interim CEO of Reddit following a severe harassment campaign. Project Include is also accepting as many as 18 startups, who can apply to receive recommendations through a program called Start-Up Include.

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Slashdot Asks: What Do You Think Is The Most Influential Gadget Of All Time?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 04:25 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's life-changing department:
TIME has published a list ranking the 50 most influential gadgets of all time, from cameras and TVs to music players, smartphones, and drones. Can you guess what was the number one most influential gadget on the list? That's right, the Apple iPhone. "Apple was the first company to put a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions when it launched the iPhone in 2007," according to TIME. "The iPhone popularized the mobile app, forever changing how we communicate, play games, shop, work, and complete many everyday tasks."

There's a lot of interesting gadgets on the list that have had a profound impact on mankind in some form or another, for better or worse. Do you agree with TIME's number one choice? What do you think is the most influential gadget of all time?

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76% Of Netflix Subscribers Think Netflix Can Replace Traditional TV
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 02:51 PM
By manishs from Slashdot's cord-cutting department:
An anonymous reader writes: It turns out plenty of people think Netflix is ready to replace their traditional TV. According to a survey on AllFlicks (Editor's note: the site is Netflix focused, so it's not really a neutral audience), 75.6 percent of Netflix subscribers said that the on-demand movies and TV shows streaming service has grown good enough to replace whatever the traditional TV has to offer. The participants, however, also noted that the streaming service still can't replace live sports coverage or the experience of the movie theater. In some other news, Netflix knows which picture and video you're likely to click.

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Uber Plans To Kill Surge Pricing With Machine Learning
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 02:51 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's next-generation department:
An anonymous reader writes: Surge pricing is a familiar term for any regular Uber rider -- or driver. It's when you call an Uber, and the price of a ride is two, three, or four times more as a result of greater demand brought on by a sporting event or weather event nearby. For riders, it's an annoyance, but for drivers, it's a perk as it usually results in more pocket change. Inside Uber, surge pricing is considered a market failure, and a problem to be solved. "That's where machine learning comes in. That's where the next generation comes in," says Jeff Schneider, engineering lead at Uber Advanced Technologies Center. "Because now we can look at all this data, and we can start to make predictions." Everyone knows that when a Beyonce concert ends, for example, there's going to be a lot of demand for Uber drivers. Schneider explains, "[What's harder] is to find those Tuesday nights when it's not even raining and for some reason there's demand -- and to know that's coming. That's machine learning." With enough of the right data inputs, computer algorithms can do the research that Uber drivers already do -- only better, "so the surge pricing never even has to happen," Schneider says.

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Snowden: 'Governments Can Reduce Our Dignity To That Of Tagged Animals'
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 01:36 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's local-zoo department:
An anonymous reader writes: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden writes a report on The Guardian explaining why leaking information about wrongdoing is a vital act of resistance. "One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency; who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint," Snowden writes. "They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: what begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice." He goes on to explain the importance and significance of leaks, how not all leaks are alike, nor are their makers, and how our connected devices come into play in the post-9/11 period. Snowden writes, "By preying on the modern necessity to stay connected, governments can reduce our dignity to something like that of tagged animals, the primary difference being that we paid for the tags and they are in our pockets."

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Game Theory: Theorists are KILLERS (Life is Strange)
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 01:05 PM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:

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A Small Group of Journalists Control and Decide What Should Trend On Facebook
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 12:20 PM
By manishs from Slashdot's the-other-internet department:
An anonymous reader writes: According to five former members of Facebook's trending news team, "news curators" as they're known internally, Zuckerberg and company take a downright dim view of the media industry and its talent. In interviews with Gizmodo, these former curators described grueling work conditions, humiliating treatment, and a secretive, imperious culture in which they were treated as disposable outsiders. After doing a tour in Facebook's news trenches, almost all of them came to believe that they were there not to work, but to serve as training modules for Facebook's algorithm." "We choose what's trending," said one former news curator. From personal experience I can share a similar incident. An Indian outlet extensively wrote about flaws in Facebook's Free Basics. Few days later, "Ban [that outlet's name]" was trending on Facebook. Clicking on it, for the first few hours, literally didn't return any relevant result, as nobody was talking about it, and no media outlet had written about it. It was after more than a day or so after this fabricated item kept trending that some other outlets started to write about it. (That's common in the media industry: writing about trending topics.) In the past, we've also seen Facebook employees ask whether the company should do anything to stop Donald Trump from becoming the president.

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Should You Pay Sales Tax on Internet Purchases? South Dakota Law Could Be The Test
Posted by News Fetcher on May 03 '16 at 12:20 PM
By manishs from Slashdot's setting-the-course department:
An anonymous reader shares a PCWorld report: A new South Dakota law may end up determining whether most U.S. residents are required to pay sales taxes on their Internet purchases. The South Dakota law, passed by the Legislature there in March, requires many out-of-state online and catalog retailers to collect the state's sales tax from customers. The law is shaping up to be a legal test case challenging a 25-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits states from levying sales taxes on remote purchases. Unless courts overturn the South Dakota law, it will embolden other states to pass similar Internet sales tax rules, critics said. The law could "set the course for enormous tax and administrative burdens on businesses across the country," Steve DelBianco, executive director of e-commerce trade group NetChoice, said in a statement. If dozens of states adopt Internet sales taxes, online sellers could face audits and changing tax rules in thousands of taxing jurisdictions nationwide. Even with software that could make tax calculations easier, that would be a burden, NetChoice says. And online shoppers could end up paying up to 10 percent more for many products.

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