IDW Optimus Prime #21 Cover A by Kei Zama
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 11:40 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to 2005 Boards member Jalaguy for sharing the IDW Optimus Prime #21 Cover A in our forums. This is the colored version of the Retailer Incentive Cover we had previously reported. Artist Kei Zama brought us this art where we could see the hands of two Transformers trying to reach each other. Now with this colored version we can identify them as the hands of Aileron and Arcee. OPTIMUS PRIME #21 (W) John Barber (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher (CA) Kei Zama “The Falling,” Part 6. Bumblebee and Optimus Prime make a last, desperate bid to return to the real world as Shockwave » Continue Reading.

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Game Theory: Will PUBG SHUT DOWN Fortnite? (Fortnite PUBG Lawsuit)
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 11:11 AM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:

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Sony's PlayStation 5 Will Launch In 2020 Powered By An AMD Navi GPU, Says Report
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 10:41 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's new-and-improved department:
According to a new report from WCCFtech, citing "sources familiar with the entire situation," Sony's PlayStation 5 (PS5 for short) will launch in 2020 and be powered by AMD's Navi GPU chip. "While it was previously reported that the much-anticipated console will be using AMD's Ryzen CPU tech, it looks like the chip maker will have some involvement in the PS5's graphics chip, too," reports The Inquirer. From the report: The report also suggests this is the reason behind AMD not announcing a new GPU at Computex this year, because it has found custom-applications for consoles a much more financially attractive space. "Here is a fun fact: Vega was designed primarily for Apple and Navi is being designed for Sony - the PS5 to be precise," the report states, right before going on to explain AMD's roadmap for Navi and how it's dependent on Sony. "This meant that the graphics department had to be tied directly to the roadmap that these semi-custom applications followed. Since Sony needed the Navi GPU to be ready by the time the PS5 would launch (expectedly around 2020) that is the deadline they needed to work on." It's anyone's guess as to when the successor to the PlayStation 4 will be launched. While the source for this report is seen as reputable in the games industry, last month the head of PlayStation business said the next console is three years off.

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Studio Series Deluxe Wave 1 Spotted At Peruvian Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 10:20 AM
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Thanks to a post from Cybertron 21 and Transformers Peru on Facebook, we can report that Studio Series Deluxe Wave 1 was finally spotted At Peruvian Retail. Studio Series Wave 1 (Bumblebee. Stinger, Crowbar and Ratchet) were found at Tai Loy store in Republica de Panan Av, in Lima, Peru. While this is good news, the new price of 199.90 Peruvian Soles, about $36.58, is kind of expensive. The Power Of The Primes Deluxes spotted some weeks ago were sold for 79.90 Peruvian Soles or $24.80 approximately. This chain of stores usually sells new stuffs » Continue Reading.

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Studies Find Evidence That Meditation Is Demotivating
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 09:21 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's trendy-business-practices department:
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by behavioral scientists Kathleen D. Vohs and Andrew C. Hafenbrack: The practical payoff of mindfulness [meditation] is backed by dozens of studies linking it to job satisfaction, rational thinking and emotional resilience. But on the face of it, mindfulness might seem counterproductive in a workplace setting. To test this hunch, we recently conducted five studies, involving hundreds of people, to see whether there was a tension between mindfulness and motivation. As we report in a forthcoming article in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, we found strong evidence that meditation is demotivating.

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Was the Stanford Prison Experiment a Sham?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 09:21 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's something-you-know-about-something-important-is-wrong department:
Frosty Piss writes: The Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted in 1971 by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo using college students to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power by focusing on the struggle between prisoners and prison officers. In the study, volunteers were randomly assigned to be either "guards" or "prisoners" in a mock prison, with Zimbardo serving as the superintendent. The results seemed to show that the students quickly embraced their assigned roles, with some guards enforcing authoritarian measures and ultimately subjecting some prisoners to psychological torture, while many of the prisoners passively accepted psychological abuse and, by the officers' request, actively harassed other prisoners who tried to stop it. After Berkeley graduate Douglas Korpi appeared to have a nervous breakdown while playing the role of an inmate, the experiment was shut down. There's just one problem: Korpi's breakdown was a sham. Dr. Ben Blum took to Medium to publish his claims. "Blum's expose -- based on previously unpublished recordings of Zimbardo, a Stanford psychology professor, and interviews with the participants -- offers evidence that the 'guards' were coached to be cruel," reports New York Post. "One of the men who acted as an inmate told Blum he enjoyed the experiment because he knew the guards couldn't actually hurt him." "There were no repercussions. We knew [the guards] couldn't hurt us, they couldn't hit us. They were white college kids just like us, so it was a very safe situation," said Douglas Korpi, who was 22-years-old when he acted as an inmate in the study. The Berkeley grad now admits the whole thing was fake. Zimbardo also "admitted that he was an active participant in the study, meaning he had influence over the results," reports New York Post. According to an audio recording from the Stanford archive, you can hear Zimbardo encouraging the guards to act "tough."

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US Government Finds New Malware From North Korea
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 08:01 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's new-kid-on-the-block department:
Days after the historic North Korea-United States summit, the Department of Homeland Security issued a report on Thursday warning of a new variant of North Korean malware to look out for. Called Typeframe, the malware is able to download and install additional malware, proxies and trojans; modify firewalls; and connect to servers for additional instructions. Engadget reports: Since last May, the DHS has issued a slew of alerts and reports about North Korea's malicious cyber activity. The department also pointed out that North Korea has been hacking countries around the world since 2009. And of course, don't forget that the U.S. also labeled that country as the source of Wannacry cyberattack, which notably held data from the UK's National Health Service hostage, and wreaked havoc across Russia and Ukraine. CNN was first to report the news.

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Machine Figures Out Rubik's Cube Without Human Assistance
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 06:41 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's hands-free department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: [Stephen McAleer and colleagues from the University of California, Irvine] have pioneered a new kind of deep-learning technique, called "autodidactic iteration," that can teach itself to solve a Rubik's Cube with no human assistance. The trick that McAleer and co have mastered is to find a way for the machine to create its own system of rewards. Here's how it works. Given an unsolved cube, the machine must decide whether a specific move is an improvement on the existing configuration. To do this, it must be able to evaluate the move. Autodidactic iteration does this by starting with the finished cube and working backwards to find a configuration that is similar to the proposed move. This process is not perfect, but deep learning helps the system figure out which moves are generally better than others. Having been trained, the network then uses a standard search tree to hunt for suggested moves for each configuration.

The result is an algorithm that performs remarkably well. "Our algorithm is able to solve 100% of randomly scrambled cubes while achieving a median solve length of 30 moves -- less than or equal to solvers that employ human domain knowledge," say McAleer and co. That's interesting because it has implications for a variety of other tasks that deep learning has struggled with, including puzzles like Sokoban, games like Montezuma's Revenge, and problems like prime number factorization. The paper on the algorithm -- called DeepCube -- is available on Arxiv.

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Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 06:20 AM
By Superquad7 from TFW2005:
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Toyhax dropped by again and gave us an update for their newest label sets. Here is what Delta Star of Toyhax has to share with us: “Our next update is here in record time (for a change!) More Power of the Prime sets, starting with this impressive one for Rodimus Unicronus! We have great sets for Moonracer and Windcharger, and we’ve completed our sets for the Dinobots with this excellent set for Sludge. We’ve also made a full enhancement set for Cyber Battalion Shockwave, and Cell shaded windows for Masterpiece Grapple and Masterpiece Inferno. » Continue Reading.

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NASA's Most Experienced Astronaut Retires, Spent 665 Days In Space
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 04:00 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's final-frontiers department:
An anonymous reader quotes UPI:
After nearly four decades with NASA, including 22 years as an astronaut, Peggy Whitson is leaving the space agency. Her retirement is effective Friday, NASA announced... Whitson ends her career with multiple records to her name, including most time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut -- 665 days...
The 57-year-old Whitson was a scientist before she was an astronaut, earning graduate degrees in biochemistry from Rice University in Houston before coming to conduct research at NASA's Johnson Space Center in 1989. The NASA scientist began training as an astronaut in 1996. She made her first trip to the International Space Station in 2008. During her time in space, including three long-duration stints aboard International Space Station, she helped carry out 21 science investigation and became the agency's first space station science officer... Whitson took a second turn as commander during Expedition 51, part of her most recent -- and last -- stay on the space station, which spanned from November 2016 to September 2017.

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Personal Flying Machine Contest Gets 600 Entries
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '18 at 12:00 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's come-sail-away department:
"A giant egg equipped with rotors and 'Transformers'-style robots are among some of the creative designs submitted in a $2 million dollar contest to dream up new ways of flying," reports CNN.

"GoFly, a $2 million competition to design personal flying machines backed by Boeing, has announced its first round of most promising designs out of 600 entries from around the world," writes harrymcc . "Proposed vehicles need to fly for at least 20 miles, at 35 miles an hour; many of the ideas look a bit like airborne motorcycles."

Fast Company reports:
"There's been a convergence of all of these breakthrough technologies that makes this the first moment in time where we have the ability to make people fly," says Gwen Lighter, who dreamed up the GoFly prize, recruited Boeing to bankroll it, and now serves as CEO. Many of the advances come from the world of drones -- "high-efficiency motors, high-capacity batteries, and cheap navigation and stabilizing technologies that keep even newbies on course and out of danger....
Their prototypes have to achieve vertical takeoff and landing (called VTOL), eliminating the need for an airport runway... The craft have to be small enough to fit within an 8.5-foot circle, and they have to be safe and manageable for anyone to operate -- "not just engineers or daredevils... GoFly's Lighter emphasizes that safety is a key requirement in judging. She says that whatever wins will be well on the way to meeting requirements of the FAA -- and regulatory bodies in other countries -- for mainstream operation. FAA staffers (in a non-official capacity) are even among GoFly's expert advisors.
Best of all, every participant -- even those who win the prize money -- "are free to take their innovations anywhere. They retain all intellectual property rights."

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'The Word Hack is Meaningless and Should Be Retired'
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 09:20 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's word-of-the-day department:
An anonymous reader quotes The Next Web:
The word 'hack' used to mean something, and hackers were known for their technical brilliance and creativity. Now, literally anything is a hack -- anything -- to the point where the term is meaningless, and should be retired. The most egregious abuse of the term "hack" comes from the BBC's Dougal Shaw. In a recent video of his, called "My lunch hack," Shaw demonstrates that it's cheaper to make your own sandwich each day than it is to buy a pre-packaged sandwich from the supermarket. Shaw calls that a hack. I call it common sense.
And that's not nearly the worst example. I haven't touched on "life hacks" yet. This term is nebulous. It means nothing and anything. It's used to describe arts and crafts... That said, the worst dilution of the term "hack" comes from growth hackers... Anyway, I regret to inform you that the word "hack" is now bad, and should be avoided.
A request for alternative words first went up on Slashdot back in 1999 -- but nothing's been settled. Back in 2014 a Gizmodo reporter wrote an impassioned plea titled "Please stop calling everything a hack" -- while others have argued the opposite.

in 2015 the editorial director of Make magazine cited hack's definition in The New Hacker's Dictionary as "an appropriate application of ingenuity," arguing that "my and other Make contributors' use of the term for clever shop techniques, ingeniously simple projects, and epic 'kluges' (i.e. Rube Goldberg-level hacks and fixes) is entirely appropriate."

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America's Nuclear Reactors Can't Survive Without Government Handouts
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 06:40 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's powering-down department:
Slashdot reader Socguy shares an article from FiveThirtyEight:
There are 99 nuclear reactors producing electricity in the United States today. Collectively, they're responsible for producing about 20% of the electricity we use each year. But those reactors are, to put it delicately, of a certain age. The average age of a nuclear power plant in this country is 38 years old (compared with 24 years old for a natural gas power plant). Some are shutting down. New ones aren't being built. And the ones still operational can't compete with other sources of power on price... without some type of public assistance, the nuclear industry is likely headed toward oblivion....
[I]t's the cost of upkeep that's prohibitive. Things do fall apart -- especially things exposed to radiation on a daily basis. Maintenance and repair, upgrades and rejuvenation all take a lot of capital investment. And right now, that means spending lots of money on power plants that aren't especially profitable... Combine age and economic misfortune, and you get shuttered power plants. Twelve nuclear reactors have closed in the past 22 years. Another dozen have formally announced plans to close by 2025.
A professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University points out that nuclear power is America's single largest source of carbon emissions-free electricity -- though since 1996, only one new plant has opened in America, and at least 10 other new reactor projects have been canceled in the past decade.
The article also describes two more Illinois reactors that avoided closure only after the state legislature offered new subsidies. "But as long as natural gas is cheap, the industry can't do without the handouts."

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After a Decade, 77-Year-Old Gets Back $110,000 Lost In 'Nigerian Prince' Scam
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 04:01 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's cash-back department:
Slashdot reader grep -v '.*' * shares a surprising story. The Kansas City Star profiles the victim of a three-year con that started with an email to a Yahoo inbox back in 2005.
A decade ago, Fred Haines was wandering the Wichita airport looking for a Nigerian man hauling two chests full of cash. After an hour of waiting and asking around, he finally came to the realization that the $65 million Nigerian fortune he thought he was inheriting was not coming after all. What is now coming, though, is the $110,000 he had been scammed out of, thanks to the work of the Kansas Attorney General's Office.
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Prosecution of UK News Photographer Collapses After Recording Disproves Police Testimony
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 02:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's entering-into-evidence department:
Slashdot reader Andy Smith writes: Slashdot reported last September how I was arrested while standing in a field near a road accident, as I photographed the scene for a newspaper. I was initially given a police warning for "obstruction", but the warning was then cancelled and I was prosecuted for resisting arrest and breach of the peace. These are serious charges and I was facing a prison sentence. Fortunately we had one very strong piece of evidence: A recording of my arrest. Not only did the recording prove that two police officers' testimony was false, but it caught one of them boasting about how he had conspired with a prosecutor to arrest and prosecute me. Yesterday the case was dropped, and now the two police officers and the prosecutor face a criminal investigation.

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America's Former CTO Remembers Historic Coders
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 02:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's finding-Ada department:
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In her Bard College commencement speech, ex-Google VP and former U.S. CTO Megan Smith revealed to graduates that she gave President Obama a computing history lesson on the same day he learned to code in 2014. "I walked into the Oval Office to do coding with President Obama, and, interestingly, Prince William had just stepped out," Smith explained (YouTube). "They had just had a meeting. I said to President Obama, you know what you and I are about to do is related to Prince William, and he said, how's that. Well, the Prince's wife Kate, her mother and grandmother were codebreakers at Bletchley Park, where they cracked the Nazi Enigma codes...." [Presumably Smith meant to say Kate's great-aunt, not mother — Carole Middleton wasn't born until 1955.]

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Power Of The Primes Wave 3 Leader & Legends Class Found At Australian Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 02:20 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to several reports from Ozformers Boards, we have word that Power Of The Primes Wave 3 Leader & Legends Class Were Found At Australian Retail. Thanks to 2005 Boards member griffin-of-oz shared this information in our forum. Several BigW stores in different states in Australia have been stocking all four of the Leader Class Power Of The Primes toys for this week’s toy sale (to be $68 during the sale or $50.63 approximately), which includes the wave 2 Rodimus Unicronus and wave 3 Optimal Optimus for the first time in Australia. Power Of The Primes wave 3 Legends toys » Continue Reading.

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Power Of The Primes Rodimus Unicronus Concept Art By Ken Christiansen And Emiliano Santalucia
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 02:20 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Artist Ken Christiansen, who has been sharing the packaging art he has done for Hasbro, has unveiled a nice Power Of The Primes Rodimus Unicronus Concept Art via his Facebook account. On this concept art, Ken Chistiansen worked on the new colors and some modifications over the original design of Power Of The Primes Evolution Rodimus Prime by artist and designer Emiliano Santalucia. Ken shared some details about his work on this concept art on his Facebook post: “I designed the new head and chest emblem, and gave the Power of the Primes Rodimus a new color scheme. So » Continue Reading.

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'Open Source Security' Loses in Court, Must Pay $259,900 To Bruce Perens
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 01:21 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's orders-in-the-court department:
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond -- and he's also Slashdot reader #3872. Now he's just won a legal victory in court. "Open Source Security, maker of the grsecurity Linux kernel patches, has been directed to pay Bruce Perens and his legal team almost $260,000 following a failed defamation claim," reports The Register. Slashdot reader Right to Opine writes:

The order requires Spengler and his company to pay $259,900.50, with the bill due immediately rather than allowing a wait for the appeal of the case. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's attorneys will represent Perens during OSS/Spengler's appeal of the case.
Perens was sued for comments on his blog and here on Slashdot that suggested that OSS's Grsecurity product could be in violation of the GPL license on the Linux kernel. The court had previously ruled that Perens' statements were not defamatory, because they were statements by a non-attorney regarding an undecided issue in law. It is possible that Spengler is personally liable for any damages his small company can't pay, since he joined the case as an individual in order to preserve a claim of false light (which could not be brought by his company), removing his own corporate protection.

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Lost Light #19 iBooks preview
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '18 at 01:00 PM
By Sockie from TFW2005:
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Along with the Bumblee Movie Prequel, iBooks also brings us a preview for IDW Publishing’s Lost Light #19, due for release on June 27. After last issue’s shocking revelations, the newly-united Team Rodimus and Scavengers come face-to-face with a legion of Sparkeaters that look a little familiar! It’s friends against friends as Lost Light‘s final story arc, “Crucible,” kicks off; this first chapter also welcomes back artist E.J. Su, who illustrated as well IDW’s very first Transformers book, Infiltration. Be sure to read the preview after the break, and then sound off on the TFW2005 boards!

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