Impetus
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 01:51 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
I think Jeff Vogel lives pretty close to me. He’s the Spiderweb Software guy; if you like RPGs that feel like instant classics, like something unearthed, if you like the idea that there exists a kind of Strategic RPG Reserve from which our nation releases games in a time of crisis, you should try and catch up with his work. He’s also a huge smartass, so I like it a lot if I’m doing some kind of yard shit and he rolls by. This smartass quality is “strong with him,” like a Force Index, and it’s all over the things he writes. Most recently,…

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Impetus
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 01:51 PM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Impetus

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Night Being 'Lost' To Artificial Light
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 01:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's beware department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year. Between 2012 and 2016, the planet's artificially lit outdoor area grew by more than 2 percent per year. Scientists say a "loss of night" in many countries is having negative consequences for "flora, fauna, and human well-being." A team published the findings in the journal Science Advances. It showed that changes in brightness over time varied greatly by country. Some of the world's "brightest nations," such as the US and Spain, remained the same. Most nations in South America, Africa and Asia grew brighter. Only a few countries showed a decrease in brightness, such as Yemen and Syria -- both experiencing warfare. The nocturnal satellite images -- of glowing coastlines and spider-like city networks -- look quite beautiful but artificial lighting has unintended consequences for human health and the environment.

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Net Neutrality Advocates Plan Protests For December 7 at Verizon Stores
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 01:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's next-up department:
Jordan Crook, writing for TechCrunch: During yesterday's announcement of the upcoming vote, the FCC neglected to mention the historic 22 million comments on the issue, the majority of which were opposed to its rollback. In response, protests are being held on December 7 at Verizon retail stores across the country. The protests were organized by Demand Progress, Fight For The Future, and FreePress Action Fund. Here's what the protest organizers have to say on their event page: "Ajit Pai is clearly still working for Verizon, not the public. But he still has to answer to Congress. So we're calling on our lawmakers to do their job overseeing the FCC and speak out against Ajit Pai's plan to gut Title II net neutrality protections and give Verizon and other giant ISPs everything on their holiday wishlist.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Caddicarus
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 12:21 PM
By DidYouKnowGaming? from DidYouKnowGaming?:


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'The Death of the MBA'
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 11:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's patterns-emerge department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: U.S. graduate business schools -- once magnets for American and international students seeking a certain route to a high income -- are in an existential crisis. They are losing droves of students who are balking at sky-high tuition and, in the case of international applicants, turned off by President Trump's politics. The once-venerated MBA is going the way of the diminished law degree, pushed aside by tech education. Graduates of the top 25 or so MBA schools still command the elite Wall Street and corporate jobs they always did, but the hundreds of others are scrambling, and some schools are shutting down their programs. Survivors are often offering new touchy-feely degrees like "master of social innovation." [...] In the more than 350 programs that didn't make the top ranks, rising tuition costs and smaller returns in the form of employment and income have forced a rethink of the traditional MBA degree.

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The Feds Are Officially Cracking Down on Basement Biohackers
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 11:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's steering-clear department:
Kristen Brown, reporting for Gizmodo: The Food and Drug Agency has issued a stern warning to anyone who might be crazy enough to undertake gene therapy in the do-it-yourself fashion. Definitely don't do this at home, a statement released on Tuesday implies. And if you do, we'll throw every law we can at you. The FDA's deterrent comes on the heels of a brazen DIY gene therapy experiment, in which a 27-year-old software engineer injected himself with an unprove gene therapy for HIV designed by three biohacker friends. The first injection was streamed live on Facebook in October, and went viral after it was covered by Gizmodo. "You can't stop it, you can't regulate these things," patient zero, Tristan Roberts, told Gizmodo at the time. Apparently the FDA begs to differ.

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Television's Most Infamous Hack Is Still a Mystery 30 Years Later
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 10:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's unsolved-mysteries department:
It has been 30 years since the Max Headroom hack, arguably the creepiest hack in the television history took place. Caroline Haskins, writes about the incident for Motherboard: It was a few minutes after 9 PM on Sunday, November 22, 1987. Chicago sportscaster Dan Roan was cheerily summarizing the Bears's victory that day for Channel 9 local news. Suddenly, televisions went silent, and their screens went black. At first, it seemed like an equipment malfunction. Without warning, televisions in the area blasted loud radio static. It was overlain with the screech of a power saw cutting into metal, or a jet engine malfunctioning. At center screen, a person wore a Max Headroom mask -- a character who appeared on various television shows and movies in the 1980s. He appeared to have yellow skin, yellow clothes, and yellow slicked-back hair. As purple and black lines spun behind him, Max nodded and swayed back and forth. His plastic face was stuck in laughter, and opaque sunglasses covered his eyes, which seemed to peer through the screen. The screen went black again. After a moment, Roan reappeared. "Well if you're wondering what'll happen," Roan said with a laugh, unaware of what had happened during the interruption, "so am I." Two hours later, it happened again on another channel. This time, Dr. Who had just turned to get his companion, Leela, a hot drink, when a line of static rolled across the screen, revealing the yellow man. After 30 years and an intense FCC investigation, the people behind the Headroom hack remain unknown. The correspondent has spoken to the newscasters who were interrupted and mocked that day. You can read the interview here.

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Apple Only Wants To Put Its Stores Where White People Live, Investigation Reveals
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 10:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's how-Apple-thinks department:
Brian Josephs, writing for The Outline: New York's northernmost borough is the city's most diverse, has the lowest income per household, and is the only borough without an Apple Store after one opened up in Brooklyn's predominantly white neighborhood of Williamsburg last year. This trend holds true on a national scale. That means 251 of the 270 stores, or 93 percent, are located in majority-white ZIP codes. Of the 19 that are not located in majority-white ZIP codes, eight are in ZIP codes where whites are still the largest racial bloc. For context, Garden City, New York, a city with a population of around 22,000 that is 94 percent white, has an Apple Store. Lake Grove, New York, which has a population of around 11,000 and is 89 percent white, has an Apple Store. By comparison, nearly 1.5 million people live in the densely-packed Bronx, which is only 21 percent white. Bronx residents must travel either north to Ridge Hill or down to the Upper East Side to get to an Apple store. Apple told me it couldn't comment on the record about what criteria it uses to decide where new stores are built or the demographics of its stores' neighborhoods, but USC Marshall School of Business professor Ira Kalb reasoned that the company is "going after the high-end of the market, so their store location choices typically go after areas that are considered upscale."

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Masterpiece Dinobot New Images From Figure Oh Magazine #238
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 09:21 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Via Loopaza Mega Store on Facebook we have high resolution scans of pages that bring us some new images of Masterpiece Dinobot. The first scan shows the full colored Masterpiece figure in two great group shots next to Masterpiece Optimus Primal and Cheetor, and Generations/Legends Rattrap and Rhinox in both robot and beast mode. We can get a great idea of the size of Dinobot who proves to be the tallest and biggest Beast Wars Masterpiece to date. The second scan gives us nice shot of the color, details and poses of the Maximal warrior in both » Continue Reading.

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Turkeys Are Twice as Big as They Were in 1960
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 09:11 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's what-in-the-world department:
Alexis Madrigal, writing for The Atlantic: A turkey today is not the turkey of yesteryear. For decades, animal breeders have been transforming the genomes of turkeys to make them grow larger. Since 1960, the weight of turkeys has gone up about a quarter of a pound each year. The average weight of a turkey has gone from 15.1 pounds in 1960 to 31.1 pounds in 2017. And most of that change has been genetic. In one study of a representative strain of turkeys, poultry researchers fed the same diet to turkeys from 2003 and to a control group of turkeys that were representative of that strain's genetic pool from 1966. On average, the 2003 females grew to 33 pounds. Their 1966 cousins only got to 16.3 pounds.

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China's Tencent Breaks Through $500bn Stock Market Capitalisation
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 09:11 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's changing-market-dynamics department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: The value of China's biggest social network company -- Tencent Holdings -- has overtaken that of Facebook. The company owns WeChat, an enormously popular messaging app in China, and hit gaming franchises such as League of Legends and Honour of Kings.It is the first Asian firm to surpass a market value of $500bn. Its chief executive, Ma Huateng, is now worth more than the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, according to Forbes. The magazine valued him at $48.3bn on Tuesday, making him the world's ninth richest man according to its ranking.

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Assassin's Creed Origins
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 08:53 AM
By Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw from Zero Punctuation:

Yahtzee Reviews Assassin's Creed Origins


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Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG-50 Sixshot, LG-51 Doublecross, LG-52 Misfire, & LG-53 Broadside
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 08:02 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Japanese site 1999.co.jp has uploaded stock and package images of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG-50 Sixshot, LG-51 Doublecross, LG-52 Misfire, & LG-53 Broadside. LG-50 Sixshot comes in a very impressive and big box which resembles the original G1 Sixshot package. LG-51 Doublecross, LG-52 Misfire, and LG-53 Broadside come in the regular window box used for previous Legends figures showing the Headmaster unit in one corner. The stock images let us see the difference in color and accessories of these releases including the Headmasters and Targetmasters partners compared to the Hasbro versions. You can click on the bar to see all the mirrored images » Continue Reading.

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Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 07:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's time-for-an-upgrade department:
Tatyana Shumsky, reporting for WSJ: Adobe's finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at the software company. The process can take days and requires finance staff to pull data from disparate systems that house financial and human-resources information into Microsoft's Excel spreadsheets. From there they can see which groups are hiring and how salary spending affects the budget. "I don't want financial planning people spending their time importing and exporting and manipulating data, I want them to focus on what is the data telling us," Mr. Garrett said. He is working on cutting Excel out of this process, he said. CFOs at companies including P.F. Chang's China Bistro, ABM Industries and Wintrust Financial are on a similar drive to reduce how much their finance teams use Excel for financial planning, analysis and reporting (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; an alternative source wasn't immediately available). Finance chiefs say the ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting in the 1980s hasn't kept up with the demands of contemporary corporate finance units. Errors can bloom because data in Excel is separated from other systems and isn't automatically updated.

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Facebook Still Lets Housing Advertisers Exclude Users By Race
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 07:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's catch-me-if-you-can department:
AmiMoJo writes: In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment, or credit. Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African-Americans,mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina, and Spanish speakers. All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act. Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Every single ad was approved within minutes. The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by Facebook sought to exclude potential renters 'interested in Islam, Sunni Islam, and Shia Islam.' It was approved after 22 minutes.

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IDW Transformers Comics On Sale At Comixology
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 06:41 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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You have a chance to buy IDW Transformers comics for a great price. Digital comic provider Comixology is having a big IDW Transformers titles sale, which includes TPB and single issues of: Till All Are One Vol. 1 & 2 Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Vol. 1-10 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Vol. 1-8 Transformers (2010-2011) Vol. 1-7 Transformers vs. G.I. Joe Vol. 1-7 Transformers: All Hail Megatron Vol. 1-4 Regeneration One Vol. 1-4 Transformers Classics Graphic Novels Vol. 1-13 Till All Are One Single Issues (1-12) More Than Meets The Eye Single Issues (1-58) Robots in Disguise Single Issues (1-38) Other titles like: Angry Birds » Continue Reading.

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EU Agrees To End Country-Specific Limits For Online Retailers
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 06:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's clear-distinction department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: The European Union has agreed a plan obliging online retailers operating in the bloc to make electrical goods, concert tickets or car rental available to all EU consumers regardless of where they live. Putting an end to "geoblocking", whereby consumers in one EU country cannot buy a good or service sold online in another, has been a priority for the EU as it tries to create a digital single market with 24 legislative proposals. The agreement late on Monday between the European Parliament, the EU's 28 member states and the Commission will allow EU consumers to buy products and services online from any EU country. The agreement applies to e-commerce sites including Amazon and eBay.

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How a Wi-Fi Pineapple Can Steal Your Data (And How To Protect Yourself From It)
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 05:10 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's behind-the-scenes department:
An anonymous reader writes: The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a cheap modified wireless router enables anyone to execute sophisticated exploits on Wi-Fi networks with little to no networking expertise. A report in Motherboard explains how it can be used to run a Wall of Sheep and execute a man-in-the-middle attack, as well as how you can protect yourself from Pineapple exploits when you're connected to public Wi-Fi. "... it's important that whenever you are done connecting to a public Wi-Fi network that you configure your phone or computer to 'forget' that network. This way your device won't be constantly broadcasting the SSIDs of networks it has connected to in the past, which can be spoofed by an attacker with a Pineapple," reports Motherboard. "Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this on an Android or an iPhone, and each network must be forgotten manually in the 'Manage Network' tab of the phone's settings. Another simple solution is to turn off your Wi-Fi functionality when you're not using it -- though that isn't as easy to do on some devices anymore -- and don't allow your device to connect to automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks."

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Russia Detects a Significant Radiation Spike In Mountains Close To Soviet-Era Nuclear Plant
Posted by News Fetcher on November 22 '17 at 02:10 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's potentially-dangerous department:
According to a report via The New York Times, Russia said that it had detected a significant radiation spike in the Ural Mountains, close to a sprawling Soviet-era nuclear plant still remembered as the site of an accident 60 years ago. Russia did however reject suggestions that it was the source of a radioactive cloud that hovered over Europe. From the report: The location of the spike -- in the Chelyabinsk region near the border with Kazakhstan -- has been identified by French and German nuclear safety institutions as a potential source for a concentration of a radioactive isotope called ruthenium 106 detected in the air in late September above several European countries. But nuclear energy authorities in Moscow insisted Monday that still-higher levels of atmospheric contamination had been detected outside Russia, in southeastern Europe. Reports of the elevated radiation levels over Western Europe raised alarms, but nuclear safety authorities in France and Germany said there was no threat to human health or to the environment -- an assurance repeated on Tuesday by Moscow. The Russian state weather service Roshydromet said it had found what the Russian news media described as "extremely high pollution" at two monitoring facilities within a 62-mile radius of the Mayak nuclear reprocessing and isotope production plant. A weather station in the town of Argayash recorded ruthenium 106 levels that were 986 times higher than a month earlier, the state weather agency said. A second station at Novogorny detected levels 440 times higher. Ruthenium 106, which does not occur naturally and has a half-life of about a year, is used for medical purposes.

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