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BI Analyst: Playtika Santa Monica

Gamasutra - Jobs - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:00pm
The BI Analyst is a member of Playtika – Santa Monica’s Business Intelligence, Analytics and Economic Strategy team.  In this capacity, you will gain exposure to the terabytes of data and billions of records Playtika’s games generate each day and serve as an invaluable resource in ensuring data is accurate and meets the company’s business needs. This position is ideally suited for recent college graduates or individuals currently employed in a QA capacity in the games industry interested in transitioning to a business and analytics role. Responsibilities: Write SQL queries to retrieve and validate game data,  ensuring recorded data accurately matches specified requirements Define new game events expanding Playtika’s ability to capture and understand everything in the game Assist with ad hoc data retrieval including potential fraud investigations Create Tableau dashboards and reports to communicate findings Qualifications/Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business, Economics or a quantitative field Strong MS Excel skills Familiarity with databases and basic experience writing SQL queries, or a background in programming with a strong interest in learning SQL Avid gamer, particularly in the social and mobile gaming spaces Strong attention to detail and communications skills demonstrated by the inclusion of a cover letter with resume submissions Plusses: Experience with one or more programming or scripting languages Previous games industry experience (professional or hobbyist development)   *Position not eligible for relocation* Employment is contingent upon passing a drug screening and background check. Playtika Santa Monica is an equal opportunity employer.    
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 10 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Back in August, groups of Russian hackers assembled the biggest list of compromised login credentials ever seen: 1.2 billion accounts. Now, domain registrar Namecheap reports the hackers have begun using the list to try and access accounts. "Overnight, our intrusion detection systems alerted us to a much higher than normal load against our login systems. ... The group behind this is using the stored usernames and passwords to simulate a web browser login through fake browser software. This software simulates the actual login process a user would use if they are using Firefox/Safari/Chrome to access their Namecheap account. The hackers are going through their username/password list and trying each and every one to try and get into Namecheap user accounts." They report that most login attempts are failing, but some are succeeding. Now is a good time to check that none of your important accounts share passwords."

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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 12 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Rumors of back door access to Skype have plagued the communication software for the better part of a decade. Even if it's not true, Skype is owned by Microsoft, which is beholden to data requests from law enforcement. Because of these issues, a group of developers started work on Tox, which aims to rebuild the functionality of Skype with an emphasis on privacy. "The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever—not even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so there's no central hub to snoop on or take down."

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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 7 min ago
blottsie writes In a move out of the anti-SOPA campaign playbook, Fight for the Future and other net neutrality activist groups have set up the Battle for the Net coalition, which plans to launch an "Internet slowdown day" later this month. No actual traffic will be slowed down. Instead, participating sites will display embeddable modules that include a spinning "loading" symbol and information about contacting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House, and members of Congress.

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Game Developers Call on Gaming Community to Support Diversity

Game Politics - 6 hours 22 min ago

An open letter signed by a number of game developers is asking the gaming community at large to respect everyone who plays, criticizes, and makes games. The thrust of the letter is that people should respect each other even when they disagree, and should never tolerate harassment or threats.

The letter is signed by a number of game developers working for such companies as BioWare, Bungie, Boss Key, Google, Sports Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Oculus VR, Ubisoft, Spry Fox, Vlambeer, EA, Kickstarter, Humble Bundle, and many more.

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New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 56 min ago
An anonymous reader writes Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have used a program named Ash 3D to predict the impact of a Yellowstone volcano eruption, and found that cities within 300 miles from Yellowstone National Park may get covered by up to three feet of ash. From the article: "Ash3D helped the researchers understand how the previous eruptions created a widespread distribution of ash in places in the park's periphery. Aside from probing ash-distribution patterns, the Ash3D can also be used to identify potential hazards that volcanoes in Alaska may bring."

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This Week in Video Game Criticism: Tropes vs Anita Sarkeesian and the Demise of 'Gamers'

Gamasutra - News - 7 hours 43 min ago

This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the continued attacks against critic Anita Sarkeesian to Kotaku's decision to block support of indies through Patreon. ...

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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

Slashdot Updates - 7 hours 49 min ago
sfcrazy writes The Raspberry Pi team has announced a new browser for Raspberry Pi. They had worked with Collabora to create an HTML5-capable, modern browser for Pi users. While announcing the new browser, Eben Upton said, "Eight months and a lot of hard work later, we're finally ready. Epiphany on Pi is now a plausible alternative to a desktop browser for all but the most JavaScript-heavy sites."

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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 41 min ago
ashshy writes Unlike the obvious battery needs for smartphones or electric cars, many consumers are unaware of the exploding need for enormous battery banks as modern power grids are bringing a whole new set of requirements. From the article: "'Our electricity grid was built a certain way, and that way is to have on-demand production,' Argonne National Laboratory battery researcher Jeff Chamberlain explained. 'So as I flip my light switch on at home, there's some little knob somewhere that turns the power up. There is no buffer. It's a very interesting production cycle compared to other consumer goods. It was built a certain way, and the grid is currently changing in two different ways. One is, first our demand is increasing. But another is, around the world human beings are trying to get off fossil fuels and that means using solar and wind. Well, we cannot turn up the sun or wind, or turn down the sun or wind according to our energy needs. So the more those technologies penetrate the grid, the more you need energy storage. You need a buffer. And that is a very difficult challenge that's similar to transportation because it's cost-driven,' Chamberlain said. 'But it's also different from transportation because we're not limited by volume or mass like we are in vehicles. We're working on energy storage systems that are stationary.'"

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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 41 min ago
ashshy writes Unlike the obvious battery needs for smartphones or electric cars, many consumers are unaware of the exploding need for enormous battery banks as modern power grids are bringing a whole new set of requirements. From the article : "'Our electricity grid was built a certain way, and that way is to have on-demand production,' Argonne National Laboratory battery researcher Jeff Chamberlain explained. 'So as I flip my light switch on at home, there's some little knob somewhere that turns the power up. There is no buffer. It's a very interesting production cycle compared to other consumer goods. It was built a certain way, and the grid is currently changing in two different ways. One is, first our demand is increasing. But another is, around the world human beings are trying to get off fossil fuels and that means using solar and wind. Well, we cannot turn up the sun or wind, or turn down the sun or wind according to our energy needs. So the more those technologies penetrate the grid, the more you need energy storage. You need a buffer. And that is a very difficult challenge that's similar to transportation because it's cost-driven,' Chamberlain said. 'But it's also different from transportation because we're not limited by volume or mass like we are in vehicles. We're working on energy storage systems that are stationary.'"

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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Slashdot Updates - 9 hours 35 min ago
An anonymous reader writes 28 years after the Chernobyl accident, tests have found that more than one in three Saxony boars give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for consumption. In 2009 almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters in compensation for wild boar meat that was too contaminated to be sold. "It doesn't cover the loss from game sales, but at least it covers the cost of disposal," says Steffen Richter, the head of the Saxon State Hunters Association.

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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Slashdot Updates - 9 hours 35 min ago
An anonymous reader writes 28 years after the Chernobyl accident, tests have found that more than one in three Saxony boars give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for consumption. In 2009 almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters in compensation for wild boar meat that was too contaminated to be sold. "It doesn't cover the loss from game sales, but at least it covers the cost of disposal," says Steffen Richter, the head of the Saxon State Hunters Association.

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Major quarantine and experimental vaccines to curb Ebola

New Scientist - Breaking news - 9 hours 56 min ago
With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa doubling by the month, the World Health Organization is pushing more extreme measures to contain the virus






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Happy Labor Day!

Game Politics - 10 hours 8 min ago

On behalf of everyone at the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and the staff here at GamePolitics, I wish you, our wonderful readers, a happy and safe Labor Day!

We'll be back tomorrow! Until then, I hope you are enjoying your day off - assuming you were lucky enough to get one - doing something fun, exciting or interesting (the days off get pretty thin between now and November, so we have to enjoy them when they come along!) Be good to yourselves and others today.

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First Neanderthal etching is a #stoneagehashtag

New Scientist - Breaking news - 10 hours 11 min ago
More than 40,000 years ago, a Neanderthal scratched a pattern into the floor of a cave in Gibraltar. Is it a doodle, a message or a work of art?






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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 112 - Hulu Hate

Game Politics - 10 hours 17 min ago

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 112), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

Slashdot Updates - 10 hours 24 min ago
First time accepted submitter Adam Oxford writes Nigeria's National Identity Management System — which aims to bring together citizen information databases as diverse as driving licenses and tax returns — was introduced last week and includes a prepay MasterCard wallet. Civil liberties groups are naturally wary about the project, but proponents see it as a way to get financial services to the masses. From the article: "The director general of the commission which will implement NIMS, Chris 'E Onyemenam, said at the launch that the card will eventually be used for border control as well. 'There are many use cases for the card, including the potential to use it as an international travel document,' Onyemenam said. 'NIMC is focused on inclusive citizenship, more effective governance, and the creation of a cashless economy, all of which will stimulate economic growth, investment and trade.'"

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Video: Arma 3 and the dark side of Early Access

Gamasutra - News - 10 hours 38 min ago

Using a range of examples from the development of Arma 3, Bohemia Interactive's James Crowe examines the failures and successes of his studio's early access strategy in this GDC Europe 2014 talk ...

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Jennifer Lawrence photo hack highlights risks of cloud

New Scientist - Breaking news - 10 hours 40 min ago
The Oscar-winning actress is one of many celebrities who had nude photos maliciously leaked on the internet last night – but how did it happen?






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Nature and conservation from a perfect point of view

New Scientist - Breaking news - 11 hours 11 min ago
An idyllic farmhouse, challenging thoughts on conservation, an author who sounds like a great guy. What's not to hate in A Buzz in the Meadow?






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