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The Internet of Things and Humans

Slashdot Updates - 1 hour 30 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Speculating the future of human computer interaction, Tim O'Reilly contemplates how humans and things cooperate differently when things get smarter. He says, '[S]o many of the most interesting applications of the Internet of Things involve new ways of thinking about how humans and things cooperate differently when the things get smarter. It really ought to be called the Internet of Things and Humans ... is Uber an #IoT application? Most people would say it is not; it’s just a pair of smartphone apps connecting a passenger and driver. But imagine for a moment the consumer end of the Uber app as it is today, and on the other end, a self-driving car. You would immediately see that as #IoT. ... Long before we get to fully autonomous devices, there are many “halfway house” applications that are really Internet of Things applications in waiting, which use humans for one or more parts of the entire system. When you understand that the general pattern of #IoTH applications is not just sensor + network + actuator but various combinations of human + network + actuator or sensor + network, you will broaden the possibilities for interfaces and business models."

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How did the App Store's first 'Indie Game Showcase' affect game sales?

Gamasutra - News - 1 hour 55 min ago

Six of the developers chosen by Device 6 creator Simogo for the App Store's first Indie Game Showcase share their promotional sales data and reflect on its impact. ...

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PS4 Tops Xbox One in March

Game Politics - 1 hour 57 min ago

Monthly US retail sales of PlayStation 4 once again outpaced sales of Xbox One in March, according to NPD figures. March marks the third month in a row that Sony's PS4 beat Microsoft's Xbox One at retail in the United States, with hardware sales up overall by 78 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot might come to Steam

Gamasutra - News - 2 hours 5 min ago

Two classic RPG titles, Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, popped up on Steam Greenlight this week, courtesy of a development outsourcing company. ...

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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Slashdot Updates - 2 hours 12 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo is most known for its search, email, and news services. But its U.S. web presence is only part of its corporate portfolio. It also owns large stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba (a web services company based in China). Yahoo Japan is publicly traded, and Alibaba is heading toward an IPO, so both have a pretty firm valuation. The thing is: when you account for Yahoo's share of each and subtract them from Yahoo's current market cap, you get a negative number. Investors actually value Yahoo's core business at less than nothing. Bloomberg's Matt Levine explains: 'I guess this is fairly obvious, but it leads you to a general theory of the conglomerate discount, which is that a business can be worth less than zero (to shareholders), but a company can't be (to shareholders). ... A fun question is, as fiduciaries for shareholders, should Yahoo's directors split into three separate companies to maximize value? If YJHI and YAHI are worth around $9 billion and $40 billion, and Core Yahoo Inc. is worth around, I don't know, one penny, then just doing some corporate restructuring should create $13 billion in free shareholder value. Why not do that?'"

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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

Slashdot Updates - 2 hours 54 min ago
KentuckyFC writes: "Typeface design is something of an art. For many centuries, this art has been constrained by the materials available to typographers, mainly lead and wood. More recently, typographers have been freed from this constraint with the advent of digital typesetting and the number of typefaces has mushroomed. Verdana, for example, is designed specifically for computer screens. Now a father and son team of mathematicians have devised a number of typefaces based on problems they have studied in computational geometry. For example, one typeface is inspired by the folds and valleys generated by computational origami designs. Another is based on the open problem of 'whether every disjoint set of unit disks (gears or wheels) in the plane can be visited by a single taut non-self-intersecting conveyor belt.' Interestingly, several of the new typefaces also serve as puzzles in which messages are the solutions."

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Father Kills Infant Son, Keeps Playing Video Games

Game Politics - 2 hours 57 min ago

A Homosass, Florida man has been arrested for murdering his 16-month-old son early Thursday morning. Citrus County police arrested 24-year-old Cody Wygant and charged him with third degree murder and willful child neglect.

At around 8:20 a.m. on April 17 paramedics arrived at the suspect's home to find his 16-month old son Daymeon not breathing. The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital later that morning.

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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Slashdot Updates - 3 hours 38 min ago
bennyboy64 writes: "IT security industry experts are beginning to turn on Google and OpenSSL, questioning whether the Heartbleed bug was disclosed 'responsibly.' A number of selective leaks to Facebook, Akamai, and CloudFlare occurred prior to disclosure on April 7. A separate, informal pre-notification program run by Red Hat on behalf OpenSSL to Linux and Unix operating system distributions also occurred. But router manufacturers and VPN appliance makers Cisco and Juniper had no heads up. Nor did large web entities such as Amazon Web Services, Twitter, Yahoo, Tumblr and GoDaddy, just to name a few. The Sydney Morning Herald has spoken to many people who think Google should've told OpenSSL as soon as it uncovered the critical OpenSSL bug in March, and not as late as it did on April 1. The National Cyber Security Centre Finland (NCSC-FI), which reported the bug to OpenSSL after Google, on April 7, which spurred the rushed public disclosure by OpenSSL, also thinks it was handled incorrectly. Jussi Eronen, of NCSC-FI, said Heartbleed should have continued to remain a secret and be shared only in security circles when OpenSSL received a second bug report from the Finnish cyber security center that it was passing on from security testing firm Codenomicon. 'This would have minimized the exposure to the vulnerability for end users,' Mr. Eronen said, adding that 'many websites would already have patched' by the time it was made public if this procedure was followed."

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New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 22 min ago
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Iain Thomson reports that Facebook is adding a new application called 'Nearby Friends' that alerts smartphone users when their friends are nearby. 'If you turn on Nearby Friends, you'll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up,' says Facebook in a statement. 'For example, when you're headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward.' The feature, which is opt-in, allows users to select which friends get a warning that you are in the area, and prepare a subset of people who might like to know when you're near, if they have the Nearby Friends activated as well. According to Josh Constine what makes 'Nearby Friends' different than competitors and could give it an advantage is that it's centered around broadcasting proximity, not location. 'If someone's close, you'll know, and can ping them about their precise location and meeting up. Broadcasting location is creepy so we're less likely to share it, and can cause awkward drop-ins where someone tries to come see you when you didn't want them to.'"

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Rebranding beta testing with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

Gamasutra - News - 5 hours 24 min ago

"A massive repository of bug fixes and new features, a hungry community waiting for a patch, and limited time and resources for testing. How do you make sure the patch is stable before releasing it?" ...

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Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 53 min ago
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A researcher in Japan has taken what is, perhaps, the next step after Google Glass: Glasses which produce animated images of the user's eyes to simulate emotional responses. They are intended to aid workers in emotionally-intensive environments. As the researcher explains, '... they allowed others to feel they were "cared" about ...'"

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Blog: Should we fight piracy?

Gamasutra - News - 7 hours 40 min ago

"In my opinion, the most important message would be 'outsmart piracy in every way possible to make their system unstable and meaningless.'" ...

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Teaching the Games Business

GamesIndustry.biz news - 8 hours 57 min ago
It's not enough to teach students to code, draw or design; truly well-trained staff must also understand the commercial sides of the business
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Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV

Gamasutra - News - 9 hours 10 min ago

Producer and director Naoki Yoshida sits down with Gamasutra for an in-depth interview about why he took on his successful quest to reboot Square Enix's failed MMO into an all-new project. ...

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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Slashdot Updates - 9 hours 29 min ago
mr crypto (229724) writes "A group of scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new 'open source pledge' that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely."

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Sr. Designer/Producer, Integrated Play

Gamasutra - Jobs - 10 hours 27 min ago
Hasbro’s Integrated Play development team has been set up to create new and exciting play patterns that fuse physical and digital play together to create new ways to engage kids of all ages in immersive brand focused experiences.The Integrated Play team is developing both interactive content driven products and connected mobile software (apps/games) that are leading Hasbro into the new era of connected toys through innovative consumer experiences. These include ground-breaking products like Furby, Furby Boom and Telepods. The boys team works with brands like Transformers, Star Wars, Nerf and others. Not only do we work with awesome brands we also work with cutting edge robotics and interactive toys.ROLEThe Line Producer will take a high-level view at the total play experience incorporating both the physical products and the accompanying mobile games/apps that are developed in tandem. The Line Producer will be the person on the Integrated Play team that has day to day ownership over the entire experience.The Line Producer will lead brainstorming and ideating on how to engage and delight the consumer with meaningful interactions with between toys and the app that deepen the connection and extend the experience.The Line Producer will work closely with Hasbro’s product design and brand marketing teams through every phase of the entire development process. The Line Producer is expected to be part of every design discussion and work with the brand marketing team to present the products and the overall experience.This role will assume primary ownership of the Game Design Document (GDD) for the complete experience. This includes the core gameplay mechanics, features and balancing. This role will work with outside developers to create and maintain the GDD and app development schedules that coincide with the physical products development schedules.You will be working directly with external app development counterparts to communicate the GDD and overseeing the implementation of features, game mechanics and art. Constantly reviewing ad-hoc builds to ensure specifications are being met, bugs are fixed, and the brand is accurately represented.Using in-game analytics the Line Producer is expected to work the outside development teams to balance and re-tune the in-game level systems and currency throughout development, release and post-release.Within the Integrated Play team we have a shared resource team that provides art, UI, technical help and submission. The Line Producer will work directly with this team throughout the different phases of the development process.The Line Producer is expected to prioritize features, bugs and game balance tuning throughout the development cycle with outside developers. This includes user play testing throughout the development process of both the physical and digital experiences.EXPERIENCE- 5+ Years of software development experience including 3+ years of game design experience (either the console or mobile gaming space).- Bonus: Experience in gameplay scripting and, preferably, in programming languages.- 5+ years of interactive play development- Or 5+ years of toy designEDUCATION- Bachelors Degree in Game Design, Computer Science, Industrial Design, or Creative Writing.- Additional Game Design qualifications considered a bonus.SKILLS- Strong written, visual and oral communication skills.- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.- Flexibility to be able to shift course and iterate within tight time-frames.- Deep understanding of game-play systems and mechanics.- Ability to convert high-level concepts into a fully fleshed out game, with thought- through mechanics and features.- High attention to detail and a focus on delivering a quality end user experience.- Leading brainstorming sessions to create & improve concepts and solve problems.- Competitive & trend research and analysis.- Consumer observation and understanding.- Display passion & enthusiasm for making and playing with toys & digital games.RESPONSIBILITIES- Primary ownership of the complete physical digital experience.- Soliciting cross-functional input; and integrating great physical product and marketing innovations into the design of the overall gameplay.- User play testing, design and refinement of the game mechanic.- Global balancing of the combined physical/digital experience.Reporting to – BOYS-ACTION SPORTS LINE PRODUCER/MANAGERSecondary Manager – INTEGRATED PLAY SENIOR DIRECTORApplicants should provide:- Curriculum Vitae with covering letter- Video and/or screenshots of previous games- Links to games with notes on the individual’s involvement/contribution- Game Design Document samples- Creative writing samples- Toy Design Samples
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Game Designer

Gamasutra - Jobs - 10 hours 27 min ago
Game Designer Penny Publications, LLC, is North America’s leading publisher of crossword and other print puzzle magazines. The parent company of Penny Press and Dell Magazines, Penny Publications also owns Three Across, LLC, home of our new digital game team, PuzzleNation.  PuzzleNation is excited to bring our traditional print puzzles to mobile and social platforms while also creating new experiences for gamers. We know and love Crosswords, Word Search, and Sudoku puzzles, as well as the entire variety puzzles category, and believe there is a great opportunity to deliver all-new digital experiences to puzzle lovers.  Our team currently includes engineering, art, and product management folks. Now, we need a great game designer. The right candidate will mesh perfectly with the current team and have significant responsibility for: PuzzleNation game design including core mechanics, print-to-digital gameplay translation, UI flow, game balance, game documentation and monetization plans Contributions to project goals, analytics planning and analysis Competitive research and analysis, ongoing industry-wide knowledge of trends and key players in mobile & social games Contributions to ongoing product roadmap, including data-driven shifts in strategy  The right candidate will have the following experience and skills: Two or more years in a game designer role Game design credit on three shipped games, two or more platforms Creation of game design documentation, monetization plans and post-launch iteration plans for a minimum of three games Have a deep understanding of game design philosophy and the unique challenges of designing mobile & social games Understanding of how to effectively blend game design with monetization Ability to receive and deliver thoughtful critique Understanding of the unique challenges in creating and solving puzzle based games Experience working with remote collaborators Facility with various design and project communication tools Comfortable working as part of a small team, wearing multiple hats, with fixed deadlines  We offer flexible scheduling as well as health, dental, life and voluntary benefits, including a 401k plan. The office is located ¼ mile from a major highway (I-95) and a MetroNorth train station (East Norwalk).  To apply for this position, please send your resume with cover letter and salary requirements to personnel@puzzlenation.com
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:30pm
schwit1 (797399) writes "There has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms across Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury, towns on the outskirts of rural Shropshire some seven miles from central Birmingham. They require hydroponic lights for the marijuana plants to grow – and the huge amounts of excess heat given off make them easily spottable for a would-be criminal with a drone carrying infrared cameras. One such man says that after finding a property with a cannabis farm he and his crew either burgle or 'tax' the victim."

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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:30pm
schwit1 (797399) writes "There has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms across Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury, towns on the outskirts of rural Shropshire some seven miles from central Birmingham. They require hydroponic lights for the marijuana plants to grow – and the huge amounts of excess heat given off make them easily spottable for a would-be criminal with a drone carrying infrared cameras. One such man says that after finding a property with a cannabis farm he and his crew either burgle or 'tax' the victim."

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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:02pm
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn't fully operational. In a letter obtained by the Oregonian newspaper this week, Oracle co-president Safra Catz said that Oregon officials have provided the public with a 'false narrative' concerning who is to blame for Cover Oregon's woes. In the letter, Catz pointed out that Oregon's decision to act as their own systems integrator on the project, using Oracle consultants on a time-and-materials basis, was 'criticized frequently by many'. And as far as Oracle is concerned, 'Cover Oregon lacked the skills, knowledge or ability to be successful as the systems integrator on an undertaking of this scope and complexity,' she added."

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