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Oracle Scraps Plans For Solaris 12

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 4 min ago
bobthesungeek76036 writes: According to The Register, Solaris 12 has been removed from Oracle roadmaps. This pretty much signals the demise of Solaris (as if we didn't already know that...) From the report: "The new blueprint -- dated January 13, 2017 -- omits any word of Solaris 12 that Oracle included in the same document's 2014 edition, instead mentioning 'Solaris 11.next' as due to debut during this year or the next complete with 'Cloud Deployment and Integration Enhancements.' At the time of writing, search engines produce no results for 'Solaris 11.next.' The Register has asked Oracle for more information. The roadmap also mentions a new generation of SPARC silicon in 2017, dubbed SPARC Next, and then in 2020 SPARC Next+. The speeds and capabilities mentioned in the 2017 document improve slightly on those mentioned in the 2014 roadmap.

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Survey: Women MMO players love The Old Republic, aren't really into World of Warcraft

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 22 min ago

Video game consultancy Quantic Foundry has published another analysis of data gathered from its survey of 270k game players that purports to break down which genres of games women play most. ...

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South Korean Court Dismisses Arrest Warrant For Samsung Chief

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 44 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group, the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. But the reprieve for Jay Y. Lee, 48, may only be temporary, as the special prosecutor's office said it would pursue the case. Lee, who has led Samsung since his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack in 2014, was still likely to face the same charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury, legal analysts said, even if he is not detained. The special prosecutor's office said it would be continuing its probe but had not decided whether to make another arrest warrant request, and the setback would not change its plans to investigate other conglomerates. Spokesman Lee Kyu-chul said the prosecution was unconvinced by the Samsung chief's argument that he was a victim of coercion due to pressure from Park. The office has accused Lee of paying multi-million dollar bribes to Park's confidant, Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the heart of the scandal, to win support from the National Pension Service for a controversial 2015 merger of two Samsung Group affiliates. The merger helped cement Lee's control over the smartphones-to-biopharmaceuticals business empire.

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3D Artist : Skydance Interactive

Gamasutra - Jobs - 4 hours 49 min ago
Job Description Skydance Interactive is looking for a talented 3D Artist to work on both character and environment pieces for our multiplayer FPS, PWND. Our ideal teammate is well-versed in organic and hard surface modeling, collision geo, texturing, materials, and has a knack for stylized art. Responsibilities Model, sculpt and texture stylized 3D characters, environment pieces, and props. Create a mix of painted and graphic textures to match the game's art visual style, working closely with lead and concept artists. Optimize art assets to meet performance goals and create collision geo. Troubleshoot and provide creative and technical solutions regarding the art pipeline and process. Collaborate in R&D efforts to push the development boundaries. Provide best practices & techniques for other artists. Requirements 3+ years experience in the game industry with at least one shipped title. Proficient in Maya and Zbrush with a history of of both realistic and stylized work. Strong demo reel or portfolio showcasing your most recent work. Ability to work and contribute effectively and collaboratively in a team environment. Great problem solving skills for both artistic and technical needs. Experience with UE3 or UE4 strongly preferred. Pluses Passionate about games. Experience with both PC and console art creation. Strong eye for lighting and experience with PBR lighting and materials. Traditional art skills (figure drawing, landscape, animals, composition, perspective, etc.). BA, BFA or an equivalent professional certification.
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South Sudan will participate in the Global Game Jam, and peace is the mission

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:32pm

"We are focusing on creating local games," South Sudanese game dev Lual Michael Mayen tells The Next Web, with the goal of developing "more games exposing the dangers of war." ...

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1 lead 2016 US game sales - NPD

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:30pm
The industry saw sales slump by 15% in December, according to the data firm
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Tech Firm Creates Trump Monitor For Stock Markets

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:20pm
randomErr quotes a report from Reuters: London-based fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on Donald Trump social media comments. Keeping one eye on the U.S. President-elect's personal Twitter feed has become a regular pastime for the fund managers and traders. Trump knocked several billion off the value of pharmaceutical stocks a week ago by saying they were "getting away with murder" with their prices. Comments earlier this week on China moved the dollar and a pair of December tweets sent the share prices of Lockheed Martin and Boeing spiraling lower. That plays to the growing group of technology startups that use computing power to process millions of messages posted online every day and generate early warnings on when shares are likely to move. Trading.co.uk chief Gareth Mann said the Trump signal generator used artificial intelligence technology to differentiate between tweets or other messages that, for example, just mention Boeing and those liable to move markets.

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Blog: Creating Antegod's procedural plants in Unity3D

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:49pm

How to generate cool plant patterns in Unity3D with Substance Designer by Antegods' lead artist Tom Rutjens. ...

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Zuckerberg Sues Hundreds of Hawaiians To Force Property Sales To Him

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:40pm
mmell writes: Apparently, owning 700 acres of land in Hawaii isn't enough -- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has filed suit to force owners of several small parcels of land to sell to the highest bidder. The reason? These property owners are completely surrounded by Zuckerberg's land holdings and therefore have lawful easement to cross his property in order to get to theirs. Many of these land owners have held their land for generations, but seemingly Mr. Zuckerberg can not tolerate their presence so close to his private little slice of paradise. Landowners such as these came to own their land when their ancestors were "given" the land as Hawaiian natives. If successful in his "quiet title" court action, Mr. Zuckerberg will finally have his slice of Hawaii's beaches and tropical lands without having to deal with the pesky presence of neighbors who were on his land before he owned it. Who knew that Hawaiians were just another kind of Native Americans? CNBC reports: "The cases target a dozen small plots of so-called 'kuleana' lands that are inside the much larger property that Zuckerberg bought on Kauai. Kuleana lands are properties that were granted to native Hawaiians in the mid-1800. One suit, according to the Star-Advertiser, was filed against about 300 people who are descendants of an immigrant Portuguese sugar cane plantation worker who bought four parcels totaling two acres of land in 1894. One of that worker's great-grandchildren, Carlos Andrade, 72, lived on the property until recently, the paper said. But the retired university professor told the Star-Advertiser that he is helping Zuckerberg's case as a co-plaintiff in an effort to make sure the land is not surrendered to the county if no one in his extended clan steps up to take responsibility for paying property taxes on the plots."

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Microsoft debuts free Pix graphics tool beta for DX12 & Windows 10

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:03pm

Microsoft has launched a new blog dedicated to its Pix game graphics debugging/optimization tool alongside the public release of a free beta version of the tool for Windows 10 and DirectX 12. ...

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Cold case: The unsolved mystery of what lit Kepler’s supernova

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:03pm
In 1604, the last Milky Way supernova recorded by naked-eye observers brightened the night sky. Despite 400 years of study, we still don't know what lit the fuse
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Netflix Calls Out HBO For Not Letting Subscribers Binge On New Shows

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Netflix has gleefully poked a stick at its competitors in the video streaming market, after revealing it had added more than seven million subscribers to its service in the last three months of 2016. HBO also got a special mention. In a letter to shareholders, the company's boss Reed Hastings teased the TV drama maker by noting that, if the BBC was willing to stream shows before they air on television, then maybe HBO -- which has rigidly stuck to its strategy of eking out episodes to viewers -- should do the same. He said: "[...] the BBC has become the first major linear network to announce plans to go binge-first with new seasons, favoring internet over linear viewers. We presume HBO is not far behind the BBC. In short, it's becoming an Internet TV world, which presents both challenges and opportunities for Netflix as we strive to earn screen time." But it's worth noting that HBO currently has an exclusive deal with Sky in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Italy, allowing the broadcaster to have first-run rights on the likes of Game of Thrones and Westworld until 2020 -- so any such change isn't likely to happen in the near-term. Late last year, it struck a deal with Netflix rival Amazon, allowing Prime members in the US to sign up for a monthly HBO subscription. "We have a very successful partnership with this great company that continues to evolve," said HBO exec Sofia Chang in December. The company's HBO Now streaming service shows no sign of shifting strategy, either, with programs airing simultaneously on traditional TV and online.

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Video: How game devs can use level design tools expressively

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:39pm

At GDC 2015 game developer Forrest Dowling delivers an intriguing, succinct talk on how level design tools can be used to both express ideas or moods and afford players spaces to express themselves. ...

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Get a job: Playstudios is hiring a Game Server Engineer

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:30pm

Playstudios is seeking a Game Server Engineer to join the server development team in Austin, Texas in a role that focuses on creating and improving server-side game logic. ...

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32% of All US Adults Watch Pirated Content

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:20pm
Nearly a third of all US adults admit to having downloaded or streamed pirated movies or TV-shows, a new survey has found. Even though many are aware that watching pirated content is not permitted, a large number of pirates are particularly hard to deter. According to a report from TorrentFreak: This is one of the main conclusions of research conducted by anti-piracy firm Irdeto, which works with prominent clients including Twentieth Century Fox and Starz. Through YouGov, the company conducted a representative survey of over 1,000 respondents which found that 32 percent of all US adults admit to streaming or downloading pirated video content. These self-confessed pirates are interested in a wide variety of video content. TV-shows and movies that still play in theaters are on the top of the list for many, with 24 percent each, but older movies, live sports and Netflix originals are mentioned as well. The data further show that the majority of US adults (69%) know that piracy is illegal. Interestingly, this also means that a large chunk of the population believes that they're doing nothing wrong.

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Open-source toolkit turns Tilt Brush into a game dev tool

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:13pm

An open-source toolkit released by Google aims to help developers painlessly import assets created with the VR gameTilt Brush into Unity. ...

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Complex life may have had a false start 2.3 billion years ago

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:00pm
High levels of oceanic oxygen could have allowed advanced, animal-like life to develop for the first time – only to be wiped out again as oxygen vanished
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Amazon Patent Hints at Self-Driving Car Plans

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:40pm
Amazon is working on self-driving cars, according to a new patent that deals with the complex task of navigating reversible lanes. From a report on The Guardian: The patent, filed in November 2015 and granted on Tuesday, covers the problem of how to deal with reversible lanes, which change direction depending on the bulk of the traffic flow. This type of lane is typically used to manage commuter traffic into and out of cities, particularly in the US. Autonomous vehicles, the patent warns, "may not have information about reversible lanes when approaching a portion of a roadway that has reversible lane", leading to a worst-case scenario of them driving headfirst into oncoming traffic. More generally, the inability to plan for reversible lanes means cars and trucks can't optimize their routes by getting into the correct lane well in advance, something that could otherwise prove to be one of the benefits of self-driving cars. Amazon's solution to the problem could have much larger ramifications than simply dealing with highway traffic in large cities. The patent proposes a centralized roadway management system that can communicate with multiple self-driving cars to exchange information and coordinate vehicle movement at a large scale.

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Catch cutting-edge sponsored sessions from AMD, Intel, Nvidia and more at GDC 2017

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:29pm

Don't miss the great sponsored sessions at GDC 2017 -- everyone from Nvidia to Intel will be there talking about cutting-edge game tech like deep learning AI, DX12 multi-GPU rendering, and more! ...

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Fig secures $7.84M in funding to 'accelerate' crowdfunding platform

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:10pm

The crowdfunding platform has raised $7.84 million in funding from a Series A financing round led by venture capital firms Spark Capital and Greycroft. ...

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