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Australian Government Quietly Discussing New Ways to Combat Piracy

Game Politics - 1 hour 23 min ago

A leaked document from the Australian government reveals discussion points on implementing a potential online piracy crackdown. Among them, changing the law to bypass a 2012 court ruling by an Australian court that protected ISP iiNet from suffering for the infringements of its users, and new legislation to allow for ISP-level blocking of alleged 'pirate' sites.

Much of this is coming from Attorney-General George Brandis, but he faces the usual accusations about a lack of transparency during the preliminary phase of discussions by digital rights groups.

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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

Slashdot Updates - 1 hour 56 min ago
alphadogg writes: Public certificate authorities (CAs) are warning that as of Nov. 1 they will reject requests for internal SSL server certificates that don't conform to new internal domain naming and IP address conventions designed to safeguard networks. The concern is that SSL server digital certificates issued by CAs at present for internal corporate e-mail servers, Web servers and databases are not unique and can potentially be used in man-in-the-middle attacks involving the setup of rogue servers inside the targeted network, say representatives for the Certification Authority/Browser Forum (CA/B Forum), the industry group that sets security and operational guidelines for digital certificates. Members include the overwhelming bulk of public CAs around the globe, plus browser makers such as Microsoft and Apple. The problem today is that network managers often give their servers names like 'Server1' and allocate internal IP addresses so that SSL certificates issued for them through the public CAs are not necessarily globally unique, notes Trend Micro's Chris Bailey.

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Cautionary Tales: The Perils of Renting Out Your Home in California and Funding Games Via Kickstarter

Game Politics - 2 hours 32 min ago

A cautionary tale about renting your home out to strangers for some quick, short-term cash on CNN has ties to video games. According to this CNN report, Cory Tschogl rented out her 600-square-foot condo in Palm Springs, California to two brothers, which CNN describes as video game developers - more on that later. The two brothers, Maksym and Denys Pashanin from Austin, Texas, rented the Palm Springs condo for 44 days, paying for 30 days of their stay in advance.

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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Slashdot Updates - 2 hours 39 min ago
A new study published in Science (abstract) suggests that most dinosaurs were covered with feathers. This conclusion was drawn after the discovery of fossils belonging to a 1.5-meter-long, two-legged dinosaur called Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus. "The fossils, which included six skulls and many more bones, greatly broaden the number of families of dinosaurs sporting feathers—downy, ribboned, and thin ones in this case—indicating that plumes evolved from the scales that covered earlier reptiles, probably as insulation." Its distinctiveness from earlier theropod fossil discoveries suggests that feathered dinosaurs appeared much further back in history than previously thought. Paleontologist Stephen Brusatte said, "This does mean that we can now be very confident that feathers weren't just an invention of birds and their closest relatives, but evolved much deeper in dinosaur history. I think that the common ancestor of dinosaurs probably had feathers, and that all dinosaurs had some type of feather, just like all mammals have some type of hair."

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Blog: Portable game labels

Gamasutra - News - 3 hours 17 sec ago

"For a player to be able to pick a game optimal for the current game context, we should establish a taxonomy that efficiently and consistently can be used to label mobile games beyond mere gameplay." ...

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Crytek addresses financial situation

GamesIndustry.biz news - 3 hours 14 min ago
CryEngine creator says it has been enduring "transitional phase," but has secured additional capital for the long term
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CD Projekt Red Thinks Sex Should Be Subtle and Tasteful in Mature-Themed Video Games

Game Politics - 3 hours 26 min ago

While CD Projekt Red has not been afraid to include sexual content in its The Witcher series of action role-playing games, the Poland-based developer says that sex scenes in general should be tactful. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will contain sex scenes, according to level designer Miles Tost, but they will not be overdone or be tacky. These scenes will not be interactive either.

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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

Slashdot Updates - 3 hours 33 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: eSports have never been more popular, and many large companies are starting to view them in the same light as traditional sports. The amount of money being thrown around is beginning to rival the money exchanged over sports teams. A recent Dota 2 tournament handed out over $10 million in prizes, and Google's $1 billion purchase of game-streaming site Twitch.tv has now been confirmed. But it doesn't end there — companies like Coca-cola, Intel, Nissan, and major movie studios are looking at the audiences being drawn by eSports and realizing the advertising potential. "Last fall, Riot Games sold out the Staples Center for its League of Legends Championship Series Finals. While 12,000 people watched live in the home of the Lakers and Kings, over 32 million tuned in to the livestream." George Woo, head of a global eSports tournament, said, "Attendance to Intel Extreme Masters events has grown 10X with us filling up sport stadiums, where we have visitors lining up to get a seat to watch the competition. Online it has grown 100X, where we now get more viewers watching livestreams for a single event than we'd have tune in for an entire season in the past."

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'Far Cry 4' Developers Witness an Animal Sacrifice While Doing Research in Nepal

Game Politics - 3 hours 39 min ago

Here's a bizarre story: apparently two developers working on Far Cry 4 witnessed an animal sacrifice while doing research for the upcoming shooter.

According to this Polygon story, two Ubisoft developers took a trip to Nepal to do research for the fictional Himalayan setting in the game - Kyrat. While there they witnessed a goat being sacrificed as an offering to Kali, the Hindu goddess of change and destruction..

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New executive producer for EVE Online

GamesIndustry.biz news - 3 hours 41 min ago
Andie “CCP Seagull” Nordgren promoted at CCP
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RapidSwitch Helps Facilitate This Year's 'MineThon'

Game Politics - 4 hours 5 min ago

Dedicated server hosting company RapidSwitch is helping to make a 72-hour Minecraft marathon to benefit AbleGamers this weekend a reality. The company announced that it is sponsoring the event by providing the server hardware and connectivity to enable CreeperHost to run MineThon, a worldwide online fundraiser for AbleGamers, a charity that champions "includification." - making games accessible to gamers who have disabilities.

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A new dawn: Choosing a new game project

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 7 min ago

"I always found it easy to come up with new game ideas... So here are some thoughts on how I try to figure out if prototyping a game idea or even nurturing it into a full-grown game is worth my time." ...

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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 17 min ago
alphatel writes: Wikipedia has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of "disruptive" behavior. These otherwise anonymous edits were brought to light recently by @Congressedits, a bot that automatically tweets Wikipedia changes that come from Congressional IP addresses. The biography of former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard who eats Mexican babies." Mediaite's Wikipedia page was modified to label the site as a "sexist transphobic" publication.

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Game developers speak their minds as part of our 2014 Salary Survey

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 34 min ago

As part of Gamasutra's 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey, we asked respondents an open question: "Do you have anything to say about the game industry in 2013?" ...

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'Eve Online' Senior Producer Gets Promoted

Game Politics - 4 hours 40 min ago

CCP Games has promoted EVE Online Senior Producer Andie 'CCP Seagull' Nordgren to the role of executive producer  on the company's flagship MMO property. In her new role, Nordgren will oversee all aspects of EVE Online’s production from the company’s Reykjavik headquarters.

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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 17 sec ago
mspohr writes: A special issue of Science magazine devoted to 'Vanishing Fauna' publishes a series of articles about the man-caused extinction of species and the implications for ecosystems and the climate. Quoting: "During the Pleistocene epoch, only tens of thousands of years ago, our planet supported large, spectacular animals. Mammoths, terror birds, giant tortoises, and saber-toothed cats, as well as many less familiar species such as giant ground sloths (some of which reached 7 meters in height) and glyptodonts (which resembled car-sized armadillos), roamed freely. Since then, however, the number and diversity of animal species on Earth have consistently and steadily declined. Today we are left with a relatively depauperate fauna, and we continue to lose animal species to extinction rapidly. Although some debate persists, most of the evidence suggests that humans were responsible for extinction of this Pleistocene fauna, and we continue to drive animal extinctions today through the destruction of wild lands, consumption of animals as a resource or a luxury, and persecution of species we see as threats or competitors." Unfortunately, most of the detail is behind a paywall, but the summary should be enough to get the point across.

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Optimizing a Unity game for mobile using subtile meshes

Gamasutra - News - 5 hours 7 min ago

"The building which was previously four tiled textures and four draw calls can be rendered in one draw call, providing a performance boost without actually sacrificing any quality." ...

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US government chatbot gets you to tell all

New Scientist - Breaking news - 5 hours 25 min ago
People looking to gain security clearance may soon face grilling from a computer program that wants to hear all about your bad behaviour






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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 42 min ago
New submitter is_this_gdog writes: The Sunswift solar car team from UNSW Australia has broken an international world speed record for the fastest long-range electric vehicle, averaging a speed of 107km/h (66mph) over 500km (310miles) from a single charge with their car, eVe. Solar panels were not used for this record (with solar, the car has a range of over 500 miles), the challenge was endurance speed with battery only. There are faster electric cars, and one or two with longer range if you go slow enough — Sunswift eVe is the first to officially do 500kms at highway speeds (pending official FIA approval). Pictures of the car are available here.

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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 42 min ago
New submitter is_this_gdog writes: The Sunswift solar car team from UNSW Australia has broken an international world speed record for the fastest long-range electric vehicle, averaging a speed of 107km/h (66mph) over 500km (310miles) from a single charge with their car, eVe. Solar panels were not used for this record (with solar, the car has a range of over 500 miles), the challenge was endurance speed with battery only. There are faster electric cars, and one or two with longer range if you go slow enough — Sunswift eVe is the first to officially do 500kms at highway speeds (pending official FIA approval). Pictures of the car are available here.

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