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JAXA Successfully Tests Its D-SEND Low-Noise Supersonic Aircraft

Slashdot Updates - 1 hour 3 min ago
AmiMoJo writes: JAXA, the Japanese space agency, has successfully tested its low sonic boom demonstration aircraft D-SEND#2. The unmanned aircraft is floated up to 30,000m by balloon and released, falling back to earth and breaking the sound barrier in the process. The sonic boom created is measured on the ground. The project aims to halve the noise created by sonic booms, paving the way for future supersonic aircraft.

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Senior Level Designer: Ready At Dawn Studios

Gamasutra - Jobs - 1 hour 43 min ago
Responsibilities: Development of design documentation for level progression (flow), level layouts and 3D block-outs for in-engine playtesting. Bring new ideas to the table in regards to every facet of the game; mechanics, story, missions, and more Work closely with the artists and programmers to take ideas from conception to implementation Skills Required: Minimum 3 years design experience Good oral and written communication skills Able to focus and work without micro-management Ability to take direction and accept critical review of your work Clear understanding and appreciation of schedules and milestones 3D game level building experience Ability to create fun and exciting gameplay using a complex array of mechanics. Strong understanding of aesthetics as it relates to level layout and presentation Passion for and broad knowledge of console games with an ability to critically analyze them Additional Skills (Pluses): Understanding of basic programming or scripting languages (LUA, Perl, JavaScript, etc) a plus Maya experience
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In Korea, Smartphones Use Multipath TCP To Reach 1 Gbps

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 7:48pm
An anonymous reader writes: Korean users are among the most bandwidth-hungry smartphone users. During the MPTCP WG meeting at IETF'93, SungHoon Seo announced that KT had deployed since mid June a commercial service that allows smartphone users to reach 1 Gbps. This is not yet 5G, but the first large scale commercial deployment of Multipath TCP by a mobile operator to combine fast LTE and fast WiFi to reach up to 1 Gbps. This service is offered on the Samsung Galaxy S6 whose Linux kernel includes the open-source Multipath TCP implementation and SOCKSv5 proxies managed by the network operator. Several thousands of users are already actively using this optional service.

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GasBuddy Has a New Privacy Policy (Spoiler: Not As Customer Friendly)

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:54pm
An anonymous reader writes: GasBuddy has been a popular iOS and Android app for the last 5 years used to find the cheapest place to get gas. According to the Google Play store, there are over 10 million installs (in additions to the installs from Apple and Amazon's appstores). Now that they have a large enough number of users, GasBuddy has updated their privacy policy to allow them to collect more information. Some highlights of the privacy policy changes include: only 10 days for new terms to take effect (previously users were given 30 days to review the changes); collection of "signal strength related to Wifi or Bluetooth functionality, temperature, battery level, and similar technical data"; and [a warning that the company] will not honor a web browser's "do not track" setting.

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Questioning the Dispute Over Key Escrow

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:38pm
Nicola Hahn writes: The topic of key escrow encryption has once again taken center stage as former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has spoken out against key escrow both at this year's Aspen Security Forum and in an op-ed published recently by the Washington Post. However, the debate over cryptographic back doors has a glaring blind spot. As the trove of leaks from Hacking Team highlights, most back doors are implemented using zero-day exploits. Keep in mind that the Snowden documents reveal cooperation across the tech industry, on behalf of the NSA, to make products that were "exploitable." Hence, there are people who suggest the whole discussion over key escrow includes an element of theater. Is it, among other things, a public relations gambit, in the wake of the PRISM scandal, intended to cast Silicon Valley companies as defenders of privacy?

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How I recreated the hallway from P.T. in Unity

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:00pm

How one developer recreated the infamous (and now deleted) demo for Hideo Kojima's Silent Hills in Unity: A complete look at the entire workflow. ...

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Tor Project Pilots Exit Nodes In Libraries

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:56pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Tor Project has announced a new initiative to open exit relays in public libraries. "This is an idea whose time has come; libraries are our most democratic public spaces, protecting our intellectual freedom, privacy, and unfettered access to information, and Tor Project creates software that allows all people to have these rights on the internet." They point out that this is both an excellent way to educate people on the value of private internet browsing while also being a practical way to expand the Tor network. A test for this initiative is underway at the Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, which already has a computing environment full of GNU/Linux machines.

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Critical BIND Denial-of-Service Flaw Could Take Down DNS Servers

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:14pm
alphadogg writes: Attackers could exploit a new vulnerability in BIND, the most popular Domain Name System (DNS) server software, to disrupt the Internet for many users. The vulnerability affects all versions of BIND 9, from BIND 9.1.0 to BIND 9.10.2-P2, and can be exploited to crash DNS servers that are powered by the software. The vulnerability announced and patched by the Internet Systems Consortium is critical because it can be used to crash both authoritative and recursive DNS servers with a single packet.

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Get a job: Square Enix is seeking programmers for its Tokyo studio

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:36pm

Want a chance to work in Tokyo? Square Enix is seeking "seasoned engineers" to work on its next-generation tech: the Luminous Engine. ...

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Urthecast Brings You Earth Images and Videos from the ISS (Video)

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:31pm
Most of us probably won't ever visit the International Space Station (ISS) and look down at the Earth (motto: "The only planet we know has beer, so let's not ruin it"). Looking at pictures and videos made by cameras mounted on the ISS is about as close as we're going to get. There's already an ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment on Ustream, but Urthecast is putting out higher-definition images than what you see on Ustream, and has plans to put out even clearer images and video before long. While Urthecast is likely to accumulate plenty of "oohs" and "aahhs" as it rolls along, according to CEO Scott Larson their real objective is to sell imagery -- and not necessarily just from the visible light band of the overall spectrum -- to industrial and government users. People like us are still invited to look at (and marvel at) lovely images of our planetary home. NOTE: Today's video is about 4:30 long. If you want to watch and listen to more of Mr. Larson, we have a second "bonus" (Flash) video for you. Or you can read the transcript, which covers both videos.

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Valve VR partner HTC invests $10 million in startup WEVR

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:27pm

The Taiwanese electronics company's commitment to its VR headset, the Vive -- developed in collaboration with Valve -- leads to an investment in a VR content company. ...

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China's Island-Building In Pictures

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: The South China Sea is just small enough to have high strategic value for military operations and just large enough to make territorial claims difficult. For over a year now, the world has been aware that China is using its vast resources to try and change that. Instead of fighting for claims on existing islands or arguing about how far their sovereignty should extend, they simply decided to build new islands. "The islands are too small to support large military units but will enable sustained Chinese air and sea patrols of the area. The United States has reported spotting Chinese mobile artillery vehicles in the region, and the islands could allow China to exercise more control over fishing in the region." The NY Times has a fascinating piece showing clear satellite imagery of the new islands, illustrating how a fleet a dredgers have dumped enormous amounts of sand on top of existing reefs. "Several reefs have been destroyed outright to serve as a foundation for new islands, and the process also causes extensive damage to the surrounding marine ecosystem." We can also see clear evidence of airstrips, cement plants, and other structures as the islands become capable of supporting them.

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ISPs argue that they are 'information services,' not 'telecommunication services' in federal court

Game Politics - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:38pm

Internet service providers and trade groups filed a 95-page brief on Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia laying out their arguments why the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules that went into effect in June should be overturned.

It seems that the core argument among ISPs is that common carrier rules cannot be applied to broadband internet providers because they provide "information services" and not "telecommunication services."

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Microsoft: 14 million installs so far for Windows 10

Game Politics - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:35pm

Microsoft announced today that around 14 million people have installed Windows 10 on their computers. Windows 10 began rolling out in phases on Wednesday and the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 seems to be something that a lot of people decided was too good to pass up.

"We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade," Microsoft marketing boss Yusuf Mehdi said.

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GameDevTweets: A week's worth of what your peers are saying

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:32pm

Game developers are all over Twitter, sharing everything from tips on making games, observations on the latest news, and snarky jokes. We've grabbed a load of the past week's best tweets. ...

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HTC invests $10 million in VR content creator

Game Politics - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:29pm

Mobile phone maker HTC announced an investment of $10 million in VR development community and media platform WEVR. The goal of the investment is to stimulate the creation of virtual reality content for its upcoming Vive VR headset. Under the terms of the investment deal, HTC 15 percent stake in the Los Angeles-based WEVR.

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Local multiplayer nixed in 'Zombi'

Game Politics - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:24pm

Yesterday Ubisoft announced that it would bring the Wii U exclusive zombie survival game ZombiU to other platforms as "Zombi" in the middle of August, but it left out some important details that might make some fans a bit irritated.

In a new blog post the company said that the game will have more melee weapons in the Xbox One, PC, and PS4 versions of the game. That's good news. The bad news? It won't have any multiplayer.

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Will Autonomous Cars Be the Insurance Industry's Napster Moment?

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:03pm
An anonymous reader writes: Most of us are looking forward to the advent of autonomous vehicles. Not only will they free up a lot of time previously spent staring at the bumper of the car in front of you, they'll also presumably make commuting a lot safer. While that's great news for the 30,000+ people who die in traffic accidents every year in the U.S. alone, it may not be great news for insurance companies. Granted, they'll have to pay out a lot less money with the lower number of claims, but premiums will necessarily drop as well and the overall amount of money within the car insurance system will dwindle. Analysts are warning these companies that their business is going to shrink. It will be interesting to see if they adapt to the change, or cling desperately to an outdated business model like the entertainment industry did. "One opportunity for the industry could be selling more coverage to carmakers and other companies developing the automated features for cars. ... When the technology fails, manufacturers could get stuck with big liabilities that they will want to cover by buying more insurance. There's also a potential for cars to get hacked as they become more networked."

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What brings a virtual city to life?

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:50am

"The truly magical thing about virtual cities is that they often imprint themselves on our lives in much the same way that physical geographies do." Columnist Katherine Cross examines where virtual worlds succeed--and fail. ...

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'League of Legends' hero killed and unplayable

Game Politics - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:30am

Riot Games has killed off a League of Legends hero that some people paid money for, though it seems that this death is part of a narrative being crafted as part of the game's lore - and the character will return at a later date. Those who had paid money to play as the pirate hero Gangplank and use his character skins were a little bit upset, with some calling for refunds.

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