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Blizzard the big winner at The Game Awards 2016

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 7:25am

Blizzard cleaned up at this year's Game Awards, coming away with the Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best eSports Game, and Best Multiplayer awards for its work on Overwatch.  ...

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UK Homes Lose Internet Access After Cyber-Attack

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 7:20am
More than 100,000 people in the UK have had their internet access cut after a string of service providers were hit by what is believed to be a coordinated cyber-attack, taking the number affected in Europe up to about a million. From a report on The Guardian, shared by reader JoshTops: TalkTalk, one of Britain's biggest service providers, the Post Office and the Hull-based KCom were all affected by the malware known as the Mirai worm, which is spread via compromised computers. The Post Office said 100,000 customers had experienced problems since the attack began on Sunday and KCom put its figure at about 10,000 customers since Saturday. Earlier this week, Germany's Deutsche Telekom said up to 900,000 of its customers had lost their internet connection as part of the same incident.

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GAME teases new Central London 'experience'

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:56am
“We're excited to be opening a brand new experience in Wardour Street before Christmas and will be announcing further details in the coming weeks”
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Four New Elements Finally Get Their Official Names, Added To Periodic Table

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:40am
Scientists have updated the periodic table to add four new elements, namely: Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson. The super-heavy elements discovered by scientists from Japan, Russia, and America, complete the seventh row of the table. Their inclusion also marks the first additions since 2011. From an article on University Herald: Now that the new elements have their names, the seventh row of the periodic table is now complete. The approval was done by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The elements were confirmed back in January. They were assigned temporary names and symbols: ununtrium (Uut), ununpentium (Uup), ununseptium (Uus), and ununoctium (Uuo). It was noted that the teams of Russian, American and Japanese researchers behind the discoveries were given the task of naming the elements that they uncovered. They submitted their proposals in June.

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Zenimax threatens legal action against Doom-inspired roguelike, DoomRL

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:39am

Zenimax Media, parent company of Bethesda, has threatened legal action against DoomRL, a free browser-based Doom roguelike inspired by the popular FPS.  ...

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Blog: Using the Game Project Canvas as a production cheat sheet

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:00am

Starting a new project requires a lot of thinking to get all the pieces of the puzzle together. The Game Project Canvas is a cheat sheet for helping with that. Here's how it works. ...

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US Economy Added 178,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.6 Percent

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:00am
The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent the previous month, according to new government data released (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternate source) Friday morning. From a report on the Washington Post: Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News had expected U.S. employers to create 180,000 new jobs last month -- roughly in line with the average number added in the first 11 months of the year. The first release after a contentious election in which the candidates disputed the health and direction of the economy, the data showed a job market that is continuing to steadily strengthen from the recession. The unemployment rate fell to levels not seen since August 2007, before a bubble in the U.S. housing market began to burst. The fall was driven partly by the creation of new jobs, and partly by people retiring and otherwise leaving the labor force. The labor force participation rate ticked down to 62.7 percent. Average hourly earnings declined by 3 cents to $25.89. The decrease pared back large gains seen in October, but over the year average hourly earnings are still up 2.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

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Whales talk to each other by slapping out messages on water

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 5:06am
Humpback whales break the surface and splash down to make a long-distance call, while fin-slapping is for local conversations
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Microbes carve tiny rock homes for their barnacle chefs

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 5:04am
It's a first: barnacles provide food for the bacteria, which in turn dig out shelters for the barnacles, creating curious tear shapes on Australian rocks
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That Dragon, Cancer co-dev: “You chose to love us through our grief”

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:53am
Ryan Green gave a heartfelt acceptance speech as tale of child cancer picked up Game Award
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Charity games bundle raises over $160,000

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:08am
A Good Bundle featured 173 games from more than 115 developers, organised with Itch.io
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Bees of the sea: Tiny crustaceans pollinate underwater plants

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:06am
Seagrass pollen doesn’t just ride the tides - the grains of at least one species hitchhike on undersea invertebrates  
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Virtual Reality Check

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:00am
Weekly Roundup: Now that the VR market is in the "gap of disappointment," how does it climb out again?
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Super Evil Megacorp to debut Vainglory franchise program in 2017

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:43am
Partner teams will share in multiple revenue streams and guide the future of the game as an eSport
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China Is Censoring People's Chats Without Them Even Knowing About It

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: A new study from The Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto, reveals that censorship on WeChat occurs primarily in group chats rather than one-on-one chats between two people, and often in such a way where the sender of a text isn't even aware a piece of text has been scrubbed. The discoveries illuminates how China's government attempts to keep its citizens blind to the scope of its censorship regime. The researchers set out find the extent to which certain keywords got scrubbed from conversations between two or more users in WeChat. To do this, in June 2016 the team posed as a Chinese WeChat user and sent out 26,821 keywords containing terms that had been censored on other apps, including Tom-Skype (a made-for-China version of Skype) and YY (a live broadcast app). A corresponding Canadian user in the two-way chat would then report back to say whether or not the message had been received. The report states that out of the entire sample, only one term -- Falun Gong -- had been scrubbed. When they ran an identical test in August, even that text mysteriously passed without censorship. Yet when they tested group chats, they found multiple cases in which certain keywords triggered a removal. Specifically, while sensitive terms used in isolation were unlikely to trigger censorship (say "June 4th," a reference to the Tiananmen Square protests, brutally put down on June 4, 1989), it took effect when they were used in a full sentence or with other keywords. The researchers also discovered that when WeChat censored a message, the sender received no notice informing him that his text had not reached the intended recipient. The study also notes that "WeChat only censors content for users who bind their account to a mainland Chinese phone number when they first register to use the app." The censorship is still applied even if Chinese residents move to different countries or change phone numbers.

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Wargaming bolsters mobile with Boomlagoon acquisition

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 1:19am
Finnish studio will change its name to Wargaming Helsinki after four years of independence
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Super Rad Raygun's self-imposed constraint: a 2-bit color palette

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 1:00am

"Maintaining a clear distinction between foreground and background is a constant struggle. You also don't have any way to use color to hint to the player what's dangerous and what's beneficial." ...

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Xbox: “We'll look back on 2016 as our tipping point”

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:54am
Fresh momentum suggests that Xbox One has overcome its troubled launch
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Erich Bloch, Who Helped Develop IBM Mainframe, Dies At 91

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:30am
shadowknot writes: The New York Times is reporting (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source) that Erich Bloch who helped to develop the IBM Mainframe has died at the age of 91 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease. From the article: "In the 1950s, he developed the first ferrite-core memory storage units to be used in computers commercially and worked on the IBM 7030, known as Stretch, the first transistorized supercomputer. 'Asked what job each of us had, my answer was very simple and very direct,' Mr. Bloch said in 2002. 'Getting that sucker working.' Mr. Bloch's role was to oversee the development of Solid Logic Technology -- half-inch ceramic modules for the microelectronic circuitry that provided the System/360 with superior power, speed and memory, all of which would become fundamental to computing."

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