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World closes in on goal of halving hunger by 2015

New Scientist - Breaking news - 11 hours 39 min ago
The number of people without enough to eat has fallen rapidly over the past 25 years, but sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia are still struggling






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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Slashdot Updates - 11 hours 53 min ago
mpicpp sends this news from CNN: In swaths of Syria now controlled by ISIS, children can no longer study math or social studies. Sports are out of the question. And students will be banned from learning about elections and democracy. Instead, they'll be subjected to the teachings of the radical Islamist group. And any teacher who dares to break the rules "will be punished." ISIS revealed its new educational demands in fliers posted on billboards and on street poles. The Sunni militant group has captured a slew of Syrian and Iraqi cities in recent months as it tries to establish a caliphate, or Islamic state, spanning Sunni parts of both countries. Books cannot include any reference to evolution. And teachers must say that the laws of physics and chemistry "are due to Allah's rules and laws."

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Be careful with kids' privacy - FTC hits developer with hefty penalty

Gamasutra - News - 11 hours 57 min ago

Mobile game developer TinyCo is settling with the U.S.' Federal Trade Commission after regulators accused the company of improperly collecting children's personal information. ...

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'Bejeweled 3' is 'On the House'

Game Politics - 12 hours 17 min ago

Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature PopCap’s incredibly-addictive puzzler Bejeweled 3 this month. To get the game for free, all you need to do is have an Origin account and the Origin client installed. If you have those things already, you can download the game for free from this link. Once you download the game and add it to your game library once, you own if and can download it again whenever you want according to EA.

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Destiny sales top $325 million in five days

GamesIndustry.biz news - 12 hours 20 min ago
Activision touts first sell-through totals for Bungie's latest shooter
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Shockers: Psychology experiments that we'd ban now

New Scientist - Breaking news - 12 hours 26 min ago
You can learn a lot about people if you mess with their minds. Here are four infamous experiments in which psychologists gave in to unethical temptations






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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Slashdot Updates - 12 hours 36 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Household devices are getting smarter these days: the so-called internet of things is bringing software-controlled thermostats, lighting, and other appliances into the mainstream. Many companies are fighting for a piece of the pie, but Logitech is taking a different approach. They're mostly known for computer peripherals, but they also make multi-function remote controls, and now they're trying to build remotes that will control all of a home's smart devices. "Logitech doesn't want to own the device, it wants to own the app experience. But to do that, it had to build a software overlay and a controller that would convince people to put it in their homes. So it's offering a $100 hub that combines IR, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and RF that will let you use the Logitech Harmony app to control gear that uses those protocols. This means if you have a SmartThings, a Peq or a Lutron hub, the Wi-Fi in the Logitech device will let you control the others' gear from Logitech, which so far seems to have a much nicer interface." They've worked out partnerships with a lot of companies that are big in the home, like Nest, Honeywell, and Philips, all of whom seem to want this extra layer of control for the user.

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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

Slashdot Updates - 13 hours 18 min ago
New submitter ildon writes: Recently, the rights holder of former game publisher Softdisk's game library put the rights to some of their old titles up for sale, including Commander Keen: Keen Dreams, one of the few games in the series not to be published by Apogee. A group of fans created an Indiegogo campaign to purchase those rights. We are just now seeing the fruits of that effort with the full source code of the game being published to GitHub. About a year ago, Tom Hall found the sources to episodes 4-6, but it's not clear what, if any, progress has been made on getting Bethesda to allow that code to be released.

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Boeing and SpaceX bag NASA's $6.8bn space taxi prize

New Scientist - Breaking news - 13 hours 56 min ago
NASA has announced that two private companies, Boeing and SpaceX, will start launching astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017






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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Slashdot Updates - 13 hours 59 min ago
An anonymous reader writes:Linux creator Linus Torvalds is well-known for his strong opinions on many technical things. But when it comes to systemd, the init system that has caused a fair degree of angst in the Linux world, Torvalds is neutral. "When it comes to systemd, you may expect me to have lots of colorful opinions, and I just don't," Torvalds says. "I don't personally mind systemd, and in fact my main desktop and laptop both run it." Torvalds added, "I think many of the 'original ideals' of UNIX are these days more of a mindset issue than necessarily reflecting reality of the situation. There's still value in understanding the traditional UNIX "do one thing and do it well" model where many workflows can be done as a pipeline of simple tools each adding their own value, but let's face it, it's not how complex systems really work, and it's not how major applications have been working or been designed for a long time. It's a useful simplification, and it's still true at some level, but I think it's also clear that it doesn't really describe most of reality."

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Slashdot Updates - 14 hours 41 min ago
dcblogs writes: Scotland is not a major high-tech employment center, but it has good universities and entrepreneurial energy. About 70,000 people work in tech out of a total workforce of about 2.5 million, or about 3%. By contrast, financial services accounts for about 15% of employment in Scotland. But passions are high. "Honest, I've never been so scared in my life," said Euan Mackenzie about the prospect of separating from the U.K. He runs a 16-employee start-up, 1partCarbon, in Edinburgh, a platform that builds medical systems. "For tech start-ups, funding will be tougher to find and more expensive, there will be no local banks, access to EU markets and the freedom of movement will be curtailed," said Mackenzie. "As someone who enjoys risk and new opportunities, my company will remain in Scotland and make the best of whichever side prevails on Thursday, but the effect of independence on tech start-ups and the whole Scottish economy will be cataclysmic," he said.

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Unity Pro now free to all PlayStation developers

Gamasutra - News - 15 hours 8 min ago

Game engine maker Unity said this morning it would be making the full Unity Pro suite free to all licensed PlayStation developers. ...

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Conservative Group Takes Aim at Feminism in Gaming

Game Politics - 15 hours 9 min ago

A new video from a conservative think tank called American Enterprise Institute featuring scholar Christina Hoff Sommers says that issues related to sexism and misogyny have been brought up mostly by pro-feminist tech writers and those sympathetic to them. Sommers has written several books critical of the current feminism movement including Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women and The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men.

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Some invaluable 2D tools from the Unity Asset Store

Gamasutra - News - 15 hours 12 min ago

"It helps to have good tools. And to call Unity a 'good tool' would be a ridiculous understatement. But like everything else, it's got limitations. ...

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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Slashdot Updates - 15 hours 23 min ago
Daniel_Stuckey writes: Friday night in Southern California's Silverado Valley, relief flew in on an old airliner. In this summer of drought and fire, the DC-10, an airplane phased out of passenger service in February, has been spotted from Idaho to Arizona delivering up to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant in a single acrobatic swoop. The three-engine DC-10 entered service in 1970 as a passenger jet, and the last airplane working in that capacity, operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, made its final flight on February 24. But some designs defy obsolescence. The DC-10 had already been converted to function as a mid-air refueling airplane for the Air Force, and in 2006, the first fire-fighting DC-10 was unleashed on the Sawtooth fire in San Bernardino County, California.

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Rust Creator Says He Would Have Done The Same Thing as Notch

Game Politics - 15 hours 24 min ago

Rust and Gary's Mod creator Garry Newman says that he would have done exactly the same thing as Markus 'Notch' Persson did if given the same opportunity. Newman is referring to the sale of Minecraft and Mojang to Microsoft that was formally announced on Monday.

Some fans have criticized Notch for selling the popular game and the company that makes it for $2.5 billion dollars; some say that they will "never forgive him," or that he has "sold out."

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Rust Creator Says He Would Have Done The Same Thing as Notch

Game Politics - 15 hours 25 min ago

Rust and Gary's Mod creator Garry Newman says that he would have done exactly the same thing as Markus 'Notch' Persson did if given the same opportunity. Newman is referring to the sale of Minecraft and Mojang to Microsoft that was formally announced on Monday.

Some fans have criticized Notch for selling the popular game and the company that makes it for $2.5 billion dollars; some say that they will "never forgive him," or that he has "sold out."

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Blog: Could streaming copyrighted content soon be made a felony?

Gamasutra - News - 15 hours 34 min ago

"Recent comments by the acting deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Criminal Division make it clear that there is a push for harsher penalties for streaming copyrighted material." ...

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Leaky wells, not fracking, polluted US drinking water

New Scientist - Breaking news - 15 hours 39 min ago
The act of fracking is probably not contaminating US drinking water – the real problem is leaks from the wells that bring natural gas to the surface






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Sony Predicts $2.1 Billion FY 2015 Loss

Game Politics - 15 hours 43 min ago

Sony announced today that, despite the PS4 selling so well, it still expects to report a net loss of 230 billion yen, or $2.1 billion, for the current fiscal year ending in March 2015. The scope and size of the net loss is a lot larger than what the company predicted back in July: it previously predicted a net loss of 50 billion yen, or $466m.

Sony is pinning this loss on impairment charges of 180 billion yen or $1.7 billion related to its struggling smartphone business

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