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Andrew Eisen: The Bugs and Glitches of The LEGO Movie Videogame

Game Politics - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:35pm

In Andrew Eisen's latest video he shows off just some of the bugs and glitches you can enjoy yourself by picking a copy of The LEGO Movie Videogame. It's fun for the whole family, unless your family isn't a fan of buggy, glitchy, anger-inducing bugs.

He's got a whole list of them over at his IGN blog.

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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:32pm
waderoush (1271548) writes "In April 2012, former Snapfish CEO Ben Nelson provoked both praise and skepticism by announcing that he'd raised $25 million from venture firm Benchmark to start the Minerva Project, a new kind of university where students will live together but all class seminars will take place over a Google Hangouts-style video conferencing system. Two years later, there are answers – or the beginnings of answers – to many of the questions observers have raised about the project, on everything from the way the seminars will be organized to how much tuition the San Francisco-based university will charge and how it's gaining accreditation. And in an interview published today, Nelson share more details about how Minerva plans to use technology to improve teaching quality. 'If a student wants football and Greek life and not doing any work for class, they have every single Ivy League university to choose from,' Nelson says. 'That is not what we provide. Similarly, there are faculty who want to do research and get in front of a lecture hall and regurgitate the same lecture they've been giving for 20 years. We have a different model,' based on extensive faculty review of video recordings of the seminars, to make sure students are picking up key concepts. Last month Minerva admitted 45 students to its founding class, and in September it expects to welcome 19 of them to its Nob Hill residence hall."

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RockYou's new strategy: Rescue games that other publishers don't want

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:16pm

RockYou is taking over Digital Chocolate and Playdom titles in two separate deals that bring 3 to 4 million players -- and some of the games' developers -- into its direct purview. ...

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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:51pm
New submitter rotorbudd (1242864) writes with an article at Reason about Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, who ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him."Guess the good Mayor has never heard of the Streisand Effect. 'The original Twitter account had a total of 50 followers. The new account has over 200.'"

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Video: Breaking down the seven-year development of Antichamber

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:50pm

Indie developer Alexander Bruce shares what his development philosophy and what he learned in a postmortem discussion of the development of Antichamber given at GDC 2014. ...

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'What's the best game dev educational resource you've ever used?'

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:40pm

There's a lot of great educational resources out there that can help you refine your game development skills -- the trouble is knowing where to look. ...

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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:09pm
dcblogs writes: "Southern California Edison is preparing to offshore IT jobs, the second major U.S. utility in the last year to do so. It will be cutting its staff, but it hasn't said by how much. The utility is using at least two offshore outsourcing firms, according to government records. SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers. Following a workplace shooting in SCE's IT offices in 2011, the utility conducted an independent audit of its organizational and management culture. One observation in this report, which was completed a year later, was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'"

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Red lettuce and dinosaur germs head to space station

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:03pm
SpaceX has launched its third cargo mission to the ISS, carrying gear that includes robot legs, a collapsible garden and a microbes from a dino fossil






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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:22pm
Nerval's Lobster writes: "Forbes offers up a comforting little story about how Nest and FitBit are planning on turning user data in a multi-billion-dollar business. 'Smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs (which is being acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) has quietly built a side business managing the energy consumption of a slice of its customers on behalf of electric companies,' reads the article. 'In wearables, health tracker Fitbit is selling companies the tracking bracelets and analytics services to better manage their health care budgets, and its rival Jawbone may be preparing to do the same.' As many a wit has said over the years: If you're not paying, you're the product. But if Forbes is right, wearable-electronics companies may have discovered a sweeter deal: paying customers on one side, and companies paying for those customers' data on the other. Will most consumers actually care, though?"

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Kickstarter gets challenging: Cult County, and the potential for failure

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:53pm

Despite spending a lot of effort on the campaign prior to launch, this post from Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham -- as well as its comments -- illustrate the challenges of funding games on Kickstarter. ...

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35pm
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35pm
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35pm
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35pm
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Blog: How DevOps can impact the experience of free-to-play games

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:03pm

"There are a host of technical issues that can -- and will -- undermine the player experience, even in the best-designed games." ...

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MediaGoblin and FSF Successfully Raise Funds For Federation, Privacy Features

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:50am
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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MediaGoblin and FSF Successfully Raise Funds For Federation, Privacy Features

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:50am
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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MediaGoblin and FSF Successfully Raise Funds For Federation, Privacy Features

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:50am
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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Categories: Science & Tech News

MediaGoblin and FSF Successfully Raise Funds For Federation, Privacy Features

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:50am
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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'Battlefield 1942' for Free Through Origin This Month

Game Politics - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:48am

Origin's 'On the House Program' is offering Battlefield 1942 for free this month. The game is free to download and keep, no string attached - except that you have to install and use EA's digital distribution platform. Last month EA gave away Dead Space for free.

EA plans on continuing to release full games, expansions, and more at no cost for the foreseeable future.

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