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Food bland? Electric spoon zaps taste into every bite

New Scientist - Breaking news - 13 hours 36 min ago
An electrode-studded spoon can conjure salt, sweet and bitter tastes on the tip of your tongue with just a quick pulse of electricity






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TTIP: The science of the US-European trade megadeal

New Scientist - Breaking news - 13 hours 43 min ago
It will be the biggest trade deal the world has ever seen – and that means you'll see changes in health, the environment and even happiness






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Denis Dyack Returns

Game Politics - 13 hours 54 min ago

Denis Dyack is back with a new company and has hit the rest button on the development of Shadow of the Eternals. The new company is called Quantum Entanglement Entertainment (QE2) and will develop intellectual property for television, the interactive entertainment industry, and film. Dyack will serve as COO of the new venture. The company is co-founded by Paul Rapovski, a veteran TV producer who worked with Silicon Knights on Too Human (he'll serve as CCO), and Jonathan M. Soon-Shiong, a former executive at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (who is the new company's CEO).

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Sony Sells 13.5 Million PlayStation 4 Units To-Date

Game Politics - 13 hours 56 min ago

While Sony is "killing it" with PlayStation 4 hardware sales, the company's latest financial results show that the company (overall) was not profitable in its most recent fiscal quarter. A 176 billion yen ($1.59 billion) impairment charge of goodwill against its mobile business caused these losses, according to the company. Sony's game business (Playstation family hardware and software) actually saw an increases in both sales and operating income, thanks to PlayStation 4 hardware and software sales.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold Freebies for November 2014

Game Politics - 13 hours 59 min ago

This month's Games With Gold freebies for Xbox Live Gold subscribers will look very familiar. This month anyone with an Xbox Live gold membership will be able to download Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (normally $14.99) beginning Nov.1 for Xbox 360. On the 16th they'll get a new game - Red Faction: Guerrilla (normally $19.99). Those with an Xbox One can download Volgarr the Viking. Volgarr the Viking is an ID@Xbox game and will debut on Xbox One as a free download.

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Bethesda: 'Prey 2' No Longer in Development

Game Politics - 14 hours 2 min ago

According to this CNET report, Bethesda Softworks has finally said that Human Head's Prey 2 is no longer in development. Speaking to CNET at PAX Australia, Bethesda's VP of marketing Pete Hines said that many would not be surprised by this news, considering how much the company has talked about the game through "official channels" (read: not much).

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Facing the Anthropocene: wonder in an age of collapse

New Scientist - Breaking news - 14 hours 10 min ago
Irrational ideas on economic growth, no water, vanishing islands. Two new books and an exhibition ask how we can live in the Anthropocene without going crazy






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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

Slashdot Updates - 14 hours 17 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Security researcher Mordechai Guri with the guidance of Prof. Yuval Elovici from the cyber security labs at Ben-Gurion University in Israel presented at MALCON 2014 a breakthrough method ("AirHopper") for leaking data from an isolated computer to a mobile phone without the presence of a network. In highly secure facilities the assumption today is that data can not leak outside of an isolated internal network. It is called air-gap security. AirHopper demonstrates how the computer display can be used for sending data from the air-gapped computer to a near by smartphone. The published paper and a demonstration video are at the link.

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How I got my dream job in the game industry

Gamasutra - News - 14 hours 35 min ago

"Trawling through 20,000+ job posts. Applying to 4,000+ jobs, giving out over 1000 business cards, talking to over 250 people on the phone for contacts and recommendations, and a 100+ interviews later, I finally have my dream job!" ...

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Plants make their own sunscreen to block damaging rays

New Scientist - Breaking news - 14 hours 36 min ago
Too much time in the sun would damage plants, as it does humans, so they use a chemical called sinapoyl malate to absorb ultraviolet rays for them






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5 things we learned from Kickstarter... after canceling our campaign

Gamasutra - News - 14 hours 38 min ago

"In retrospect we certainly don't regret going on Kickstarter. Maybe we didn't get the money from itbut the way that the campaign played was key in shaping how our game now looks and plays." ...

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Nordic Games acquires de Blob IP

GamesIndustry.biz news - 14 hours 44 min ago
Austrian publisher adds another franchise to its growing collection of former THQ brands
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Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests

Slashdot Updates - 14 hours 51 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: When news broke last week that the Hungarian government was planning to tax internet traffic at a rate of about 62 cents per gigabyte, people on the internet were outraged. But it went beyond that: there were protests in the streets in Hungary, and the European Union warned against the plan. Now, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has put the plans on hold, saying, "This tax in its current form cannot be introduced." It's not completely dead — Orban has planned consultations over the next year to look for other ways to tax revenue generated over the internet.

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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

Slashdot Updates - 15 hours 37 min ago
StartsWithABang writes: We like to think of our Solar System as typical: a central star with a number of planets — some gas giants and some rocky worlds — in orbit around it. Yes, there's some variety, with binary or trinary star systems and huge variance in the masses of the central star being common ones, but from a planetary point of view, our Solar System is a rarity. Even though there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy for planets to orbit, there are most likely around a quadrillion planets in our galaxy, total, with only a few trillion of them orbiting stars at most. Now that we've finally detected the first of these, we have an excellent idea that this picture is the correct one: most planets in the Universe are homeless. Now, thank your lucky star!"

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Arachnophobia chopped out of a man's brain

New Scientist - Breaking news - 15 hours 55 min ago
A man's lifelong fear of spiders vanished overnight with the removal of a part of his brain – it gives an insight into where and how our fears are stored






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Anti-Game Researchers Used to Vilify #GamerGate Supporters

Game Politics - 16 hours 6 min ago

Mother Jones officially owns the dubious distinction of publishing one of the most ridiculous articles about #GamerGate - the social media movement about "ethics in games journalism" (or about gender politics, depending on whom you ask) - to-date.

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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

Slashdot Updates - 16 hours 19 min ago
Microsoft has announced the availability of "Microsoft Band," a wearable device that goes on the wrist. It's designed to do health- and fitness-related tasks, like monitoring heart rate and how well a wearer sleeps, and its on-board GPS lets users map their run/bike routes. The company says Band plays nicely with iOS and Android devices in addition to Windows phones. It also has full support for viewing phone notifications and calendar alerts, and a built-in microphone enables queries through the Cortana personal assistant software. The display is rectangular, 11mm x 33mm (0.43" x 1.3"), and has a resolution of 320x106. They claim a battery life of 48 hours, with a charge time of 1.5 hours or less. The device costs $200.

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Why scratching an itch only makes it worse

New Scientist - Breaking news - 16 hours 36 min ago
The pain that scratching causes soothes an itch – but only for a second. As soon as the brain's response to that pain kicks it, it ramps up the itch further






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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Slashdot Updates - 17 hours 2 min ago
ewhac writes: "I'm probably going to deeply deeply regret this, but every time a story appears here mentioning systemd, a 700-comment thread of back-and-forth bickering breaks out which is about as informative as an old Bud Light commercial, and I don't really learn anything new about the subject. My gut reaction to systemd is (currently) a negative one, and it's very easy to find screeds decrying systemd on the net. However, said screeds haven't been enough to prevent its adoption by several distros, which leads me to suspect that maybe there's something worthwhile there that I haven't discovered yet. So I thought it might be instructive to turn the question around and ask the membership about what makes systemd good. However, before you stab at the "Post" button, there are some rules... Bias Disclosure: I currently dislike systemd because — without diving very deeply into the documentation, mind — it looks and feels like a poorly-described, gigantic mess I know nothing about that seeks to replace other poorly-described, smaller messes which I know a little bit about. So you will be arguing in that environment." Nice Things About systemd Rules: Post each new Nice Thing as a new post, not as a reply to another post. This will let visitors skim the base level of comments for things that interest them, rather than have to dive through a fractally expanding tree of comments looking for things to support/oppose. It will also make it easier to follow the next rule: Avoid duplication; read the entire base-level of comments before adding a new Nice Thing. Someone may already have mentioned your Nice Thing. Add your support/opposition to that Nice Thing there, rather than as a new post. Only one concrete Nice Thing about systemd per base-level post. Keep the post focused on a single Nice Thing systemd does. If you know of multiple distinct things, write multiple distinct posts. Describe the Nice Thing in some detail. Don't assume, for example, that merely saying "Supports Linux cgroups" will be immediately persuasive. Describe how the Nice Thing is better than existing, less controversial solutions. systemd is allegedly better at some things than sysvinit or upstart or inetd. Why? Why is the Nice Thing possible in systemd, and impossible (or extremely difficult) with anything else? (In some cases, the Nice Thing will be a completely new thing that's never existed before; describe why it's good thing.)We will assume out of the gate that systemd boots your system faster than ${SOMETHING_ELSE}, so no points for bringing that up. Bonus points are awarded for: Personal Experience. "I actually did this," counts for way more than, "The docs claim you can do this." Working Examples. Corollary to the above — if you did a Nice Thing with systemd, consider also posting the code/script/service file you wrote to accomplish it. Links to Supporting Documentation. If you leveraged a Nice Thing, furnish a link to the docs you used that describe the Nice Thing and its usage.

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Denis Dyack is still making his Eternal Darkness followup

Gamasutra - News - 17 hours 5 min ago

Denis Dyack, formerly the founder of Silicon Knights and most recently Chief Creative Officer of Precursor Games, has revealed his next move: an all-encompassing entertainment company. ...

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