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Simple IT Security Tactics for Small Businesses (Video)

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:14pm
Adam Kujawa is the lead person on the Malwarebytes Malware Intelligence Team, but he's not here to sell software. In fact, he says that buying this or that software package is not a magic bullet that will stop all attacks on your systems. Instead, he stresses coworker education. Repeatedly. Adam says phishing and other social engineering schemes are now the main way attackers get access to your company's information goodies. Hacking your firewall? Far less likely than it used to be, not only because firewalls are more sophisticated than ever, but also because even the least computer-hip managers know they should have one.

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On indie game pricing

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:10pm

Dan Adelman -- formerly Nintendo's indie guy, now a consultant to independent devs -- outlines exactly why a game like the upcoming Axiom Verge is worth $19.99, and what goes into indie pricing. ...

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Study: 19% of eSports fans would pay $200 for eSports tickets

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:06pm

Eventbrite surveys over 1,500 people who attended eSports events, and the full results hold some interesting learnings for developers -- especially those making games that shine during live events. ...

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Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: "Lenovo today announced that it has had enough of bloatware. The world's largest PC vendor says that by the time Windows 10 comes out, it will get rid of bloatware from its computer lineups. The announcement comes a week after the company was caught for shipping Superfish adware with its computers. The Chinese PC manufacturer has since released a public apology, Superfish removal tool, and instructions to help out users. At the sidelines, the company also announced that it is giving away 6-month free subscription to McAfee LiveSafe for all Superfish-affected users.

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Video: Molyneux reflects on indie dev and the rebirth of design

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:06pm

At GDC 2014, 22cans founder and industry veteran Peter Molyneux talks through what he learned as a developer who "grew up indie" and worked in AAA before going indie again with 22cans. ...

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To save the rainforest, let the locals take control

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:00pm
Global intervention in tropical forests to combat climate change could sideline their most effective guardians, warns Fred Pearce






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Road to the IGF: Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:57am

An interview with Shovel Knight composer Jake "Virt" Kaufman about both the technical aspects of the IGF Excellence in Audio finalist soundtrack's creation, as well as its inspirations. ...

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Road to the IGF: Shovel Knight

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:57am

An interview with Shovel Knight composer Jake "Virt" Kaufman about both the technical aspects of the IGF Excellence in Audio finalist soundtrack's creation, as well as its inspirations. ...

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Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:48am
donniebaseball23 writes: Thanks to a glut of titles, hardware and precious little innovation, the Guitar Hero and Rock Band craze all but died out by 2010. Now, however, strong rumors are swirling that one if not both franchises will be making a return on the new consoles. But will players care? And will the market once again support these games? Charles Huang, co-creator of Guitar Hero, weighed in, outlining some of the challenges. "First, the music genre attracts a more casual and female audience versus other genres. But the casual gamer has moved from console to mobile," he warned. "Second, the high price point of a big peripheral bundle might be challenging. Casual gamers have a lot of free-to-play options." That said, there could be room for a much smaller guitar games market now, analyst Michael Pachter noted: "It was a $2 billion market in 2008, so probably a $200 million market now. The games are old enough that they might be ready for a re-fresh, and I would imagine there is room for both to succeed if they don't oversaturate the way they did last time."

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Don't Miss: The challenges of being a mom in game development

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:46am

Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander talks to game developers who also happen to be mothers, about the challenges of balancing work and life, and finding success in a male-dominated industry. ...

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RIP, Leonard Nimoy

Game Politics - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:22am

Leonard Nimoy, the iconic actor who played logical Vulcan crew member Spock on the cult classic sci-fi series Star Trek, passed away today, The New York Times reports.

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Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:06am
schwit1 writes: Research and actual experience have found that adjusting to the slightly longer Martian day is not as easy as you would think. "If you're on Mars, or at least work by a Mars clock, you have to figure out how to put up with the exhausting challenge of those extra 40 minutes. To be exact, the Martian day is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds long, a length of day that doesn't coincide with the human body's natural rhythms. Scientists, Mars rover drivers, and everyone else in the space community call the Martian day a "sol" to differentiate it from an Earth day. While it doesn't seem like a big difference, that extra time adds up pretty quickly. It's like heading west by two time zones every three days. Call it 'rocket lag.'"

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Amazon deforestation soars after a decade of stability

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:00am
Satellite images of the Amazon show that deforestation in Brazil has, at points, risen to levels 467 per cent of last year's






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Tim Schafer and Nathan Vella host next week's GDC and IGF awards

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:44am

Double Fine's Tim Schafer is set to host this year's 15th annual Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2015, while Capy's Nathan Vella returns to host the 17th annual Independent Games Festival awards. ...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Game Politics - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:30am

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is notorious for taking on big fights in the U.S. Senate like Wall street and big banks, so when she goes after someone or something people tend to take notice. According to this Politico article, her next target is the Obama Administration's trade deal. According to Politico, Warren has begun fighting with the Obama administration over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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5 essential playability-focused activities every game should budget for

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:26am

"Here are five practical tasks that every studio -- large or small -- should be including in their game development cycle in order to improve their player experience right from the start of the project." ...

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VLC Gets First Major Cross-Platform Release

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:24am
An anonymous reader writes VideoLAN today launched what is arguably the biggest release of VLC to date: an update for the desktop coordinated with new versions across all major mobile platforms. The world's most-used media player just got a massive cross-platform push. The organization says the releases are the result of more than a year of volunteer work on the VLC engine and the libVLC library. As a result, VLC has gained numerous new features, has seen more than 1,000 bugs fixed, and has significantly increased its scope of supported formats.

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Obituary: Iconic actor Leonard Nimoy

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:19am

Actor, poet, musician and occasional video game voice-over artist Leonard Nimoy passed away at his home this morning due to complications from obstructive lung disease. He was 83. ...

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Finish your game!

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:16am

"This advice is meant to be for people who have never finished a game. If you're struggling with any project, no matter how big it is, you should know your destination and how to get there." ...

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Why US law on guns and mental health needs to change

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:00am
As eight die in shootings in Missouri, US organisations have banded together against a law compelling psychiatrists to report patients with mental illness






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