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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:54pm
sarahnaomi writes There sits, in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, a bell that has been ringing, nonstop, for at least 175 years. It's powered by a single battery that was installed in 1840. Researchers would love to know what the battery is made of, but they are afraid that opening the bell would ruin an experiment to see how long it will last. The bell's clapper oscillates back and forth constantly and quickly, meaning the Oxford Electric Bell, as it's called, has rung roughly 10 billion times, according to the university. It's made of what's called a "dry pile," which is one of the first electric batteries. Dry piles were invented by a guy named Giuseppe Zamboni (no relation to the ice resurfacing company) in the early 1800s. They use alternating discs of silver, zinc, sulfur, and other materials to generate low currents of electricity.

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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:15pm
TechCurmudgeon writes A story in PCWorld's "World beyond Windows" column outlines coming improvements in Chrome OS that will enable easily running Linux directly from a USB stick: "Have you ever installed a full desktop Linux system on your Chromebook? It isn't all [that] hard, but it is a bit more complex than it should be. New features in the latest version of Chrome OS will make dipping into an alternative operating system easier. For example, you'll be able to easily boot a full Linux system from a USB drive and use it without any additional hassle!"

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'If you had to pick one game for aspiring devs to study, what would it be?'

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:10pm

What game teaches you the lessons you need to know to make games? What game really matters -- and why does it matter? We asked our followers. ...

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Beautiful blood clot could reveal deadly detail

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:01pm
An award-winning extreme close-up of a blood clot could give insight into the causes of heart disease and stroke






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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:33pm
CryoKeen writes: I got a new laptop recently after trading in my old laptop for store credit. While I was waiting to check out, the sales guy just handed me some random antivirus software (Trend Micro) that was included with the purchase. I don't think he or I realized at the time that the CD/DVD he gave me would not work because my new laptop does not have a CD/DVD player. Anyway, it got me wondering whether I should use it or not. Would I be better off downloading something like Avast or Malwarebytes? Is there one piece of antivirus software that's significantly better than the others? Are any of the paid options worthwhile, or should I just stick to the free versions? What security software would you recommend in addition to anti-virus?

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Three Million Copies of 'DayZ' Sold To-Date

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:54pm

Bohemia Interactive's Steam Early Access zombie survival shooter DayZ has officially sold 3 million copies of its standalone version, according an announcement by the company. While the game is still in early development, it has managed to garner around 3 million players since its release in December of 2013. The game has also changed a bit over the last year thanks to 24 updates since launch.

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DayZ hits 3 million sales after 13 months in Early Access

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:54pm

The popular standalone version of DayZ has hit 3 million sales in just over a year -- as the team works to rebuild its engine from the ground up. ...

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GLAAD Gives Special Recognition to 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and 'The Last of Us' DLC

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:53pm

LGBT-advocacy group GLAAD has announced its Media Award nominees, and while games are not traditionally part of this award, the group has given BioWare a "Special Recognition" award for its representation of LGBT characters in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

In its announcement the advocacy group said that Inquisition earned the recognition for its "many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game."

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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:46pm
The company is called TrackPIN, as is the product. Its creator, Mark Hall, showed it off at CES. Timothy pointed his camcorder at Mark as he explained how his product would let you get package deliveries safely when you aren't home by giving the UPS or FedEx (or other) delivery person access to your garage, as well as letting in selected people like your maid, your plumber, and possibly an aquarium cleaner. Each one can have a private, one-time PIN number that will actuate your garage door opener through the (~$250) TrackPIN keypad and tell your smartphone or other net-connected device that your garage was just opened, and by whom. You might even call this, "One small step for package delivery; a giant leap forward for the Internet of Things." Except those of us who don't have garages (not to mention electric garage door openers) may want to skip today's video; the TrackPIN isn't meant for the likes of us. (Alternate Video Link)

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10 New Rosetta Images Reveal Comet 67P In All Its Glory

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:02pm
sciencehabit writes: The first scientific results from Rosetta at comet 67P have been published, and they detail a surprising diversity of features on the 4-kilometer-long duck-shaped comet. The discoveries include images from Rosetta's main science camera, OSIRIS, which reveal 67P to be a far more varied place than anyone expected. The article summarizes a trove of scientific papers that were published today about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The best part? They're all freely available.

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:24pm
WheezyJoe writes: If you've been holding out hope that FiOS would rescue you from your local cable monopoly, it's probably time to give up. Making good on their statements five years ago, Verizon announced this week it is nearing "the end" of its fiber construction and is reducing wireline capital expenditures while spending more on wireless. The expense of replacing old copper lines with fiber has allegedly led Verizon to stop building in new regions and to complete wiring up the areas where it had already begun. The fiber network was profitable, but nowhere near as profitable as their wireless network. So, if Verizon hasn't started in your neighborhood by now, they never will, and you'd best ignore all those ads for FiOS.

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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:32pm
An anonymous reader writes: The complainant in a sexual harassment case has come forward and told her story about what happened when she was a student in a MOOC led by a rockstar professor. "It would take almost a year before Harbi, with the help of MIT’s investigators, said she came to understand that Lewin’s interest in her was not motivated by empathy, and that their first conversations included inappropriate language. Shortly after contacting her, Harbi said, Lewin quickly moved their friendship into uncomfortable territory, and she was pushed to participate in online sexual role-playing and send naked pictures and videos of herself."

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IGF Student Showcase winners are here

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:31pm
Over 350 entries this year
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SXSW Gaming Award Nominees Revealed

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:03pm

The organizers of the annual South by Southwest Gaming Expo have announced the nominees for this year's SXSW Gaming Awards. The SXSW Gaming Awards take place March 14 in Austin, Texasas part of the annual convention. This year's nominees for the biggest and most prestigious category - Game of the Year - are Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Bayonetta 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Shovel Knight, and Dark Souls II.

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DayZ standalone sells 3m copies

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:01pm
Hits milestone after just over a year on Early Access
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Get a job: Be a Mobile Game Engineer for Sega Networks

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:58am

Sega Networks' Three Rings studio is looking for developers with strong backgrounds in mobile and server-side engineering to work on new mobile and live operations games in San Francisco, CA. ...

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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:50am
itwbennett writes: Automated tank gauges (ATGs), which are used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be manipulated over the Internet by malicious attackers, according to security firm Rapid7. "An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system," said HD Moore, the chief research officer at Rapid7.

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Video: Building Glitch City, a Voltron-like indie dev collective

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:37am

At GDC Next 2014, indie developers Asher Vollmer, Teddy Diefenbach, Ben Esposito and other Glitch City members discuss their failures and successes in founding an indie dev collective and workspace. ...

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The development and sales of a niche iOS game: Freediving Hunter

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:34am

A quick and cost breakdown, and sales/revenue (with promotional costs factored in) for Freediving Hunter, which has been available on the App Store for 8 months. ...

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Don't Miss: Game programming tips from Super Meat Boy's coder

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:21am

Taking your first steps toward your dream game is an overwhelming feeling. In this classic blog, Super Meat Boy programmer Tommy Refenes offers practical tips for aspiring (and veteran) developers. ...

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