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PSA: 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' free to play on Steam all weekend

Game Politics - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:35am

Bethesda's hit role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, will be free to download and play on Steam all weekend. The free weekend coincides with the launch of paid mods on the service. From now until Sunday April 26th at 1PM Pacific you can download the game on Steam and play it for free. After that deadline if you want to continue playing the game you'll have to buy it.

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Police can now tell identical twins apart - just melt their DNA

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:30am
Some crimes are left unsolved because police can't tell which identical twin DNA evidence has come from. Now there's a quick way to tell them apart







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Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:13am
jones_supa writes: The final release of Ubuntu 15.04 is now available. A modest set of improvements are rolling out with this spring's Ubuntu. While this means the OS can't rival the heavy changelogs of releases past, the adage "don't fix what isn't broken" is clearly one 15.04 plays to. The headline change is systemd being featured first time in a stable Ubuntu release, which replaces the inhouse UpStart init system. The Unity desktop version 7.3 receives a handful of small refinements, most of which aim to either fix bugs or correct earlier missteps (for example, application menus can now be set to be always visible). The Linux version is 3.19.3 further patched by Canonical. As usual, the distro comes with fresh versions of various familiar applications.

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No, MS-DOS games weren't widescreen: Tips on correcting aspect ratio

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:54am

"Let us all agree that next time we present a screenshot of game from the '80s and early '90s, we should at least keep 4:3 images as 4:3 images!" ...

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Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:31am
An anonymous reader writes: Confirming speculation from yesterday, Comcast announced this morning that its attempt to merge with Time Warner Cable has been terminated. The announcement was very brief, but indicated that regulatory pressure was the reason they killed the deal. CEO Brian Roberts said, "Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away." The Washington Post adds, "The move by regulators to throw up roadblocks shows that the government has grown concerned about massive media conglomerates bigfooting rivals that are finding success by streaming content over the Internet, analysts said. And after years of approving a wave of mergers in the industry — including that of Comcast and NBC Universal in 2011 — federal officials are taking a new tone, they said."

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Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans

Game Politics - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:07am

The $45 billion merger deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is officially dead. Comcast announced this morning that it would abandon the deal in the face of growing opposition from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. Because Comcast didn't have a separation agreement, it does not have to pay Time Warner Cable any sort of separation fee.

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Hubble Turns 25

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:49am
Taco Cowboy points out that the Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 today. Hubble was launched on April 24, 1990, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Currently, it is flying about 340 miles over the Earth and circling us every 97 minutes. While the telescope itself is not really much to look at, that silver bucket is pure gold for astronomers. Scientists have used that vantage point to make ground-breaking observations about planets, stars, galaxies and to reveal parts of our universe we didn't know existed. The telescope has made more than a million observations and astronomers have used Hubble data in more than 12,700 scientific papers, "making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built," according to NASA. ... NASA aims to keep Hubble operating through at least 2020 so that it can overlap with its successor. The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch in October 2018 and begin observations in mid-2019. NASA celebrated by releasing a new, epic image from Hubble titled "Celestial Fireworks." It is accompanied by an impressive flythrough video. Some nice galleries of Hubble images have been put together at the NY Times and Slate, but a bigger collection is available directly from the official Hubble website.

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Cosmic Rays Could Reveal Secrets of Lightning On Earth

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:06am
sciencehabit writes: Despite Benjamin Franklin's best efforts with a kite and a key, the phenomenon of lightning remains a scientific enigma. Now, researchers have developed a new tool that could help them solve some of lightning's mysteries. By using cosmic rays, space-traveling particles that constantly rain down on our atmosphere, scientists report they can peek inside thunderstorms and measure their electric fields, helping them pinpoint the conditions that cause storms' electrical outbursts. The advance could help researchers predict more precisely when and where lightning is most likely to strike and get people out of harm's way in time.

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"At that time I started making this terrible mistake"

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:27am
Molyneux keynote at Reboot entertains, but avoids the elephant in the room
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We're not even sure how we got through Steam Greenlight

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:09am

"So: we were most likely not anywhere close to the top 100 during a periodic batch. How, then, did we get Greenlit? We have a few possible theories." ...

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Feedback: Some numerology of astronomy

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:00am
Food and drink for thought, we revisit magic DNA numbers, suspecting a subliminal message on education and more (full text available to subscribers)







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Peter Molyneux: Talking to the press too early can be your undoing

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:58am

Peter Molyneux, discussing his techniques for iterative development at Reboot Develop, says that talking to the press about your current idea of what your game will be can be a mistake. ...

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Watch with Apple: Developer perspectives

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:00am
TheCodingMonkeys, Eyes Wide Games and more on developing for Apple's latest tech
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Happy birthday Hubble, 25 today! Look back to where it all began

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:00am
The Hubble Space Telescope has produced some fabulous images over the past 25 years – and this is the mirror that made them all possible (eventually)







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MIT Developing AI To Better Diagnose Cancer

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:30am
stowie writes: Working with Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT has developed a computational model that aims to automatically suggest cancer diagnoses by learning from thousands of data points from past pathology reports. The core idea is a technique called Subgraph Augmented Non-negative Tensor Factorization (SANTF). In SANTF, data from 800-plus medical cases are organized as a 3D table where the dimensions correspond to the set of patients, the set of frequent subgraphs, and the collection of words appearing in and near each data element mentioned in the reports. This scheme clusters each of these dimensions simultaneously, using the relationships in each dimension to constrain those in the others. Researchers can then link test results to lymphoma subtypes.

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Zynga appoints ex-Genentech CFO to the board

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:20am
Louis J. Lavigne has "deep experience in business transformation" says the business in pressing need of transformation
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Technology can give political power back to the people

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:00am
Digital tools haven't transformed politics as much as we expected. But that's about to change – and just in time







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Beyond the Pentakill: The future of competitive game design

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:08am

"I argue that people being jerks to each other is not a property intrinsic to competition, but rather due to the way we are framing the competition." ...

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Resident Evil HD has sold 1 million units

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:23pm
Remastered version broke the day one sales record on PlayStation Network in Europe and North America
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Indies must learn to love marketing

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:08pm
Praying for discoverability to magically get better is no excuse for sending your games out to die today; marketing is a key development skill too
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