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Research Shows Using Video Games is a Great Way to Educate Young People About HIV

Game Politics - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:52am

In an interview with Medical Research, Lynn E. Fiellin talks about how video games are helping to teach young people about risk prevention related to HIV. Fiellin is an M.D., an Associate Professor of Medicine Yale University School of Medicine, and the director of play2PREVENT Lab.

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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:42am
gunner_von_diamond (3461783) happened upon Ask Slashdot: Experiences with Laser Eye Surgery from ten years ago, and asks: I was just reading a story on /. from 10 years ago about Lasik Eye Surgery. Personally, I've had Lasik done and loved every single part of the surgery. I went from wearing contacts/glasses every day to having 20/15 vision! In the older post, everyone seemed to be cautious about it, waiting for technical advances before having the surgery. Today, the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ], takes about 10-15 minutes, and I recovered from the surgery that same day. So my question is: what is holding everyone else back from freeing themselves from contacts and glasses?

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Get a job: Obsidian is hiring a Visual Effects Artist

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:41am

Handy with Maya and 3ds Max? Irvine, CA-based Obisidian Entertainment is looking to hire a visual effects artist to work with the designers and art director of an upcoming MMORPG. ...

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Facebook committed to long-term future of Oculus VR

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:39am
"We expect to continue investing heavily and that our costs will increase"
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Don't Miss: Khris Brown on the secrets of great voice acting

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:31am

Gamasutra speaks to voice director, consultant and game industry veteran Khris Brown to better understand how high-quality voicework in games comes together from a developer perspective. ...

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Icy moon explorer gets an Alaska road test

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:30am
Camped on a glacier, Lisa Grossman meets a robot that could pierce the ice of Jupiter's moon Europa and check its hidden ocean for signs of life






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In-game currency comes to Titanfall, but you can't buy it

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:21am

Respawn announced today that it will be adding in-game currency to Titanfall alongside a new market system on July 31, but you can't pay real money for it -- you have to play for it. ...

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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:01am
New submitter Tim the Gecko (745081) writes Comcast has announced 1Tb/s of Internet facing, native IPv6 traffic, with more than 30% deployment to customers. With Facebook, Google/YouTube, and Wikipedia up to speed, it looks we are past the "chicken and egg" stage. IPv6 adoption by other carriers is looking better too with AT&T at 20% of their network IPv6 enabled, Time Warner at 10%, and Verizon Wireless at 50%. The World IPv6 Launch site has measurements of global IPv6 adoption.

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California's Katrina? The great delta dilemma

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00am
Drought is not the only threat to California's water supply – the state's single biggest source of water is a catastrophe waiting to happen (full text available to subscribers)






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Yet another storefront to sell your Linux games

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:32am

Gog.com finally adds Linux to its portfolio of supported platforms today, announcing that it now sells over 50 Linux-compatible games and will be adding more in the months to come. ...

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Art by algorithm: Computer evolves new artworks

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:30am
A computer algorithm that modifies images by mimicking the rules of natural selection can work with people to evolve novel works of art






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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:20am
alphadogg (971356) writes with news that the SSA has joined the long list of federal agencies with giant failed IT projects. From the article: "Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion. Five years later, it was still two to three years from being done, according to the report by McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm. Today, with the project still in the testing phase, the agency can't say when it will be completed or how much it will cost.

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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:20am
alphadogg (971356) writes with news that the SSA has joined the long list of federal agencies with giant failed IT projects. From the article: "Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion. Five years later, it was still two to three years from being done, according to the report by McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm. Today, with the project still in the testing phase, the agency can't say when it will be completed or how much it will cost.

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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:20am
alphadogg (971356) writes with news that the SSA has joined the long list of federal agencies with giant failed IT projects. From the article: "Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion. Five years later, it was still two to three years from being done, according to the report by McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm. Today, with the project still in the testing phase, the agency can't say when it will be completed or how much it will cost.

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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:20am
alphadogg (971356) writes with news that the SSA has joined the long list of federal agencies with giant failed IT projects. From the article: "Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion. Five years later, it was still two to three years from being done, according to the report by McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm. Today, with the project still in the testing phase, the agency can't say when it will be completed or how much it will cost.

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Oculus Begins Shipping Rift Development Units, But Many Will Have To Wait Until August

Game Politics - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:03am

The latest version of Oculus Rift for developers (DK2) has begun shipping to buyers, but there's some question as to whether those who purchased a DK2 will get one in this first batch of shipments. In early June Oculus VR community manager Andres Hernandez indicated that the company was unlikely to be able to fulfill all deliveries on schedule in July after receiving over 45,000 DK2 pre-orders.

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Blog: WildStar's CREDD system explained

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:01am

"WildStar CREDD can be used to lengthen a subscription by one month, allowing players to exchange game gold for game time. If players don't want to farm gold, they can just pay a regular subscription fee." ...

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Wiping out species can push people into slavery

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:00am
A new analysis suggests that the decline of wildlife fuels social unrest and slavery, but giving local people control over their local wildlife could help






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Feathersaurus: plant-eating dinos had plumage too

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:00am
New fossils suggest it was not just bird-like dinosaurs that had elaborate feathers – the other major dinosaur group had them too






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Trials Fusion sells 1 million

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:57am
Ubisoft motorcycle stunt game marks occasion with free update, new features for track editor
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