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Zynga shareholder lawsuit can proceed, federal court rules

Game Politics - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:26am

A U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco has ruled that a lawsuit against social game maker Zynga concerning its December 2011 initial public offering can proceed, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled that shareholders alleging that Zynga  defrauded them "before and after" its Dec. 2011 IPO could proceed with their lawsuit. An earlier version of the lawsuit was tossed out by the same judge 13 months ago.

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Don't Miss: Boss battle design and structure

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:26am

Designer Mike Stout breaks down the boss battle into eight different beats, and runs two notable ones -- Ocarina of Time's Ganon and Portal's GladOS -- through a thorough design analysis. ...

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How analytics and ads can work together in your game

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:18am

"With data-driven models, you can see exactly what source is bringing consumers in, which source they're passing over, which source finally drives them to buy." ...

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Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:16am
itwbennett writes: When developers talk about what makes some source code particularly 'good,' a handful of qualities tend to get mentioned frequently (functional, readable, testable). What would you add to this list?

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Giant pandas' secret social life revealed

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:00am
GPS trackers placed on five pandas in a nature reserve in China show they sometimes hang out together for weeks at a time







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Soon you'll be able to sign up for Valve's Vive VR dev kit

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:54am

Company spokesman Doug Lombardi says that Valve plans to launch a sign-up site for free (and likely extremely limited) dev kits next as early as week. ...

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Gen Con issues letter to the community on SB 101, event stuck in Indianapolis until after 2020

Game Politics - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:39am

Gen Con CEO and owner Adrian Swartout wrote an open letter to the community yesterday expressing his disappointment in Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign State Senate Bill 101, the "Religious Freedom Act." Under the new law business owners can refuse to provide service to individuals based on their religious beliefs. For example, a baker could tell a gay or lesbian couple that they refuse to bake them a wedding cake, because they oppose same-sex marriage. Under this new law state and local government agencies cannot do anything to intervene.

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Quebec reinstates video game tax breaks

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:38am

A new budget means new tax breaks: The Quebec government has restored the 37.5 percent credit for game development, which was slashed last June. ...

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Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:35am
braindrainbahrain writes: Hacker Oscarv wanted a PDP-8 mini computer. But buying a real PDP-8 was horribly expensive and out of the question. So Oscarv did the next best thing: he used a Raspberry Pi as the computing engine and interfaced it to a replica PDP-8 front panel, complete with boatloads of fully functional switches and LEDs.

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Twin Earths may lurk in our nearest star system

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:28am
Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light years away, may hold two planets like our own, according to observations with the Hubble Space Telescope







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Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:53am
HughPickens.com writes: Jad Mouawad And Christopher Drew write in the NY Times that although airplane cockpits are supposed to be the last line of defense from outside aggressors, airlines have fewer options if the threat comes from within. One of the major safety protocols that actually made planes safer in the past 15 years was that the cockpits were turned into fortresses. Unfortunately, that exact advantage was exploited by the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane on Tuesday to crash it intentionally. "It is shocking to me that there was not a second person present in the cockpit," says Mark Rosenker, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Access to the cockpit is strictly regulated in the United States. Passengers are not allowed to congregate near the cockpit door, and whenever the door is open, no one is allowed in the forward bathroom and flight attendants usually block aisle access, sometimes using a food cart. The Federal Aviation Administration mandates that a flight attendant must sit in the cockpit when either pilot steps into the passenger area; European regulations do not have a similar two-person rule, but they're now talking about creating one. The Germanwings accident also points to potential shortcomings in how pilots are screened for mental problems, a recurring concern for an industry that demands focus and discipline in an increasingly technical job, often in stressful situations. In 2012, a well-regarded pilot with JetBlue, one of the airline's earliest employees, was physically restrained by passengers on a flight from New York to Las Vegas after displaying erratic behavior. In that case, the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cabin and made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Tex. "Aircraft-assisted pilot suicides," as the Federal Aviation Administration calls them, are rare. They include the November 2013 crash of a Mozambique Airlines plane bound for Luanda, Angola, which bears an eerie resemblance to the Germanwings plane's demise. When the flight's co-pilot left to use the lavatory, the captain locked him out of the cockpit and manually steered the aircraft earthward. The crash of Egypt Airlines Flight 990 off Nantucket, Mass., in 1999, which killed all 217 people on board, was also caused by deliberate action, a National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded. Experts on suicide say that the psychology of those who combine suicide with mass murder may differ in significant ways from those who limit themselves to taking their own lives.

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How to implement in-game player feedback forms

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:46am

"As developers we need to make it as frictionless as possible for players to communicate feedback to us - otherwise most won't bother. This is the beauty of this system." ...

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Thirty new fly species found in LA's urban sprawl

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:32am
A citizen science project in Los Angeles has discovered 30 previously unknown species of fly







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US Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:11am
Rambo Tribble writes: An internal review commissioned by Air Force Secretary Deborah James has concluded that Air Force personnel tasked with evaluating SpaceX's certification treated it as a design review, going so far as to dictate organizational changes in the company. This was judged contrary to the intention of promoting a competitive environment. The report, prepared by former Air Force Chief of Staff General Larry Welch, concluded, "The result to date has been ... the worst of all worlds, pressing the Falcon 9 commercially oriented approach into a comfortable government mold that eliminates or significantly reduces the expected benefits to the government of the commercial approach. Both teams need to adjust."

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Running an indie studio: Biz lessons, one year in

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:56am

A year in to running SassyBot Studio, Elwin Verploegen shares tips on running a business -- from the initial founding agreements to accounting and planning development. ...

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Scorch marks left by spacecraft on Mars soon fade

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:54am
The Red Planet cleans up our mess for us within a few years, a new study shows – which could be important for NASA's next lander







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Steam data reveals impact of Discovery update

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:36am
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Github Under JS-Based "Greatfire" DDoS Attack, Allegedly From Chinese Government

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:29am
An anonymous reader writes: During the past two days, popular code hosting site GitHub has been under a DDoS attack, which has led to intermittent service interruptions. As blogger Anthr@X reports from traceroute lists, the attack originated from MITM-modified JavaScript files for the Chinese company Baidu's user tracking code, changing the unencrypted content as it passed through the great firewall of China to request the URLs github.com/greatfire/ and github.com/cn-nytimes/. The Chinese government's dislike of widespread VPN usage may have caused it to arrange the attack, where only people accessing Baidu's services from outside the firewall would contribute to the DDoS. This wouldn't have been the first time China arranged this kind of "protest."

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Great Barrier Reef reserves protected fish from cyclone

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:21am
Creating reserves where fishing is banned doesn't just boost fish populations, it also makes them more resilient to big climate events such as cyclones







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How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots?

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:17am
After the Germanwings air crash in France, the mental state of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has come under scrutiny. How does the industry check the health of flight crew?
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