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NYU Game Center announces scholarship for women pursuing game dev

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:41am

The scholarship will cover tuition for three students over the next six years, starting in Fall 2017. ...

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Will the Nintendo Switch be a success? Industry analysts weigh in

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:35am

What does the Switch say about how Nintendo views the console market? How well will it do? How well does it need to do? We posed these questions and more to top game industry analysts. ...

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'Most Serious' Linux Privilege-Escalation Bug Ever Is Under Active Exploit

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:30am
Reader operator_error shares an ArsTechnica report: A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually all versions of the Linux operating system is under active exploit, according to researchers who are advising users to install a patch as soon as possible. While CVE-2016-5195, as the bug is cataloged, amounts to a mere privilege-escalation vulnerability rather than a more serious code-execution vulnerability, there are several reasons many researchers are taking it extremely seriously. For one thing, it's not hard to develop exploits that work reliably. For another, the flaw is located in a section of the Linux kernel that's a part of virtually every distribution of the open-source OS released for almost a decade. What's more, researchers have discovered attack code that indicates the vulnerability is being actively and maliciously exploited in the wild. "It's probably the most serious Linux local privilege escalation ever," Dan Rosenberg, a senior researcher at Azimuth Security, told Ars. "The nature of the vulnerability lends itself to extremely reliable exploitation. This vulnerability has been present for nine years, which is an extremely long period of time." The underlying bug was patched this week by the maintainers of the official Linux kernel. Downstream distributors are in the process of releasing updates that incorporate the fix. Red Hat has classified the vulnerability as "important."

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Sony: We still believe in console generations news - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:17am
PS4 architect Mark Cerny on the Pro's impact on devs and how the hardware can effectively produce over 8 teraflops of power
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Come out to VRDC and get tips on telling great stories in VR

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:10am

At the inaugural standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference this November, Soap Collective's Logan Dwight will be presenting an engaging presentation about VR tale-telling. Don't miss it! ...

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"It's not the game, it's the gun" news - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 9:01am
Doom designer John Romero reflects on recurring patterns when it comes to video game violence, multiplayer, and what counts as a game
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Double star may light up the sky as rare red nova in six years

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:50am
New observations of a binary star in the constellation Cygnus suggest they may be in a death spiral and will soon collide and explode
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Macs End Up Costing 3 Times Less Than Windows PCs Because of Fewer Tech Support Expense, Says IBM's IT Guy

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:50am
An anonymous reader shares a report on Yahoo (edited): Last year, Fletcher Previn became a cult figure of sorts in the world of enterprise IT. As IBM's VP of Workplace as a Service, Previn is the guy responsible for turning IBM (the company that invented the PC) into an Apple Mac house. Previn gave a great presentation at last year's Jamf tech conference where he said Macs were less expensive to support than Windows. Only 5% of IBM's Mac employees needed help desk support versus 40% of PC users. At that time, some 30,000 IBM employees were using Macs. Today 90,000 of them are, he said. And IBM ultimately plans to distribute 150,000 to 200,000 Macs to workers, meaning about half of IBM's approximately 370,000 employees will have Macs. Previn's team is responsible for all the company's PCs, not just the Macs. All told IBM's IT department supports about 604,000 laptops between employees and its 100,000+ contractors. Most of them are Windows machines -- 442,000 -- while 90,000 are Macs and 72,000 are Linux PCs. IBM is adding about 1,300 Macs a week, Previn said.

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Come chat with us about the Nintendo Switch today at 3PM EST

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:40am

We're chatting live about the Nintendo Switch today at 3PM EST on Twitch! Come share your opinions and ask questions about Nintendo's new console. ...

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Steve Ballmer Says Microsoft Tried To Buy Facebook For $24 Billion

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:10am
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told CNBC on Friday that his company tried to buy Facebook when it was "itsy-bitsy" for $24 billion. BusinessInsider adds: Facebook fielded a lot of offers in its early days. When CNBC on Friday asked Ballmer how much Microsoft offered back then, he said, "Oh I think $24 billion when the company was itsy-bitsy and he said no. And I respect that." Zuckerberg clearly made the right choice. He currently has a net worth of $57 billion and Facebook's market cap is $374 billion.

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Come out to GDC, learn to maximize player engagement and avoid disaster!

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:08am

Registration is now open for GDC 2017, so conference organizers would like to let you know about some of the great talks about the art and business of game design that are taking place at the big conference next year. ...

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Smart lab rats filmed using hooked tools to get chocolate cereal

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:59am
Lock up your cereal. Rats can learn to use tools, such as hooked rakes, to reach food, and they can even choose the right tool for the job
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'PS4 Pro isn't the start of a new generation, and that's a good thing,' says Mark Cerny

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:59am

In an extensive interview with Gamasutra, Mark Cerny was keen to explain why devs should be thankful the PS4 Pro isn't attempting to overhaul the console heirarchy.  ...

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Microsoft Shares Hit All-Time High As Company Strengthens Its Cloud Grip

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:50am
Marco della Cava, reporting for USA Today: Microsoft shares surged 5% in early trading Friday, and passed a high set in 1999, helped by enthusiasm for progress in its cloud business. The stock was at up at $60.11, breezing past the $58.72 mark set in December 1999. Friday's rally follows Microsoft's latest quarterly report, out late Thursday, that beat analyst expectations for adjusted sales and profit and showcased a doubling of growth in its Azure cloud business, while reflecting continued strain from consumers' pivot away from PCs and traditional software purchases.Microsoft reported its Q1 2017 earnings yesterday, noting a revenue of $20.5 billion, which was higher than Wall Street's expectations. Company's Intellgent Cloud revenue was up 8 percent, whereas Azure revenue observed 116 percent growth year-on-year.

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Is it time to allow more than two parents on birth certificates?

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:47am
Changing attitudes, surrogacy and reproductive technology mean it's right that England and Wales reconsider the birth-registration law, says Julie McCandless
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HackerOne CEO: Every Computer System is Subject To Vulnerabilities

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:30am
An anonymous reader writes: Every computer system in the world is vulnerable to hackers and criminals, according to Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. That's nothing new with major data breaches at Yahoo and the federal government. But not to worry, teams of ethical hackers could be an answer to the growing cybersecurity concerns. "There are far more ethical hackers, white hat hackers, in the world than criminals," Mickos told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Thursday. "So when you just invite the good guys to help you, you will always be safe. It's like a neighborhood watch. You're asking the good guys around you to help you see what's wrong with your system and help you fix it." Mickos has assembled 70,000 white hat hackers in his venture-backed company HackerOne. He explains the intent of white hat hackers is to hack for good and not for exploitation.

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Dont miss: The history of Civilization

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:19am

"The story of Civ's genesis is neither simple nor straightforward. It's clear that a large confluence of inspirations ultimately combined in Meier's brain to form Civilization." ...

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Blog: Designing levels for Moveless Chess& #8202;

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:08am

"This is the first post of a series about designing levels for Moveless Chess, an innovative new puzzle game by Beavl." ...

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Switch won't support physical 3DS or Wii U titles

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:05am

Thanks to Japanese game mag, Famitsu, which reached out to Nintendo yesterday in an attempt to tease out more Switch details, we now know a bit more about the console-handheld hybrid.  ...

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Shawl thing: Cashmere could soon come from gene-edited goats

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:01am
No kidding, goats modified using the CRISPR gene-editing method can produce a third more of the precious fibre
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