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Crusader Kings II sells over a million

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:40am
"Proving our point about game design for the truly dedicated"
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Inclusivity vs. narrative intent: A conversation with r/gaymers

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:40am

"Just because I could make the narrative more inclusive, I did not know if I should. I needed a sounding board. I took to Reddit's r/gaymer forum to have a conversation with some LGBT gamers about the game." ...

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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:40am
First time accepted submitter samalex01 (1290786) writes "I'm 38, married, two young kids, and I have a nice job in the IT industry, but since I was a kid I've had this deep love and passion for astronomy and astrophysics. This love and passion though never evolved into any formal education or anything beyond just a distant fascination as I got out of high school, into college, and started going through life on more of an IT career path. So my question, now that I'm 38 is there any hope that I could start learning more about astronomy or physics to make it more than just a hobby? I don't expect to be a Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson, but I'd love to have enough knowledge in these subjects to research and experiment to the point where I could possibly start contributing back to the field. MIT Open Courseware has some online courses for free that cover these topics, but given I can only spend maybe 10 hours a week on this would it be a pointless venture? Not to mention my mind isn't as sharp now as it was 20 years ago when I graduated high school. Thanks for any advice or suggestions."

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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:59am
SternisheFan writes with this selection from a story at the Washington Post: Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data. The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal dilemma: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that makes it almost impossible for the company – or anyone else but the device's owner – to gain access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers. The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails, recordings or other documents. Apple once kept possession of encryption keys that unlocked devices for legally binding police requests, but will no longer do so for iOS8, it said in a new guide for law enforcement. "Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data," Apple said on its Web site. "So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8."

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Mistranslated worlds: Dark Souls, Wizardry, and accidental storytelling

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:49am

"There's not much of a plot to the player-controlled protagonist, but there's an incredible sense of depth and history to the setting itself. It's all very cohesive and consistent." ...

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Destiny scores 20m Twitch views in launch week

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:34am
More than any other console launch in 2014
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:30am
All the latest on newscientist.com: why imagination matters, artificial sweeteners and health, cross-species baby cries, quantum internet and more






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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:17am
snydeq writes The wheels of justice spin slowly, but they seem finally to be running software patents out of town, writes Simon Phipps in his analysis of how Alice Corp. v CLS Bank is becoming a landmark decision for patent cases in the U.S. 'In case after case, the Court of Appeals is using Alice to resolve patent appeals. In each case so far, the Court of Appeals has found the software patents in question to be invalid. ... As PatentlyO points out, the Alice effect is even reaching to lower courts, saving the Court of Appeals from having to strike down patent findings on appeal.' Although the patent industry broadly speaking sees the Alice verdict as a death knell for many existing patents, some expect Alice to turn software patents into 'draftsmen's art because as you and I have seen over the years, every time there's a court ruling it just means that you have to word the patent claims differently.'

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Aiming for the 'niche' pays off for million-selling strategy game

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:37am

Sometimes, aiming deep instead of wide pays off. Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive said today its grand strategy game from 2012, Crusader Kings II, has sold over 1 million units across PC, Mac, and Linux. ...

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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:35am
mikejuk writes with this excerpt: When Google Labs closed there was an outcry. How could an organization just pull the rug from under so many projects? At least Google announced what it was doing. Mozilla, it seems since there is no official record, just quietly tiptoes away — leaving the lights on since the Mozilla Labs Website is still accessible. It is accessible but when you start to explore the website you notice it is moribund with the last blog post being December 2013 with the penultimate one being September 2013. The fact that it is gone is confirmed by recent blog posts and by the redeployment of the people who used to run it. The projects that survived have been moved to their own websites. It isn't clear what has happened to the Hatchery -the incubator that invited new ideas from all and sundry. One of the big advantages of open source is the ease with which a project can be started. One of the big disadvantages of open source is the ease with which projects can be allowed to die — often without any clear cut time of death. It seems Mozilla applies this to groups and initiatives as much as projects. This isn't good. The same is true at companies that aren't open source centric, though, too, isn't it?

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FTC Begins Cracking Down on COPPA Violators

Game Politics - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:30am

According to this VentureBeat report, the federal government is beginning to crack down on companies that are allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement on its blog this week announcing a $450,000 settlement with Yelp for collecting the personal information (names and other personal identifiers) of children in violation of COPPA.

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Quantum internet could keep us safe from spying eyes

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00am
Secure networks between cities are just the beginning of an internet where not even the NSA can read your email






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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:53am
HughPickens.com writes The Interecept reports that contrary to lurid claims made by U.S. officials, a new independent analysis of Edward Snowden's revelations on NSA surveillance that examined the frequency of releases and updates of encryption software by jihadi groups has found no correlation in either measure to Snowden's leaks about the NSA's surveillance techniques. According to the report "well prior to Edward Snowden, online jihadists were already aware that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were attempting to monitor them (PDF)." In fact, concerns about terrorists' use of sophisticated encryption technology predates even 9/11. Earlier this month former NSA head Michael Hayden stated, "The changed communications practices and patterns of terrorist groups following the Snowden revelations have impacted our ability to track and monitor these groups", while Matthew Olsen of the National Counterterrorism Centre would add "Following the disclosure of the stolen NSA documents, terrorists are changing how they communicate to avoid surveillance." Snowden's critics have previously accused his actions of contributing from everything from the rise of ISIS to Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. "This most recent study is the most comprehensive repudiation of these charges to date," says Murtaza Hussain. "Contrary to lurid claims to the contrary, the facts demonstrate that terrorist organizations have not benefited from the NSA revelations, nor have they substantially altered their behavior in response to them."

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Blog: 'Mobile VR' is much more about VR than mobile

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:49am

"What I do know is this: once it's all released, it will stand for itself, and the players will quickly figure out what mobile VR is really good for." ...

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Temperature-driven clock sparks new kind of generator

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:46am
Inspired by a 1920s clock that harnessed changes in the volume of a gas as it heats and cools, researchers may be able to power sensors cheaply for decades






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PlayStation Now beta launches on PS3

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:31am
Sony continues rolling out streaming game rental service in North America
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A Small Example of What Child's Play Does for Local Hospitals

Game Politics - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:30am

We often see appeals for people to donate to Child's Play, the charity started by Penny Arcade founders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, but it's not always clear where that money eventually ends up. But Wane.com offers a good example of how the money donated by the very generous gaming community to Child's Play directly benefits children in hospitals locally.

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US Military Aware Only Belatedly of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:28am
itwbennett writes The Senate Armed Service Committee released on Wednesday an unclassified version of a report (PDF) commissioned last year to investigate cyberattacks against contractors for the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The report alleges that the Chinese military successfully stole emails, documents, login credentials and more from contractors, but few of those incidents were ever reported to TRANSCOM. During a one-year period starting in June 2012, TRANSCOM contractors endured more than 50 intrusions, 20 of which were successful in planting malware. TRANSCOM learned of only two of the incidents. The FBI, however, was aware of 10 of the attacks.

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US Military Aware Only Belatedly of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:28am
itwbennett writes The Senate Armed Service Committee released on Wednesday an unclassified version of a report (PDF) commissioned last year to investigate cyberattacks against contractors for the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The report alleges that the Chinese military successfully stole emails, documents, login credentials and more from contractors, but few of those incidents were ever reported to TRANSCOM. During a one-year period starting in June 2012, TRANSCOM contractors endured more than 50 intrusions, 20 of which were successful in planting malware. TRANSCOM learned of only two of the incidents. The FBI, however, was aware of 10 of the attacks.

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US Military Aware Only Belatedly of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:28am
itwbennett writes The Senate Armed Service Committee released on Wednesday an unclassified version of a report (PDF) commissioned last year to investigate cyberattacks against contractors for the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The report alleges that the Chinese military successfully stole emails, documents, login credentials and more from contractors, but few of those incidents were ever reported to TRANSCOM. During a one-year period starting in June 2012, TRANSCOM contractors endured more than 50 intrusions, 20 of which were successful in planting malware. TRANSCOM learned of only two of the incidents. The FBI, however, was aware of 10 of the attacks.

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