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Apple's Jonathan Ive Says Immigration Vital For UK Firms

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:00pm
The UK must keep its doors open to top talent from around the world if its technology firms are to thrive, Apple's chief designer has told the BBC. An anonymous reader shares the article: Sir Jonathan Ive, who has just been appointed Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, also said that technology hubs like Silicon Valley had a "tremendous cultural diversity". Some technology firms fear they may lose access to talent after Brexit. "That general principle [on access] is terribly important for creating a context for multiple companies to grow and in a healthy way explore and develop new products and new product types," Sir Jonathan told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Sir Jonathan said the UK had a "fabulous tradition of design education", but that it needed to do more to become a technology hub on a par with Silicon Valley in California, where the likes of Apple, Facebook and Google are based. "I think Silicon Valley has infrastructures to support start-up companies... ranging from technological support through to funding," he said. "And there is the sense that failure isn't irreversible, so very often people will work on an idea, and there isn't the same sense of stigma when one idea and perhaps one company doesn't work out."

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Game developers recount their long loading screen struggles and solutions

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:28am

Kotaku spoke with a number of developers about the technical and sometimes strange reasons longer-than-ideal loading screens show up in modern game releases. ...

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It's Time For Academics To Take Back Control Of Research Journals

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:20am
Stephen Curry, a professor of structural biology at Imperial College London, has a piece on The Guardian today in which he outlines the history of the relationship between commercial interests, academic prestige and the circulation of research. An excerpt from the article: "Publish or perish" has long been the mantra of seeking to make a success of their research career. Reputations are built on the ability to communicate something new to the world. Increasingly, however, they are determined by numbers, not by words, as universities are caught in a tangle of management targets composed of academic journal impact factors, university rankings and scores in the government's research excellence framework. The chase for metricised success has been further exacerbated by the takeover of scholarly publishing by profit-seeking commercial companies, which pose as partners but no longer seem properly in tune with academia. Evidence of the growing divergence between academic and commercial interests is visible in the secrecy around negotiations on subscription and open access charges. It's also clear from the popularity among academics of the controversial site Sci-Hub, which has made over 60m research articles freely available on the internet. Over-worked researchers could be forgiven for thinking that the time-honoured mantra has morphed to "publish, and perish anyway."

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Penny Arcade Expo launches global expansion

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:43am
New "Powered By PAX" events to spread worldwide, starting with GC Play in Guangzhou, China
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Egypt Blocks 21 Websites For 'Terrorism' And 'Fake News'

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:40am
Ahmed Aboulenein, reporting for Reuters: Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and prominent local independent news site Mada Masr, accusing them of supporting terrorism and spreading false news. The blockade is notable in scope and for being the first publicly recognized by the government. It was heavily criticized by journalists and rights groups. The state news agency announced it late on Wednesday. Individual websites had been inaccessible in the past but there was never any official admission. Reuters found the websites named by local media and were inaccessible. The move follows similar actions taken on Wednesday by Egypt's Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which blocked Al Jazeera and other websites after a dispute with Qatar. From a separate report: "This is not the typical Egyptian regime attitude," Lina Attalah, the editor-in-chief of Mada Masr told BuzzFeed News in an interview in Cairo. "We are used to facing troubles with the regime since we have always chosen to write the stories they don't like to hear. We are used to being arrested or have cases filed against us, but blocking us is a new thing." Mada Masr, since its founding in 2013, has regularly published critical stories of the regime in both English and Arabic.

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Don't Miss: Dissecting the core mechanics of Vanquish

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:18am

Designed by Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil 4) and developed by Platinum Games (Bayonetta) Vanquish "is one of those games that truly is greater than the sum of its parts." ...

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Twitch and Bandai Namco partner up to create Tekken 7 eSports league

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:03am

Bandai Namco and Twitch are teaming up in hopes of elevating the eSports scene for fighting games and the pair have created a Tekken-driven eSports league to accomplish that feat. ...

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Newly Discovered Vulnerability Raises Fears Of Another WannaCry

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:00am
A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry, which infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, cybersecurity researchers said on Thursday. From a Reuters report: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced the vulnerability, which could be exploited to take control of an affected computer, and urged users and administrators to apply a patch. Rebekah Brown of Rapid7, a cybersecurity company, told Reuters that there were no signs yet of attackers exploiting the vulnerability in the 12 hours since its discovery was announced. But she said it had taken researchers only 15 minutes to develop malware that made use of the hole. "This one seems to be very, very easy to exploit," she said. Rapid7 said it had found more than 100,000 computers running vulnerable versions of the software, Samba, free networking software developed for Linux and Unix computers.

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Join us on Twitch as we return to Oblivion today at 12 PM PT

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:42am

Our classic game streaming series continues today on the Gamasutra Twitch channel at 12 PM PT (3 PM ET) when we take a look back at Bethesda Game Studios' 2006 game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. ...

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Cord-Cutters Are Ditching Their Cable Packages At the Fastest Rate Ever

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:20am
Sara Fischer, writing for Axios: Cord-cutters are ditching their cable packages at the fastest rate ever, opting instead for cheaper, bundled digital TV options, according to the latest Magid Broadcast Study. The trend reflects consumers' preferences to ditch bundled cable packages for more affordable, niche bundled services that can be accessed on TV box tops or on mobile. For consumers, there are more bundled packages than ever, all popping up around similar price ranges. YouTube TV and Hulu TV launched within the past two month, joining the likes of SlingTV and DirectTV Now -- all at a roughly $40 monthly price point -- a bargain considering the average American pays $92 monthly for cable.

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Blog: The SSM framework of game design

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:08am

This article goes over a framework for understanding how video games work. It divides games into systems, story, and a mental model, and then shows how they interact. ...

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Huge impact could have smashed early Earth into a doughnut shape

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:49am
Many rocky worlds may have spent time as a newly named planetary form called a synestia – a loosely connected blob of molten rock and dust with a dented middle
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And Now, a Brief Definition of the Web

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:40am
Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge: Traditionally, we think of the web as a combination of a set of specific technologies paired with some core philosophical principles. The problem -- the reason this question even matters -- is that there are a lot of potential replacements for the parts of the web that fix what's broken with technology, while undermining the principles that ought to go with it. [...] A lot of tech companies are flailing around looking for ways to fix this problem. There are web apps that work in Chrome but not really all that well elsewhere. There are Instant Articles in Facebook and AMP pages on Google. There are Instant Android apps that stream to your phone over the internet instead of being installed, which go away when you're done with them just like a browser tab. Google claims to be trying to bring some of the open ethos of the web to smart speakers. Hell, go back to 2014 and you'll find Apple pundit John Gruber arguing we should consider apps and "anything transmitted using HTTP and HTTPS" as part of the web. [...] And now, a brief definition of the web: To count as being part of the web, your app or page must: 1. Be linkable, and 2. Allow any client to access it. That's it.

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Tree-climbing goats spit out and disperse valuable argan seeds

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:31am
Popular lore has it that goats defecate the seeds of fruits from the argan tree, but instead they must spit them out, helping to effectively disperse them
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Namco, Twitch tag team Tekken tournament

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:15am
Streaming service continues push into eSports with multi-year deal to manage and broadcast Tekken 7 league
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Strange cosmic radio burst pinned down to giant stellar nursery

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:06am
A young neutron star is probably the source of a strange repeating signal previously tracked to a dwarf galaxy 2.4 billion light years away
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The Cable TV Industry Is Getting Even Less Popular

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:00am
Aaron Pressman, writing for Fortune: It seems nobody loves their cable TV or home Internet provider. Wireless carriers, however, are on the upswing.That's the news from the huge annual survey of 43 industries from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. In 2017, cable operators and ISP tied for last place, with an average customer satisfaction rating of just 64 percent. The wireless industry was still near the bottom of the rankings, in 38th place, just below the U.S. postal system. But its 73 percent score was up almost three percentage points from last year. Many of the same companies, like Comcast and Verizon, dominate both fields, ACSI noted. And neither industry offer much choice to consumers, with most localities having only one or two cable and Internet providers. The cable industry's rating slipped 1.5 percentage points from last year, while the rating for ISPs was unchanged.

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Blog: Let's take a look at how Horizon Zero Dawn handles the apocalypse

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:56am

Horizon Zero Dawn's apocalypse, and the way it's told to the player, isn't just another video game setting. Here's a look at how its staggered nature creates dynamic storytelling moments worth emulating. ...

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Creativity vs. control: How Cuba's indie devs are finding their voice

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:42am

"Government policies about games are complicated. The government thinks that all games have to teach all of the time. So the games in Cuba aren't as interesting as the ones you can find elsewhere." ...

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Waltzing robot teaches beginners how to dance like a pro

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:30am
A robotic dance teacher can gently guide human novices through routines while adapting to their skill level
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