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How to get the most out of a games convention

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:31am
Road to Rezzed: PR execs share their tips on dealing with press, consumers and making your booth sing
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Electronic devices banned on US-bound flights from 8 countries

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:05am
The US bans passengers flying from countries including Jordan and Saudi Arabia from bringing laptops and other electronics in their carry-on luggage
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A taste for Adventure

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:00am
TIGA CEO Dr Richard Wilson considers new data on which genres UK developers specialise in
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Improbable sponsors GamesIndustry.quiz

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:59am
Free drink all night on behalf of Improbable with food also provided, as teams engage in battle of wits on March 31st near EGX Rezzed
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Special glasses give people superhuman colour vision

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:40am
A pair of spectacles filter light to trick the eyes into seeing colour differently, letting people distinguish between hues that look the same but aren't
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Ongoing academic purge shows Turkey is heading to a dark place

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:23am
Scientists are among hundreds of academics sacked ahead of Turkey's referendum on handing more power to its authoritarian president, says Caghan Kizil
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Nintendo increasing US Switch shipments

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:11am
GameStop confirms new stock inbound this week, although not enough for online sales
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New Technology Combines Lip Motion and Passwords For User Authentication

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:00am
An anonymous reader writes: "Scientists from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have developed a new user authentication system that relies on reading lip motions while the user speaks a password out loud," reports BleepingComputer. Called "lip password" the system combines the best parts of classic password-based systems with the good parts of biometrics. The system relies on the uniqueness of someone's lips, such as shape, texture, and lip motions, but also allows someone to change the lip motion (password), in case the system ever gets compromised. Other biometric solutions, such as fingerprints, iris scans, and facial features, become eternally useless once compromised.

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Keep an open mind on dark matter and rivals that do away with it

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:00am
The hunt for dark matter particles has been fruitless and expensive, so it’s encouraging that fresh competing theories are being taken more seriously
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Clash Royale's card balancing guru leans less on metrics, more on design intuition

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:59am

"We tend to put stuff in that we tested to see how it feels. Then test it again, and so forth. That's one of the core benefits. It's not like I take something I designed, like a unit, then hand it over." - Stefan Engblom of Supercell ...

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Norway Plans to Build the World's First Ship Tunnel

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:00pm
Norway is planning to build the world's first ship tunnel through the country's Stad peninsula, which is home to harsh weather conditions that often delay shipments and cause dangerous conditions for ship crews. The proposed tunnel would enable ships to travel through the peninsula in safety. New Atlas recently interviewed Stad Ship Tunnel Project Manager Terje Andreassen about the project: NA: We'd usually expect a canal to be built for this kind of purpose, so why a tunnel? Because in this case we are crossing a hill which is more than 300 meters (384 ft) high. The only alternative is a tunnel. From a maritime point of view this is still a canal, but with a "roof." NA: How would you go about making such a large tunnel -- would you use a boring machine, for example, or explosives? First we will drill horizontally and use explosives to take out the roof part of the tunnel. Then all bolts and anchors to secure the roof rock before applying shotcrete. The rest of the tunnel will be done in the same way as in open mining. Vertical drilling and blasting with explosives down to the level of 12 m (42 ft) below the sea level. NA: How much rock will be removed, and how will you go about removing it? There will be 3 billion cubic meters (over 105 billion cubic ft) of solid rock removed. All transportation from the tunnel area will be done by large barges. NA: What, if any, are the unique challenges to building a ship tunnel when compared with a road tunnel? The challenge is the height of this tunnel. There is 50 m (164 ft) from bottom to the roof, so all secure works and shotcrete must be done in several levels. The tunnel will be made dry down to the bottom. We solve this by leaving some rock unblasted in each end of the tunnel to prevent water flowing in. Assuming it does indeed go ahead -- and with the Norwegian government having already set aside the money, this seems relatively likely -- the Stad Ship Tunnel will reach a length of 1.7 km (1.05 miles), and measure 37 m (121 ft) tall and 26.5 m (87 ft) wide. It's expected to cost NOK 2.3 billion (over US$272 million) to build and won't actually speed up travel times, but instead focuses on making the journey safer. Top-tier architecture and design firm Snohetta has designed the entrances, and the company's early plans include sculpted tunnel openings and adding LED lighting on the tunnel ceiling.

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Most Teens Who Abuse Opioids First Got Them From a Doctor

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Live Science: Most American teenagers who abuse opioid drugs first received the drugs from a doctor, a new study finds. Researchers looked at trends in the use of prescription opioids among U.S. adolescents from 1976 to 2015. They found a strong correlation between teens' taking the drugs for medical reasons and then later taking them for "non-medical" reasons, or in other words, abusing them, according to the study published today (March 20) in the journal Pediatrics. In 2015, the the most recent year of the study, 8 percent of adolescents reported abusing prescription opioids, and the majority of them had been prescribed opioids previously, the researchers found. The U.S. consumes about 80 percent of the world's prescription opioid supply. There has been consistent growth in the number of prescriptions written for opioids in the U.S., rising from 76 million prescriptions in 1991 to 207 million in 2013, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. However, the new study revealed that among teens, both medical and non-medical use of opioid medications has declined in recent years, starting in 2013. The decline may be due to careful prescribing practices, Sean McCabe, a research professor at the University of Michigan, said. There are several medical procedures that teens may undergo for which opioids are recommended for pain management. But doctors can be careful about the amount of these drugs they prescribe, and limit refills. Parents can make sure that any leftover pills are discarded. Another report was published today in the journal Pediatrics that analyzed data from the National Poison Data System. It found that of all 188,468 prescription opioid exposures reported for youth under 20 years old between 2000 and 2015, nearly all the exposures occurred at a home and were most common among children under 5, accounting for six of every 10 cases. According to NPR, those children were able to get their hands on the medication because it was improperly stored or was in a purse.

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Samsung Announces Bixby, Its New Digital Assistant Launching With the Galaxy S8

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:05pm
Samsung has taken the wraps off its new digital assistant that will be launching with the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones. Called "Bixby," the new assistant will use artificial intelligence to enable users to do everything that is possible to do by touch, but with voice. PhoneDog reports: Samsung is touting three main features of its new assistant. The first is "Completeness," which means that when an app is Bixby-enabled, the assistant will able to perform almost every task that the app normally supports using touch. The second Bixby property is "Context Awareness." This means that when Bixby is activated, it'l be able to understand the current context and the state of the app that you're in without interrupting the work that you're doing. Finally, there's "Cognitive Tolerance." Samsung says that Bixby is smart enough to understand commands with incomplete commands, meaning that you don't have to remember the exact phrase that you have to say to perform a task with an assistant. Bixby will also ask you for more information when performing a task and then execute it. A select number of apps on the Galaxy S8 will be Bixby-enabled at launch, and Samsung plans to add more over time. The company also intends to release an SDK so that third-party app developers can add Bixby support to their apps.

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IBM Unveils Blockchain As a Service Based On Open Source Hyperledger Fabric Technology

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:25pm
IBM has unveiled its "Blockchain as a Service," which is based on the open source Hyperledger Fabric, version 1.0 from The Linux Foundation. "IBM Blockchain is a public cloud service that customers can use to build secure blockchain networks," TechCrunch reports, noting that it's "the first ready-for-primetime implementation built using that technology." From the report: Although the blockchain piece is based on the open source Hyperledger Fabric project of which IBM is a participating member, it has added a set of security services to make it more palatable for enterprise customers, while offering it as a cloud service helps simplify a complex set of technologies, making it more accessible than trying to do this alone in a private datacenter. The Hyperledger Fabric project was born around the end of 2015 to facilitate this, and includes other industry heavyweights such as State Street Bank, Accenture, Fujitsu, Intel and others as members. While the work these companies have done to safeguard blockchain networks, including setting up a network, inviting members and offering encrypted credentials, was done under the guise of building extra safe networks, IBM believes it can make them even safer by offering an additional set of security services inside the IBM cloud. While Jerry Cuomo, VP of blockchain technology at IBM, acknowledges that he can't guarantee that IBM's blockchain service is unbreachable, he says the company has taken some serious safeguards to protect it. This includes isolating the ledger from the general cloud computing environment, building a security container for the ledger to prevent unauthorized access, and offering tamper-responsive hardware, which can actually shut itself down if it detects someone trying to hack a ledger. What's more, IBM claims their blockchain product is built in a highly auditable way to track all of the activity that happens within a network, giving administrators an audit trail in the event something did go awry.

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Ask Slashdot: How Does One Freely Use Bitcoin In the Land of the Free?

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:45pm
New submitter devrtm writes: It appears that Bitcoin, a currency designed with anonymity in mind, can be effectively used almost anywhere in the world, except in a few countries where it is regulated, and in one country where you can only use it if you give up your privacy. That country is the United States. I have accumulated quite a few BTC from the currency's early days where block rewards were still at $50. There was a period of time where one could get a nearly anonymous debit card, or use BTC online with merchants. Nowadays, non-U.S. payment providers no longer issue debit cards to the U.S. residents and the U.S.-based merchants accepting BTC are nearly extinct. The only way to use BTC in the U.S. is to convert it to USD. Unfortunately, that conversion requires giving up your personal information to a U.S.-based BTC payment processor, and there are rumors that signing up for those services raises red flags with certain three letter acronym organizations. I have nothing to hide, but I do value my privacy. Can one freely and anonymously live off of their Bitcoin wallet in the U.S.? I am afraid the answer is no. Does anyone have an experience that proves me wrong? Please share.

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After Years Waiting For Google Fiber, KC Residents Get Cancellation Emails

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:05pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Some Kansas City residents who have been waiting years for Google Fiber to install service at their homes recently received e-mails canceling their installations, with no word on whether they'll ever get Internet service from the company. KSHB 41 Action News in Kansas City, Missouri, "spoke to several people, living in different parts of the metro, all who have recently received cancellation e-mails," the station reported last week. "The e-mails do not provide a specific reason for the cancellations. Instead they say the company was 'unable to build our network to connect your home or business at this time.'" While Google Fiber refuses to say how many installations have been canceled, KSHB said, "there is speculation the number of cancellations in the metro is as high as 2,700." "The company says it has slowed down in some areas to experiment with new techniques," such as wireless technology, the report also said. Google Fiber is still hooking up fiber for some new customers in parts of the Kansas City area. One resident who had his installation canceled is Larry Meurer, who was seeing multiple Google Fiber trucks in his neighborhood nearly two years ago, in the spring of 2015. "I'm left wondering what's going on," he told KSHB after getting the cancellation e-mail. Meurer lives in Olathe, Kansas, one of the largest cities in the Kansas City metro area. Residents only five houses away and around the corner have Google Fiber service, the report said. But Meurer said he and several neighbors who never got service were "terminated."

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Weather and climate extremes continue to set new records

New Scientist - Breaking news - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:01pm
Last year was bad, but 2017 is shaping to follow suit as carbon levels, temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, says the World Meteorological Organisation
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Senior Gameplay Programmer: Sony PlayStation

Gamasutra - Jobs - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:00pm
We are seeking a Senior Gameplay Programmer to join our team behind the critically acclaimed God of War games. You are into games – you love playing them and love building them. And you’re a coder, but if they asked you to come up with some ideas for a feature or for a title, yeah, you could do that – which means you get along great with game designers, the people who use your tools and systems to make the product a blast. And you are talented, really talented, and motivated, with tons of initiative. You get things done – and we leave you alone to do them. Sound interesting? Give us a shout. RESPONSIBILITIES: Design, implement, and maintain systems and tools to support gameplay (animation, locomotion, navigation, combat, etc.) Support and assist designers, artists, and other programmers as needed Write clear, maintainable, portable, and highly functional code Profile and performance tune code to remove bottlenecks Test and document code produced Support tools and technology as needed for specific project requirements Mentor and guide less experienced programmers as needed QUALIFICATIONS: B.Sc. degree in computer science or equivalent experience Minimum five years professional programming experience Good understanding of what makes a game fun and interesting to play Strong programming generalist with solid code architecture skills Expertise in C and C++ Proficient in linear algebra Enthusiasm and initiative Excellent spoken and written communication Able and motivated to work with other team members Commitment to code quality, documentation, and sound testing procedures DESIRABLE SKILLS / EXPERIENCE: Specialty in other game programming areas (audio, special effects, networking, etc.)
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Senior Multiplayer Programmer: Sony PlayStation

Gamasutra - Jobs - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:00pm
Santa Monica Studio is seeking a Senior Multiplayer Programmer to join our team behind the critically acclaimed God of War games. We value talent, self-motivation, and team spirit. In turn, we provide an environment with a large degree of freedom and autonomy. You are a multiplayer coder – that’s your thing. You know both the back and front ends, and understand the tech and the architecture. And you want all players to have the best possible shared experience, because you are one of them. And you are talented and motivated, with tons of initiative. You get things done. Sound interesting? If so, give us a shout. RESPONSIBILITIES: Research, define, extend, and maintain network systems on the PS4. Create flexible solutions that always take bandwidth and latency into account. Multiplayer game programming and testing. General engine programming as needed. QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum five years professional programming experience. At least two multiplayer titles shipped, end to end. Understanding of UDP, VOIP, NAT and other low-level protocols and technologies. Experience with either peer-to-peer or client-server networking models. Strong programming generalist with solid code architecture skills. Expertise in C and C++. Proficient in linear algebra. Commitment to code quality, documentation, and sound testing procedures. Enthusiasm and initiative. Excellent spoken and written communication; strong collaboration.  Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent experience. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with PS3 or PS4 (or both) networking SDKs Experience with Amazon S3, EC2 and other online services
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Senior Data Analyst: Backflip Studios

Gamasutra - Jobs - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:00pm
Backflip Studios, a mobile game developer and publisher located in beautiful Boulder CO, is hiring a Senior Data Analyst to join our Data team. This senior position plays a major role in influencing and guiding game development. In this opportunity, you will apply your knowledge of the game and digital marketplace to reveal and interpret user trends and changes in game metrics for product teams across the company. Interest in mobile games is a must as you will be playing them and becoming immersed in the game mechanics.  You will help develop new analytic processes and infrastructure to drive decisions across product design and marketing. To succeed in this role, candidates must have the following experience and skills. 3 years professional experience as a data analyst in a fast-paced and dynamic business setting Masters or PhD in Physics, Statistics, Data Science, Economics, Applied Mathematics or any other related field or combination of professional and specific experience and/or education Strong background in SQL, Python, and Tableau (or other similar BI tool) Understanding of digital games marketplace, either acquired as a player or via on-the-job experience Ability to translate complex data into high level observations and present those findings Excellent communication skills through data visualization, written explanation and oral presentation. Ensuring that others in the company understand your analysis is key to their ability to action it You must be organized and able to manage multiple projects, handle shifting priorities and meet deadlines Backflip is all about the team. You must be able to work as part of a team that provides service to many other groups within the company This position reports to the Director of Data and is under the guidance of the Lead Data Scientist. You must also be based in, or willing to relocate to, Colorado and be legally eligible for employment in the USA.  Relocation assistance is available. 
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