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  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey 1.0.5 Update Now Makes Greece More Stable

    10/19/2018 8:33:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    GameSpot ^ | October 18, 2018 at 5:52PM | Steve Watts on
    Ubisoft has issued a new patch for Assassin's Creed Odyssey on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The 1.0.5 patch weighs in at 0.16 GB on PS4 and 0.1 GB on Xbox One, and focuses on squashing bugs--including fixing one issue that only appeared after a previous patch. According to the patch notes, it improves stability and fixes an issue that would make the game crash to the dashboard after the release of update v1.0.3. That update itself was aimed at quality-of-life improvements and fixing game-breaking bugs. The two updates were only days apart, though, so Ubisoft is seeing to these...
  • Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own (2019)

    10/18/2018 7:36:25 PM PDT · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 18, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Or at least uninstall some of the bits you really don't want Microsoft has announced that its customers will finally be able to remove more of the cruft that arrives with a Windows 10 installation. In 2019.While Slow and Release Preview ring Windows Insiders got to experience Redmond’s latest efforts to stabilise the troubled OS, Fast ring and Skippy testers got their hands on a fresh build of the 2019 version of Windows 10 (aka 19H1).Build 18262 has finally introduced the ability to uninstall some more of the preinstalled Windows 10 apps (also confusingly known as "inbox"), such as little-used...
  • Hacked, scammed and on your own: navigating cryptocurrency 'wild west'

    10/18/2018 1:01:11 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 18, 2018 | Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
    When Peggy and Marco Lachmann-Anke learned in January that hackers cracked a 40-character password and cleaned out their cryptocurrency wallet, they did not go to the police or alert the tokens’ issuer, the Berlin-based technology group IOTA. They bought more coins. The Cyprus-based German couple, who describe themselves as financial educators, figured they had no chance of recovering the coins and it was not even clear who might take up their case. Yet they took the roughly $14,000 loss in stride - something that comes with the territory when one bets on a new, exciting technology in a yet unregulated...
  • Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch (Insider)

    10/17/2018 6:54:23 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 17, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Second Insider build with more fixes for 1809. Could third time be the charm? Microsoft’s efforts to recover from the Windows 10 October 2018 Update debacle continued last night as a fresh build of the troubled operating system was emitted to Windows Insiders.Build 17763.104 is the second release of the update to Insiders since the file-eating monster was unleashed on an unsuspecting public back on 2 October before being yanked back into its kennel.Microsoft reckoned it had fixed all the data loss issues in build 17763.17, which was released just over a week ago but clearly there was still some...
  • Why no reviews for “Gosnell: the trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer”?

    10/17/2018 6:42:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    National Right To Life ^ | October 17, 2018 | National Right To Life
    Editor’s note. This appeared Monday on the twitter account of the Gosnell movie. #GosnellMovie made it's mark at the box office over the weekend. Why no reviews? @nypost @nytimes, @nytimesarts @BuzzFeed @THR @EW @Variety @Variety_Film @HuffPost @RottenTomatoes @IndieWire @NYDailyNews @TheWrap @VanityFair @thedailybeast @DEADLINE 7:15 PM - Oct 15, 2018 384 349 people are talking about this ***TWITTER IMAGE ON LINK****
  • Facebook Takes Down Pro-Life Group’s Posts and Ads, Calling Them “Hate Speech”

    10/17/2018 6:35:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 17, 2018 | Steven Ertelt
    Social media giant Facebook continues to censor the pro-life viewpoint, this time taking down posts and ads from the pro-life group Choice42. That’s the Canadian organization responsible for the viral video “Magical Birth Canal” that poked fun at the common pro-abortion argument that human rights don’t begin until birth. Laura Klassen, director of Choice42 talked with LifeNews today about the social media censorship at Facebook. “Many of our pro-life posts have been taken down lately and yesterday Facebook actually sent me a message saying it was because my post was “hate speech,'” she said. “Our CHOICE42 video, “Louise’s Story” was...
  • GM’s data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz

    10/17/2018 6:26:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | Oct 17, 2018, 2:22pm EDT | Andrew J. Hawkins
    The next data minefield is your car. ... GM captured minuted details such as station selection, volume level, and ZIP codes of vehicle owners, and then used the car’s built-in Wi-Fi signal to upload the data to its servers. The goal was to determine the relationship between what drivers listen to and what they buy and then turn around and sell the data to advertisers and radio operators. And it got really specific: GM tracked a driver listening to country music who stopped at a Tim Horton’s restaurant. GM spokesperson James Cain says that connected vehicle data can help develop...
  • Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some

    10/17/2018 12:16:09 PM PDT · by RedMonqey · 32 replies
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State Area. The robotic protectors can see what you’re doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy concerns, CBS2’s Clark Fouraker reported Tuesday. One of the models, named “Rosie,” uses the same technology as a self-driving car to patrol the sidewalks at the Lefrak City Apartments in Queens.
  • GLOBAL Blackout of YouTube right now..?

    10/16/2018 6:38:41 PM PDT · by gaijin · 172 replies
    Twitter ^ | Oct 11th, 2018 | me
    I'm hearing there is a global blackout of YouTube: I'm not able to load anything. How about your neck of the woods?
  • Twitter has permanently banned @GayPatriot — and here’s their explanation

    10/16/2018 1:44:40 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 1 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 16, 2018 | Sarah D.
    Need evidence that Twitter’s priorities are severely out of whack? Look no further than what they’ve done to @GayPatriot. After suspending him for a tweet referring to Chelsea Manning as Bradley Manning and a traitor, and again for no clear reason, Twitter has axed Bruce Carroll’s @GayPatriot account permanently: Amelia ✔ @AmeliaHammy Update on @gaypatriot’s suspension. He’s now permanently banned for being “hateful.” Here’s a screenshot of the email he received informing him of that fact.
  • Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies of Cancer at age 65

    10/15/2018 3:55:13 PM PDT · by RainMan · 21 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/15/2018
    Allen passed away Monday afternoon in Seattle at 65 years old, Vulcan said. His sister, Jody, said he was "a remarkable individual on every level." "While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern," she said in a statement. "For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we...
  • In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream (still more breakage from release 1809)

    10/15/2018 10:41:21 AM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 15, 2018 | Richard Speed
    ...Probably because Microsoft has accidentally disabled your audio Somebody got a little trigger happy with the big red Windows Update button last week as a broken Intel audio driver was unleashed on users “by mistake”.It has been a hellish couple of weeks for the Windows giant following the launch of the troubled October update for its flagship operating system. Not content with Display Audio issues, mysterious file deletions and borking HP computers thanks to a “known incompatibility” with drivers for an obscure bit of hardware (aka the “keyboard”), it seems audio is next in the firing line.Last week's Windows 10...
  • 'This is only the start': Nepal blocks 25,000 websites in porn ban

    10/15/2018 7:38:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    AP ^ | October 14, 2018 | Binaj Gurubacharya
    Nepalese internet providers have begun blocking thousands of pornographic websites as part of a government directive aimed at stopping sexual violence, officials said Sunday. The government issued new criminal and civil codes this year that include regulations against the use, broadcast and publication of pornographic materials with punishment for violators of up to one year in prison.
  • Boston Dynamics hands Atlas a parkour repertoire

    10/14/2018 7:51:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    techxplore.com ^ | October 13, 2018 | Nancy Owano
    What is parkour? It has its roots in military obstacle course training, No assistive equipment. Plenty of reasons to fall over and give up. This is a training discipline that sets a complex environment where requirements include such movements as running, climbing, vaulting, jumping and crawling. Atlas in the video is wonderful in jumping, showing excellent control. How Atlas achieves such balance: computer vision serves to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach, hitting terrain accurately. The team said that "The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and...
  • Man in Denmark fined for hate speech on Facebook [against the “religion of peace”]

    10/12/2018 4:24:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 11 October 2018 15:32 CEST+02:00
    A 39-year-old man from Aalborg must pay fines totaling 4,000 kroner for posting hate speech on his Facebook page in October 2017. The man was found to have written “macabre and threatening words against Muslims”, local media Nordjyske reports. […] He said that the words were intended as part of a poem and should be considered a cultural input. But Aalborg District Court found that the 39-year-old made threats of violence against Muslims, judging him guilty of breaching article 266b in Denmark’s criminal law code, also known as the “racism clause”. …
  • MRC TechWatch Interviews Dr. Epstein on Dangers of Gmail

    10/12/2018 12:05:45 AM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 24 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 9/20/2018 | kyoder
    Dr. Epstein : I can't even begin to emphasize how important it is to you, to NOT use GMail. The problem is so extensive, its hard to condense into a sentence or two. But the point is, they're taking that information, not just from the emails you send, but even from the drafts, those crazy drafts, that you just decide not to send, that all becomes part of your personal profile. If you're mentioning other people, that goes into THEIR personal profiles. If someone writes back to you from some other email service, well it doesn't matter, they're monitoring that...
  • The terrifying robot snake that can scale ladders, swim underwater and slither down a pipe

    10/11/2018 6:45:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 10, 2018 | Annie Palmer
    If you think regular snakes are scary, try a robotic serpent that can scale ladders. Japanese researchers at Kyoto University have unveiled a prototype 'robot snake' that can slither and curl around surfaces and climb just like the real thing. Rather than just creating it to trigger nightmares, they believe it could one day be used to save lives.
  • 32-Legged Spherical Robot Moves Like an Amoeba

    10/11/2018 6:42:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | October 10, 2018 | Evan Ackerman
    Making a one-legged robot that moves is very hard. Two-legged robots are a little bit more straightforward in some ways, and four-legged robots are statically stable much of the time. You can see where this is going—there’s a general trend toward more legs being more stable and potentially easier to control, especially as terrain complexity increases. So what happens if you take that logic to an extreme? As it turns out, you end up with a spherical robot made of 32 individually actuated telescoping legs, named Mochibot.
  • What’s Really in Your Fish Oil? Labdoor Uses a Market-Based Approach [7+ minute video attached]

    10/11/2018 12:28:35 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | October 5, 2018 | Zach Weissmueller
    The $36 billion U.S. supplement industry isn't subject to FDA regulation, which both facilitates experimentation and allows products that don't live up to their health claims to flourish. Neil Thanedar has a free market solution: In 2012, he co-founded Labdoor to bring accountability to the supplements industry without quashing its dynamism. The company, which has received backing from venture capitalists Mark Cuban and Y Combinator, buys products right off the shelves, tests them, and then posts the results on its website. The company doesn't currently have the resources to verify whether a given supplement actually delivers its promised effects, testing...
  • Before China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published five incorrect stories about Apple

    10/10/2018 9:38:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | October 10, 2018 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Media personalities have been bending over backward to find a way to square the claims made by Bloomberg in its "China Hack" story with a series of strongly worded denials from Amazon and Apple insisting that the report was "wrong and misinformed." However, there is solid evidence that Bloomberg has previously published a series of false claims before, either from a lack of research coupled with bad perspective, or possibly to simply craft a dramatic narrative. Truth versus imagination of possibility The tantalizing idea —as if ripped from the pages of a spy novel —that Chinese hackers had implanted chips...