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Steam's Most Popular Games

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 minutes ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The folks are Ars Technica scraped a ton of gameplay data from Steam's player profiles to provide statistics on how many people own each game, and how often it's played. For example: 37% of the ~781 million games owned by Steam users have never been played. Dota 2 has been played by almost 26 million people for a total of 3.8 billion hours. Players of CoD: Modern Warfare 2 spend six times as long in multiplayer than in single-player. This sampling gives much greater precision than we usually have about game sales rates. 'If there's one big takeaway from looking at the entirety of our Steam sales and player data, it's that a few huge ultra-hits are driving the majority of Steam usage. The vast majority of titles form a "long tail" of relative crumbs. Out of about 2,750 titles we've tracked using our sampling method, the top 110 sellers represent about half of the individual games registered to Steam accounts. That's about four percent of the distinct titles, each of which has sold 1.38 million copies or more. This represents about 50 percent of the registered sales on the service. ... about half of the estimated 18.5 billion man-hours that have been spent across all Steam games have gone toward just the six most popular titles.'"
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Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

just_another_sean (919159) writes | 39 minutes ago

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just_another_sean (919159) writes "Coverity Inc., a Synopsys company, released the 2013Coverity Scan Open Source Report.
The report details the analysis of 750 million lines of open source software code through the Coverity Scan service and commercial usage of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, the largest sample size that the report has studied to date.

A few key points:

* Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects.

* Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality.

* C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects."

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I made a Git manpage gibberish generator

Anonymous Coward writes | 42 minutes ago

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An anonymous reader writes "My team recently switched from Perforce to git. We were expecting everything to be smooth sailing, but we rapidly discovered that the man pages are nearly incomprehensible. So, as a joke, I used a Markov chain generator that mashes up the official docs and spits out gibberish every time you load the page...then sent it to all my coworkers as a source for the official documentation. The sad thing is, you can barely tell the difference."
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Problems with Windows XP caused by Microsoft.

Futurepower(R) (558542) writes | about an hour ago

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Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "We are seeing 4 kinds of problems with Windows XP today at 2 remote locations:

1) One kind of problem is similar to the one in this April 7, 2014 story about computers in Australia: Pop-ups irritate Windows XP's remaining users. Microsoft Security Essentials on computers in the United States give pop-up messages about the MSE service being stopped.

2) Computers are requiring far longer to start, perhaps 12 to 15 minutes. Then the MSE pop-up appears.

3) Microsoft Security Essentials now calls into question whether XP is genuine. These are all computers that have run without issues for several years. The customer bought licenses when Windows XP was first released.

4) We have seen problems with the Windows XP operating system detecting a key stuck down when no keys were pressed on the keyboard. That is a software problem, not a keyboard hardware problem. It causes the system to be un-responsive because the key being detected is not one actually pressed, but is actually a key combination. Again, that is happening on computers that have been trouble-free for years. That problem began happening after a Windows update.

Microsoft said it would support MSE on Windows XP for another year. See the Microsoft article, Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP. Apparently that support is not happening in the normal way."

Survey: 56 Percent of U.S. Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

msmoriarty (195788) writes | 1 hour ago

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msmoriarty (195788) writes "According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S.-based software developers, 56 percent expect to become millionaires in their lifetime. 66 percent also said they expect to get raises in the next year, despite the current state of the economy. Note that some of the other findings of the study (scroll to bulleted list) seem overly positive: 84 percent said they believe they are paid what they're worth, 95 percent report they feel they are "one of the most valued employees at their organization," and 80 percent said that "outsourcing has been a positive factor in the quality of work at their organization.""
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"Thermoelectrics" Could One Day Power Cars

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | 1 hour ago

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Fossil fuels power modern society by generating heat, but much of that heat is wasted. Researchers have tried to reclaim some of it with semiconductor devices called thermoelectrics, which convert the heat into power. But they remain too inefficient and expensive to be useful beyond a handful of niche applications. Now, scientists in Illinois report that they have used a cheap, well-known material to create the most heat-hungry thermoelectric so far. In the process, the researchers say, they learned valuable lessons that could push the materials to the efficiencies needed for widespread applications. If that happens, thermoelectrics could one day power cars and scavenge energy from myriad engines, boilers, and electrical plants."
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Flat pack 3D printer to hit Kickstarter on 22 April priced at £600

llebeel (2761081) writes | 2 hours ago

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llebeel (2761081) writes "A 3D printer that will ship as a flat pack priced at £600 is set to hit Kickstarter on 22 April, with the firm looking for a goal of at least £6,000.

Dubbed the Deltratrix, the 3D printer, it has a unique vertical design that allows for faster and more fluid movements, as the motors are fixed in place.

Made by a firm called Tegelbeckers Ltd, the 3D printer ships in flat pack form and is easily assembled by screwing the frame together."

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Microsoft malware attacks taking down XP computers

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "In an apparent attempt to force Windows XP users to update, Microsoft is now using its Security Essentials program as a malware trojan to make XP machines unusable. It slows the machine down to a crawl, mimicking a virus attack. In other cases, it locks it up completely. The timing couldn't be an accident. Shouldn't this be illegal?

https://plus.google.com/104518..."

Anonymous Linux Kernel Hacking Challenge

LibbyMC (3013161) writes | 2 hours ago

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LibbyMC (3013161) writes "An anonymous hacker (or hackers) going by the name Little Penguin has created the Eudyptula Challenge, modeled after the Matasano Crypto Challenge, as a way to get more developers involved with the Linux kernel. Challenge participants sign up by sending an email to Little, who sends them a series of programming tasks commonly employed by Linux kernel developers. All you need to start is some C programming experience. Little penguin answers questions here: http://www.linux.com/news/feat..."
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GoPro Project Claims Technology is Making People Lose Empathy for Homeless

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes | 3 hours ago

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EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A project involving GoPro cameras and people living on the streets of San Francisco has suggests technology is making people feel less compassionate towards the homeless.

Started by Kevin F Adler, the Homeless GoPro project aims to “build empathy through a first-hand perspective” by strapping one of the cameras onto homeless volunteers to document their lives and daily interactions.
One of the volunteers, Adam Reichart, said he believes it is technology which is stopping people feel sympathy towards people living on the street as it’s easier to have “less feelings when you're typing something” than looking at them in the eye"

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Children can swipe a screen but can't use toy building blocks

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes | 4 hours ago

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SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Children are arriving at nursery school able to "swipe a screen" but lack the manipulative skills to play with building blocks, teachers have warned.

They fear that children are being given tablets to use "as a replacement for contact time with the parent" and say such habits are hindering progress at school.

Addressing the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester on Tuesday, Colin Kinney said excessive use of technology damages concentration and causes behavioural problems such as irritability and a lack of control.

Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, also noted "I've spoken to a number of nursery teachers who have concerns over the increasing numbers of young pupils who can swipe a screen but have little or no manipulative skills to play with building blocks – or pupils who can't socialise with other pupils, but whose parents talk proudly of their ability to use a tablet or smartphone."
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According to research by U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom, tablet usage among children is on the rise, with growing numbers of younger kids turning to tablets to watch videos, play games and access the Internet. Use of tablets has tripled among 5-15s since 2012, rising from 14% to 42% over that period, while 28% of infants aged 3-4 now use a tablet computer at home. "

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'Tilt-a-worlds' could harbor life

vinces99 (2792707) writes | 4 hours ago

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vinces99 (2792707) writes "A fluctuating tilt in a planet’s orbit does not preclude the possibility of life, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington, Utah’s Weber State University and NASA. In fact, sometimes it helps. That’s because such “tilt-a-worlds,” as astronomers sometimes call them — turned from their orbital plane by the influence of companion planets — are less likely than fixed-spin planets to freeze over, as heat from their host star is more evenly distributed.

This happens only at the outer edge of a star’s habitable zone, the swath of space around it where rocky worlds could maintain liquid water at their surface, a necessary condition for life. Further out, a “snowball state” of global ice becomes inevitable, and life impossible. The findings, which are published online and will appear in the April issue of Astrobiology, have the effect of expanding that perceived habitable zone by 10 to 20 percent."

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Leak: Amazon Phone With 3D Display

itwbennett (1594911) writes | 5 hours ago

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Apparently Amazon thinks we want 3D screens on our phones. Yesterday Boy Genius Report leaked images of what is supposed to be a phone coming from Amazon (BGR has all the nitty-gritty — and not yet official in any way — specs). The phone apparently has six cameras.... One on the back and one on the front for traditional photos and selfies. Then there are 4 more on the front that are intended to do facial tracking in order to properly display a 3D user interface. As blogger Peter Smith points out, 'that's an improvement over the 3DS which requires you to hold the device in the 'sweet spot' for the 3D effect to work properly.' But it also sounds like an expensive system both in terms of hardware and processing cycles."
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Maynard Launches As Lightweight Wayland Desktop For The Pi

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Maynard has been announced as a joint Collabora and Raspberry Pi Foundation venture to create a lightweight Wayland desktop suitable for running on the Rasbperry Pi. Maynard can run on the Raspberry Pi as well as conventional desktops while being very lightweight, except it goes without support for XWayland to run legacy X11 apps and it also doesn't handle GTK apps well."
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Nokia had production ready web tablet 13 years ago, killed just before launch

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Sad story: Nokia created M510 tablet running EPOC (later to be renamed as Symbian) thirteen years ago. It was fully production ready and they produced thousand units just before it was cancelled because market research proved there wasn't demand for the device. The team got devices for themselves and the rest were destroyed and the team was fired. The lesson: Don't try to be pioneer if you're relying on market research studies."
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The EPA admits it doesn't have the data to justify its environmental regulations

schwit1 (797399) writes | 6 hours ago

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schwit1 (797399) writes "In a stunning admission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy revealed to House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) that the agency neither possesses, nor can produce, all of the scientific data used to justify the rules and regulations they have imposed on Americans via the Clean Air Act.

The EPA was subpoenaed by Congress for the data it uses, and they responded to say that what they have doesn’t really provide any proof that their regulations are necessary. But they then add that they are going to continue imposing their regulations anyway."

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 10% Since 2005, but HFC's still a problem

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes | 6 hours ago

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SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the U.S.'s 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

Meanwhile, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) saw a dramatic rise of over 309 percent during the reporting period. Although the US and China recently agreed to reduce HFC production, the two countries accounted for the bulk of the increase in HFC emissions over the reporting period.

HFC use and emissions are rapidly increasing as a result of the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and growing global demand for air conditioning. Although safe for the ozone layer, the continued emissions of HFCs – primarily as alternatives to ODS and also from the continued production of HCFC-22 – will have an immediate and significant effect on the Earth’s climate system. Without further controls, it is predicted that HFC emissions could negate the entire climate benefits achieved under the Montreal Protocol."

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Troubled Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files For Liquidation

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Once the worlds largest Bitcoin Exchange the now plagued Mt. Gox has filed for liquidation in a Tokyo court it has emerged.

Sources close to Mt. Gox said the application for liquidation comes as there are no feasible options for the company to exit bankruptcy. The source also said that arranging and holding meetings with the various creditors around the globe was very difficult.

The court will now have to decide whether or not it will approve the liquidation application. If approved, a trustee would be appointed to take over the remaining assets.

In February 750,000 Bitcoins were stolen from Mt. Gox. 200,000 of these have now been recovered."

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