Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'
You don't feel it's false advertising to say something is free when it's not? If people feel genuinely tricked by these revenue methods than it's worth addressing. It's akin to telemarketers calling and saying you won a free trip to the Bahamas; all you need to do is provide your credit card number and a $200 deposit.
Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough
She questioned the amount, the logic behind the amount and why the plaintiff's lawyers didn't feel a jury would find the emails a convincing argument for collusion. Not sure how you didn't find the summary accurate. I know it's a rarity on slashdot but this one is pretty spot on.
SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight
If Kerbal Space Program has taught me anything, it's that giant rocket engines are incredibley hard to control going forward. I can't even fathom the engineering skill and knowledge of physics required to make a rocket fly near flawlessly in reverse.
Data Mining Reveals How Wording Influences Tweet Propagation
As is the quiz. Either that or I'm really bad at picking good tweets as I'm 0/20.
Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech
The first DA was started before the acquisition. It actually had a really long dev cycle (5+ years?) Of course EA gets their hands on BioWare and immediately shovels out another DA game in what... a year or two tops?
Google's Business Plan For Nest: Selling Your Data To Utility Companies
Or is there a way to prevent it from phoning home? I'm interested in getting one, I just don't feel like feeding more information to Google than I have to.
Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition
You do realize Notch rakes in $100+ million every year, right?
Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls
At long last Firefox has full Flexbox support. Even Interent Explorer beat them to full support of this standard. If you regularly work with CSS + HTML, Flexbox is a god send and now we can finally start using it.
Canada & Korea Show Trade Treaties Can Skip Copyright Rule Changes
You owe us beer and get to keep Bieber until the next Winter Olympics.
Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution
This seems like common sense though. I've worn one of these masks and it's pretty easy to tell if you have a proper seal. Of course I couldn't imagine having to wear one all day without breaks. My face gets sore and my mouth gets dry after wearing one for just a few hours.
Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets
It was at the start of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and that game was amazing!
Harold Ramis Dies At 69
Egon was secretly everyone's favourite.
E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male
That doesn't seem to be the case. StarCraft II was $50 at launch but quickly adopted free to play multiplayer options. League of Legends was free from the start. A lot of pro e-sports players come from lower to middle class incomes that rent time on computers at the local internet cafe. In Korea and more recently North America and Europe, teams provide shared housing complete with food and a house maid so there inncentive to get good at these games.
If you need a specific example, Huk had a pretty awful childhood and now lives in a team house, frequently sending money home to his dad and brother.
Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console
Nothing Amazon can do in the near future will ever measure up to Nintendo or take that covetted third place in the console ecosystem. They'll be lucky if they pull of an Ouya by the time they're done.
U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why
Uh... drinking and driving is awful. This is something society actually got right.
Also, I live in Canada where the drinking age is 19 (and 18 in some provinces). We got together and drank without a car on a weekly basis. A lot of younger people don't have cars because it's too fucking expensive. Even when I was a teenager 12 years ago insurance was over $4k. Unless mommy and daddy are paying your bills you are not going to have a car.
Adobe Adds 3D Printer Support To Photoshop
To be fair, some basic 3D modelling has it's uses in Photoshop, especially if you want a super accurate rendering. Stuff like extending the perspective of a photo or placing a product label you created on a bottle or can. But that's pretty much where the uses for 3D end in Photoshop.
If it were up to me, I'd push for Photoshop to have a more tablet friendly mode (as in Wacom tablet, not iPad or Android tablets) and get rid of the subscription model.
Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US
I cracked up at the "If you're under 40, you've not seen this stuff before" comment. I have a 4 year old nephew that plays outside in this weather. On the bright side, all those yuppies in the US who bought Canada Goose coats can finally justify their purchase.
BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"
Sooner or later humanity will have to deal with the looming "work crisis" so we might as well get this revolution started. One of the big gains of automation should be removing the mudane and insanity inducing tasks required. Sadly the reality seems to be more people ending up in call centers and retail but I don't see how this is sustainable. What's the point in giant mega malls or telemarketers when everyone is too poor to afford anything?
The floor is going to fallout sooner or later so might as well rush the process along.
Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA
I think the most important thing from this interview is that Musk played D&D and is a self professed nerd.
Wikimedia Sends Cease and Desist Letter To Firm Providing Paid Editing Services
If this is allowed then it completely undermines Wikipedia as a reliable source of information. It will be just another marketing platform doomed to a slow death as it loses all relevance.
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