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Elite: Dangerous Goes "Gamma"

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
A post to the Elite: Dangerous forums announces that Elite: Dangerous has entered the final frontier, as Frontier Developments' space combat game has left beta testing, and has entered the gamma...

Star Citizen FPS Health Detailed

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
The Roberts Space Industries website has a write-up on how character health, damage, and healing will work in the FPS mode in Star Citizen, Cloud Imperium's upcoming space combat game. They outline a...

Steam Top 10

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
Here's Valve's accounting of the 10 bestselling games on Steam last week: Far Cry 4 This War of Mine Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Far Cry Franchise Pack Football...

Steam Autumn Sale This Week

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
The annual Steam Fall Sale will begin on November 26th, reports VG247 based on details in a promotional spam they got from PayPal touting the ability to buy Steam Wallet codes to spend during the...

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
Seriously!'s Hellfire Duel Tournament 2014 using Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter.

Sunday Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
Limbo Xbox One Coming To Early Adopters For Free. Smash Bros. GameCube Adapters Sold Out, Online Prices Go Nuts. Gamer alert -- you can now play Tetris on your Roku. Thanks Ant. Stunning GTA5...

Sunday Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
T-Mobile Unleashes $5 a Month Overseas Calling Plan for Simple Choice Customers. Thanks HARDOCP. Mythbusters vs. Gorilla Glass- Adam and Jamie have a smashing time. Sponsored study busts myth of...

Sunday Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
This FCC Commissioner Did A Reddit Chat. It Did Not Go Well. Thanks Acleacius. Duke it out on Middle-Earth via a Chrome Experiment. Thanks HARDOCP. Amazon Starts Shipping The Fire TV Stick, Its ?Fast...

Sunday Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
Thanks Ant. New battery composed of lots of nanobatteries. Barbie becomes a Debian developer and creates systemd. Thanks Linux Today. Dish Restores CNN, Cartoon Network in Contract Extension. Thanks...

Sunday Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
DerpTrolling leaks PSN, 2K, Windows Live customer logins. Thanks Business Insider via HARDOCP.

Sunday Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
Aereo loses battle, cord-cutters may win war. Thanks HARDOCP.

Game Reviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
Wasteland 2 on rpg codex. Thanks Acleacius.

Hardware Reviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
HGST Deskstar NAS 4 TB on AnandTech. Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Mobile & PC Keyboard on eTeknix. SuperTooth HD VOICE In-Car Speakerphone on Nikk Tech. Transcend Drive Pro 200 Wi-Fi Car Video...


Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
Game Giveaway of the Day - Fairy Island. Thanks Ant… i hate skool is a free (pick your price) throwback sandbox life simulator… IGDA Founder Responds To Indie Devs Being Blocked On #Gam...

Out of the Blue

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:28pm
I cleared a bunch of leaves from around the BlueTower yesterday, and have some more to deal with today. Luckily the weather is being cooperative, as it wasn't freezing yesterday, and today may be the...

The Glass Age with MythBusters

Two/2 Parts:
1 (embedded; 9:01);
2 (10:20):

"Be amazed as Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman introduce us to a whole new way of thinking about glass..."

Part 2 was from ...

Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 5:00pm
An anonymous reader writes "Writer and professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, Alva Noe, isn't worried that we will soon be under the rule of shiny metal overlords. He says that currently we can't produce "...machines that exhibit the agency and awareness of an amoeba." He writes at NPR: "One reason I'm not worried about the possibility that we will soon make machines that are smarter than us, is that we haven't managed to make machines until now that are smart at all. Artificial intelligence isn't synthetic intelligence: It's pseudo-intelligence. This really ought to be obvious. Clocks may keep time, but they don't know what time it is. And strictly speaking, it is we who use them to tell time. But the same is true of Watson, the IBM supercomputer that supposedly played Jeopardy! and dominated the human competition. Watson answered no questions. It participated in no competition. It didn't do anything. All the doing was on our side. We played Jeapordy! with Watson. We used 'it' the way we use clocks.""

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NASA Remasters 20-Year-Old Galileo Photographs of Jupiter's Moon, Europa

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 3:46pm
An anonymous reader writes with news that NASA has released remastered pictures of Europa taken by the Galileo spacecraft. "Scientists have produced a new version of what is perhaps NASA's best view of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa. The mosaic of color images was obtained in the late 1990s by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. This is the first time that NASA is publishing a version of the scene produced using modern image processing techniques. This view of Europa stands out as the color view that shows the largest portion of the moon's surface at the highest resolution. An earlier, lower-resolution version of the view, published in 2001, featured colors that had been strongly enhanced. The new image more closely approximates what the human eye would see. Space imaging enthusiasts have produced their own versions of the view using the publicly available data, but NASA has not previously issued its own rendition using near-natural color."

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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 2:29pm
theodp writes "The purpose of product placement/product integration/branded entertainment," explains Disney in a job posting, "is to give a brand exposure outside of their traditional media buy." So, one imagines the folks in Disney Marketing must be thrilled that Disney Frozen princesses Anna and Elsa will be featured in the 'signature tutorial' for CSEdWeek's 2014 Hour of Code, which aims to introduce CS to 100 million schoolkids — including a sizable captive audience — in the weeks before Christmas. "Thanks to Disney Interactive," announced CEO Hadi Partovi, "'s signature tutorial for the 2014 Hour of Code features Disney Infinity versions of Disney's 'Frozen' heroines Anna and Elsa!." Partovi adds, "The girl-power theme of the tutorial is a continuation of our efforts to expand diversity in computer science and broaden female participation in the field, starting with younger students." In the tutorial, reports the LA Times, "students will learn to write code to help Anna and Elsa draw snowflakes and snowmen, and perform magical 'ice craft.' Disney is also donating $100,000 to support's efforts to bring computer science education to after-school programs nationwide."

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