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Everything Wrong With Toy Story In 10 Minutes Or Less


"Pixar's first full-length feature film, Toy Story, made tons of money at the box office and is beloved by pretty much anyone with a soul. So naturally we decided to take our motto of "no movie is without sin," and test its accuracy against the godfather of modern computer-animated films..."


Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:24pm
Andreas Kolbe writes Wikipedia is well known to have a very large gender imbalance, with survey-based estimates of women contributors ranging from 8.5% to around 16%. This is a more extreme gender imbalance than even that of Reddit, the most male-dominated major social media platform, and it has a palpable effect on Wikipedia content. Moreover, Wikipedia editor survey data indicate that only 1 in 50 respondents is a mother – a good proportion of female contributors are in fact minors, with women in their twenties less likely to contribute to Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation efforts to address this "gender gap" have so far remained fruitless. Wikipedia's demographic pattern stands in marked contrast to female-dominated social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest, where women aged 18 to 34 are particularly strongly represented. It indicates that it isn't lack of time or family commitments that keep women from contributing to Wikipedia – women simply find other sites more attractive. Wikipedia's user interface and its culture of anonymity may be among the factors leading women to spend their online time elsewhere.

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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:02pm
schwit1 writes An investigation into the recent failed Soyuz launch of the EU's Galileo satellites has found that the Russian Fregat upper stage fired correctly, but its software was programmed for the wrong orbit. From the article: "The failure of the European Union’s Galileo satellites to reach their intended orbital position was likely caused by software errors in the Fregat-MT rocket’s upper-stage, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported Thursday. 'The nonstandard operation of the integrated management system was likely caused by an error in the embedded software. As a result, the upper stage received an incorrect flight assignment, and, operating in full accordance with the embedded software, it has delivered the units to the wrong destination,' an unnamed source from Russian space Agency Roscosmos was quoted as saying by the newspaper."

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IBM Opens Up Its Watson Supercomputer To Researchers

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:17pm
An anonymous reader writes IBM has announced the "Watson Discovery Advisor" a cloud-based tool that will let researchers comb through massive troves of data, looking for insights and connections. The company says it's a major expansion in capabilities for the Watson Group, which IBM seeded with a $1 billion investment. "Scientific discovery takes us to a different level as a learning system," said Steve Gold, vice president of the Watson Group. "Watson can provide insights into the information independent of the question. The ability to connect the dots opens up a new world of possibilities."

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Assassin's Creed Unity Delayed

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
Ubisoft announces a two-week delay to Assassin's Creed Unity, saying the stealth/action sequel is now due on November 11th in North America and November 13th elsewhere, explaining the additional...

A City Sleeps Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
Steam News announces pre-purchases are now being accepted for A City Sleeps, a newly announced Windows and OS X twin-stick shooter from Harmonix, which will include some of the music/rhythm elements...

Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
The Titanfall website has details on Game Update 6, the next patch for the mech shooter. Word is this will de-mech the game a bit, as the free update will add a new game mode called Pilot Skirmish...

NVIDIA Steam Streaming Support

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
The NVIDIA Blog announces new hardware support for Steam in-home streaming using NVIDIA hardware (thanks HARDOCP). Here's how this works:Valve and NVIDIA have just made game streaming better than...

Gauntlet Next Month

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
A Steam Community announcement reveals a new release date for Gauntlet, saying Arrowhead Game Studios' action/adventure remake is now expected on September 23rd, the first day of autumn (thanks Dark)....

Lords of the Fallen Trailers

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
This "world" trailer from Lords of the Fallen shows off CI Games' "brutal" action/RPG that's due in October for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Word is: "Beyond the sterling next-gen visuals,...

World of Speed Trailer

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
A new "dream drive" trailer from World of Speed shows off the upcoming racing game, featuring a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and a Subaru Impreza WRX STi in action. Word is this is a full-throttle...

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
Amazon.com End of Summer Sale. That URL is not stuffed with our affiliate code (as opposed to this one, which is). GRID Autosport on Steam. Save 50%. Microsoft Studios Weekend on Steam. The Mixer 8...

Evening Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
Heroes & Generals "Rommel" update now available. Steam Client Update Released. Stronghold Kingdoms USA 2 map now open.

Op Ed

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
The Daily Beast - Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren?t Blockbuster Movies. Thanks Matthew. People who make and play video games need to realize that movies aren?t their competition. TV and film...

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
GameStop Announces Special Guests for GameStop EXPO 2014.

Evening Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
Dying Light on myGamer. Endless Legend on SpaceSector.com. Space Engineers on Skewed 'n Reviewed.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
Xbox One Update: New Media Player App, SmartGlass Features, and More Rolling Out Today. Destiny Xbox One now available for Pre-order. Xbox Live Games with Gold for September 2014.

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
Ascension- Chronicle of the Godslayer Coming to Vita.

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:16pm
Firefox's new start page is a gateway drug to awesome Web literacy.

The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:57pm
An anonymous reader writes with this Ars piece about the executive order that is the legal basis for the U.S. government's mass spying on citizens. One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else in Washington, there's a legal basis for what many believe is extreme government overreach—in this case, it's Executive Order 12333, issued in 1981. “12333 is used to target foreigners abroad, and collection happens outside the US," whistleblower John Tye, a former State Department official, told Ars recently. "My complaint is not that they’re using it to target Americans, my complaint is that the volume of incidental collection on US persons is unconstitutional.” The document, known in government circles as "twelve triple three," gives incredible leeway to intelligence agencies sweeping up vast quantities of Americans' data. That data ranges from e-mail content to Facebook messages, from Skype chats to practically anything that passes over the Internet on an incidental basis. In other words, EO 12333 protects the tangential collection of Americans' data even when Americans aren't specifically targeted—otherwise it would be forbidden under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978.

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