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Ships Ahoy - The Last Federation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
The Last Federation is now available via digital distribution, offering a Windows, OS X, and Linux grand-strategy game from Arcen Games (AI War: Fleet Command). The Last Federation website has links...

Evolve Teaser

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
This trailer (NSFW) shows off a brief glimpse of four-versus-one gameplay in Evolve in a teaser for an upcoming clip that will offer a detailed multi-channel look at the upcoming asymmetrical...

Saturday Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Amazing Spider-Man PS3 Bundle coming to Walmart. Xbox Live's MNR 508: PAX, Ralph Baer and KSR.

Saturday Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for Android is now available. Thanks Sauron. Hearthstone Now Available on iPad. Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware. Thanks...

Saturday Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Thanks Ant. Mt. Gox supporters hope to revive the company, with creditor blessing. Army comes clean about its recruitment AI, accidentally discloses info about pedophile- and terrorist-catching...

Saturday Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Thanks Ant. AMD loses just $20 million in first quarter 2014. H-1B loophole may help California utility offshore IT jobs. Thanks Slashdot. FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report. Thanks OS news. Red Hat CEO...

Saturday Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Crafts store Michaels confirms 3 million credit card numbers stolen in hack. Thanks HARDOCP. How Apple dodged the Heartbleed bullet. Thanks Ant. Longaccess is your Swiss bank for personal data.

Saturday Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Record industry rolls on with lawsuits- first Kim Dotcom, now Pandora. Landmark Case Sees Pirate Bay User Hit With 5 Year Sentence. Thanks HARDOCP.

Game Reviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Steel & Steam- Episode 1 on Christ Centered Gamer.

Hardware Reviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
AMD A10-7850K Kaveri on LAN OC. Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler on Nikk Tech. Corsair Graphite 230T Mid-Tower Case and H75 Liquid CPU Cooler on Hardware Heaven. Punchtec Ord Bot Hadron 3D...


Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Game Giveaway of the Day - Last Galaxy Hero. Thanks Ant… Skywind - Official Development Video #2 shows off Skywind, a Morrowind fan-remake using the Skyrim engine. Thanks JDreyer…

Out of the Blue

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:22pm
Holy Saturday! No, I'm not doing my Robin impression... I looked up what to call the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and that turned out to be the answer. I also Googled "maundy," which...

Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:30am
New submitter katiewilliam (3621675) writes with a story at Hardware Zone about a new feature that Google's working on for Android phones' built-in cameras: the illusion of shallow depth of field in phone snapshots, which typically err on the side of too much in focus, rather than too little. Exerpting: "The Google Research Blog [note: here's a direct link] revealed that there's quite a fair bit of algorithms running to achieve this effect; to put it in a nutshell, computer vision algorithms create a 3D model of the world based on the shots you have taken, and estimate the depth to every point in the scene."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:10am
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The aficionados of beer and distilled spirits could be in for a major price-shock, if proposals by the Food and Drug Administration come to pass. Currently, breweries are allowed to sell unprocessed brewing by-products to feed farm animals. Farmers prize the nutritious, low-cost feed. But, new rules proposed by the FDA could force brewers to implement costly processing facilities or dump the by-products as waste. As one brewer put it, "Beer prices would go up for everybody to cover the cost of the equipment and installation.""

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Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 9:03am
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Security nightmares sparked by the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability continue. According to Mandiant, now a unit of FireEye, an attacker was able to leverage the Heartbleed vulnerability against the VPN appliance of a customer and hijack multiple active user sessions. The attack bypassed both the organization's multifactor authentication and the VPN client software used to validate that systems connecting to the VPN were owned by the organization and running specific security software. "Specifically, the attacker repeatedly sent malformed heartbeat requests to the HTTPS web server running on the VPN device, which was compiled with a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, to obtain active session tokens for currently authenticated users," Mandiant's Christopher Glyer explained. "With an active session token, the attacker successfully hijacked multiple active user sessions and convinced the VPN concentrator that he/she was legitimately authenticated." After connecting to the VPN, the attacker attempted to move laterally and escalate his/her privileges within the victim organization, Mandiant said."

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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 7:47am
jones_supa (887896) writes "In Russia, the State Duma (lower house) on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012. Russia sees this lucrative in advancing the plans to build a gas pipe and railroad through North to South Korea. The rest of the debt, $1.09 billion, would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal installments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by North Korea will be managed by Russia's state development bank, Vnesheconombank. Moscow has been trying to diversify its energy sales to Asia away from Europe, which, in its turn, wants to cut its dependence on oil and gas from the erstwhile Cold War foe. Russia's state-owned top natural producer Gazprom is dreaming shipping 10 billion cubic meters of gas annually through the Koreas. Russia has written off debts to a number of impoverished Soviet-era allies, including Cuba. North Korea's struggling communist economy is just 2 percent of the size of neighboring South's."

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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 6:45am
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Joel Werner writes in Slate that when Citicorp Center was built in 1977 it was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world but no one figured out until after it was built that although the chief structural engineer, William LeMessurier, had properly accounted for perpendicular winds, the building was particularly vulnerable to quartering winds — in part due to cost-saving changes made to the original plan by the contractor. "According to LeMessurier, in 1978 an undergraduate architecture student contacted him with a bold claim about LeMessurier's building: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind," writes Werner. "LeMessurier realized that a major storm could cause a blackout and render the tuned mass damper inoperable. Without the tuned mass damper, LeMessurier calculated that a storm powerful enough to take out the building hit New York every 16 years." In other words, for every year Citicorp Center was standing, there was about a 1-in-16 chance that it would collapse." (Read on for more.)

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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 5:35am
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson update their story on the NUMEC affair to take into account the recent release of hundreds of classified documents that shed additional light on the story. In the 1960s, the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) was found to be missing about a 100 pounds of bomb-grade uranium. Based on available evidence, Gilinsky and Mattson are convinced that the material ended up in Israel nuclear bombs. The newly release documents add more to the story, and Gilinsky and Mattson are calling on President Obama to declassify the remainder of the file."

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For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 4:31am
An anonymous reader writes "Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset, but that doesn't mean they can't experience VR! For those with the time and a bit of handiwork skill, this DIY guide from guest writer Ohaple will show you how to make a smartphone-based VR headset for as little as $20. Along the way, you'll learn the hardware and software basics of a VR headset." This project screams for a ready-made commercial version; does anyone know of existing purpose-built headgear? As one of the comments on the linked tutorial says, Poppy seems close, but lacks an LED for tracking.

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