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Delightful Memories Your Children Won't Forget, Part 2

We have been thinking a lot these days about the home, the family, and especially our children. We went back to our roots and thought about how God formed each person in the womb. We discovered that there are both “good bents” and “evil bents” deep within each one of us. This discovery caused us to realize that part of a parent’s duty is to cultivate those God-given interests and capabilities—but not to the exclusion of dealing with disobedience, rebellion, and defiance. What huge responsibilities, especially the task of shaping each child’s strong will with wisdom. But rearing children is so much more than discipline! Previously, we turned our attention to delighting in our children (and grandchildren). That subject was so extensive we weren’t able to wrap our arms around it all in one message, so we’re returning to it now. Since we’ve learned some of the key words in the Bible that pertain to delighting in our offspring, we now need to think about some practical ways we can do that. One thing we can be sure of: our children won’t forget these occasions. Delightful memories last forever.

Destiny 2 Revealed

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
The Destiny Twitter feed now offers a Destiny 2 logo. What appeared to be marketing materials for the shooter sequel appeared last week showing a September 8th release date, and while this does not...

Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition Countdown?

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
Trent Oster on tweets about the Plan Escape website, but he can't fool us, as that also spells Planescape. What's there right now is a countdown timer that looks like it will hit zero in just under...


Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS showed up as the bestselling title on this week's Steam Top 10 just three days after the early access release of the last-man standing shooter. Bluehole explains what...

On Sale

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
Dollar Uber Bundle on Bundle Stars. 29 Steam games. Save 99%. League of Legends Champion and skin sale- 03.28 - 03.31. Men of War: Assault Squad 2 on Steam. Save 80%. Simulations Real Deal on...

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
All Walls Must Fall: A Tech-Noir Tactics Game by inbetweengames ? Kickstarter. Funded, and taking aim at stretch goals.

Evening Interviews

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
[AMA] We're the Rioters behind Demacia's stories and art. Ask us anything! - leagueoflegends. Hearthside Chat: Adapt in Un'Goro with Dean Ayala - Hearthstone.

Gatherings & Competitions

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
Blizzard's Overwatch League could see $100M in its first year, says analyst. Hearthstone: A Mammoth Celebration. PAX East 2017 Cosplay Music Video - League of Legends Community Collab. Halo World...

Evening Consolidation

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
Four years later, Xbox exec admits how Microsoft screwed up disc resale plan. Flinthook Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One. MLB The Show 17 Launches Tomorrow, 12...

Evening Mobilization

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
Introducing Live Location in Facebook Messenger. Thanks Hypothermia. It all ads up: Why devs should be rewarding players that watch promotions. Uber is officially resuming all of its self-driving...

Evening Metaverse

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
AT&T to Shutter U-Verse Website as Brand Gets Killed Off.

Evening Tech Bits

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
Intel Launches Optane Memory M.2 Cache SSDs For Consumer Market - AnandTech. Articles on the topic on Legit Reviews, PC Perspective, The Tech Report, and TweakTown. Elon Musk?s Billion-Dollar...

Evening Safety Dance

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
Apple security updates. iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2, Sierra 10.12.4, Safari 10.1, and more. Thanks Ant. Uncovered iPad bomb plot blamed for electronics ban on some flights. Doxed by Microsoft?s...

Evening Legal Briefs

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
House could vote tomorrow to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history.

etc., etc.

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
League of Legends New free champion rotation: Vayne, Lulu, Braum and more… Mass Effect Andromeda players want a mute button for its chatty AI… Uwe Boll's Restaurant Is Better Than His...

Into the Black

Blue's News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:11pm
Link of the Day: Raise a glass for International Whisky Day. I'll drink to that!

The Avengers react to Justice League Trailer

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:54pm

"Seems that the Avengers will finally get some serious competition :)
Here's a mashup imagining what would be their reaction.

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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

/. - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:30pm
"Computer scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a new intelligent routing algorithm that attempts to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams -- those sudden snarls caused by greedy merges and other isolated disruptions -- throughout a roadway network," reports Motherboard. "It's both computationally distributed and fast, requirements for any real-world traffic management system. Their work is described in the April issue of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence." From the report: The Nanyang researchers' algorithm starts off by just assuming that, given enough traffic density, shit is going to happen. Someone is going to make a greedy merge -- something is going to cause enough of a traffic perturbation to result in a network breakdown. Breakdown in this context is a technical-ish term indicating that for some period of time the traffic outflow from a segment of roadway is going to be less than the traffic inflow. "We assume that the traffic breakdown model has already been given, and the probability of traffic breakdown occurrence is larger than zero (meaning that traffic breakdowns would occur), and our goal is to direct the traffic flow so that the overall traffic breakdown probability is minimized," Hongliang Guo and colleagues write. Put differently, "our objective is to maximize the probability that none of the network links encounters a traffic breakdown." So, the goal of the algorithm is this maximization, which reduces to a fairly tidy equation. It then becomes a machine learning problem. Things get pretty messy at this point, but just understand that we're taking the current traffic load, adding an unknown additional load that might enter the network at any time, and then coming up with probabilities of network breakdown at each of the network's nodes or intersections. Crunch some linear algebra and we wind up with optimal routes through the network. Crucially, Guo and co. were able to come up with some mathematical optimizations that make this kind of calculation feasible in real-time. They were able to demonstrate their algorithm in simulations and are currently working on a further analysis with BMW, which is providing a vast trove of data from its Munich car-sharing fleet. This may not be as distant a technology as it might seem. As it turns out, only 10 percent of cars in a network need to be driving according to the optimizations for those optimizations to have a positive effect on the entire network.

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Facebook Launches 'Town Hall' For Contacting Government Reps, Adds Local Election Reminders

/. - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:50pm
Facebook has officially launched their "Town Hall" feature that allows users to locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The social media company also announced that they will be launching local election reminders in an effort to get more users to vote in state, county, and municipal elections. TechCrunch reports: The feature was recently made available in the "More" menu on mobile and on desktop to a subset of users. When you launch it, you would be presented with a list of reps at the local, state and federal level, and you could click to visit their Facebook page or send them a message, call them, or email. Not all reps offer their contact information via Facebook, however. And Facebook doesn't yet pull in the missing phone numbers or emails from off-site sources, like official government websites, for example. The company tell us that's something it wants to address in time, though. Today, Town Hall is available to all U.S. Facebook users and some of its features will now be integrated in the News Feed. If you like or comment on a post made by one of your elected officials, a new feature below the comments will invite you to call, message or email the rep. After doing so, users will then be prompted to share a post saying that they contacted the rep, as a means of encouraging their friends to do the same. Facebook says that this Contact Your Rep post is not shown to everyone, but only to those who are also already engaging with an elected official's post, through a like or comment. Additionally, Facebook says it will now offer Election Reminders for local elections. The new, local election reminders will appear for all state, county, and municipal elections in the U.S. in areas with a population of over 10,000 people, and will include both primaries and general elections.

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