A posting on the BBFC’s web site reveals that Mass Effect contains one “moderate sex scene,” which, if you make the right choices, could be between two females:
Earlier this month, Uber landed another $1.2 billion in funding, and according to reports, this values the company at $40 billion. That figure is stunning in and of itself, and ordinarily, it would indicate a very good year for a young startup. But Uber has been rocked by a series of scandals that, taken as a whole, are shocking even by Silicon Valley standards. Leaked documents revealed a program that looks suspiciously like a plan for sabotaging its competition. Other stories exposed “God View,” a tool that Uber employees can use to track the whereabouts of individuals. Buzzfeed reported that a Uber senior executive suggested digging up dirt on a journalist that had criticized the company’s sexist advertising. And an Uber job applicant claimed the company gave him unfettered access to user data as part of a job interview. The only question is: What scandal is next?
His touring band—Chasny on electric guitar, Noel Von Harmonson on drums, and Rob Fisk on bass, all long-time collaborators— just hit the road with the new Six Organs material, starting on the West Coast. They’ll play East Coast shows in April and May, then on to Europe. At some point, Chasny hopes to return to the studio in the quieter Six Organs mode with some Hexadic compositions he’s arranged for acoustic guitar. For now, however, he’s excited to explore his freaky new sound.
Founded in 2010, the hardcore 10-mile obstacle course that once relied on self-funded Facebook ads to spread its message has evolved into a global brand. To date, more than 2.5 million people have traversed mud pits and crawled under barbed wire at Tough Mudder courses, the company said.
“This isn’t about being the next Google,” Horn said. “The goal is to try and change the world for the better – not necessarily to make a ton of money.”
Facebook’s new Scarlet Letter: D for disputed.I am calling this the Scarlet Letter approach, with a nod to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Instead of “A” for adultery as in the eponymous novel, Facebook is slapping a virtual “D” for disputed on those stories. It’s kind of ingenious. By outsourcing the actual decision making to third parties that are used to making such calls, Facebook dodges the mantle of ultimate arbiter of truth. Instead of stoning these Hester Prynnes of the News Feed, Facebook lets those stories populate the stream, and even allows people to share them (when they do try to share those stories, a pop-up box will warn that the story is disputed)—but the Scarlet Letter goes with them. Facebook won’t let people make ads or promote those disputed stories.
For more information about the game, visit the All Things Equal website.
Skiena’s team wants academics and non-commercial researchers to use NamePrism. (They don’t get commercial funding to support the app’s server, although their team includes researchers affiliated with Amazon, Yahoo, Verizon, and NEC.) Psychologist Sean Young, who heads University of California’s Institute for Prediction Technology and is unaffiliated with NamePrism, says he could see himself using the app in HIV prevention research to efficiently target and help high-risk groups, such as minority men who have sex with men.
The new Delicious website is the first step in AVOS’s plan to return Delicious to its former glory and also make it appeal to a wider audience. For now that means that Delicious.com has seen a minor redesign with rounded corners and more images. The site looks a little less spartan, but most of the big changes are behind the scenes.
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Wired.com: Seems like you had a blast getting creative with the different deals.
“I was remarkably high-spirited,” Olson recalls. “And that was really odd to me, because this was the first time I’d had a child die on me.” While meditating by the Huron River, Olson realized how much he had been moved by something the girl’s parents had said to him a few hours earlier. They told Olson that the way he had cared for their daughter helped them see that a person needn’t live until 80 for their life to have been a triumph. Recognizing his ability to deal with despair, Olson decided that he was meant to become a pediatric oncologist, a specialty that rewards a philosophical approach to tragedy.
The site also contains a couple of easter eggs; hidden in the source code is a “demon sheep” image, a reference to Fiorina’s bizarre 2010 attack ad against then-primary-opponent Ted Campbell that featured, well, a demonic sheep falling from a pedestal. That same joke plays out at [Fact-checking quibbles and obscure hidden references aside, though, what’s most striking about carlyfiorina.org is that it exists at all, or rather that it exists outside of Fiorina’s own stables. Fiorina has been politically active for years, including that 2010 California senate run. Domain look-up service Whois.net shows that carlyfiorina.org wasn’t created in December of 2014, by an anonymous owner with a bone to pick (we’ve reached out for comment). Surely at some point in those four years, someone in her camp would have thought to log into GoDaddy.
Notice another pattern: All of those hires either worked in senior government positions or worked closely with those who did. That signals confidence in the company’s traditional business – getting big government contracts to protect diplomats, aid workers and even the military in dangerous places. On its new website, Academi says providing “stability and protection to people and locations experiencing turmoil” is its “core” business. New name, same wheelhouse.
The chairman of Samsung Electronics Co.’s board of directors, who has been the public face of the company after its de facto chief was jailed on corruption charges, said Friday he will resign next year to make way for a new leader.
AEI’s Federalism Project argues that the U.S. national government is an institution that has usurped powers not delegated to it in the Constitution – those powers should rightfully be reserved for states. One 1995 case is a favorite: U.S. v. Lopez, in which the Supreme Court overturned a federal gun law by ruling it “exceeds Congress’ Commerce Clause authority.”
“The conduct that the Guardian described is not the kind of thing we’d want Bivings to do,” said Loren Wassell, a spokesman for Monsanto.
The New Center for Contemporary Art in Louisville, Kentucky, will exhibit the sculpture. Curator Jay Jordan thinks it makes people think about speech. Just the idea that there’s a need for a forum that allows free, anonymous speech is kind of scary, he said.
Verizon had argued unsuccessfully that Internet providers should only be compelled to respond to subpoenas when pirated music is stored on computers that providers directly control, such as a website, rather than on a subscriber’s personal computer.
The Horwins are not physicians, but say their translations of scientific studies will be accurate, and the search results will provide links to abstracts of the original studies.
“If your government was not ashamed they would have apologized for killing our pilot. They (the U.S. government) are ashamed of many things, but speak of nothing. So why should you think they would speak of the damage we do to their computers?” Zhu asked.
The proposal, however, allows tracking “for purposes such as user authentication, improving site navigation, maintaining user preferences, serving contextual advertisements, and protecting against fraud or theft.” But parental consent is required “for purposes such as amassing data on a child’s online activities or behaviorally targeting advertising to the child.”
“You just have to accept that,” Lawrence said. “To get a few pieces of good information, you’re going to have to put up with a lot of crackpots and other bogus information. You really don’t know what’s good until you check it out.”
Stephen Sullivan, TSR editor and artist, 1980-84: Jean kind of straddled two camps. She was a good friend of mine, and very friendly with most of the designers. But she was also kind of part of management, and she was a good friend of [D&D co-creator] Gary Gygax’s. So when Jean sent this through, it came through with the same edict as Gary’s modules, which was, “Don’t touch this language.”
Even if the jury rules in Oracle’s favor, all is not lost for the future of software development. Many newer development platforms, including Google’s Go language and Apple’s Swift, are licensed under more liberal terms than Java and allow for-profit companies to use and modify them.
Volkswagen will test nine electric trucks in Austria that will offer payloads of about 18 tons and ranges of about 180 kilometers between charges, Renschler said. Rival Daimler AG said last week delivered the first of a smaller range of electric delivery trucks to customers in New York.
“The bank failed to achieve profitability, and the $300 million in capital that had been provided by the bank’s parent company, NextCard Inc., was dissipated through credit losses and high operating expenses,” OCC said.
Last month GeekMom Dak reviewed Touring Plans, a website and app that helps you plan your Disney vacation and knock hours off queuing times at the theme parks. Touring Plans’ features included crowd calendars, wait times and customisable plans that allow you to select the attractions you are interested in seeing each day before the site gives you a detailed, unique itinerary. But where does the data for such a system come from and how do you go about creating a website that can instantly produce such a detailed plan for the millions of permutations each park offers on a single day? I spoke with Len Testa, the founder of Touring Plans and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, about the mathematical side of planning your dream Disney trip.
We asked Jehad Nga how he cleansed his feelings of authenticity and what it’s like photographing on the ground in Libya.
“It is very unlikely – two to 10 percent possible – but not impossible, that residential or occupational EMFs could be responsible for even a small fraction of birth defects, low birth weight, neonatal deaths, or cancer generally,” the researchers said.
As for the iPhone, officially there are no augmented reality apps in the App Store yet — because Apple doesn’t provide an open API to access live video from the phone’s camera. This barrier prompted augmented reality enthusiasts and professionals to write an Open Letter to Apple pleading for access to this API to make augmented reality apps possible in the App Store.
Last week Google confirmed that Chrome—the most widely used web browser in the world—will block all ads on sites that include particularly egregious ads, including those that autoplay videos, hog too much of the screen, or make you wait to see the content you just clicked on.
Futhey understands the skepticism that has greeted the notion of using what many view as a toy in an academic setting, but points out that it took years for the laptop computers that are now mandatory equipment for many college students to catch on.