Alterslash

the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2022-Jun-24 today archive
 

Contents

  1. Goodbye Zachtronics, Developers of Very Cool Video Games
  2. Engineers Demonstrate Quantum Integrated Circuit Made Up of Just a Few Atoms
  3. The Mars Express Spacecraft Is Finally Getting a Windows 98 Upgrade
  4. Goldman Sachs Raising Funds to Buy Celsius Assets
  5. The Sleep Debt Collector Is Here
  6. A Garage-Sized Reactor Could Provide Limitless Energy With Magnet-Free Technology
  7. Apple Rumored To Announce 'Game-Changer' AR/VR Headset In January 2023
  8. Senator Posts Cryptocurrency Bill On GitHub, Chaos Ensues
  9. Bungie Slaps YouTube Takedown Impersonator With $7.6 Million Lawsuit
  10. Female Scientists Less Likely To Be Given Authorship Credits, Analysis Finds
  11. Mark Zuckerberg is More Interested in the Metaverse Than Election Integrity
  12. As China Shuts Out the World, Internet Access From Abroad Gets Harder Too
  13. Online Privacy Bill Clears Early Hurdle in House
  14. The Ohio State University Officially Trademarks the Word 'THE'
  15. Japanese City Worker Loses Flash Drive Containing Personal Details of Every Resident
  16. Microsoft Will Start Banning Players From All Private Minecraft Servers
  17. Blockchain Startup Harmony Says $100 Million Was Stolen From Its Service
  18. Years After Brigham-Harvard Scandal, US Pours Millions Into Tainted Stem-Cell Field
  19. Software Maker Zendesk To Be Bought by Investor Group in $9.5 Billion Cash Deal
  20. Five Planets Take Center Stage as They Align in the Night Sky
  21. Microsoft Prepares To Forget About Windows 8.1 With End of Support Notifications
  22. Intel Delays Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ohio Plant Amid Uncertainty Over Chips Legislation
  23. NASA Declares Megarocket Rehearsal Complete, Setting Stage For Inaugural Launch
  24. Solana Launches Web3-Focused Smartphone Saga To Improve Crypto-Mobile Relationship

Alterslash picks up to the best 5 comments from each of the day’s Slashdot stories, and presents them on a single page for easy reading.

Goodbye Zachtronics, Developers of Very Cool Video Games

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Kotaku: On July 5, Zachtronics will be releasing Last Call BBS, a collection of stylish little puzzle games wrapped up in a retro PC gaming vibe. After 11 years in business (and even longer outside of commercial releases), a time which has seen the studio develop a cult following almost unrivaled in indie gaming, it will be the last new game Zachtronics will ever release. We spoke to founder Zach Barth to find out why.

Named for founder Zach Barth, Zachtronics has spent most of those 11 years specializing in puzzle games (or variations on the theme). And pretty much every single one of them has been great (or at least interesting). [...] The result has been a succession of games that may not have been to everyone's tastes, but for those with whom they resonated, it was their shit. It's not hard seeing why: most of Zachtronics' games involved challenging puzzles, but also a deeply cool and interesting presentation surrounding them, such as the grimy hacker aesthetic of Exapunks, or the Advance Wars-like Mobius Front 83. Given those initial and superficial differences, it can sometimes be hard pinpointing exactly what makes a game so clearly a Zachtronics joint, but like love and art, when you see it you just know it.

So it's sad, but also awesome in its own way, that 2022 will see the end of Zachtronics. Not because their publisher shuttered them, or because their venture capital funding ran out, or because Activision made them work on Call of Duty, or any other number of reasons (bankruptcy! scandal!) game developers usually close their doors. No, Zachtronics is closing because...they want to.
"We're wrapping things up!" Barth tells Kotaku's Luke Plunkett. "Zachtronics will release Last Call BBS next month. We're also working on a long-awaited solitaire collection that we're hoping to have out by the end of the year. After that, the team will disband. We all have different ideas, interests, tolerances for risk, and so on, so we're still figuring out what we want to do next."

"We felt it was time for a change. This might sound weird, but while we got very good at making 'Zachtronics games' over the last twelve years, it was hard for us to make anything else. We were fortunate enough to carve out a special niche, and I'm thankful that we've been able to occupy it and survive in it, but it also kept us locked into doing something we didn't feel like doing forever."

Last Call BBS will be released on July 5 on Steam. You can view the trailer here.

Translation

By getuid() • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Translation: "We got rich, now we're going to enjoy life and spend some of that money."

Go them! :-)

List of Zachtronics' games on Steam

By chris-chittleborough • Score: 3 • Thread
https://store.steampowered.com... Lots of good stuff there

Engineers Demonstrate Quantum Integrated Circuit Made Up of Just a Few Atoms

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Engineers in Sydney have demonstrated a quantum integrated circuit made up of just a few atoms. By precisely controlling the quantum states of the atoms, the new processor can simulate the structure and properties of molecules in a way that could unlock new materials and catalysts. New Atlas reports: The new quantum circuit comes from researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a start-up company called Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC). It's essentially made up of 10 carbon-based quantum dots embedded in silicon, with six metallic gates that control the flow of electrons through the circuit. It sounds simple enough, but the key lies in the arrangement of these carbon atoms down to the sub-nanometer scale. Relative to each other, they're precisely positioned to mimic the atomic structure of a particular molecule, allowing scientists to simulate and study the structure and energy states of that molecule more accurately than ever before.

In this case, they arranged the carbon atoms into the shape of the organic compound polyacetylene, which is made up of a repeating chain of carbon and hydrogen atoms with an alternating pattern of single and double carbon bonds between them. To simulate those bonds, the team placed the carbon atoms at different distances apart. Next, the researchers ran an electrical current through the circuit to check whether it would match the signature of a natural polyacetylene molecule -- and sure enough, it did. In other tests, the team created two different versions of the chain by cutting bonds at different places, and the resulting currents matched theoretical predictions perfectly. The significance of this new quantum circuit, the team says, is that it could be used to study more complicated molecules, which could eventually yield new materials, pharmaceuticals, or catalysts. This 10-atom version is right on the limit of what classical computers can simulate, so the team's plans for a 20-atom quantum circuit would allow for simulation of more complex molecules for the first time.
The research has been published in the journal Nature.

The Mars Express Spacecraft Is Finally Getting a Windows 98 Upgrade

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Engineers at the European Space Agency (ESA) are getting ready for a Windows 98 upgrade on an orbiter circling Mars. The Verge reports: The Mars Express spacecraft has been operating for more than 19 years, and the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) instrument onboard has been using software built using Windows 98. Thankfully for humanity and the Red Planet's sake, the ESA isn't upgrading its systems to Windows ME. The MARSIS instrument on ESA's Mars Express was key to the discovery of a huge underground aquifer of liquid water on the Red Planet in 2018. This major new software upgrade "will allow it to see beneath the surfaces of Mars and its moon Phobos in more detail than ever before," according to the ESA. The agency originally launched the Mars Express into space in 2003 as its first mission to the Red Planet, and it has spent nearly two decades exploring the planet's surface.

MARSIS uses low-frequency radio waves that bounce off the surface of Mars to search for water and study the Red Planet's atmosphere. The instrument's 130-foot antenna is capable of searching around three miles below the surface of Mars, and the software upgrades will enhance the signal reception and onboard data processing to improve the quality of data that's sent back to Earth. "We faced a number of challenges to improve the performance of MARSIS," explains Carlo Nenna, a software engineer at Enginium who is helping ESA with the upgrade. "Not least because the MARSIS software was originally designed over 20 years ago, using a development environment based on Microsoft Windows 98!"

Re: It couldn't have been WIndows 98

By kenh • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Reminded me of this clip:

https://youtu.be/Uh64nPT7JWk

Re:Misleading headline

By Waffle Iron • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Since Windows 98 seems like little more than a joke today, the first thing that came to my mind was: Why didn't they use Windows NT for the dev environment? Government contractors could certainly afford the overpriced workstation licenses of the time.

Then I remembered that a lot of embedded tools back then originated in DOS, and expected to be able to directly use whatever PC features they wanted (like parallel ports or custom bus cards) to interface with hardware test platforms, and they almost certainly lacked NT device drivers. In fact, the whole dev software environment might have been 16-bit X86 code, with which early Windows NT was very weak, IIRC.

So maybe Win98, with its backwards DOS compatibility, made a little more sense than it would seem at first glance. Hopefully they didn't connect the dev boxes directly to the internet, though.

Antenna

By hackertourist • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

So I wondered how they got an antenna that large onto a small spacecraft (I was assuming it'd be a parabolic dish).
As it turns out, the antenna is a dipole: 2 hollow booms, 20 m long each. It's folded up into a zigzag pattern for launch, and released once in Mars orbit.

Deployment video

Re: Clickbait Headline

By e3m4n • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
Aliens took one look at the code and labeled earth a flyover planet :-)

Re:Clickbait Headline

By tlhIngan • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Given the purpose of DEVELOPMENT, I don't even believe anyone would use Win98 for this.

Sure, DEV can usually be a non-critical environment, but it's usually not utterly pointless. I would assume some other hardened OS (as in NOT Windows-Anything) would be running TEST and PROD.

Only someone from DevOps would say that. Anyone with any hint of embedded development experience knows otherwise, and I'm being really generous here - including app developers for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows CE, PocketPC, etc., as well people who have worked with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and those who have done it professionally.

The development environment has nothing to do with the target. It's just the environment the tools run on to build the binary to which you will run in an emulator, simulator, or actual hardware for testing. You can write an Arduino sketch using Arduino studio or VS Code, or whatever, then you build it and upload it to your board and your sketch runs on it. Or you might use Android Studio to write your next Android app, test it on the emulator, deploy to your phone.

In any case, the machine you run it on (aka "development environment") can run Windows, Linux, or macOS, and it makes absolutely no difference what you use. You run the tool, the tool builds your code, spits out a binary, and you deploy to your hardware.

Windows 98, although unusual a choice for a dev environment (20 years ago, you might not be running Windows 2000 since it was only available from 1999, but Windows NT 4 was certainly an option at the outset of development), isn't completely unusual a choice - perhaps the necessary tools to deploy the code require DOS programs to interface. Windows support might have been unusual, and things like giveio (allows IO port access for NT processes) might not have been fully developed, or it just didn't exist. So users might have been expected to run a DOS application to deploy the code to the hardware or for debug purposes, and only Win98 at the time could do that.

NT 4 could run DOS tools just fine - it had a 16 bit environment that was reasonably complete (you could license emulations SoundBlaster for it so you can even do DOS games under NT4 with sound), so running build tools and compilers would be no problem, but tools that needed direct hardware access would've required a driver to be developed for Windows. Given the era, it would've been extremely fluid and a mix of DOS based tools used to getting their way to talk directly to hardware wouldn't be so unusual. Especially debug probes and such which often required an addon board in the PC. Heck, it wouldn't surprise me if many tools used a DOS program to access the hardware and then interfaced with a GUI for easier navigation when debugging.

So it's entirely possible, likely even, their hardware tools required DOS to be used, which eliminates the use of Windows NT for development, leaving Windows 98 as the likely candidate since many tool vendors had Windows UIs to be all flashy (Windows 95 was it, after all), but were a pretty face on the backend which used the old traditional DOS utilities the tool vendor had.

These days you don't think about it too much since everything would be over USB. In the past, hardware debug probes used serial, parallel, or more commonly ISA and PCI slots to interface with. And the past if they used Windows 98, would mean development around that time where a lot of tools still were MS-DOS based which made sense - satellite development takes years so if it launched in 2002, software development would've started around the time Win98 came out, and given hardware evolution, the hardware would've been out the early to mid 90s, and hardware development tools were DOS based at the time.

Goldman Sachs Raising Funds to Buy Celsius Assets

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
Goldman Sachs is looking to raise $2 billion from investors to buy up distressed assets from troubled crypto lender Celsius, according to two people familiar with the matter. CoinDesk reports: The proposed deal would allow investors to buy up Celsius' assets at potentially big discounts in the event of a bankruptcy filing, the people said. Goldman Sachs appears to be gauging interest and soliciting commitments from Web3 crypto funds, funds specializing in distressed assets and traditional financial institutions with ample cash on hand, according to a person familiar with the situation. The assets, most likely cryptocurrencies having to be sold on the cheap, would then likely be managed by participants in the fundraising push. Celsius has tapped restructuring advisory firm Alvarez & Marsal, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday afternoon. Earlier this month, Celsius abruptly paused withdrawals, swaps, and transfers between accounts, citing "extreme market conditions." The disclosure sent bitcoin's price below $20,000 and prompted the firm's token to take a 60% tumble.

As of Monday, the company said it's still working on " stabilizing [their] liquidity and operations."

What Celsius' assets ?

By bsdetector101 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Crypto is nothing, Bitcoin is nothing but hype ! It's not an asset !

This is extremely bad

By rsilvergun • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Goldman Sachs basically runs the American economy. They're the ones who survived the 2008 market crash and they did it largely due to their tight integration with our Treasury department.

Crypto is a pretend asset. Unlike houses there's no real value there. If we start letting major players like Goldman Sachs dabbling in crypto they will eventually create a bubble with it.

And when that bubble pops every single one of us is going to get screwed. Half of us will be laid off to increase stock prices and the other half will be forced to work double shifts of unpaid overtime.

Seriously we need to start electing people who will stop this kind of thing. Otherwise say goodbye to your retirement and I hope you like cat food

To catch a falling knife

By linuxguy • Score: 4 • Thread
Sometimes people think that big companies don't big mistakes. I personally think that bigger ones make bigger mistakes. I worked 7 years for a fortune 50 company and it was very frustrating to see management make many billion dollar blunders buying up companies that later turned out to be complete duds. I don't think my company made a single successful acquisition the entire time I was there. Their main product has kept them solvent.

I wish Goldman luck with this investment. They're going to need it.

Re:What Celsius' assets ?

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Its assets would be the high risk loans. if they can get them at a good discount, they are probably a worthwhile buy, note GS have no interest in Crypto, merely the profits from the loans.

Re: What Celsius' assets ?

By fermion • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
The article lists $12 billion in assesses and 8 billion owed to clients. That means at best 50 cents on the dollar.

The Sleep Debt Collector Is Here

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Recent studies in humans and mice have shown that late nights and early mornings may cause long lasting damage to your brain. From a report: The sleep debt collectors are coming. They want you to know that there is no such thing as forgiveness, only a shifting expectation of how and when you're going to pay them back. You think of them as you lie in bed at night. How much will they ask for? Are you solvent? You fall asleep, then wake up in a cold sweat an hour later. You fall asleep, then wake up, drifting in and out of consciousness until morning. As most every human has discovered, a couple nights of bad sleep is often followed by grogginess, difficulty concentrating, irritability, mood swings and sleepiness.

For years, it was thought that these effects, accompanied by cognitive impairments like lousy performances on short-term memory tests, could be primarily attributed to a chemical called adenosine, a neurotransmitter that inhibits electrical impulses in the brain. Spikes of adenosine had been consistently observed in sleep-deprived rats and humans. Adenosine levels can be quickly righted after a few nights of good sleep, however. This gave rise to a scientific consensus that sleep debt could be forgiven with a couple of quality snoozes -- as reflected in casual statements like "I'll catch up on sleep" or "I'll be more awake tomorrow."

But a review article published recently in the journal Trends in Neurosciences contends that the folk concept of sleep as something that can be saved up and paid off is bunk. The review, which canvassed the last couple of decades of research on long term neural effects of sleep deprivation in both animals and humans, points to mounting evidence that getting too little sleep most likely leads to long-lasting brain damage and increased risk of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease. "This is really, really important in setting the stage for what needs to be done in sleep health and sleep science," said Mary Ellen Wells, a sleep scientist at the University of North Carolina, who did not contribute to the review.

Caffeine and the machine

By geekymachoman • Score: 3 • Thread

The machine provides caffeine for you, for free, so you can wake up earlier than you should and still function. Debt?

Don't worry about debt... debt is good!

As a Buddhist

By plate_o_shrimp • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
...and long-term meditator who has sat yaza (all-night sits) many times, I'm absolutely willing to accept that sleep deprivation can cause brain changes. Based on first-hand experience I'm not willing, however, to accept that those changes are always necessarily brain damage. I think there's a lot of subtlety and nuance that's being glossed over here...

Re:good sleep: amount, quality and circadian timin

By CaptQuark • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

I've tried the stupid CPAP over and over and over again. But my dumb asleep brain just rips it off and throws the mask on the floor without my conscious mind knowing about it.

One thing I found was the TYPE of mask you use is very important. I've tried several different masks and found the simple nasal pillow with the swivel on the front works best for me. People who primarily sleep on their sides might have a different preference than those the sleep primarily on their backs. Some people have a problem with the high pressure air escaping out their mouths as they sleep so a full-face mask might be better for them. I tried a nasal cup once but because I have a mustache, it leaked too much and I didn't sleep well with it. Another model had the hose swivel on the side and that prevented me from sleeping on that side, so I asked for a new mask model. I eventually found the type that worked best for my sleep habits.

Also, the settings on the CPAP can make a huge difference on what your body perceives as acceptable pressure. I have my CPAP set to ramp up to operating pressure quickly so I don't feel like I'm being smothered as I fall asleep. Other people complain that when the CPAP ramps up to stop snoring or breathing interruptions, it doesn't ramp back down again often enough and leaves the person feeling like they are trying to sleep in a wind tunnel.

I would suggest you make an appointment with your sleep specialist to discuss your mask type and perhaps your machine settings. I understand not everyone can sleep with a CPAP, but at least give the equipment the same customization effort you would with give something like a new scuba regulator and explore all the settings before you toss it.

https://www.cpap.com/blog/diff...

Burnout

By VeryFluffyBunny • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
TFS describes the symptoms of we colloquially call burnout, not an officially recognised condition but a variety of effects of working long hours &/or not sleeping enough. If you've ever had to manage people in highly demanding stressful jobs, you see it all the time. It affects their relationships with colleagues (& more than likely with friends & family) & the quality of their work. It's counter-productive to keep people working when they're in that state - you're paying them to be an unproductive problem for everyone. What the sufferers need is to work less or take a holiday. Now try explaining that to senior management & there you see the root of the problem.

Too late

By Anonymous Crowded • Score: 3 • Thread
For most of us, the damage is done. Give us the cost in years, fund our retirement that many years early. They sure as hell aren't going to start allowing us to be healthy.

A Garage-Sized Reactor Could Provide Limitless Energy With Magnet-Free Technology

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Interesting Engineering: Seattle-based Zap Energy is using a lesser-known approach to nuclear fusion to build modular, garage-sized reactors. They are cheaper and don't require the large, incredibly powerful magnets used in traditional fusion experiments. Ultimately, they may also provide a quicker route to achieving commercially viable nuclear fusion, a press statement reveals.

Nuclear fusion has the potential to remove our reliance on fossil fuels by providing a practically limitless energy source that produces power in a similar way to the Sun and the stars. Fusion experiments, such as Europe's ITER, typically rely on large donut-shaped tokamak reactors using extremely powerful magnets to control the plasma generated during the fusion reaction. Zap Energy has developed a different approach with its Z-pinch technology. The company uses an electromagnetic field instead of the expensive magnetic coils and shielding materials used in tokamaks. This, they say, pins the plasma inside a relatively small space and "pinches" it until it becomes hot and dense enough for the required reaction to take place.

Z-pinch technology was first thought up in the 1950s, but until recently, instability problems meant that research had been largely focused on the more stable tokamak technology. In 2019, a group of researchers from the University of Washington proposed the use of sheared axial flow to smooth the plasma streams, preventing distortions that previously led to instability. One of the authors of that study, Uri Shumlak, co-founded Zap Energy in 2017 in a bid to leverage the sheared axial flow technique to make Z-pinch technology commercially viable. Just last week, Zap Energy reached a key milestone by creating the first plasmas inside its prototype reactor, called the FuZE-Q. The Zap Energy team also just closed a $160-million Series C funding round, which will help it to further develop its Z-pinch technology and hopefully bring it to the market. The company says its reactors could be small enough to fit inside a garage, meaning it could give both micro nuclear reactor and nuclear fusion firms a run for their money.

How to think about fusion projects

By Beeftopia • Score: 4 • Thread

Sabine Hossenfelder has a very informative video on how to understand a fusion system. I learned the following from that:

In fusion, Q = (energy out) / (energy in)

There are two key questions:
1) What's the Q_plasma (Q_plasma = (energy into the plasma) / (energy coming out of the plasma))
The plasma is the core "goo" that generates the work-producing heat.

2) What's the Q_total (Q_total = (energy into the reactor) / (energy coming out of the reactor))

Q_total is the money shot, more energy out than energy in, from the entire system.

Problem: Fusion reactors require a lot of energy to run. Q_plasma measures a small subsystem of that total energy. And that's what's typically reported. Add to that the efficiency of converting the heat to electrical energy, optimistically at 50%. So, ITER reports a Q_plasma of 10, but a Q_total of .67. That's before the conversion of heat to electrical energy.

Also, it was noted here in a previous discussion, fusion is actually unremarkable. A university lab or a suitably equipped maker lab is able to create an apparatus that creates fusion, a Farnsworth-Hirsch Fusor. It creates fusion. But it again uses up more energy than it generates. But of course, that is the holy grail of fusion - creating more energy out than goes in.

Re:How to think about fusion projects

By Beeftopia • Score: 4 • Thread

Sorry - one major edit: The Q's in my numbered questions are wrong - they should be (energy out) / (energy in).

Re:No thank you

By sinij • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
This is where your lack of vision shows. Just think how much bitcoin you could mine with that.

Re:Say Palladium in the name and you got it

By vivian • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Unlike the ITER Tokomak design, which is still predicting first plasma some time around 2025 break-even some time mid 2025, these guys reckon that at 650KA current levels they will see scientific breakeven (ie. when the plasma makes more energy than that put into it to fuse) by mid 2023, so only a year to wait on that one - and engineering breakeven (when the whole device makes more energy that was put into it) by 2026, and commercial breakeven somewhere at the 1.5MA to 2 MA power level.
Their latest completed device is presently generating 500A currents.

If they can get this to work, it's also got another big advantage - because of how it operates, if they leave one end of the device open, you basically have a fusion rocket so it could be used for spaceflight applications.

Back in Dec 2021, they said they would have their demo FuZE-Q reactor by mid 2022, which they have now achieved, so so far they are on track. They are at 500KA now and recon with 650KA

I really hope they can get this to work. I don't think it will happen fast enough to be a fix for global warming and short term need to replace fossil fuels, but long term it will allow for much greater growth in our use of energy compared to renewables which will hit a limit or at least tradeoffs in land and resource use eventually, as well as offer better power options for space exploration than what we currently have.

Re:Wat?

By vivian • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

The difference is instead of using electromagnetic coils to create a magnetic field to confine the plasma like a tokomak or stellarator uses, with Z-Pinch, they run a massive current through the conductive column of plasma itself, which acts like a wire, and the resulting magnetic field causes the plasma to be compressed - hence the name.
The problem with this approach in the past is that the resulting field was not sufficiently stable and the plasma was not sufficiently well confined.
The "magic sauce" of these guys is that they have a column of plasma which has a laminar flow with an outer sheath of plasma with an inner core moving at a different speed. This keeps the plasma stable 5000 times longer than the previous methods, and all their simulations and experiments so far seem to indicate that it stays stable even as they scale up the process.
They are at 500KA of current so far, claim they will reach physics breakeven at 650KA next year, Engineering break even at 750KA and commercial break even at the 1000-1500 KA
so about 1/3 of the way there.
The biggest challenge is getting a big enough current pulse, which needs huge capacitor banks charged to about 10kV voltage levels and some serious power switching gear that can release it in a short massive pulse of current.

Apple Rumored To Announce 'Game-Changer' AR/VR Headset In January 2023

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Apple is "likely" to announce its long-rumored mixed-reality headset as soon as January 2023, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reiterated. MacRumors reports: In a detailed post on Medium, Kuo explained that Apple's headset will be a "game-changer" for the augmented-reality and virtual-reality market. Describing some of the headset's functionality, Kuo said that while Apple has repeatedly touted its focus on AR, the headset will "offer an excellent immersive experience" and a "video see-thru" mode. The headset is expected to boost demand for immersive gaming and multimedia entertainment experiences.

Kuo said that the device is "the most complicated product Apple has ever designed," leading Apple to use components from many of its existing suppliers. Kuo also believes that Apple will be an industry leader in the headset space, has "significant competitive advantages," and does not need to join the Metaverse Standards Forum. Notably, Kuo thinks that rivals will race to imitate Apple's headset once it launches, "leading the headset hardware industry to the next stage of rapid growth."

Video see through

By Immerman • Score: 3 • Thread

I have a hard time seeing how any "video see through" system is going to be a game changer for AR.

It's a nice to have for VR, and lets it overlap into some AR use cases - but I suspect very few people are going to want to stare at nothing except a screen a fixed effective distance in front of their face showing them a subtly-wrong view of the world around them.

Game-changing Augmented Reality needs to first and foremost deliver what's in the name: reality, augmented. Reality has real stereoscopic and focal depth that are always in perfect agreement. It has over 180* FOV and zero lag, ghosting, or other optical anomalies. And it has resolution and dynamic range far beyond the most advanced OLED screens available.

Anything that doesn't deliver all that, can't honestly call itself augmented reality. It's video-augmented VR, nothing more.

Senator Posts Cryptocurrency Bill On GitHub, Chaos Ensues

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On Wednesday, Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) posted her upcoming cryptocurrency regulation bill on GitHub. What she got in return were eight pull requests and lots of trolling. The Verge reports: As of press time, Github users have commented on 24 issues in the bill and made eight pull requests -- some of which have proposed meaningful additions to the bill. One user asked the senators to "increase the value of proof-of-work cryptocurrencies with a tax on mining." Another thread raised concerns about algorithmic backing of stablecoins.

However, the more common response has been trolling. One flagged issue is titled, "You Know You Can Find Someone To Do Findom Using Google, Right." Another is titled only with the eggplant emoji. In a related thread, a user commented, "Feds are not looking post floppa," accompanied by a picture of a popular Russian caracal who has gained an internet following under the name "Big Floppa." The trolling also extends to commit requests, where one user proposed replacing the bill with the source code of the popular first-person shooter Doom. "This bill would do far more to benefit everyday Americans if its text was replaced with the source code of Doom," reads a comment responding to the request. "Devs should merge asap."

Re:GitHub common for legislation?

By Paxtez • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

"I though of the opposite. It's a great way to include only software engineers into the legislation. You need to learn git and command-line, this is out of reach for most regular citizen."

I think your point is undercut by the fact that there are links to the repository in the summary. Anyone can view documents in question and submit changes from their web browser or phone, you don't need any command lines or any specific knowledge of git.

Re:GitHub common for legislation?

By test321 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Alright, thanks for noting it's about posting comments on the web interface. Then it's not much about a git repository then, it's about an issue tracker. Same could have been obtained on a personal blog or social media page where, very importantly, many of his fellow citizen already have an account and a application running. I still think there is a sort of elitism in choosing the network that is exclusively used by professional engineers.

It's how you get real money

By rsilvergun • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
into the crypto markets. You buy "stablecoin" with real money and exchange it for phony crypto money. It's how they get real money into the system in the first place, and how money gets laundered out of it.

open access

By awwshit • Score: 3 • Thread

> Civil comments and criticisms welcome. Please share widely. We want to get this right. Help us iterate publicly on policy.

I can't find any fault with that. I'm not saying this bill is good or that I support it, just saying that I can appreciate an open access approach. How many politicians actually want to invite this kind of conversation?

Re:GitHub common for legislation?

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Honestly almost all of our legislation is written by mega corporations save for a handful of bills that usually go nowhere. So I'm not sure there's much points to posting it on GitHub. At least not as long as we refuse to acknowledge how our system works

Bungie Slaps YouTube Takedown Impersonator With $7.6 Million Lawsuit

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from PC Gamer: Back in March, a wave of bizarre copyright strikes rocked the Destiny 2 community. Not only did it affect some of the game's biggest content creators, but also videos on Bungie's own YouTube channel. It turned out none of them had actually come from the developer but a "bad actor" impersonating two employees from the CSC, Bungie's IP protection agency of choice. Now, that person has allegedly been identified and Bungie's suing them for a whopping $7.6 million. Ouch.

Nicholas 'Lord Nazo' Minor is accused of fraudulently firing off 96 separate DMCA takedown notices throughout mid-March (thanks, TheGamePost). According to the lawsuit (PDF), Minor was issued legitimate copyright strikes in both December 2021 and March 2022 for uploading the OST for Destiny's The Taken King and The Witch Queen expansions. During that period, Minor is said to have created two separate email addresses impersonating CSC employees. He then used those email addresses to issue the false takedown notices.

The lawsuit goes on to say that during the whole kerfuffle, Minor was "taking part in the community discussion of 'Bungie's' takedowns, spreading disinformation" as well as trying to file a counterclaim with YouTube, saying the legitimate takedowns on his channel were included in the wave of fraudulent ones. Bungie claims that the situation caused "significant reputational and economic damage," with the publisher having to "devote significant internal resources to addressing it and helping its players restore their videos and channels." It claims its "entitled to damages and injunctive relief, including enhanced statutory damages of $150,000 for each of the works implicated in the Fraudulent Takedown Notice that willfully infringed Bungie's registered copyrights, totaling $7,650,000."

Broken

By NewtonsLaw • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

This just shows how badly broken the DMCA is -- when someone can effectively force YT to take down content without any verification of identity or authority that they're authorized to do so.

Too many people gaming the system and too many instances where claims are made for content that the claimant doesn't even own! Here's a great example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TFESXDVdhM

Copyright, thanks to the DMCA, has become a great way to extort and deprive people from their lawful earnings :-(

Re:Broken

By DigitAl56K • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Leonard French covered the case in an episode of Lawful Masses and what stood out to me was the absolute shambles of trying to get YouTube to handle the situation.

Coverage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
You want to go to about 18 mins in.

Imagine being a smaller publisher.

They are not suing for $7.6 million

By EvilSS • Score: 3 • Thread
Bungie is suing him for WAY more. If you read their filing the $7.6 is from one part of one claim out of six. The $7.6 is for copyright infringement for claiming to own the Destiny IP by filing the false DMCA notices and depriving Bungie of their rights as the actual holders of the copyrights. The others are for copyright infringement for the OST tracks he uploaded to youtube, fraudulent notice under the DMCA, false designation of origin for misuse of their trademark in making the claims to Youtube, defamation, violation of the Washington state consumer protection act, and breach of contract for violation of the game's EULA (or LSLA as they refer to it).

If they were to win on all counts, the award could be way more than $7.6M.

Re:Broken

By EvilSS • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
Unfortunately you are correct. The law makes it too easy for companies to issue bad faith DMCA notices and hide behind "Well, we thought we were right". In this case it's impossible for the guy to argue that. The law needs to be changed so there is some accountability for being wrong when a "reasonable person should have known" it was incorrect. There are plenty of other places in the law where that is a standard.

Re:Broken

By Areyoukiddingme • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Imagine being a smaller publisher.

You don't have to imagine. YouTube and Reddit are riddled with tales of woe from innocent victims of YouTube's shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later (and NEVER answer questions) DMCA implementation. Not that YouTube's implementation is an accident. It's cheap for them and it favors the big publishers that YouTube's big advertisers like best, so it will never change.

Female Scientists Less Likely To Be Given Authorship Credits, Analysis Finds

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Female scientists are less likely to receive authorship credit or to be named on patents related to the work they do compared with their male counterparts -- including in fields such as healthcare, where women dominate -- data suggests. From a report: This gender gap may help to explain well-documented disparities in the apparent contributions of male and female scientists -- such as that of Rosalind Franklin, whose pivotal contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA initially went unrecognised because she was not cited on the core Nature article by James Watson and Francis Crick.

"We have known for a long time that women publish and patent at a lower rate than men. But, because previous data never showed who participated in research, no one knew why," said Prof Julia Lane at New York University in the US, who led the new research. Lane and her colleagues analysed administrative data on research projects conducted at 52 US colleges and universities between 2013 and 2016. They matched information about 128,859 scientists to 39,426 journal articles and 7,675 patents, looking at which people who worked on individual projects received credit and which did not.

Re:First prove they do as much work as the men

By Whateverthisis • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Wow! Congratulations, you sir have won the Slashdot Ignoramus award!

Not only did you instill casual sexism by claiming a completely unsupported bigoted opinion as a "damn fact", but you did so why clearly not reading the article, which states that the study (published in Nature no less) analyzed administrative data about who worked on projects related to publications and then compared who the co-authors were, and found women who worked on projects were twice as likely to not be named a co-author while working on a project as men.

So prove women have actually been discriminated against: i.e. that despite putting as much work into a paper a woman is less likely to be given credit.

That is exactly what they did, with damn facts no less!

The other explanation is...

By hugetoon • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

"Of women, 43% reported having been excluded from a publication, compared with 38% of men. The most common explanation was that others had underestimated their contribution, however, women were twice as likely to cite discrimination or bias as an explanation, while men were more likely to say their contributions did not warrant authorship."

So the other explanation is that women are twice as likely to blame external factors for their lack of performance while men are more honest when assessing their shortcomings.

Re:A patent missing inventors is invalid

By Whateverthisis • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
There's a difference between something being illegal and actually enforcing it.

We've run across that, where a colleague of mine was able to prove via his lab notebooks that he was an inventor on a patent but was left off. The patent was licensed out with royalties to inventors almost immediately after being filed no less, and he became aware that the inventors were receiving royalties, so he raised a stink. Was the patent withdrawn? Nope, he was added to the patent and paid by the others his fair share of the royalties, because no one wanted to invalidate the patent; they'd rather hand over some royalties than return all of it.

So just because it's illegal doesn't mean it doesn't happen, and just because it happens doesn't mean something is done about it. I'm sure there are plenty of patents that are just sitting around doing nothing that haven't been fixed. And even if they are earning royalties, my friend had to fight for his rights; many women don't really know how to do that and find it difficult to assert themselves for what they're owed.

Easy fix -just identify as a man

By sinij • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
What is the big deal with this, gender is a social construct. Just identify as a man. All you have to do is update your pronouns to he/him.

So I went to read the article...

By kenh • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Of women, 43% reported having been excluded from a publication, compared with 38% of men. The most common explanation was that others had underestimated their contribution, however, women were twice as likely to cite discrimination or bias as an explanation, while men were more likely to say their contributions did not warrant authorship.

Perhaps, just perhaps, women opt for "discrimination or bias" because they've been conditioned to expect it, while men are more likely to say "their contributions didn't warrant authorship"...

If men could deflect responsibility for not being included due to bias or discrimination, I think they would be right there with the women who claim it.

Just curious, how many universities have reduced admission standards for women that chose to enter STEM majors? Of course, there's no way that lowered admission standards could have an effect on something like authorship credit, could there be?

If the men and women are true equals, there should be just as many female lead authored papers as there are male lead authored papers, perhaps women are excluding other women from getting authorship credit ("She gates ne", or "I hate her")?

Mark Zuckerberg is More Interested in the Metaverse Than Election Integrity

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Mark Zuckerberg's intense focus on the metaverse has replaced securing elections as the Meta CEO's top concern, four Meta employees with knowledge of the situation told The New York Times. From a report: Zuckerberg has been public with his desire to transform Meta -- formerly known as Facebook -- into a metaverse company, ploughing billions of dollars into developing metaverse technology.

The New York Times reports Meta's core election team has shrunk significantly since 2020. With the US midterms approaching, a reduced election team at Meta could mean less enforcement against misinformation. Whereas it used to comprise over 300 people, now 60 people spend their time focused on election security and some additional employees divide their time between elections and other projects, sources told The Times.

Re:Why should he care

By Rosco P. Coltrane • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

He's a CEO of a tech company not an electoral oversight board

Electoral integrity issues are his concern the same way pharmaceutical companies are concerned with drug laws, the societal and ethical consequences of the product they create, and can't just claim they're mere chemical companies.

Facebook peddles a an addictive product too.

Re:Zuckerberg had zero interest

By clawsoon • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
It's interesting how much the purpose of corporations has changed. At one point, in order to form a corporation you had to convince a legislative body that your proposed corporation was in the public interest, and they had to pass a law bringing your specific corporation into existence. We've come a long way from that starting point - as you point out, almost to the opposite point, where corporations are expected to have nothing whatsoever to do with the public interest beyond following the law and making profits.

Re:Why should he care

By wyattstorch516 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
They are starting to frame the narrative for the inevitable Democratic defeat in November. It isn't their policies and the terrible results that cost them the upcoming election, it is because of a couple of ads seen by a few thousand people.

Re:Zuckerberg had zero interest

By Darinbob • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Businesses can exist for other reasons. Profit is almost always amongst the reasons, and usually first, but it's not always first. Some businesses feel that once they've made enough money to pay themselves and the workers and cover expenses, that they can do other things. Now when a company is public, it does change somewhat, because you have public owners. But even then the board of directors can decide that it is indeed worthwhile for the company to not be 100% profit driven. Sometimes this is indeed just the board being cynical (pretend that we like the environment so that they look the other way), but sometimes the board is genuine.

(though the drawback here is that there's often some activist shareholder ready and willing to file a lawsuit if you don't fire enough people to make the stock go up)

As for Facebook, it was getting a ton of slack for letting Trump slide along on his lies, lots of slack for occasionally letting boobies slip through, lots of slack for a variety of things. And keeping the customers happy is better for business profits than pissing them off.

Re: Why should he care

By NagrothAgain • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Bullshit. The last entity anyone should trust to be an arbitrator of Truth is fucking FaceZuck.

As China Shuts Out the World, Internet Access From Abroad Gets Harder Too

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Most internet users trying to get past China's Great Firewall search for a cyber tunnel that will take them outside censorship restrictions to the wider web. From a report: But Vincent Brussee is looking for a way in, so he can better glimpse what life is like under the Communist Party. An analyst with the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin, Brussee frequently scours the Chinese internet for data. His main focus is information that will help him understand China's burgeoning social credit system. But in the last few years, he's noticed that his usual sources have become more unreliable and access tougher to gain.

Some government websites fail to load, appearing to block users from specific geographic locations. Other platforms require a Chinese phone number tied to official identification. Files that were available three years ago have started to disappear as Brussee and many like him, including academics and journalists, are finding it increasingly frustrating to penetrate China's cyber world from the outside. "It's making it more difficult to simply understand where China is headed," Brussee said. "A lot of the work we are doing is digging for little scraps of information."

Quite troubling if true

By Catvid-22 • Score: 3 • Thread
The most plausible interpretation is that the PRC is splitting its "messaging", one for the domestic audience and the other for the world. Outsiders would see the seeming peace-loving China as a stable partner in trade and progress, while within the country, the state-controlled pushes its narrative of Chinese exceptionalism, something which is bound to lead to some form of imperialism. This won't be unique to China, as similar propaganda led to German and Japanese militarism before the onset of World War 2. If you believe your nation is great and unique, then it becomes your Manifest Destiny to spread your civilization across the world.

Online Privacy Bill Clears Early Hurdle in House

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Bipartisan legislation to establish broad privacy rights for consumers won approval from a House subcommittee on Thursday, adding to its momentum. From a report: Lawmakers approved the bill, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, on a voice vote with no dissent. It now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for a vote. The bill still faces a long and potentially difficult path, particularly in the Senate. Rep. Frank Pallone (D., N.J.), the committee chairman and a sponsor of the bill, termed it "a massive step forward."

"Every American knows it is long past time for Congress to protect their data privacy and security," he said. "The modern world demands it." Republicans also praised the legislation, while suggesting more changes might be needed. "This bill protects all Americans, regardless of ZIP Code, and provides certainty for businesses so they clearly understand their obligations," said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.), the committee's top Republican. She said the legislation also would strengthen national security by requiring companies such as TikTok -- owned by Beijing-based ByteDance -- to specify when they are transferring and storing consumers' data in countries such as China.

And it will die a death by a thousand cuts....

By Puls4r • Score: 3 • Thread
It will quickly die a quiet death as the lobbyists and GOP members kill it with fire.

California couldn't pass right-to-repair. You think THIS is going to get through?

Re:Finally!

By Puls4r • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
It's not "me" putting my data willy nilly on the web when my health care prescription service requires me to do it online for me to get my quoted insurance prices.

It's not "me" putting my data willy nilly online when my doctor and hospital REQUIRE me to make appointments online (excepting the ER of course).

It's not "me" putting my data willy nilly online when the meta pixel snatches that data off the web pages and begins building a profile and serving me personalized ads based on it.

And it's not "me" putting my data online when a background check run by a life insurance insurer checks one of the information clearing houses and gets my confidential data and uses it to deny claims.

The Ohio State University Officially Trademarks the Word 'THE'

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schwit1 writes: The Ohio State University has successfully trademarked the word "THE," in a victory for the college and its branding that is sure to produce eye rolls from Michigan fans and other rivals. Stating the full name of the school has become a point of pride for Ohio State's athletes when introducing themselves on television during games. The three-letter article "THE" has also become an important part of the school's merchandise and apparel. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved Ohio State's application Tuesday. The trademark applies to T-shirts, baseball caps and hats.

"'THE' has been a rallying cry in the Ohio State community for many years," said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the university. Ohio State registered the word as a trademark to protect the university's brand, Mr. Johnson said. Ohio State's trademark and licensing program makes about $12.5 million annually for the university, which funds student scholarships and university programs, he said. "Universities historically are very particular about their trademarks, and they go to a lot of lengths to enforce their trademarks," said Josh Gerben, a trademark attorney, who noted Ohio State's trademark application on Twitter. "There is a lot of value in a university's brand."

As a former employee of another Ohio school...

By rnturn • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

... we always thought it was pretty damned arrogant of OSU to declare itself " The Ohio State University" when there are several other "state" universities in Ohio. We would have just been fine with " An Ohio State University", though.

Re:OK. Can someone provide more details

By Whateverthisis • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
This wouldn't even be a story if people understood what trademarks are. It's not a copyright (which actually gives you ownership over a certain expression of an art form), it's just a logo. Trademarks have to be distinguishing and within a narrow field. So having the word "THE" for a University does not preclude someone from making a homeopathic medicine clinic called "Therapeutic Homeopathic Excellence (THE)" or an aerospace company calling their new passenger plane "THE" because those are so totally different fields of use that a customer wouldn't confuse them.

So let's segway that in to what a trademark is. It's a visual representation of your company and/or product to distinguish it from a competitor's product. So it's about making sure that people know what the hell they're buying; it's about products and customers and how it's represented. In fact, part of getting the trademark approved is you have to submit a picture of the product as it's sold showing you're using the logo in act of commerce. it also has to be unique and distinguishing but not descriptive. So for example, the couldn't trademark "University" when they're a university, because that's descriptive. However "The" has a unique connotation apparently to THE Ohio State, and that's what they proved.

And again, it comes down to commerce. If, as the articles claim, that THE has become kind of a rallying cry for The Ohio State University to the point where they actually sell merchandise with the word on it and their students and alumni understand what it means and it's contextual to The Ohio State University, then the trademark actually clamps down on anyone trying to leverage the THE connotation by selling merchandise that the University doesn't benefit from, undercutting the university's sales of it's merchandise. So in the end it's more likely a way to clamp down on counterfeit stuff.

Re:U of M should ...

By Whateverthisis • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Their response on twitter was pretty funny.

Re:How âoefeesâ are spent

By Registered Coward v2 • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

If this does not make you question how college fees are spent nothing will. Ridiculous ways of time and money.

Licensing fees. Universities make money licensing trademarks, from Michigan's Block M to Notre Dame's ND. Without trademarks there are no licensing fees. The OSU has at least 90 plus trademarks, including the Number 7 on a specific football jersey design, its Block O logo as well as THE JAMES in conjunction with cancer treatment, research, etc.

Re:OK. Can someone provide more details

By K. S. Kyosuke • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Oh, that's possible. They were definitely a seminal institution in the realm of early operating systems under their old name, though.

Japanese City Worker Loses Flash Drive Containing Personal Details of Every Resident

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A city in Japan has been forced to apologise after a contractor admitted he had lost a USB memory stick containing the personal data of almost half a million residents after an alcohol-fuelled night out. From a report: Officials in Amagasaki, western Japan, said the man -- an unnamed employee of a private contractor hired to oversee Covid-19 relief payments to local households -- had taken the flash drive from the city's offices to transfer the data at a call centre in nearby Osaka. After spending Tuesday evening drinking at a restaurant, he realised on his way home that the bag containing the drive was missing, along with the personal details of all 460,000 Amagasaki residents. He reported the loss to police the following morning. The information included the residents' names, addresses and dates of birth, as well as details of their residence tax payments and the bank account numbers of those receiving child benefits and other welfare payments, according to the Asahi Shimbun. All of the information is encrypted and password protected, and there have been no reports of data leaks.

Never would have happened

By parityshrimp • Score: 3 • Thread
This never would have happened if they stuck to storing such data on punched cards.

Re:It's already been found

By dyslexicbunny • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/n...

Good news

By RobinH • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
At least the data was air-gapped! In any other city they would have put it in a DropBox account. This was on an encrypted and password protected thumb drive. Pretty good, actually.

That's a lot of damage!

By Pezbian • Score: 3 • Thread

I've only ever lost my dignity on nights like that.

Re:information is encrypted and password protected

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Let us hope that the encryption is good and the password is strong.

This is a government we are talking about.

Don't worry - they applied ROT13 twice!

Microsoft Will Start Banning Players From All Private Minecraft Servers

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Since its initial release over a decade ago (and even following Microsoft's 2014 acquisition of developer Mojang), Minecraft has let players create private servers where they're in full control of what behaviors (and players) are allowed. Next week, though, Microsoft is set to roll out a new update that lets it ban a Minecraft player from all online play, including private servers and those hosted on Microsoft's subscription-based Realms plan. From a report: Earlier this week, Microsoft launched a pre-release version of Update 1.19.1 for the Java Edition of Minecraft, which will go live for everyone on Tuesday, June 28. That update will add the ability to report users who abuse the game's chat system and allow for "reported players [to be] be banned from online play and Realms after moderator review." On a recently updated "Why Have I been Banned from Minecraft?" help page, Microsoft notes that banned players will also get a message when they "sign into Minecraft on any platform (non-Java Edition) [aka "Bedrock"]." That message will clarify that "banned players are not allowed to play on servers, join Realms, host or join multiplayer games, or use the marketplace. They are also not allowed to access Minecraft Earth. Xbox players will no longer have access to their worlds [emphasis added]."

Re:They don't want the liability

By rogoshen1 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Okay, so why stop at minecraft then? What if MS bricked any Windows device that transmits any kind of wrong-think?
Due to their telemetry, MS has the ability to detect this wrong-think, and act accordingly. For example say a bad person jokingly says the magic no-no naughty word privately to a friend -- MS could then prevent that device from accessing the internet.

Brilliant. With their reach and scope, MS could be the internet's hall monitor and keep it safe for POC's, non-CIS genderedkin, and all other marginalized communities.

What law?

By mi • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

We play this game where Congress passes an evil law and then corporations get even more evil because they "have to"

What "law"? The worst arm-twisting of the corporations happens without any actual law — when the law-makers threaten them with "punitive regulations", if they don't do their bidding — such as suppress the opposition's "hate" speech.

The CEOs then fall in-line because avoiding such punishment is their fiduciary duty, among other things... This whole power to regulate is an awesome way for Congress to side-step the First Amendment, very convenient...

Poor kids.

By EmoryM • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
One day I went to use my Xbox One for the first time in months and my account wasn't working - the associated Microsoft account had been banned. No explanation. I appealed the ban and wasn't told why I was banned but that the ban was permanent and would not be lifted. A month later I appealed the ban again and it was lifted. I don't play multiplayer games, I don't use One Drive, I was never provided a reason for the ban and I could never come up with one. I don't understand how the ban was permanent on the first appeal and removed on the second. I attempted to communicate with a human about the situation and couldn't. Microsoft accounts for Minecraft are a mistake and I feel bad for all the kids who wind up unable to play with their friends for literally no reason.

Fight the power

By Brain-Fu • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

You can get your minecraft fix for free by playing any of these free alternatives.

Just in case

By Opportunist • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

And as usual, when you're sufficiently fed up with MS and its proprietary bullshit, try the Open Source alternative.

Blockchain Startup Harmony Says $100 Million Was Stolen From Its Service

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A popular product on the Harmony network was exploited for over $100 million in cryptocurrencies in what is one of the biggest crypto hacks in recent weeks. From a report: "The Harmony team has identified a theft occurring this morning on the Horizon bridge amounting to approx. $100MM," the network's developers said in a tweet. "We have begun working with national authorities and forensic specialists to identify the culprit and retrieve the stolen funds. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the domestic intelligence and legal enforcement agency of the U.S., and cybersecurity firms have joined the search for the attacker, they said in a subsequent tweet. Harmony's native ONE token slumped on news of the exploit, taking its decline in the past 24 hours to more than 12%.

Rake gag

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

It was funny for the first dozen or so of these stories, now there's been enough that it's kinda boring but at some point it'll keep happening and then it will get really funny again.

Taxpayer

By The Evil Atheist • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Taxpayers should not be funding any investigations to get their money back.

They wanted to escape the government, that's what they should get. They made their own bed, now they have to lie in it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Weeks...

By thegarbz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

You know the state of the industry is just utter shit when someone steals $100m and the story is that this is the biggest heist "in recent weeks".

That's their story, anyway

By Tony Isaac • Score: 3 • Thread

Expect to see the company quietly fold, with its executives waiting a while and then buying some of those Russian yachts that have been seized.

Why didn't they keep their money in a bank?

By Ed Tice • Score: 3 • Thread
If this company knew anything about crypto-currency, why didn't they keep their money in an FDIC-insured bank where there are regulations and consumer protection? It's one thing if somebody knows nothing about technology and had $100M of purported-value crypto-currency. But these guys are a crypto-currency company and know how it works. That by itself should have been enough for them to keep their assets in USD held at JPMC or Citi or another large institution that has regulation and Tier 1 capital requirements and such.

Years After Brigham-Harvard Scandal, US Pours Millions Into Tainted Stem-Cell Field

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Faked heart studies by a once-obscure scientist duped the U.S. government and medical establishment for years. Washington is still paying for it. From a Reuters investigation: Mario Ricciardi, a young Italian molecular biologist, was thrilled when he was selected to work with one of Harvard Medical School's most successful stem cell researchers. His new boss, Dr. Piero Anversa, had become famous within the field for his bold findings in 2001 that adult stem cells had special abilities to regenerate hearts or even cure heart disease, the leading cause of U.S. deaths . Millions in U.S. government grants poured into Anversa's lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Top journals published his papers. And the American Heart Association (AHA) proclaimed him a "research pioneer."

"He was like a god," recalled Ricciardi, now 39, one of several scientists to speak out for the first time about their experiences in Anversa's lab. Within a year of Ricciardi's arrival in 2011, they grew suspicious, the scientists recalled. They couldn't replicate the seminal findings of their celebrated boss and became concerned that data and images of cells were being manipulated. Anversa and his deputy gruffly dismissed their questions, they said. They took their concerns to Brigham officials, telling them that Anversa's blockbuster results appeared to have been faked. "The science just wasn't there," Ricciardi said.

After an investigation lasting almost six years, Brigham and Harvard wrote in a two-paragraph statement that they had found "falsified and/or fabricated data" in 31 papers authored by Anversa and his collaborators. In April 2017, the U.S. Justice Department separately concluded in a civil settlement with Brigham that Anversa's lab relied on "the fabrication of data and images" in seeking government grants and engaged in "reckless or deliberately misleading record-keeping." Yet federal money has continued to flow to test the proposition advanced by Anversa -- that adult stem cells can regenerate or heal hearts. Over two decades, federal and private grants have streamed into research labs despite allegations of fraud and fabrication against Anversa and others in the field, Reuters found. Meanwhile, no scientist has credibly established that Anversa's regeneration hypothesis holds true in humans, according to researchers and a review of medical literature.

My friend's cancer

By jmichaelg • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

A friend at work is dealing with cancer. A little over a year ago, he started receiving a stem cell treatment that put the cancer into remission.

He asked his oncologist if he was cured and the doctor responded, "let's take it 6 months at a time."

Unfortunately he just found out the stem cell therapy has quit working. But still, he's had a year of living in remission that he otherwise may not have had.

I don't doubt we'll eventually beat cancer but it's going to take a lot of small steps to get there.

Information Segregation + Machiavellian Principles

By tekram • Score: 3 • Thread

Information Segregation + Machiavellian Principles = Successful Lab

That was how many modern labs are run, the average researcher working under the lead investigator don't have any way of checking the facts and that is the way the top fraudster (who is usually a braggart) if there is one, wants it. This is no different that many organizations and even top levels of government such as the 2017-2021 White House. A revealing review from an insider from 2014 in Anversa's lab: https://retractionwatch.com/20...

Re:Ethically and morally suspect

By Darinbob • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The morning after pill does not kill a living human being. Abortion in the first trimester in the first month also is not, this is a lump of cells with little differentiation. it's only superstition that there's a "soul" attached. The whole stem cell thing was just a smoke screen to push the story of "abortion for profit" I also see very little overlap betwene the pro-choice crowd and the anti-death-penalty crowd, which really says that they don't consider life as sacred as they claim. There's not even scriptural support to be against abortion, the modern pro-life crowd came into existence after Griswold case allowed birth control - that is, they're more about being opposed to birth control than being pro-life. Expect to see the moves to overturn Griswold showing up, and the opinion by Justice Thomas hints at that.

Not relevant

By fermion • Score: 3 • Thread
For years heart studies were scientifically complete because the researchers did not believe women were competent to give consent. So we had a false overall data on heart conditions. Go back far enough you will learn Servetus correctly described the function of the heart but medical professions chose not to believe him

Science, in general, is not designed to prevent mistakes or malice. It is because we know we cannot pick winners and losers, and a priori know who is most correct. So money is spent on research knowing the only way to know is to filter over time. Like music becoming classic hits

University Funding Ecosystem

By PSandusky • Score: 3 • Thread

While it's certainly true that science does eventually root out falsifiers and unethical actors, universities are generally hoping they don't have to do any such thing. Many public universities (in the US, anyway) have research grants written in such a way that they include a considerable overhead -- at my last university job a few years ago, it was around 51%, although it notched up a percent or so every year while I was around -- to go toward operations throughout the university. One physics prof would say that he had to modify his grant budgets to pay for the English department, and he wasn't really all that wrong. It's just an amorphous Facilities and Administration (F&A) bracket in the budget narrative, and it largely goes toward administrative staff and... yep, other departments, at least in some measure.

It's in the university's best (short-term!) interest to bury possible issues with grant-funded projects, lest the sponsoring agency stop sending funds, including that sweet, sweet F&A. My university job ended after I pointed out some fraud/waste/abuse going on with a grant I was supposed to help administer, since allowing the fraud to continue while I was trained in what to spot was supposed to mean my head on the block. (Pointing it out, of course, didn't do me many favors, but I'm in a far better place now.) Ultimately, when these kinds of issues are pointed out from within, universities will frequently try to whistle their way out of seeing problems; whereas if the issues are pointed out extramurally, as they are with peer reviewed scientific research subject to wider criticism by the overall scientific community, university Research Integrity and Compliance officers spring into action to make sure they don't get sitebanned overall from future funding from that sponsoring agency.

Software Maker Zendesk To Be Bought by Investor Group in $9.5 Billion Cash Deal

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Software maker Zendesk agreed to be acquired by a group of buyout firms led by Hellman & Friedman and Permira for about $9.5 billion. From a report: The all-cash transaction offers shareholders $77.50 a share, a premium of 34% over Zendesk's closing stock price on Thursday, the company said in a statement on Friday. The stock jumped about 29% to $74.75 on the news. Including debt, the deal is valued at about $10.2 billion. The announcement comes after Zendesk said earlier this month that it would remain independent after failing to find a potential buyer. The San Francisco-based company said June 9 that it would no longer seek to sell itself after a strategic review that reached out to 16 potential strategic partners and 10 financial sponsors. Ultimately, "no actionable proposals were submitted," Zendesk said in a statement, and final bidders cited "adverse market conditions and financing difficulties at the end of the process."

If you've ever dealt with them as "support"

By waspleg • Score: 3 • Thread

you know how fucking terrible they are. I'm shocked they're still around frankly.

Five Planets Take Center Stage as They Align in the Night Sky

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A rare, five-planet alignment will peak on June 24, allowing a spectacular viewing of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as they line up in planetary order. From a report: The event began at the beginning of June and has continued to get brighter and easier to see as the month has progressed, according to Diana Hannikainen, observing editor of Sky & Telescope. A waning crescent moon will be joining the party between Venus and Mars on Friday, adding another celestial object to the lineup. The moon will represent the Earth's relative position in the alignment, meaning this is where our planet will appear in the planetary order. This rare phenomenon has not occurred since December 2004, and this year, the distance between Mercury and Saturn will be smaller, according to Sky & Telescope.

Six, not five

By hackertourist • Score: 3 • Thread

Uranus is also visible in the same area. Not visible with the naked eye.

Microsoft Prepares To Forget About Windows 8.1 With End of Support Notifications

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Microsoft is preparing to send reminders to Windows 8.1 users that support will end on January 10th 2023. The software giant will start sending notifications to existing Windows 8.1 devices next month, as a first reminder leading up to the January 2023 support cutoff. From a report: The notifications will be similar to ones Microsoft has used in the past to remind Windows 7 users about end of support dates. Microsoft originally sunset Windows 8 support in 2016, but the Windows 8.1 update will cease support fully in January 2023. Microsoft will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1, so businesses won't be able to pay for additional security patches and will have to upgrade or accept the risk of running software without security updates.

Sad to see it go actually

By DarkOx • Score: 3 • Thread

Windows 8.1 (not 8) is the only currently truly usable supported release. You get most of the good things in Windows 10 without it trying to do quite so much without asking all the time. At least with a little registry tweaking you can turn the nonsense off and it does not get miraculously turned back on...like on with every update like Win10.

I like it for Windows VMs - and before anyone says but you are missing out of WSL - I am already running Windows in VM on GNU/Linux. There is very little reason I'd want to run a Linux binary in the Windows environment.

That ship sailed a long time ago

By Angry Coward • Score: 3 • Thread
Windows 8 hasn't been supported by anyone for years now. You are more likely to find drivers for windows 7 than 8 for any random piece of hardware. And if you do find a driver that is supposed to work for windows 8, there is a high chance it is extremely buggy, and won't be updated ever. Mainstream support for windows 8 ended basically the day windows 10 launched. Microsoft might be making it official now, but the general public doesn't care unlike windows xp or windows 7. 8 wasn't good, but it was the last windows you could mostly control you own machine with. I stuck with it for a lot longer than most people because of that before being forced to install 10 if I wanted any of my newer hardware to work properly.

Re:This seems like a good time to consider upgradi

By Merk42 • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
I upgraded to Linux and now none of my programs work!

Upgrade vs planned obsolescence.

By Reiyuki • Score: 3 • Thread
I have a hard time calling something it an upgrade when a lot of complexity is added and nothing is improved.

Touting 'moare securities' is unlikely with a rapidly-expanded codebase and ever-more-frequent patches. "Our ships are safer because we patch holes in the hull three times as often as we used to"

Re:This seems like a good time to consider upgradi

By kurkosdr • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Seriously though, when are linux zealots going to stop? Steve Jobs went on stage, declared victory (MacOS became the alternative to Windows, not some Desktop Linux distro), and then even went ahead to tell them how MacOS won (app ecosystem and vertical integration with hardware), and these people still can't understand what users want despite being told in clear terms.

Intel Delays Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ohio Plant Amid Uncertainty Over Chips Legislation

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Intel has told lawmakers and officials that it is delaying indefinitely the groundbreaking ceremony for a planned multibillion-dollar chip-manufacturing facility in Ohio, signaling frustration over uncertainty in Congress about legislation that would provide support for the U.S. chip industry. From a report: The ceremony had been tentatively scheduled for July 22. Intel informed the office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and members of Ohio's congressional delegation on Wednesday that it was delaying the groundbreaking "due in part to uncertainty around" the chips-related legislation, known as the Bipartisan Innovation Act, according to an email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Intel still plans to build the facility and hasn't pushed back the start of construction, said Intel spokesman Will Moss. Intel, which announced the plant plans in January, said it intended to invest at least $20 billion in the Ohio facility, with construction expected to begin in late 2022 and production to start in 2025. The company said in its announcement that spending on the Ohio project could reach around $100 billion over the next decade, but that the expansion depends in part on progress on the U.S. chips legislation.

How about the important info?

By dirk • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

So that is great and all, but how about including the important information in the summary instead of just the first paragraphs and then linking to a paywalled article most people can't read? So what exactly are they worried about? Are they worried the legislation will or won't pass? What is in the legislation? What is the concern about the legislation? This isn't so much a summary, but 2 paragraphs that tell us nothing about the actual issue.

Re:Leeches gonna leech

By DrMrLordX • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Intel is also getting subsidies from the EU.

Too big to pre-fail?

By kackle • Score: 3 • Thread
Where do I get such a deal for my small business?

Re: How about the important info?

By smooth wombat • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
You are worse off under the Democrats than the republicans and you know it.

Funny thing, the facts show otherwise. But you knew that and are simply spouting the normal fascist tripe.

It should be noted, the last three Democratic presidents all inherited a recession from their Republican predecessors.

You will need to go back to rioting with your Antifa buddies

As opposed to rioting with white supremacists and fascists trying to overthrow the government?

Re:Leeches gonna leech

By MightyMartian • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Either accept this as a reality or cede everything to other countries. You want a domestic chip industry of any relevance, then Congress will need to open its wallet.

NASA Declares Megarocket Rehearsal Complete, Setting Stage For Inaugural Launch

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The fourth and most recent attempt at a full launch rehearsal of NASA's Space Launch System went reasonably well, and despite some lingering issues and uncertainties, the agency is sending the rocket back to the hangar for final preparations in advance of its first flight. That inaugural launch will represent Artemis 1, the first mission in NASA's Artemis lunar program. Gizmodo reports: In a press release today, NASA -- to my surprise -- said it is done testing SLS after reviewing data from the recent launch rehearsal. That another full-blown rehearsal would be required seemed likely to me on account of an unresolved hydrogen leak linked to a faulty quick-connect fitting, which subsequently prevented ground teams from practicing the fully scheduled launch countdown on Monday. The goal was to reach T-10 seconds, but the launch controllers decided to quit the rehearsal at T-29 seconds for safety reasons. "NASA plans to return SLS and Orion to the pad for launch in late August," says the release. "NASA will set a specific target launch date after replacing hardware associated with the leak."

Despite the hydrogen leak and the incomplete countdown, Monday's wet dress did appear to go well. The ground teams finally managed to fully load SLS with propellants. Upwards of 755,000 gallons of cryogenic liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen were supplied to the rocket's two stages, which the teams had failed to do during the first three attempts. What's more, all of the issues experienced during the first three wet dress rehearsals appear to have been resolved. The Orion spacecraft, currently sitting atop the rocket, also performed well during the test. Said Tom Whitmeyer, NASA's exploration systems manager, during a media teleconference on Tuesday: "We think that we had a really successful rehearsal," adding that there is "relative risk" is running a fifth wet dress, with the 322-foot-tall (98-meter) rocket standing fully exposed on the launch pad.

Re:So that's 100 million off the bill

By Dutch Gun • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Or at least move away from cost-plus contracts.

Some of the arguments for those types of contracts was that developing cutting-edge technology was hard to predict and budget for, would provide more flexibility for changing requirements or specs, and that we didn't want contractors to cut corners to save costs. That all makes sense in theory.

But I think the results of the SLS program (which still has yet to fly) versus what SpaceX has done with fixed-cost contracts has demonstrated that cost-plus provides no real benefits in reality, while directly incentivizing massive corruption, waste, and delays. And SLS can hardly even claim to have developed any sort of new, innovative technology.

We need to make those old space companies actually compete, or get out of the way for companies willing and able to actually produce rockets on a reasonable budget.

Re:We just want it to end...

By serviscope_minor • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

You really think the leftists are going to let some capitalist pigdog have all the spaceflight glory to themselves

In other news at least one idiot here doesn't realise that pork is a pretty bipartisan thing. While you keep inanely blithering about "leftists"---also where the fuck did you eve get that idea about leftists anyway---nothing will ever change.

Or you know keep cheering for your tribe as if politics is sports. Because that's working out so well.

Re:cash cow

By serviscope_minor • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

NASA should be ashamed of itself for what it has become.

Yeah all the smart scientists and engineers doing the best job with cool stuff should be ashamed. Not the political machine that's mandating this particular route. Big defence contractors lobbying politicians for a big old slice of corporate socialism have nothing to do with it.

IT'S THE SCIENTISTS FAULT!

Objoke for old people

By nospam007 • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

The Artemis mission is a success, two astronauts land on the moon.
The astronauts are exploring the surface and collecting samples. The mission is going well, but one of the astronauts notices something strange in the distance.

"Hey, what's that thing on the ground?" the astronaut points.

They cannot make out what it is, so the two astronauts approach the thing on the ground. Soon the strange object takes shape as they get closer.

They cannot believe their eyes.

It was a corpse. But not just any corpse.

It was a dead woman. She was not an astronaut, but a normal woman in her street clothes.

She was an American woman who wore a skirt, a shirt, and high heels; her attire was formal for a woman her age.

The astronauts are baffled on how she got up here on the moon. They decide to get a good look at her face...

And their worst fears are confirmed. The big bruise on her kisser was proof enough.

"Good lord!" the astronaut says. ***"It's Alice Kramden!"***

Re:So that's 100 million off the bill

By quenda • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Time for NASA to stop trying to stop using the ripoff dinosaur space companies.

The bigger problem is not the contractors or billing model, but that the project has always been driven by senate pork-barrelling, rather than any technical requirements. Wasn't the SLS invented to keep plants in business that were formerly working on shuttle components?

Solana Launches Web3-Focused Smartphone Saga To Improve Crypto-Mobile Relationship

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The co-founder and CEO of Solana, Anatoly Yakovenko, had a Steve Jobs moment when he stood in front of an auditorium in New York City and announced the launch of Saga, an Android web3-focused smartphone. "This is something that I fundamentally believe the industry needs to do," Yakovenko said. "We didn't see a single crypto feature at the Apple developer conference 13 years after Bitcoin was alive." People will pull out their laptops in the middle of dates so they don't miss an NFT minting opportunity, Yakovenko joked. "So I think it's time for crypto to go mobile," Yakovenko added.

Saga aims to implement digital asset products and services, so users can easily transact with their cryptocurrency through the device, opposed to a laptop browser. In addition to the announcement of Saga, Yakovenko shared the launch of the Solana Mobile Stack, or SMS, which is a web3 layer for Solana built on the phone. SMS will consist of a number of products including a seed vault, a custody solution, a mobile wallet adapter, Solana Pay for Android and its decentralized application (dApp) store. It "provides a new set of libraries for wallets and apps, allowing developers to create rich mobile experiences on Solana," a press release said.

A number of crypto companies including FTX, Phantom and Magic Eden will partner with SMS and there is also a $10 million developer fund for people who build apps on it. "The builders are coming and they are higher quality than before," Raj Gokal, COO at Solana Labs said. "They're ready for the next leg of user growth." The $1,000 device will have 512 GB of storage with a 6.67-inch OLED display and is available for preorder with a $100 deposit and deliveries will occur in Q1 2023, Yakovenko said.

Yes I develop app

By locater16 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Hello yes I would like to develop app. It's a... web. 5.0 Spider. A spider web, if you will. It will, capture live monkeys, and digitize them. I will digitize real monkeys on a spider web made of lasers, because web 5.0 is all about lasers. Lasers will now be money. Put your digital real monkeys in your laser wallet. But I'm gonna need about $10 million dollars for this app. Digital laser wallets and spider webs aren't cheap you know.

Re:Improve crypto-mobile relationship

By ZiggyZiggyZig • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Well I for one welcome our potentially grammar-correcting, UTF-8 non-compliant, dupe-generating Slashdot Phone!

Re:Jeez...

By ZiggyZiggyZig • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I think it really means "Sorry Monkeys Stolen"

A prediction

By ukoda • Score: 3 • Thread
I predict that anyone who is worried about missing "an NFT minting opportunity" during a date is not going to get laid.

Ever wonder why they're "involuntarily celibate"?

By nickovs • Score: 3 • Thread

People will pull out their laptops in the middle of dates so they don't miss an NFT minting opportunity

And then they wonder why, when they look up, their date has left, never to be seen again.