After the events of last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, neo-Nazism has been newly thrust to the forefront of the minds of many, despite the fact that these groups have been alive and kicking for a really long time.
That’s where a recent Spotify-related story comes in.
On Wednesday, the streaming service announced that it had started to remove a significant amount of music, following a Digital Music News piece called “I Just Found 37 White Supremacist Hate Bands on Spotify.”
Obviously the removal is a good thing, but at the same time, there is kind of an elephant in the room: why has music that could incite racial hatred stayed on the platform until August 2017?
And where goes giving such music a platform fit into respecting freedoms of speech and expression?
A Spotify spokesperson directed blame towards the companies who provide music to the streaming service, noting that they are “first hand responsible” for hate music making it into Spotify’s catalogue, though she did note that they do not tolerate “illegal content or material that favours hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like”.
As I said, it’s great that it’s been taken down.
But then the murkiness of what counts as censorship comes in.
That seems a fair enough compromise.
As human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wrote a few years ago, on homophobic hate music: “Criminalizing views that are intolerant and objectionable is the slippery slope to censorship and to the closing down of open debate.”
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Sam Harris Co-Founder and CEO, Project Reason 08:59 As a result of its widespread use, unconvincing scientific research, and negative publicity generated by bad trips, in 1970 the drug was classified as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., meaning “it is deemed to have a high potential for abuse; it has no legitimate medical use in treatment; and, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision.” The use of LSD, however, hasn’t declined significantly over the years.
Microdosing is the act of regularly taking small doses (usually 1/20 to 1/10 of a normal dose) of LSD or magic mushrooms, usually three or four times a week.
The point of microdosing is to be able to experience the positive effects of the drug, without hallucinations and while remaining fully functional.
People who use microdosing claim that it helps them enhance their creativity, improve their mood and focus or simply makes their day better.
Why Is It So Hard to Gather Scientific Evidence?
In 2001 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration stated that LSD “produces no aphrodisiac effects, does not increase creativity, has no lasting positive effect in treating alcoholics.”
The Study to Prove Microdosing Makes You Smarter Now, the founder of the Beckley Foundation, Amanda Feilding, wants to test whether microdosing on LSD improves cognitive functioning, including increased creativity.
Feilding, described by Vice as “a hippie aristocrat turned drug reformer,” has had a long history with the drug.
The only way to know the truth, however, is to have more double-blind controlled studies and more longitudinal studies.
Is Now a Good Time to Buy a New NVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card?.
But even the most humble of PC gamers needs a graphics card (well, sort of), and it’s one of the most frequent upgrades gamers make.
NVIDIA GTX 900 and AMD RX 400/500 Cards are Plentiful and Powerful The GeForce GTX 900 series was introduced in late 2014, though NVIDIA had already been using some of its “Maxwell” class manufacturing techniques for the mid-range GTX 750 and 750 Ti cards.
Nevertheless, the GTX 970 sold well and continues to be a good option for gaming builds.
The equivalent generation of AMD Radeon cards is the R 300 series, first released in late 2015.
Even the budget cards can handle most new games at 1080p resolution with 60 frames per second performance.
RX Vega 56 RX Vega 64 RX Vega 64 Liquid Based on initial reviews, the Vega 56 and Vega 64 GPUs offer the toe-to-toe competition to NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 and 1070 designs that AMD fans have been craving for several cycles, handily beating the older top-tier Radeon Fury cards.
So instead, they’ll lower prices to keep competitive with AMD.
It will take several months after that for current GTX 1000-series GPUs to start dropping in price, as the expensive GTX 2000 models become easier to find and the budget options his the market.
So if you can wait for a few months for more options at the high end and better bargains in other areas, you should do so.
HBO really, really can’t catch a break.
After enduring a massive hack that unleashed Game of Thrones scripts and early episodes of series including Curb Your Enthusiasm—and a mistake by European HBO platforms that gave fans an early glimpse of this Sunday’s Thrones—the network has endured yet another hack, this time of its Twitter and Facebook pages.
Variety reports that hackers took over the accounts on Wednesday night, sending out a message just to show they had managed to get in.
These hackers are a different group than the original crew that first attacked and is still trying to devastate HBO.
The social media hackers are part of a group called OurMine.
OurMine don’t appear to have leaked any HBO information, instead preferring to tweet this message: “Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact.” “The infringement on our social media accounts was recognized and rectified quickly,” HBO said in a statement to Vanity Fair.
Perhaps after the utter devastation of the 2014 Sony hack, hackers have been looking to lord their abilities over another high-profile target.
The Sony hack also had such an immediate and profound effect that Mr. Smith likely assumed that the mere threat of a similar attack would make their target more pliable.
Dangling the early release of Game of Thrones episodes may have seemed like the easiest way to get HBO to bow to any and all demands.
Still, it appears the network has refused to bend the knee—leaving the hackers no choice but to keep attacking, or to move on to another target.
Heartland Tech Weekly: Anxiety about robots is real.
Yesterday, I reported that the rust belt may be turning into the robot belt, as new data from the Brookings Institution indicates that companies in the Midwest and upper South are employing the most industrial robots.
The op-ed comes as lawmakers in the state are considering a $3 billion dollar tax subsidies package for Taiwan-based manufacturer Foxconn, which plans to build a factory in the southeastern portion of the state.
This begs the question: If they are laying off workers to save $3.25 an hour, why are they willing to pay their workforce here in Wisconsin what appears to be five to seven times that amount?
Mark Muro, the author of the Brookings report, told me that he believes there are a couple of steps cities and state leaders should take to make sure their local economy is equipped to thrive in an increasingly automated world.
But with more investors pouring money into larger, later-stage rounds, it could get even harder for Heartland startups.
Citrine Informatics, a chemicals and materials artificial intelligence (AI) platform, recently opened its first office outside of Silicon Valley in Bakery Square.
It must be a better place for families and for businesses.
(via Akron Beacon Journal) Cities are the way of the future.
That’s an additional 2.5 billion people.
EU-funded online privacy tool will protect your data – and help you sell it.
Most online services allow logging in with our existing social media accounts — which saves us time and effort — but not without costing us our privacy.
A new open-source service created by the OPERANDO project will attempt remedy this by increasing the power users have over the data they transfer to online service providers.
The service is called PlusPrivacy and offers a unified social networks privacy dashboard where you can manage your privacy settings for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others — all in one place.
TNW reached out to the PlusPrivacy team to ask how they envisaged these kind of data transactions between consumers and businesses.
We were kind of hoping the economic benefits might be cold hard cash, but PlusPrivacy’s plans don’t include that at the moment.
“PlusPrivacy will then get a small fee for brokering the deal, that will be paid by product/service provider.” According to Pritzker, the data that you’d trade with the service providers via PlusPrivacy would be the same that you’re currently giving away every time you log in to services using your Facebook, Twitter or Google account.
PlusPrivacy will prevent this — reminding the user to log in with email and password instead — while giving the user the option to log in with, say, Facebook and receive an economic benefit in exchange.” Pritzker emphasizes that the exchange will only happen if people explicitly opt in.
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The First Tree explores family bonds and beautiful forests on its September 14 PC launch.
When you play as an animal, you might expect the game to be all about survival: the brutal long winters, the predators stalking through the tall grass.
The First Tree is more of a contemplative take.
“Stories that focus on the domestic are what interest me the most, probably because that’s the part of my life which is most important,” said David Wehle, The First Tree’s lone developer and designer, in an email.
Exploring the environment yields little mementos and memories that tell more about the son’s life, and the two stories eventually become intertwined.
Wehle says he is drawn to stories that explore personal bonds and familial relationships, particularly when juxtaposed against something much larger in scale.
He cites Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life as sources of inspiration.
His first game, Home Is Where One Starts, also used environmental storytelling so that players could learn more about the protagonist as they explored a rundown old family home in the countryside.
“Me and my wife had our first baby 18 months ago, right after I started work on [The First Tree], and this has been my creative outlet of dealing with a father who passed away too early, right when I was starting my own family,” said Wehle.
“Those same themes of parenthood, life, and death are explored in The First Tree.” The First Tree will take about an hour to three hours to complete.
Quick Tip: You Can Swipe Cards Away in Android Auto to Dismiss Them.
Android Auto is a highly useful tool in the car.
It provides music, navigation, traffic notifications, and quick access to calls and messages.
For example, oftentimes when I get in my car, Android Auto’s home screen automatically suggests directions to a place that I’ve recently researched, or somewhere that I frequent.
If I have unread text notifications on my phone, it displays those.
Recent calls also show up here.
While Auto does a decent job of keeping these kinds of notifications to a minimum, it can still get kind of cluttered, especially if none of the notifications are actually useful to you.
Interestingly, I’ve seen quite a few questions about how to get rid of these cards, and the solution is surprisingly easy: swipe them away.
Just like in Android’s notification shade, you can simply swipe the cards away to get rid of them.
Yeah, it’s that simple, and it works on both the phone interface and dedicated Auto head units.
How did a cardboard Krave cereal box and foam board robot do that you ask?
We covered the making of his 2016 version but didn’t follow-up with how it fared in that year’s Illinois Bot Brawl competition.
As you can see in the exciting first video below, despite suffering repeated severe damage to its armor, it won first place in the 1 lb Antweight category!
For 2017 he made another one but managed to halve the weight — and so he made two of them!
By starting them both within a twelve-inch by twelve-inch area, they were allowed to fight as a team.
How did he make it lighter?
Partly it was done by doing away with the ability to lift the metal lip in front, the wheels were reduced from four to two, and a smaller servo was used for opening and closing the mouth.
The full build video is shown below along with a video of the 2017 battles wherein he won seventh place.
The 2016 victorious battles… Making the 2017 robot… The battles of 2017… The Krave cereal box robot isn’t the only food-related bot we’ve covered here.
Check out the butter passing battlebot and this battlebot made out of a pumpkin.
Multiple Monitors With Multiple Pis.
One of the most popular uses for the Raspberry Pi in a commercial setting is video walls, digital signage, and media players.
Chances are, you’ve probably seen a display or other glowing rectangle displaying an advertisement or tweets, powered by a Raspberry Pi.
[Florian] has been working on a project called info-beamer for just this use case, and now he has something spectacular.
He can display a video on multiple monitors using multiple Pis, and the configuration is as simple as taking a picture with your phone.
[Florian] created the info-beamer package for the Pi for video playback (including multiple videos at the same time), displaying public transit information, a twitter wall, or a conference information system.
A while back, [Florian] was showing off his work on reddit when he got a suggestion for auto-configuration of multiple screens.
A few days later, everything worked.
Right now, the process of configuring screens involves displaying fiducials on each display, taking a picture from with your phone and the web interface, and letting the server do a little number crunching.
Less than a minute after [Florian] took a picture of all the screens, a movie was playing across three weirdly oriented displays.
About 50 of these ‘privately-owned public spaces’, or Pops, have now been identified by the Guardian newspaper on this, the first comprehensive map of these areas.
Nevertheless, the trend in London has long been towards more public oversight of urban space.
Taking pictures is becoming increasingly problematic, with photographers being informed by security guards that they are on private land, and their activity is subject to prior permission – even in what looks like public space, such as Tower Place, adjacent to the Tower of London.
In cooperation with the Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL), the Guardian has drawn up the first comprehensive map of London’s Pops.
Some extracts from the database: Granary Square (1), Wharf Road Gardens (2), Gasholder Park (3), Lewis Cubitt Park (4) and Pancras Square (5) together comprise an area of 1.71 hectares in the King’s Cross area of Camden, owned by King’s Cross Central, a partnership between Argent Kings Cross and Australian Super.
Via his Hong Kong-listed company CC Land, Chinese billionaire Cheun Chung-kiu owns the open space at the Leadenhall Building (11).
Qatari Diar, a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, owns several estates at or near the former Olympic Village in the borough of Newham via Get Living London: Victory Park and Portlands (19), Mirabelle Gardens (20) and Water Glades (21) – together 4.81 hectares.
Images from the Guardian article on Pops.
The article is part of the Guardian Cities series.
Click here for access to GiGL.
When you move the mouse faster, the DPI increases and your cursor moves a longer distance.
Without this feature enabled, you could move your mouse an inch and your cursor would always move the same distance on the screen, no matter how fast you moved the mouse.
With Enhance Pointer Precision enabled, your cursor would travel a smaller distance if you moved your mouse more slowly, and a greater distance if you moved your mouse more quickly—even when moving your mouse the exact same distance.
With Enhance Pointer Precision disabled, you build up muscle memory better because you learn exactly how far you need to move your mouse to place it at a certain point on your screen.
Unfortunately, this setting is system-wide.
How to Adjust Your Mouse’s DPI If you’re used to the mouse acceleration produced by Enhance Pointer Precision, your mouse cursor will likely feel weird after you disable it.
If you’ve just disabled Enhance Pointer Precision and it feels like you have to move your mouse too far to move longer distances, you should probably increase your mouse’s DPI.
It’s all about how precisely you control the mouse and the distance it moves, not about how fast you move it.
Even after adjusting your DPI, you may also need to adjust the “pointer speed” option located next to the Enhance Pointer Precision option in the Mouse control panel window, which affects how far your cursor moves.
If you can’t change your DPI setting because you have a fairly cheap mouse and it isn’t working for you, you can still adjust the pointer speed option.
The lone house with the white picket fence has become an essential part of the American dream and a desire for many others around the world.
Today though, with growing social isolation and many lacking a sense of community, some are turning toward a different model, cohousing.
She and colleagues found that social isolation had a greater impact on public health than many other factors, including obesity.
Despite this, the number of socially isolated Americans has doubled since the 1980s, from 20-40% in just a few decades.
A recent AARP study estimates that 42.6 million US adults over age 45 suffer from chronic loneliness.
Cohousing is defined as groups of people or families who decide to start their own planned community.
Though lots share similar values, some advocates say it works best with a variety of different people, including different races, ages, and yes even political persuasions.
Living this way can improve health on both the individual and public levels.
According to the Cohousing Association of the United States, there are 165 such communities.
Other organizations offer rentals in already established cohousing communities.
Sleep is having its day.
The more sleep is studied, however, the more we realize how essential it is for proper cognitive and physical functioning.
Yet so many distractions keep us from enjoying a proper night’s rest: the blue hue of cell phones, binge watching, chronic anxiety, poor nutrition, parenting, overnight shifts.
Specifically, benzodiazepines increase the effects of gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), which causes a system-wide reduction in neuronal activity in your nervous system.
Researchers at UCLA targeted the Bmal1 gene—a “master gene” discovered in 1997, it has long been known to effect circadian rhythms—in both the brain and muscles of mice.
According to the team, led by senior author Ketema Paul, this study provides the first evidence that a gene in muscles can send signals to the brain that it’s ready to sleep.
Paul’s team turned Bmal1 off throughout the brain and body of the mice, which means they would not be able to recover from sleep deprivation.
When we increased Bmal1 in the skeletal muscle, the mice were able to tolerate more sleep loss.
When the gene was removed from muscles, the mice were much sleepier.
If the evidence bears out in humans, Paul envisions a pill that boosts levels of Bmal1 in muscles, perhaps even targeting the specific gene that communicates with the brain.
Is MoviePass’s new $10-a-month movie ticket deal really as epic as it seems?.
With MoviePass, filmgoers can see a movie a day (excluding Imax and 3D screens) for $9.95 a month, and MoviePass will pay theaters the full price of the ticket.
And in some cities, the price of a monthly MoviePass is even less than the cost of a ticket.
An average AMC movie ticket in Fargo, N.D., is just $7.69, meaning you’ll have to go at least twice a month to make MoviePass worth it.
And AMC Entertainment AMC, +0.38% this month is offering a $5 ticket deal on Tuesdays, while Regal Entertainment Group RGC, -1.02% offers discounted tickets on certain days that vary by theater.
How many movies can you see?
Now, with $9.95 for unlimited, even if you see only one movie a month, you’re still saving in most cases.” What movie theaters accept MoviePass?
MoviePass is accepted in 33,000 theaters across the country, which the company says is 91% of all U.S. theaters, including chains like Regal Cinemas, AMC and Cinemark CNK, -0.36% This map shows which theaters accept the pass.
AMC on Tuesday objected to the deal, and said it is considering whether to block customers of MoviePass from seeing films in its more than 600 theaters around the country.
As with all apps and online services, customers must weigh the benefits of the deal with the costs of privacy.
‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Shoot on Hiatus After Tom Cruise Breaks Ankle. “During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt,” Paramount said Wednesday in a statement.
The action tentpole remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018.
The actor, who is known for doing his own stunts, was injured this past weekend in London when jumping between buildings and slamming into a wall, leaving him limping.
McQuarrie also tweeted that “Tom is on the mend.”
He also offered assurances that the film will meet its release date.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that production would be delayed by eight to nine weeks due to the incident.
The accident, which took place on the roof of Baynard House, an office block in the Blackfriars district of London, occurred Saturday.
Producers are keeping stages at the busy Leavesdon studios outside of London on hold to ensure they have them available when production starts again.
Mission: Impossible 6 also stars Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett and Alec Baldwin.
John Quincy Adams on Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, the Proper Aim of Ambition, and His Daily Routine
John Quincy Adams on Efficiency vs.
Effectiveness, the Proper Aim of Ambition, and His Daily Routine.
“Those who work much do not work hard,” Henry David Thoreau observed in his prescient meditation on the myth of productivity and the measure of meaningful labor a century before the dawn of the cult of workaholism, which continues to bedevil us with ever-accelerating virulence to this day.
His journals, now published as John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779–1821 (public library), offer an exceedingly insightful record of one extraordinary man’s reflections on his own nature, haloed with luminous wisdom on the universals of human nature.
Throughout them, the sixth President of the United States examines the paradox of how even the most industrious self-exertion can fail to attain a worthwhile result and why unfocused ambition is a guarantee of frustration rather than fulfillment.
In the spring of 1819, six years before he won the Presidency, 52-year-old Adams anticipates Kierkegaard’s proclamation that “of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous [is] to be busy,” and laments the absurdity of ineffectual busyness that animates his days in office as Secretary of State: Every day starts new game to me, upon the field of my duties; but the hurry of the hour leaves me no time for the pursuit of it, and at the close of my Career I shall merely have gone helter skelter through the current business of the Office, and leave no permanent trace of my ever having been in it behind.
Years earlier, in observing his own habits of mind in the course of his voracious self-education, Adams had become aware of the meager correlation between effort exerted and results obtained when a clarity of purpose is lacking — even the mightiest discipline, after all, is wasted without a clear direction.
In a diary entry penned on the final day of 1804 — a year he considered distinguished by “its barrenness of Events” — the thirty-seven-year-old Adams laments his tendency to lose himself in rabbit holes of what may be interesting but is not relevant to his larger aims: My studies were assiduous and seldom interrupted.
I meant to give them such a direction, as should be useful in its tendency; yet on looking back, and comparing the time consumed with the knowledge acquired, I have no occasion to take pride in the result of my application — I have been a severe Student, all the days of my life — But an immense proportion of the time I have dedicated to the search of knowledge, has been wasted upon subjects which can never be profitable to myself or useful to others — Another source of useless toil, is the want of a method properly comprehensive and minute, in the pursuit of my enquiries — This method has been to me a desideratum for many years; I have found none in books; nor have I been able to contrive one for myself.
From these two causes, I have derived so little use from my labours, that it has often brought me to the borders of discouragement, and I have been attempted to abandon my books altogether — This however is impossible — for the habit has so long been fixed in me, as to have become a passion, and when once severed from my books, I find little or nothing in life, to fill the vacancy of time — I must therefore continue to plod, and to lose my labour; contenting myself with the consolation, that even this drudgery of Science, contributes to Virtue, though it lead not to wealth or honour.
How to Manually and Automatically Update Your Synology NAS Packages.
Let’s look at how to manually update your packages as well as how to automate the process.
In our guide to getting started with your Synology NAS, we showed you how to update the core operating system—now it’s time to take a look at keeping your application packages updated too.
Because the Synology platform is so much more than simple network-attached-storage, keeping your apps updated is critical in ensuring a smooth and bug free experience.
Inside the Package Center, you’ll default to the “Installed” view, showing all your installed packages with any packages in need of updates, if applicable, displayed at the top of the list in the “Attention required” section, seen below.
Finally, if you wish to review the release notes for a particular update before approving it, you can click on the general entry for an individual application package to see the detailed view.
At this point, you can manually approve the update by clicking the green “Update” button, or fall back to the previous menu to review your other updates and click “Update All” to take care of them all at once.
Setting Your Packages to (Selectively) Auto Update While you can check the “Auto-update” checkbox in the detailed view, as we saw in the previous section, there’s a much faster way to turn on bulk (and selective) automatic updates.
From either the detailed view we were just in or from the main list of packages, click on the grey button labeled “Settings” along the top edge of the window.
If you opt to enable selective automatic updating, simply check off all the packages you wish to keep automatically updated.
The Kwikset Kevo allows you to lock and unlock your door without the need for actual keys.
However, what if you want others to have access to your house, especially family members?
Here’s how to give “eKeys” to other household members, as well as guests.
Unfortunately, yes; the person you send an eKey to will need to download the Kevo app and create an account.
To get started, open up the Kevo app and select your lock if it isn’t already.
You can either select from contacts that are on your phone, or enter in the email for the person you want to send the eKey to by tapping on the “Email” tab at the top.
If you select “Anytime”, you can also choose whether or not to make that user an admin, which will also give them the ability to create and manage eKeys.
If you go to the eKeys screen (the keys tab at the bottom), you’ll see that the sent eKey is currently pending until that user accepts the eKey on their phone.
When the user downloads the Kevo app and signs up for an account, they’ll see your eKey invite in the app.
Tapping on it will allow them to accept or reject your eKey.
Anna Faris breaks silence on Chris Pratt split: ‘I made (mistakes)’.
Her podcast may be called Unqualified, but Anna Faris was more than prepared to tackle a fan’s relationship questions on this week’s episode.
In her first solo public statement since jointly announcing her split with Chris Pratt on Aug. 7, Faris thanked her “dear listeners” on Monday’s episode. “I just want to thank you all so much for all the love I’ve been receiving, and I truly love you,” she said. “Life is too short to be in relationships where you feel this isn’t fully right or somebody doesn’t have your back, or somebody doesn’t fully value you,” she said. “If that would be the final piece of advice I could give you, that would be, ‘Know your worth, know your independence.'”
They have been married for eight years and have one child together, Jack, who will turn 5 in August.
“I play a character on Mom, I play a character in movies, but I also play a public character,” she said.
“There’s definitely a loneliness and, like, an internal element to being a performer.”
On Sunday, Pratt appeared at the Teen Choice Awards, his first outing since the couple announced their separation.
It’s Wednesday, and I’m re-watching Casablanca—and waiting for the part where Humphrey Bogart blames both sides for the sing-off at Rick’s Café Américain.
Well, the tuxedo fitters can exhale.
In an interview aired on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday, Daniel Craig finally confirmed he will return for a fifth James Bond movie.
“I think this is it,” said Craig, who has been playing Agent 007 since 2006’s Casino Royale.
“I just want to go out on a high note.
We’ll be chilling one final martini glass for Craig in the as yet untitled 25th James Bond movie, which is due November 8, 2019.
Take them all,” says Soderbergh) and all sorts of awards (“This is a Peabody.
Adam Popescu visited the terminal for VF.com and actually used it before a flight to Bali, then reported back on the many perks, which range from pre-flight massages to a BMW that takes you directly to the plane.
HBO Europe confirmed the leak on Wednesday, adding that the episode—which was posted online early by a few international HBO markets—was unrelated to the hack.
A trailer for the director’s new movie, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, has finally arrived, and it is every bit as odd as you’d hope.
Bluehole Studio has updated its last-person-standing shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 14 times since launching it in late March, but the developer is now planning to slow down that cadence.
In response, Bluehole plans to give every patch more time so that it can release more substantial and polished features to its megapopular online combat sim.
Battlegrounds is still in Steam’s Early Access portal for unfinished games, so a slower pace for updates may frighten some fans who have purchased into the game for $30 before it has reached its full retail release.
Many diehard players who have hundreds of hours (and I’m not talking about myself here) are waiting for the vaulting update.
That patch, which adds the ability to climb onto and over obstacles, never had release timeline, but Bluehole confirmed that it is “still on-track to release our game as per our updated timeline.” And the studio’s promising that just because it is doing fewer patches doesn’t mean it will produce less content.
“Today we are changing our patch and update schedule to improve how we work on the game, as well as set realistic expectations for players,” reads the blog post.
“Until the official release of the game, we will not have our scheduled weekly or monthly patches rolling out as often as before.
We’ve found internally that being rushed to finish certain features, and having shorter QA test time between pushing updates, caused more issues than it solved in regards to maintaining a high standard of quality.
So while you may not get a substantial weekly update, you can likely always see what is in the works.
“And we want to emphasize to you that we are not winding down the development [or growing] complacent.
Making a Coil Gun Without Giant Caps.
Whenever we see a coil gun project on the Internet, it seems to involve a bank of huge capacitors.
[miroslavus] took a different approach with his gun–he wanted his project to be built without those monster caps.
It’s powered by quadcopter LiPo batteries, 2x 1400 MaH drone batteries wired up in series and triggering 21SWG copper coils that [miroslavus] created with the help of a custom 3D-printed winding rig he designed.
The rigs have ridges to help you lay the coils down neatly, and they also have mounts for photodiodes, ensuring the gun knows when it’s loaded.
When triggered, the Arduino Nano activates a pair of IRF3205 MOSFETS with logic signals stepped up to 20V, shooting lengths of 7mm or 8mm steel rod.
The gun isn’t exactly creating plasma discharges with its launches, but it’s a fascinating project nonetheless.
Check out the disposable camera coil gun project and the coil guns for newbies posts we previously ran.
Fridge Compressor to 2-Stroke Engine: JB Weld for the Win.
[Makerj101] is doing this with tooling no more complicated than a hacksaw and a hand drill.
And JB Weld — lots and lots of JB Weld.
A scheme for controlling intake and exhaust had to be implemented, the crankcase needed to be sealed, and a cylinder head with a spark plug needed to be fabricated.
All of these steps would have been trivial in a machine shop with mill and lathe, but [Makerj101] chose the hard way.
An old CPU heat sink serves as a cylinder head, copper wire forms a head gasket and spacer to decrease the compression ratio, and the old motor rotor serves as a flywheel.
JB Weld is slathered everywhere, and to good effect as the test run in the video below shows.
Think you recognize [Makerj101]?
You probably do, since we featured his previous machine shop-less engine build.
Thanks to [Gregg Eshelman] for the tip.
Quit and Hide macOS Apps from the Command+Tab Interface.
Command+Tab is the main keyboard shortcut for switching applications in macOS.
Bulk Quit or Hide Applications Press Command+Tab to bring up the application switcher, as usual, and cycle to the application you want to quit.
The selected application will quit.
If you’re the sort of person who tends to close windows without quitting the application, this keyboard shortcut lets you bulk quit applications later, which is useful if your computer is starting to slow down.
Bring up the application switcher again, select the application you want to hide, then press “h.” Every window for the selected application will be hidden instantly.
Switch Between Individual Windows There are a few more keys you can use while you’re holding Command.
The Right and Left arrow keys let you change the currently selected application, which can be faster than pressing tab repeatedly when you want to go backwards.
Press “Enter” and you’ll open the currently selected window.
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NFL Stop Shaming Ezekiel Elliott’s Accuser!.
The NFL is calling out the NFL Player’s Association … saying the league has received tips that the NFLPA is going on a smear campaign against Ezekiel Elliott’s accuser in an effort to exonerate the RB.
Multiple reports have surfaced in the past few days, painting the accuser as everything from a racist to an extortionist … and the NFL’s public relations honcho says the reports are shameful. “Over the past few days we’ve received multiple reports of the NFLPA spreading derogatory information to the media about the victim in the Ezekiel Elliott discipline case,” Brian McCarthy said. “It’s a common tactic to attempt to prove the innocence of the accused by discrediting the victim — in this case Ms. Thompson — when coming forward to report such abuse.” “Common or not, these tactics are shameful.
Efforts to shame and blame victims are often what prevent people from coming forward to report violence and/or seek help in the first place.”
We called the NFLPA for comment — so far, no word back.
The NFL is standing by its investigation into Zeke — which the league says showed a pattern of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.
If Presley was nervous at all, though, it didn’t show.
When Presley’s manager, the notoriously iron-willed Colonel Tom Parker, initially met with NBC in May 1968, he asked them to produce a special of Presley singing Christmas songs.
Binder and Howe decided the special should tell the story of Presley’s life in music through the lyrics he sang, beginning with the chucka-chucka rhythms of Jerry Reed’s “Guitar Man” (later paired with “Trouble”) and showing how singing had delivered a sometime truck driver to stardom. “Elvis loved to improvise and talk about old times and play the songs and keep repeating them – he would get excited just by repetition,” song arranger Billy Goldenberg said in Peter Guralnick’s book Careless Love.
They moved into the NBC studio on June 17th, rehearsing “Guitar Man,” and they began recording the choreographed “story” section of the special three days later with a strong selection of L.A. sidemen, including guitarist Mike Deasy and drummer Hal Blaine.
And because he was studying karate, all those guys were doing the same thing. “We figured it was about time,” he said of why he wanted to do the special. “We’d done that from time to time,” he recalls. “He was very nervous because he hadn’t performed in years,” says the singer, who was so excited about working with Presley that she snuck into the audience to watch during the tapings.
He’d clearly gotten over his nerves by this point, as he joked with the audience – “You have made my life a wreck, nah incomplete,” he sang with a laugh during “Love Me Tender.”
After nearly two years of side-stepping the question of whether he’d return as James Bond, Daniel Craig finally confirmed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he would don the tuxedo one last time for Bond 25.
So the news is out, and it’s business as usual for a franchise that has relied on the same face to define its iconic character for a decade.
However, the headline has come out just days before the release of “Logan Lucky,” in which Craig delivers an exciting performance unlike anything we’ve seen him do before.
Craig’s future in the Bond franchise had been up in the air ever since before the release of “Spectre” in November 2015.
Shortly after production wrapped on the Sam Mendes-directed entry, an exhausted Craig told press he would no longer play Bond and that he would “rather break this glass and slash [his] wrists” than portray cinema’s most famous spy again.
“Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid,” Craig told Colbert about his comments.
I just want to go out on a high note.
When the actor made his debut in 2006’s “Casino Royale,” it was a Bond the movies had never really seen before.
A running bit in the film’s marketing has been the phrase, “and introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang,” which for a time just seemed to be a funny joke Soderbergh was playing.
Joe Bang is the antithesis of all the dark and serious men Craig has been playing for over 10 years — from Bond to Mikael Blomkvist in “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” — and it finally gives him a chance to catch viewers off-guard, just like he did that first time as Bond in “Casino Royale.” It’s a reminder of a muscle he should exercise more often.
Fiat Chrysler Joins BMW in Race to Make Self-Driving Cars.
So-called autonomous vehicles are expected to transform the auto industry within the next decade.
The company has largely stayed on the sidelines while rivals like Volkswagen or General Motors moved into technology-oriented businesses like car sharing or digital mapping.
The long-term risk for Fiat Chrysler was that, absent a major shift, it would be relegated to producing cars for Silicon Valley companies that would supply the software and take most of the profit.
In June, Apple confirmed longtime speculation that it is working on autonomous systems, while giving few details.
But on Wednesday, Fiat Chrysler said that it would join BMW’s existing alliance with Intel and the chip maker’s newly acquired self-driving technology unit, Mobileye.
Fiat Chrysler is not likely to bring much self-driving know-how to the alliance, Mr. Hodgson said.
But, he noted, its experience producing less expensive, mass market vehicles will complement BMW’s strong position in the high end of the car market.
In addition, the financial resources of the Silicon Valley companies dwarf those of the automakers.
Mr. Hodgson said it was possible for established carmakers to be able to defend their positions, but, he added, “You should not underestimate the challenge facing them.”
Gambitious rebrands as Good Shepherd to invest in the indie game revival.
Good Shepherd cofounder Mike Wilson said that Gambitious did OK raising money from a network of investors and making profitable, smaller PC games.
Wilson is preparing to focus most of his time on building out Good Shepherd to invest in external teams.
“The company is called Good Shepherd because that is what we have to be,” said Wilson, who is also a cofounder of Devolver.
Wilson declined to say how much the company raised.
Devolver is the biggest investor in Good Shepherd.
That company created indie hits such as Serious Sam 3 and Hotline Miami.
Image Credit: Good Shepherd The newly expanded team includes executives from Devolver Digital, Sony, South by Southwest and Wargaming.net.
Ben Andac will be a business and product developer.
Wilson said that all of the executives and investors can invest in the games under the same terms.
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Game of Thrones episode shown in Spain, Nordics by error.
HBO said Wednesday that due to an error the sixth episode of Games of Thrones’ seventh season was shown a week ahead of schedule in Spain and Nordic countries.
The episode was available to subscribers in these areas early Tuesday for about an hour before being removed.
News of the incident was immediately reported on social media and copies of the episode were reportedly available online later.
HBO Europe said in a note it had “learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms. “The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized,” it added.
It said the incident wasn’t connected to the recent cyber issue with HBO US.
HBO has been the victim of hacking in recent weeks in the U.S.
The release sparked some criticism on social networks by people annoyed by the spoiler.
Others welcomed it.
Eclipse 2017: Was Einstein Right?.
After publishing his Special Theory of Relativity, he searched for ways to work gravitation into his new framework, and finally hit upon a set of nonlinear and fiendishly difficult equations that describe how space and time must curve under the influence of matter and radiation.
One of the predictions of the theory is gravitational lensing, or the deflection of light by massive bodies (lensing is also a prediction of Newtonian physics, but Einstein’s field equations predict about twice the deflection of light as the classical model).
What was needed was a total solar eclipse, and conveniently enough, one would occur in May of 1919.
Easier Said Than Done Curiously, although many other experiments were later conducted to further bolster General Relativity, the Eddington eclipse experiment wasn’t repeated until over half a century later.
The sole repeat of the Eddington experiment was a 1973 expedition, again to Africa, that used 6 tons of equipment to generate a single usable image on a 12″ glass plate.
Advances in optics have made replication of the original experiment a more approachable endeavor lately, but there’s not much call for optical verification of a theory that’s been repeatedly verified by other methods over the last century.
So why is Don Bruns bothering?
There are very few bright stars close enough to the sun to provide good points of reference, and the data on their non-deflected coordinates tends to be of poor precision.
Add to these challenges that Don has just over two minutes of totality, which is pretty short for a total eclipse, and an errant cloud, a gust of wind on his high Wyoming peak, or a forgotten detail could ruin years of effort.
Daniel Craig Confirms He Will Play James Bond Again.
Daniel Craig is giving the people what they want.
During an appearance on CBS’ The Late Show Tuesday, Stephen Colbert asked Craig if he will ever play James Bond again. “Yes,” the actor said before standing up to shake the host’s hand. “I think you’re the greatest Bond,” Colbert told his guest.
Craig made his debut as the secret agent known as 007 in Casino Royale in 2006.
He reprised the spy role three more times in Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). “I’ve been quite cagey about it. “But I kind of felt like if I was going to sort of speak the truth, I should speak the truth to you.
I have to apologize to all the people I did interviews with today, because I wanted to tell you.”
Kindle-Compatible File Formats Before we start, make sure your books are in the right format.
You’ll then be able to send the files to specific Kindle devices (eReaders, mobile phones with the Kindle App installed, et cetera).
The books will download to your selected devices the next time they’re synced to the network.
Selecting the “Archive documents in your Kindle Library” will save a copy to Amazon’s servers, allowing you to download the book or file from any Kindle device or app.
Send Books Using Your Email Client Every Kindle device and app has a custom email address assigned to it by Amazon.
It isn’t designed for conventional email management, but you can send compatible files to that email address, and Amazon will automatically download the files to the relevant Kindle.
Organize, Convert, and Transfer Books Using Calibre We’ve covered Calibre before: it’s an excellent third-party suite for creating and managing ebooks.
From the main interface, click “Add books,” then navigate to the folder and file you want to send and select it.
Plug in your Kindle to your PC, then right-click the book file in Calibre and click “send to device,” then “Send to main memory.” The file will be moved to your Kindle, and if necessary, converted to a compatible file format at the same time.
Calibre allows you to convert them to the similar, but Kindle-friendly AZW3 format, allowing you to get nearly any book on your Kindle.
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