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Comment: Gameplay is king (Score 5, Interesting) 150

It's obviously not straight from a player's POV, no one switches views that fast, and there's no way it's smart enough to give the right one of the tens of points of view in the first part of the video.

It also doesn't look like a movie, not a high-budget one anyway. With the luxury of pre-rendering movies are already 15 years beyond those plastic faces. But enough complaining. Did you see the actor covering his face from the explosion? The smooth teamwork? The variety of vehicles? Maybe I'm behind the times but the non-graphics-related material; the gameplay, that's what I'm really into. And this has some good stuff.

Comment: Encyclopedias are not prescriptive (Score 2) 186

by Iamthecheese (#49484705) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows
Encyclopedias are meant to be descriptive. Some of this problem is people who think an encyclopedia defines truth. Some of the problem is people who think if it's in Wikipedia it must be true. (A subtle but important difference). And some of the problem is biased editors within Wikipedia itself.

I think as a society we need to maintain paid content reviewers for a competitor to Wikipedia. Field experts who aren't doing it for power or to push a POV but because someone is paying them to fact-check. I'm not endorsing any one company but I think if we continue relying on Wikipedia as a source of truth Bad Things will happen.

Comment: Anchoring (Score 1) 134

by Iamthecheese (#49455209) Attached to: U.S. Gov't Grapples With Clash Between Privacy, Security
Offer someone an extreme choice, "Here's a car for only $60,000!" and they'll be more likely to accept a more moderate choice (Here's a car for $30,000!) because it's better by contrast, not objectively. Today we're reading, "should the government get to read everything, everywhere?" and your answer is obviously "fuck no". But that immediate answer isn't the point.

Later you'll be presented with, "Should the government get extra-legal access to some things?" and because of this framing you'll be more likely to say "yes".

Comment: Re:And it's not even an election year (Score 0) 407

Nah, it's just pre-positioning for the upcoming presidential debates, identity politics, and red vs blue circus. pro tip: both sides are pro-authoritarian, pro-surveillance, and pro-1% Here's a wild and far-out prediction: get this, BOTH CANDIDATES will be prescreened by the same group of plutocrats, who will have invested years ahead based on the results they intend. Here's another: any third party candidate that looks like he has a chance of success will be given precisely measured media attention calculated to allow the preselected candidate to win. Here's a third: media attention and tens of thousands of individual comments on Slashdot and other social media will come prepayed, courtesy of people whose names you will never learn.

+ - Senate Draft of No Child Left Behind Act Draft Makes CS a 'Core' Subject

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: If at first you don't succeed, lobby, lobby again. That's a lesson to be learned from Microsoft and Google, who in 2010 launched advocacy coalition Computing in the Core, which aimed "to strengthen K-12 computer science education and ensure that computer science is one of the core academic subjects that prepares students for jobs in our digital society." In 2013, Computing in the Core "merged" with, a new nonprofit led by the next door neighbor of Microsoft's General Counsel and funded by wealthy tech execs and their companies. When 'taught President Obama to code' in a widely-publicized White House event last December, visitor records indicate that Google, Microsoft, and execs had a sitdown immediately afterwards with the head of the NSF, and a Microsoft lobbyist in attendance returned to the White House the next day with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and General Counsel Brad Smith (who also sits on's Board) in tow. Looks like all of that hard work may finally pay off. Education Week reports that computer science has been quietly added to the list of disciplines defined as 'core academic subjects' in the Senate draft of the rewritten No Child Left Behind Act, a status that opens the doors to a number of funding opportunities. After expressing concern that his teenage daughters hadn't taken to coding the way he’d like, President Obama added, "I think they got started a little bit late. Part of what you want to do is introduce this with the ABCs and the colors." So, don't be too surprised if your little ones are soon focusing on the four R's — reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic, and Rapunzel — in school!

+ - ESA Rebukes EFF's Request to Exempt Abandoned Games from Some DMCA Rules->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes: It's 2015 and the EFF is still submitting requests to alter or exempt certain applications of the draconian DMCA. One such request concerns abandoned games that utilized or required online servers for matchmaking or play (PDF warning) and the attempts taken to archive those games. A given examples is Madden '09 that had its servers shut down a mere one and a half years after release. Another is Gamespy and the EA & Nintendo titles that were not migrated to other servers. I'm sure everyone can come up with a once cherished game that required online play that is now abandoned and lost to the ages. While the EFF is asking for exemptions for museums and archivists, the ESA appears to take the stance that it's hacking and all hacking is bad. In prior comments (PDF warning), the ESA has called reverse engineering a proprietary game protocol "a classic wolf in sheep’s clothing" as if allowing this evil hacking will loose Sodom & Gomorrah upon the industry. Fellow gamers, these years now that feel like the golden age of online gaming will be the dark ages of games as historians of the future try to recreate what online play was like now for many titles.
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+ - The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Submitted by writes: Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic that in the past year, after the killings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, many police departments and police reformists have agreed on the necessity of police-worn body cameras. But the most powerful cameras aren’t those on officer’s bodies but those wielded by bystanders. We don’t yet know who shot videos of officer officer, Michael T. Slager, shooting Walter Scott eight times as he runs away but "unknown cameramen and women lived out high democratic ideals: They watched a cop kill someone, shoot recklessly at someone running away, and they kept the camera trained on the cop," writes Robinson. "They were there, on an ordinary, hazy Saturday morning, and they chose to be courageous. They bore witness, at unknown risk to themselves."

“We have been talking about police brutality for years. And now, because of videos, we are seeing just how systemic and widespread it is,” tweeted Deray McKesson, an activist in Ferguson, after the videos emerged Tuesday night. “The videos over the past seven months have empowered us to ask deeper questions, to push more forcefully in confronting the system.” The process of ascertaining the truth of the world has to start somewhere. A video is one more assertion made about what is real concludes Robinson. "Today, through some unknown hero’s stubborn internal choice to witness instead of flee, to press record and to watch something terrible unfold, we have one more such assertion of reality."

+ - Substitutional Reality: incorporating physical objects in Virtual Reality->

Submitted by AvengerDr
AvengerDr writes: In Substitutional Reality, we imagine a class of Virtual Environments where every physical object surrounding the user is paired, with a degree of discrepancy, to a contextually appropriate virtual object. For example, our living room could be replaced by a medieval courtyard or the bridge of a spaceship. Common household items such as a torch or an umbrella could be replaced by a sword or a lightsaber. In this way, physical objects provide tangibility to Virtual Reality experience.

In our vision, users would be able to move within a VE based on their physical environment which would look radically different. However, they will know that everything they see really exists, although it might present a mismatch.

The scientific paper will be presented at CHI 2015 in Seoul on April 23rd. A video is also available.

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