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+ - Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in Baltimore and Miami->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Amazon.com announced the launch Thursday of its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, in select zip codes in Baltimore and Miami. It initially launched in Manhattan in December.

The one-hour service, available to Amazon Prime subscribers through the Prime Now mobile app, costs $7.99. Two-hour delivery is free."

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Comment: Re:so (Score 1) 136

by SoulMan007 (#49293653) Attached to: The Pirate Party Now the Biggest Party In Iceland

The page you read up upon doesn't talk specifically about the Icelandic Pirate Party. There is very little connection between the Pirate Party in different nations and that Wikipedia page is an outstanding example to why you shouldn't use Wikipedia as an example.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P... Not that it takes too long to find the appropriate page, though it's actual information is fairly thin, and apparently they have only been around since the end of 2012.

+ - First AMD FreeSync Capable Gaming Displays And Drivers Launched, Tested->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Soon after NVIDIA unveiled its G-SYNC technology, AMD announced that it would pursue an open standard, dubbed FreeSync, leveraging technologies already available in the DisplayPort specification to offer adaptive refresh rates to users of some discrete Radeon GPUs and AMD APUs. AMD's goal with FreeSync was to introduce a technology that offered similar end-user benefits to NVIDIA's G-SYNC, that didn't require monitor manufacturers to employ any proprietary add-ons, and that could be adopted by any GPU maker. Today, AMD released its first FreeSync capable set of drivers and this first look at the sleek ultra-widescreen LG 34UM67 showcases some of the benefits, based on an IPS panel with a native resolution of 2560x1080 and a max refresh rate of 75Hz. To fully appreciate how adaptive refresh rate technologies work, it's best to experience them in person. In short, the GPU scans a frame out to the monitor where it's drawn on-screen and the monitor doesn't update until a frame is done drawing. As soon as a frame is done, the monitor will update again as quickly as it can with the next frame, in lockstep with the GPU. This completely eliminates tearing and jitter issues that are common in PC gaming. Technologies like NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync aren't a panacea for all of PC gaming anomalies, but they do ultimately enhance the experience and are worthwhile upgrades in image quality and less eye strain."
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+ - No fuel in the Fukushima1 reactor #1->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "To nobody's surprise, the Japanese press reports that a new way to look at the inside of one of the Fukushima 1 damaged reactors has shown the fuel is not in place.

Engineers have not been able to develop a machine to directly see the exact location of the molten fuel, hampered by extremely high levels of radiation in and around the reactors, but a new scan technique using muons (details on the method in the media are missing) have shown the fuel is not in its place.

While Tepco's speculation is that the fuel may be at the bottom of the reactor, it is a safe bet that at least some of it has burned through and has gone on to create an Uruguay syndrom."

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+ - Google: Our new system for recognizing faces is the best->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Last week, a trio of Google researchers published a paper on a new artificial intelligence system dubbed FaceNet that it claims represents the most-accurate approach yet to recognizing human faces. FaceNet achieved nearly 100-percent accuracy on a popular facial-recognition dataset called Labeled Faces in the Wild, which includes more than 13,000 pictures of faces from across the web. Trained on a massive 260-million-image dataset, FaceNet performed with better than 86 percent accuracy.

The approach Google’s researchers took goes beyond simply verifying whether two faces are the same. Its system can also put a name to a face—classic facial recognition—and even present collections of faces that look the most similar or the most distinct."

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+ - OpenSSL security update less critical than expected, still recommended

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As announced on Monday, the OpenSSL project team has released new versions of the cryptographic library that fix a number of security issues. The announcement created a panic within the security community, who were dreading the discovery of another Heartbleed-type bug, but as it turns out, the high severity issue fixed is a bug than can be exploited in a DoS attack against servers. Other issues fixed are mostly memory corruption and DoS flaws of moderate and low severity."

+ - SPAM: Microsoft dropped an interesting piece of information today!!

Submitted by douglas1986
douglas1986 (4040889) writes "amid its confirmation that Windows 10 will go on sale this summer.

Near the end of its announcement, the Redmond-based company casually revealed that it is testing Windows 10 with “power users” of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 4 Android smartphone. The initiative, which Xiaomi stressed is not a partnership but merely assistance with the trial, is an interesting one because it again shows Microsoft’s new ‘platform agnostic’ approach.

Neither Microsoft nor Xiaomi provided specific details of the Windows 10 software being trialled, but TechCrunch understands from sources that it effectively overrides Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services. (Which the company hopes will dazzle Android owners into making the switch.)

That’s to say that the software doesn’t offer a dual boot option, which Microsoft has pushed in the past in India. This is a ROM, based on Windows, that operates much like software from Cyanogen — a company Microsoft was incorrectly linked with an investment in — and other custom ROMs developed by the likes of Tencent and Baidu in China.

The ROM is thus designed to go beyond Microsoft’s Android apps and offer a native-like Windows experience on Android phones."

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Comment: Re:So where is the cop outrage? (Score 1) 719

by SoulMan007 (#24422097) Attached to: Citizens Spy On Big Brother

Why aren't the 'good cops' turning in their corrupt, violent and evil coworkers?

Sorry, until I see more exposure of bad cops from within their departments, I'm lumping the 'good cops' in with the bad cops.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

I think the words of Edmund Burke sums it up pretty nicely.

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+ - The Computer Games that could end all other Games!->

Submitted by
MrRobot
MrRobot writes "Each generation of video game adds another layer to the pyramid. The pyramid is actually inverted meaning that as subsequent layers are piled on top, the structure becomes more and more precarious. As advances in video games technology are applied, the industry becomes more and more at risk from disruptive innovators. The cost and complexity of video game development has increased many fold, the competition in the market and the risks from insider threats is increasing all the time — much of it through low employee morale.

Many of these risks will seemingly be reduced by consolidation of the market players through acquisition and natural erosion of studios, leading to a future where much of the industry is dominated by only a few major players.

But whilst this may (seemingly) create more protection for the big publishers, this is not necessarily going to be a good thing for the industry.

Disruptive technologists are already working on projects that would see massively multiplayer games go online for a fraction of the cost of what publishers are currently investing. These games will drive demand through viral marketing campaigns and will offer subscriptions at a fraction of the price of todays PS3 or Xbox games. Content design is changing, from high aesthetics where the gamer doesn't have you use their imagination to persuasive environments that tear at their imagination and make them use it.

So who actually will be driving these new projects?

Answer: Hackers will be driving them.

All power to the new game developers of the 21st century!

www.intrench.com"

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+ - A video game where you design electric circuits->

Submitted by
Michael Todd
Michael Todd writes "A game for nerds has come out, called Engine of War.

In this game you design electric circuits to allow you to better fight waves of zombies.

Easy to learn, complex to master, combine parts to make teleporters that detect nearby enemies, homing missiles that follow the mouse, and shields that adapt to the enemy's weapons!

Dual-wield custom weapons, that can be attached to various systems of frequency sensors, position beacons, or any of the other interlocking 63 circuit parts.

None of that sissy bioshock 'plumbing'-hacking here! This game appeals to physics teachers, programmers and nerds. No previous knowledge or skill needed, just brains.

A free 60 minute demo can be directly downloaded here ."

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