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Comment Re:Not to be confused with an athletic competition (Score 1) 60

Bender: Now Wireless Joe Jackson, there was a blern hitting machine!

Leela: Exactly! He was a machine designed to hit blerns! I mean come on! Wireless Joe was nothing but a programmable bat on wheels.

Bender: Oh and I suppose Pitch-o-Mat 5000 was just a modified howitzer.

Leela: Yep.

Submission + - New Star Trek TV Series Coming In 2017 ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Star Trek is returning to television. In January, 2017, a new series will begin. The first episode will air on CBS, and subsequent episodes will appear on CBS's online platform, "All Access." "The new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966." The show will be produced by Alex Kurtzman, who produced the two recent Star Trek films in 2009 and 2013. No details have been released regarding what the show will be about, or who will star in it. CBS is currently looking for a writer to helm the show.

Submission + - New Star Trek Series to debut in 2017 (

njnnja writes: CBS is going to produce a new Star Trek series to debut in January 2017. It will air on CBS' online offering, "All Access." Few details are available but it appears that it will feature new characters.

Comment Contemporary Classical (Score 1) 111

I remember going to see "Video Games Live" back in 2010 and it got me hooked, I bought season tickets to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra a few years back and never regretted it. YMMV but I was surprised at how inexpensive tickets were, and how much music you got...

A lot of games incorporate an orchestral score, hearing the music live though is absolutely worth checking out (even if you don't play the games.)

Comment What do People need? (Score 2) 267

My parents use their computer to browse the internet, connect with people via social media and play browser based games. All these things are achieved with an average smartphone / tablet.

I use a computer to make software, do business, make artwork, play video games. A phone is nice but it will be along time before I'm running Visual Studio off it, a PC fits my needs.

I'll take a wild ass guess that most people don't need a desktop computer to do what they need, and that's why there is a shift, and why there is no need to realign them.

There is a market for desktop computing, it's just not nearly as big anymore.

Submission + - Carbon Offsets May Have Dramatically Increased Emissions (

schwit1 writes: That's the finding of a new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute, which investigated carbon credits used to offset greenhouse gas emissions under a UN scheme. As one of the co-authors of the report put it, issuing these credits "was like printing money."

As a result of political horse trading at UN negotiations on climate change, countries like Russia and the Ukraine were allowed to create carbon credits from activities like curbing coal waste fires, or restricting gas emissions from petroleum production. Under the UN scheme, called Joint Implementation, they then were able to sell those credits to the European Union's carbon market. Companies bought the offsets rather than making their own more expensive, emissions cuts.

But this study, from the Stockholm Environment Institute, says the vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian credits were in fact, "hot air" — no actual emissions were reduced.

Submission + - You Can Now Be "Buried" On The Moon

Dave Knott writes: Space burials are longer the stuff of science fiction (and wealthy science fiction TV show creators.) The cremated remains of more than 450 people have been shot into orbit. Yet, despite the promise of space being a unique "resting place," almost every tiny vial of remains ever sent there has come back down to Earth or burned up upon re-entry. This wouldn't have happened had the ashes landed on Earth's moon — a fact that hasn't been lost on the companies pioneering this futuristic funeral technology. The San Francisco-based company Elysium Space officially launched its 'lunar memorial' service earlier this month, and will soon be sending the remains of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier's mother upwards as part of its first ever moon burial.

The company's website further explains how the lunar burials will work:
"You receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect a cremated remains sample. After we receive the ash capsule back from you, we place your capsule in the Elysium memorial spacecraft. The latter is eventually integrated to the Astrobotic lander during the designated integration event. From here, the lander is integrated onto the launch vehicle. On launch day, the remains are carried to the moon where the lander will be deployed to its dedicated location, preserving our memorial spacecraft for eternity."

Because Elysium can only send a small portion of cremated remains to the moon (less than a gram), participants aren't actually paying to have their loved ones literally buried on the moon. However, this has not deterred the company from launching the service, charging $11,950 per "burial".

Submission + - Government Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Rising

dkatana writes: License plate scanners mounted on garbage trucks, Dirtbox and Stingray "IMSI catchers", WiFi snooping, and now Jugular, PocketHound, and Wolfhound handheld cellphone tracking devices.. Government agencies are piling up the latest technologies to track cars, phones and individuals without judicial oversight.

In 1972, the US Supreme Court ruled in a the case: "The Fourth Amendment contemplates a prior judicial judgment, not the risk that executive discretion may be reasonably exercised."

What happened after that?

Submission + - Ocean Cleanup concludes Mega Expedition of Great Pacific Garbage Patch (

hypnosec writes: The reconnaissance mission of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch dubbed the Mega Expedition by Ocean Clean has been concluded and the large-scale cleanup of the area is set to begin in 2020. The primary goal of the Mega Expedition was to accurately determine how much plastic is floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was the first time large pieces of plastic, such as ghost nets and Japanese tsunami debris, have been quantified.

Submission + - YouTube Gaming Goes Live To Compete With Twitch

An anonymous reader writes: Google today will launch YouTube Gaming which allows viewers to watch video games live on their web site. The new service which directly competes with Twitch.TV, allows gamers to record and stream live game-play directly to their YouTube Gaming Channel. In addition, there are YouTube Gaming apps for both Android devices and iOS devices. Gaming videos are one of the biggest searches on YouTube every month, next to funny cats of course, and Twitch.TV is one of the most popular and visited sites in the United States. There is no question that a YouTube Gaming App is needed, both for gamers and for YouTube to tap into the market share.

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