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Submission + - First turn-based Battletech videogame in twenty years

soap_and_dish writes: Harebrained Schemes, the studio behind the recent Shadowrun Returns, Dragonfall, and Hong Kong, has launched a Kickstarter for a turn-based Battletech game, to be released cross-platform (Win / Mac / Linux) and DRM-free. This is the first such turn-based game based on Battletech in more than twenty years, and the project is already funded after just a couple of hours into the campaign.

Submission + - Reddit refugee camp Voat dropped by German webhost for 'political incorrectness' (

Mark Wilson writes: A couple of weeks ago Reddit announced that it was closing down a number of subreddits with harassing subject matter. This came a few month months after a decision to ban content that included images or videos of non-consensual sex. In protest, groups of users switched allegiances and moved to the Reddit clone site — which prides itself on not censoring any content. has been around for a little while, but the site saw its membership swell as former Reddit users jumped ship. Over the last couple of weeks, the "censorship-free community platform" has battled DDoS attacks and was dealt another blow yesterday when its German hosting provider cancelled its contract. The reason given was that the server was being used to host content that is "politically incorrect". But this does not mean that the site is dead.

Submission + - AMD Details High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) DRAM, Pushes Over 100GB/s Per Stack (

MojoKid writes: Recently, a few details of AMD's next-generation Radeon 300-series graphics cards have trickled out. Today, AMD has publicly disclosed new info regarding their High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) technology that will be used on some Radeon 300-series and APU products. Currently, a relatively large number of GDDR5 chips are necessary to offer sufficient capacity and bandwidth for modern GPUs, which means significant PCB real estate is consumed. On-chip integration is not ideal for DRAM because it is not size or cost effective with a logic-optimized GPU or CPU manufacturing process. HBM, however, brings the DRAM as close to possible to the logic die (GPU) as possible. AMD partnered with Hynix and a number of companies to help define the HBM specification and design a new type of memory chip with low power consumption and an ultra-wide bus width, which was eventually adopted by JEDEC 2013. They also develop a DRAM interconnect called an "interposer," along with ASE, Amkor, and UMC. The interposer allows DRAM to be brought into close proximity with the GPU and simplifies communication and clocking. HBM DRAM chips are stacked vertically, and "through-silicon vias" (TSVs) and "bumps" are used to connect one DRAM chip to the next, and then to a logic interface die, and ultimately the interposer. The end result is a single package on which the GPU/SoC and High Bandwidth Memory both reside. 1GB of GDDR5 memory (four 256MB chips), requires roughly 672mm2. Because HBM is vertically stacked, that same 1GB requires only about 35mm2. The bus width on an HBM chip is 1024-bits wide, versus 32-bits on a GDDR5 chip. As a result, the High Bandwidth Memory interface can be clocked much lower but still offer more than 100GB/s for HBM versus 25GB/s with GDDR5. HBM also requires significantly less voltage, which equates to lower power consumption.

Submission + - #GamerGate meet up in Washington DC subjected to bomb threat (

Motor writes: The consumer revolt going by the title #GamerGate arranged a real life event last night in a bar in Washington DC. The event was attended by a wide variety of people from all walks of life — all tired of the corruption and extremist gender politics in games media.

Despite efforts by so-called Social Justice Warriors to get it stopped by emailing and tweeting the bar owners, the meet up went ahead as planned — and a fine time was had by all. Later in the evening the event was temporarily halted as a bomb threat was called into the police.

The police are looking into the matter and bomb threats made in the US capital are, shall we say, no joke. It's going to be interesting to see the outcome of the investigation. Especially given some of the poorly-judged tweets sent by anti-gamers in the run up to the event.

Submission + - Human Clinical Trials to Begin on Drug That Reverses Diabetes in Animal Models ( 1

Zothecula writes: A study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has shown that verapamil, a drug widely used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and migraine headaches, is able to completely reverse diabetes in animal models. The UAB team will now move onto clinical trials to see if the same results are repeated in humans.

Submission + - Jailed Journalist and Former Anonymous Activist Barrett Brown Seeks Leniency (

ageisp0lis writes: Brown's defense is appealing to Judge Sam A. Lindsay to use leniency and sentence him to time served. Brown has accepted responsibility for his conduct. He was originally charged with sharing a hyperlink to stolen information, and after that was dropped, he pled guilty to hiding his laptops, transmitting a threat, and accessory after the fact to an unauthorized access to a protected computer. He's now facing 8.5 years maximum in prison. When he is sentenced on November 24th, he will have already spent over two years in jail. Given the innocuous nature of his crimes and the lack of tangible harm resulting from them, his supporters feel that he should be set free, and they are collecting letters addressed to the judge in this case.

Submission + - The new EPA regulations and the original 1970 Clean Air Act Extension

Lasrick writes: John Chait thinks it's time to admit that Obama has done a lot to combat climate change, even before the announcement today of the new EPA regulations on power plants. Today's action comes via an EPA regulation issued under the authority of the 1970 Clean Air Act Extension, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists looks at the original act itself, and the country’s mood regarding it at the time. What a difference 44 years makes.

Submission + - Four Weeks Without Soap or Shampoo (

An anonymous reader writes: A biotech start-up from Massachusetts has an unusual product: a bottle full of bacteria you're supposed to spray onto your face. The bacteria is Nitrosomonas eutropha, and it's generally harmless. Its main use is that it oxidizes ammonia, and the start-up's researchers suspect it used to commonly live on human skin before we began washing it away with soaps and other cleaners. In fact, it's an area of heavy research in biology right now. Scientists know that the gut microbiome is important to proper digestion, and they're trying to figure out if an external microbiome can be similarly beneficial to skin. A journalist for the NY Times volunteered to test the product, which involved four straight weeks of no showers, no soap, no shampoo, and no deodorant. The sprayed-on bacteria quickly colonized her skin, along with other known types of bacteria — and hundreds of unknown (but apparently harmless) strains. She reported improvements to her skin and complexion, and described how the bacteria worked to curtail (but not eliminate) the body odor caused by not washing. At the end of the experiment, all of the N. eutropha vanished within three showers.

Submission + - Japan Ordered to Stop Scientific Whaling ( 1

sciencehabit writes: Japan has to stop capturing and killing whales under its whaling program in the Antarctic, called JARPA II, the International Court of Justice has said. In a judgment issued in the Hague in the Netherlands today, the United Nations court has ordered Japan to revoke existing permits to catch whales for scientific purposes, and to stop granting such permits in the future. The ruling is a victory for Australia, which filed Court proceedings against Japan's whaling in 2010, arguing that it breached international obligations.

Submission + - Netflix is "Arrogant" for expecting net neutrality (

jayp00001 writes: Mr. Hastings’ arrogant proposition is that everyone else should pay but Netflix. That may be a nice deal if he can get it. But it’s not how the Internet, or telecommunication for that matter, has ever worked." — Cicconi (AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs.)

Translation: SIlly netflix, haven't you figured out that both the subscriber AND the content provider should pay for the same bandwidth!

If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.