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Amazon Purchases .buy TLD For $4.6 Million 64

Posted by Soulskill
from the totall-just-short-of-free-shipping dept.
onproton writes: Amazon outbid Google at the ICANN auction this week for the top-level domain .buy , to which it now has exclusive rights, paying around $4.6 million for the privilege. Google was also reportedly outbid for the .tech domain, which went for around $6.7 million. No word yet on Amazon's plans for the new domain suffix, but it's probably safe to say will be added to Amazon's collection of reserved anti-Amazon URLs.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 389

by hackertourist (#47934923) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Why go to the lengths of having a second official meter and a second address? That strikes me as more expensive than it needs to be, I'd have wired an unofficial meter in the circuit from the main breaker panel to the garage, that way you'd be able to monitor usage without all the overhead.

Comment: Re:Well, we really should be at that stage by now. (Score 1) 486

by hackertourist (#47878689) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

There were a lot of factors that made NS Savannah economically unviable.
- it was built for individual cargo crates, just when crates were being replaced by ISO containers.
- it was small and had a streamlined hull, which meant very limited cargo capacity.
- it had a lot of space dedicated to passengers, just when passenger ships were being replaced by the jet airliner
- it was built at a time when diesel was very cheap
- the reactor personnel demanded similar wages to power station personnel, which worked out to a higher salary than the ship's officers. The labor dispute kept it out of service for a year.

Just a few years after the ship was decommissioned, increasing fuel prices meant conventional ships became as expensive to operate as Savannah.

Comment: Safe choice? The CST-100 has never flown (Score 4, Interesting) 123

by hackertourist (#47874269) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

It's peculiar that TFA labels the Boeing design the 'safe choice' when it hasn't flown yet, despite $0.5B of investment from NASA. And the Atlas V launch vehicle may have flown a lot of missions, but it isn't man-rated yet.
The SpaceX Dragon has flown several times, and has spent months in orbit docked to the ISS. Now I realize the manned Dragon has many new systems, but it seems to me SpaceX is a lot closer to a man-rated capsule than Boeing.

+ - More than twice as much mercury in environment as thought->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The most comprehensive estimate of mercury released into the environment is putting a new spotlight on the potent neurotoxin. By accounting for mercury in consumer products, such as thermostats, and released by industrial processes, the calculations more than double previous tallies of the amount of mercury that has entered the environment since 1850. The analysis also reveals a previously unknown spike in mercury emissions during the 1970s, caused largely by the use of mercury in latex paint."
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Comment: What really happened with Exocet (Score 3, Interesting) 448

The French gave the British potentially valuable information on the Exocet's capabilities and limitations, and details on how it operated (e.g. its radar frequency, which you need to know if you want to use jamming).
Despite this, 4 of the 5 Exocets launched were hits, and damaged or sank British ships.


Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture 1134

Posted by Soulskill
from the push-until-it-gives dept.
ideonexus writes: 2490 gamers, developers and journalists have signed an open letter supporting inclusiveness in the gaming community after indie game developer Zoe Quinn received backlash and harassment when her ex-boyfriend posted false accusations that she traded sex for favorable reviews of her game and feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian was driven from her home after receiving death and rape threats for her videos illustrating the way some mainstream games encourage the commoditization of and violence against women. The harassment has prompted geek-dating advice columnist Harris O'Malley to declare the backlash the "Extinction Burst of Gaming Culture," the last reactionary gasp before the culture shifts to become more inclusive.

+ - The Sims 4 pixellates pirate copies->

Submitted by UgLyPuNk
UgLyPuNk (1166251) writes "The Sims franchise has always been a favourite among software pirates, so it's no surprise that Maxis has tucked a little something special into The Sims 4. Rather than simply locking pirates out of the game, or implementing digital rights management that causes more problems than it fixes, the studio's opted for a more creative approach.

Read more from Player Attack:"

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+ - How IKEA turn to CG for its catalog - only 25% of pics are real-> 1

Submitted by (595837) writes "Have you ever wondered why the furniture look so beautiful in the catalog, but not that much once in your home?

In the IKEA catalog 75% of the pictures are computer generated, only 25% are shots of real scenes with real products.

CG Society interviewed Martin Enthed and his team about how they managed to switch from traditional shooting to CG:

[...] the real turning point for us was when, in 2009, they called us and said, “You have to stop using CG. I’ve got 200 product images and they’re just terrible. You guys need to practice more.” So we looked at all the images they said weren’t good enough and the two or three they said were great, and the ones they didn’t like were photography and the good ones were all CG!

The article stress many advantages CG have over traditional shooting, and points out that even the kitchen, the most expensive shooting, has its layout localized to the targeted country (big white sink or small stainless sink, more drawers, ...)."
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Comment: Re:F1 is no longer screaming at 15k (Score 2) 116

by hackertourist (#47823595) Attached to: The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

For sound, I've found the best venue is tractor pulling. All kinds of motive power in a single meet, from RR Griffons to high-strung V8 to helicopter turbines to methanol two-stage turbo engines. Because speeds are relatively low you can get really close to the track, it also means more immersion in the sound compared to having cars whizz by at 200+ km/h.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle