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Submission + - A real archer reports on the accuracy of in-game archery (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: A lot of games are turning to archery to set themselves apart from run of the mill action or shooter games. Bow-hunting is a big part of Crysis 3, there are memorable reels of bow-kills all over YouTube for Far Cry 3, and even Lara Croft is getting in on the Robin Hood action. But while game developers have had decades to get guns feeling just right, are they up to speed on how archery really works? One tame gameplaying archer finds out.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Office 2013 not compatible with Windows XP, Vista (paritynews.com) 2

hypnosec writes: The newly unveiled productivity suite from Microsoft, Office 2013, won’t be running on older operating systems like Windows XP and Vista it has been revealed. Office 2013 is said to be only compatible with PCs, laptops or tablets that are running on the latest version of Windows i.e. either Windows 7 or not yet released Windows 8. According to a systems requirements page for Microsoft for Office 2013 customer preview, the Office 2010 successor is only compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. This was confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson. Further the minimum requirements states that systems need to be equipped with at least a 1 GHz processor and should have 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit systems or 2 GB for 64-bit hardware. The minimum storage space that should be available is 3 GB along with a DirectX 10-compatible graphics card for users wanting hardware acceleration.

Submission + - Trolling Al Qaeda... for peace? (wired.com)

The Mister Purple writes: There is a small initiative underway to combat Islamic militant recruiting on the Internet... by trolling them. According to this article:

The program, called Viral Peace, seeks to occupy the virtual space that extremists fill, one thread or Twitter exchange at a time. Shahed Amanullah, a senior technology adviser to the State Department and Viral Peace’s creator, tells Danger Room he wants to use “logic, humor, satire, [and] religious arguments, not just to confront [extremists], but to undermine and demoralize them.” Think of it as strategic trolling, in pursuit of geopolitical pwnage.

So does this mean that I'm promoting peace when I post YouTube comments?

Youtube

Submission + - YouTube adds facial blurring to protect the innocent (or the guilty) (blogspot.com)

kaizendojo writes: "YouTube has added another feature to its enhancements tool, allowing you to automate the process of blurring out people's faces in your photos. Its makers are quick to add that it's still an emerging technology, and that it may still miss out on faces depending on lighting obstructions and video quality. YouTube cites footage from human rights issues for bringing the idea forward, where identification of those involved could prove dangerous. You'll be able to preview how it looks, and if you choose to include the blurred option, a new copy is made to avoid losing the unedited original."
Government

Submission + - Judge steps down over US 'enemy' comment in Megaupload case (gigaom.com)

vu1986 writes: ""On Tuesday, the chief judge of the New Zealand district court that must decide if Dotcom can be extradited announced that Judge David Harvey had surrendered the case and would be replaced. The move comes after reports that Harvey said ”We have met the enemy and he is [the] U.S.” at a recent conference in relation to the current state of copyright law.""

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 292

: "Considering that you helped a foreign power conspire to break NZ law, why should we allow you to continue to work in our country?"

To which the answer would be something like : "Because we're a hideously rich gigantic corporation operating out of your lord and master the US, suck it Kiwis."

And while you at it, sign up for that TPP thing already so we can screw you even more

Submission + - Why do programming languages succeed or fail? (berkeley.edu)

magicmat writes: UC Berkeley EECS graduate researchers Leo Meyerovich and Ari Rabkin have compiled an interesting data set on the sociological aspect behind programming language usage and adoption. "Socio-PLT" is the result: compiling survey results from Berkeley's recent "software engineering" massive online open course, SourceForge, and two years of The Hammer Principle online surveys, they have discovered some interesting phenomenon about what we, as programmers think about our languages, and why we use them. You can head over and explore the data yourself using cool interactive visualizations, and even fill out a survey yourself to have your say.
Facebook

Submission + - Facebook systematically restricting access to fans unless you pay up (tumblr.com)

sparkydevil writes: Today I wanted to post an update to ALL of my 3800 Facebook fans telling them that I had just updated my karaoke business website when I saw the Promote button: For $5 I can increase the "reach" of my posts to 1100 fans, for $10 FB would increase the reach to 2200 fans, for $15 it would increase the reach to 3300 and for $20 I would have the benefit of being able to reach all of my fans. This essentialy confirms what many fan page owners have suspected — that FB has been systematically restricting reach over the past year so that they could "fix" the problem by introducing the promote feature.

This is a slap in the face to people like me who have spent many thousands of dollars getting those fans to sign up to their page — Facebook is effectively restricting access to my own fans unless I pay up. Basically Facebook is saying those fans don't belong to me, but belong to them.

Comment Re:A Kiwi who moved to Canada (Score 1) 357

So how easy would it be for a US developer with mad skillz to emigrate, even temporarily, to NZ to work?

Not too difficult, but easier to down the skilled migrant permanent residency route. Input your details in the points calculator - 140 points means you're selected straightaway. 120 points and IT experience means you'll probably be selected in a few months. Difficult to get a job offer without securing a visa beforehand, and preferably being in the country already too.. Australia is probably easier for a temporary work permit - check out the '457' visa

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