phenopticon writes: Microsoft throws a server in the ocean, on purpose. "It's the future," says vice president of research Peter Lee, staring into the murky depths. Wrapping up a three-month long experiment operating an underwater data center, Microsoft claims to have come up with a solution for one of the biggest problems facing worldwide tech companies in the 21st century: finding space for their massive data centers, and most importantly of all, cooling them.
phenopticon writes: Senator Marco Rubio is busy on the campaign trail, but an open letter sent last week begs him to return to Florida and help in the fight against climate change. Fifteen Florida mayors are imploring climate-denier Rubio to come back to Florida and to take climate change seriously.
phenopticon writes: A look behind the curtains of the cam-girl/guy business, which has now grown into a billion dollar industry. These men and women are leveraging technology and lessons learned from ultra-bloggers like Jason Calacanis and Cory Doctorow to turn a hobby into a full-fledged business.
skade88 writes: So Jeff Bezos has been spending his time lately fishing up old parts of the Apollo 11 rockets. Neat stuff! I will let y'all read his words, I do not think I could be so elegant.
From his blog "What an incredible adventure. We are right now onboard the Seabed Worker headed back to Cape Canaveral after finishing three weeks at sea, working almost 3 miles below the surface. We found so much. We’ve seen an underwater wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program. We photographed many beautiful objects in situ and have now recovered many prime pieces. Each piece we bring on deck conjures for me the thousands of engineers who worked together back then to do what for all time had been thought surely impossible."
vu1986 writes: "An analytics firm has uncovered a network of more than 200 sites that appears aimed at defrauding the online ad industry. The network tricks marketers into serving billions of “targeted” ads to bots every month."
phenopticon writes: "Quoting: We are very, very excited to reveal today a new game we’ve been working on here at Supergiant, a science-fiction-themed action RPG we’re calling Transistor. We’ll have an early build playable this week at PAX East at our booth #892, and right now, we have our reveal trailer!"
DavidGilbert99 writes: "Carrying out a cyber attack against a renowned security reporter and investigator and sending a SWAT team to their house, is probably not the best idea. The idea is an even bigger mistake when your are already known to a big selection of the security industry for having carried out an attack on a Wired journalist recently with all your personal details (name address and telephone number) available freely online. Then again, some people will just never learn."
phenopticon writes: "From game developer Tommy Refenes, a blog post that details from his experience why developer apathy and return refunds are infinitely more damaging than piracy or DRM cracking.
Quote: I think I can safely say that Super Meat Boy has been pirated at least 200,000 times. We are closing in on 2 million sales and assuming a 10% piracy to sales ratio does not seem unreasonable. As a forward thinking developer who exists in the present, I realize and accept that a pirated copy of a digital game does not equate to money being taken out of my pocket. Team Meat shows no loss in our year end totals due to piracy and neither should any other developer."
MojoKid writes: "The ending of Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm has been discussed a fair bit, with the main question being whether or not Sarah Kerrigan — the onetime Queen of Blades, absolute badass, and the focus of the campaign — is treated poorly in the final moments. This sequel in the series is the story of Kerrigan's mission to rebuild the Zerg Swarm, reclaim the power she wielded as the Queen of Blades, and avenge the death of her lover, Jim Raynor. Her goal is nothing less than the total annihilation of the Terran Dominion and the death of its emperor, Arcturus Mengsk. She lands on Korhal, the capital of the Terran Dominion, tears through the city, invades Mengsk's palace, faces off with Mengsk, and is promptly flattened by the same alien artifact that was used to de-Zerg her in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. Just as Mengsk is preparing to execute her, Raynor steps through the doorway, crushes the activation device the Emperor is holding, and hurls him across the room. Raynor draws a bead on the Emperor with the pistol he's been saving since Starcraft: Wings of Liberty — and then stops. It's Kerrigan, not Raynor, who seizes Mengsk, slams him up against the wall, and kills him. The question is, is this depiction sexist? Kerrigan, after all, has just spent the entire game gathering vast amounts of psionic power. She vanquished them all enemies but when it came to Mengsk, suddenly, she needs a helping hand. It's a valid question, particularly if you care about how women are portrayed in video games."
phenopticon writes: "They're working in the world's oldest profession using some of the world's newest technologies, independent camgirls are more populous than ever, and oftentimes they're working from home. In this article the Foundry Courier looks into the surprisingly lucrative world of camgirls, no gory details here, just numbers, facts and surprisingly interesting figures."
Space Adventures works with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) to fly private citizens like Brightman on Soyuz taxi flights. Those taxi missions normally last eight days, but NASA and Roscosmos are considering a plan to extend the 2015 taxi flight to one month, so it can carry a scientist to perform some additional research aboard ISS. If that happens, Brightman will lose her seat.
phenopticon writes: "Quoting: It feels really good to play as Zelda. I feel like I connect with her character better and it makes me feel like a big damn hero. It's so nice to be swinging around a sword as Zelda. I can't describe it.
My friends have all had very strong emotions to the switch of Zelda and Link — all positive so far. A male friend of mine said he teared up when he saw Zelda holding the sword over her head. (he's a sweetie) A female friend posted a link to my blog with a "Because if Miyamoto won't, we will." Another female friend told me she couldn't wait for her baby daughter to be old enough to play as Zelda. Many friends told me that it made them excited and happy. Not in the cute-ironic way, but really happy."
jrepin writes: "After nearly 9 years of seeding The Pirate Bay’s oldest working torrent is still very much alive. Interestingly, the torrent is not a Hollywood classic nor is it an evergreen music album. The honor goes to a pirated copy of “Revolution OS”, a documentary covering the history of Linux, GNU and the free software movement."
symbolset writes: Microsoft has had sometrouble as of late getting adoption of their mobile products. Even Bill Gates has said it was inadequate. Despite rave reviews of Windows Phone in the press it has failed to get double digit share of the smartphone market. Now comes reports from WMPoweruser that WP8 will lose mainstream support in July 2014, before even Windows Phone 7.8.
Is this evidence that Microsoft will give up their quest for mobile relevance?
Hesh writes: "The University of Southern California has launched a website (http://projects.ict.usc.edu/mxr/diy/) that contains the blueprints for many of their custom VR headsets as well as new mods to the much anticipated yet unreleased Oculus Rift (http://oculusvr.com). Some are helping push DIY VR forward through custom sensor mounts to support, for example, stereo cameras (http://projects.ict.usc.edu/mxr/diy/oculus-sensor-mount/) and others add more functionality like new eye cups (http://projects.ict.usc.edu/mxr/diy/eye-cups-for-oculus-rift/) to help increase the already large FOV of the headset. This is truly an exciting time for VR and by GDC developers will already have Rifts in hand and tinkerers can 3D print their own designs now as well!"