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Submission + - 700 Player, $100,000 Pinball Tournament Sells Out In Ten Hours

An anonymous reader writes: The Pinburgh Match-Play Championship, a pinball tournament held at the ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival July 30 — August 2, 2015 just sold out all 700 tournament openings in fewer than 10 hours. Players will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA from all over the world to compete in what will be, by far, the largest gathering of competitive pinball players in history. The overall event is advertising over 700 arcade and pinball machines and thousands of console games.

With more pinball manufacturers in business now than at any time in the previous twenty years, more competitive arcade and pinball players training by watching a growing collection of classic game-related youtube videos, and bigger and bigger arcade events like ReplayFX cropping up, is the world of retro gaming, and pinball in particular, experiencing a revival? Have competitive pinball events and classic arcade conventions become a modern-day replacement for the 1980's arcade experience?
Entertainment

Submission + - PAPA announces $100,000 North American Pinball Cir (papa.org)

woohoodonuts writes: The Professional and Amateur Pinball Association are announcing the inaugural season of the PAPA Pinball Circuit. Beginning March 30th through April 1st at Pinburgh, the world's largest match-play pinball event held annually in Scott Township outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Circuit will include ten high quality pinball tournaments ranging from The Southern Pinball Festival in Orlando, Florida to the Northwest Pinball Championships held annually in Seattle, Washington. Each event will feature highly competitive pinball action within a variety of tournament formats.

The PAPA Pinball Circuit offers a combined prize pool of over $100,000 and culminates in an invitational tournament where the winner of each game receives $100 in addition to thousands more awarded according to how each player finishes.

For more information on the PAPA Pinball Circuit or any of its events, please visit www.PAPA.org. For information and videos on how to play hundreds of pinball machines at a more competitive level and prepare yourself for the Circuit, visit PAPA's sister site at www.pinball.org.

Crime

Submission + - Born bad: Genes influence criminal behavior (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Your genes could be a strong predictor of whether you stray into a life of crime, according to research at UT Dallas. The Texas study focused on whether genes are likely to cause a person to become a "life-course persistent offender," characterized by antisocial behavior during childhood that often progresses to violent or serious criminal acts later in life. Researchers relied on data from 4,000 people drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health using what is known as the twin methodology . Says the study's lead researcher: "The overarching conclusions were that genetic influences in life-course persistent offending were larger than environmental influences."
Government

Submission + - Revolutionary Wants Technology to Transform Libya (wsj.com)

pbahra writes: "It isn’t often you get the chance to meet a real revolutionary. It is a term cheapened by misuse, but Khaled el Mufti is a revolutionary. It is no exaggeration to say that the role he played in the Libyan uprising last year was crucial; had he and his telecoms team failed, it isn’t hard to think that Col. Muammar Gadhafi might still be in power. Today, Mr. Mufti is a telecoms adviser to the interim government and heads the e-Libya initiative, a bold plan to use the transformative powers of technology to modernize the Libyan state, overturning 40 years of corruption and misrule under Gadhafi. Mr. Mufti is an unlikely revolutionary, a softly spoken network-security engineer with a degree from Imperial College in London. Almost by chance he was in his native Libya when the revolution took place, working on a project with BT in the capital, Tripoli. When a large protest was called for Feb. 17 in Benghazi, he told his BT colleagues to leave, and he headed for Benghazi. It was quickly apparent that the key communications technology for the rebels wasn’t the internet, but the mobile network. “Having shut off international calls, we thought it was very likely he would shut down the mobile network.” In utmost secrecy Mr. el Mufti and a small team started to plan and build their own system. They had one major stroke of luck."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Wireless Proximity Detection 1

Cinnamon Whirl writes: As a chemist, I work in a both lab and office enviroments, and need access to data in both, without causing undue clutter in either. My company has recently purchased two Win7 tablets for trial usage with electronic lab notebooks, propietry software, SAP, email etc. These are also useful for sharing in meetings, etc.

As part of this project, I have been wondering whether we can use these tablets to detect other devices by proximity. Examples could include finding the nearest printer or monitor or, perhaps trickier, could two roaming devices find each other? Although lab technology is rarely cutting edge, I can see a day when all our sensors and probes will broadcast data (wireless thermocouples are already available), and positioning information will become much more important.

What technologies exist to do this? How accurate can the detection be?

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