There is new X Games DLC coming for Steep on October 30.

There is new X Games DLC coming for Steep on October 30. It is going to bring “a series of new ski and snowboard events across the Big Air, SuperPipe, and Slopestyle disciplines, as well as new freestyle challenges scattered across the Alaskan mountains.”

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Source: Kotaku – There is new X Games DLC coming for Steep on October 30.

Did John Deere Just Swindle California's Farmers Out of Their Right to Repair?

An anonymous reader quotes a new Wired opinion piece by Kyle Wiens and Elizabeth Chamberlain from iFixit:
A big California farmers’ lobbying group just blithely signed away farmers’ right to access or modify the source code of any farm equipment software. As an organization representing 2.5 million California agriculture jobs, the California Farm Bureau gave up the right to purchase repair parts without going through a dealer. Farmers can’t change engine settings, can’t retrofit old equipment with new features, and can’t modify their tractors to meet new environmental standards on their own. Worse, the lobbyists are calling it a victory…. John Deere and friends had already made every single “concession” earlier this year…

Just after the California bill was introduced, the farm equipment manufacturers started circulating a flyer titled “Manufacturers and Dealers Support Commonsense Repair Solutions.” In that document, they promised to provide manuals, guides, and other information by model year 2021. But the flyer insisted upon a distinction between a right to repair a vehicle and a right to modify software, a distinction that gets murky when software controls all of a tractor’s operations. As Jason Koebler of Motherboard reported, that flyer is strikingly similar — in some cases, identical word-for-word — to the agreement the Farm Bureau just brokered…

Instead of presenting a unified right-to-repair front, this milquetoast agreement muddies the conversation. More worryingly, it could cement a cultural precedent for electronics manufacturers who want to block third-party repair technicians from accessing a device’s software.

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Source: Slashdot – Did John Deere Just Swindle California’s Farmers Out of Their Right to Repair?

Rockstar: Red Dead Redemption 2 "Absolutely Not Coming to PC"

During a Twitch stream with Italian gaming website Multiplayer.it, a Rockstar representative allegedly claimed Red Dead Redemption 2 would never see the light of day on PC. Many say this is hard to believe, considering the recent success of GTA 5 and Online beyond consoles. Others insist it was just a mistranslation. In any case, Devolver Digital has volunteered to pick up the slack: “Hello, we’d like to publish your new cowboy game on PC.”



Now, to be fair, the original Red Dead Redemption also did not come to PC- but things now are different enough from then. For starters, the original game’s code was a total mess, thanks to a very protracted and fractured development cycle, which made a port implausible to begin with. Secondly, as noted already, the success of GTA Online on PC would be reason enough for Rockstar to look into a PC port eventually.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Rockstar: Red Dead Redemption 2 “Absolutely Not Coming to PC”

New Custom Linux Distro is Systemd-Free, Debian-Based, and Optimized for Windows 10

An anonymous reader quotes MSPowerUser:
Nearly every Linux distro is already available in the Microsoft Store, allowing developers to use Linux scripting and other tools running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Now another distro has popped up in the Store, and unlike the others it claims to be specifically optimised for WSL, meaning a smaller and more appropriate package with sane defaults which helps developers get up and running faster.

WLinux is based on Debian, and the developer, Whitewater Foundry, claims their custom distro will also allow faster patching of security and compatibility issues that appear from time to time between upstream distros and WSL… Popular development tools, including git and python3, are pre-installed. Additional packages can be easily installed via the apt package management system… A handful of unnecessary packages, such as systemd, have been removed to improve stability and security.

The distro also offers out of the box support for GUI apps with your choice of X client, according to the original submission.

WLinux is open source under the MIT license, and is available for free on GitHub. It can also be downloaded from Microsoft Store at a 50% discount, with the development company promising the revenue will be invested back into new features.

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Source: Slashdot – New Custom Linux Distro is Systemd-Free, Debian-Based, and Optimized for Windows 10

Google Drive 'Priority' AI monitors your team to surface the right files

Google’s ‘G Suite’ of apps and services has been applying machine learning everywhere over the last couple of years, and the latest update it’s testing for Google Drive goes a bit further. Two years ago it launched the machine learning-enhanced Quick…

Source: Engadget – Google Drive ‘Priority’ AI monitors your team to surface the right files

Not Enough Space For Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update? There’s A Fix

Not Enough Space For Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update? There’s A Fix
Microsoft has committed to rolling out two major upgrades to Windows 10 every year, and we are the on the cusp of a second one for 2018. It’s called the October 2018 Update, and as the implies, Microsoft will begin pushing it out to PCs next month. Here’s the thing though—if you don’t have enough storage space, the update will fail to initialize.

Source: Hot Hardware – Not Enough Space For Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update? There’s A Fix

Animated "Diablo" Series Coming to Netflix

Blizzard’s classic hack-and-slash dungeon crawler is coming to Netflix: BOOM! Studios founder and Hellboy-reboot screenwriter Andy Cosby announced this week he was in “final talks” to write and show-run an animated series based on Diablo. “It’s very exciting and I hope to the High Heavens it all works out.”



Cosby previously replied to a fan question that inquired as to whether he was involved with Netflix’s then-rumored “Diablo” show, who he had told to check back with him in the future. Unfortunately, the confirmatory tweet has since been deleted, hinting that this was news that likely will be announced in an official capacity at some point in the future.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Animated “Diablo” Series Coming to Netflix

Ex-Google CEO: China Will Cause the Internet to Split in Two by 2028

Due to China’s growing wealth and influence, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicts the internet will be split into a Chinese-led internet and non-Chinese internet led by America in 10 to 15 years. Despite the country’s potential to show “fantastic leadership in products and services,” Schmidt warns that China’s government, which is obsessed with censorship and control, will have a dangerous influence on the web.



If you think of China as like ‘Oh yeah, they’re good with the Internet,’ you’re missing the point. Globalization means that they get to play too. I think you’re going to see fantastic leadership in products and services from China. There’s a real danger that along with those products and services comes a different leadership regime from government, with censorship, controls, etc.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Ex-Google CEO: China Will Cause the Internet to Split in Two by 2028

Do 'Stoned' Lobsters Really Feel Less Pain When Cooked Alive?

A seafood restaurant in Maine claims to have a more compassionate method when serving up its lobsters: get them stoned first. Charlotte’s Legendary Lobsters Pound now offers patrons the option of having their tasty crustaceans “sedated” with weed before being steamed to death. According to owner Charlotte Gill, Roscoe…

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Source: Gizmodo – Do ‘Stoned’ Lobsters Really Feel Less Pain When Cooked Alive?

You Might Be the Killer Turns a Twitter Conversation Into a Meta Horror Film

When authors Sam Sykes (The Mortal Tally, An Affinity for Steel) and Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath, Blackbirds) had a detailed Twitter conversation deconstructing the horror genre last year, who could’ve guessed we’d see that conversation brought to the big screen?

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Source: io9 – You Might Be the Killer Turns a Twitter Conversation Into a Meta Horror Film

Christine Blasey Ford Says Kavanaugh Ally Viewed Her LinkedIn Page Before Her Name Was Public

Ed Whelan, an ally of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who floated, then retracted, a conspiracy theory on Twitter accusing another man of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, allegedly viewed Ford’s LinkedIn profile before her name was made public, Ford says.

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Source: Gizmodo – Christine Blasey Ford Says Kavanaugh Ally Viewed Her LinkedIn Page Before Her Name Was Public

Mystery Solved: FBI Closed New Mexico Observatory to Investigate Child Porn

“The mysterious 11-day closure of a New Mexico solar observatory stemmed from an FBI investigation of a janitor suspected of using the facility’s wireless internet service to send and receive child pornography, federal court documents showed…”

An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:
In July, FBI agents investigating child sexual exploitation traced the location of several IP addresses linked to child pornography activity to the observatory, according to a 39-page search warrant application. During an interview with federal authorities on Aug. 21, the facility’s chief observer said he had found, on a number of occasions, the same laptop hidden and running in various seldom-used offices around the observatory. He described the contents of the laptop as “not good,” according to court documents. A federal agent immediately went to the observatory, located deep within Lincoln National Forest, and took the laptop into evidence…
Aside from continuing to “feverishly” search the facility, the documents state that the janitor said, “it was only a matter of time before the facility ‘got hit,'” and that he “believed there was a serial killer in the area, and that he was fearful that the killer might enter the facility and execute someone.” In response to the janitor’s behavior, the management of the observatory, without input from the FBI, shut it down and evacuated its personnel. The facility’s cleaning contract with the janitor’s parents was also terminated.
The warrant application specified that the janitor “has a key to the building and unlimited access to the building, and is familiar with which offices are used only a handful of times a year.”
It also says that the janitor was the only person in the facility at the time of the alleged downloads.

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Source: Slashdot – Mystery Solved: FBI Closed New Mexico Observatory to Investigate Child Porn

Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Leak Again With Pixel Stand Wireless Charger, Detailed Renders

Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Leak Again With Pixel Stand Wireless Charger, Detailed Renders
At this point, it seems as though we’ve learned just about everything that we possibly can about Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. The phones have leaked heavily over the past few months and we’ve even gotten glimpses at some of the accessories that will be available for the Android Pie devices.
Now, notorious gadget leaker

Source: Hot Hardware – Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Leak Again With Pixel Stand Wireless Charger, Detailed Renders

Folding@Home Performance Is Looking Good On The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Yesterday I published a number of CUDA and OpenCL benchmarks for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card that happened to show the very strong GPU compote potential for this new Turing GPU. Another workload with promising potential for this powerful but pricey graphics card is Folding@Home…

Source: Phoronix – Folding@Home Performance Is Looking Good On The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Review: Founders of Gloomhaven groans beneath its own weight

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Source: Ars Technica – Review: Founders of Gloomhaven groans beneath its own weight

This Week In The Business: I Can't Believe It's Not Gambling

QUOTE | “Psychologically akin to gambling” – A phrase used to describe loot boxes by two researchers who conducted a survey of more than 7,000 gamers. Their report said loot boxes as they exist right now can provide publishers with an unregulated way of “exploiting gambling disorders among their customers”.

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Source: Kotaku – This Week In The Business: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling

Recommended Reading: The reality of sci-fi's AI immortality obsession


Are Hosts, Replicants, and robot clones closer than we think?
Jayson Greene,
The Ringer

Black Mirror already uncomfortably aligns with the real world, but we might be even closer to more advanced concepts from that show and others, like Westworld…

Source: Engadget – Recommended Reading: The reality of sci-fi’s AI immortality obsession

Do You Answer the Phone?

I’m not talking about when your mom calls. If your mom calls, you should answer the phone, and actually, you should just probably call your mom more often so she doesn’t have to call you. (HI MOM!) What I want to know is what you do when a number you don’t know calls. Do you answer the phone?

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Source: Gizmodo – Do You Answer the Phone?