Former Magic: The Gathering Pro Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

Conley Woods, a former Magic: The Gathering Pro and contributor to the game’s official website, has been arrested in Santa Fe on charges of “criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and other crimes”.

Read more…



Source: Kotaku – Former Magic: The Gathering Pro Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

Google's Project Dragonfly 'Terminated' In China

An executive at Google said the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China has been “terminated.” The project was reportedly put on hold last year but rumors that it remained active persisted. From a report: “We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” Google executive Karan Bhatia told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Buzzfeed, which reported the new comments, said it was the first public confirmation that Dragonfly had ended. A spokesman for Google later confirmed to the site that Google currently had no plans to launch search in China and that no work was being done to that end.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.



Source: Slashdot – Google’s Project Dragonfly ‘Terminated’ In China

Netflix Is Bleeding Customers for the First Time In Years

Netflix, our collective trash heap of mostly unwatched or unwanted content, would like you to know that despite a tidal wave of speculation that it’s not going to start serving you up ads. The stock market darling is suddenly losing subscribers and executives appear to be a little touchy about it. Halfway through its

Read more…



Source: Gizmodo – Netflix Is Bleeding Customers for the First Time In Years

Netflix Stock Tumbles After US Subscribers Drop For the First Time Ever

Netflix saw its first-ever decline in paid U.S. subscribers in the second quarter, losing 126,000 U.S. users when Wall Street was expecting 352,000 domestic adds. Barron’s reports: The slight drop in Netflix’s U.S. subscriber base, combined with fewer-than expected international adds in the second quarter, sent the company’s stock tumbling over 10% in after-hours trading Wednesday. The streaming company still reported better-than-expected earnings, but investors tend to focus on its subscriber trends and not much else. The company said it sees a return to subscriber growth in the third quarter.

For the second quarter, Netflix reported 60 cents in earnings per share, versus the 56 cents analysts had been expecting. Revenue came in at $4.9 billion, about equal to the consensus estimate. That compares with 85 cents in earnings per share on $3.9 billion in sales in the same period last year. Second-quarter net income was $270.7 million. But Netflix’s subscriber numbers tend to be the most important metric for investors, and Netflix fell short where it mattered. It added 2.8 million net new international subscribers but lost 126,000 U.S. users in the second quarter. Wall Street had been expecting 352,000 domestic and 4.8 million international adds, and Netflix had guided to a total of 5.0 million new subscribers. For the third quarter, Netflix “calls for $1.04 in EPS, $5.3 billion in revenue, and for user numbers to return to growth to the tune of 800,000 new domestic subscribers and 6.2 million international subscribers,” the report says. “That compares with 89 cents in EPS on $4 billion in sales in the same period last year, when Netflix also added 1.1 million new domestic subscribers and 5.9 million international subscribers.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.



Source: Slashdot – Netflix Stock Tumbles After US Subscribers Drop For the First Time Ever

The Game of Thrones Creators Just Changed Their Mind About Appearing at SDCC

The men primarily responsible for Game of Thrones won’t be attending San Diego Comic-Con after all. David Benioff and DB Weiss have pulled out of the show just two days before they were scheduled to appear in front of a crowd of thousands.

Read more…



Source: io9 – The Game of Thrones Creators Just Changed Their Mind About Appearing at SDCC

Get a First Look at the Next Wave of Comixology Originals With Afterlift

It’s almost become a bit of a tradition at this point that Comixology heralds the arrival of another San Diego Comic-Con with the reveal of a new wave of comics coming to its Originals Imprint. This year is no exception, and io9 can exclusively reveal one of the new titles revealed at the convention today: Afterlift,…

Read more…



Source: io9 – Get a First Look at the Next Wave of Comixology Originals With Afterlift

Amazon Faces Antitrust Probe In Europe Over Use of Merchant Data

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Amazon faces a formal European Union antitrust investigation (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) into its dealings with merchants that sell goods on its site, marking an expansion of a multi-pronged regulatory push that has ensnared other U.S. tech giants like Facebook and Google. The European Commission, the EU’s top antitrust enforcer, said Wednesday that its investigation will examine whether Amazon is abusing its dual role as a marketplace where independent sellers can offer products and as a retailer of products in its own right. In particular, the probe will study whether Amazon is using nonpublic data from independent merchants to compete unfairly against them. Investigators will also examine what data Amazon uses to pick a seller as the default option for a given product when a user clicks the “buy” button — and whether Amazon has an unfair advantage to be designated the default for products it sells. The probe could eventually lead to formal charges, fines and orders for the company to change business practices, but it could also be dropped.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.



Source: Slashdot – Amazon Faces Antitrust Probe In Europe Over Use of Merchant Data

Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds

A dead ant that has been taken over by a species of <em>Cordyceps</em> in the Rio Claro Reserve in Colombia.

Enlarge / A dead ant that has been taken over by a species of Cordyceps in the Rio Claro Reserve in Colombia. (credit: National Geographic/Justin Maguire)

Pity the poor unsuspecting carpenter ant who unwittingly becomes infected with spores scattered by a parasitic fungus in the Cordyceps genus. The spores attach to the ant and germinate, spreading through the host’s body via long tendrils called mycelia. Cordyceps essentially turns its host into a zombie slave, compelling the ant to climb to the top of the nearest plant and clamp its tiny jaws in a death grip around a leaf or twig.

The fungus then slowly devours the ant, sprouting through its head in one final indignity. Then the bulbous growths on the ends of the mycelia burst, releasing even more spores into the air, to infect even more unsuspecting ants. It’s not a great way to go: the entire process can take four to 14 days.

There are more than 400 different species of Cordyceps fungi, each targeting a particular species of insect, whether it be ants, dragonflies, cockroaches, aphids, or beetles. The zombification aspect has made the fungus a favorite of nature documentaries. It has also worked its way into popular culture, such as the zombie-apocalypse video game, The Last of Us (2013), in which a parasitic fungus mutates so that it also infects humans. But scientists are keen to study Cordyceps to learn more about the origins and intricate mechanisms behind these kinds of pathogen-based diseases.

Read 12 remaining paragraphs | Comments



Source: Ars Technica – Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds

What The Hell Did I Just Watch?: Another Trippy Video From Animator Cyriak

Remember ‘RIP’, that trippy dancing skeleton video from animator Cyriak? That shit was weird. And now he’s back with ‘Breakfast’, another freaky animation, this time based on a black and white video of a man eating breakfast at a table in the middle of the road that gets hit by a car. If you’re going to watch it, you should watch the whole thing because it only goes deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. And you know how I feel about rabbit holes. “Not a huge fan.” Nope, twisted my ankle accidentally stepping in one. Love rabbits otherwise though.

Keep going for the video.

Source: Geekologie – What The Hell Did I Just Watch?: Another Trippy Video From Animator Cyriak

Mattel Is Bringing Back the Original Vintage He-Man Figures Now Packed With Articulation

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe sits in the upper echelons of popular and fondly remembered ‘80s toy lines. Decades after debuting way back in 1982, there have been several attempts to revive those original figures, but starting in 2020, io9 can exclusively reveal that Mattel will release a new Masters of the

Read more…



Source: io9 – Mattel Is Bringing Back the Original Vintage He-Man Figures Now Packed With Articulation

ZFS On Linux Has Figured Out A Way To Restore SIMD Support On Linux 5.0+

Those running ZFS On Linux (ZoL) on post-5.0 (and pre-5.0 supported LTS releases) have seen big performance hits to the ZFS encryption performance in particular. That came due to upstream breaking an interface used by ZFS On Linux and admittedly not caring about ZoL due to it being an out-of-tree user. But now several kernel releases later, a workaround has been devised…

Source: Phoronix – ZFS On Linux Has Figured Out A Way To Restore SIMD Support On Linux 5.0+

Ebola Outbreak Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week that it has elected to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern,” a decision that comes nearly a year after the outbreak was first declared and after the infection of thousands of people.

Read more…



Source: Gizmodo – Ebola Outbreak Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

Bernie Sanders Finally Appears On His Own Twitch Channel—During Amazon Boycott

Last time we checked in on endearingly grouchy democratic socialist uncle and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ Twitch channel, it was notably lacking in Bernie Sanders himself. It also felt more like a campaign commercial than any sort of broadcast Twitch viewers were used to seeing. Yesterday evening, Sanders and…

Read more…



Source: Kotaku – Bernie Sanders Finally Appears On His Own Twitch Channel—During Amazon Boycott

Firefox To Warn When Saved Logins are Found in Data Breaches

Starting in Firefox 70, Mozilla aims to have the browser report when any of your saved logins were found in data breaches. This will be done through their partnership with the Have I Been Pwned data breach site. From a report: Mozilla is slowly integrating their independent Firefox Monitor service and the new Firefox Lockwise password manager directly into Firefox. Mozilla is also considering premium services based around these features in the future. As part of this integration, Firefox will scan the saved login names and passwords and see if they were exposed in a data breach listed on Have I been Pwned. If one is found, Firefox will alert the user and prompt them to change their password. This new feature will only work, though, for data breaches that exposed passwords and when the password was saved prior to an associated data breach.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.



Source: Slashdot – Firefox To Warn When Saved Logins are Found in Data Breaches

WHO declares Ebola outbreak an international emergency

Health workers communicate information about Ebola at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019, in Goma, DRC.

Enlarge / Health workers communicate information about Ebola at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019, in Goma, DRC. (credit: Getty | John Wessels)

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the nearly year-long Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

The declaration could boost funding and support for outbreak-response efforts, which have been hampered by violence and community distrust in the affected areas. Since January, officials have reported 198 attacks on health responders, which left seven dead and 58 healthcare workers and patients injured.

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today in a statement. “Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances. We all owe it to these responders—coming from not just WHO but also government, partners, and communities—to shoulder more of the burden.”

Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments



Source: Ars Technica – WHO declares Ebola outbreak an international emergency

Oakland Becomes Third U.S. City to Ban Government Use of Face Recognition Tech

On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of facial recognition technology by the city, including its police force. It’s the third ban of the tech by a U.S. city since May.

Read more…



Source: Gizmodo – Oakland Becomes Third U.S. City to Ban Government Use of Face Recognition Tech

Sure, Why Not?: Rick And Morty Playing Cards

rick-and-morty-playing-cards.jpg

These are the Rick and Morty playing cards available from USAOPOLY on Amazon. They cost $7.50, feature a portal gun portal on the back, and show characters on the fronts of the face cards. That’s cool. Do you like watching Rick and Morty? Do you like playing STRIP POKER? You should come over this Friday night. “I’m not getting naked at your apartment, GW.” You better not, you’re watching my dogs while I go out for the evening.

Thanks to blue16, who agrees invited me over for poker night, which I accepted because nobody ever invites me to do anything, not even help move.

Source: Geekologie – Sure, Why Not?: Rick And Morty Playing Cards