Tim Schafer Talks Unionization, Streaming, And The Future Of Double Fine

After cracking jokes on stage during the Game Developers Choice and IGF awards at GDC last night, Double Fine boss Tim Schafer had almost completely lost his voice, but he still croaked his way through his annual appearance on Kotaku Splitscreen. Jason and I talked to him about the unionization joke he told at the…

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Vice President may tell NASA to accelerate lunar landings

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Unions Stole The Show At Last Night's GDC Awards

“I’m not anti-union, but I don’t really think we need them, right?” said Double Fine head Tim Schafer while hosting yesterday evening’s Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco. “We’re all great here and in this show. No one here is union and…” Then the stage lights went out.

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Microsoft Says the FCC 'Overstates' Broadband Availability In the US

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Microsoft this week was the latest to highlight the U.S. government’s terrible broadband mapping in a filing with the FCC, first spotted by journalist Wendy Davis. In it, Microsoft accuses the FCC of over-stating actual broadband availability and urges the agency to do better. “The Commission’s broadband availability data, which underpins FCC Form 477 and the Commission’s annual Section 706 report, appears to overstate the extent to which broadband is actually available throughout the nation,” Microsoft said in the filing. “For example, in some areas the Commission’s broadband availability data suggests that ISPs have reported significant broadband availability (25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up) while Microsoft’s usage data indicates that only a small percentage of consumers actually access the Internet at broadband speeds in those areas,” Microsoft said.

Similar criticism has long plagued the agency. The FCC’s broadband data is received via the form 477 data collected from ISPs. But ISPs have a vested interest in over-stating broadband availability to obscure the sector’s competition problems, and the FCC historically hasn’t worked very hard to independently verify whether this data is truly accurate. The FCC’s methodology has long been criticized as well. As it currently stands, the agency declares an entire ZIP code as “served” with broadband if just one home in an entire census block has it. In its filing, Microsoft “suggested that the Commission’s ongoing effort to more accurately measure broadband could be improved by drawing on the FCC’s subscription data, along with other broadband data sets from third-parties such as Microsoft, to complement survey data submitted under the current rules.”

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Steam's redesigned library will show what's happening with your games

Steam’s ages-old game library screen is getting a much-needed overhaul. Valve has previewed a redesign that keeps the familiar column of games on the left, but shakes up seemingly everything else. You’ll see rows for your recently played games and,…

Source: Engadget – Steam’s redesigned library will show what’s happening with your games

A Chipper Mailman Faces Off With a Customer Who's Literally From Hell in This Funny Short

We’ve all heard that old line that claims if you love your job, you never really work a day in your life. The cheerful protagonist of Mister Mailman certainly embodies that—and he’s not gonna let anyone, especially the cackling troll who resides at house #666, to get in the way of his postal duties or ruin his day.

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Jezebel We Should Probably Talk About Lauren Duca | Deadspin Tom Izzo Flips Out On Aaron Henry, Has

Jezebel We Should Probably Talk About Lauren Duca | Deadspin Tom Izzo Flips Out On Aaron Henry, Has To Be Held Back By Players | Splinter One Nation Under Pizza Ranch | The Grapevine R. Kelly Can’t Leave Illinois, but Wants to Travel to Dubai to Perform in Order to Pay Child Support | The A.V. Club Leviathan fuckin’…

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Steam Is Getting a Redesigned Library and New Events Features

At GDC today, Valve announced a new UI for the Steam Library. The new Steam Library has larger game icons and more categorization for your games. PC Gamer says the library reminds them of Plex or the Apple TV. The Steam Friend’s List is integrated into the Library view on the right side. They noted that the coolest feature is using Steam Tags for games to create new categories such as “Ninja Action.” A Beta release is scheduled for this summer.

The new Steam Events page will create a new way for fans of games to connect with developers. Games in your library that are organizing occasions like game updates, streams, tournaments, and so on will be found here. This is being built in response to today’s live service games. Developers will be able to get the word out to fans through calendar support for Google and iCal, Steam client notifications, email, text message, and Steam mobile app. These events will be shown in other parts of Steam also.



“We think of this as the way developers will be able to communicate with players through Steam,” Kroll said. “We want to build the foundation for a communication platform where all the interesting things that are happening in games can find their way to the customers. And the customers that are interested in finding out ‘what’s happening in games in my library, what kind of events are happening, what’s been updated recently, what are my friends doing,’ making all that much easier for players to be able to find.”

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GameStop's new CEO is expected to lead a major overhaul

GameStop announced today that it is naming George Sherman as its new chief executive officer. The former head of Verizon retailer Victra has served as an executive at Advance Auto Parts, Best Buy Services, Home Depot and Target. He’ll be charged with…

Source: Engadget – GameStop’s new CEO is expected to lead a major overhaul

Tesla Sues Former Employees For Allegedly Stealing Data, Autopilot Source Code

Tesla is suing a former engineer at the company, claiming he copied the source code for its Autopilot technology before joining a Chinese self-driving car startup in January. Reuters reports: The engineer, Guangzhi Cao, copied more than 300,000 files related to Autopilot source code as he prepared to join China’s Xiaopeng Motors Technology Company Ltd, the Silicon Valley carmaker said in the lawsuit filed in a California court. Separately, Tesla lawyers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against four former employees and U.S. self-driving car startup Zoox Inc, alleging the employees stole proprietary information and trade secrets for developing warehousing, logistics and inventory control operations. The Verge reported on the lawsuit filed against Cao: Tesla says that last year, Cao started uploading “complete copies of Tesla’s Autopilot-related source code” to his iCloud account. The company claims he ultimately moved more than 300,000 files and directories related to Autopilot. After accepting a job with XPeng at the end of last year, Tesla says Cao deleted 120,000 files off his work computer and disconnected his personal iCloud account, and then “repeatedly logged into Tesla’s secure networks” to clear his browser history before his last day with the company. Tesla also claims Cao recruited another Autopilot employee to XPeng in February. Tesla claims that it gives XPeng “unfettered access” to Autopilot: “Absent immediate relief, Tesla believes Cao and his new employer, [XPeng], will continue to have unfettered access to Tesla’s marquee technology, the product of more than five years’ work and over hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, which they have no legal right to possess,” the company’s lawyers write.

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Woman Recording Video Birthday Message On Phone Pulls Out Of Parking Spot, Immediately Gets In Accident

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This is a video of a cool aunt recording a birthday message for Marge (aka Large Marge In Charge — she must love that nickname) on her na-na-na-na-na-nineteenth birthday while parked at a strip mall, then proceeding to sing happy birthday and exit her parking space prior to finishing the message and immediately getting into an accident. Jesus, Marge, is that what you wished for — a fender bender? “Did you not hear my nickname? Besides, she videos and drives too much.” Valid. Really it’s just nice to know I’m not the only one who still makes shameful birthday wishes.

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Source: Geekologie – Woman Recording Video Birthday Message On Phone Pulls Out Of Parking Spot, Immediately Gets In Accident

FCC to Cough Up $43,000 Settlement for Refusing to Turn Over Fake Comment Records

While not admitting to any fault, the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday settled a lawsuit for tens of thousands of dollars after unlawfully withholding records from a reporter under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Grandson of Legendary John Deere Inventor Calls Out Company On Right To Repair

chicksdaddy writes: The grandson of Theo Brown, a legendary engineer and inventor for John Deere who patented, among other things, the manure spreader is calling out the company his grandfather served for decades for its opposition to right to repair legislation being considered in Illinois. In an opinion piece published by The Security Ledger entitled “My Grandfather’s John Deere would support Our Right to Repair,” Willie Cade notes that his grandfather, Theophilus Brown is credited with 158 patents, some 70% of them for Deere & Co., including the manure spreader in 1915. His grandfather used to travel the country to meet with Deere customers and see his creations at work in the field. His hope, Cade said, was to help the company’s customers be more efficient and improve their lives with his inventions. In contrast, Cade said the John Deere of the 21st Century engages in a very different kind of business model: imposing needless costs on their customers. An example of this kind of rent seeking is using software locks and other barriers to repair — such as refusing to sell replacement parts — in order to force customers to use authorized John Deere technicians to do repairs at considerably higher cost and hassle. “It undermines what my grandfather was all about,” he writes. Cade, who founded the Electronics Reuse Conference, is supporting right to repair legislation that is being considered in Illinois and opposed by John Deere and the industry groups it backs. “Farmers who can’t repair farm equipment and a wide spectrum of Americans who can’t repair their smartphones are pushing back in states across the country.”

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Agents of SHIELD's Clark Gregg Talks Season 6 and How the Show Is Still Pulling From Marvel's Comics

While Agents of SHIELD’s Phil Coulson is, at least currently, quite dead, actor Clark Gregg’s been spending time settling into his mysterious new role on the show as a character who’s everything the fallen agent and friend to the Avengers was not. This new character, Gregg explained, is someone who will terrify…

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Source: io9 – Agents of SHIELD’s Clark Gregg Talks Season 6 and How the Show Is Still Pulling From Marvel’s Comics

Facebook apps logged users’ passwords in plaintext, because why not

Facebook Lite users made up the majority of Facebook accounts exposed internally by plaintext password logging, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

Enlarge / Facebook Lite users made up the majority of Facebook accounts exposed internally by plaintext password logging, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

Facebook has mined a lot of data about its users over the years—relationships, political leanings, and even phone call logs. And now it appears Facebook may have inadvertently extracted another bit of critical information: users’ login credentials, stored unencrypted on Facebook’s servers and accessible to Facebook employees.

Brian Krebs reports that hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their credentials logged in plain text by various applications written by Facebook employees. Those credentials were searched by about 2,000 Facebook engineers and developers more than 9 million times, according to a senior Facebook employee who spoke to Krebs; the employee asked to remain anonymous because they did not have permission to speak to the press on the matter.

In a blog post today, Facebook Vice President of Engineering, Security, and Privacy Pedro Canahuati wrote that the unencrypted passwords were found during “a routine security review in January” on Facebook’s internal network data storage. “This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable. We have fixed these issues and, as a precaution, we will be notifying everyone whose passwords we have found were stored in this way.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Facebook apps logged users’ passwords in plaintext, because why not

Cat Plays With Newton's Cradle Desktop Toy

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This is a video of Pickle the rescue cat seemingly understanding and playing with a Newton’s Cradle desktop toy. Some more info from Pickle’s caretaker while I try to untangle all the balls on mine (I go absolutely nuts on that thing sometimes, like I’m trying to send a friend over the top bar of a swing set):

[Pickle] e has no front teeth so he is unable to keep his tongue inside his mouth making him even cuter. … Pickle did it all on his own and started playing with the Newton’s Cradle. At first, he was just trying to eat the balls and then realized when he lets go, it starts swinging. He then didn’t stop doing it and also started to pick up when he had done it wrong, as you can see in the video and stopped the swinging, trying again.

Admittedly, he does seem to know what he’s doing. Now I’m not saying this cat understands physics, but I’m also not saying I understand physics. Or any of the other sciences or math, although based on a series of Youtube videos I was watching last night at 4AM I am convinced there are at least 26 dimensions.

Keep going for the video (which does contain an f-bomb at 0:10 which I mistook for one of my own coworkers at first), and try to tell me that isn’t the face of a genius.

Source: Geekologie – Cat Plays With Newton’s Cradle Desktop Toy