Anthem's Loading Times Are A Real Problem

On Saturday night, I logged into BioWare’s new game Anthem and loaded up what I thought was a mission called Finding Old Friends. Instead, I got to play an entirely different mission: Finding Old Friends On Facebook While Wondering If Anthem Will Ever Actually Load.

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Source: Kotaku – Anthem’s Loading Times Are A Real Problem

Trump’s Space Force Now Planned as a Division of the Air Force

Earlier today, President Donald Trump signed a directive to create the Space Force, what will become the sixth branch of the U.S. military—but the new branch will be placed under the purview of the U.S. Air Force, rather than being a separate and autonomous branch, as the president had initially hoped.

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Source: Gizmodo – Trump’s Space Force Now Planned as a Division of the Air Force

Here's When It's Appropriate to Comment on Someone's Body Transformation

Bodies change a great deal over time, and sometimes those transformations are dramatic. When you see a friend who suddenly looks different, there’s a strong impulse to remark on it. Sometimes that kind of comment will be extremely welcome—even expected—and sometimes it will be unappreciated and downright hurtful.

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Source: LifeHacker – Here’s When It’s Appropriate to Comment on Someone’s Body Transformation

Pirate TV provider lied about paying for licensing, Hollywood lawsuit says

Image from the website of SkyStream TV, a streaming video provider. The image shows the video service on a TV, tablet, and phone, with text that says,

Enlarge / Marketing material for SkyStream TV, which uses video from Omniverse. (credit: SkyStream TV)

Most of the major Hollywood movie studios are trying to cripple multiple alleged pirate TV services with a single lawsuit.

The studios last week filed a copyright infringement suit against Omniverse One World Television Inc., which provides streaming video to several online TV services. Omniverse claims to have legal rights to the content, but the studios say it doesn’t.

The complaint was filed Thursday in US District Court for the Central District of California by Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. The studios previously used lawsuits to shut down the maker of a streaming device called the Dragon Box and another called TickBox. The studios’ new lawsuit says that Omniverse supplied content to Dragon Box and to other alleged pirate services that are still operating.

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Source: Ars Technica – Pirate TV provider lied about paying for licensing, Hollywood lawsuit says

Linux gaming is on a life-support system called Steam

In September 2013, Valve founder Gabe Newell gave a rare, 20-minute presentation at LinuxCon. He called Linux “the future of gaming,” predicting that as the industry became more user-driven and connected across both distances and devices, an open-sou…

Source: Engadget – Linux gaming is on a life-support system called Steam

The 10 Coolest Tabletop Gaming Finds From Toy Fair 2019

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9’s column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games—focusing on that cool genre stuff we all know and love. This past weekend Toy Fair took place in New York City and several board game companies and distributors showed off their latest games and upcoming releases. Here are…

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Source: io9 – The 10 Coolest Tabletop Gaming Finds From Toy Fair 2019

Yakuza Kiwami: The Kotaku Review 

The Yakuza series combine deep melodrama with exploration through vibrant city streets. Yakuza Kiwami is a remake that recreates the feeling of the original game, adding new features to streamline the experience. It’s a glorious crime story that benefits from a fresh coat of paint.

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Source: Kotaku – Yakuza Kiwami: The Kotaku Review 

What to Do If You Owe Taxes This Year

So, you took our advice and filed your taxes this early year, only to discover that, lo and behold, you actually owe money to the government (tax refunds were eight percent lower than last for those who filed during the first week of tax season). If that tax bill is more than you can afford to pay at the moment you…

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Source: LifeHacker – What to Do If You Owe Taxes This Year

Dealmaster: Take $340 off Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook

Dealmaster: Take $340 off Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook

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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, the Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a discount on the current-gen model of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook, which is down to $1,063 at Lenovo with the code “THINKPRESDAY.” And yes, the coupon has to be in ALL CAPS for it to work.

Lenovo’s on-site prices tend to fluctuate wildly, but the X1 Carbon typically goes for around $1,400, making this good for a roughly $340 discount. As of this writing, Lenovo is telling users to apply the code “THINKPRESIDENT,” but the code above actually cuts the price by another $75 or so. Why? No clue, but the Dealmaster isn’t complaining.

As for the X1 Carbon itself, it’s great. You can check out our review for a full rundown, but in short, we said it ticked all the necessary boxes for a high-end Ultrabook. It’s not a convertible, and there’s no 4K option, but it performs well, gets good battery life, and has the necessary Thunderbolt 3 ports without ditching legacy ports like USB-A or HDMI. It’s sufficiently thin (0.63 inches), light (2.49 pounds), and well-made, and its keyboard, as is typical of a ThinkPad, is excellent. Its big downside is that it’s relatively expensive, but that’s obviously negated here.

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Source: Ars Technica – Dealmaster: Take 0 off Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook

Trump Directs Pentagon To Create Space Force Legislation for Congress

President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that ordered the Department of Defense to create a Space Force as a sixth military branch. From a report: With a directive signed Tuesday, Mr. Trump was positioning the Space Force much as the Marine Corps fits into the Navy, officials said, with the result being lower costs and less bureaucracy. The plan would require congressional approval. Mr. Trump is to propose funding in his proposed 2020 budget, and spell out a goal of eventually establishing the Space Force as a separate military department, a senior administration official said. “Space, that’s the next step and we have to be prepared,” said Mr. Trump, who added that adversaries were training forces and developing technology. “I think we’ll have great support from Congress.”

The order Mr. Trump signed, Space Policy Directive 4, calls for a legislative proposal by the secretary of defense to establish a chief of staff of the Space Force within the Air Force. That officer would be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to an outline. There also be a new under secretary of defense for space to be appointed by the president. The proposal calls for the Space Force to organize, train and equip personnel to defend the U.S. in space, to provide independent military options for “joint and national leadership” and “enable the lethality and effectiveness of the joint force,” according to the administration’s outline.

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Source: Slashdot – Trump Directs Pentagon To Create Space Force Legislation for Congress

Teenage Engineering OP-Z review: Small synth, big dreams

Read the fucking manual. It’s pejorative advice usually dispensed to someone struggling to find an answer — one typically available to them with minimal effort. The OP-Z from Teenage Engineering doesn’t ship with a full manual (though there is…

Source: Engadget – Teenage Engineering OP-Z review: Small synth, big dreams

Travel Back to 1990 With the Original World Wide Web Browser

The World Wide Web turns 30 this year, and to celebrate three decades of utter chaos and brilliance, CERN developers and designers have created a version of the original WorldWideWeb browser that can run inside a modern browser. What, you wonder, is it like to surf the original web? Well, give it a try here. It’s kind…

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Source: Gizmodo – Travel Back to 1990 With the Original World Wide Web Browser

Analysis of Four-Day Working Week Trial by a New Zealand Financial Services Company Finds Staff Were Happier and 20% More Productive

AmiMoJo shares a report: The founder of one of the first big companies to switch to a four-day working week has called on others to follow, claiming it has resulted in a 20% increase in productivity, appeared to have helped increase profits and boosted staff wellbeing. Analysis of one of the biggest trials yet of the four-day working week has revealed no fall in output, reduced stress and increased staff engagement, fuelling hopes that a better work-life-balance for millions could be in sight. Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand financial services company, switched its 240 staff from a five-day to a four-day week last November and maintained their pay. Productivity increased in the four days they worked so there was no drop in the total amount of work done, a study of the trial released on Tuesday has revealed.

The trial was monitored by academics at the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. Among the Perpetual Guardian staff they found scores given by workers about leadership, stimulation, empowerment and commitment all increased compared with a 2017 survey. Details of an earlier trial showed the biggest increases were in commitment and empowerment. Staff stress levels were down from 45% to 38%. Work-life balance scores increased from 54% to 78%. “This is an idea whose time has come,” said Andrew Barnes, Perpetual Guardian’s founder and chief executive. “We need to get more companies to give it a go. They will be surprised at the improvement in their company, their staff and in their wider community.”

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Source: Slashdot – Analysis of Four-Day Working Week Trial by a New Zealand Financial Services Company Finds Staff Were Happier and 20% More Productive

Newly Decoded Great White Shark Genome Hints at Why They're So Indestructible

The great white shark is impressively terrifying (though not actually much of a threat to humans). But a new study shows that the animal is also an impressive feat of evolution. For the first time, scientists say they’ve fully unspooled the genome of the great white, a discovery that will help us better understand why…

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Source: Gizmodo – Newly Decoded Great White Shark Genome Hints at Why They’re So Indestructible