Nintendo’s New Waluigi Art Is Mysterious, Erotic

Over the weekend, Nintendo dropped a new video dedicated to unboxing the upcoming blue-purple Switch colorway. The upload mostly got attention, however, due to its inclusion of a never-before-seen Waluigi render that the internet…well, just look at it. I’m sure you can guess what kind of reaction the above image got…

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Source: Kotaku – Nintendo’s New Waluigi Art Is Mysterious, Erotic

DHS Launches Warning System To Find Domestic Terrorism Threats On Public Social Media

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: The Department of Homeland Security has begun implementing a strategy to gather and analyze intelligence about security threats from public social media posts, DHS officials said. The goal is to build a warning system to detect the sort of posts that appeared to predict an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 but were missed or ignored by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the officials said. The focus is not on the identity of the posters but rather on gleaning insights about potential security threats based on emerging narratives and grievances. So far, DHS is using human beings, not computer algorithms, to make sense of the data, the officials said. “We’re not looking at who are the individual posters,” said a senior official involved in the effort. “We are looking at what narratives are resonating and spreading across platforms. From there you may be able to determine what are the potential targets you need to protect.”

The officials didn’t describe what criteria or methods the analysts would use to parse the data. They said DHS officials have been consulting with social media companies, private companies and nonprofit groups that analyze open-source social media data. Law enforcement officers and intelligence analysts are legally entitled to examine — without warrants — what people say openly on Twitter, Facebook and other public social media forums, just as they can take in information from reading newspapers. But civil liberties groups generally oppose government monitoring of social media, arguing that it doesn’t produce much intelligence and risks chilling free speech.

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Source: Slashdot – DHS Launches Warning System To Find Domestic Terrorism Threats On Public Social Media

Lone Developer Stands Up To Grand Theft Auto DMCA Claim, Wins

Earlier this year fans reversed engineered the source code to Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They released it to the web, but Grand Theft Auto copyright holder Take-Two pulled it offline via a DMCA claim. But now one fan’s stood up to the publisher and succeeded in getting the fan-derived source…

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Source: Kotaku – Lone Developer Stands Up To Grand Theft Auto DMCA Claim, Wins

I Guess If You Must Put an AirTag on Your Siri Remote, This Is Fine

In the months of rumors leading up to Apple’s official AirTag reveal, I couldn’t help but shake the idea that somebody was going to try to stick one on their Apple TV remote. Of course, somebod(ies) absolutely did.

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Source: Gizmodo – I Guess If You Must Put an AirTag on Your Siri Remote, This Is Fine

Harley-Davidson Launches All-Electric Motorcycle Brand 'LiveWire'

Harley-Davidson on Monday launched an all-electric motorcycle brand “LiveWire,” the latest effort by the company to ramp up bets on the rapidly growing electric-vehicle market. Reuters reports: Named after Harley’s first electric motorbike, which was unveiled in [2014], the “LiveWire” division is slated to launch its first branded motorcycle in July. The company had said in February it would create a separate electric vehicle-focused division, as it aims to attract the next generation of younger and more environmentally conscious riders. “We are seizing the opportunity to lead and define the market in EV,” Chief Executive Officer Jochen Zeitz said in a statement on Monday. “LiveWire also plans to innovate and develop technology that will be applicable to Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles in the future.” “There’s a new logo and a new ‘virtual’ headquarters, with engineering teams stationed in Silicon Valley and Milwaukee,” notes The Verge. “LiveWire will work with Harley-Davidson dealerships as an independent brand, with a blend of digital and physical retail formats.”

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Source: Slashdot – Harley-Davidson Launches All-Electric Motorcycle Brand ‘LiveWire’

How to create a custom rpm repository on Linux

Rpm is the acronym of RPM Package Manager: it is the low-level package manager in use in all the Red Hat family of distributions, such as Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. An rpm package is a package containing software that is meant to be installed using this package management system, and rpm packages are usually distributed via software repositories. In this tutorial we learn how to create a custom rpm repository and how to configure our distribution to use it as a software source.

Source: LXer – How to create a custom rpm repository on Linux

FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

An illustration picture shows vials with COVID-19 Vaccine stickers attached, with the logo of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, on November 17, 2020.

Enlarge / An illustration picture shows vials with COVID-19 Vaccine stickers attached, with the logo of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, on November 17, 2020. (credit: Getty | JUSTIN TALLIS)

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15, the agency announced Monday evening.

In the announcement, acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock called the authorization “a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic” that will bring the country “closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic.”

Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, echoed that sentiment. He called the ability to vaccinate children and teens “a critical step” in the fight against COVID-19.

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Source: Ars Technica – FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

The X-Men's Hellfire Gala Wants You to RSVP… for Murder

Even though everything is so hunky-dory in the sovereign island of Krakoa that Marvel’s mutants are throwing a high-fashion party that actual real-life celebrities are attending, we all know the X-Men can’t have nice things for long. It sounds like the Hellfire Gala is going to go poorly… for two people in…

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Source: Gizmodo – The X-Men’s Hellfire Gala Wants You to RSVP… for Murder

WhatsApp Will Turn Your Account Into a Useless Zombie If You Don't Accept Its New Privacy Policy

After facing international backlash over impending updates to its privacy policy, WhatsApp has ever-so-slightly backtracked on the harsh consequences it initially planned for users who don’t accept them—but not entirely.

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Source: Gizmodo – WhatsApp Will Turn Your Account Into a Useless Zombie If You Don’t Accept Its New Privacy Policy

Game Developers Break Silence Around Salaries

Developers are sharing their salaries on Twitter under the hashtag #GameDevPaidMe to encourage pay transparency in their industry. Axios reports: The hashtag started circulating last year, but has returned periodically as developers fight for better working conditions. Salary sharing is a way to equalize the field. By removing the secrecy, as well as the stigma, around discussing pay, workers have more power to advocate for themselves when negotiating salaries and raises. In 2020, Blizzard employees shared their salaries anonymously via a spreadsheet to compare compensation. The pay gap between people at the top, and workers on the ground is measurable in hundreds of thousands of dollars — even when those CEOs take pay cuts.

What they’re saying:
A lead designer on “Hearthstone” working for Blizzard Entertainment: “I started getting paid fairly once I started asking questions. I only started asking questions once I better understood what I was worth. Understanding what your worth can be a difficult question, but this helps.”

A lead designer at Blackbird Interactive: “Every single person who plays games should take a good look at #GameDevPaidMe and get a sense for what the people who make your art actually make.”

A senior game designer at Reflector Entertainment: “Don’t wait for your employer to give you the raise you deserve, be open to talking to other companies even if you feel you are at a ‘great’ spot.”

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Source: Slashdot – Game Developers Break Silence Around Salaries

Leaked Apple Documents Inadvertently Helped the Right-to-Repair Movement

Cyberattacks are rarely useful to anybody except cyber-attackers, but a recent ransomware incident has had some unexpected upsides for those in the right-to-repair community, new coverage from Motherboard suggests.

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Source: Gizmodo – Leaked Apple Documents Inadvertently Helped the Right-to-Repair Movement

44 Attorneys General Beg Facebook to Leave the Kids Alone

In an open letter, forty-four attorneys general have beseeched Mark Zuckerberg to mercifully stop the company’s planned version of Instagram for children. Buzzfeed News discovered in March that Facebook—a company famous for platforming murderous rage and dangerous misinformation without consequence—has been developing…

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Source: Gizmodo – 44 Attorneys General Beg Facebook to Leave the Kids Alone

Electric Cars 'Will Be Cheaper To Produce Than Fossil Fuel Vehicles By 2027'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Electric cars and vans will be cheaper to produce than conventional, fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2027, and tighter emissions regulations could put them in pole position to dominate all new car sales by the middle of the next decade, research has found. By 2026, larger vehicles such as electric sedans and SUVs will be as cheap to produce as petrol and diesel models, according to forecasts from BloombergNEF, with small cars reaching the threshold the following year. The falling cost of producing batteries for electric vehicles, combined with dedicated production lines in carmarkers’ plants, will make them cheaper to buy, on average, within the next six years than conventional cars, even before any government subsidies, BloombergNEF found.

The new study, commissioned by Transport & Environment, a Brussels-based non-profit organization that campaigns for cleaner transport in Europe, predicts new battery prices will fall by 58% between 2020 and 2030 to $58 per kilowatt hour. A reduction in battery costs to below $100 per kWh, is viewed as an important step towards greater take-up of fully electric vehicles, and would largely remove the financial appeal of hybrid electric vehicles, which combine a battery with a conventional engine.

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Source: Slashdot – Electric Cars ‘Will Be Cheaper To Produce Than Fossil Fuel Vehicles By 2027’