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Gaming Store Showdown: Steam vs. GOG Galaxy

Lifehacker.com - 50 min 45 sec ago

Steam has more or less owned the PC gaming market for the last decade, but we finally have a decent challenger with GOG Galaxy. Here’s how the two stack up against each other, and more importantly, what that means for PC gamers as a whole.

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Best Way To Mine Bitcoins - Allow Errors!

Slashdot - 50 min 45 sec ago
An anonymous reader writes: A recent paper from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that bitcoin mining profits can be increased considerably if mining hardware is allowed to produce occasional errors. The research shows that mining hardware that allows occasional errors ("approximate mining") can run much faster and take up less area than a conventional miner. Furthermore, the errors that are produced by the miner do no corrupt the blockchain since such errors are easily detected and discarded by the bitcoin network. Mining profits can increase by over 30%.

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Build This DIY, Programmable Macro Keypad for Less Than $30

Lifehacker.com - 1 hour 50 min ago

Custom macro keypads are great for shortcuts in video games, document editing, or anywhere else a good keyboard shortcut comes in handy. The problem is they tend to get expensive, especially when you look at higher-end models. Luckily, it’s easy and cheap to build your own.

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Sunday's Best Deals: Kindle Bestsellers, Kitchen Gear, Foldable Keyboard, and More

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 27 min ago

Kindle bestsellers, T-fal kitchen gear, and your favorite travel mug lead off Sunday’s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more.

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'Rogue Scientists' Could Exploit Gene Editing Technology, Experts Warn

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 21:00
A senior geneticist and a bioethicist warned on Friday that they fear "rogue scientists" operating outside the bounds of law, and agreed with a US intelligence chief's assertion this week that gene editing technology could have huge, and potentially dangerous, consequences. Recent advances in genetics allow scientists to edit DNA quickly and accurately, making research into diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and cancer, easier than ever before. But researchers increasingly caution that they have to work with extreme care, for fear that gene editing could be deployed as bioterrorism or, in a more likely scenario, result in an accident that could make humans more susceptible to disease rather than less.

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How to Stream Tonight's CBS Republican Debate Online, No Cable Required

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2016-02-13 20:40

The debate mill churns, and having churned moves on. There’s yet another GOP Presidential debate tonight. Here’s how to stream it without cable.

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Apple And AT&T Sued For Infringement Over iPhone Haptic Patents

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 20:00
Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and carrier AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches. Immersion, which claims over 2,100 issued or pending patents worldwide covering various aspects and commercial applications of haptic or touch feedback technology, has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of the specified iPhone and Apple Watch models in the U.S., besides suing for damages in a Delaware federal court, company CEO Victor Viegas said in a conference call Thursday. Immersion decided to include AT&T and subsidiary AT&T Mobility in the action because the carrier is the most significant distributor of the iPhone in the U.S.

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This Week's Top Downloads

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2016-02-13 19:00

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

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US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 19:00
clovis writes: US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died in his sleep while on a hunting trip near Marfa, Texas. Justice Scalia was a Constitutional originalist and textualist. He did not believe the Constitution was a living document to be interpreted with the evolving standards of modern times. I, for one, am very interested to see what happens next.

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Reluctant Wikipedia Lifts Lid On $2.5M Internet Search Engine Project

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 18:42
The Wikimedia Foundation has finally disclosed details of its controversial Knowledge Engine grant -- and it confirms that Wikipedia is getting seriously into search, despite Jimmy Wales' categorical denial that WMF is "doing a Google." After a Wikipedia signpost article, and coverage at El Reg this week, the WMF caved and posted the Knight Foundation's approval of the $250,000 grant. The grant provides seed money for stage one of the Knowledge Engine, described as "a system for discovering reliable and trustworthy information on the Internet." The discovery stage includes an exploration of prototypes of future versions of Wikipedia.org which are "open channels" rather than an encyclopedia, analyzing the query-to-content path, and embedding the Wikipedia Knowledge Engine "via carriers and Original Equipment Manufacturers."

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Make a DIY Fizzy Bath Bomb for Your Valentine

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2016-02-13 18:00

Need a last minute gift for your one and only that shows how much you care? Give them the gift of relaxation. These DIY fizzy bath bombs are easy to make and beat a box of candy hearts from the drug store any day.

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Seeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook's Free Basics Fiasco

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 18:00
Facebook's Free Basics was an ill-conceived effort to bring Internet access to the poor in India. It created a walled garden in which Facebook and the Indian telecom providers selected which websites people could visit. The users of Free Basics would find that Facebook was the center of their virtual universe and would experience only what it allowed them to. The Free Basics project originated from an idea that Zuckerberg had about connecting the next 5 billion people. He documented this in a paper titled Is Connectivity A Human Right? He wrote that in the U.S. "an iPhone with a typical two-year data plan costs about $2,000, where about $500-600 of that is the phone and $1,500 is the data." What Zuckerberg and his U.S. team didn't understand was that in India you can buy computer tablets and smartphones for as little as $50, and that 100MB of data -- which is more than a Free Basics user will consume in a month -- costs much less than a dollar. So the entire basis of the paper was flawed.

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Change the Layout of Launchpad on OS X with a Terminal Command

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2016-02-13 17:00

Not a fan of Launchpad’s default five by seven grid for displaying apps? Defaults-write points out that you can alter it to just about whatever you want with a Terminal command.

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CERN Engineer Details AMD Zen Processor Confirming 32 Core Implementation, SMT

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 17:00
MojoKid writes: AMD is long overdue for a major architecture update, though one is coming later this year. Featuring the codename "Zen," AMD's already provided a few details, such as that it will be built using a 14nm FinFET process. In time, AMD will reveal all there is to know about Zen, but we now have a few additional details to share thanks to a computer engineer at CERN. CERN engineer Liviu Valsan recently gave a presentation on technology and market trends for the data center. At around 2 minutes into the discussion, he brought up AMD's Zen architecture with a slide that contained some previously undisclosed details. One of the more interesting revelations was that upcoming x86 processors based on Zen will feature up to 32 physical cores. To achieve a 32-core design, Valsan says AMD will use two 16-core CPUs on a single die with a next-generation interconnect. It has also been previously reported that Zen will offer up to a 40 percent improvement in IPC compared to its current processors as well as symmetric multithreading or SMT akin to Intel HyperThreading. In a 32-core implementation this would result in 64 logical threads of processing.

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4USXUS Is Your One-Stop Shop For Keeping Up With Your Congressional Representatives

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2016-02-13 16:00

It’s time to elect a new President this year! But did you know most of Congress is also up for re-election? 4USXUS lets you learn about your representatives before it’s time to vote for new ones this November.

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Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'Could Leave Half Of World Unemployed'

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 16:00
Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence's threat to the economy should not be understated. Vardi, a professor at Rice University and Guggenheim fellow, said that technology presents a more subtle threat than the masterless drones that some activists fear. He suggested AI could drive global unemployment to 50%, wiping out middle-class jobs and exacerbating inequality. "Humanity is about to face perhaps its greatest challenge ever, which is finding meaning in life after the end of 'in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread'," he said. "We need to rise to the occasion and meet this challenge."

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Brown CS Department Hiring Student Diversity, Inclusion Advocates

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 15:36
theodp writes: Brown University's Department of Computer Science is seeking to hire student advocates for diversity and inclusion as part of its new action plan to increase diversity. The new hires, who will also serve as members of the CS Diversity Committee, will support students, plan inclusion activities, and educate TAs on issues of diversity. Also on the diversity front, Brown touted last weekend's Hack@Brown, the school's annual student hackathon, as being "unlike any other hackathon" -- welcoming, inclusive, and inviting to students of all experience levels." A cynic might point out that Hack@Brown's tech giant sponsors boast track records that are quite the opposite. By the way, Brown@Hackathon certainly upped the ante on conference Codes of Conduct, warning that those anonymously-charged with making others feel uncomfortable on the basis of "gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof)" will be "expelled from the event without travel reimbursement at the discretion of the event organizers." Brown explained that travel reimbursements were provided to promote "economic diversity", ensuring that students who couldn't otherwise afford to get to and from Providence could attend the Ivy League event. Hey, what "economically diverse" kid wouldn't want to go to a conference where rubbing someone the wrong way could leave them stranded in Rhode Island!

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Kintsugi, the Art of Broken Pieces, Reminds Us to Appreciate Our Imperfections

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2016-02-13 15:00

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken ceramics with a special lacquer containing expensive gold. The video above by The School of Life reminds us to apply the Zen philosophy behind this art to our view of ourselves and others.

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A New Technique Makes GPS Accurate To An Inch

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 14:45
A team from the University of California, Riverside, has developed a technique that augments the regular GPS data with on-board inertial measurements from a sensor. Actually, that's been tried before, but in the past it's required large computers to combine the two data streams, rendering it ineffective for use in cars or mobile devices. Instead what the University of California team has done is create a set of new algorithms which, it claims, reduce the complexity of the calculation by several order of magnitude. In turn, that allows GPS systems in a mobile device to calculate position with an accuracy of just an inch.

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Potentially Deadly Drug Interactions Found Mining FDA Complaint Bin

Slashdot - Sat, 2016-02-13 14:07
Thousands of people are sent to the hospital each year from adverse drug-drug interactions that are difficult to predict and even trickier to track. To get around the problem, a team of researchers (working with the journalists at The Chicago Tribune) created a computer model to create side-effect profiles for prescription drugs. Then, they mined a massive database of drug-reaction complaints sent to the Food and Drug Administration, as well as 380,000 electronic health records. The results of the analysis so far suggest that four drug combinations "including the combination of the common antibiotic, ceftriaxone, with the over-the-counter heartburn medication, Prevacid (lansoprazole) may cause a potentially fatal heart rhythm.

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