Robert Batten

Robert Batten

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Fallout 76 Needs a Test Server Something FierceFallout 76 is continuing to have what those of us in the biz call a rough time.On Tuesday, Bethesda released a new patch for the game, patch 11, intended to fix a number of bugs and provide broader content improvements.What I like about this request, and the story in general, is that it shows just how tricky it is to run a massively multiplayer game, and how ignoring the solutions favored by other, bigger games can be ruinous.As Kotaku reports, that problem, plaguing a lot of Switch units, is Joy-Con drift, which causes the system to register input from the analog sticks even when they're, uh, not being moved.Maybe packing all that neat stuff into such a portable package had its hardware trade-offs.
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No great battle is complete without a fancy transformation sequence, after all.Innocence will introduce Realmrazer, its raid-wide AoE, before summoning a bunch of adds to its side.Healers should prep for any which might slip through if DPS is a tad slow.After a fit of anger, four drop points will spawn around the arena.If someone is caught out, heal through whoever they end up attacking.A Forgiven Venery joins in here with Holy Sword, a minor tank buster.
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Simulations from researchers in Japan provide new insights into the reactions occurring in solid-oxide fuel cells by using realistic atomic-scale models of the active site at the electrode based on microscope observations as the starting point.Extremely promising for the clean and efficient electricity generation, solid-oxide fuels cells produce electricity through the electrochemical reaction of a fuel with air, and they have already begun to find their way into homes and office buildings throughout Japan.The oxide ions then travel through an electrolyte to the other side of the device, where they react with the fuel and release their extra electrons.These electrons flow through outside wires back to the starting side, thereby completing the circuit and powering whatever is connected to the wires.Although this overall reaction is well known and relatively simple, the reaction step limiting the overall rate of the process remains controversial because the complicated structures of the electrodes--which are generally porous materials as opposed to simple, flat surfaces--hinder investigation of the phenomena at the atomic level.Since detailed knowledge about the reactions occurring in the devices is vital for further improving the performance and durability of fuel cells, the challenge has been to understand how the microscopic structures--down to the alignment of the atoms at the different interfaces--affect the reactions.
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For a city as big and populous as Birmingham I've always found it a bit weird that it doesn't have its own Lego store.Apparently there used to be one about ten years ago, but it shut, though times are changing a bit.Lego has announced that the people of the Midlands won't have to suffer the wait of ordering online or picking through the meagre stock in the tiny local branch of The Entertainer.Southampton is also getting one, which is nice.The Birmingham store is set to open in the Bull Ring, as you'd expect, while Southampton's will open up in West Quay shopping centre.Both shops are going to offer the full 'Lego experience', which means events, activities, and shelves full of the buildable bricks that people can't get enough of.
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Zappos, the company that made free shipping and returns the norm in ecommerce, is turning 20.To celebrate, Zappos is unrolling a series of marketing initiatives to bring old and new customers into the fold.To start with, the company is reverting its website to its original 1999 look on July 19 for one day only, bringing back a 110% price-match guarantee on August 12 and offering several items for $19.99.Zappos is also partnering with seven brands for limited-edition exclusive collections.While most of this is a play on nostalgia, Joseph Grusman, general manager of ecommerce marketing at Zappos, said it’s part of Zappos taking a 360-degree approach to marketing and attempting to reach different parts of the customer funnel.It’s coming up with new value propositions.”
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It's that time of year again, the one weekend of the year where pop-culture and general geekery take over the news cycle and piss off just about everybody who has an active dislike for this sort of thing.San Diego Comic Con is back, with its impossible-to-buy tickets, exclusive swag, and never-before-seen footage that inevitably leaks online in atrocious quality.It's also the time when the entertainment industry shows off all the stuff it has planned for the near future.But Comic Con is big.You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.So it can be quite hard to keep track of all the biggest news and announcements.
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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.What are your weekend plans?Are you going to be an honorary member of the sloth family and spend the entire weekend on the couch eating fried food and watching Netflix?Or are you heading out on some great adventure that people will recall for centuries to come?And that’s why you should get GoPro’s Fusion camera just for $299, down from its original price of $599.The 360-degree action camera has an 18-megapixel sensor that allows you to capture high-quality photos and 5.2K videos at 30 fps.
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Let’s step into the world of brand storytelling a bit.Honestly, it’s a place where many of us content marketers feel a little hamstrung.For example, look at a Nike brand value statement:“(Nike) brings inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world and if you have a body, you are an athlete.”That’s really, really good stuff, and helpful if you’re trying to understand the Nike brand.The wonderful storytelling coach and messaging strategist Tamsen Webster calls this concept the “Red Thread” (which I love).
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Today's debut of the all-new, eighth-gen 2020 Chevrolet Corvette would appear to deliver the most radical DNA rewrite in the model's history.In other words, the new Corvette promises an insane amount of sports-car performance for the dollar.In January of 1953, the world would get its first glimpse of the Corvette in concept form at the General Motors Motorama auto show in New York City.His work on the sports car would eventually earn him the nickname "Father of the Corvette."Engine displacement would grow to 4.6-liters to deliver 283 horses and four-speed manual was offered in 1957.By its last year of production in 1962, the C1 Corvette could be optioned to pack as much as 340 horsepower.
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The government of Hainan Province, an island municipality in southern China, is significantly expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure network to as part of a larger push for EV adoption across the territory.Why it matters: Hainan is pushing aggressively into EVs in response to a central government call to grow the total number of electric cars in China to 7 million units by 2025.Developing electric car technology, among other new vehicle innovations, is an major component of a government plan to achieve global leadership in core technologies.Hainan is leading the way among provincial-level governments with a radical plan to completely ban the sales of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2030.The charging network expansion plan follows an announcement earlier this month of a joint venture between ride-hailing giant Didi, China Southern Power Grid, and an investment arm of the local government to lease and sell electric vehicles, as well as manage charging infrastructure.Details: The Hainan government on Thursday announced that it was constructing 2,221 charging piles in an investment deal worth RMB 144 million (around $21 million), according to a Chinese media report.
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Apple said on Thursday it will not charge the 30% App Store commission for several Chinese medical consultation apps after an outcry from developers.Why it matters: The 30% so-called “Apple tax,” or commission from every transaction made through its App Store, has long been loathed by developers and its far-reaching implementation fails to address innovations in business models.“We do not charge a commission for apps that exchange physical goods and services.Following a thorough review of DingXiang Doctor and several similar apps we have verified they are delivering medical consultations and they have not been charged and should not be charged… this was a new situation and we wanted to be sure we applied our guidelines correctly and consistently, and we’re sorry it took us longer than usual to make sure we got it right.”—Apple in a statement emailed to TechNodeDetails: Several apps that offer online medical consultation services had railed against Apple for restricting them to the company’s in-app purchase (IAP) system and applying the 30% commission to its consultation fees, according to a report (in Chinese) by China Youth Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Youth League of China.
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Event Your early experiments in machine learning or AI can be tough.Getting them to work in production will be tougher still.We’ve got more than two dozen of smartest folks in machine learning and AI speaking in nearly 40 sessions at MCubed this September – all of whom have applied the technology in real organisations.Crucially, there’s still time to join us, and save a bundle of cash, before our early-bird offer disappears on Monday.If you’re just starting to get to grips with machine learning, and want a solid grounding in key principles, you won’t want to miss Kate Kilgour on hyperparameter optimisation, or Outlier Technology’s David Tyler’s introduction to neural networks with TensorFlow.If you’ve already started experimenting, but need to get your models into production or scale up your operations, we’ve got sessions from StoryStream’s Janet Bastiman and Adobe’s Chris Challis, that will help you do just that.
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93% of onanistic orgs tracking you despite battened-down browsingGoogle, Facebook, and, surprisingly, Oracle are among the top ten third-party companies that frequently track your personal sexual interests every time you watch porn, according to new research.Switching to incognito mode in your browser might darken your screen and provide you with the perfect ambiance to surf the most salacious parts of the internet secretly.Although your browsing history and cookies won’t be saved on your laptop, it doesn’t mean that other companies can’t snoop on what x-rated clips you like you watch.A team of researchers at Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and the University of Pennsylvania in the US analysed 22,484 pornography websites and found a whopping 93 per cent of them pass on user data to a number of third parties.The results are out in a paper on arXiv.
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After over a decade of anticipation and then years of secrecy, Square Enix showed the world a whole lot of Final Fantasy 7 Remake at E3 back in June.Final Fantasy was also a smash hit among critics, holding a 9.2 rating on Metacritic.In the beginning, the bad guy is Shinra Corporation, an electricity company that mines Mako, the Lifestream of the planet, slowly corroding the world in the process.Cloud begins the game as a mercenary, hired by Barrett, head of the Midgar-based AVALANCHE eco-terrorist group, for a mission to blow up a set of Mako reactors.Once he rocks up, the game becomes a hunt for Sephiroth, world's baddest man and one of gaming's most iconic villains.Combine an illustrious cast of heroes, like Vincent, Tifa and Aerith, with an expansive world and a deep battle system, and it becomes easy to understand why Final Fantasy 7 has had such an enduring legacy.
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15 months of wrangling and Orlando couldn't even begin testing AI cloud tech for population surveillanceOrlando cops have given up using Amazon’s controversial cloud-based facial recognition to monitor CCTV cameras dotted around the Florida city – after a nightmare year of technical breakdowns.After 15 fruitless months of trying to get the thing working properly, with help from Amazon's staffers, the US city's police force cancelled its contract with the web giant."We haven't even established a stream today," the city’s chief information officer Rosa Akhtarkhavari told the Orlando Weekly on Thursday.The plod wanted to feed photos of suspected or known crooks into Amazon Web Services' Rekognition API, and have the backend software automatically search live streams of CCTV footage for occurrences of those faces in real time, allowing officers to know immediately the whereabouts of persons of interest.Amazon techies had apparently visited the city numerous times to work with the police to get the system to work properly.
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We last saw Dafne Keen poking holes in people as X-23 in Logan.Now she's at Comic-Con with high-fantasy TV series His Dark Materials, based on Philip Pullman's beloved book trilogy.Fans of the books will know protagonist Lyra is just as scrappy as X-23, and fans of Keen will cheer at the latest trailer that lit up San Diego.James McAvoy, who was also at Comic-Con representing It: Chapter 2 was recently seen staring intently as Professor X in Dark Phoenix, plays scholar and explorer Lord Asriel.Ruth Wilson is at her steeliest and most cunning as Mrs Coulter, Lyra's antagonist.Equally complicated is the plot of the book trilogy.
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Four Republican members of Congress told President Trump delaying the $10 billion Pentagon JEDI cloud project could pose risks to US security.Trump on Thursday said he would look into the JEDI bid, following protests from Oracle and IBM.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Four Republican members of the US Congress on Thursday told President Trump that it's important for the Pentagon's $10 billion JEDI cloud project to move forward, saying "unnecessary delays" could harm US security.The letter from the Republican Congress members was sent after Trump said he was looking into complaints against the contract process for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, project, a platform that will store and manage sensitive military and defense data.Amazon and Microsoft are the finalists for the contract, which is set to be awarded in late August.
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Tanya Gersh has faced anti-Semitic harassment since late 2016—calls, tweets, emails, and texts demeaning her and saying she was going to die—upending the once-peaceful life she had in a quaint town in the US state of Montana.The barrage began soon after Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin shared Gersh’s contact information on his neo-Nazi website and told his followers to go after her.“Let’s hit ‘em up,” he posted.“Are y’all ready for an old-fashioned Troll Storm?”Anglin’s call to arms came after Gersh was involved in a neighbourly dispute with the mother of white supremacist Richard Spencer following news that a public protest was planned at a building owned by Sherry Spencer.According to BuzzFeed News, Anglin also posted an article on his site titled “Jews Targeting Richard Spencer’s Mother for Harassment and Extortion—TAKE ACTION!” in which the Anglin wrote, “If you’re in the area, maybe you should stop by and tell her in person what you think of her actions,” but added that the action shouldn’t be violent.On Monday, federal judge Jeremiah C. Lynch ruled that Anglin should pay more than $4 million (£3.2 million) in compensatory damages and $10 million (£8 million) in punitive damages, which is the maximum under Montana state law, reports NBC News.
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Over the decades, NASA has planned to send people back to the moon but has yet to succeed.The Trump administration wants to get astronauts back there by 2024.But those stays during the Apollo program didn't establish a lasting human presence on the moon.Vice President Mike Pence has promised that we will see US astronauts on the moon by 2024 (including the first women to ever touch the lunar surface), in a program called Artemis.But on a recent phone call with reporters, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that ambitious goal is going to require quite a lot more federal cash, something that's historically been a political sticking point in Washington.A lunar base could evolve into a fuel depot for deep-space missions, lead to the creation of unprecedented space telescopes, make it easier to live on Mars, and solve longstanding scientific mysteries about Earth and the moon's creation.
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Inventors of centuries past and scientists of today have found ingenious ways to make our lives better with magnets - from the magnetic needle on a compass to magnetic data storage devices and even MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) body scan machines.All of these technologies rely on magnets made from solid materials.Jam sessions: making magnets out of liquidsFor the past seven years, Russell, who leads a program called Adaptive Interfacial Assemblies Towards Structuring Liquids in Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division, has focused on developing a new class of materials - 3D-printable all-liquid structures.One day, Russell and the current study's first author Xubo Liu came up with the idea of forming liquid structures from ferrofluids, solutions of iron-oxide particles that become strongly magnetic, but only in the presence of another magnet."We wondered, if a ferrofluid can become temporarily magnetic, what could we do to make it permanently magnetic, and behave like a solid magnet but still look and feel like a liquid?"
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