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OpenBSD 7.5 locks down with improved disk encryption support and syscall limitations

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www.bloomberg.com ‘Dead Space’ Franchise Is Officially On Hold at Electronic Arts

Fans had a hoped for another sequel after release last year.

Without paywall: https://archive.ph/6j2KZ

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CHIPS Act hangover sees most US science agency budgets cut for 2024

www.theregister.com Majority of US science agency budgets cut for 2024

2025 unlikely to see more money flow as Congress turns off the tap

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www.bafta.org EVOLVING GAME - CYBERPUNK 2077

CYBERPUNK 2077 Development Team - CD PROJEKT RED/CD PROJEKT RED FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE Development Team - Creative Business Unit III/Square Enix FORTNITE Development Team - Epic Games/Epic Games FORZA HORIZON 5 Development Team - Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios GENSHIN IMPACT Development Team –...

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www.gamesindustry.biz Baldur's Gate 3 sweeps BAFTA Games Awards 2024

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inboxBaldur's Gate 3 was the big winner at this …

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One Scientist Neglected His Grant Reports. Now U.S. Agencies Are Withholding Grants for an Entire University.
  • The plot twist is, however, that the delinquent (ex-) PI in question, Jeffry Isaacson, is a retired professor since 2022. So they cannot even fire him (or tenure-revoke, hypothetically speaking).

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  • www.eurogamer.net Microsoft limits Xbox Game Pass subscription extensions in certain countries

    Microsoft is limiting Xbox Game Pass subscription extensions in certain countries to deter players from stacking their …

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    videocardz.com AMD APUs rumored to use RDNA3+ GPU architecture until at least 2027 - VideoCardz.com

    AMD Radeon integrated graphics to maintain RDNA3+ architecture for another 3 years This doesn’t rule out other options, though.  AMD is rumored to keep its RDNA3.5 (RDNA3+) graphics architecture until at least 2027, claims Golden Pig Upgrade, a known hardware leaker. This rumor surfaces even before ...

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    www.gamingonlinux.com Fallout 4 is getting a fresh update and will be Steam Deck Verified

    Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 is getting a fresh update to bring some new features, along with getting it Steam Deck Verified later in April.

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    insider-gaming.com EA Play Subscription Price Being Hiked By 80% in Some Regions

    EA Play has undergone a sizeable price increase, with the subscription fee increasing by as much as 80% in some regions.

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    www.digitimes.com Global PC shipments return to growth and pre-pandemic volumes in 1Q24, says IDC

    After two years of decline, the worldwide traditional PC market returned to growth during the first quarter of 2024 with 59.8 million unit shipments, growing 1.5% on year, according to preliminary results from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker.

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    Scientist who gene-edited babies is back in lab and ‘proud’ of past work despite jailing
  • He was criticized also because the girls were not in danger of becoming infected. See e.g. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6724388/ :

    The Chinese episode has also generated other issues. Several notes demonstrate that this was an experiment and not a therapeutic intervention (even He Jiankui called it a 'clinical trial'). The babies were not at risk of being born with HIV, given that sperm washing had been used so that only non-infected genetic material was used. Further, even though one of the parents (or both) was infected, it did not mean the children were more prone to becoming infected. The risk of becoming infected by the parents' virus was very low (Cowgill et al., 2008). In sum, there was no curative purpose, nor even the intention to prevent a pressing risk. Finally, the interventions were different for each twin. In one case, the two copies of CCR5 were modified, whereas in the other only one copy was modified. This meant that one twin could still become infected, although the evolution of the disease would probably be slower. The purpose of the scientific team was apparently to monitor the evolution of both babies and the differences in how they reacted to their different genetic modifications. This note also raised the issue of parents' informed consent regarding human experimentation, which follows a much stricter regimen than consent for therapeutic procedures.

    Other critical articles (e.g. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8524470/) have also cited in particular https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4779710/, which states in the result section:

    No HIV transmission occurred in 11,585 cycles of assisted reproduction using washed semen among 3,994 women (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0–0.0001). Among the subset of HIV-infected men without plasma viral suppression at the time of semen washing, no HIV seroconversions occurred among 1,023 women following 2,863 cycles of assisted reproduction using washed semen (95%CI= 0–0.0006). Studies that measured HIV transmission to infants reported no cases of vertical transmission (0/1,026, 95% CI= 0–0.0029). Overall, 56.3% (2,357/4,184, 95%CI=54.8%–57.8%) of couples achieved a clinical pregnancy using washed semen.

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    I'm giving them a year until lifetime licenses start to mean nothing.
  • GIMP is a special case. GIMP is being getting outdeveloped by Krita these days. E.g.:

    https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gimp/-/issues/9284

    Or compare with:

    https://www.phoronix.com/news/Krita-2024-GPUs-AI

    GIMP had its share of self inflicted wounds starting with a toxic mailing list that drove away people from professional VFX and surrounding FilmGimp/CinePaint. When the GIMP people subsequently took over the GEGL development from Rhythm & Hues, it took literally 15 years until it barely worked.

    Now we are past the era of simple GPU processing into diffusion models/“generative AI” and GIMP is barely keeping up with simple GPU processing (like resizing, see above).

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    VLC - App stores were a mistake
  • Have people actually checked the versions there before making the suggestion?

    F-Droid: Version 3.5.4 (13050408) suggested Added on Feb 23, 2023
    Google Play: Updated on Aug 27, 2023

    https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.videolan.vlc/
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

    The problem seems to be squarely with VLC themselves.

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    Russian TV shows deepfake vid of Ukraine spy boss ‘bragging about terror attack'
  • I can’t see this “news” reported anywhere else

    Clearly not trying very hard:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-68642036 (8:40, “Russian TV airs fake video blaming Ukraine for Moscow attack”)

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2024/03/deepfake-video-terror-moscow-putin-ukraine-claims/

    https://www.tf1info.fr/international/entre-les-speculations-de-simonyan-les-commentaires-de-soloviev-et-le-deepfake-sur-les-antennes-russes-comment-les-relais-pro-russes-alimentent-la-piste-ukrainienne-apres-la-fusillade-pres-de-moscou-2290401.html

    https://www.cdt.ch/news/mondo/attentato-al-crocus-city-hall-la-tv-russa-incolpa-kiev-ma-con-un-filmato-fake-346781

    and The Sun is notorious for making stuff up

    And this article cites — with direct link — a BBC reporter’s X post. Well, who is actually “making stuff up” here…

    Yet, BBC Verify journalist Shayan Sardarizadeh stated that an AI-generated audio was dubbed over a mismatch of two recent Ukrainian TV interviews.

    Exposing the sham, he wrote on X: "The deepfake video has in fact been created as a composite of two recent interviews published in the last few days with Danilov and Ukraine's military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov.

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    Kotaku EIC Resigns Over New Editorial Edict
  • From my own statistics how many I feel worthy posting/linking on Lemmy, the most direct alternative to Kotaku is Eurogamer. PCGamer, PCGamesN and Rock Paper Shotgun are occasionally OK, but you have to cut through a lot of spam and clickbait (i.e. exactly this “50 guides per week” type of corporate guidance). Not sure if this is also the state that Kotaku will end up in. The Verge sometimes also have good articles, but the flood of gadget consumerism articles there is obnoxious.

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    Universities Have a Computer-Science Problem
  • In other words, there may be downsides just to placing CS within an engineering school, let alone making it an independent college. Left entirely to themselves, computer scientists can forget that computers are supposed to be tools that help people. Georgia Tech’s College of Computing worked “because the culture was always outward-looking. We sought to use computing to solve others’ problems,” Guzdial said. But that may have been a momentary success. Now, at Michigan, he is trying to rebuild computing education from scratch, for students in fields such as French and sociology. He wants them to understand it as a means of self-expression or achieving justice—and not just a way of making software, or money.

    Early in my undergraduate career, I decided to abandon CS as a major. Even as an undergraduate, I already had a side job in what would become the internet industry, and computer science, as an academic field, felt theoretical and unnecessary. Reasoning that I could easily get a job as a computer professional no matter what it said on my degree, I decided to study other things while I had the chance.

    I have a strong memory of processing the paperwork to drop my computer-science major in college, in favor of philosophy. I walked down a quiet, blue-tiled hallway of the engineering building. All the faculty doors were closed, although the click-click of mechanical keyboards could be heard behind many of them. I knocked on my adviser’s door; she opened it, silently signed my paperwork without inviting me in, and closed the door again. The keyboard tapping resumed. The whole experience was a product of its time, when computer science was a field composed of oddball characters, working by themselves, and largely disconnected from what was happening in the world at large. Almost 30 years later, their projects have turned into the infrastructure of our daily lives. Want to find a job? That’s LinkedIn. Keep in touch? Gmail, or Instagram. Get news? A website like this one, we hope, but perhaps TikTok. My university uses a software service sold by a tech company to run its courses. Some things have been made easier with computing. Others have been changed to serve another end, like scaling up an online business.

    The struggle to figure out the best organizational structure for computing education is, in a way, a microcosm of the struggle under way in the computing sector at large. For decades, computers were tools used to accomplish tasks better and more efficiently. Then computing became the way we work and live. It became our culture, and we began doing what computers made possible, rather than using computers to solve problems defined outside their purview. Tech moguls became famous, wealthy, and powerful. So did CS academics (relatively speaking). The success of the latter—in terms of rising student enrollments, research output, and fundraising dollars—both sustains and justifies their growing influence on campus.

    If computing colleges have erred, it may be in failing to exert their power with even greater zeal. For all their talk of growth and expansion within academia, the computing deans’ ambitions seem remarkably modest. Martial Hebert, the dean of Carnegie Mellon’s computing school, almost sounded like he was talking about the liberal arts when he told me that CS is “a rich tapestry of disciplines” that “goes far beyond computers and coding.” But the seven departments in his school correspond to the traditional, core aspects of computing plus computational biology. They do not include history, for example, or finance. Bala and Isbell talked about incorporating law, policy, and psychology into their programs of study, but only in the form of hiring individual professors into more traditional CS divisions. None of the deans I spoke with aspires to launch, say, a department of art within their college of computing, or one of politics, sociology, or film. Their vision does not reflect the idea that computing can or should be a superordinate realm of scholarship, on the order of the arts or engineering. Rather, they are proceeding as though it were a technical school for producing a certain variety of very well-paid professionals. A computing college deserving of the name wouldn’t just provide deeper coursework in CS and its closely adjacent fields; it would expand and reinvent other, seemingly remote disciplines for the age of computation.

    Near the end of our conversation, Isbell mentioned the engineering fallacy, which he summarized like this: Someone asks you to solve a problem, and you solve it without asking if it’s a problem worth solving. I used to think computing education might be stuck in a nesting-doll version of the engineer’s fallacy, in which CS departments have been asked to train more software engineers without considering whether more software engineers are really what the world needs. Now I worry that they have a bigger problem to address: how to make computer people care about everything else as much as they care about computers.

    Ian Bogost is a contributing writer at The Atlantic.

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    Sony Reportedly Halts PSVR2 Production As Headsets Fail To Sell
  • The PS Vita side of Sony customer has gotten a deep taste of Sony’s issues of catering everything to a singular console. And same with PSVR2: Of course it must be PS5 exclusive, because everything are adornments towards their shiny console — and went on to not sell a lot of PS5.

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    Tom Clancy's The Division 2: 5 Year History
  • The PvE is quite nice. I think most of ardent Division 1 PvE players I know have switched fully to Division 2. Maybe somewhat to the studio’s goal, Division 1 support was dropped too abruptly for the majority to still playing it.

    The dark zone has not really improved, if you are seeking the Divison 1 one. The map in 2 lacks size and complexity for PvPvE (like multi level buildings or the tunnel in the north), and the server lacks maximum group size.

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    FUSE Passthrough Mode Merged For Linux 6.9
  • In the beginning, only privileged ones will be allowed to run in pass-through mode. But goal/roadmap calls for all FUSE filesystems eventually to have this near-native performance.

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    FUSE Passthrough Mode Merged For Linux 6.9
  • Well, if you have a constructive suggestion which site to link instead regarding kernel developments, I am all ears:

    • Not sure that raw commits are readable or have sufficient context for non kernel development readers here
    • LWN, particularly timely/kernel development news there, has gone mostly paywall, and there will be (legitimate) complaint if I link articles needing a LWN subscription
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    FUSE Passthrough Mode Merged For Linux 6.9
  • Not sure what called for this blatant personal attack. My post history speaks for itself, quite in comparison to yours. And Phoronix is well-known Linux website, and its test suite is in fact even referenced in various regression tests/patches in LKML (also not sure what/if any kind of kernel development you have done).

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    Tim Sweeney emailed Gabe Newell calling Valve 'you assholes' over Steam policies, to which Valve's COO replied internally 'you mad bro?'
  • The “you mad bro” is found among internal Valve communication (Valve COO Scott Lynch to Erik Johnson and Newell, i.e. in the sense Johnson/Newell being “mad”, not Sweeney). It was particularly not sent out as a response to Sweeney. Another outlet already got tripped over this and had to make a correction: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2024/03/valve-coo-on-epics-tim-sweeney-you-mad-bro-when-launching-the-epic-store/

    This is not quite as sensational as some people are framing it.

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    An AI that can play Goat Simulator is a step toward more useful machines
  • In the case of Google/DeepMind’s SIMA it is an instruction-following agent for simpler, but menial tasks in a game. It is particularly not autonomous, and has no notion of reward. And what is being used is a modified behavior cloning with a text-conditioned policy network.

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    Geoff Keighley Finally Tweets About Layoffs, And The Timing Is Awfully Convenient
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    German patient vaccinated against Covid 217 times
  • German news outlets reported that there were certain days, when this person received as many as three vaccinations within the same day. https://archive.ph/pqwVK (in German, original pay-walled)

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