’League of Legends’ pro suspended 20 months for domestic violence

Back in October, League of Legends player Li “Vasilii” Wei Jun livestreamed alleged domestic abuse against his then-girlfriend. The Chinese team Newbee immediately terminated his contract and the League Championship Series launched an investigation….

Source: Engadget – ’League of Legends’ pro suspended 20 months for domestic violence

Study Finds Different Types of Alcohol Can Determine Different Moods

A new study published in the journal BMJ Open says different types of alcoholic drinks change and shape your mood in different ways. For example, spirits may make you feel angry, sexy or tearful, while red wine or beer may make you feel relaxed. The researchers questioned nearly 30,000 people aged 18-34 from 21 different countries for the study. BBC reports: The anonymous online survey, which recruited respondents via newspaper and magazine adverts and social media, found:

-Red wine appeared to make people more lethargic than white wine
-Respondents were most likely to report feeling relaxed when drinking red wine or beer
-More than 40% said drinking spirits made them feel sexy
-Over half said drinking spirits also gave them energy and confidence
-But around a third said they felt aggressive when drinking spirits
-Drinking spirits was more likely than all other drink types to be associated with feelings of aggression, illness, restlessness and tearfulness
-Men were significantly more likely than women to associate feelings of aggression with all types of alcohol, particularly heavier drinkers

Prof Bellis from Public Health Wales NHS Trust said the setting in which the alcohol was consumed was an important factor that the study tried to take into consideration by asking about drinking at home and outside of the home. He said the way different drinks are marketed and promoted might encourage people to select certain drinks to suit different moods, but that this could backfire if it triggered negative emotions. He also said the study revealed a difference between men and women’s emotional relationship with different alcoholic drinks.

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Museum of African American History is freely digitizing home movies

Humanity has access to more data than ever before, but there’s still so much media scattered around the world that might rot away before it can be preserved. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is launching an initiative to sa…

Source: Engadget – Museum of African American History is freely digitizing home movies

Search For Lost Argentine Submarine ARA San Juan Hits 'Critical Phase' as Air Supply May Run Out

The search for an Argentine Navy submarine lost with some 44 souls on board has reached a “critical phase,” a naval spokesman told Reuters, as the length of the seven-day search indicates the vessel is likely not on the surface and could be reaching the limits of its air supply.

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Source: Gizmodo – Search For Lost Argentine Submarine ARA San Juan Hits ‘Critical Phase’ as Air Supply May Run Out

Google Wipes 786 Pirate Sites From Search Results

Google and several leading Russian search engines have completely wiped 786 “pirate” sites from their search results. That’s according to telecoms watch Rozcomnadzor, which reports that the search providers delisted the sites after ISPs were ordered by a Moscow court to permanently block them. TorrentFreak reports: Late July, President Vladimir Putin signed a new law which requires local telecoms watchdog Rozcomnadzor to maintain a list of banned domains while identifying sites, services, and software that provide access to them. […] Nevertheless, on October 1 the new law (“On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection”) came into effect and it appears that Russia’s major search engines have been very busy in its wake. According to a report from Rozcomnadzor, search providers Google, Yandex, Mail.ru, Rambler, and Sputnik have stopped presenting information in results for sites that have been permanently blocked by ISPs following a decision by the Moscow City Court. “To date, search engines have stopped access to 786 pirate sites listed in the register of Internet resources which contain content distributed in violation of intellectual property rights,” the watchdog reports. The domains aren’t being named by Rozcomnadzor or the search engines but are almost definitely those sites that have had complaints filed against them at the City Court on multiple occasions but have failed to take remedial action. Also included will be mirror and proxy sites which either replicate or facilitate access to these blocked and apparently defiant domains.

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Steam Autumn Sale cuts prices on 'Shadow of War' and 'Evil Within 2'

It’s time for Steam’s annual Autumn Sale — and as is often the case, there are deals on major games you might have missed earlier in the year. Most notably, the promo (which runs until November 28th) cuts the price of the relatively fresh Middle-ea…

Source: Engadget – Steam Autumn Sale cuts prices on ‘Shadow of War’ and ‘Evil Within 2’

We'll Never Legalize Bitcoin, Says Russian Minister

An anonymous reader shares a report: In yet another backflip worthy of the Moscow Circus, a Russian minister has said that the country will never legalize bitcoin, just seven months after another government minister said it was considering making it legal. Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov made the statement this week, saying that “bitcoin is a foreign project for using blockchain technology, the Russian law will never consider bitcoin as a legal entity in the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation.” Recognizing that blockchain technology is separate to bitcoin, Nikiforov went on to say that “I think that it is quite possible to use blockchain technology and the use of various digital tokens.” Those tokens may constitute a Russian-issued cryptocurrency. TASS reported that “Russia’s Communication Ministry has submitted to the government the document containing technical details related to cryptocurrencies adoption.”

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Amazon's party-ready Echo Buttons are available to pre-order

The holidays are almost here, and that means you may end up playing a lot of party games with visiting friends and relatives. Amazon might spare you from having to break out yet another board game, though: it just put its Echo Button accessory up fo…

Source: Engadget – Amazon’s party-ready Echo Buttons are available to pre-order

Uber Is Under Investigation By Multiple States Over a 2016 Data Breach

Yesterday, it was reported that Uber concealed a massive cyberattack that exposed 57 million people’s data. Recode reports that at least five states — Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York and Connecticut — would investigate the matter. From the report: Meanwhile, Uber must contend with the possible threat of a new probe at the Federal Trade Commission. The agency, which acts as the U.S. government’s top privacy and security watchdog, penalized Uber for its privacy and security practices just this August. But it may not have known that Uber had suffered a major security breach in 2016, even as they investigated the company at the same time for other, unrelated security missteps. For now, the agency merely said it’s “closely evaluating the serious issues raised.” And some affected customers are similarly taking action. On Wednesday — hours after the breach became public — an Uber user filed a lawsuit accusing the company of negligence and deceptive business practices. The plaintiff, Alejandro Flores, is seeking to represent a class of affected riders and drivers alike.

For one thing, 48 states maintain some version of a law that requires companies that suffer a data breach to communicate what happened to consumers. In most cases, companies must disclose a security incident if hackers steal very sensitive customer data — such as driver’s license numbers, which happened with Uber in late 2016. To that end, the attorneys general in Illinois, Connecticut and New York have said they are probing the breach at Uber — perhaps with an eye on whether the company skirted state laws. The top prosecutors in other major states, like Pennsylvania and Florida, did not immediately respond to emails on Wednesday seeking comment. California’s AG declined to comment.

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YouTube Says It Will Crack Down on All Those Creepy Videos Targeted at or Featuring Kids

Google, along with fellow tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter has drawn increasing scrutiny this year over concerns that its “concentrated authority resembles the divine right of kings,” as the New York Times put it. In recent months, it’s faced stumbling blocks when it returned misinformation and…

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Source: Gizmodo – YouTube Says It Will Crack Down on All Those Creepy Videos Targeted at or Featuring Kids

Tesla opens Model 3 order process to non-employees

Tesla’s Model 3 has technically been on the market since July, but only to employees, their family members or people who are tight with the EV maker. Your pre-order hasn’t been very useful if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of regular would-b…

Source: Engadget – Tesla opens Model 3 order process to non-employees

Samsung's Galaxy S9 Will Appear At CES In January, Says Report

According to VentureBeat, Samsung is planning to show off its next-generation Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some of the information about the devices will be shared at CES, but Samsung is still apparently holding an official launch event in March, as it did this past year for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. From the report: Codenamed Star 1 and Star 2 — and going by model numbers SM-G960 and SM-G965 — the S9 and S9+ will feature the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved-edge Super AMOLED “Infinity” displays, respectively, as their predecessors. While no specific processor was mentioned, it is said to employ 10-nanometer fabrication techniques, which is highly suggestive of the upcoming Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm (and likely a similar Exynos model for some regions). Besides a bigger screen, the S9+ will reportedly offer more RAM (6GB versus 4GB) and a second rear camera, similar to the Note8. Both models pack 64GB of internal storage, supplemented by a microSD slot, and both leave the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack intact. Regardless of rear camera configuration, both phones orient the elements on the back of the device vertically — with the fingerprint sensor on the bottom, in acknowledgement of one of the most frequent complaints about all three of Samsung’s 2017 flagship handsets. Another change that’s sure to be well-received is the addition of AKG stereo speakers. Finally, Samsung plans to introduce a backward-compatible DeX docking station that situates the phones flat and utilizes the screens as either a touchpad or a virtual keyboard.

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Source: Slashdot – Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Will Appear At CES In January, Says Report

FCC Ignored Your Net Neutrality Comment, Unless You Made a 'Serious' Legal Argument

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The FCC received a record-breaking 22 million comments chiming in on the net neutrality debate, but from the sound of it, it’s ignoring the vast majority of them. In a call with reporters yesterday discussing its plan to end net neutrality, a senior FCC official said that 7.5 million of those comments were the exact same letter, which was submitted using 45,000 fake email addresses. But even ignoring the potential spam, the commission said it didn’t really care about the public’s opinion on net neutrality unless it was phrased in unique legal terms. The vast majority of the 22 million comments were form letters, the official said, and unless those letters introduced new facts into the record or made serious legal arguments, they didn’t have much bearing on the decision. The commission didn’t care about comments that were only stating opinion. The FCC has been clear all year that it’s focused on “quality” over “quantity” when it comes to comments on net neutrality. In fairness to the commission, this isn’t an open vote. It’s a deliberative process that weighs a lot of different factors to create policy that balances the interests of many stakeholders. But it still feels brazen hearing the commission staff repeatedly discount Americans’ preference for consumer protections, simply because they aren’t phrased in legal terms.

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Source: Slashdot – FCC Ignored Your Net Neutrality Comment, Unless You Made a ‘Serious’ Legal Argument

‘CoD: WWII’ Thanksgiving double XP event started early

It’s that time of the year when those of us in the US start thinking about what we’re thankful for, and game developers are no exception. Starting today (one day early) at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET), Call of Duty: WWII gamers will receive Double XP for all M…

Source: Engadget – ‘CoD: WWII’ Thanksgiving double XP event started early

The 15 Best Black Friday Deals That You Can Buy Right Now

Black Friday begins in earnest tomorrow (yes, we know it’s Thanksgiving), but you can get a head start on the shopping with a ton of deals that are already available. You can find all of the best discount throughout the weekend on our main Black Friday post, but these are our 15 favorites so far.

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Source: LifeHacker – The 15 Best Black Friday Deals That You Can Buy Right Now

Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Greatest Successes and Weaknesses With Wine (Software)?

wjcofkc writes: As a distraction, I decided to get the video-editing software Filmora up and running on my Ubuntu box. After some tinkering, I was able to get it installed, only to have the first stage vaporize on launch. This got me reflecting on my many hits and misses with Wine (software) over the years. Before ditching private employment, my last job was with a software company. They were pretty open minded when I came marching in with my System76 laptop, and totally cool with me using Linux as my daily driver after quickly getting the Windows version of their software up and running without a hitch. They had me write extensive documentation on the process. It was only two or three paragraphs, but I consider that another Wine win since to that end I scored points at work. Past that, open source filled in the blanks. That was the only time I ever actually needed (arguably) for it to work. Truth be told, I mostly tinker around with it a couple times a year just to see what does and does not run. Wine has been around for quite awhile now, and while it will never be perfect, the project is not without merit. So Slashdot community, what have been your greatest successes and failures with Wine over the years?

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The Mars InSight lander is on track to launch in May

The InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander has passed its last major environmental test ahead of a planned May 2018 launch to Mars. The thermal vacuum testing, or TVAC, lasted two weeks and simu…

Source: Engadget – The Mars InSight lander is on track to launch in May

When F2P goes wrong: NCSoft gave latest game five months before pulling plug

Say goodbye to all of your favorite MxM characters, like… uh… that one dude from City of Heroes, and… er… frog-person. (credit: NCSoft)

Korean game studio NCSoft took an hours-before-Thanksgiving moment to announce bad news for fans of its most recent game, Master X Master: the free-to-play (F2P) game, which only launched five months ago, is already about to go dark.

The company’s official announcement, sent to all its players on Wednesday, blamed the online game’s closure on “fail[ing] to connect with players.” (That’s a short way to sum up complaints from avid users about lag, long queues between matches, and issues with monetization and content grinding.) For those players who waited until August 30 to spend real money on the game, they will receive full refunds on any MxM-related purchases within 14 days. For everyone else, the real-money store has been shut down effective immediately, with all players receiving a glut of in-game coins to purchase and unlock all the game’s content before it shuts down on January 31.

Fare ye well, MxM… we hardly knew ye.

MxM launched on June 21 as another entry in the MOBA genre (which you may know via games like Dota 2 and League of Legends), along with a few single-player “PvE” modes that range from repetitive, Diablo-like slogs to quick-and-dirty mini-games. MxM‘s full cast included “all-star” characters from NCSoft’s gaming catalog, but it also confusingly launched with a bunch of brand-new characters. Otherwise, it played largely like other popular MOBA games with few differentiating factors.

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Source: Ars Technica – When F2P goes wrong: NCSoft gave latest game five months before pulling plug

Apple Scientists Disclose Self-Driving Car Research

Apple’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles has been posted online by the company’s computer scientists. The research describes a new software approach called “VoxelNet” that helps computers detect three-dimensional objects like cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors. Reuters reports: The paper by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel, submitted on Nov. 17 to independent online journal arXiv, is significant because Apple’s famed corporate secrecy around future products has been seen as a drawback among artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers. The scientists proposed a new software approach called “VoxelNet” for helping computers detect three-dimensional objects.

Self-driving cars often use a combination of normal two-dimensional cameras and depth-sensing “LiDAR” units to recognize the world around them. While the units supply depth information, their low resolution makes it hard to detect small, faraway objects without help from a normal camera linked to it in real time. But with new software, the Apple researchers said they were able to get “highly encouraging results” in spotting pedestrians and cyclists with just LiDAR data. They also wrote they were able to beat other approaches for detecting three-dimensional objects that use only LiDAR. The experiments were computer simulations and did not involve road tests.

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Source: Slashdot – Apple Scientists Disclose Self-Driving Car Research