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26 Aug 21:47

Gillmor Gang: What It’s Worth

by Steve Gillmor
Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, August 25, 2017. G3: Pardon Me recorded Friday, August 25, 2017 with Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, Lisa Padilla, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @kteare, @fradice, DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More
10 May 00:50

Patch 7.2 Hotfixes - May 8, Tweets, Poll, Heroes of the Storm - D.Va Spotlight

5 Interesting Lore Facts for the Diablo Necromancer

The 100th Tavern Brawl is this Week! Here's What to Expect

Patch 7.2 Hotfixes - May 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Classes

Dungeons and Raids
  • Fixed a bug that caused some loot chests, on the Guild Master loot setting, to only distribute gold to the player who looted the chest.
  • Quaking should no longer apply to players while they are on the boat at the beginning of the Court of Stars, nor after Mythic Keystone dungeons have been completed.
  • Cathedral of Eternal Night
    • Helblaze Felbringers’ Devastating Swipe now deals 60% less damage on all difficulties.
    • Agronox
      • Reduced Agronox’s health by 25% on all difficulties.
      • Succulent Lashers’ Succulent Secretion now initially explodes for 80% less damage on all difficulties.
      • Succulent Lashers’ Succulent Secretion’s periodic damage reduced by 50% on all difficulties.
      • The health of Fulminating Lashers has been reduced by 30% on all difficulties, to match other Fulminating Lashers in the dungeon.
      • The damage done by Choking Vines has been reduced by 50% on all difficulties, to match other Choking Vines in the dungeon.
    • Domatrax
      • Reduced Domatrax’s melee damage by 50% on all difficulties.

Events
  • Fixed a bug preventing the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza from operating as expected.

Player versus Player

The adjustments below will take effect with this weeks’ maintenance in each region.


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
What is the new PvP scaling cap? I am currently at 918 Item levels and I still keep getting more stats as my ilvl increases. Thanks
Buff from item level still 0.1% stats for every 1 item level over 800. But the base template is now tuned to item level 900 (up from 850). (holinka)

Professions
Since 7.2 I've gotten one mining 3 star. Still have multiple at one star.
3-star gathering items and questgivers are still appearing. They’re quite rare! Their drop rates may increase a bit in a future patch.(WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Re: warforged/titanforged. Why knowing exact date, when you will finish your gear - is bad thing? Some players, including me, pick content according to amount of effort, needed to finish it. Potentially endless grind - is thing, that drives me away from certain content. This is the reason, why I play Wow and don’t play Diablo.
Your arguments are largely from the point of view of a player, which makes sense. But there are at least a couple of reasons why it could be bad for a developer.

There are so many great games out this March, that I don’t know how I will play them all. I almost need reasons to be able to call one done and put it down so I can move on to another one. But if I put a game down, there is a chance I may not go back to it. I stopped playing Final Fantasy XV near the end, and if you know anything about the end, you may have predict that I may never pick the game up again. I’m a churned FFXV player. I keep meaning to go back to WoW and Diablo and Dark Souls 3, but I haven’t yet.

If you finish a tier in WoW, maybe you’ll go back when a new tier comes out. But maybe you’ll be heavily engrossed in another game. Maybe you’ll have adjusted to a new gaming schedule. Maybe your raid will have already replaced you. There is inertia to keep not playing once you start not playing. This isn’t a WoW-specific issue. It can happen with almost any game.

The subscription model complicates this for a couple of reasons. First, if you take a break for a month or two, you aren’t paying for a month or two. (And if you churn, you may never pay for a month again.) There is also the value proposition from your point of view, that if you’re paying for a month, you want content that lasts for a whole month.

When I was working on WoW, it was always with the expectation that players were always hungry for more content. I was as relieved as anyone when my guild finished a raid tier and didn’t have the long hours and tense fights for a time, but I often still wanted stuff to do in WoW.

If I ever worked on another MMO (and I almost certainly won’t) I think I would investigate a business model that is more like the standard box and expansions. When a new tier comes out (or maybe even a dungeon or class?), you purchase that tier, but then you don’t pay by the month. I think that’s more conducive with the way I like to play games, where sometimes a new game comes out and I want to drop everything and play it, or I want to take a break even from a game I love.

That was a long answer already, but I also still think it’s important for random dropped loot in WoW or any game that has it to feel exciting. When the loot starts to be too predictable, it can feel good in the short term to have more control over its acquisition, but in the long run the game can just feel more like a treadmill and the exciting moments of opening the mystery gift box just don’t land any longer. (Source)



Poll - Heroes of the Storm
With the release of Heroes 2.0 are you playing Heroes of the Storm?



D.Va Spotlight – Heroes of the Storm
D.Va is heading to Heroes of the Storm soon!



28 Feb 13:26

Amazon's Just Straight Up Taking $8.62 Off (Almost) Any $50 Order Today

by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Lifehacker

I’ve seen a lot of deals in my day, but I’ve never seen anything like this. Amazon’s currently taking $8.62 off pretty much any $50 purchase (shipped and sold by Amazon.com) with promo code BIGTHANKS, today only. Yes, you read that correctly.

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22 Mar 14:03

Just When You Thought Magnets Weren’t Magic; Magnets Are Mechanisms

by James Hobson

This is magic, big news, both, or neither. It’s so exciting to see magnets behave in this bizarre and wonderful way that we think it’s hard to forecast where this will go. Shown above is a pair of magnets that have several modes of operation. They attract each other, but repel when less than a centimeter apart. However, give one a twist and the two will strongly attract.

The behavior is thanks to a new process of 3D printing magnets to manipulate where the fields occur. With the behavior just described, they would function well as a cabinet latch which has soft close and positive lock, all built into two magnets.

This comes from one of our favorite YouTube channels, [SmarterEveryDay], who just toured Polymagnet — a company that has figured out how to actually print magnetic fields.

3dprinted-magnets-thumbSo how the heck does it work? Well, your standard magnet has a north face on one side, and a south face on the other — creating a magnetic loop between the two. But what if you could put north and south on the same side of the magnet, and vary their position and size? It means you can control the magnetic field down to the magnetic pixel, or as Polymagnet calls them — a Maxel.

Here you can see some magnetic film (which reacts visually to magnetic fields) put on top of the two parts of the demo magnet. The printed design is very similar to a mechanical mechanism. We’d explain more, but [Destin] does a great job teaching about the tech in the video found below.

Is this the dawn of magnetic mechanisms? We certainly have never seen anything like it.

The applications for this technology are endless. Controllable, permanent magnetic fields of your own design? From locking magnetic latches, to shock absorbers, component coupling, positional control… this is going to be revolutionary in product design.


Filed under: 3d Printer hacks, slider
07 Mar 19:17

Steal This Show S01E07: Did P2P Break the Law?

by Ernesto

steal240This episode we are joined by Mike Masnick – CEO & Editor of Techdirt, and Evan Engstrom, Executive Director of Engine.  

This episode we discuss the extraordinary growth of academic filesharing site SciHub, the new Zeronet distributed torrent application Play, and yet another comeback from Popcorn Time.

In addition, we talk about the plague of DMCA takedown notices afflicting YouTube creators and why the law might not survive the acceleration of the digital media landscape… in its present form.

Steal This Show aims to release bi-weekly episodes featuring insiders discussing copyright and file-sharing news. It complements our regular reporting by adding more room for opinion, commentary and analysis.

The guests for our news discussions will vary and we’ll aim to introduce voices from different backgrounds and persuasions. In addition to news, STS will also produce features interviewing some of the great innovators and minds.

Host: Jamie King

Guess: Mike Masnick and Evan Engstrom.

Produced by Jamie King
Edited & Mixed by Eric Bouthiller
Original Music by David Triana
Web Production by Siraje Amarniss

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

30 Jun 18:55

Gallery of the Day: 8 Surprising, Strange Currencies

by Schuyler J. Dievendorf

Today we give you eight downright shocking currencies that span thousands of years. So don't worry about bringing money because it's no good here.

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29 Jun 04:08

Deadly Imaginings

by snopes@snopes.com
A man locked in an unplugged freezer imagined himself freezing to death and died as a result.
02 Jul 11:43

Right-Click Enhancer Adds Useful Options to the Context Menu

by Eric Ravenscraft

Right-Click Enhancer Adds Useful Options to the Context Menu

Windows: The right click menu already has a bunch of great features, but if you want to supercharge it even more, Right-Click Enhancer brings a host of new options.

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02 Jul 02:40

3 Apps And Services That Can Tap Into The Feedly Cloud

by Aaron Couch

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Although there are several alternatives to Google Reader, Feedly, with its easy to use interface, has been the primary choice for reading news. Along with announcing Feedly Cloud, Feedly also informed its users about other services and apps that can be used in combination with Feedly. In this article, we'll look at three that integrate exceptionally well with Feedly.

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02 Jul 02:38

GetThemAll Any File Downloader snags videos, music & pictures from any website!

by Antonio Wells
GetThemAll Any File Downloader - Downloaded Files

GetThemAll Any File Downloader app grabs videos, music, pictures and more for Android and Windows Phone. It can even grab text files and PDF documents. It can extend farther by allowing for transferring or uploading those files you’ve downloaded to a PC or cloud storage drive. Let’s get into the review and show all the app’s... View Article

GetThemAll Any File Downloader snags videos, music & pictures from any website! is a post from: AndroidTapp.com

22 May 20:48

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon announced for PC and iOS

by Alice O'Connor

Hardcore strategy specialist Slitherine has revealed the first fruits of its partnership with Games Workshop to make Warhammer 40,000 games and yes, it certainly sounds hardcore. Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon is to be a turn-based, hex-set game pitting the Imperial Guard and Space Marines against ork hordes invading a Hive World.

Armageddon put you in charge of the Imperial Guard's Armageddon Steel Legion during the Second War for Armageddon, supported by detachments from the Ultramarine, Blood Angel and Salamander chapters of the pious Space Marines. The branching single-player campaign will offer 30 "major" scenarios, plus another 5 in tutorials, the announcement explains.

It seems to be, unsurprisingly, a pretty complex affair, with over 100 units, 20 unit stats, and terrain, weather and morale taken into account during battle. Units can carry across scenarios, earning experience and upgrading their equipment along the way.

Multiplayer will use Slitherine's own PBEM++ system, a more secure version of Play By E-Mail. Yes, PBEM, that's how long your turns may take. Armageddon has an editor too.

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon is due on PC and iOS some time from January to March 2014. Slitherine has the rights to make more games in the Battle for Armageddon setting too.

10 Apr 14:49

New $443 3D scanner on sale: “Looks awesome. Shoots lasers.”

by Cyrus Farivar
The company says it can scan most things in "around 3 minutes." Matterform

Weeks after 3D printing startup Makerbot announced that it would be selling a 3D scanner, a Canadian startup called Matterform has upped the ante: a C$450 ($443) “Photon 3D Scanner.”

Since it was announed late last month in pre-sale on Indiegogo (with an introductory price of C$350), the product has generated crazy levels of interest. The Toronto pair that makes up Matterform set out to raise C$81,000. Now with three weeks left in the fundraiser, the two have already raised more than C$228,000 ($224,500). (By comparison, the NextEngine 3D scanner currently sells for $3,000.)

“We built [the Photon 3D Scanner] in mind for anyone with a 3D printer,” Drew Cox, one of Matterform’s co-founders, told Ars. “It’s a less complicated machinery [than a printer]. It doesn’t have the same amount of moving parts that a 3D printer has. There’s a rigidity that printers need to have. We don’t have to have a lot of weight. When it comes to price, it just ended up being [relatively low-cost].”

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