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Posted by Kyle Orland

This patch announcement video fails to mention a massive change to late game enemy power hidden in the latest World of Warcraft update

Keeping a massively multiplayer online game fresh and challenging for longtime players while simultaneously staying accessible and fun for lower-powered relative newcomers is always a challenge. In World of Warcraft, a hidden change to the way end-game enemies power up alongside players has unintentionally thrown that balance out of whack, and Blizzard is working on a fix.

Shortly after yesterday's release of Patch 7.2 for the long-running MMO, players quickly began noticing that high-end enemies were scaling up in power depending on the power of the gear the player characters were wearing. The specific power numbers involved seem to make it so that players could perversely make a fight easier by taking off their high-end gear and replacing it with slightly worse weapons and armor, reducing the enemy's health and power greatly in the process.

The change in how enemy scaling works took many players by surprise because it wasn't explicitly mentioned in the extensive patch notes Blizzard released yesterday. Furthermore, WoW assistant director Ion Hazzikostas spoke out specifically against this kind of gear-based enemy scaling in a Twitch interview last year.

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30 Mar 2017 11:16
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I finished reading Asimov's.

Final tally was two skipped, one I kind of wish I skipped, and the last story, Tau Zero, I don't know what it was doing but it didn't do it successfully from where I'm sitting.

It left me grumpy and thinking I didn't get much out of the magazine.

But, I liked Number Thirty-Nine Skink
The Ones Who Know Where They Are Going was strong idea stuff
A Singular Event In The Fourth Dimension had a nice robot child
After The Atrocity did interesting stuff about self and how choice and experience shapes us, quite compactly.

So that's some story.

Just in a sea of stuff I either actively disliked or it didn't do much for me.

Being left grumpy is annoying. But you never know what next issue looks like.
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Posted by Mark Walton


It's not easy to craft a 100-hour-plus space opera epic on the scale of Mass Effect: Andromeda, even with five years and over $40 million to blow on it. But, as anyone who's tried to cut the queue at a PAX book signing can attest to, hell hath no fury like a fanboy scorned.

You'll be unsurprised to hear, then, that since Mass Effect: Andromeda hit retail last week, an Internet mob has formed to give developer Bioware a good kicking—and with good reason. It's safe to say that Andromeda has its fair share of problems, including clunky user interface issues, ropy dialogue, and some lacklustre writing. The critical response has been mixed at best (and the less said about the user Metacritic reviews the better) although our Lee Hutchinson was a tad more positive in his early review.

Still, Lee was quick to point out Andromeda's most significant and visible failing: some seriously dodgy facial and character animations. They are, at times, the stuff of nightmares. Indeed, YouTube has quickly filled with videos highlighting some of Andromeda's worst moments. I've embedded my personal favourite below.

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Posted by Dan Goodin

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Open-source developers who use Github are in the cross-hairs of advanced malware that can steal passwords, download sensitive files, take screenshots, and self-destruct when necessary.

Dimnie, as the reconnaissance and espionage trojan is known, has largely flown under the radar for the past three years. It mostly targeted Russians until early this year, when a new campaign took aim at multiple owners of Github repositories. One commenter in this thread reported the initial infection e-mail was sent to an address that was used solely for Github, and researchers with Palo Alto Networks, the firm that reported the campaign on Tuesday, told Ars they have no evidence it targeted anyone other than Github developers.

"Both messages appearing to be hand-crafted, and the reference to today's data in the attachment file name IMHO hint at a focused campaign explicitly targeting targets perceived as 'high return investments,' such as developers (possibly working on popular/open-source projects,)" someone who received two separate infection e-mails reported in the thread.

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Posted by Peter Bright

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Intel took half a day this week to talk about processor manufacturing technology. The company still believes in Moore's law and says the principle will continue to guide and shape the microchip industry. But the way the law works is changing. The company also wants to change how people talk about manufacturing processes, because current terminology—wherein the node size is used to characterise a particular process—no longer serves as a good guide to how many transistors can be packed into a chip.

Moore's law—the observation by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit would double every two years, and correspondingly, the cost per transistor would halve over the same time frame—guided microchip manufacturing for around three decades. During that period, process node shrinks, each one bringing a doubling of the number of transistors by making everything 0.7 times smaller, were all it took to fulfil Moore's law. Backed by this easy scaling, computer performance increased at a rate unrivalled by any other human technological innovation.

This scaling started to falter in the 2000s when it became increasingly difficult to shrink integrated circuits simply by switching to a smaller process node. But this didn't bring about an end to Moore's law; instead, the industry used additional techniques, such as strained silicon, high-κ metal gates, and FinFETs. The doubling of transistor density or halving of transistor cost continued to take place every two or so years.

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So, article 50 has been invoked and the more rapid, unthinking Brexiteers are talking about regaining our independence and taking back control. What a load of nonsense. However, what does 'taking back control' actually mean?

Well according to the Independent, it involves a thousand laws being passed unilaterally and without parliamentary scrutiny when European law is transposed into British law under the Great Repeal Bill.

The paper says that ‘corrections’ to EU laws will number between 800 and 1,000 and will be passed by statutory instrument, a legislative device that allows for laws to be made without a parliamentary vote.

They say that the number of statutory instruments is significantly less than the 5,000 or more that had been feared, but there are still concerns, primarily from the TUC, that these laws will be used to remove protections for workers.

So much for taking back control. What we have actually done is to take powers from a democratically elected European Parliament and passed them to ministers who it seems can act with impunity and without proper scrutiny.  Welcome to the UK's brave new world.

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30 Mar 2017 09:18
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Posted by Megan Geuss

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On Wednesday, Westinghouse Electric Company, a subsidiary of Japanese company Toshiba, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company claimed in a court filing that it was losing money on construction projects in South Carolina and Georgia, although it maintained that nuclear fuel and plant servicing operations remained “very profitable.”

The construction cost overruns fall on nuclear power plants that would have contained Generation III+ AP1000 reactors, which Westinghouse designed with “passive safety features,” like using gravity and convective cooling, to make them simpler, easier to maintain, and more resistant to earthquakes, plane crashes, or electrical blackouts. According to The New York Times, the two projects are nearly three years overdue and have cost somewhere between $1 billion and $1.3 billion more than expected.

The two projects include the Alvin W. Vogtle generating station in Georgia, which was in the news in February 2015 for missing deadlines and for cost overruns, and South Carolina Gas & Electric’s Virgil C. Summer plant in Jenkinsville, South Carolina, which has suffered similar setbacks.

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Every few months, I run through [site community profile] changelog compiling a list of who has been contributing patches to our code repository, with the understanding that this is not a competition, or any sort of "high score" list. It's intended as a guide for casual developers, to discern not only our most prolific contributors, but also those who have contributed to the project most recently and therefore would be more likely to provide a timely, informed response to development questions. That is why the list is sorted by "Latest" instead of "Changes".

In general, one commit on Github equals one point in the "Changes" column, but fractional points are awarded for collaborative efforts — the most common example being a new S2 theme, where usually half credit is awarded to the theme author and the other half to the person who converts the theme into a code patch. Due to the nature of development, some changes are massive contributions of new code, and others are tiny tweaks; there is no correlation with the amount of effort involved. We are grateful to everyone who helps to improve Dreamwidth, in ways large or small.

I last compiled this list at the end of September. Since that time, we have not been graced with any new contributors, but we are pleased to welcome [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] fu back to active development after a long absence.

  #  User                      Changes     Latest
  1. denise                     417.08     Thu Mar 30 04:19:59 2017 UTC
  2. fu                         2168.5     Thu Mar 30 04:12:07 2017 UTC
  3. kareila                      1151     Tue Mar 21 16:56:21 2017 UTC
  4. alierak                        33     Wed Mar 15 13:41:33 2017 UTC
  5. mark                        563.5     Wed Feb 15 22:47:17 2017 UTC
  6. kaberett                     44.5     Mon Feb 13 18:53:52 2017 UTC
  7. momijizukamori             229.16     Sat Feb 11 17:08:28 2017 UTC
  8. srukle                          9     Sat Feb 04 00:09:02 2017 UTC
  9. woggy                          17     Thu Sep 29 22:26:43 2016 UTC
 10. onlyembers                    0.5     Thu Sep 29 19:58:05 2016 UTC

 11. pinterface                   15.5     Sat Sep 24 00:19:48 2016 UTC
 12. wohali                          1     Wed Aug 31 14:12:26 2016 UTC
 13. hotlevel4                      53     Fri Jul 15 22:39:55 2016 UTC
 14. phidari                         2     Sat Jun 18 21:14:12 2016 UTC
 15. cesy                        29.83     Sat Jun 18 15:28:34 2016 UTC
 16. chrisboyle                     15     Sun May 15 12:08:22 2016 UTC
 17. me_and                         36     Sun May 15 11:33:08 2016 UTC
 18. dfabulich                       1     Mon Apr 25 19:53:40 2016 UTC
 19. azurelunatic                    8     Mon Mar 28 05:54:30 2016 UTC
 20. sgsabbage                      17     Wed Feb 24 20:45:39 2016 UTC
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Posted by Ron Amadeo

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NEW YORK CITY—After tons of leaks and speculation, the Galaxy S8 is finally here. Samsung took the wraps off its newest flagship at the swanky Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and we spent a few minutes testing the device out.

I'm a bit spoiled by having seen recent slim bezel devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix and the LG G6, but the Galaxy S8 is still a stunner in person. Samsung's and LG's slim-bezel entries have a lot in common, but Samsung's execution wins on all fronts. LG and Samsung have both attempted to round the corners of their displays, but the corners on the Galaxy S8 are actually round and look great (unlike the G6's awkward corner transitions). Samsung has beaten LG by a few millimetres in the slim bezel department, too, especially on the bottom bezel. The front is a great new look for Samsung, with no buttons or logos to clutter up the design.

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30 Mar 2017 07:49
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I think I am spending too much time on the internet
specifically tumblr
which is a weirdly repetitive time sink that can take as much of your life as you give it.

I mean I like having a fandom and associated discussion again
but I'm not so keen on waiting on slow computer to reload yet another screen of reblogs that don't add anything
some of them of random shit from last year or more.

Tumblr is a terrible platform for most things, is what I'm saying.

Is there a fandom newsletter culture I just failed to find?
somewhere that aggregates the interesting comments so you don't have to follow all dozen people in your corner and hope?
following tags sure doesn't work well enough for that.

I'm going to have to unfollow a bunch of stuff just to reclaim some of my day.
the vlogs full of pretty pictures will be a good start, but pretty pictures are all tumblr as a technology is really actually good at.

and yet, dreamwidth, difficult to find new content. people quiet. lots of going away. don't know if newer fandoms are here at all.

don't know why that happened.

must find places to look.

current balance not very good.
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Posted by David Kravets

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The marketplace for the consumer drone is skyrocketing. Now there are more than 770,000 drones registered with the US Federal Aviation Administration. That's up from 670,000 in January alone.

The number might be even higher if an Indiegogo crowdfunded campaign delivered its Onagofly F115 drone as promised, according to a would-be class-action federal lawsuit. The suit, (PDF) filed Monday in a Los Angeles federal court, also accuses drone-makers Shenzen Sunshine Technology of China and Acumen Robot Intelligence of Brea, California, of delivering "a worthless product" when it does follow through on orders for its hand-sized, camera-equipped drones. The suit says the delivered drones are "nothing more than a spruced-up paperweight" and that the companies have "perpetrated a scam upon the fast-growing drone-buying community."

The suit also claims that their "customer service department is nonexistent, such that it is completely unresponsive to the hundreds if not thousands of customer complaints" regarding the Onagofly F115 drone, which costs up to $280. The company had raised some $3.5 million in crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Crowdfund Insider claims that the drone was one of "the most funded Indiegogo campaigns of all time" and that the drone has been riddled with complaints of it either being shoddy or not being delivered at all.

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30 Mar 2017 08:07
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1) Tea. It does help with the aching throat.

2) Easy dinner.

3) Reading a pretty good book. The Lost Library, by A.M. Dean. Really good book so far. ^^


30 Mar 2017 05:59
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On Monday I printed out a whole bunch of exercises from the NHS website
so today I taped a few sheets to the bookcase I'm planning to get rid of and tried doing a few exercises.


Like, not ow, but, huh, that's work I do not usually do.

I like the pillow exercises because instead of big weights you're swinging a pillow around
I tried them without even the pillow
and it says to do multiple sets
and I am currently disinclined to do multiple sets.


Possibly I really need to do some exercises.

Also I tried like two from the abs sheet and now my abs feel unusual.

Also also I need to look up like moving images with instructions, because it's not always obvious how you're meant to look like the little drawings man.

So. Now I have a project. Involving actual movement. Ever. At all.

Dancing is good movements but I only do one hour of that a week so I could add more moving on different days.

... I mean, I probably won't, but I could...

Day 29 – Bluebird Skies

30 Mar 2017 05:02
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Not the library I was at today.

It’s Wednesday! I’ve done four complete weeks. It feels like I just started, to be honest. Today started early, as I had a follow up doctor visit to make sure I was recovered from last week’s “event.” I knew I wanted to make today’s prayers at the library before I even went to sleep last night, though, and I had my bag packed with the books I needed to return.

The morning was gray and wet and windy, and no amount of cover helps much when the rain is blowing sideways. I got some quality solo train time in, which hasn’t happened much since we moved. Along the way I took care of some paperwork that needed to be done and visited Portlandia for the first time in a while. It had lightened up some by the time I was walking from the train stop to my office, but it stayed gloomy and damp right up until about an hour before my shift ended, when the clouds thinned and the blue spring sky came through.

After work I was practically skipping on the walk to the library. For the last Wednesday, my offering was joining the Friends of the Library, a proper commitment to the town and the library wights as well as an offering for Pillai.

I need to spend some more time with the new lesson from the Court of the Work In Progress but it’s got me thinking about my writing, and the spirits I already work with and the spirits I could turn to for help with that. The course has thus far done an amazing job of happening to be just what I need when it comes into my mailbox, I have to admit.

One last day with Pechak and Velos and this experiment will officially be complete, though I have to finalize the prayers and their format. And now that I’ve laid this groundwork, it’ll be time to move onto the next thing.

Today’s coin is an Algerian 1 dinar coin. The back features a prominent star and crescent symbol and a hamsa. The star reminds me of the Dark Lady, and the crescent I hadn’t used to associate with her, but pairing her with Monday has made me think about it. I hadn’t spent enough time with Redbird to see it before the last few months, but the Dark Lady and the Bright Lady are very much two sides of the same coin. The hamsa is a protective symbol, so this coin I take as the Dark Lady’s blessing.




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Posted by Cyrus Farivar

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Amazon has successfully emerged from a lawsuit brought by the Internal Revenue Service, saving the company from a huge potential tax bill.

A federal tax court judge ruled last week that the agency’s determination that Amazon’s re-assessed tax liability for 2005 and 2006 of $1.5 billion plus interest was "arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable."

Had Amazon lost, it would have had to pay that full amount, plus interest, and perhaps more for subsequent years.

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Yeah, this is late today (I've been having a bit of a slow start to the day). But there's still at least three things which went right in my news feed, and here they are:

From foster kid to hopeful surgeon: Young people in care recognised for achievements by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

This article profiles three of the 25 winners of the Perth Airport Achiever Awards, a grant of $4000, given to young people who have been in care, or who have left care, and who are looking to continue education and training.

Lizards quick to snap up 1080 baits meant for WA wild dogs by Eliza Wood (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Pastoralists and farmers have been saying for years that 1080 baits are ineffective against wild dogs in WA, because the dogs don't take them. Now research out of Murdoch University is proving them right - not only are the baits usually quickly snapped up by varanids (monitor lizards) as well as other species such as ravens, kangaroos, ants and feral cats; but even when the lizards go into hibernation for the winter, the dogs aren't eating the baits in the first place.

Quokkas thriving on Rottnest Island despite increased tourism, study finds by Charlotte Hamlyn

The quokkas of Rottnest Island have been notorious ever since Willem de Vlamingh first mistook them for rats and named the island for them (the literal translation from the Dutch is "rat's nest"). But very little has been known about the population (despite them getting an online reputation as "the happiest animal in the world") until recently, when researcher Veronica Phillips undertook the first thorough study of the quokka population there in about forty years, in order to find out whether tourism on the island is harming them.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found a story about "what went right" in your news feed, why not share it in the comments and boost the signal?

I guess I'm sick too

29 Mar 2017 22:05
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I have been so tired today. (Getting to sleep around 4 am didn't help.) I got the kid's built-up-from-being-sick work at the school and was gonna get gas, but was too vegged to feel that was safe, so I went back home.

I have revived somewhat, back here, and took kid for Out dinner. But still, not far, not far.

I was unable to get any editing done. Maybe a bit before bed. My eyes don't want to be open. Or focused.

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