Thursday, December 14, 2017

Deluxe Sparkles figure available for preorder



Thor: Ragnarok Nendoroid No.863 Thor.

"FDRs book of Christmas Carols"



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"The imperial war-bankers of the D'z-Nee"


"Apple has turned on a long-promised analytics feature that gives podcast creators the ability to see basic information about the way people listen (or don’t listen) to shows on Apple’s Podcast app"

"For instance, podcast creators can now see (aggregated and anonymized, not device- or user-specific) data about when listeners stopped listening to a particular episode."

"When the NBA's new esports league kicks off in May, the virtual jerseys and stadiums in the game NBA2K18 will be sponsored"

ESPN:

As part of its presentation to teams when briefing them to participate in the esports league, the NBA offered teams the right to sell the naming rights on their virtual stadium, which will be used for their home games.

Teams can sell patches on their virtual jerseys within the game, a logo on the team's basketball court and signage around the arena.

"Cyber nerds [are] using high-tech software to buy a slew of baby-monkey robots and holding them ransom for thousands of dollars"

TA:

“Grinch bots cannot be allowed to steal Christmas, or dollars, from the wallets of New Yorkers,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said. He has proposed legislation that bans bots on retail sites, expanding a law that already prohibits the use of bulk-buying tickets for concerts or theater.

Superman Lives Brainiac





Hospitalized child asks LeBron to dunk on Lonzo

"I got you." (Lakers Cavs tonight.)

"A former Indiana doctor who used his own sperm to impregnate patients without their knowledge pleaded guilty to obstruction in the case Thursday and received no jail time"

Fox:

said it could have happened up to 50 times.

...

the judge noted Cline’s age as well as the fact that she felt he was truly remorseful.

Darth Vader, actor David Prowse helped Christopher Reeve bulk up for Superman

"I took him from 170 pounds when we started and he was 212 [pounds] when he went into the suit"

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet"

Wired:

As Peterson and Klein explored the Minecraft economy, interviewing server hosts and reviewing financial records, they came to realize how amazingly financially successful a well-run, popular Minecraft server could be. “I went into my boss’s office and said, ‘Am I crazy? It looks like people are making a ton of money,’” he recalls. “These people at the peak of summer were making $100,000 a month.”

The huge income from successful servers had also spawned a mini cottage industry of launching DDoS attacks on competitors’ servers, in an attempt to woo away players frustrated at a slow connection.

...

“Mirai was originally developed to help them corner the Minecraft market, but then they realized what a powerful tool they built,” Walton says. “Then it just became a challenge for them to make it as large as possible.”

The original plan for KOTOR 2 was for a Yoda-esque alien to be your master

EG:

"The initial twist in the first two-page concept we had for Knights of the Old Republic 2 was you were going to be trained by a Yoda-like figure," Ohlen says, "someone from the Yoda race. That character was going to train you in the first part of the game but then you were going to discover this Yoda figure was actually not the good Yoda you expected...

"He was training you to essentially be his enforcer, a Dark Lord to conquer the universe, and he was going to become the main villain."