Maribyrnongs summer swim scheme

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the beach and pool season in full swing, the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre is offering half price swim lessons for children. Minister for Multicultural Affair and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras invites families from Maribyrnong’s multicultural families to sign up their children for the VICSWIM Summer Kidz Program. Mr Kotsiras encouraged families to sign their children quickly as places are filling up fast. He added that swimming is very much part of the Australian summer pastime and “learn-to-swim programs like VICSWIM help prevent Victorians especially younger children from drowning while making swimming a fun exercise.” “It is important all parents encourage their children to learn how to swim as it may one day save their lives,” Mr Kotsiras said. Enrolments are still accepted for Week 2 (until Monday 9 January) and Week 3 (until Monday 16 Janruary). For more information about the program, and to enrol, please visit www.vicswim.com.aulast_img read more

Irish woman fights to free husband

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Irishwoman Julie Marku hopes that testimony from a DNA specialist, will convince an appeal court in Crete on December 4 that the forensics report used to sentence her husband Mark Marku for armed robbery is unreliable and misleading. Julie Markou has been campaigning for two years to have her husband released from a Cretan prison where he was jailed following a conviction for armed robbery. Mark Marku was convicted to 18 years in prison in January 2012. However his wife Julie Marku, and her parents, Bill and Phyl O’Reilly, believe his trial was a miscarriage of justice, not least because Mark – who is an Albanian citizen – was in Ireland when three of the seven armed robberies he was convicted for took place. Even though he was able to provide alibis, flight records and affidavits that could prove this, these were disregarded by the prosecution as forgeries and dismissed by the judge, they claim. According to the Greek daily Eleftherotypia the prosecution failed to provide any evidence for 11 of the 16 charges brought against him. Mr Marku’s Athens-based lawyer, Leonidas Pegiadis, who spoke to the newspaper stated that his was “a trial of purpose, to restore faith in the police and the courts”. The Irish Innocence Project has come to the side of Julie Marku, in assisting the Greek lawyer of her husband, and is sending to Greece Dr Greg Hampikian, a DNA expert from the Idaho Innocence Project, who will testify at the trial on how his conviction was based on unreliable and misleading evidence that does not prove Mark Marku was involved in the armed robberies. The Innocence Network was founded in 1992 and uses DNA evidence to examine cases where there are claims of wrongful conviction. Since it began, over 300 people have been exonerated only in the USA. Julie and Mark Marku met in Crete in 2007 when Julie was travelling around Greece for the summer. They fell in love and lived and worked in Greece for two years, then they were married in Ireland in April 2009.Source: enetenglishlast_img read more

Lemnos – the Greek dimension in the ANZAC Centenary

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “The ANZAC Centenary is a historic milestone for two countries that I hold dear, Australia and New Zealand, so there is no doubt that I felt the need to commemorate in an artistic way the Greek connection to this landmark anniversary,” Eva (Eyvah) T. Dafaranos, curator of the exhibition said. “This has the particularity that it is not an experience of combat; on the contrary it incarnates two exquisite spirits: the bravery of the allied Nurses and Doctors caring for the wounded as well as the hospitality of the inhabitants of Lemnos.”Curating the exhibition Lemnos – the Greek dimension in the ANZAC Centenary, Eva T. Dafaranos asks to draw inspiration from the above legacy which expresses the idea that you can be equally brave in war fighting for the life of a wounded soldier by preserving life and provide care and convalescence. “This is the spirit of the exhibition and I am so happy to acknowledge the beauty and the originality of each one’s artistic contribution,” the curator adds.“We feel proud that this exhibition will give the opportunity to the public to discover how important the spirit of humanism prevailed in Lemnos during and after the Gallipoli Campaign.”Ambassador Haris D. Dafaranos stated that it gives him great pleasure he had the opportunity to bring various artistic angles to the visualisation of war experience through the works of fourteen Greek Australian aspiring artists.Even more as the subject of inspiration is Lemnos and its historic connection with the ANZAC Centenary.“We are honoured that Lemnos, even during the difficult moment of war, kept loyally the ancient Greek tradition of hospitality, enabling the allied Nurses and Medics to perform wonders and save lives. Lemnos was a pause of tranquility appropriate for the convalescence of the wounded soldiers. It is in this spirit of respect and commemoration that Eva and I bring to you this exhibition,” he told thanking all the participating artists for their spontaneous response to Eva’s idea.He stressed that nations need to keep through their collective memory historic experiences, shared sacrifices and ideals.” “This acquires major importance for the history in order to trace the ancestral footsteps of simple people who gave their life or were wounded fighting for a common cause.”The Greek Australian artists participating are: Karen Barbouttis, Nick Bonovas, Stephen Caldis, Olga Cironis, George Comino, Alexandra Danalis, Eyvah T. D, Stella Karydiotou, Dean Manning, Peter Michalandos, Ros Psakis, George Raftopoulos, Athena Xenakis, George Zindilis.The exhibition will be open to the public on May 2 and 3, from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Admission is free.last_img read more

2500yearold Corinthian helmet found north of Black Sea

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Archaeologists of the Russian Academy of Sciences have discovered a Corinthian helmet in a grave from the 5th century BC; the first discovery of its kind north of the Black Sea.The discovery took place in the Taman Peninsula, south-west of Russia, RIA Novosti of Archaeology News Network reports.It isThe helmet was found severely corroded and quite fragmented having been buried for approximately 2500 years as it is made of bronze.Corinthian helmets appeared in Greece around the 6th century BC; an essential piece of military equipment for the foots soldiers of the fierce Greek phalanxes.The goddess Athena, or Pericles, are also frequently depicted wearing them. What is special about this type of helmet is that it covers the entire head and neck areas, with slits for the eyes and mouth, and protruding cheek covers (paragnathides). A large curved projection protected the nape of the neck and the interior was padded with fabric or leather to protect the warrior’s skull. Often their crest was surmounted by a crest (lophos) with a horsehair plume.General view of the burial of the Greek warrior. Photo: Institute of archaeology of Russian Academy of SciencesAccording to Roman Mimohod, director of the expedition of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IA RAS), “the helmet of the Taman peninsula belongs to the Corinthian Hermione-type and would date back to the first quarter of the fifth century BC.”Several Greek colonies were indeed present in this region with a settlement extending from the end of the 7th century BC until the second quarter of the 4th century BC.Amphora found in burial. Photo: Institute of archaeology of Russian Academy of Sciences“These settlements were in very close contact with the Scythian inhabitants of the steppe,” another historian, Iraoslav Lebedynsky who specialises in ancient Eurasian cultures said.Some cities founded by the Greeks in the region were Olbia, at the mouth of the Dnieper; Panticapaion, today’s Kerch, in the extreme west of the Crimea, and Chersonese (Sevastopol); on the Russian bank and Phanagoria (Taman) bearing the same name as the peninsula where Corinthian helmet was found.last_img read more

Greek woman saved after falling down 30metre church well in Turkey

first_imgA Greek woman has sustained injuries after falling down a 30-metre deep well while working at a Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul, Turkey.Firefighters rushed to Hagia Nikola to assist Tina Tinodinos, who according to reports, was cleaning when she fell down after stepping on the lid covering the well.Thankfully her husband Kostas was nearby and heard his wife scream out in Greek “I’m falling!”.Firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene and administered first aid for half an hour, before rushing her to hospital by ambulance for additional treatment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le code QR apparaît à la télévision française

first_imgLe code QR apparaît à la télévision françaiseFrance – Le code QR s’affichera lundi dans l’émission Télématin. Ce code-barres permet aux téléspectateurs d’accéder à des informations complémentaires via Internet.La télévision et Internet resserrent leurs liens. Lundi, c’est le code QR qui fera son apparition sur le petit écran. Il permettra aux téléspectateurs d’accéder à des informations sur le Net. Pour cela, il suffit de prendre en photo le code-barres apparaissant à la télévision et, après avoir téléchargé un lecteur de codes QR gratuit, d’accéder à un espace dédié. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Ce système est très utilisé au Japon et le sera bientôt pour la première fois en France. “Aujourd’hui, les Japonais scannent plus de QR Codes qu’ils envoient de SMS”, explique Christophe Fischer, cofondateur de la plateforme QR Mobile. “En France, la pratique est toute nouvelle, mais elle va rapidement trouver des applications, que ce soit dans la grande distribution, le tourisme, ou dans l’aide aux handicapés ou aux malvoyants”. Ces codes-barres peuvent être utilisés dans tous les domaines : musical, immobilier ou encore culturel.Le 26 mars 2010 à 14:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Espèces en voie de disparition peu de compassion pour les moches

first_imgEspèces en voie de disparition : peu de compassion pour les mochesAfrique du sud – Il n’y a pas que le physique qui compte affirme le dicton. Et pourtant. Même lorsqu’il s’agit d’espèces animales, l’Homme est plus facilement attiré par ce qui est généralement considéré comme “beau”. Les espèces menacées ne font pas exception à la règle : d’après une étude menée par des chercheurs en Afrique du sud, celles dont on se préoccupe le plus sont les plus attrayantes ou les plus impressionnantes. D’après les résultats d’une étude menée par un professeur de l’université de Pretoria, les scientifiques préfèrent de loin travailler sur des espèces telles que les ours et les panthères plutôt que sur les grenouilles ou les lamantins.D’après l’analyse de 2.000 papiers publiés entre 1994 et 2008, le lamantin n’a fait l’objet que de quatorze études en Afrique du sud depuis 1994, alors que l’adorable suricate a lui été au centre de plus de 100 études sur la même période. De même, les grands mammifères menacés ont été 500 fois plus étudiés que les amphibiens dans la même situation. Les plus appréciés sont les chimpanzés (1.855 publications) et les léopards (1.241 publications). D’ailleurs, les symboles des associations de protection des animaux sont bien souvent des grands mammifères (le panda du WWF par exemple). Les scientifiques à l’origine de cette étude en appellent donc à une évaluation de la situation des espèces en danger d’extinction plus juste. Le 30 mai 2010 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Internet le chanteur Prince en a fini avec le web trop ringard

first_imgInternet : le chanteur Prince en a fini avec le web, trop ringard pour luiÉtats-Unis – Le chanteur Prince, vedette des années 80, est lassé d’Internet. La star américaine ne veut plus utiliser le web pour distribuer sa musique.Pour Prince, “Internet, c’est fini.” Le chanteur a en effet annoncé au Daily Mirror, avoir décidé de ne plus vendre sa musique par le biais du Net. Pour lui, Internet est devenu “ringard”, d’autant plus que le musicien ne s’entend pas vraiment avec les acteurs du Web, au niveau commercial. À lire aussiAbeille, Mark Zuckerberg et cancer, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 avrilPrince a d’ailleurs déjà attaqué en justice des sites comme Youtube. “Je ne vois pas pourquoi je donnerais ma musique à iTunes ou à quelqu’un d’autre. Ils ne veulent pas me payer une avance, et après ils sont en colère quand je refuse de leur donner”, explique-t-il. “De plus, Internet, c’est comme MTV. A une époque, MTV était à la mode, puis c’est devenu ringard. De toutes façons, tous ces gadgets numériques ne servent à rien” a-t-il conclu.Prince avait pourtant ouvert un portail sur sa musique il y a un moment, mais le chanteur ne supporte pas que d’autres sites profitent de ses chansons, de manière “indue”. C’est donc finalement avec le journal Courrier international que Prince a choisi de distribuer son nouvel album !Le 7 juillet 2010 à 14:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gaz à effet de serre le Japon reporte sine die un projet

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : le Japon reporte sine die un projet de marché d’émissionsSous la pression des entreprises craignant de voir leur compétitivité affaiblie face à leurs concurrents internationaux, le Japon a reporté sine die un projet visant à instaurer un marché de permis d’émission de gaz à effet de serre.Ce mardi 28 décembre, Koichiro Gemba, ministre de la Stratégie nationale, a annoncé la suspension du projet de marché carbone, dans l’attente d’un examen plus approfondi, rapporte Reuters. “Mais nous n’abandonnons pas le projet d’instaurer un marché de permis d’émission de gaz à effet de serre”, a-t-il toutefois assuré, ne donnant aucune précision quant à la date à laquelle ce marché pourrait voir le jour.Le Japon entendait mettre en place ce système dès 2013, afin de réduire sensiblement les émissions de GES engendrées par ses entreprises. Mais au lendemain du sommet de Cancun, le pays aujourd’hui classé à la cinquième place des plus gros émetteurs de gaz à effet de serre du monde, a cédé à la pression de sociétés redoutant de perdre en compétitivité. Au début du mois, le Parti démocrate au pouvoir avait tiré la sonnette d’alarme contre ce projet qui menaçait selon lui de mettre un frein aux investissements dans les industries du pays.Le 28 décembre 2010 à 16:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nucléaire des tests de résistance sur les centrales de lUE débuteront le

first_imgNucléaire : des tests de résistance sur les centrales de l’UE débuteront le 1er juinLes contrôles de résistance sur les centrales européennes débuteront le 1er juin. Des modalités de tests communes ont été mises en place par l’Union Européenne visant à vérifier les capacités des bâtiments à se maintenir face à des catastrophes naturelles ou à des événements d’origine humaine.Les tests de résistance établis par le groupe des régulateurs européens dans le domaine de la sûreté nucléaire (Ensreg) débuteront le 1er juin, a déclaré à la presse le Commissaire à l’Energie Gunther Oettinger. La crise nucléaire qui sévit depuis le 11 mars à la centrale japonaise de Fukushima semble avoir provoqué l’inquiétude des autorités face à l’état du parc nucléaire européen. Au total, les 143 réacteurs de l’Union Européenne seront soumis à un audit dont les formalités ont été définies sur un commun accord. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéL’Ensreg a tenu à dissocier les tests faits sur la sûreté des centrales face aux risques de catastrophes ou d’accidents, et ceux sur la sécurité face à des actes terroristes ou des sabotages. Par ailleurs, des contrôles très approfondis ont été établis afin de vérifier la résistance des structures face aux catastrophes naturelles comme d’éventuels séismes ou inondations. Les résultats de ces contrôles seront rendus publics en avril 2012. Au regard des conclusions, chaque pays concerné sera libre de prendre la décision appropriée concernant le maintien ou non de ses centrales.Alors que le nouveau système d’audit se prépare, la Suisse a fait savoir hier qu’elle fermerait ses cinq centrales entre 2019 et 2034, quand celles-ci auront atteint 50 ans de service. La décision découle d’une réclamation des citoyens dont 20.000 ont défilé pour exprimer leur hostilité face à l’avenir de l’énergie nucléaire. Selon le gouvernement helvétique, les économies d’énergie, le développement de l’hydro-électricité et les centrales à gaz devraient suffire à assurer l’alimentation électrique de tous les habitants du pays. Le 26 mai 2011 à 10:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Microsoft une nouvelle Xbox en 2013

first_imgMicrosoft : une nouvelle Xbox en 2013 ?Nouvelle rumeur sur celle qui succèdera à la Xbox 360 dans le domaine des jeux vidéos. Microsoft sortirait une nouvelle console en 2013. Elle serait présentée lors du salon l’E3 de 2013.Le géant de l’informatique Microsoft planifierait de commercialiser une nouvelle console de jeux en 2013. Cette hypothèse est émise par plusieurs sources et notamment par des fabricants de processeurs et des programmeurs et avancée par le site Develop. Cette console de jeux nouvelle génération pourrait être présentée lors de l’E3 2013.A propos du futur nom de la console, elle pourrait s’appeler Fable Next, Xbox 720, ou bien Xbox Next. D’après Présence PC, Epic Games mettrait au point un nouveau moteur Unreal Engine qui pourrait être opérationnel d’ici deux ans. Cette console pourrait donc arriver plus tôt que prévu dans les salons. Elle remplacerait peu à peu la Xbox 360 vendue avec succès depuis 2005, restant en tête des ventes de consoles de salon haute définition dans le monde. A ce jour, 56,7 millions de Xbox 360 ont été écoulées. Ces annonces devraient en amener d’autres plus concrètes mais cette possibilité semble très sérieuse. Malgré tout, la Xbox 360 a encore quelques années devant elle avec ses nombreux jeux, sa gestion de vidéos à la demande, des démos de jeux… et une révision de sa capacité de stockage. Le 21 octobre 2011 à 11:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Japan Gave This Anime Character A Cybersecurity Officer Position

first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On Netflix StreamingSword Art Online: The Beginning will use your real 3D scanned body in-game The popular anime series Sword Art Online is getting its own future film in Japan. What better way to promote it than taking one of the characters and giving them a real-world officer position? Does that make sense? Does it sound crazy? It happened, so there’s that.It turns out that the Japanese government took the main character from the main Sword Art Online series and protagonist of Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and assigned him a cyber security officer position. This comes from the Japanese government’s National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) as a part of a tie-in meant to promote the Sword Art Online film.There’s an official poster that goes along with the promotion with the tagline “We will protect the internet,” which is a bit of a hint as to what the movie will be about, though it makes sense in the real world, of course, too. Just don’t expect to be able to call or write Kirito as the cybersecurity officer since he’s, well…a fictional character and all, but you all knew that.Kirito and additional characters from Sword Art Online will be part of the overall promotion for Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and there will be various posters going up for Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Japan, beginning February 1 through March 18.The film will start showing on February 18 in Japanese theaters, but American fans can get in on the fun too, with United States theaters showing the film beginning March 9, 2017, via Eleven Arts as a limited release. It will first premiere in Japanese with English subtitles in Hollywood, California on March 1. If you’re a big fan of the show, this should be a pretty exciting time for you given Kirito’s new position and all. Major hats off to him and the rest of the team. Wink wink.last_img read more

HandsOn Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is a Blast of Pure Nostalgia

first_img The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda Stay on target In case you didn’t know, I’m a rather big fan of the classic Mega Man games. I could never finish any of the old games when I was a kid, but I always enjoyed playing as the Blue Bomber. After the disappointment that was Mighty No. 9, I’ve found myself playing Mega Man Legacy Collection quite often. The games are still super challenging, but playing them provides a nice respite from the glut of open world games being released. When I was told there would be a Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, I became extremely excited.The original Mega Man Legacy Collection featured all six of the brutally difficult NES-era Mega Man titles. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 features everything that came afterward — namely Mega Man 7-10. These titles don’t have the same unified look as that of the original collection since they were made for systems like the SNES, Sega Saturn, and PlayStation 3. Despite being very different titles from one another, each is a solid entry in the classic franchise.I’ve never played Mega Man 7 or Mega Man 8 so I began the demo with those. Despite each being over 20 years, both looked fantastic. 16-bit era titles always seem to hold up well visually and Mega Man 7 is no exception. Mega Man 8 is a 32-bit game but looks 16-bit, albeit with better animations and more colors. Mega Man 8 contains animated cut-scenes full of hilariously cheesy dialogue. I’m kind of upset with myself for missing out on both of these back in the day, but I’m glad I can enjoy them now.Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 have the look and feel of old-school Mega Man titles. This demo only had Mega Man 9, but that wasn’t an issue since I played it and Mega Man 10 on the PlayStation 3. There’s not much to say about these two since they came out so recently (relatively speaking). Those of us who no longer have their PS3s or Xbox 360s and either want to revisit or never played either Mega Man 9 or 10 will have a ball with this collection.Like the previous game, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 has features that make it easier to play. Each stage automatically saves at certain checkpoints. Players can also turn on “extra armor” in order to absorb more damage. Experienced Mega-aficionados can try to get to the top of a global leaderboard by completing game-specific challenges. Remixed versions of stages are available for those who know the originals inside and out and desire a real challenge. Visuals have been enhanced to work on modern TVs and monitors but still retain their classic aesthetic.The first Mega Man Legacy Collection was brilliant so I’m most definitely looking forward to playing Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 when it comes out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 8. The game is available for pre-order now on Amazon.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

Steams Most Popular Game is PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

first_img Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileValve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset, Even Without ‘Half-Life’ The last thing the internet needs is yet another piece of content on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Over these past few months, citizens of the web have proven they can’t stop playing (or watching other people play) this online multiplayer shooter. If you somehow don’t know, the premise is 100 poor souls drop onto an abandoned island and horrifically stalk and kill each other with scavenged weapons until only one remains.Count me among those (somewhat) enthralled. I have some issues with the game, mostly centered around the frequent down time and seemingly randomly deaths if you aren’t good enough, but I also totally get why the concept is so novel. Besides, the game is too early and admittedly unfinished to “review.” However, after playing some more, my reaction towards the game crystallized in a way I thought would be worth discussing. PUBG is the Dota the shooters.Just compare their origin stories. Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene made his alias one worth remembering thanks to his beloved battle royale PC mods for 2013 survival shooter DayZ, which itself was a mod for 2009 military shooter Arma 2. Battlegrounds is a distillation of the concepts (along with some residual Euro-jank) Greene and his growing team at Bluehole were exploring but finally presented as its own standalone game.Meanwhile, Dota began as a mod for Blizzard’s real-time strategy game Warcraft III. It became so popular that rival PC juggernaut Valve hired key Dota designer IceFrog to help develop a sequel for Steam. Even more so than PUBG, Dota strips away elements of its ancestral genre and reworks them into something entirely new and more competitive. Both games also have a fondness for silly cosmetic items.While their basic mechanics of shooting enemies and clicking hero units seem simple enough, PUBG and Dota both require players to wrap their heads around a lot of assumed, arcane knowledge either through hours and hours of practice and/or learning from a team of masters. In a way, both games are also sort of like Monster Hunter or the Souls series. Both games wring a lot of divergent gameplay possibilities from generally static starting points. Currently, both games only have one map and always involve the same number of players, 100 players solo or in squads in PUBG and two teams of five in Dota.In Dota, you’re not just going to naturally intuit things like jungling and last hit and how certain heroes and their abilities fare against each other without an explanation. And in PUBG, with each new match you’ll gain a better understanding of how the guns fire, how to deal with your initial parachute landing, how bullets drops, how the vehicles behave, how the death circle and red zones constrict around the map, and how the map and terrain look and work in general. Plus you have to find out what all this “chicken dinner” talk is about.Both games are even typically referred to by their four-letter acronyms, although Dota 2 officially doesn’t stand for anything since Valve can’t acknowledge famous legal Blizzard property “Defense of the Ancients.”Games like this naturally foster a sense of community. By fighting each other, we’re all helping each other learn and improve. Hearing the mindless chatter of other players in the opening PUBG plane ride gets you pumped to murder them, but in the end, we’re all the same half-naked Hunger Games contestants in this together. Also, the frequent, quiet, suspenseful anticipation leaves room to crack inside jokes to relieve tension. So it’s unsurprising that PUBG has become a huge streaming phenomenon, dominating platforms like Twitch and Facebook Live (thanks to a recent exclusivity deal) as well as the general gaming mind share in a way arguably beyond what Dota once did. It even stole away some Dota streamers.To this day Valve still holds Dota tournaments with $1,000,000 payouts so if just a fraction of that success is in PUBG’s future the game should be just fine. It’s already on track to have a similar seismic impact on its own genre and spawn legions of imitators just like all the post-Dota MOBA games (League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Heroes of Newerth). Heck, PUBG might be even bigger, especially once it’s finished and starts hitting consoles beginning with Xbox One this fall. Its influence could be on the level of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which is fitting since this fall marks the ten-year anniversary of Infinity Ward’s landmark shooter that couldn’t be further away from PUBG when it comes to pacing and attitude toward death.Is this comparison a little reductive and unfair? Yeah, probably. If anything, I think I’m doing PUBG a disservice by comparing it to Dota since I think PUBG is a much, much better game. For all of the weirdness surrounding its high skill-ceiling, PUBG still works as an enjoyable and somewhat approachable mainstream multiplayer shooter. Whether you play it alone hiding in a cabin with a shotgun for 20 minutes or exploring, killing, and having slapstick antics with your squad mates until you die, no way to play is invalid. Dota’s gameplay is much stranger, stricter, singular, and full of dogma. Plus I still resent it and its ilk for replacing the real-time strategy games I actually like.Maybe my thoughts will all change if keep playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Maybe I’ll realize it’s actually the Super Monkey Ball of shooters or the Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge of shooters. As a shooter, something like Overwatch (also increasingly influential) probably has more explicit Dota elements, but I think PUBG embodies more of the spirit of what made Dota so original and beloved in the first place. So right now, when I think of PUBG, the other four-letter word I think of is Dota.View as: One Page Slides1/51. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a online multiplayer shooter that’s taking the internet by storm.2. In terms of streaming popularity and potential impact, PUBG is beginning to rival past hits like Dota.3. Like Dota, PUBG is a spin-off to a mod of another PC game.4. PUBG and Dota both also have lots of arcane knowledge for players to learn through practice and talking to friends.5. But whereas Dota is a strange and singular thing, PUBG is also a fun and approachable multiplayer shooter.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Twitter Wipes Hundreds of Russian Operative Accounts

first_img Twitter claimed that it deleted more than 200 accounts that it tied to Russian operatives. These were among the same group that snuck political ads on Facebook — in defiance of American law governing political advertising. It also said that three accounts connected to the Kremlin and Russian news site RT spent more than $270,000 on advertising last year.These are some of the latest developments in the investigation of Russian interference in the US election. What happened at the upper levels — i.e. whether the current administration colluded with the Russian government to manipulate, in some capacity, the election results — remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that there were multiple attacks on a variety of fronts, at the very least, with a good chunk of them leveraging lax regulations in internet advertising to skirt standard election commission rules.The United States requires that sources for political advertising funding be disclosed along with the ad, which is why you’ll always here “I’m X politician and I approve this message,” which generally signifies that the campaign itself paid for it. Back in 2004, when John Kerry got hit with ads from “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” those had to have a different disclosure since they weren’t tied to either the Republican Party or George W. Bush directly.Senator Mark Warner of Virginia hammered Twitter following a hearing on the matter, saying that it clearly wasn’t taking the problem seriously enough, and was “deeply disappointed” at the “inadequacy on almost every level.”“[Twitter] showed an enormous lack of understanding… about how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions,” Warner said, according to the Washington Post.For its part, Facebook has recently gotten very aggressive in handling instances of election tampering, information manipulation, etc., as it did recently with the German elections. But, it too let the issue fester for quite some time, leading to thousands of Russian ads that sought to exploit the racial intolerance of many Americans for political ends.These ads were served up using the vast quantities of data pulled in by social media companies. Some, for example, served up ads of Muslims supporting Hillary Clinton targeted at those who were suspected of harboring Islamophobia.Disturbing as it is, now the question turns to next steps. Congress has suggested that Twitter do a full internal investigation. Right now, the only accounts pulled were those linked with similar data that Facebook shared a bit ago. Representative Adam Schiff (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that “there are serious questions about whether Twitter has the capability to do the forensics necessary to determine how much the Russians used their platform.”After its hearings with both the Senate and the House of Representatives, Twitter said that it was doing its best, and would be cooperating fully with the congressional investigation.“Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process,” the company wrote in a blog post. “[It] is a cornerstone for all democracies. We will continue to strengthen Twitter against attempted manipulation, including malicious automated accounts and spam, as well as other activities that violate our Terms of Service.”And the world spins on.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature last_img read more

Astronomers Spot Evidence of Ancient Milky Way Merger

first_img Milky Way ‘Ate’ a Nearby Dwarf Galaxy 10 Billion Years Ago, Study FindsHubble Captures Mature ‘Pinwheel’ Galaxy in Stunning Image The Milky Way is a cannibal, and scientists have identified the remains of one of its biggest meals.Studying data from the Gaia space observatory, researchers discovered traces of a satellite galaxy devoured by our own about 10 billion years ago.A team, led by University of Groningen astronomer Amina Helmi, spotted some 33,000 stars that reside in our galaxy, but were born elsewhere and carried here during a giant galactic collision.Helmi has spent most of her career hunting for “fossils” in the Milky Way that might offer some hints about its evolution.Now, thanks to the second wave of data from the Gaia satellite mission, she’s found one: Gaia-Enceladus.“We expected stars from fused satellites in the [Milky Way’s] halo,” she said in a statement. “What we didn’t expect to find was that most halo stars actually have a shared origin in one very large merger.”Artist’s rendering of Enceladus being devoured by a Milky Way-like galaxy (via René van der Woude/Mixr.nl)As detailed in a paper published by the journal Nature, the chemical signature of many newfound halo stars was clearly different that “native” Milky Way stars.“And they are a fairly homogeneous group, which indicates they share a common origin,” Helmi explained.By examining the position and movement of millions of stars, the team was able to clearly pick out the so-called “invaders.” “The youngest stars from Gaia-Enceladus are actually younger than the native Milky Way stars in what is now the thick disk region,” Helmi said. “This means that the progenitor of this thick disk was already present when the fusion happened, and Gaia-Enceladus, because of its large size, shoot it and puffed it up.”The former galaxy is named in part after the tool that gathered the crucial data used to uncover this cosmic consolidation.Helmi & Co. also give a nod to Greek mythology, in which Enceladus, the giant son of Gaia, was buried below Sicily, causing seismic activity.University of Groningen researchers over the summer published a study based on the same Gaia data.More cosmic coverage on Geek.com:RIP Kepler: NASA Retires Planet-Hunting Space TelescopeNASA Solar Probe Becomes Closest Spacecraft to the SunAstronomers Propose New Method for Detecting Massive Black Holes Stay on targetlast_img read more

Preview for tonight’s 6/11 WWE Smackdown on Syfy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Triple H Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Pinterest WhatsApp Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar The following is scheduled for tonight’s 6/11 WWE Smackdown on Syfy:* WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler* Roman Reigns & Randy Orton & Neville vs. Sheamus & Kane & WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston* Paige vs. Alicia Fox* King Barrett vs. Jack Swagger* WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback vs. The MizRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Out Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns The Miz Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woodslast_img read more

Brie Bella talks returning to WWE, New Day Network special

first_imgFacebook Twitter That’s truly a question for millions of people! Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Nikki Bella May 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm Now Playing Up Next May 27, 2017 at 9:37 am Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The Bella Twins to appear on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” airing August 18 Drew Mcintyre ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Pinterest WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’center_img Brie Bella Announces She Is Quitting Wrestling May 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm Colby Videos Articles Google+ WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 3 COMMENTS Wayne Martin Comments are closed. why have a baby when you’re barely gonna have a hand in raising her Aaron David Harwood plus you suck as a wrestler, despite all the “hard work” you say you have put in…. stay at home, enjoy life with your family, and please don’t come back. Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Brie Bella talks returning to WWEIn a new video on the Bella Twins YouTube channel, former WWE star Brie Bella talks about getting back into shape after the birth of her daughter earlier this month and wanting to make a return to WWE. New Day Network specialWWE has posted the “The New Day’s Fantastic Ride” WWE Network special that aired earlier this week onto their YouTube channel on Friday that showcases the New Day as hosts of Wrestlemania 33 and their Final Fantasy-themed attire. Ronda Rousey WhatsApplast_img read more

Former Impact, Ring of Honor and New Japan talents now part of WWE developmental

first_img Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Twitter Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) The official Twitter account for WWE’s Performance Center revealed a list of new developmental signings on Monday featuring former Impact, ROH and New Japan talent.The list of talent includes:– Former ROH star Karen Q– Second generation wrestler Rachel Ellering– Former Impact star Trevor Lee– Former New Japan and ROH star ACH– Former Impact star Samuel Shaw– Canadian tag team 3.0– Australian talent Elliot Sexton– Australian star Jonah Rock– Nick Comoroto– Omari Palmer– Ricardo MillerToday at the @WWEPC, we welcomed the newest class of recruits. @karenmeee, @RachaelEllering, @TLee910, @GoGoACH, @TheSamuelShaw, @Jagged3point0, @BigMagic3point0, @ElliotSextonAUS, @Jonah_Rock, Nick Comoroto, Omari Palmer and Ricardo Miller. pic.twitter.com/Ensviqw3bI— Performance Center (@WWEPC) February 11, 2019 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more