Two Stanley Kubrick classics, seven Star Trek films, and more will depart the streaming service at the end of June. The post 10 Things You Gotta Watch Before They Leave Netflix in July appeared first on WIRED.
Reader He Who Has No Name writes: We've seen brain-dead, overzealous, and entirely over-automated DMCA takedown requests bring down music and videos, but this may be the first case of an entire video game being knocked out. Earlier today David Prassel, creator of Trek Industries and developer of the not-without-controversy ORION: Dino Horde / Prelude and the early-access Guardians of ORION, posted that his current project had been entirely removed from Steam after a questionable DMCA allegation from Activision. Prassel explains further, "We've made Steam our primary platform, but this has put a definite scare into us going forward considering our entire livelihood can be pulled without a moment's notice, without any warning or proper verification. I cannot even confirm that the representative from Activision is a real person as absolutely no results pop up in any of my searches." Image comparisons against at least two of the weapon models claimed to be infringing were posted by Prassel and in at least one thread on a forum. What's more, it appears Activision is alleging not a vertex-for-vertex and texel-for-texel theft and duplication of the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 2D -- 3D art assets, but in fact an infringing artistic similarity and design of separately created art content -- something that the DMCA does not cover (and which more would likely fall under copyright or possibly trade dress). Since this takedown falls directly in the middle of the Steam Summer Sale -- which probably is not a coincidence -- it will profoundly impact Trek Industry's potential sales.Polygon has more details.
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Just when it seemed that missing cases of microcephaly in Colombia were straining the credibility of the Zika virus' connection to the birth defects, the latest report from Colombia includes five new cases of microcephaly with Zika infections.
With a giant crater covering much of its surface, Mimas resembles a real-life Death Star from the "Star Wars" movies.
A solid rocket booster for NASA's Space Launch System megarocket will fire for 2 minutes Tuesday (June 28) at a facility in Utah, beginning at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT). Watch it live beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET here at Space.com.
A strange form of hydrogen likely lies between the gaseous hydrogen in the clouds of gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter and the liquid-metal hydrogen found in these planets' cores, according to a new study.
In July, the Juno probe will enter Jovian orbit, skimming just 3100 miles from the cloud tops.
The French high-end audio company is releasing an even-higher-end speaker at the top of its Phantom line. The post Devialet’s $3,000 Speaker Destroys Worlds With 4,500 Watts of Loud appeared first on WIRED.
Doppler Labs wants to change the way you listen to music, and to the world around you. The post Doppler's Earbuds Are Way More Than Just Wireless Headphones appeared first on WIRED.
The Forest Service has to fork over most of its budget to battle increasingly intense blazes, leaving little left for prevention and restoration. The post A Cash-Strapped Forest Service Faces Its Most Epic Fire Season Ever appeared first on WIRED.
I just asked a bot to tell me how much I spent this month on coffee. And after a few seconds, it replied. "Let's see," it said. "You spent $199.83." The post A New Chatbot Would Like to Help You With Your Bank Account appeared first on WIRED.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: In what's believed to be a first of its kind ruling, a federal court in Oregon has dismissed a direct infringement complaint against an alleged movie pirate from the outset. According to the judge, linking an IP-address to a pirated download is not enough to prove direct copyright infringement. In the Oregon District Court, Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman recently recommended dismissal of a complaint filed by the makers of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler. According to the Judge both claims of direct and indirect infringement were not sufficient for the case to continue. What's unique in this case, is that the direct infringement claims were dismissed sua sponte, which hasn't happened before. To prove direct infringement copyright holders merely have to make it "plausible" that a defendant, Thomas Gonzales in this case, is indeed the copyright infringer. This is traditionally done by pointing out that the IP-address is directly linked to the defendant's Internet connection, for example. However, according to Judge Beckerman this is not enough. In response to community backlash, Oculus has decided to change its DRM policy (again) to allow HTC Vive games to play on the Oculus Rift virtual-reality system.
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The second game from the developer of Limbo is a beautifully rendered, enigmatic, disturbing puzzle game. The post Inside's Tense Horror Is a Worthy Successor to Limbo appeared first on WIRED.
A Texas woman got jaw surgery and wound up with a British accent. Sounds legit. The post A Knock on the Head Can Give You the British Accent of Your Dreams appeared first on WIRED.
In this video, Jay Leno rides with Bob Riggle in a high power car. The car pulls a wheelie and then ends up rolling. Here is the physics behind both of these events. The post Jay Leno Can’t Do Flips in a Car and Not Expect Us to Do the Physics appeared first on WIRED.
The airport gets a tech makeover, right in time for the Olympics, The post Rio Spends $600M to Make Its Airport More Bearable Before the Olympics appeared first on WIRED.
Numerical models show hot, rocky exoplanets can change their chemistry by vaporizing rock-forming elements in steam atmospheres that are then partially lost to space.
A new study into the causes of kidney stones has revealed that high levels of zinc in the body may contribute to kidney stone formation. Kidney stones are hard, often jagged masses of crystalized minerals that form in the kidney. Some kidney stones are very small and pass through the body without even being noticed. Larger stones may get stuck in the urinary tract, however, causing severe pain and blood in the urine.
Glioblastoma is not only the most common form of brain cancer, it’s also the most deadly. It affects people from around 40 years of age, and most people live for less than 2 years after aggressive therapy. Now scientists report that a two-in-one approach could help keep brain cancer in check.
There have been several mass extinctions in the history of the earth with adverse consequences for the environment. Researchers have now uncovered another disaster that took place around 250 million years ago and completely changed the prevalent vegetation during the Lower Triassic.