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Psychological thriller Martha Is Dead "combines superstition, folklore, and deep psychological distress"

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 13:03

Town of Light developer LKA has dropped a new video teaser for its upcoming psychological thriller, Martha Is Dead.

The trailer doesn't give away much, but it does touch upon the Tale of the White Lady, "the spirit of a murdered, tortured soul whose one goal is to seek a moment's relief by dragging others into the water to suffer the same fate".

The "savage story" told in the video is reportedly based upon a real-life Italian legend, which is purportedly passed down through from generation to generation much as it's done in this trailer, with the young Giulia badgering her grandmother to tell her the spooky story of "a drowned maiden, murdered in a fit of jealousy by her lover who now stalks the shores of the lake where she suffered in her final moments".

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The Crew franchise has clocked up over 30 million players

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 12:42

The Crew has clocked up 30 million players since the franchise first launched back in 2014.

The milestone was announced as part of last night's Ubisoft Forward presentation (you can catch up now courtesy of Martin's excellent on-the-night liveblogging right here).

"This year has been an incredibly intense one for The Crew 2 and everybody at Ivory Tower," the team explains on the official website. "We managed to deliver an update every four months, as well as a new episode every two months. Our teams have successfully shipped all the content we promised a year ago."

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"Massive multiplayer outdoor sports playground" Riders Republic will release in September

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 12:02

Riders Republic will release on 2nd September, 2021.

While developer Ubisoft stopped short of outlining when the betas will launch, it does, however, invite players to register their interest in trying out the "massive multiplayer outdoor sports playground" via upcoming betas.

Even without details on when the beta tests will go live, players interested in trying Riders Republic ahead of its launch can register their interest now on the official website. Though there's not much information on the website just yet, it does intimate that betas will be available on all platforms Riders Republic is coming to, including Google Stadia.

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NASA Finally Shows Off Assembled 'Space Launch System' Megarocket

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 11:34
Slashdot reader ytene writes: The BBC are showing the first set of images of NASA's now-assembled "Space Launch System" (SLS) vehicle, noting that NASA intends to use it to launch a human crew back to the moon later this decade. Testing will take place before astronauts are expected to ride the vehicle to space some time in 2023. It's enormous. From the BBC's report: On Friday, engineers at Florida's Kennedy Space Center finished lowering the 65m (212ft) -tall core stage in-between two smaller booster rockets... Nasa plans to launch the SLS on its maiden flight later this year. During this mission, known as Artemis-1, the SLS will carry Orion — America's next-generation crew vehicle — towards the Moon. However, no astronauts will be aboard... The SLS consists of the giant core stage, which houses propellant tanks and four powerful engines, flanked by two 54m (177ft) -long solid rocket boosters. In early 2020 the BBC reported that "Some in the space community believe it would be better to launch deep space missions on commercial rockets. But supporters of the programme say that NASA needs its own heavy-lift launch capability... "The SLS was designed to re-use technology originally developed for the space shuttle programme, which ran from 1981-2011."

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China's 'Zhurong' Rover Takes a Selfie on Mars

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 09:34
The BBC reports: China's Zhurong rover has sent back a batch of new images from Mars — including a "selfie". The robot, which landed in May, positioned a wireless camera on the ground and then rolled back a short distance to take the snap. To Zhurong's right is the rocket-powered platform that brought the six-wheeled vehicle to a soft touchdown. Both display prominent Chinese flags... It weighs some 240kg. A tall mast carries cameras to take pictures and aid navigation; five additional instruments will investigate the mineralogy of local rocks and the general nature of the environment, including the weather. Like the current American rovers (Curiosity and Perseverance), Zhurong has a laser tool to zap rocks to assess their chemistry. It also has a radar to look for sub-surface water-ice - a capability it shares with Perseverance. Slashdot reader InfiniteZero writes that the mission's "full resolution images including a 360 panoramic view of the landing site, can be found at the official CNSA website."

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4+ Years in Prison for Home Security Worker Who Accessed Security Cameras to Spy on Women

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 06:34
A security camera installation worker for ADT was sentenced Wednesday to a little more than four years in federal prison for illegally accessing the security cameras of more than 200 North Texas customers, reports the Dallas Morning News: Telesforo Aviles, age 35, faced a maximum of five years in prison for computer fraud under the terms of his plea agreement, in which he admitted to accessing customer accounts over 9,600 times since 2015. He was cuffed and taken into custody to begin serving his sentence after the hearing. The quiet and introverted technician, a senior supervisor with 17 years at ADT, was caught last year after the company was alerted by a customer to suspicious activity, said his lawyer, Tom Pappas. Aviles, who is married with five children, turned himself in when he was asked to, Pappas said. "He's mortified by what he did," Pappas said. "He sees what he did as a betrayal of himself, too." Of the nearly 10,000 images Aviles accessed, about 40 were "sexual in nature" and none involved children, Pappas said. An ADT spokesman said the company had no comment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sid Mody had asked Starr to give Aviles the maximum sentence, saying that while 217 accounts were accessed, the total number of victims is much higher given that each household had multiple family members. That violation, he said, destroyed "in the worst way" their sense of feeling safe and secure at home... Starr said he considered Aviles' cooperation with authorities and lack of a criminal history as well as the fact that the conduct involved a "lengthy period of time." Aviles noted the homes that had "attractive women" and repeatedly logged into their accounts to view the footage, prosecutors said... ADT has since been hit with class-action lawsuits from customers over the breach. The article also notes the story of one woman who filed a federal lawsuit last month against ADT. She'd told the court Aviles persuaded her to install cameras in her bedrooms after she'd specifically questioned whether it was truly necessary. "Aviles told her that it was necessary because a burglar could enter the house through the bedroom windows, and the cameras would monitor that," her lawsuit says. "Of course, Aviles' placement of the cameras had nothing to do with potential burglars." In a statement filed with the court, one female homeowner reportedly wrote that "This deliberate and calculated invasion of privacy is arguably more harmful than if I had installed no security system and my house had been burglarized."

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Seat On Jeff Bezos' Space Trip Sells For $28 Million

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 03:34
The auction has ended for a seat with Jeff Bezos and his brother on their first Blue Origin flight into space next month. Slashdot reader ytene writes that a live-streamed auction for the seat "lasted less than 10 minutes after opening at $4.8 million." The Hill reports: That came after nearly 7,600 people from 159 countries had registered to bid on a seat for the July 20 space flight by the time registration closed Thursday, according to ABC News... Blue Origin said the $28 million would be donated to Club for the Future, Blue Origin's 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to "inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space," according to its website... Blue Origin said the fourth and final crew member of the mission will also be announced when the identity of the auction winner is revealed. Today CNN ran a story headlined "Jeff Bezos is going to space for 11 minutes. Here's how risky that is." (Or how safe?) They'll be going up and coming right back down, and they'll be doing it in less time — about 11 minutes — than it takes most people to get to work. Suborbital flights differ greatly from orbital flights of the type most of us think of when we think of spaceflight. Blue Origin's New Shepard flights will be brief, up-and-down trips, though they will go more than 62 miles above Earth, which is widely considered to be the edge of outer space. Orbital rockets need to drum up enough power to hit at least 17,000 miles per hour, or what's known as orbital velocity, essentially giving a spacecraft enough energy to continue whipping around the Earth rather than being dragged immediately back down by gravity. Suborbital flights require far less power and speed. That means less time the rocket is required to burn, lower temperatures scorching the outside of the spacecraft, less force and compression ripping at the spacecraft, and generally fewer opportunities for something to go very wrong. New Shepard's suborbital fights hit about about three times the speed of sound — roughly 2,300 miles per hour — and fly directly upward until the rocket expends most of its fuel. The crew capsule will then separate from the rocket at the top of the trajectory and briefly continue upward before the capsule almost hovers at the top of its flight path, giving the passengers a few minutes of weightlessness. It works sort of like an extended version of the weightlessness you experience when you reach the peak of a roller coaster hill, just before gravity brings your cart — or, in Bezos' case, your space capsule — screaming back down toward the ground. The New Shepard capsule then deploys a large plume of parachutes to slow its descent to less than 20 miles per hour before it hits the ground... Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule, which is fully autonomous and does not require a pilot, has never had an explosive mishap in 15 test flights. And the nature of Bezos' flight means it comes with some inherently lower risks than more ambitious space travel attempts. But that doesn't mean the risk is zero, either.

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Linus Torvalds Tells Anti-Vaxxer To Shut Up On Linux Mailing List

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 00:34
Linus Torvalds was "clearly unamused" by a "humanoid conspiracy theory, and also on its discussion in a Linux kernel topic thread," reports Neowin. They add that Torvalds "weighed in quite heavily with some very strong language, mixed with some biology lessons..." Here's an excerpt from Torvalds' response (as shared by Slashdot reader Hmmmmmm): Please keep your insane and technically incorrect anti-vax comments to yourself. You don't know what you are talking about, you don't know what mRNA is, and you're spreading idiotic lies. Maybe you do so unwittingly, because of bad education. Maybe you do so because you've talked to "experts" or watched youtube videos by charlatans that don't know what they are talking about. But dammit, regardless of where you have gotten your mis-information from, any Linux kernel discussion list isn't going to have your idiotic drivel pass uncontested from me. Vaccines have saved the lives of literally tens of millions of people. Just for your edification in case you are actually willing to be educated: mRNA doesn't change your genetic sequence in any way. It is the exact same intermediate - and temporary - kind of material that your cells generate internally all the time as part of your normal cell processes, and all that the mRNA vaccines do is to add a dose their own specialized sequence that then makes your normal cell machinery generate that spike protein so that your body learns how to recognize it. The half-life of mRNA is a few hours. Any injected mRNA will be all gone from your body in a day or two. It doesn't change anything long-term, except for that natural "your body now knows how to recognize and fight off a new foreign protein" (which then tends to fade over time too, but lasts a lot longer than a few days). And yes, while your body learns to fight off that foreign material, you may feel like shit for a while. That's normal, and it's your natural response to your cells spending resources on learning how to deal with the new threat. And of the vaccines, the mRNA ones are the most modern, and the most targeted - exactly because they do *not* need to have any of the other genetic material that you traditionally have in a vaccine (ie no need for basically the whole - if weakened - bacterial or virus genetic material). So the mRNA vaccines actually have *less* of that foreign material in them than traditional vaccines do. And a *lot* less than the very real and actual COVID-19 virus that is spreading in your neighborhood. Honestly, anybody who has told you differently, and who has told you that it changes your genetic material, is simply uneducated. You need to stop believing the anti-vax lies, and you need to start protecting your family and the people around you. Get vaccinated... Get vaccinated. Stop believing the anti-vax lies. And if you insist on believing in the crazy conspiracy theories, at least SHUT THE HELL UP about it on Linux kernel discussion lists.

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Godfall coming to PlayStation 4, alongside new expansion

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 23:58

Following a ratings board leak earlier this year, it is now confirmed that Godfall, the PC and PlayStation 5 fantasy looter published by Gearbox, will also launch for PS4.

It is perhaps surprising to see the visually-impressive role-player getting ported to last-gen - not that we saw much of what that PS4 version might look like today. But this move will, obviously, open up the game to a wider audience.

Today also brought word of Fire & Darkness, a new expansion for Godfall which adds in a new realm, new story, and a hoard of new loot.

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Everything announced during Devolver's E3 2021 show

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 23:42

Devolver just held its E3 2021 show and, predictably, it was off the wall.

There was some eye-catching stuff shown during the show, which was one big piss-take of subscriptions, games as a service and video game monetisation. The video of the entire "Devolver MaxPass+ Showcase | Monetization as a Service" is below, and below that are trailers for all the games.

Let's start with Trek to Yomi, a "cinematic tour-de-force" inspired by classic samurai films from director Leonard Menchiari and Flying Wild Hog, the Polish studio behind the 2013 reboot of Shadow Warrior and its 2016 sequel, Shadow Warrior 2.

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Dartmouth Abandons Controversial Online Cheating Investigation at Medical School

Slashdot - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 23:34
Dartmouth's Geisel medical school is dropping its investigation into alleged online cheating, the New York Times reports: In March, Dartmouth charged 17 students with cheating based on a review of certain online-activity data on Canvas — a popular learning-management system where professors post assignments and students submit their work — during remote exams. The school quickly dropped seven of the cases after at least two students argued that administrators had mistaken automated Canvas activity for human cheating. Now Dartmouth is also dropping allegations against the remaining 10 students, some of whom faced expulsion, suspension, course failures and misconduct marks on their academic records that could have derailed their medical careers. "I have decided to dismiss all the honor code charges," Duane Compton, dean of the medical school, said in an email to the Geisel community Wednesday evening, adding that the students' academic records would not be affected. "I have apologized to the students for what they have been through." Dartmouth's decision to dismiss the charges followed a software review by The New York Times, which found that students' devices could automatically generate Canvas activity data even when no one was using them. Dartmouth's practices were condemned by some alumni along with some faculty at other medical schools. A Dartmouth spokesman said the school could not comment further on the dropping of the charges for privacy reasons. "The moral of the current story is clear," argued the Times reporter on Twitter. "Colleges that use surveillance tech can end up erroneously accusing some of their best students."

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Patch Released for 7-Year-Old Privilege Escalation Bug In Linux Service Polkit

Slashdot - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 22:34
Long-time Slashdot reader wildstoo writes: In a blog post on Thursday, GitHub security researcher Kevin Backhouse announced that Polkit, a Linux system service included in several modern Linux distros that provides an organized way for non-privileged processes to communicate with privileged ones, has been harbouring a major security bug for seven years. The bug, assigned (CVE-2021-3560) allows a non-privileged user to gain administrative shell access with a handful of standard command line tools. The bug was fixed on June 3, 2021 in a coordinated disclosure. "It's used by systemd," GitHub's blog post points out, "so any Linux distribution that uses systemd also uses polkit..." "It's very simple and quick to exploit, so it's important that you update your Linux installations as soon as possible. Any system that has polkit version 0.113 (or later) installed is vulnerable. That includes popular distributions such as RHEL 8 and Ubuntu 20.04."

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Here's the first trailer for Ubisoft's Avatar game, which is out next year

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 22:24

Cast your mind back to 2017, and you might recall Ubisoft announcing it was working on a new video game adaptation of James Cameron's Avatar movie. Five years of almost complete silence around the project followed, but all that's now changed, with Ubisoft showing the first footage of its Avatar game, now titled Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, during its E3 livestream.

"In this new, standalone story," explains Ubisoft, "play as a Na'vi and embark on a journey across the Western Frontier, a never-before-seen part of Pandora. Explore a living and reactive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters, and push back the formidable RDA forces that threaten it."

Ubisoft is calling Frontiers of Pandora a first-person action-adventure and a "immersive, open world experience", and its trailer - running on the latest version of Ubisoft's Snowdrop Engine, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot - offers a jaunt through a gorgeous rendition of the planet Pandora, complete with all the exotic flora and fauna you could possible hope for.

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Humankind closed beta coming, lets you play through most of a game

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 22:21

Humankind, Amplitude's upcoming, history-spanning 4X game, gets a new closed beta soon, and it'll let you play through five of the game's six eras. There's also a snazzy new trailer to come with the announcement, which you can watch here:

Amplitude's done plenty of other betas like this in the past - which the studio refers to as OpenDevs - but this is the furthest into a game of Humankind you'll have been able to get, by some way.

You can play either 200 turns or up to the end of the Industrial Era, whichever comes first. Industrial era features include resources like coal and oil, railways, and artillery and air battles - we actually had a chance to explore some more of this ourselves during our latest preview but barely got halfway there, despite playing a good 10 to 15-odd hours, which should give you an idea of just how long you get with this beta.

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Ubisoft shows brief Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope gameplay

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 22:12

Ubisoft has confirmed Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope for Nintendo Switch in 2022, after today's leak.

During the Ubisoft Forward show, Ubisoft showed a brief look at gameplay. You can check it out in the video below:

Here's the official blurb:

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Riders Republic is the Justice League of parks

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 22:10

Riders Republic is a lot like Steep, Ubisoft's brilliant winter sports mix-up. It's like Steep in the fact that it throws a bunch of different sports together and lets them spark off each other. It's like Steep in that you can pull back to a gigantic map of the whole environment whenever you want. It's like Steep in that you're chucked in with a bunch of other players - this is a massively multiplayer playground. But then there's this element that is new to Riders Republic. In the E3 trailer I found myself craning my head, as it were, to catch a glimpse of... could that be... was that? Yes, while being a bit like Steep Riders Republic is also a super group of America's National Parks.

A lot of them are here. Bryce Canyon with its radioactive peach earth and spindly towers, Sequoia with those vast trees, whose branches must hold the sky. Yosemite, the best of all parks, with Half-Dome glowing mauve against a bloomy morning sky. A bunch of them, knocked together. It's such a brilliant idea I'm surprised it's taken anyone this long to do it.

Obv, since this is Ubisoft doing it, there's a certain maximalism in play. Sports range from BMX biking to paragliding and snowboarding and several things that seem to involve rocket packs. Everything is points, everything is progress, and everything can be done in multiplayer - the whole career mode and much more besides. The avatars all look like Just Dance went on holiday, and obviously you can customise and unlock gear and upgrade it and tweak it and all of that. The central hub is a 3D menu that doubles as the kind of festival Jess Glynne's always going to in videos. Of course Ubisoft would make an interactive menu with its own food trucks.

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Rainbow Six Extraction launches September

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 22:10

Ubisoft has now gone into some detail on Rainbow Six Extraction, its upcoming co-op shooter where you team up with friends to face down an alien threat.

It launches for PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on 16th September, with crossplay across all platforms.

The name of the game is Extraction, and as you might expect, the aim of the game is to survive until... well, you are extracted. Who would have called this game anything else?!

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla will get a second year of expansions

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 22:03

Assassin's Creed Valhalla will get a second year of expansions, Ubisoft announced tonight during its E3 Forward event.

This is the first time any game in the Assassin's Creed series has received this level of post-launch support, but this news isn't surprising. Firstly, Valhalla has gone down very well. Secondly, as we reported last month, datamining has pointed to the mythical realm of Muspelheim coming down the line. And, indeed, Ubisoft teased Muspelheim tonight.

Before all that, Valhalla has its previously-announced Siege of Paris expansion coming this summer. No release date for that was shared, but we got a good look at footage. Ubisoft also confirmed the fan-favourite "black box" missions from the series' past will return here. These are assassination target opportunities where you have a set location and multiple methods to take down a target.

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Just Dance 2022 arrives this November

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 22:02

Yes, the Just Dance franchise is still going strong, and we now have a release date for the next entry in the series: and it's 4th November.

The news was unveiled during this evening's Ubisoft Forward livestream. The announcement also featured celebrity performer and choreographer Todrick Hall (who you may recognise from his appearances on RuPaul's Drag Race). He released a popular single called Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels in 2019, and this song is set to be included in the line-up for Just Dance 2022.

The game is due to feature 40 tracks in total, and along with Todrick Hall's music you can expect to find Level Up by Ciara and Believer by Imagine Dragons.

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Watch Dogs: Legion's Bloodline expansion out July

Eurogamer - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 21:43

Watch Dogs: Legion's Bloodline expansion comes out 6th July, Ubisoft has announced.

The new trailer, below, was shown during the E3 Ubisoft Forward event.

Bloodline adds Aiden and Wrench from previous Watch Dogs games to Legion as playable characters.

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