Game Livestreaming Explodes, But Women Are Less Likely To Be Paid Than Men

Game Livestreaming Explodes, But Women Are Less Likely To Be Paid Than Men
Published on May 30, 2018 at 12:00PM
A new study by game research firm SuperData Research and payment company PayPal found that eSports and game videos are driving explosive growth in livestreams. But PayPal also found a gender imbalance in pay. Women are less likely to be paid for their streams than men. VentureBeat reports: PayPal said that 34 percent of livestream viewers in the U.S. have spent more than $50 on livestream content in the past few months. But despite the growth in spending, almost half of women content creators (43 percent globally, 47 percent in the U.S.) don’t get paid for what they create. The U.S. had the largest gender pay gap of the countries surveyed: Almost half as many men (24 percent) read more

Sonic and Ultrasonic Attacks Damage Hard Drives and Crash OSes

Sonic and Ultrasonic Attacks Damage Hard Drives and Crash OSes
Published on May 30, 2018 at 09:00AM
Dan Goodin reports via Ars Technica: Attackers can cause potentially harmful hard drive and operating system crashes by playing sounds over low-cost speakers embedded in computers or sold in stores, a team of researchers demonstrated last week. The attacks use sonic and ultrasonic sounds to disrupt magnetic HDDs as they read or write data. The researchers showed how the technique could stop some video-surveillance systems from recording live streams. Just 12 seconds of specially designed acoustic interference was all it took to cause video loss in a 720p system made by Ezviz. Sounds that lasted for 105 seconds or more caused the stock Western Digital 3.5 HDD in the device to stop recording altogether read more

De Beers To Sell Diamonds Made In a Lab

De Beers To Sell Diamonds Made In a Lab
Published on May 30, 2018 at 05:33AM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: De Beers, which almost single-handedly created the allure of diamonds as rare, expensive and the symbol of eternal love, now wants to sell you some party jewelry that is anything but. The company announced today that it will start selling man-made diamond jewelry at a fraction of the price of mined gems, marking a historic shift for the world’s biggest diamond miner, which vowed for years that it wouldn’t sell stones created in laboratories. The strategy is designed to undercut rival lab-diamond makers, who having been trying to make inroads into the $80 billion gem industry. De Beers will target younger spenders with its new diamond brand and try to capture customers that have been read more

Imgur Launches Video

Imgur Launches Video
Published on May 30, 2018 at 03:40AM
The online image sharing community Imgur is launching video after years of hosting still images and GIFs on its platform. “This is a monumental shift for our future, and it furthers our commitment to becoming the world’s greatest community powered entertainment destination,” the company said in its blog post. The Verge reports: Roy Sehgal, Imgur COO, tells The Verge that the company is “breaking the sound barrier to make Imgur an even better community-powered entertainment experience.” Videos play everywhere you can use Imgur (on both mobile and desktop), but so far, only iOS users are able to upload them. The feature is expected to come soon to other platforms. Imgur has also told TechCrunch that it plans to add video editing tools in the future. Videos read more

HoloLens Can Act As Eyes For Blind Users and Guide Them With Audio Prompts, New Research Shows

HoloLens Can Act As Eyes For Blind Users and Guide Them With Audio Prompts, New Research Shows
Published on May 30, 2018 at 03:00AM
New research shows that Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented-reality headset works well as a visual prosthesis for the vision impaired, not relaying actual visual data but guiding them in real time with audio cues and instructions. TechCrunch reports: The researchers, from Caltech and University of Southern California, first argue that restoring vision is at present simply not a realistic goal, but that replacing the perception portion of vision isn’t necessary to replicate the practical portion. After all, if you can tell where a chair is, you don’t need to see it to avoid it, right? Crunching visual data and producing a map read more

Russia Demands Apple Remove Telegram From Russian App Store

Russia Demands Apple Remove Telegram From Russian App Store
Published on May 30, 2018 at 02:20AM
The Russian government is asking Apple to help it block Telegram by removing it from the country’s App Store. Mac Rumors reports: A Russian court in April ordered carriers and internet providers in the country to block Telegram back in April, after Telegram refused to provide Russia with backdoor access to user messages. Despite issuing the block order back in April, Russia has only been able to disrupt Telegram’s operations in the country by 15 to 30 percent. Given the government’s inability to block the app, Roskomnadzor, the division of the government that controls media and telecommunications, has demanded that Apple remove the Telegram app from the Russian App Store. The group first asked Apple to remove the app in April, but is appealing to Apple again.

“In order to avoid possible action by Roskomnadzor for violations of the functioning of the above-mentioned read more

Why Thousands of AI Researchers Are Boycotting the New Nature Journal

Why Thousands of AI Researchers Are Boycotting the New Nature Journal
Published on May 29, 2018 at 11:40PM
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Guardian, written by Neil Lawrence, the founding editor of the freely available journal Proceedings of Machine Learning Research: Machine learning has demonstrated that an academic field can not only survive, but thrive, without the involvement of commercial publishers. But this has not stopped traditional publishers from entering the market. Our success has caught their attention. Most recently, the publishing conglomerate Springer Nature announced a new journal targeted at the community called Nature Machine Intelligence. The publisher now has 53 journals that bear the Nature name. Should we be concerned? What would drive read more

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Latest and Greatest In Computer Graphics Research?

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Latest and Greatest In Computer Graphics Research?
Published on May 29, 2018 at 11:00PM
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: In the world of 2D and 3D Visual Content Creation, new tricks that ship with commercial 2D or 3D software are almost always advertised as “fantastically innovative”. But when you do some digging as to who precisely invented the new “trick” or “method” and when, you often find that it was first pioneered many many years ago by some little known computer graphics researcher(s) at a university somewhere. Case in point, a flashy new 3D VR software that was released in 2018 was actually based around a 3D calculation method first patented almost 10 years ago. Sometimes you even find that the latest computer graphics software read more

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Latest and Greatest In Computer Graphics Research?

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Latest and Greatest In Computer Graphics Research?
Published on May 29, 2018 at 11:00PM
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: In the world of 2D and 3D Visual Content Creation, new tricks that ship with commercial 2D or 3D software are almost always advertised as “fantastically innovative”. But when you do some digging as to who precisely invented the new “trick” or “method” and when, you often find that it was first pioneered many many years ago by some little known computer graphics researcher(s) at a university somewhere. Case in point, a flashy new 3D VR software that was released in 2018 was actually based around a 3D calculation method first patented almost 10 years ago. Sometimes you even find that the latest computer graphics software read more

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Latest and Greatest In Computer Graphics Research?

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Latest and Greatest In Computer Graphics Research?
Published on May 29, 2018 at 11:00PM
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: In the world of 2D and 3D Visual Content Creation, new tricks that ship with commercial 2D or 3D software are almost always advertised as “fantastically innovative”. But when you do some digging as to who precisely invented the new “trick” or “method” and when, you often find that it was first pioneered many many years ago by some little known computer graphics researcher(s) at a university somewhere. Case in point, a flashy new 3D VR software that was released in 2018 was actually based around a 3D calculation method first patented almost 10 years ago. Sometimes you even find that the latest computer graphics software read more