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YouTube Networks Drop Thousands of Creators

Polygon is reporting that the future of multi-channel networks is in question, as thousands of creators are purged from Fullscreen, Ritual, BBTV, and more MCNs. Starting a few weeks ago, Fullscreen started dropping creators from their network, seemingly without cause, however now, in an an email, Fullscreen told one of its former creators that they had been dropped because of "a decision that comes from YouTube and is out of our control." Messages from Howard Pinsky, director of creator marketing at Fullscreen posted on a public Discord had this to say:

"YouTube is 'forcing' all networks to remove creators that are at risk of violating terms of service (copyright issues, misleading thumbnails, etc)," Pinsky said, according to a screenshot of that message. "This isn't a decision from the networks, but one from YouTube. They're really starting to clean up the platform. Fullscreen (and other networks) have zero say in this. This is a decision from YouTube. From what they explained to us, many channels that posed a risk of violating YouTube's terms of service, even if no strikes were present, were released."

While I've never understood the point of an MCN for 99% of creators, this is still yet another way YouTube is driving smaller channels off it's platform. I'm still hoping that Pornhub comes out with a "Youhub" or something for people to migrate to. Thanks to @cageymaru for the story. Discussion
Posted by rgmekanic April 23, 2018 5:04 PM (CDT)

Hackers Gonna Hac....uh Get Stoned

This article proclaims that the FBI is hurting to find good hackers due to these guys being a bunch of potheads. Then goes on to offer zero proof that any of this is actually happening. I think the author got stoned and forgot what he learned in journalism class. All that said, maybe it is really all the blow that keeping everyone away? Daily clickbait goal attained!

The FBI has a three year waiting period for weed imbibers. And if another different illegal substance has been used, such as cocaine or ecstasy, the waiting period turns into 10 years. This policy isn’t hurting hackers, unless it was their lifelong dream to join, but it could be hurting our cyber security during a time when that’s simply unacceptable.

Posted by Kyle April 23, 2018 2:56 PM (CDT)

People’s Gmail Accounts Appear to Be Sending Out Spam

Google’s engineering teams have acknowledged an issue in which certain Gmail accounts are sending out spam. At least some of these accounts had two-factor authentication enabled, and despite changing passwords, users found that the spamming continued.

We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and have actively taken measures to protect against it. This attempt involved forged email headers that made it appear as if users were receiving emails from themselves, which also led to those messages erroneously appearing in the Sent folder.

Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 3:25 PM (CDT)

AMD May Release a Ryzen 7 2800X CPU "Someday"

According to Senior Vice President and General Manager Jim Anderson, AMD did not bother releasing a 2800X because the recent Ryzen lineup (2600X and 2700X) already covers all current performance and price points. He does admit that a 2800X is not out of the question, which has led some to think that it will be used to counter Intel’s rumored 8C/16T CPU.

"We felt like, with the 2700X and 2700 at the performance and price points, we had that space covered. We just felt that with those two SKUs we had it sufficiently covered where we wanted to position the product. That doesn’t preclude a 2800X someday, right, maybe. But for now we believe those two SKUs cover the space well."

Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 3:00 PM (CDT)

BT Pushes Ahead with Plans to Switch Off Telephone Network

British multinational telecommunications company BT is terminating its telephone network and shifting all customers over to IP telephony (internet-based voice calls via fiber) by 2025. Broadband, rather than voice, will constitute the primary service.

Other communications companies in Germany, Japan, Sweden, are already in the process of moving voice to run over IP. Orange has set a goal of having all IP (digital) networks by 2020, and Deutsche Telekom aims to migrate all its lines in Europe to digital by the end of 2018.

Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 1:20 PM (CDT)

Obsidian: RPG Genre Can’t Evolve Because Players Are "Resistant to Change"

Fallout: New Vegas and Knights of the Old Republic II developer Obsidian Entertainment spoke at Reboot Develop this week and mentioned that they want to evolve the RPG genre radically, but it is difficult to do so because its audience is too traditional and demand elements such as hit points and stat tweaking. But Obsidian believes that RPGs are defined by how actions affect a story, not numbers.

"Fans tend to skew towards the more hardcore cases and they tend to be fairly resistant to change. I don’t want to paint too broad of a stroke there, but RPGs can be a lot more than we have done with them so far. There’s much more than we can do, and it’s much more radical." He pointed to Bethesda’s success with Fallout and The Elder Scrolls games as examples of a developer taking role-playing games in a different direction.

Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 12:40 PM (CDT)

"Firewatch" Developer Campo Santo Has Been Acquired by Valve

The developers of first-person mystery adventure game Firewatch, Campo Santo, has announced that they are joining Valve, where they will continue production on their current project, In the Valley of Gods. Apparently, Gabe Newell was not joking when he said Valve would be making and shipping games again.

In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day). In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match.

Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 10:50 AM (CDT)

Google, Microsoft Push Websites to Go Password-Less

Microsoft and Google are pushing for a password-less login system called FIDO 2.0 that uses unique private keys generated by scanning a user’s fingerprint or face for access. An Android phone’s fingerprint sensor could be used to approve a purchase on PayPal, for instance.

Both Microsoft and Google have been pushing for FIDO 2.0's adoption. They're preparing to build the authentication technologies into their own internet browsers. On Monday, Microsoft said the next Windows 10 release would also support the standard too.

Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 10:15 AM (CDT)

Microsoft to Kill Off OneNote’s Desktop App

Coinciding with the launch of Office 2019 will be the death of OneNote for the desktop, as Microsoft has decided to switch all focus to the Windows 10 UWP app. Bug fixes and security updates will be provided until October 2020, and 2025, respectively.

While there is a lot of crossover in features between the desktop and UWP versions, there are still a few differences, and this is something Microsoft aims to address, promising a number of new additions to OneNote for Windows 10.

Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 9:50 AM (CDT)

Users Don’t Want iOS to Merge with MacOS, Apple Chief Says

According to Tim Cook, Apple has no plans to bring iOS and MacOS together because he doesn’t think that is what users want. Rumors would suggest that the company is working on a project that merges macOS and iOS apps, however.

"We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two ... you begin to make tradeoffs and compromises.

Posted by Megalith April 21, 2018 3:40 PM (CDT)

Towards Battery-Free HD Video Streaming

Researchers from the University of Washington have figured out how to use a technique called backscattering to stream video 99 percent more efficiently. The video processing is essentially handed off to another device that does the heavy lifting, resulting in a significant reduction in power consumption.

We present a novel architecture that enables HD video streaming from a low-power, wearable camera to a nearby mobile device. To achieve this, we present an "analog" video backscatter technique that feeds analog pixels from the photo-diodes directly to the backscatter hardware, thereby eliminating power-consuming hardware components, such as ADCs and codecs.

Posted by Megalith April 21, 2018 2:50 PM (CDT)

Hilton Panama’s Alienware Room for Game-Crazy Travelers

Dell has partnered with The Hilton in Panama to create a special den for PC gamers vacationing or doing business in the Central American country: room 2425 has been outfitted with a plethora of Alienware-branded products, including a PC, laptop, and lighting system. There is even a 65-inch 4K OLED TV, Oculus Rift, and gaming simulator chair with NASA technologies.

Apart from all the gaming goodness, the room, in fact, has two king beds along with other luxurious amenities to make the stay as comfortable as possible. The bathroom and shower sections also have visible influences of the Alienware theme all around. If you are already a big fan, Hilton Panama is opening the Alienware Room April 19 onward for $349 per night.

Posted by Megalith April 21, 2018 1:30 PM (CDT)