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24-06-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Single-player modding returns to GTA V after publisher takedown

Enlarge / This image represents Take-Two saying "Well, I guess, there's nothing illegal here after all. Never mind that legal threat." (credit: Take-Two Interactive) When popular Grand Theft Auto V modding tool OpenIV was taken down by a cease-and-desist request from publisher Take-Two earlier this month, the fan reaction was fast and blistering. Players bombarded Grand Theft Auto V with thousands of negative reviews on Steam, and over 77,000 people signed an online petition...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Single-player modding returns to GTA V after publisher takedown

24-06-2017 Features

Roundup: The best “escape room” games for a breakout party

Enlarge / Some typical escape room components—plus a "Chrono Decoder"—from Escape Room: The Game. (credit: Spinmaster) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com—and let us know what you think. I don't know CPR. I can't tie a tourniquet. But I can work my way out of a locked, puzzle-stuffed room in 60 minutes or less. I've been honing this vital...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Roundup: The best “escape room” games for a breakout party

24-06-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Persona 3’s ending made me appreciate all of life’s little endings

Enlarge / It's hard to tell from this promo image, but this game is a poignant meditation on friendship and death. It was easier for me to walk away from Persona 3 than I expected. The game about nine friends and a dog—which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the States this year—follows a similar arc to most role-playing games. That means the gang of plucky young people ultimately saves the world. Yet its...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Persona 3’s ending made me appreciate all of life’s little endings

23-06-2017 Law & Disorder

Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out

Enlarge / Microsoft in Dublin, Ireland. (credit: Red Agenda) The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to step into an international legal thicket, one that asks whether US search warrants extend to data stored on foreign servers. The US government says it has the legal right, with a valid court warrant, to reach into the world's servers with the assistance of the tech sector, no matter where the data is stored. The request...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out

23-06-2017 Technology Lab

32TB of Windows 10 beta builds, driver source code leaked [Updated]

Enlarge (credit: Rural Learning Center) 32TB of unreleased, private Windows 10 builds, along with source code for certain parts of the driver stack, have been leaked to BetaArchive, reports The Register. The dump appears to contain a number of Windows 10 builds from the development of codenamed Redstone 2. Redstone 2 was released earlier this year, branded as the Creators Update. Some of these builds are built for 64-bit ARM chips, and some are said to...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

32TB of Windows 10 beta builds, driver source code leaked [Updated]

23-06-2017 Ministry of Innovation

BlackBerry’s no-phone business model isn’t working out as planned

Enlarge / Hardly anyone is buying these. (credit: Crackberry) BlackBerry Ltd, the company that once led the world's "smartphone" market and ruled the corporate mobile e-mail world, posted its financials today for the most recent three months, and they were not pretty. Software and professional services sales were down by 4.7 percent, totaling $101 million for the quarter, and as a result the company missed analyst expectations for revenue by a wide mark. The news...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

BlackBerry’s no-phone business model isn’t working out as planned

23-06-2017 Law & Disorder

Scientific research piracy site hit with $15 million fine

Alexandra Elbakyan. (credit: Alexandra Elbakyan) The operator of a searchable piracy site for scientific research papers has been ordered to pay $15 million as fallout from a US copyright infringement lawsuit brought by one of the world's leading scientific publishers, New York-based Elsevier. The award doesn't mean the six-year-old Sci-Hub site is shuttering, though, despite being ordered to do so. The site has been engaged in a game of domain Whac-a-Mole ever since the case was filed in...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Scientific research piracy site hit with $15 million fine

23-06-2017 Law & Disorder

Obama reportedly ordered implants to be deployed in key Russian networks

Enlarge (credit: Wikimedia Commons/Maria Joner) In his final days as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama authorized a covert hacking operation to implant attack code in sensitive Russian networks. The revelation came in an 8,000-word article The Washington Post published Friday that recounted a secret struggle to punish the Kremlin for tampering with the 2016 election. According to Friday's article, the move came some four months after a top-secret Central Intelligence Agency...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Obama reportedly ordered implants to be deployed in key Russian networks

23-06-2017 Scientific Method

Medical records join revenge porn, credit card numbers for Google removal

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Chris Ryan) Alphabet Inc.'s Google has now added personal medical records to the list of things it’s willing to remove from search results upon request. Starting this week, individuals can ask Google to delete from search results “confidential, personal medical records of private people” that have been posted without consent. The quiet move, reported by Bloomberg, adds medical records to the short list of things that Google polices, including revenge porn, sites...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Medical records join revenge porn, credit card numbers for Google removal

23-06-2017 Technology Lab

Windows 10 S security brought down by, of course, Word macros

Enlarge / The Windows 10 S default wallpaper is a rather attractive simplified version of the Windows 10 default wallpaper. (credit: Microsoft) The major premise justifying Windows 10 S, the new variant of Windows 10 that can only install and run applications from the Windows Store, is that by enforcing such a restriction, Windows 10 S can—like iOS and Chrome OS—offer greater robustness and consistency than regular Windows. For example, as Microsoft has recently...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Windows 10 S security brought down by, of course, Word macros

23-06-2017 Gear & Gadgets

Scroogled no more: Gmail won’t scan e-mails for ads personalization

Enlarge / Microsoft's description of Gmail scanning from the "Scroogled" ad campaign. (credit: Microsoft) Google has announced it will no longer scan e-mail messages for ad personalization. Previously, in the consumer version of Gmail, Google's computers would scan the contents of every e-mail message to determine a relevant ad to show. The scanning "feature" has been turned off for Google Apps for Education and GSuite accounts for some time, but now Google says that "consumer...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Scroogled no more: Gmail won’t scan e-mails for ads personalization

23-06-2017 Staff

Dealmaster: Get a Dell XPS tower or an Inspiron desktop with monitor for just $499

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we're back with a bunch of new deals to share before the weekend begins. Of note are two great deals priced at $499: you can get either a Dell XPS tower PC, complete with a Core i5 processor and 2GB Nvidia GPU, or a Dell Inspiron 3650 desktop with a Core i5 Skylake CPU and a 22-inch Dell LED monitor. Both deals are great if you're in need of...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Dealmaster: Get a Dell XPS tower or an Inspiron desktop with monitor for just $499

23-06-2017 Scientific Method

SpaceX completes first half of its weekend doubleheader

Enlarge / SpaceX successfully test-fired its rocket for the BulgariaSat-1 mission last week. (credit: SpaceX) 3:30pm ET Update: Under nearly perfect skies in Florida, SpaceX successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 on its way to geostationary transfer orbit Friday afternoon. The "flight proven" booster made its second flight, and provides further indication that reusable rocketry isn't going to be an aerospace fad. It is, rather, likely the future. The company also demonstrated its increasing proficiency with regard...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

SpaceX completes first half of its weekend doubleheader

23-06-2017 Law & Disorder

Espionage suspect totally thought messages to Chinese intel were deleted

On June 22, Kevin Patrick Mallory was brought before a US federal judge for his first hearing on charges that he sold highly classified documents to a Chinese intelligence agent. These documents, which are considered "National Defense Information," included at least one Top Secret document and three classified as Secret and were found on a phone Mallory had been provided by his Chinese contacts. Mallory, a 60-year-old former Central Intelligence Agency employee living in Leesburg, Virginia...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Espionage suspect totally thought messages to Chinese intel were deleted