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Neogaf down for forever fears with no replacement

In a sudden turn of events, we can see that Neogaf is still down on Monday October 23 meaning that the outage hours ago was no coincidence. There are now fears that Neogaf could be dead forever with no replacement in site for gamers. If you go to the Neogaf.com[1] website you will be met with the message ‘Error 503 Service Unavailable’ and this has been the status for the last 24 hours.

There are allegations of sexual harassment against the Neogaf owner Tyler Malka, who goes by the username ‘Evilore’ and it’s been a trending topic on social media ever since the downtime, with gamers unsurprisingly wanting to know what’s going on.

You can see evidence of some of the claims over on Twitter here[2], as it’s obviously a very delicate situation right now and still very much an ongoing incident. We can see that many gamers are saying that it is a ‘good’ thing that Neogaf is down due to the aggressive culture that some say goes on there, while others will obviously miss the good side of Neogaf which is genuine gaming discussions among fans.

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Also See: NeoGAF is down status update – DDoS attack[6]

References

  1. ^ Neogaf.com (www.neogaf.com)
  2. ^ claims over on Twitter here (twitter.com)
  3. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  5. ^ Google Plus (plus.google.com)
  6. ^ NeoGAF is down status update – DDoS attack (www.product-reviews.net)

‘Golden Compass’ author Philip Pullman touts ‘darker’ prequel

Lyra Belacqua is finally back. And fans of “The Golden Compass,” both the best-selling fantasy novel and the Oscar-winning film, are no doubt beside themselves. Belacqua, heroine of author Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, makes her reappearance nearly 20 years after “Materials” wrapped up publication, and almost a decade after “Compass[1],” the first book in the series, graced movie screens.

Philip Pullman’s new book is out now.

Penguin Random House

She’s at the heart of Pullman’s “La Belle Sauvage[2],” released Thursday.

It’s the first installment in a new trilogy called “The Book of Dust,” a prequel to “Dark Materials” that Pullman promises will take readers to “quite a different part of the world.” “This book is darker,” Pullman said Friday, during an appearance at the London Literature Festival[3] at Southbank Centre. “I don’t know if I’m becoming cynical. I hope I’m not because I think cynicism is the death of all sorts of things.

Skeptical, perhaps.” Set 10 years before the events of “Materials,” “Sauvage” centres on Belacqua and 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead. Devotees will be pleased to hear that in addition to Belacqua, alethiometer, daemons and the Magisterium all make a return, along with a whole host of new characters and locations.

During his talk, Pullman described “La Belle Sauvage” as “more elemental” than “Materials” and as an equal rather than a prequel — even if you’re not familiar with “His Dark Materials,” you’ll still be able to read the new book as a standalone novel. The second installment has already been written, Pullman said, so don’t worry: You almost certainly won’t have to wait another 17 years for the next book. Pullman also revealed that he’s a fan of the “Game of Thrones” TV series and that he’s delighted “His Dark Materials” is currently being filmed in a similar long-form format.

Out now, “La Belle Sauvage” is available in hardback, ebook and audiobook.

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References

  1. ^ Compass (www.metacritic.com)
  2. ^ La Belle Sauvage (www.penguinrandomhouse.com)
  3. ^ London Literature Festival (www.southbankcentre.co.uk)
  4. ^ Tech Culture (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ Crowd Control (www.cnet.com)

The snowplow is the next vehicle to get the driverless treatment

Why it matters to you

If it means less hanging around in the departure lounge in bad weather, then Daimler’s self-driving snowplow will be a welcome addition to any busy airport. Hardly a day goes by now without self-driving cars tootling into news reports, and we’re hearing more and more about self-driving buses[1] and trucks[2], too. They’re testing self-driving trash-collecting vehicles[3] in some countries, and self-driving forklifts[4] as well, so it’s come as no surprise to learn that driverless snowplows are next up for the autonomous treatment.

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler[5], which is already making progress with an autonomous truck-platooning[6] system for increased efficiency on highways, is drawing on its self-driving skills to develop a snowplow for clearing airports in winter. Heavy snowfall can quickly bring an airport to a standstill, causing costs to quickly rack up as planes sit idle on the tarmac. Many large airports need a team on call during the winter months, which can prove costly if the snow is intermittent.

Working with global airport management services company Fraport, Daimler is currently testing its driverless snowplow at the former Pferdsfeld airbase about 50 miles west of Frankfurt, Germany. A recent demonstration at the airbase showed four of the snowplows operating in unison. Similar to Daimler’s truck-platooning system, the front snowplow had a human operator with the three empty vehicles following behind.

The project aims to use the technology in restricted locations, like airports. For this reason, the computer-driven vehicle will rely less on autonomous technology such as cameras, as the routes they take would be mapped and predictable; in other words, free of complex street scenarios and unexpected obstacles like pedestrians. The snowplow convoy would instead rely more on communication with a human-driven plow at the front.

This less complex technology also helps to keep down research and development costs.

Daimler said[7] the benefits of using automated snowplows “are obvious,” though it’s likely human snowplow drivers will have something to say about that. “Airfield clearances are hard to predict and thus difficult to plan, especially in winter,” the company explained.

Fraport’s Mathias Dudek said the project “enables us to examine autonomous control of heavy winter service equipment in the especially challenging winter conditions of an airport,” adding, “We hope to obtain findings that will help us to plan the future deployment of equipment even more precisely and efficiently under sudden wintry conditions.”

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References

  1. ^ buses (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ trucks (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ trash-collecting vehicles (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ self-driving forklifts (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ Daimler (www.daimler.com)
  6. ^ autonomous truck-platooning (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ Daimler said (media.daimler.com)

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