GeekSpeak for 2016-11-30

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Virtually Doom 3, Color in Marvel Movies, Inflate Space, more Facebook News Foo, Alternative Browsers, Robotic Walls, and more Week in Geek News from Miles, Dedi, and Lyle.

New Mod Successfully Brings 'Doom 3' to Virtual Reality

The Doom series is known for its busy modding scene, so it’s appropriate that a Doom mod may have just shown us the way to get big budget first-person shooters to work on virtual reality headsets. Using the graphically enhanced “BFG” version of 2004’s Doom 3, the mod from “Codes4Fun” skillfully ports to game to the HTC Vive, generally making it look as though it was designed for the platform all along.

Video Essay Explains How Marvel Movies Could Look Better | The Mary Sue

This video essay from Patrick (H) Willems explores the aesthetic within Marvel movies, which, over the years, has become something of a muddled mess.

The Evolution of CSS4 Color

CSS4 takes on one of computing’s biggest challenges: addressing the imperfections of the humans using it. You think you know color?

O Brother, This Was the First Movie to Use All-Digital Color Grading

The late 1990s were a fascinating period in the evolution of cinema technology. Film, the only physical medium cinema had ever known, was slowly being replaced by newfangled digital technology. And it was in 2000 that the Academy Award winning film O Brother, Where Art Thou gorgeously illustrated the potential of digital filmmaking.

Google warns journalists and professors: Your account is under attack

Google is warning prominent journalists and professors that nation-sponsored hackers have recently targeted their accounts, according to reports delivered in the past 24 hours over social media.

yan (@bcrypt) | Twitter

software engineer at @brave. helped build @httpseverywhere @letsencrypt @securedrop @privacybadger @torproject. hs dropout / @MIT physics alum.

Dedi and Miles both follow Yan.

‘Fake news’ threatens Germany’s election, too, says Merkel

In the wake of Donald Trump’s shock Nov. 8 electoral victory, attention fell on the extent to which voter opinions could have been shaped by an epidemic of “fake news” websites that masqueraded as legitimate media outlets. Their articles — invented fluff with sensationalist headlines — found the eyeballs of a huge number of (mostly right-wing) readers. Many fake stories proved more viral on social media than important articles from real sources.

Four students fixed Facebook's fake news problem in 36 hours

Facebook’s fake news problem is all the rage these days. After raising hell about Facebook’s role in the recent election — and a misleading response from CEO Mark Zuckerberg — we’re really back at square one. It’s a problem, we all know it’s a problem (save Zuckerberg), and at this point we’re still struggling for a solution — although we do have some suggestions.

Video: Installing Facebook Chrome Extension

Quincy Larson wrote an interesting article I can’t just stand by and watch Mark Zuckerberg destroy the internet and in it he suggests installing a Chrome Extension to reduce the adds you see on Facebook.

This is a video I made of installing that extension.

Mobile marketing statistics 2016

App usage (90% of time) dominates browsers in mobile usage
We reported comScore data in May 2012 that showed that on smartphones 82% of mobile media time is via apps.  Today, the latest data from Yahoo’s Flurry analytics shows that 90 percent of consumer’s mobile time is spent in apps. As they put it,put it: It’s an App World. The Web Just Lives in It. This is a key insight as companies decide whether to develop mobile apps or create mobile device specific apps.
This 90% figure is a key insight as companies decide whether to develop mobile apps or restrict themselves to mobile optimised sites.  You do have to be careful about interpreting this since, as the chart below shows, Facebook, messaging, games and utility apps will naturally have the greatest time spent and browser use is still significant by volume if not proportion. But this has implications for advertising on mobile to reach consumers using apps like Facebook and Gmail.

Brave Software | Building a Better Web

Brave keeps you and your information safer, effectively shielding you from 3rd party tracking and malvertisement.

Introducing Firefox Focus – a free, fast and easy to use private browser for iOS | The Mozilla Blog

Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Firefox Focus – a free, fast and easy to use private browser for iOS.

After six months in orbit, that space inflatable habitat is holding up well

A half-year has passed since astronauts aboard the International Space Station successfully inflated a new habitat, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM. On Tuesday, the space agency provided an update on the commercial module’s performance one-quarter of the way through a two-year experiment: so far, so good.

Ask TOH | Robotic Wall, Bench | This Old House

In Future House, Ross Trethewey helps build a robotic wall that could be the key to tight spaces in urban living.

Help Out the #NoDAPL Protestors This Black Friday With a Few Donations and Calls

If you’re looking for a good cause to back this holiday season (aren’t we all), then maybe you should think about donating to the #NoDAPL protestors. Here are just a few ways you can help out from home.

News | Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what’s in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined.

Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand | Environment | The Guardian

So much power was produced by Denmark’s windfarms on Thursday that the country was able to meet its domestic electricity demand and export power to Norway, Germany and Sweden.

Centre for Effective Altruism – Combining empathy with evidence

Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try.
As the organisation to first settle on the term ‘effective altruism’, the Centre for Effective Altruism is a growing coalition of projects that put these ideas into practice in different ways. The Centre is based at its offices in the University of Oxford, with team members based all over the world.

Self-driving trucks will hit the road in Ohio

A self-driving truck will begin traveling on two Ohio roads next week after state officials announce details of new investments to support innovative transportation technology.

Schneier on Security: Data and Goliath

You are under surveillance right now.
Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The very first plug-in hybrid minivan answers a long overdue question

At this year’s LA Auto Show, Chrysler launched the Hybrid version, which also plugs in for charging and uses a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack netting a pure electric range of 30 miles (48km) (and a total of 260 hp/194kW), making it the world’s first plug-in hybrid minivan. For families who seek the utility, space, and easy ingress/egress of a minivan in a hybrid package, it’s a no-brainer.


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