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NASA spacesuit idea rockets hot-pants fashion to the moon – CNET

Work it, NASA.
Source: CNET

Agricultores y ganaderos del Sáhara se unen a la transformación digital

Ante la amenaza del cambio climático, que ya está afectando a sus métodos tradicionales, estos trabajadores buscan ayuda en nuevas herramientas tecnológicas, como las imágenes por satélite, que les ayudan a averiguar dónde hay reservas de agua y predecir las malas cosechas
Source: MIT

Un robot penetra en el corazón de un cerdo vivo igual que los cirujanos

Se trata del primer catéter robótico que logra esta hazaña de forma 100 % autónoma, y que podría liberar a los profesionales de esta delicada tarea. Gracias a sus sensores ópticos y táctiles alcanzó una precisión del 95 %, sin causar hematomas ni daños en los tejidos, un rendimiento similar al de los médicos
Source: MIT

Así sonarían los Beattles si colaboraran con Lady Gaga, según la IA

Un nuevo algoritmo de inteligencia artificial logra predecir y replicar los patrones musicales asociados a estilos y músicos concretos para componer como ellos. También es capaz de crear piezas similares a las de Bach, pero los expertos aclaran que esto no es una forma de creatividad
Source: MIT

Así sonarían los Beatles si colaboraran con Lady Gaga, según la IA

Un nuevo algoritmo de inteligencia artificial logra predecir y replicar los patrones musicales asociados a estilos y músicos concretos para componer como ellos. También es capaz de crear piezas similares a las de Bach, pero los expertos aclaran que esto no es una forma de creatividad
Source: MIT

The Air Force Will Embed Airmen at Carnegie Mellon University

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson expounds on surveillance, drones, and the cutting edge of plane-painting.
Source: Wired

Pluralsight will acquire GitPrime for $170M

Pluralsight, an online training platform focusing on subjects like web development, IT certification and security training, announced today that it will acquire GitPrime, a dev team productivity tool, for $170 million in cash.

GitPrime is like an analytics dashboard for code projects. It watches your team’s code repositories on services like GitHub or Bitbucket, tracking things like user-by-user code commits over time, ticket activity and how different team members tackle things like pull requests. The idea is that by providing this data in a visual/at-a-glance way, it helps identify bottlenecks and highlight where your teams are most efficient.

The company was a part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class, and Crunchbase indicates their most recent round was a $10.5 million Series A.

Pluralsight went public in May of last year. The company says this is its first acquisition post-IPO, and that they expect the deal to close by the end of next week.


Source: TechCrunch

Epic Games is buying the studio behind Rocket League

Epic Games is in the process of acquiring the studio behind one of the most popular cross-platform games out there, Rocket League.

The studio behind Fortnite is buying Psyonix for an undisclosed sum and bringing its 132 employees onboard. There doesn’t appear to be a ton changing at the San Diego game studio; Epic says the company will continue to support the game on all platforms.

The real competitive advantage seems to rely on Rocket League coming to the Epic Games store in “late 2019” and ceasing new downloads on Valve’s Steam store at that time, though Epic specifically notes that users that have already downloaded the title on Steam will continue to have support.

The whimsical title has been an unlikely smash success. Rocket League has more than 57 million players, the studio says.

Epic owning two of the biggest cross-platform gaming titles is obviously a major boon to the company, and a sign that they’re committed to ensuring that the studio’s success continues long after Fortnite downloads diminish. This is one of their most important acquisitions to date and brings a cash cow exclusive to their games store, which is continuing to aggressively pursue exclusives as it tries to take down Valve, one of gaming’s biggest powerhouses.


Source: TechCrunch

Build 2019: How to watch Microsoft’s keynote and what to expect

Are you ready for Build 2019? With less than a week away until Microsoft’s annual developer conference is slated to start, we’ll show you how to tune in to livestream the keynote as well as tell you what to expect this year.

The post Build 2019: How to watch Microsoft’s keynote and what to expect appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

FanDuel is now charging inactive users $3 per month for not playing

You expect to lose money gambling, but you don’t really expect to lose it abstaining from gambling. But if you’re a FanDuel user who hasn’t made any bets or deposits for two years, the site will now deduct $3 per month until you put some money on the table. You have to play to win, it seems, but not to lose.

In an email sent to such lapsed (or perhaps recovering) users, including Engadget’s Richard Lawler, FanDuel wrote:

It appears your account has been inactive for over two years, which means you have neither deposited nor entered a contest during that time. We’ve recently updated our Terms of Use to impose a monthly inactivity fee of $2.99 for any accounts that have no play or deposit activity for a period of 24+ months. Per our terms, we are providing you with 30 days notice prior to imposing this fee.

How many inactive accounts do you think you have at random sites you signed up for and never ended up using? Dozens, maybe even a hundred for some? Has any one of these sites ever attempted to charge you for not using their service? Not a monthly fee you have to pay whether you use it or not — literally charging you money because you didn’t use the site. Can’t say I’ve ever heard of it.

In a statement, FanDuel explained that “inactive account fees are a common practice amongst other companies that maintain online account balances in the U.S and Europe. In some of those cases, entire account balances are forfeited after a defined period of inactivity.”

I checked a few gambling and fantasy sites and did find one (WSOP.com) that imposes an inactivity fee, though many don’t. So it’s not unprecedented. And indeed depending on the state your account balance may be forfeit after as little as a year, or as many as five or six.

The rules will naturally apply to a lot of people who, for instance, tried the site out but not for a long time, and perhaps even sent FanDuel notifications to spam. Can you blame them? It’s been safe with every other site, and when they signed up there was no inactivity fee. It was added in a recent terms of service update.

But how many of these people will have heard of and agreed to those updated terms. Can people who didn’t agree to the terms be held to them? Exactly how binding EULAs and such truly are is an open legal question. But FanDuel’s approach here seems beyond the pale.

The terms do mention that the company may “modify or replace the Terms of Use at any time.” But they also state that “Use of the Services by you after any modification to the Terms constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use as modified.” So if the users haven’t used the service post modification, they haven’t accepted the terms. How can the new fee be applied? I’ve asked FanDuel about this.

To be clear, the money comes out of your FanDuel account balance, and once that bottoms out it’s done — they’re not going to reach out and ding your actual bank account. The fees will continue until the account is empty or the inactivity reaches the state-determined limit defining abandonment, at which point the remaining funds are remitted to the proper authorities as “unclaimed property.” The idea, I suppose, is to let as little go unclaimed as possible.

Naturally anyone can delete your account, withdraw your balance or play a free game on the site to avoid the fee. And they’ve got a month to do it — assuming they even see the email FanDuel sent. And in its statement the company also said that “if any user asks to reactivate their account prior to December 31, 2019 we will reimburse all fees charged and the user may withdraw that money from their account.”

Of course there is a certain amount of personal responsibility a user must bear for leaving their money in what amounts to a privately operated lock box. But they did so with the understanding that the operator wouldn’t change the policies and then sneak a few bills out.

I’ll update this post if I hear back from FanDuel as to how the terms can apply to people who haven’t agreed to them, implicitly or explicitly. In the meantime, if you have an account there, you should check the balance — you’ll have to use it, move it or lose it.


Source: TechCrunch

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