EA opts Origin users out of “real-name sharing” after complaints

Players report having their real names displayed without their consent.
2019-02-19 16:15:01 preview's
Middle-Age Men Who Can Do 40+ Push-Ups Have Lower Heart Disease Risk, Study Finds

A new study finds that active middle aged men who can do more than 40 push-ups at a time have a significantly lower risk of heart disease. From a report: Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health followed more than 1,100 middle-aged male firefighters over a decade. They looked at two specific measures: how many push-ups they could do and their exercise tolerance on a treadmill. They found that men who could do more than 40 push-ups had a 96-percent lower risk of heart disease than those who could do no more than 10 and their ability to do push-ups was a better predictor of cardiovascular disease than their stamina on a treadmill test. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2019-02-19 16:00:01 preview's
Hollywood tries to cripple several alleged pirate TV services in one lawsuit

"Omniverse" sells illegal streams to several online TV services, lawsuit says.
2019-02-19 15:30:01,38644.html#xtor=RSS-5 preview's
DRAM Prices Expected to Decline as Much as 30 Percent This Quarter

TrendForce's division DRAMeXchange published a report in which it warned that server DRAM prices could fall over 20% in the first quarter of 2019, and reach an annual decline of almost 50% by the end of the year.
2019-02-19 15:15:01 preview's
Dealmaster: Take $340 off Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook

Plus deals on monitors, 4K Roku TVs, iPads, mesh WiFi routers, and much more.
2019-02-19 15:00:02 preview's
Trump Directs Pentagon To Create Space Force Legislation for Congress

President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that ordered the Department of Defense to create a Space Force as a sixth military branch. From a report: With a directive signed Tuesday, Mr. Trump was positioning the Space Force much as the Marine Corps fits into the Navy, officials said, with the result being lower costs and less bureaucracy. The plan would require congressional approval. Mr. Trump is to propose funding in his proposed 2020 budget, and spell out a goal of eventually establishing the Space Force as a separate military department, a senior administration official said. "Space, that's the next step and we have to be prepared," said Mr. Trump, who added that adversaries were training forces and developing technology. "I think we'll have great support from Congress." The order Mr. Trump signed, Space Policy Directive 4, calls for a legislative proposal by the secretary of defense to establish a chief of staff of the Space Force within the Air Force. That officer would be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to an outline. There also be a new under secretary of defense for space to be appointed by the president. The proposal calls for the Space Force to organize, train and equip personnel to defend the U.S. in space, to provide independent military options for "joint and national leadership" and "enable the lethality and effectiveness of the joint force," according to the administration's outline. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2019-02-19 15:00:01 preview's
Analysis of Four-Day Working Week Trial by a New Zealand Financial Services Company Finds Staff Were Happier and 20% More Productive

AmiMoJo shares a report: The founder of one of the first big companies to switch to a four-day working week has called on others to follow, claiming it has resulted in a 20% increase in productivity, appeared to have helped increase profits and boosted staff wellbeing. Analysis of one of the biggest trials yet of the four-day working week has revealed no fall in output, reduced stress and increased staff engagement, fuelling hopes that a better work-life-balance for millions could be in sight. Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand financial services company, switched its 240 staff from a five-day to a four-day week last November and maintained their pay. Productivity increased in the four days they worked so there was no drop in the total amount of work done, a study of the trial released on Tuesday has revealed. The trial was monitored by academics at the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. Among the Perpetual Guardian staff they found scores given by workers about leadership, stimulation, empowerment and commitment all increased compared with a 2017 survey. Details of an earlier trial showed the biggest increases were in commitment and empowerment. Staff stress levels were down from 45% to 38%. Work-life balance scores increased from 54% to 78%. "This is an idea whose time has come," said Andrew Barnes, Perpetual Guardian's founder and chief executive. "We need to get more companies to give it a go. They will be surprised at the improvement in their company, their staff and in their wider community." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2019-02-19 14:45:01,38646.html#xtor=RSS-5 preview's
NZXT Announces (Barely) Overwatch-Themed H500 Case

NZXT has released another game-themed chassis. The H500 Overwatch Edition appeals to fans of Blizzard's competitive shooter.
2019-02-19 14:15:01,38645.html#xtor=RSS-5 preview's
Sphero RVR Bot Compatible With Raspberry Pi, Arduino Crowdfunded in Hours

Sphero announced RVR, "the go-anywhere-do-anything programmable robot," on Kickstarter and quickly raised more than its $150,000 funding goal.
2019-02-19 14:00:02 preview's
Google's Waymo Risks Repeating Silicon Valley's Most Famous Blunder

An anonymous reader shares a report: Everyone in Silicon Valley knows the story of Xerox inventing the modern personal computer in the 1970s and then failing to commercialize it effectively. Yet one of Silicon Valley's most successful companies, Google's Alphabet, appears to be repeating Xerox's mistake with its self-driving car program. Xerox launched its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1970. By 1975, its researchers had invented a personal computer with a graphical user interface that was almost a decade ahead of its time. Unfortunately, the commercial version of this technology wasn't released until 1981 and proved to be an expensive flop. Two much younger companies -- Apple and Microsoft -- co-opted many of Xerox's ideas and wound up dominating the industry. Google's self-driving car program, created in 2009, appears to be on a similar trajectory. By October 2015, Google was confident enough in its technology to put a blind man into one of its cars for a solo ride in Austin, Texas. But much like Xerox 40 years earlier, Google has struggled to bring its technology to market. The project was rechristened Waymo in 2016, and Waymo was supposed to launch a commercial driverless service by the end of 2018. But the service Waymo launched in December was not driverless and barely commercial. It had a safety driver in every vehicle, and it has only been made available to a few hundred customers. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2019-02-19 14:00:02