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Shanya Almafeta
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So what happens when a MMO discovers they weren't keeping backups?
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Surprising no-one.
The executive director of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s Council of Economic Advisors has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
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Some companies don't deserve to call themselves tech reporters.
@SwiftOnSecurity it seems rather clear to me...and probably a lot of people. Teralux. 9m9 minutes ago. Teralux @TeraluxHyjal. @SwiftOnSecurity @billynomates Oh my :F. xdm͡ag · 8m8 minutes ago. xdm͡ag @xdmag. @SwiftOnSecurity WhatsApp has achieved 8-bit technology ...
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PACBait nails it.
Gamers have been left high and dry today after an openly transgender character in a video game filled with magic and dragons shattered their suspension of disbelief. Local gamer Eddie Burke explained to Point & Clickbait that it “simply wasn't realistic” to have a transgender character in this ...
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This thing that happens in the real world is just not believable in a game!
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BoardGameGeek has dozens of tools, tens of thousands of entries, and lots of user-submitted stuff.  It also looked like a site from the 90s, and had fallen into a lot of bad habits because of the old site's limitations.

While there's still room for improvement, this is a fantastic upgrade.
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The state of Michigan, focusing on the bright side:  "Lead won't soak into your skin [as] fast!"
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After a year or so of handling lead solder bare-handed, I had my doctor do a blood test for heavy metals.

I'm just fine.
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Sources confirmed that the senator was then forced to repeat thousands of talking points

The Onion called it.  Oh, lord.
UNKNOWN LOCATION—The brightly lit, stark-white room gradually coming into focus as he regained consciousness, GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio reportedly awoke in the Koch brothers’ secret compound Thursday and reached suddenly to his throbbing head to discover a cold metal device implanted behind his left ear.
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WOOOOOOOOOOOT! 
Though not out until August. I love Marvel Legendary, so this is double awesome.
+Steve Sigety 
Become Legendary with the mystical arts seen in the hit cult filmpbrPlay as Jack Burton Gracie Law Wang Chi and even the Pork Chop Express as you play schemes straight from the film Players will work together trying to defeat Lo Pan and the Three StormspbrbAges/b 14pbPlayers/b 1-5pbGame Length/b 30-60 minutes
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So, random #Fuzion  thought.  Heavily biased towards C:TNM but I don't think it's broken for other genres.

As is, the difference between Blasts and HtH Attacks is one of included advantages.  Blasts deal damage at range, HtH Attacks allow you to include your Strength.  This creates a mild issue at the high end, where "including your Strength" allows you to add 15-25 dice of damage to what is already 15-25 dice of damage, making Fuzion a strong competitor for Shadowrun's spot for the "number of dice in one roll" award.

So, what if: what if instead of including an attribute  HtH attacks cost no Endurance, and including an attribute was just an Adder?

There would still be a distinct difference in play, but it wouldn't be the ranged attackers making time until Sir Fisticuffs McSwordington came into range for his signature 50-die "Why did the GM Allow This" punch.  Additionally, melee fighters need Endurance for their maneuvers, stunts, pushes, and sprints; this change would keep melee fighter's reserves up a bit higher.

This would also open the door for melee fighters who don't work based on Strength.  The +2 adder Adds Characteristic could be defined to work on several powers:  Sir Fisticuffs might buy Adds Strength, but a pressure point user could buy their melee attacks with Adds Technique, a magic user might buy melee attacks with Adds Willpower, a speedster might improve their attacks with Adds Move, and so on and so forth.  I think this could work well.

So...  anything broken with this idea?
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So, I picked up a trade of the Marvel Mangaverse a while back, and I've finally had time to read it.  And I have to say, I liked it a lot more than I would have expected from the reviews I got from when it came out.  There's a lot of pastiches and homages all over.  (Specifically, this is the original mangaverse, not the "New Mangaverse", so delicious Ben Dunn art abounds.)  For high points, I think the best part has to be the Mangaverse Fantastic Four.

In a series that packs references to Evangelion and Akira with a touch of Bubblegum Crisis and Watchmen, three kids - and one super-scientist - are altered by scientists researching 'Desciptor Theory'.  They gain the ability to manifest hundred-foot tall armatures as long as they're hooked up to a "plug suit" (a suit, with a plug in the back) to provide them the necessary energy.  Each armature is different: Jonatha Storm (gendershifted to provide increasing similarity to Evangelion's Asuka) manifests a several-story tall flame being; Sioux Storm manifests invisible force fields; and Benjamin Grimm absorbs matter and rebuilds it into a cohesive unit, not dissimilar to the fusion process from BGC.  (Reed Richards doesn't need a plug suit to manifest his powers, but he's not what the comic terms a megascale metatalent:  all he has to do is focus and make his "dendrites stretch out to each other," gaining intelligence, psychic powers, and precognicent flashes, at the cost of great strain.  Together, they fight 'xenoculture' talents - various extraterrestreal and extradimensional threats that have targeted Earth for destruction for "gambling with the laws of physics."

It draws on a lot of sources, but the result is cohesive and a fantastic read, and I wsih there was more of it.
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Even as the US-EU Privacy Pact is debated publically, deals are being made in quiet to allow the UK do directly serve warrants to US companies (and vice versa)
The U.S. and the U.K. are negotiating an agreement that would allow British police to go directly to American tech companies to demand data.
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The guys who made the first consoles were hardcore.

h/t to Kelly.
Tech Times takes a look at the life and legacy of Jerry Lawson, a self-taught engineer and creator of the video game cartridge.
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Awesome! :) Go Jerry, go!

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