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British Falklands War hero is shot dead by robbers while protecting his partner

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 21:45
Former Royal Navy sailor Julian Stobbs, 59, was shot in the head and chest after four armed robbers broke into his home near Lanseria in Johannesburg on Friday.
Categories: UK News

Chrome Experimental Feature Will Throttle Javascript-Timer Wakeups on Backgrounded Tabs

Slashdot - Sun, 2020-07-05 20:54
Slashdot reader techtsp writes: Starting with October's release of Chrome 86, the web browser will offer a way to limit JavaScript timer wake ups in background web pages to one wake up per minute, restricting the execution of certain background tasks — for example, checking if the scroll position changed, reporting logs, and analyzing interactions with ads. Google plans to achieve this courtesy of a new experimental feature called "Throttle Javascript timers in background." Google recently experimented with a prototype that limits Javascript timer wake ups to one per minute. In this experiment, Google opened 36 random tabs in the background while the foreground tab was about:blank. At the end of the experiment, Google found that throttling Javascript timers extends the battery life by almost 2 hours (28 percent) for a user with up to 36 background tabs, and when the foreground tab is about:blank... Chrome will provide developers with a message in the DevTools console when a Javascript timer is delayed by more than 5 seconds.

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Categories: Technology

Independence Day chaos across US with two children shot dead in Chicago

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 20:51
Gunfire broke out in cities across the US during Independence Day celebrations on Saturday, leaving dozens of people injured and at least 16 dead, including two children in Chicago.
Categories: UK News

Just ONE pundit is left wearing BLM badge for football coverage

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 20:43
Emile Heskey was the only pundit remaining wearing a Black Lives Matter badge for Premier League coverage across television on Sunday. The BBC has banned use of the badges.
Categories: UK News

How Crowdfunding Transformed Tabletop Board Games

Slashdot - Sun, 2020-07-05 19:43
The board game Frosthaven has become Kickstarter's "most-funded board game on the site ever, with nearly $13 million pledged toward funding the game's development," reports NPR. "Only two projects have ever crowdsourced more funding on the site." NPR sees a larger trend: Frosthaven's success seemed to exemplify a shift that has been happening in the tabletop gaming community for years: toward games that are not only focused on strategy and adventure, but also a new type of funding model where fans have more say than ever in which games move from the idea stage to their living rooms. And hobbyist tabletop games are a different breed of entertainment altogether. For many of these smaller games, funding from fans has proved essential... These makers have become part of one of the country's most popular quarantine hobbies, but they've done so through a mini-economy that relies on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter... Creators use Kickstarter like a social media site, an advertisement and a fundraising tool all in one, and they use it more successfully than nearly any other game creators on the site. In 2019, fans pledged more than $176 million toward tabletop games — up 6.8% over the previous year, according to Kickstarter data gathered by the entertainment site Polygon. In all, more than 1 million people pledged to games on the site last year... "For the board game community, there's a culture of looking on Kickstarter ... and being more willing to fund things," said Isaac Childres, the CEO of Cephalofair Games and creator of Forge War, Gloomhaven and Frosthaven. "It's like a larger avenue for board game creators to use that automatically picks up a following." This is what makes Kickstarter so attractive to individual makers and less attractive to other gaming industries — like video game makers. It takes a lot of startup value to create your own video game, for instance, but for board games, you only need a good enough idea and a well-placed Kickstarter page to gauge public interest... [T]here are drawbacks to the funding technique, too. Creators are responsible for everything if their goals are reached. They have to print the games and send them to their customers on their own — a process that can be grueling, time-consuming and even detrimental. One board game creator miscalculated the amount of money it would cost to ship games and lost his house due to the unexpected financial burden. But, for many creators, the positives outweigh the negatives. Childres said it's hard to imagine where he might be without crowdfunding. Offering his game Forge War as an example, he said had he "somehow found the money to publish it on my own and get it into stores, I don't think anyone would have paid attention to it." Now, he's one of the most successful hobbyist tabletop board game creators in the country.

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Black bear named Bruno travels 400 miles in search of mate, becoming an unlikely social media star 

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 19:39
Bruno the black bear reportedly began his summer odyssey in Wisconsin in June and has since walked down through Iowa and Illinois before arriving in Missouri last week.
Categories: UK News

Three bears face more suffering in Armenian holiday complex as animal charity's rescue bid fails 

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 19:38
The bears have been held for years in The MJA Resort, a complex in the south of Armenia. Animal charity workers say the bears are psychologically damaged and need to go to a sanctuary.
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Chinese state media says US aircraft carrier deployment to South China Sea is 'at their pleasure'

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 19:16
The Global Times tweeted after two U.S. aircraft carriers conducted exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday. China and the US have accused the other of stoking tension.
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Frank Sinatra hated Donald Trump, the late singer's daughter tells her former stepmother Mia Farrow

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 18:57
Frank Sinatra's elder daughter says that the late singer 'loathed' Donald Trump even as the president declared that he wanted to honor Ol' Blue Eyes with a monument. The two are seen in 1988.
Categories: UK News

US dips below 50,000 new cases but experts fear July 4 will act like 'rocket fuel' for pandemic 

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 18:47
Fewer than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the U.S. on Saturday for the first time in four days, but there was little jubilation. Florida and Texas (pictured) held mass July 4 celebrations.
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The amazing story of a conscientious objector honoured for his bravery in Second World War

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 18:39
A variety of remarkable documents, including a diary, belonging to a British conscientious objector honoured by the French during the Second World War has been discovered.
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Is Slashdot the Answer to Facebook's Fake News Problem?

Slashdot - Sun, 2020-07-05 18:34
David Collier-Brown led the Sun Microsystems Canada team specializing in performance and capacity planning. He later becoming a consulting systems programmer and performance engineer, as well as an O'Reilly author (co-authoring the 2003 book Using Samba). He's also davecb, Slashdot reader #6,526, and today submitted a story headlined "Slashdot is the answer to Facebook's 'fake news' problem." "OK, not the whole answer, but I argue that /. is part of a defense in depth against the propagation of lies, sophistries and deliberate disinformation in discussion groups like ours and Facebook's." There's more details on his technical blog: William Gibson once said The future is already here — It's just not very evenly distributed. That also applies to the solutions to problems, like that of finding out who's telling the truth in widespread discussion. By Gibson's dictum, we should expect to find different parts of the solution, but not together, and likely in all sorts of unexpected places. It's up to us to find them all and compose them together... With luck, machine learning (ML) can be trained to recognize minor variants of a banned article, and refer them to the staff to be sure that's what is being recognized. Those can be treated the same way as the original posting. But how can we credibly detect the lies in time? The kind of team a site can afford are always going to be behind. That is solved for a distantly related problem, one that is as as unexpectedly helpful as looking at policing stock trades. Slashdot. The post describes Slashdot as "One of the older big discussion groups" that "from its inception in 1997 needed to deal with overenthusiastic commentators, flamers and trolls. In 2020, it's still easy to 'read at 4 or 5', and see a measured, reasonable and informative discussion of a difficult subject. "Or you could 'read at -1', and listen to the madmen and flamers that elsewhere would drown out the insightful comments." It's an interesting read, and ultimately proposes solving Facbook's "fake news" problem by empowering readers with moderation points, overseen by a staff of double-checking humans who then pass along their conclusions for execution by an automated system. Is Slashdot the answer to Facebook's fake news problem?

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Nigel Farage hits back at Lib Dem leader who reported him to the police

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 18:06
Nigel Farage, 56, denied breaking lockdown after he visited a pub on Super Saturday - less than two weeks after he returned from a trip to the US. He was reported to the police by MP Ed Davey.
Categories: UK News

Man found dead behind toilets with suitcase full of belongings

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 2020-07-05 18:05
Paramedics confirmed his death at the scene
Categories: Essex News

Ringo Starr says The Beatles turned down a £200m reunion gig in 1976 because of a Great White shark

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 18:02
The drummer, who is 80 on Tuesday, said the iconic band was offered £50million - worth quadruple that in today's money - to reunite six years after their breakup.
Categories: UK News

Widow transformed 19th century Methodist chapel into £450,000 dream home

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 17:59
Jayne Fowler, 59, decided to buy the £155,000 property in Salisbury, Wiltshire, after walking past an estate agents window while housesitting for a friend two years ago.
Categories: UK News

Boris Johnson meets NHS heroes as one final clap is held for health workers on NHS' 72nd birthday

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 17:56
The clap, at 5pm this evening, is a continuation from the success of the weekly Clap for Carers as a way to thank NHS staff for their tireless efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Categories: UK News

Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper has WOKEN from his COVID-19 coma

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 17:55
Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper has woken from his coma.
Categories: UK News

Photos show mess left behind after 'illegal rave' in village

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 2020-07-05 17:47
Around 400 people attended the party in the Essex village
Categories: Essex News

Woman is stabbed to death before man falls 'five storeys' from London hotel window

Mail Online - Sun, 2020-07-05 17:44
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the Holiday Inn on Bugsby's Way (pictured), Greenwich, south-east London, shortly after 10am on Sunday.
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