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Board game breakup: Why the Fantasy Flight/Games Workshop split matters

Ars Technica - Sun, 2016-09-18 08:00

(credit: Games Workshop)

Last week, one of the best things in board gaming—hell, in all of gaming as a whole—quietly came to a sad end. Two giants of the cardboard-and-plastic world, Games Workshop (GW) and Fantasy Flight Games (FFG), announced they were ending their eight-year partnership. The divorce seems amicable, but it cuts adrift a large and unimpeachable back catalogue of games which combined GW’s much-copied-but-never-bettered IP with FFG’s production values and visual flair.

It’s a tragedy for the hobby.

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Creative Commons licenses under scrutiny—what does “noncommercial” mean?

Ars Technica - Sun, 2016-09-18 07:00

(credit: Dennis Skley)

By all accounts, Great Minds is an educational stalwart that has developed K-12 curriculum used by schools across the US. The materials developed from the Washington, DC-based nonprofit hold US copyrights but are made publicly available under a Creative Commons (CC) license, which theoretically allows them to be freely shared and reproduced for noncommercial uses as long as the original source is credited. That CC license is known as BY-NC-SA 4.0.

But it seems that Great Minds can't make up its mind on whether it truly wants its materials to be a part of free culture. Or, in the alternative, it's reading the CC license a little too literally. That's because it's suing Federal Express, claiming the Texas-based delivery and copying company is reproducing its materials for teachers and schools without paying royalties to Great Minds. The educational company says that because FedEx is making a profit from reproducing the materials, it's violating the CC license. That's according to a federal lawsuit (PDF) the company has lodged against FedEx.

This explicit limitation of the License to noncommercial use requires that commercial print shops, like FedEx, negotiate a license and pay a royalty to Great Minds if they wish to reproduce the Materials for commercial purposes—i.e., their own profit—at the request of their customers. Thus, this limitation benefits Great Minds and the public, too, by providing Great Minds with additional financial resources to develop new curricula, which in turn can be made available nationwide for free, noncommercial use, and otherwise to further its educational mission.

Great minds adds that it "would not make the materials or its other curricula materials available to the public for free, noncommercial use if in doing so it gave up its right to charge a royalty for commercial reproduction."

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Soldiers killed in army base attack in Indian-administered Kashmir

CNN World - Sun, 2016-09-18 05:56
Seventeen soldiers were killed when militants attacked an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir early on Sunday morning, the Indian army said in a statement. Four attackers were also killed in the ensuing gunfight, which lasted several hours.
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The power of protocol analyzers

Ars Technica - Sun, 2016-09-18 05:30

Enlarge / Some—like Russian Yuri Vlasov in 1960—impress friends with feats of physical strength. After mastering protocol analyzers, you'll wow the crowds with IT muscles instead. (credit: Mark Kauffman / Getty Images)

In the complicated world of networking, problems happen. But determining the exact cause of a novel issue in the heat of the moment gets dicey. In these cases, even otherwise competent engineers may be forced to rely on trial and error once Google-fu gives out.

Luckily, there’s a secret weapon waiting for willing engineers to deploy—the protocol analyzer. This tool allows you to definitively determine the source of nearly any error, provided you educate yourself on the underlying protocol. The only catch for now? Many engineers avoid it entirely due to (totally unwarranted) dread.

What is a protocol analyzer?

A protocol analyzer, or “packet sniffer,” is a tool used to intercept traffic, store it, and present it in a decoded, human-readable state. Modern protocol analyzers like Wireshark can even spot rudimentary problems on their own and then perform statistical analyses with captured data.

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Report: Former French President Jacques Chirac hospitalized

CNN World - Sun, 2016-09-18 04:51
Former French President Jacques Chirac has been admitted to a Paris hospital for a pulmonary infection, according to a report from Agence France-Presse.
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Minnesota attacker reportedly asked if target was Muslim

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 2016-09-18 03:36
A man wearing a private security company uniform stabbed eight people at a Minnesota mall before an off-duty police officer shot him dead, authorities said.
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In the Wake of Multiple Recalls, Is Any Airbag Safe?

MSNBC Business News - Sun, 2016-09-18 03:25
Federal safety regulators in the U.S. have expanded a probe that could lead to the recall of 8 million or more vehicles to replace faulty airbags.
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US, Russia chastise each other after 'accident'

CNN World - Sun, 2016-09-18 03:05
Hours after US-led coalition airstrikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian troops, the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations chastised each other outside an emergency Security Council meeting.
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Syria, Russia: Coalition airstrike kills regime forces

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 2016-09-18 03:05
Hours after US-led coalition airstrikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian troops, the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations chastised each other outside an emergency Security Council meeting.
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NYC blast that injured dozens was 'intentional,' officials say

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 2016-09-18 03:01
A explosion in New York Saturday night rattled the Chelsea neighborhood and was heard as far as Hoboken, New Jersey, according to social media
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Three Indonesians freed by militant Abu Sayyaf group: Philippine military spokesman

Reuters World News - Sun, 2016-09-18 03:00
MANILA (Reuters) - Three Indonesian fishermen held by Islamic State-linked rebels in the Philippines have been released, the Philippine military said on Sunday, just hours after the militias freed a Norwegian man after a year-long ordeal.
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Billionaire Wants 'Barbarian' Ban at Rome's Iconic Steps

MSNBC Business News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:54
Built in 1725, millions of people have climbed the stairway immortalized by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in the movie "Roman Holiday."
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New York City shaken by 'intentional' explosion, 29 injured

Reuters Top News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:49
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the bustling Chelsea district of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people in what authorities described as a deliberate, criminal act, while saying investigators had turned up no evidence of a "terror connection."
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China charges brother of former aide to retired president over graft

Reuters World News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:49
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has charged the brother of a disgraced one-time aide to former President Hu Jintao with receiving bribes, the country's supreme court said on Sunday, the latest among a number of former officials to be accused.
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Islamic State shoots down Syrian warplane: Amaq news agency, monitor

Reuters World News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:39
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State shot down a Syrian military plane in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, the Islamic State-affiliated news agency Amaq said on Sunday.
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In Hungary's migrant vote, only the turnout is in doubt

Reuters World News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:30
ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (Reuters) - On a recent evening on Hungary's border with Serbia, a fleet of police trucks raced along the dusty boundary.
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In Hungary's migrant vote, only the turnout is in doubt

Reuters Top News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:30
ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (Reuters) - On a recent evening on Hungary's border with Serbia, a fleet of police trucks raced along the dusty boundary.
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Bowlers set up Australia Women's dominant win

Cricinfo News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:26
Australia Women's bowlers set up the side's crushing win in the first ODI in Dambulla by bowling out Sri Lanka Women for 76 in 24.5 overs, before the batsmen chased the target with 206 balls to spare
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BCCI to sell IPL TV rights through tender process

Cricinfo News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:20
The BCCI will invite bidders to participate in an open-tender process to secure broadcasting rights for the IPL, for the cycle starting in 2018
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LafargeHolcim to withdraw from several countries: chairman

Reuters Business News - Sun, 2016-09-18 02:19
VIENNA (Reuters) - LafargeHolcim is considering withdrawing from several markets as part of its efforts to make last year's mega-merger a success, Chairman Beat Hess told weekly Sonntagszeitung.
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