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Pornhub Launches Their Own VPN Service for Desktop and Mobile

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This is Niche Gamer Tech. In this column, we regularly cover tech and things related to the tech industry. Please leave feedback and let us know if there’s tech or a story you want us to cover! Pornhub, one of the biggest pornography websites on the planet, has launched their own VPN (virtual private network)…

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MotherHydra
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I'm gonna look into this, if they don't keep logs this should be an interesting offering.
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The UX of Hidden Game Mechanics

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As game designer Jennifer Scheurle was prepared to speak at the 2018 Game Develoeprs Conference, she asked her Twitter followers for examples of “brilliant mechanics in games that are hidden from the player to get across a certain feeling.” There were hundreds of replies, many from the game developers themselves, and the insight was fascinating. The original thread is a lot of fun to read through, but here are some of my favorites:

Charlie Butler:

Not sure if it was mentioned, but the tutorial in Halo 2 asked player to look up. Their input determined whether y-axis would be inverted.

Matt Cox:

In Scribblenauts, we used synonyms liberally to spawn the same object, but that object kept the name you spelled, making it seem unique!

Ms. Scheurle:

Assassin’s Creed and Doom value the last bit of health as more hit points than the rest of it to encourage a feeling of JUST surviving.

Paul Hellquist:

In Bioshock if you would have taken your last pt of dmg you instead were invuln for abt 1-2 sec so you get more “barely survived” moments.

Ken Levine:

First shots from an enemy against you in BioShock always missed…that was the design, think it got fully implemented. No “out of blue!”

Matt Ditton:

In Jak and Dexter the player would “for no reason” trip and fall to give enough time to load the next section off disc. […] In the era of open world and “no load screens” you needed to stop the player going too fast. Disc load time was a nightmare.

Tom Forsyth:

HL1 [Half-Life 1] - if facing more than two enemies, only two would actually attack. The rest would run to random locations and bark lies e.g. “flanking”

And finally, James Parker:

Most (good) platform games allow you a small window after you run off the edge of a platform to initiate a jump

If only Wile E. Coyote had such luck.

Some of these might leave you feeling like Dorothy when Oz is revealed, but I love seeing how and when a developer might deploy a cheat on the player’s behalf. And, although I enjoyed reading through the various game mechanics, some of the best replies were from players who never realized what was happening.

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Here’s Facebook’s Internal Policy on Pepe the Frog

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Pepe the frog has come to mean something totally different than what his original creator intended. Throughout 2016, the so-called alt-right adopted the lovable, chilled frog as their own mascot of intolerance, leading the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to label Pepe a hate symbol. Hillary Clinton even mentioned Pepe’s racist users in a presidential candidate speech.

Naturally, others followed suit in their own way. Breaking with its normal policy on allowing fictional characters to display hateful messages, Facebook internally decided to ban certain images of the Pepe the Frog, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents highlight the constant shifting of social networks’ policies towards hate speech, as groups find new ways to communicate and push their agendas.

“Pepe the Frog has been endorsed by many hate groups to convey hateful messages,” a section of a training manual for Facebook moderators, entitled ‘Dangerous Organizations’ reads.

Typically Facebook allows users to post images of cartoon or video game characters, even in the context of hate without issue. The training material also includes an example of Homer Simpson with a swastika emblazoned on the side of his head. This is something that moderators would ignore and not remove if flagged by a user, according to the documents.

Caption: A section of the training material mentioning Facebook's policies on fictional characters. Image: Motherboard

Pepe is different though, or at least particular uses of him. The training materials provide two Pepe examples; the first is just a standard image of the bulge-eyed frog staring at his hands. The second shows Pepe dressed in an SS uniform standing outside a concentration camp. Moderators should “delete” the latter, according to the slide. The document specifically says that this only applies to “Pepe the Frog when he is shown in the context of hate.”

“They are abusing the image of a cartoon character, one that might at first seem appealing, to harass and spread hatred on social media,” ADL’s chief executive Jonathan A Greenblatt said when the group marked Pepe as a hate symbol.

Caption: A section of the training material mentioning Facebook's policies on Pepe the Frog. Image: Motherboard

Of course Facebook isn’t the only platform to wrestle with Pepe. In June last year, Motherboard confirmed that Apple had flagged the meme frog as “objectionable content,” banning it from the iOS App Store.

Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe, has also bitten back against the far-right’s adoption of his character. In August last year, Furie reached a settlement with Eric Hauser, the author of The Adventures of Pepe and Pede, a self-published children’s book that depicted Pepe as an Islamophobe. The settlement forced Hauser to donate all profits to a Muslim-American relations campaign group.

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MotherHydra
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LOL an ironic meme is still bedeviling low information folks and all of social media. Good job 4chan.
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Apple Rejects Steam Link iOS App, Cites “Business Conflicts”

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Valve’s Steam Link app for iOS has been rejected by Apple over “business conflicts”. The Steam Link service allows players to remotely stream games from their desktop PC to a…

The post Apple Rejects Steam Link iOS App, Cites “Business Conflicts” appeared first on TechRaptor.

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MotherHydra
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What a bunch of horse shit. What is really at play: steam Link would essentially turn iOS devices into a dumb host/conduit serving titles of higher quality (actual games) which undercuts the mediocrity that underscores the majority of App Store game titles. How telling that they are not even trying to hid the fact that what is best for Apple in this situation is harmful to users’ interests (and arguable the platform’s).
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peelman
3 hours ago
agreed. this is more petty nonsense from Apple that only hurts a small quantity of people, so fuck it. they can't keep the fucking clone bullshit apps out of the store, but they can do shit like this.
tingham
2 hours ago
I can't imagine that this is going to hold.
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Google Didn’t Pay for Stock Footage Used in Video

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Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge:

The Selfish Ledger is a troubling, near-future concept video produced within Google in late 2016, which we revealed on this website a week ago. It uses plenty of stock footage to illustrate its premise, which the BBC now reports wasn’t properly licensed by Google. British filmmaker Philip Bloom expressed his dismay to the BBC at seeing his footage used in The Selfish Ledger without any license or authorization from him. He reports that Google lifted 73 seconds from seven of his videos, and when he got in touch with the company he was offered no compensation. Google, in response, indicates that the video was only for internal use, which Bloom counters by noting that many other companies have previously licensed his work for internal use only.

It’s bad enough Google didn’t pay for the footage up front, as they should have. But to refuse to pay now is outrageous. Who runs PR for Google? A generous payment to Bloom after he contacted them and this never even would have been a story.

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MotherHydra
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The same PR shitheads that are ruining YouTube must also have a hand in this.
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Animal Garbage Smoothies

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Do you want to eat more meat? Sure, we all do.1 So sign up for Smoothie Box, to find out how easy it is to eat the garbagiest parts of animals.2

SmoothieBox focuses on providing high-protein smoothie packs based on recipes that use collagen, which is found in parts of animals not typically eaten in the American diet, such as tendons, cartilage, hide and bone.

Mmm, mmm. That sure does sound appetizing, and not at all gross!


Footnotes:

  1. This is demonstrably false. I’m a vegetarian. I know this! Just go with it. ↩︎

  2. It would seem that Sally Struthers has a permanent home in my brain. The relevant video is archived here. ↩︎

Link: https://www.americaninno.com/uncategorized/butcherbox-spins-off-subscription-smoothie-venture/

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MotherHydra
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Reminds me of the lunch lady in the Simpsons.
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