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Twitch streamer masquerades UFC 218 live event as game stream
by Timi Cantisano
Over the years, watching other people play video games has become quite popular, with Twitch being one of the main platforms users have come to rely on when showing off their skills. Despite it being a streaming platform for user-created content, the service has been used in the past to stream copyrighted materials like sports matches and more.
While these typically get flagged and removed, it looks like one enterprising streamer had a bit of fun over the weekend, broadcasting UFC 218, which was the rematch bout between Max Holloway and Jose Aldo, while making it look like he was actually playing a game. The broadcaster, AJ Lester, was fully equipped with control in hand, headphones on, and also had reactions to the action as well. You can see a small clip of the action above, as Lester has now removed the stream from his Twitch channel.
Although this is comical and has gained Lester a moment of internet fame, there is the possibility that he could be facing some serious consequences. For now, he has stated that he has not heard anything in regards to copyright violations.
Source: Eurogamer via The Verge | Image via Streamable
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International Space Station set to receive its first supercomputer
by Paul Hill
The International Space Station, currently home to three Americans, two Russians, and an Italian, is set to receive its first supercomputer in the coming week. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will launch the supercomputer into space on the SpaceX Dragon on Monday as part of a joint experiment with the US space agency, NASA.
Alain Andreoil, a senior vice president and general manager at HPE’s Data Center Infrastructure group, wrote:
The machine, dubbed Spaceborne Computer, is based on the Apollo 40 class systems and runs Linux. It will be fitted with a unique water-cooled enclosure for the hardware to address environmental constraints and reliability requirements of supercomputing in space.
The experiment will last about a year, roughly the same amount of time it would take to get to Mars – which would require sophisticated computing capabilities to cut down communication latency and ensure the survival of the astronauts heading for the red planet. Communications between Earth and Mars can take up to 20 minutes one way or 40 minutes for a round trip; therefore, an onboard supercomputer is absolutely necessary.
Source: HPE via People’s Daily | Image via HPE
Elon Musk discusses new SpaceX plans for landing on Mars and expectations about Falcon Heavy
by Gabriel Nunes
Today at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, DC, Elon Musk announced SpaceX has dropped the use of SuperDraco thrusters for its Dragon spacecraft. The initial idea, announced on April last year, was to use the thrusters and landing legs to perform a propulsive landing on Martian soil. As shown in the video below, the company has gone as far as performing a "picture-perfect propulsive hover test" of the system, as it has described the episode, in November last year.
Unfortunately, Musk stated that “it would have taken a tremendous amount of effort to qualify that for safety, particularly for crew transport", which is one of the reasons why the next generation Dragon capsules won't feature the thrusters. The other reason would be that SpaceX has figured out a better approach for landing on Mars, even though Musk didn't detail it further.
But Dragon's landing system isn't the only change happening in SpaceX's plans. Musk has also announced that the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), announced in September last year, has "evolved", including a decrease in the size of the vehicle. One of the reasons for the changes was the estimated price for the initial version of the ship:
Even though Musk didn't show a new render of the ITS, he did hint at what to expect from the new version and its capabilities:
Finally, with the approach of the first launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is expected to take place later this year, Musk warned that "there’s a lot that could go wrong there". With three booster cores, instead of just one as in a Falcon rocket, the Falcon Heavy will feature 27 engines that should ignite simultaneously:
Either way, Musk has encouraged people to go to Cape Canaveral to watch the first Falcon Heavy mission, which he said is "guaranteed to be exciting".
Sources: SpaceNews and The Verge | Image: SpaceX
Samsung announces VR Live Pass
by Paul Hill
Samsung has announced VR Live Pass for Gear VR, an initiative which will allow users to stream live events to their Gear VR from new partners including UFC, X Games and Live Nation. The live events will be immersive broadcasts from sporting and music events among other things. Samsung will launch Live Pass through the Samsung VR app in early June.
Younghee Lee, CMO and Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics, said:
Events will begin broadcasting in June with some already being announced, they include:
UFC 212: Aldo vs Holloway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 3, 2017. X Games Minneapolis, USA July 13 – 16, 2017: the event includes BMX riders and skaters including Jimmy Wilkins, Chad Kerley and Jagger Eaton. Live Music Concert with International Artists, USA August 2017. One warning that should be noted, however, is that the UFC 212 main card, including the fight mentioned above, won’t be available for users in the US and New Zealand. Gear VR users in those regions will only be able to watch the UFC Fight Pass preliminaries.
2017 will be the year of the Linux desktop... for GNOME on Ubuntu
by Paul Hill
A few weeks ago, Mark Shuttleworth, now CEO of Canonical, announced that the Unity desktop shell would be abandoned in favour of GNOME. While we were told that GNOME would be used by Ubuntu 18.04, we weren't sure whether it'd be included in Ubuntu 17.10, the next release. Following a meeting on IRC, we now know that GNOME will ship by default in the next release.
For those of you invested in the Unity desktop, Unity will be installable on Ubuntu 17.10, but Upstart (a system alternative), Ubuntu touch packages and Unity 8 are likely to be removed from the repositories, marking an end to Unity development. Due to the open nature of Linux however, there will be developers who no doubt fork Unity, rename it, and continue to develop it much like the Linux Mint developers did with GNOME 2 when they created MATE.
Aside from GNOME, a Wayland session will be included in the upcoming release side-by-side with an Xorg session. It's still an unanswered question as to whether the LightDM login manager will be included or whether Ubuntu will ship with GDM which is present in the upstream GNOME desktop.
While the changes may not yet be included, eager testers can download daily builds of Ubuntu 17.10 from Ubuntu's website but they should be considered pre-alpha quality, so some problems could arise.