‘King of Kong’ Billy Mitchell Stripped Of Donkey Kong Record For Emulator Cheating

MojoKid writes: More drama is unfolding in the ultra-competitive retro arcade gaming scene… Billy Mitchell, the arcade legend who appeared as a central character opposite Steve Wiebe in the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, has been accused of cheating his way into the record books for high scores in Donkey Kong. As a result, he’s now been stripped of his 1.062 million score on the Donkey…

February 3, 2018
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How Amazon may prevent Alexa ads from activating Echo devices: acoustic fingerprint comparison and inaudible sound signals (Brad Stone/Bloomberg)

February 3, 2018

Brad Stone / Bloomberg: How Amazon may prevent Alexa ads from activating Echo devices: acoustic fingerprint comparison and inaudible sound signals  —  Amazon.com Inc. is advertising its Alexa-powered speakers in the big game on Sunday.  It’s an amusing 90 seconds that features celebrities like Gordon Ramsay … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Family of ‘Swat’ Victim Sues Kansas Police, Lawmakers Propose 40-Year Jail Terms

An anonymous reader brings more updates about the ‘Swat’ call that led to a fatal police shooting: The gamer who dared another gamer to send police officers to his home had offered the address where he used to live, until his family was evicted in 2016. While he may also be charged for the fatal shooting that followed, the victim’s family has now sued the city of Wichita as well…

February 3, 2018
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WHATIS Going To Happen To WHOIS?

dmoberhaus writes: A European data privacy law goes into effect in May, but it’s already having far reaching consequences, especially when it comes to publicly available WHOIS data. Motherboard spoke to a domain registrar, ICANN and some security researchers about how anticipation of the EU privacy laws implementation has already gutted WHOIS data, why this is dangerous and what the future of WHOIS looks like. ICANN requires registars to make…

February 3, 2018
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Microsoft to stop offering the lightweight Windows 10 S as a separate SKU, will offer “S Mode” in all Windows 10 versions instead (Brad Sams/Thurrott.com)

February 3, 2018

Brad Sams / Thurrott.com: Microsoft to stop offering the lightweight Windows 10 S as a separate SKU, will offer “S Mode” in all Windows 10 versions instead  —  When Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, it was immediately clear that this SKU didn’t fit well into Microsoft’s lineup. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Hawaii Missile Alert Worker Fired, Will Sue State for Defamation

This week Hawaii finally fired the employee who issued a false missile alert warning to the entire state, while the head of the state’s emergency management agency resigned, another official quit, and a fourth was suspended over the incident. But new details also emerged about the incident: After alerting workers on the wrong shift, the night supervisor “had started the drill by calling the day shift warning officers, who had…

February 3, 2018
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Elon Musk Sells $10 Million in Flamethrowers in Four Days

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: A handful of tweets and four days later, Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk has closed orders for his latest novelty product, after selling 20,000 flamethrowers at $500 a piece. “Guaranteed to liven up any party!” was Musk’s tagline for a sale which raised $10 million for his high-speed tunnel venture The Boring Company… “When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower,”…

February 3, 2018
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