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Saturday, Jul 20, 2019

Outpost Zero Free Week

Outpost Zero is holding a free week on Steam, offering the chance to try this Windows base-building survival game for zero dollars. This update also notes the game is currently 30% off, and that the free week will culminate in the game's graduation from Early Access: "Starting now and until next Thursday, Outpost Zero is free to try and is 30% off! The Free Week is to help us test out a few updates as the game gears up to go into 1.0 at the end of the Free Week!" Here's a trailer showing off gameplay, and here are some details:
Outpost Zero blends the genres of Multiplayer Base Building Survival and Simulation games in a Sci-Fi universe.

You and your robotic crewmates were sent to this planet for one purpose - to prepare a working habitat for the future waves of human colonists eager to escape the dying earth. Gaiya's untold natural resources are a juicy target for interstellar big business. Healthy competition among competing corporations drive the dangerous expeditions. Will you succeed in establishing a profitable foothold on this mysterious world, or will the perils of Gaiya and the ruthless corporations out to exploit her natural resources be too much for you to handle?

Command. Colonize. Survive.
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Frank Pearce Leaving Blizzard

A Message From Frank Pearce and J. Allen Brack on the Blizzard Website announces that Frank Pearce is leaving Blizzard Entertainment. Pearce was the last of three founders still with the company, but he says now is the time to "pass the torch to the next generation of leaders," a process that arguably began with the formation of Activision Blizzard back in 2007. Here's word:
From Frank Pearce

The time has come for me to step away from Blizzard and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders.

My journey as part of the Blizzard community began over 28 years ago. Allen offered me an opportunity to join him and Mike in their adventure and dream to make video games. Video games were a passion that we shared, and I had only a fleeting hope that I would have the opportunity to make games one day. The decision was easy for me - I did not have the benefit of internet searches to help start me down the path. Allen’s offer letter was the best and only chance I thought I might ever have. Looking back, I know how incredibly fortunate I was to have been a part of what Blizzard has become.

Our efforts were always guided by well-intentioned purpose. We made games that we wanted to play, believing that like-minded people would also want to play those games. Today we characterize it more specifically with the ambitious vision of bringing the world together through epic entertainment. I am so proud to have had the chance to positively impact the lives of so many people through the experiences we have created.

My time at Blizzard encompasses the entirety of both my professional career and my adult life. I have countless fond memories. Working with the best developers in the world on the best franchises in the world definitively stands out. Even more prominent are my memories of our first BlizzCon where I realized the special importance of the people and communities that had become part of the experience for our players.
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Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

It was 50 years ago today that Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, making his famed "one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." TIL that we left more than footprints and flags behind, as this article notes almost 200 tonnes (220 tons) of things we've sent to the moon remain there to this day. This includes five Saturn V rocket stages; dozens of U.S. and Soviet probes; some robots; a bunch of lunar rovers; two golf balls; and 96 bags for poo, urine, and vomit the article notes that scientists "are keen to get their hands on should the opportunity arise." Sounds like we need to send up one of those crews in orange vests to do some roadside cleanup. But either way, we should send astronauts back there and beyond. Hopefully this will happen sooner rather than later.

R.I.P.: Professor Patrick Winston, former director of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, dies at 76. Thanks Slashdot via Ant.

Lunar Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: Moon Landing Conspiracists in 2019. Thanks Digg.
‘Tired of Running’- A Sci-Fi Veteran Tells His Own (Earthling) Story. Thanks RedEye9.
The details behind the iconic patch of Apollo 11.
Stories: Alan Moore, writer worst served by Hollywood, calls it quits.
Why Taquerias Are Making Guacamole Without Avocados. Heretics. Thanks RedEye9.
Torpedoed US warship found, solving 75-year-old cold case.
Science: The latest study on trigger warnings finally convinced me they’re not worth it. Thanks Max.
France seeks science-fiction writers to help futureproof its military against science-fact. Thanks Neutronbeam.
This little-known inventor has probably saved your life. Thanks RedEye9.
Media: StarCrafts S7 Ep 3 'My Life For Aiur.'
The first clip from Rick and Morty season 4 stars a diabolical Taika Waititi. Thanks Neutronbeam.
“Unpickable” Europa Disc Padlock Picked FAST.
Follow-ups: The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame- don’t rely on billionaires. Thanks Boing Boing.
Archer renewed for season 11, reveals major changes.
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