Microsoft Unlocks the Ability To Turn Xbox One Consoles Into ‘Development Kits’

Dave Knott writes: Today, Microsoft made good on a nearly three-year-old promise, unlocking the ability for all retail Xbox One consoles to become development kits. This mode will allow anyone to build, test and experiment with Universal Windows Program (UWP) development. Converting a console to Dev Mode requires no special equipment or fees, though to fully access the abilities, a user will need to create a Dev Center account. After setting up Dev Mode, a user simply pairs their Xbox One with Visual Studio, which sees the console as a Windows 10 machine to which it can deploy content directly through a wired connection. While this feature eases self-publishing on Xbox One, a developer will still have to go through Microsoft’s concept approval, which usually takes about two weeks, before the game is eligible to be published on Xbox One. The big change here is that while traditionally Microsoft had to give a hopeful developer a dev kit, now a developer can just switch over their own retail console.

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NJ Legislator Proposes Fine For Walking While Phone-Distracted

schwit1 writes: A bill proposed this week by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D., Camden) would impose a fine of up to $ 50 and possibly 15 days in jail for pedestrians caught using their cellphones without hands-free devices while walking on public sidewalks and along roadways. If the bill becomes law, ‘petextrians’ — people who text while walking — would face the same penalties as jaywalkers in New Jersey. From the article: Researchers say distracted walkers are more likely to ignore traffic lights or fail to look both ways before crossing the street. … Lampitt said she wants that message to hit home in New Jersey for pedestrians and motorists who could easily be distracted while looking at mobile devices. Her bill, however, faces an uncertain future in the Legislature. It has not been posted for a vote and Lampitt acknowledged she might have a tough time getting it passed.” Distracted pedestrians surely pose some risks, but they don’t budge the needle compared to overbearing officialdom.

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Belgian police arrest six in bombing probe, French foil Paris plot

Masked Belgian police secure the entrance to a building in SchaerbeekBy Alastair Macdonald, Ingrid Melander and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian police arrested six people in their probe of Tuesday's Islamic State suicide bombings in Brussels, while authorities in France said they thwarted a militant plot there "that was at an advanced stage." The federal prosecutor's office in Belgium said on Thursday that the arrests came during police searches in the Brussels neighborhoods of Schaerbeek in the north and Jette in the west, as well as in the center of the Belgian capital. The arrests came days after suicide bombers hit the Brussels airport and a metro train, killing at least 31 people and wounding some 270 in the worst such attack in Belgian history. The attack in Brussels, which is home to the European Union and NATO, has heightened security concerns around the world and raised questions about European countries' response to the threat from Islamist extremists.



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How A 1903 Killing Spree Became America’s First Modern Mass Shooting

In 1903, Gilbert Twigg opened fire during a concert in Kansas, killing nine. There was no motive, and no one had ever seen anything like it before. Yet it’s the archetype for today’s frequent mass shootings.
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AMD Releases Open-Source Driver Support For Next-Gen Polaris GPUs

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time ever, AMD has provided open-source support for next-generation discrete GPUs ahead of the product’s launch. AMD developers published initial open-source Linux driver support for Polaris GPUs with the addition adding over sixty-seven thousand lines of code to the Linux kernel. AMD Polaris graphics cards are expected this summer while AMD released the open-source driver support in advance for preparing their new Linux hybrid driver that relies upon the open-source AMDGPU kernel driver.

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U.S. officials believe more terrorists tied to Brussels attack are at large, plotting new strikes

U.S. officials believe more terrorists tied to Brussels attack are at large, plotting new strikesA warning that Belgium remains under threat of “serious and imminent attack” came as U.S. and Western intelligence officials investigate a coordinated attack they believe was likely triggered by the Friday arrest of Salah Abdeslam.



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