One of the studios responsible for Call of Duty ’s success is laying off QA testers that are reportedly earning $17 an hour for their work on the franchise Activision Blizzard said brought in $3 billion dollars in 2020. Raven Software, known for its work on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and CoD: Warzone has now laid off a third of its contract QA testers, according to reports by Kotaku and The Washington Post . Raven’s Associate Community Manager Austin O’Brien said that team members were being called into individual meetings to be told whether or not they would still have a job come January 28th. So far, the company has reportedly laid off about a third of its QA testers, or around a dozen people, but it’s possible more could follow . The Post quotes an anonymous Raven contractor who said that “everyone was told, ‘you did nothing wrong,’ after being given the bad news.” A Better ABK, an employee advocacy group, says many of the employees moved to Wisconsin … [Read more...] about Call of Duty made billions recently, so of course Activision Blizzard is laying off QA
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Algorithms play a growing role in our lives, even as their flaws are becoming more apparent: a Michigan man wrongly accused of fraud had to file for bankruptcy; automated screening tools disproportionately harm people of color who want to buy a home or rent an apartment ; Black Facebook users were subjected to more abuse than white users. Other automated systems have improperly rated teachers, graded students, and flagged people with dark skin more often for cheating on tests. Now, efforts are underway to better understand how AI works and hold users accountable. New York’s City Council last month adopted a law requiring audits of algorithms used by employers in hiring or promotion. The law, the first of its kind in the nation, requires employers to bring in outsiders to assess whether an algorithm exhibits bias based on sex, race, or ethnicity. Employers also must tell job applicants who live in New York when artificial intelligence plays a role in deciding who gets … [Read more...] about The movement to hold AI accountable gains more steam
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is currently underway in Glasgow, Scotland, and researchers at the University of Plymouth in England have marked the occasion by releasing their digitally altered version of a popular sea shanty , " What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor ." The twist: this altered "Song of the Sea" was manipulated using actual data collected during the extreme storms that ravaged the Atlantic coasts of western Europe in 2014. The intent is to demonstrate aurally, through a well-known popular tune, the impact of climate change by providing a snapshot of the devastation and destruction of extreme storms. “Historically, scientific data has normally been conveyed visually, as charts or illustrations," said Richard Thompson , director of the University of Plymouth's Marine Institute, which collaborated with the university's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) on the project. "However, the combination of sound … [Read more...] about This sea shanty recording is an aural representation of extreme storm data
If you’re a fan of Mozilla Firefox and you’d like to clear your browsing history quickly, there’s a simple keyboard shortcut available to help you do the job on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here’s how to use it. First, open “Firefox.” In any open window, press one of these two keyboard shortcut combinations depending on which type of computer you are using: Windows or Linux: Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete. Mac: Press Command+Shift+Delete. After pressing the proper shortcut, a “Clear All History” window will appear. If you’d like to change any of the settings—such as the “Time range to clear” or which elements of your history you’d like to erase—you can do it now using your mouse or trackpad. RELATED: How to Clear Your History in Any Browser Once you’re ready, click “OK.” Your Firefox browsing history will be cleared based on the settings you selected. Advertisement The next time you open the “Clear All History” window, it will remember the last … [Read more...] about How to Clear Firefox Browsing Data With a Keyboard Shortcut
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a perfect unicorn of a superhero movie, to the extent that any sequel has an impossible job of living up to it. But Sony is giving it a shot with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Today, we got our first extended look at the upcoming sequel, set for release in movie theaters in October 2022. Get the CNET Culture newsletter Explore movies, games, superheroes and more with CNET Culture. Delivered Tuesdays and Fridays. The trailer follows on immediately after the the ending of the first movie, with Miles Morales lying on his bed, as Gwen Stacy reaches out to him from another dimension. What follows looks... incredible? The unique art style of the original is present, but it looks like the team is pushing the boundaries of that aesthetic with a really cool looking sequence at the end, revealing a new character in the process. Hard to say exactly who it is, but it looks like another alternate reality Spider-Man? Folks on the … [Read more...] about New Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse trailer features another Spider-Man
In online discussions, you may have heard the term “Ubuntu” thrown around, often in the context of discussing alternatives to Windows. So what exactly is it, and why do people choose to use it? What Is Ubuntu? Ubuntu Desktop is a Linux distribution developed by Canonical , and it’s one of the most popular distributions, thanks to its ease of use. It’s also one of the top choices for people who are getting started with Linux. The server edition , which we won’t be focusing on here, is also operating in the majority of internet servers. So what is a Linux distribution? It’s an operating system developed from the Linux kernel, UNIX -like system created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 . Linux distributions are usually free and open source , and many are great alternatives to popular operating systems like Windows and macOS. The Ubuntu Foundation was formed in 2004 by a South African-British developer and entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. He wanted to create a more … [Read more...] about What Is Ubuntu?