Sarkeesian leaves home over death threats – watch every episode of Tropes vs Women in Video Games here

28 Aug

Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian has been forced out of her home by online threats of sexual abuse and murder.

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As reported by Polygon, Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian said today that she had been forced to notify authorities and quit her home after death threats made against her and her family.

Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games videos seeks to highlight misogyny in video games.

Sarkeesian later shared some of the threats made against her. You can see them in the tweet below (warning: these are explicit threats of murder and sexual violence).

Please watch every episode of Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games below. You can support Anita here.

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Sarkeesian leaves home over death threats – watch every episode of Tropes vs Women in Video Games here

28 Aug

Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian has been forced out of her home by online threats of sexual abuse and murder.

anita_sarkeesian

As reported by Polygon, Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian said today that she had been forced to notify authorities and quit her home after death threats made against her and her family.

Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games videos seeks to highlight misogyny in video games.

Sarkeesian later shared some of the threats made against her. You can see them in the tweet below (warning: these are explicit threats of murder and sexual violence).

Please watch every episode of Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games below. You can support Anita here.

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‘Unofficial’ Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 4 now Available for Download: Integrates all Features of Earlier Service Packs

28 Aug
The unofficial XP SP4 requires a Windows XP machine running at least Service Pack 1

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Attempts to stop catastrophic climate change are proving futile, says UN report

28 Aug

A draft of a new UN report seen by The New York Times warns that our planet is at risk of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts" if the world's governments don't quickly alter their course and do more to limit the emissions of greenhouse gases. The report, drafted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says that we are already nearing a temperature at which the ice sheet covering Greenland is expected to begin melting — an unstoppable process that could raise global sea levels by 23 feet and bring other extremes of climate including heat waves and torrential rain.

Climate change could be limited to the internationally-agreed 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) according to the report, but if political delays...

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The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a Micro Four Thirds camera for selfie addicts

28 Aug

Olympus has just announced the PEN E-PL7, the latest of its Micro Four Thirds cameras to pair vintage style with modern specs. Priced at $699 with a 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens, Olympus says this camera has been tailored for selfie shooters who also take their regular photography seriously. It features a 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot touchscreen that flips downward 180 degrees; when used in this position, the PEN E-PL7 automatically enters a dedicated selfie mode that puts a shutter button right on the touchscreen. Tap it, and the camera will snap a picture just one second later. You can also get a bit more creative with striking a pose by setting custom intervals and telling the camera exactly when you want it to fire off a shot. There's no...

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Samsung’s latest wearable is a vibrating necklace that plays music

28 Aug

Alongside the Gear S smartwatch, Samsung today announced the Gear Circle, a pair of wireless earphones that can pair with your smartphone and vibrate to alert you to calls and notifications. Samsung says Gear Circle users can also use the wearable device's Bluetooth connection to listen to music on their smartphone, or issue voice commands.

When not in use, the new earphones can either be stuffed away in your pocket, or worn proudly around your neck: the device has a metal clasp that means the Gear Circle can double as an impromptu necklace. Samsung has shown the Gear Circle in three colors so far — black, blue, and white — and said that the device will start rolling out to global markets in October.

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Azir’s Ultimate and Lore Questions, Lyte on Anti-Feeding System, Update on Soraka’s Rework, Urgot’s W, Big Talk on Cassiopeia GU

28 Aug

Important: Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 8/27/2014 - Kha'zix Skin, Cassiopeia Gameplay & Texture Update, New Akali Splash


Azir's Ultimate Interactions and Lore Questions

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Blinks are not affected by Azir's ult.

Having other champion created terrain also block dashes/jumps is not something we're intending to do at present, those abilities are explicitly creating terrain, with all the usual play and expectations around that, and are either on much shorter CDs than Azir's ult or come with multiple other effects.

Dashes as well? And what about Vayne's tumble? (Since it works on J4's ult)

If a champion moves/is moved using an ability Azir's ult will stop their movement unless:

1. The ability gives the caster unstoppability (e.g. Malph ult or Vi ult) or
2. The ability has no travel time and, on completion, changes the champion's position all in one go (e.g. Ezreal's E or Elise's Spider E)

Samsung announces curved Gear S smartwatch with 3G

28 Aug

Not to be outdone by LG's teaser of the new G Watch R, Samsung has revealed the next iteration in its own smartwatch family: the curved-display Gear S. This new smart wearable features a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display, not unlike that found on the Gear Fit, and is similarly built around Samsung's own software, this time in the form of Tizen. Aside from the larger screen, the Gear S differs from what we've seen so far in offering 3G connectivity of its own, meaning you can keep it synced up to your smartphone even when the two devices aren't close enough to maintain a Bluetooth connection.

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The LG G Watch R is a round, retro smartwatch with good looks to spare

28 Aug

LG's G Watch was one of the first Android Wear devices to hit the market, but it didn't quite capture the fancy of the buying public the way the beautiful, round Moto 360 did. So LG went back to work, and came up with a beautiful, round smartwatch of its own. Meet the G Watch R.

The G Watch R's key feature is its display, a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED panel that takes up 100 percent of the watch's round face. LG promises that it's viewable in sunlight and clear from any angle, and the plastic...

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The LG G Watch R is a round, retro smartwatch with good looks to spare

28 Aug

LG's G Watch was one of the first Android Wear devices to hit the market, but it didn't quite capture the fancy of the buying public the way the beautiful, round Moto 360 did. So LG went back to work, and came up with a beautiful, round smartwatch of its own. Meet the G Watch R.

The G Watch R's key feature is its display, a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED panel that takes up 100 percent of the watch's round face. LG promises that it's viewable in sunlight and clear from any angle, and the plastic...

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Better PvP Mod 1.7.10/1.7.2/1.6.4

28 Aug

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What is Better PvP?

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With this mod, run with one click, stay in crouch mode, and have a quick eat! Plus more!

Mod Features:

  • Mini-map interface – works above and under ground.
  • An interface displaying currently active potion effects.
  • An interface displaying info about your equipped armour and item held at the time.
  • An interface displaying the amount of arrows you have left and your current vertical aiming angle.
  • Quick use – action bar-like system of key binds that can automatically use a set item in your hot bar without having to switch away from your currently held item. Holding the key bind lets you keep using the item like if you were holding the right mouse button. For example: placing torched, TNT, throwing potions, eating food, drinking.
  • Quick eat – addition to the previous feature with a difference of automatically eating food when holding a set key bind.
  • Better sprint – sprint by holding one single key bind. Can be also set to W.
  • Toggle sneak – allows you to toggle your sneak ON/OFF and stay sneaking without having to hold anything.
  • Notification system – on-screen notifications for various things such as low hunger, low HP, danger of explosion, being shot by arrow(s).
  • XP drops – gained or lost experience flies across your screen. gainz
  • Edit Mode – interfaces can be moved around and also be centered and flipped around by pressing C/F keys to fit all your PVP needs.
  • Settings – anything can be disabled or enabled at any time!
  • Customization - some of the interfaces provide more customization settings available in the mod settings GUI.

Mod Screenshots:

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Mod Review and Showcase:

How to install:

Forge

  • Download and install Minecraft Forge
  • Download the mod
  • Go to %appdata%
  • Go to .minecraft/mods folder
  • Drag and drop the downloaded jar (zip) file into it
  • If one does not exist you can create one
  • Enjoy the mod

Vanilla

  • Download MagicLauncher
  • Download Better PvP Mod Vanilla version
  • Do NOT extract the zip!
  • In MagicLauncher, click setup. Now click new and name the config whatever you want and put “copy from” on default. Click “OK” when you’re ready.
  • Make sure your environment is set to the correct minecraft version.
  • Now you need to add this mod. Click on the “Add” button that’s under the “Download” button. Find the file you downloaded from this page and add it. Now click “OK”.
  • Choose your configuration and log in.
  • Enjoy

Better PvP Mod Download Links:

For 1.6.4

Vanilla: Download from Server 1Download from Server 2

Forge: Download from Server 1Download from Server 2

For 1.7.2

Forge: Download from Server 1Download from Server 2

For 1.7.10

Forge: Download from Server 1Download from Server 2

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Six games that prove Japan still innovates – Article

28 Aug

Recently we've been seeing a lot of talk about how behind the times Japanese developers have become. From notable names like "Itagaki" and "that dude who made Fez", to your random forum goers, it seems like almost everyone has written off that part of the world as a lost cause, so far behind the times that they could never hope to move the industry forwards like their Western counterparts. As you probably guessed by the title I don't agree with that sentiment, so this is a list of games that I think are not only good to great games, but that do something different and have ideas that the rest of the industry should pay attention to, no matter what side of the Pacific pond you hail from.

Atelier Totori

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Gust's entire game catalog is unique, with their focus on item synthesis over other game elements, but that's not what makes Atelier Totori in particular unique. It's the game's progression system that gives you complete freedom in how you progress through a rigidly linear storyline that makes this one in a million. Playing as Totori your main goal is to get a license as an adventurer, and to do that you'll need to complete objectives and get points, but you have access to all of these hundreds of objectives right from the start, with far more points available than you actually require to finish. Stay in your workshop and focus on alchemy, go out and explore to find new areas and materials, or kill every creature you see; any and all of these will give you points towards your goal without you ever having to focus on any specific objective. It's a lot like the general concept of achievements, but used as the primary progression system for a JRPG. The upcoming sequel Atelier Meruru focuses a bit more on specific objectives but still gives you a lot more freedom in how you progress than your typical JRPG. It's a unique system that allows a small company like Gust to give its fans freedom in how they progress without the budget requirements of scripting and voicing a thousand different side quests, and it's nothing less than brilliant.

Catherine

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Romantic relationships in games are almost always relegated to an afterthought, or an excuse for eye candy. They're either added so that JRPG main characters have someone to fawn over, WRPG main characters have someone to pursue and conquer, or Leisure Suit Larry has someone to ogle. Catherine goes against this trend by having a game that focuses not just on the beginning of a relationship, as so many do, but the decisions and events that occur while trying to maintain or dissolve that relationship. Atlus is able to broach the idea of sexuality while never showing more skin than your average James Bond flick. I'm sure a few prospective buyers passed over this title based on the overly sexual cover art, but they did themselves a disservice as this game is so much more than that cover art would have you believe. Give it a chance and I'm sure it'll surprise you with just how unique and witty it can be.

Demon's Souls

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The Zelda series is in this list as well, but if there was one game I think Nintendo should look at for how to evolve Zelda it would be Demon's Souls. Not for the acclaimed difficulty or the superb atmosphere, but the perfect online system for a genre defined by its single player campaigns. Demon's Souls and its spiritual successor Dark Souls both utilise online systems that perfectly blend into their single player experiences without ever overtaking the campaign or being a detriment. Hints on the ground from fellow travelers, bloodstains that show you their demise, and requests for help all fit perfectly into the mythos created for both games and serve to enhance the story and atmosphere instead of ignoring it as most online multiplayer modes do. You can totally avoid it if you don't care for the online aspects, but I'd suggest against it since you'll be missing out on one of the most brilliant online systems ever devised. Take a close look Nintendo, because if you ever decide to introduce online components to the Zelda series then From Software are the first guys you should call for advice.

Super Mario 3D Land

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Innovation can be found in even the most established franchises. Mario's is about as old as the average gamer these days, but even he has a few tricks left up his sleeve. The whole world is going bonkers for 3D and it seems like everyone is trying to get their piece of the pie, but every now and then you get something that seems like it was truly made for 3D and couldn't exist without it. For our medium that game is Super Mario 3D Land. Not satisfied with just using 3D to make Mario's nose look like it's coming right at you, Nintendo has actually put in gameplay elements that make use of the 3D. Not only do three dimensions make all of the platforming in a 3D platformer that much easier but turning on the 3D will allow you to see secrets that would have been otherwise hidden. As development continues on the 3DS I can only hope that developers try to live up to the lofty heights of Super Mario 3D Land.

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

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The recently-released Star Wars Kinect might be giving a few people concerns about whether they'll ever play a well balanced and fully motion controlled sword fighting game. Well have no fear, guys, because Nintendo already did that in The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. One to one motion controls for your sword using the Wii motion plus remote, as well as a plethora of other actions that all use motion controls makes this one of if not the most critically acclaimed motion based game ever made. It's always appropriate, and accurate use of motion controls is something most developers couldn't dream of accomplishing, all while trying to please some of the most demanding fans on the planet. It's Nintendo's own hardware, so by all rights they should be the masters of it, but taking the risk of doing something new like motion controls for such a revered franchise as Zelda takes courage in its own right. Take note all you Wii, Move, and Kinect developers, this is how it's done.

The World Ends with You

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The World Ends With You was one of the first DS games to really feel like it was built from the ground up to take advantage of the system. It featured full use of everything the device offered, including dual-screen combat (with the D-Pad controlling the top screen), touchscreen control, and even use of the speaker. Attacks were performed by making a variety of touch screen gestures, including some pretty complex ones. Some attacks were even activated by shouting into the system's microphone. Between the unique combat and sleek, modern RPG design, The World Ends With You was one of the most innovative games to ever hit the Nintendo DS.

Six games that prove Japan still innovates - Article on gamrReview

Related Games:
- The World Ends With You (DS) - review - sales - cheats
- Demon's Souls (PS3) - review - sales - cheats
- Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland (PS3) - review - sales - cheats
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) - review - sales - cheats
- Catherine (PS3) - review - sales - cheats
- Catherine (X360) - review - sales - cheats
- Dark Souls (PS3) - review - sales - cheats
- Dark Souls (X360) - review - sales - cheats
- Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) - review - sales - cheats
- Atelier Meruru: Alchemist of Arland 3 (PS3) - review - sales - cheats

How Supply Drops work in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

28 Aug

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare adds Supply Drops to existing systems to make multiplayer progress more diverse.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer uses the same XP system as previous games, but Supply Drops add a little more colour, granting a random selection of gear and goodies.

The video above is the latest in a series produced for GameStop in which Sledgehammer Games talks through the intricacies of Advanced Warfare, and goes into detail on what you’ll find in Supply Drops.

If you’d like to see more, here’s our video of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s supply drops in action.

Call of Duty: Advanced warfare is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One – but not Wii U – in November.

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HTC announces the world’s first 64-bit Android phone

28 Aug

Around a year ago, Apple announced the iPhone 5S, the first and so far only phone to run on a 64-bit processor. Now, as noted by AnandTech, HTC has announced the first Android phone to make use of the same ARMv8 technology that Apple's A7 chip employs. Unlike the iPhone 5S, though, HTC's Desire 510 is a pretty budget-conscious affair; aside from the 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with LTE, it features a 4.7-inch 854 x 480 screen, a five-megapixel camera, and 1GB of RAM.

The primary advantage of 64-bit processing is the ability to address more than 4GB of RAM, so the Desire 510 isn't going to set any power records. Android itself doesn't even support 64-bit yet, so unless this phone gets updated from 4.4 KitKat to the...

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Microsoft is cracking down on fake Windows Store apps

27 Aug

Microsoft's Windows and Windows Phone app stores have faced several issues with fake and scam applications over the years, but the software maker appears to be finally cracking down. After recent reports highlighting scams that lead people to pay for useless apps that are typically free, Microsoft's Windows Apps and Store general manager, Todd Brix, says the company will be enforcing its policies more strictly in future.

The scam apps are going away

While Microsoft made some changes earlier this year to its app certification requirements, Brix says Microsoft has been conducting a review of the Windows Store to find apps that don't comply with the guidelines. Microsoft's policies state names need to be clear and icons must be...

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PS4 and Xbox One lure devs back from PC, mobile – survey

27 Aug

Developers abandoned consoles towards the end of the last generation, but sexy new hardware is bringing them back.

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PS4 and Xbox One will play a major part in developers’ future plans, according to a new TIGA survey.

As reported by GamesIndustry, 52% of responding developers said they plan to make games for Xbox One in the future, and 48% intend the same for PS4.

At present, only 17% are working on Xbox One games, and 15% on PS4.

That might seem a little low, but it’s worth noting that several past surveys (such as this one, or this one, or this one) suggested developers were were more interested in PC and tablets than consoles.

The trend seems to be reversing now, though. Although over 70% of respondents are making games for iDevices, only about 63% intend to continue doing so, so there’s a bit of a drop off there.

63% of developers are making PC games, but again, only about 48% intend to continue.

So growth for consoles, and shrinkage on other platforms – quite the reversal. Swings and merry go rounds; it may go back the other way by the end of the generation.

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United Arab Emirates: Robots to Teach in Abu Dhabi Classrooms

27 Aug
Merryland Founder: "I have sourced some of the best and most advanced robots including humanoids."

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The Resident Evil remake is looking pretty good

27 Aug

Compare Resident Evil’s latest remake with an older one in side-by-side screenshots.

The “before” shots are from the Wii port of the 2002 GameCube remake, which is why they don’t make your eyes bleed quite as much as the PSOne version would. It’s not clear what platform the “after” screens were taken from, unfortunately, but I suspect PS3 or Xbox 360, since the announcement screens were last-gen. Also I quite hope the PS4 and Xbox One version will have nicer blacks, for example.

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If you care to visit Capcom Unity, you can view these screenshots with a whizz-bang slider thingy. I have no idea how to do that but have immediately written to Pat demanding our CMS support it, because it is so cool.

As a special bonus, Capcom handed over a couple of screenshots that were published in Japan but not included in the batch we got when the Resident Evil remake was announced.

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Resident Evil is being rebuilt for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with an optional new control scheme in addition to upgraded visuals.

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Muggles call cops on Global Thermonuclear War dev

27 Aug

Global Thermonuclear War developer Henry Smith has been dobbed into the coppers after his letting agent became concerned he may be planning some sort of attack on the USA.

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You know how, right, you sort of live on the Internet in this highly-informed bubble where everyone has a basic understanding of technology (if not basic social graces)?

And then sometimes that bubble is punctured by meat space and you realise 99% of the world is populated by – by – muggles?

Global Thermonuclear War is an in-development game about, well, global thermonuclear war. A one-man project, it draws on Google Maps data to simulate an apocalyptic conflict between nations.

Developer Henry Smith is hard at work on the project, and as a result of this has a white board in his house with a scribbled diagram of a European attack on the USA.

The thing is, he had a rental inspection. And according to the Guardian, his letting agent took one look and freaked the heck out.

The agent called Smith to discuss their concerns, and Smith explained the project and the sketch. The agent wasn’t satisfied, though, and later emailed Smith to say the matter had been referred to the police.

Then there’s this bit, which necessitated me having a lie down in the dark until I’d calmed down a bit. Quoted in full from the linked article:

The police have not yet followed up the letting agent’s tip-off, and Smith now thinks they’re unlikely to, especially if they have seen photos of the diagrams. He says he doesn’t hold a grudge against the letting agency, who “just wanted to act responsibly”.

That is understandable, he says, “but their judgment has let them down for sure. Nobody is planning an intercontinental ballistic missile attack by Russia on Washington from a rented house in a Bristol suburb. And definitely not by drawing their missile trajectory freehand on a whiteboard.

“And even if they were, they wouldn’t have left those whiteboards out on the pre-agreed day of a visual inspection.”

Oh my glob. I have to have another lie down. What would we do without the concerned citizens of the world?

You can visit Smith’s GitHub page to keep tabs on the project, or just go watch war unfold.

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Muggles call cops on Global Thermonuclear War dev

27 Aug

Global Thermonuclear War developer Henry Smith has been dobbed into the coppers after his letting agent became concerned he may be planning some sort of attack on the USA.

global_thermonuclear_war

You know how, right, you sort of live on the Internet in this highly-informed bubble where everyone has a basic understanding of technology (if not basic social graces)?

And then sometimes that bubble is punctured by meat space and you realise 99% of the world is populated by – by – muggles?

Global Thermonuclear War is an in-development game about, well, global thermonuclear war. A one-man project, it draws on Google Maps data to simulate an apocalyptic conflict between nations.

Developer Henry Smith is hard at work on the project, and as a result of this has a white board in his house with a scribbled diagram of a European attack on the USA.

The thing is, he had a rental inspection. And according to the Guardian, his letting agent took one look and freaked the heck out.

The agent called Smith to discuss their concerns, and Smith explained the project and the sketch. The agent wasn’t satisfied, though, and later emailed Smith to say the matter had been referred to the police.

Then there’s this bit, which necessitated me having a lie down in the dark until I’d calmed down a bit. Quoted in full from the linked article:

The police have not yet followed up the letting agent’s tip-off, and Smith now thinks they’re unlikely to, especially if they have seen photos of the diagrams. He says he doesn’t hold a grudge against the letting agency, who “just wanted to act responsibly”.

That is understandable, he says, “but their judgment has let them down for sure. Nobody is planning an intercontinental ballistic missile attack by Russia on Washington from a rented house in a Bristol suburb. And definitely not by drawing their missile trajectory freehand on a whiteboard.

“And even if they were, they wouldn’t have left those whiteboards out on the pre-agreed day of a visual inspection.”

Oh my glob. I have to have another lie down. What would we do without the concerned citizens of the world?

You can visit Smith’s GitHub page to keep tabs on the project, or just go watch war unfold.

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