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    I'm proud to announce that if you do a Google Search of "oldassgeek" I am top of the search with several posts. However, they point to the wrong site since I am now a member of the Burnersites community and this is my new blog 😃
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Skyrim's Most Ambitious Mod Ever

Beyond Skyrim is a collection of modding teams attempting the impossible: to recreate nearly every single province in Tamriel. Here is their story. The size and density of Skyrim was already staggering, but a collective of modding teams is aiming to make it even bigger. “Beyond Skyrim” is more than a single modding project. It’s a cooperative collective of modding teams, each tackling massive chunks of Tamriel landmass. In this in-depth video, we take a closer look at the huge undertaking, its inspirations, and its potential perils and pitfalls. The ambitious project began before Skyrim was released, when various modding teams were stepping on each others’ toes. The proposal was made to approach this next Elder Scrolls game differently, with a spirit of cooperation and sharing resources. Beyond Skyrim is the result, creating a web of various teams working individually on their own areas of the world within some loose guidelines. In all, Beyond Skyrim hopes to capture seven distinct areas of Tamriel. Each one will have its own visual assets, voice acting, music, sound effects, NPC routines, and more. It’s no wonder that so far the only project to have reached a playable state is Beyond Skyrim Bruma, an area that includes mountainous regions and one major city. Naturally the modders share concerns about the project being shut down by Bethesda, and its all-volunteer workforce has a significant rate of turnover. The project is likely only to live as long as Skyrim does, so once The Elder Scrolls 6 releases, interest in a Skyrim mod project is likely to fade. For the time being, though, it’s an massive and impressive undertaking. Video  

Explosive eruptions, "ballistic rocks" possible from volcano in Hawaii

The potential for "explosive eruptions" from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in the coming weeks is rising, which could result in pebble-sized projectiles being sprayed several miles from the fissures, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Officials in Hawaii said late Wednesday that a 15th fissure opened up. Wednesday's USGS warning came as residents in the community of Leilani Estates have been under siege from lava. NASA photos show lava-oozing volcano fissures on Hawaii's Big Island The USGS also said that nearby towns could be dusted with volcanic ash if such an eruption took place. "Steam-driven explosions at volcanos typically provide very little warning," USGS explained. The agency tweeted a picture explaining that explosive eruptions can occur when a volcano's magma column drops below the water table and groundwater interacts with hot rock. At that point, steam pressure builds then explodes. The USGS said that even more violent eruptions could occur, shooting "ballistic rocks" weighing up to several tons about a mile away. In addition, there's the potential for steam and hazardous sulfur dioxide emissions. The Reuters news agency reports that exposure to very high levels of the gas, which causes acid rain, can be life-threatening, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reported from Pahoa, Hawaii, that residents were warned to stay indoors Wednesday with their windows closed because sulfuric acid in the air can cause headaches, lung irritation and even induce asthma attacks. Those fumes are called "vog" -- or volcanic fog. They can drift far from the eruption and hang in the air. Evans followed the National Guard back to the lava zone where they are measuring the levels of sulfur dioxide gas just to see how bad it is (see image below). He said the gas smells like rotten eggs and mentioned that the air is safe as long as the wind is blowing in the opposite direction. "I hit my [asthma] pump three times this morning," resident Dan Kelly told Evans. "Last night I had to leave I was choking ... and just trying to get out to the ... fresh air down the coast." Kilauea is the world's most active volcano and has been in near-constant eruption since 1983. Lava has flowed from fissures and has destroyed at least 36 homes and other buildings, plus anything else in its path, since it erupted about a week ago. At a Wednesday evening press conference, Hawaii Gov. David Ige reported that a geothermal energy plant is quickening its removal of stored flammable gas. The facility is located across the highway from where lava has been erupting in Leilani Estates. He said the Puna Geothermal Venture plant has about 50,000 gallons of pentane on site. He said it would be "very hazardous" if a volcanic vent were to open under the facility where the fuel is stored. Officials expect to finish removing the gas by Thursday. Authorities had previously ordered nearly 2,000 residents to leave Lanipuna Gardens and the neighboring Leilani Estates, both located in the mostly rural district of Puna on Hawaii's Big Island. But some had ignored the order and stayed to watch over their property. "There were a number of people at their residences," Talmadge Magno, the administrator for Hawaii County Civil Defense, said at a news conference. There was no sign of holdouts in Lanipuna afterward, he said. CBS affiliate KGMB-TV writes that Lanipuna Gardens is home to about 250 people and, like Leilani Estates, has been under a mandatory evacuation order since Thursday. The station mentions that authorities have not allowed Lanipuna Gardens residents to return to retrieve belongings, as they have in Leilani Estates, because of hazardous fumes in the area. Officials announced Wednesday evening a 15th fissure opened up in Leilani Estates, this after two other ones formed Tuesday. Reuters reports fountains of lava had spewed up to 300 feet from the vents and more than 115 acres of land have been scorched by lava so far. There is no indication when the eruption might stop, or how far the lava might spread. Evans spoke to other residents this week who lived in the lava's path of destruction. Kelena Kealoha fled the California wildfires for his dream home in Hawaii. "I was going to raise my daughters here, but it doesn't look like it was going to turn out to be the scenario we hoped," Kealoha said. "I've never experienced lava consuming all of my possessions before ... I guess it's kind of mixed emotions." Amber Makuakane's home is already gone. The single mom doesn't know how to tell her 4-year-old son. "I need to figure that out," she said with tears in her eyes. "My son asks, 'Mommy, can we go home?'" Scientists have no real prediction as to when or where the lava will flow -- or when it will end.

Fortnite Week 10 Challenges Leaked: Skydive Through Floating Rings

As has become the norm before the release of each set of weekly challenges in Fortnite: Battle Royale, the upcoming objectives have been leaked. We now have at least a sense for what the next challenges will ask you to do for Week 10--the final leg of Season 3--whether you're playing on PS4, Xbox One, PC, or mobile. As discovered through Fortnite Tracker, which uncovers data hidden in the game's files, Week 10 involves the usual array of things to do. Some, like eliminating opponents, are tasks you'll likely do without going out of your way; others require you to spend some time in certain areas, such as searching chests in Fatal Fields. Others are a bit more specialized, like racking up headshots. Week 10 will seemingly introduce a new game element. Following an early challenge that wanted you to land on certain targets, one in Week 10 asks you to skydive through floating rings. Another will have you scouring the map in search of a point between a "Stone Circle, Wooden Bridge, and a Red RV." We'll have a guide helping you with all of this once the challenges are live on Thursday, April 26. Fortnite Week 10 Challenges Search Chests in Fatal Fields (7) -- 5 Battle Stars Deal Headshot Damage to opponents (250) -- 5 Battle Stars Search a Chest in different Named Locations (12) -- 5 Battle Stars Skydive through floating Rings (10) -- 5 Battle Stars Hard: Search between a Stone Circle, Wooden Bridge, and a Red RV -- 10 Battle Stars Hard: Eliminate Opponents (10) -- 10 Battle Stars Hard: Eliminate opponents in Pleasant Park (3) -- 10 Battle Stars Weekly challenges, despite the name, are typically available for more than a week, although this is the final week of Season 3. Anyone who purchases the Battle Pass has the entirety of Season 3 to complete them. You can see all the Fortnite skins and rewards up for grabs with this Battle Pass to get an idea of what awaits if you dive in. Whether or not you've purchased the Season 3 Battle Pass, you can log in to claim some free Battle Stars to help you earn some rewards: Epic Games recently granted some freebies to all players to make up for server issues. Meanwhile, it's removed the Guided Missile, which proved to be a contentious addition.

Oldassgeek

Oldassgeek

NVIDIA Inpainting Uses AI To Magically Rebuild Corrupted Or Damaged Images

NVIDIA researchers have come up with some new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can help fill in the blanks with respect to images that have either been corrupted or otherwise having missing details. With a team lead by NVIDIA's Guilin Liu, missing pixels can be quickly reclaimed with stunning results.
This process, which NVIDIA calls image inpainting, can be used not only for restoring missing image pixels, but also for removing an unwanted object from a scene and filling it back in. If this sounds familiar, it's because Photoshop has been able to perform similar operations with Content-Aware Fill, which was introduced in the CS5 release. However, NVIDIA goes a step further given that inpainting was trained using 55,116 random streaks and holes to improve its performance. Another 25,000 were generated to further test the algorithm's accuracy.  “Our model can robustly handle holes of any shape, size location, or distance from the image borders,” wrote the NVIDIA researchers in a paper on inpainting. “Further, our model gracefully handles holes of increasing size. “To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to demonstrate the efficacy of deep learning image inpainting models on irregularly shaped holes.” NVIDIA of course has plenty of high-powered hardware to pull from for its machine learning exercises, and in this case used Tesla V100 GPUs linked up with a cuDNN-accelerated PyTorch deep learning framework. To see NVIDIA image inpainting in action, simply take a look at the embedded video above. The results are remarkable, especially when looking at woman's "gouged out" eyes being replaced with two new ones. The results aren't always perfect, but it's still a remarkable achievement that shows a lot of promise. Eventually, NVIDIA says that its image inpainting technique could be integrated into photo editing software.    

Oldassgeek

Oldassgeek

Top of Google Search

I'm proud to announce that if you do a Google Search of "oldassgeek" I am top of the search with several posts. However, they point to the wrong site since I am now a member of the Burnersites community and this is my new blog 😃

Oldassgeek

Oldassgeek

Nearly 40% of American gamers play at work

A new survey, released last week, suggests a good chunk of gamers are spending time on their favorite hobby at work — meaning several of you reading this article are gaming when you shouldn’t be. The survey, compiled by Limelight Networks, was taken by over 3,000 gamers across six countries: the US, UK, France, Germany, South Korea, and Japan. The questions ranged from “How many hours do you spend playing video games per week?” to “Will you continue to play online games or make purchases from a gaming website that has previously experienced a security breach or been hacked?” Perhaps one of the most subversive questions was “How often do you play video games during work?” According to the findings, almost 40 percent of American gamers play at work at least once a month. Among gamers in all of the survey’s countries, almost 35 percent of respondents ages 18-25 have gamed at work. 8.6 percent responded they play games at work daily. That’s a lot of potential productivity lost. The survey leaves out one crucial bit of information: the games played while working. I’m sure we’ve all played the odd game of Solitaire or Candy Crush over a five-minute break without losing too much momentum, but several rounds of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is going to be a bit more disruptive. It’s hardly the first time researchers have suggested that games could be interfering with our work. Researchers who published last year with National Bureau of Economic Research suggested young men in particular could be working less than older ones because they’re spending so much time playing video games. There are a few other findings gamers will find relatable: Over 60 percent of gamers globally admit to losing sleep for games, and almost 40 have admitted to missing a meal. We’ve all been there. I also wonder if sleepy, hungry gamers are the ones gaming at work, which would probably mean even more time lost. Also, several respondents apparently said they’d quit their jobs if they thought they could make a living playing video games, but I would think that’d be a given. Anybody would love to make a living on their hobby, but it’s likely not as easy as it sounds. Source Thenextweb  

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