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Nippon Souls: Nioh Review - GamerHolics

Added: 20.02.2017 0:57 | 1 views | 0 comments

Dungeon Crawler is a term thats not used a lot these days. Even back during its heyday, there werent that many popular games within said genre. Demons Souls  was released in 2009, exclusively for the PS3 and in a way, changed things. It was a highly critically acclaimed game, but the dungeon crawler genre didnt reached the height of its popularity until Dark Souls was released back in 2011. Dark Souls, in a way, was a big game changer because it did two things right all at once. Firstly, it revolutionized the dungeon crawler genre. Secondly, it brought back the needed challenge that games seemed to have back then. There were some games that came out like Lords of the Fallen that tried to emulate both the success and the influence of the first Dark Souls, but in my opinion, none have come as close as Nioh.

Explosive blog post details ‘abhorrent’ sexism at Uber

Added: 20.02.2017 0:46 | 0 views | 0 comments


In a , former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Riggetti details her experiences working for the company. Sadly, given she's a female engineer working at a thrusting, big-name Silicon Valley startup, the experiences are exactly what you'd expect.

, Riggetti details numerous instances of overt sexist behaviour. She reportedly sent evidence, including email and chat logs to HR, but ran into a brick wall multiple times. In the end, she says that her attempts to quietly report sexist behaviour were turned against her:
I forwarded this absurd chain of emails to HR, and they requested to meet with me shortly after. I don't know what I expected after all of my earlier encounters with them, but this one was more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. The HR rep began the meeting by asking me if I had noticed that *I* was the common theme in all of the reports I had been making, and that if I had ever considered that I might be the problem. I pointed out that everything I had reported came with extensive documentation and I clearly wasn't the instigator (or even a main character) in the majority of them - she countered by saying that there was absolutely no record in HR of any of the incidents I was claiming I had reported (which, of course, was a lie, and I reminded her I had email and chat records to prove it was a lie). She then asked me if women engineers at Uber were friends and talked a lot, and then asked me how often we communicated, what we talked about, what email addresses we used to communicate, which chat rooms we frequented, etc. -  an absurd and insulting request that I refused to comply with. When I pointed out how few women were in SRE, she recounted with a story about how sometimes certain people of certain genders and ethnic backgrounds were better suited for some jobs than others, so I shouldn't be surprised by the gender ratios in engineering. Our meeting ended with her berating me about keeping email records of things, and told me it was unprofessional to report things via email to HR.
Beyond the reports to HR, Riggetti also details a company overrun with internal politics and management problems:
In the background, there was a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management in the infrastructure engineering organization. It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job. No attempts were made by these managers to hide what they were doing: they boasted about it in meetings, told their direct reports about it, and the like.
Shortly after the blog post was published, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promising a (secret, internal) investigation into the matter, and reaffirmed Uber's committment to a equitable workplace where everyone isn't trying to stab each other in the back:
"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber -- and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."
This isn't the first time that Uber has run into human resources problems within its internal teams and management. In 2014, an Uber exec famously suggested on journalists to discredit them. That statement to a journalist who had accused Uber of sexism once again.
More recently, #DeleteUber after Uber removed surge pricing at JFK airport during a taxi strike -- a strike that was in protest of President Trump's Muslim travel ban. The same hashtag is trending again tonight following Riggetti's blog post.

Biochemical tricks of the hibernating bear

Added: 19.02.2017 23:59 | 0 views | 0 comments

Winter is in full swing, and many of us have fantasized about curling up in a warm cave and slumbering until the warmth of spring arrives, just like a bear. Bears have the ability to sleep away the harsh winter months when food is scarce. They can spend five to seven months in hibernation. During this time, bears do not eat, drink, excrete or exercise. Despite the length of inactivity, bears do not experience bone loss, muscle loss, heart complications or blood clots like humans do during extended bouts of inactivity.

Spalletti: Roma goal machine Dzeko now believes he´s world class

Added: 19.02.2017 23:59 | 1 views | 0 comments

Luciano Spalletti said Roma are benefiting from a player who believes he is a "top striker" after Edin Dzeko continued his fine form in front of goal for the capital club. After scoring a hat-trick in the Europa League during the week, Dzeko was at it again as Roma routed Torino 4-1 in Serie A [...]

Low level vitamin D during remission contributes to relapse in ulcerative colitis patients

Added: 19.02.2017 23:56 | 0 views | 0 comments

Lower levels of vitamin D in the blood increase the risk of clinical relapse in patients with Ulcerative Colitis (UC), an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the colon, a new study has found.

The players don´t need whistles – Luis Enrique hits out at fans

Added: 19.02.2017 23:07 | 1 views | 0 comments

Luis Enrique hit out at supporters who jeered Barcelona during their unimpressive last-gasp 2-1 LaLig win over Leganes on Sunday. Lionel Messi scored both goals, including a 90th-minute penalty to secure a slender victory for the Catalans, but it will have done little to mask the performance and the fallout from Tuesday's 4-0 hammering by Paris Saint-Germain [...]

New Transformers Game Announced

Added: 19.02.2017 22:57 | 0 views | 0 comments

During their coverage of NY Toy Fair, Skewed and Reviewed obtained news of a new Transformers game and have posted the press release that was issued soon after.

From: n4g.com

This document imprisoned 120k people

Added: 19.02.2017 22:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

Executive Order 9066, which was signed by President Roosevelt and led to the imprisonment of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during WWII, is on display on the West Coast for the first time in 75 years.

Swedes baffled by Trump's suggestion of major incident

Added: 19.02.2017 21:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

During a rally in Florida, Trump said "look what's happening last night in Sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks in Europe

From: feeds.cbsnews.com

Adaptable model recommends response strategies for Zika, other pandemics

Added: 19.02.2017 21:51 | 0 views | 0 comments

A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the dynamics of disease transmission across different environments and social settings, and provides critical information about how to mitigate infection, monitor risk and trace disease during a pandemic.

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