Giz Asks Giz Asks is a Gizmodo series where we ask questions about everything from space to butts, and get answers from a variety of experts. Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves; cats—or at least some cats, some of the time—can spend years at your side without making it totally clear that they know, or care, who you are. An expression vaguely resembling contentment flits across their face and you think, triumphantly: see! My cat doesn’t despise me. Which it very well might not. But if it did, wouldn’t you want to know? To make sure you’re not living a lie, for this week’s Giz Asks we reached out to a number of cat experts to figure out whether or not your cat really does hate you. As it turns out, it might simply just be living in mortal fear of you. Or you might just be sad and insecure and using your cat’s totally neutral facial expression as a way to feel bad about yourself. Or—the science is not totally there on this—it … [Read more...] about Does Your Cat Actually Hate You?
The U.S. government claims that China is using LinkedIn to recruit spies in America. And it’s now calling for Microsoft, the company that owns LinkedIn, to shut down allegedly fake accounts being used to build its spy network. First reported by Reuters, the allegations are being made by William Evanina, the head of U.S. counter-intelligence. “I recently saw that Twitter is cancelling, I don’t know, millions of fake accounts, and our request would be maybe LinkedIn could go ahead and be part of that,” Evanina told Reuters. Speaking to the news agency, China’s foreign ministry called the allegations “complete nonsense” and accused the U.S. of having “ulterior motives.” The United States and China are currently seen as adversaries in a new cold war, and the Trump regime’s continued escalation of a trade war has made things even frostier. Trump is expected to announce roughly $200 billion in new tariffs against China next week. … [Read more...] about U.S. Government Claims China Using LinkedIn to Recruit Spies in America
Welcome to the Gaming Shelf, io9's new roundup of tabletop gaming news, releases, updates, and interesting crowdfunding campaigns—focusing on sci-fi and fantasy releases, with the occasional exception of course. This week, we’ve got a board game centered around cereal box monsters, news of Mutant: Year Zero getting a Westworld-style expansion, and a Kickstarter for a tabletop RPG that’s since become a Live Action Role Play phenomenon. News and Releases Unity Modiphius has announced the release of its latest roleplaying game, Unity, from Zensara Studios. Unity is an pre-apocalyptic fantasy game that features magick-infused technology, where players from four races team up to challenge the gods who’ve forsaken them. It’s currently available to purchase as a PDF, and the hardcover copy is in pre-order. There’s also a free 40-page sample for anyone interested in testing it out first. Dark Souls: The Board Game Steamforged Games has announced that Dark … [Read more...] about Cereal Monsters Battle for Milk,
The supervillains who torment, thwart and otherwise mess with our universe’s well-meaning superheroes are, on the whole, a pretty foul bunch. But which of these supervillains is best at what they do? Put otherwise: if what supervillains do is try to inflict as much misery as possible on the largest number of people, which supervillain is most capable of pulling that off? Think of Darkseid, from DC Comics: instead of trying to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, he goes around trying to subject every single person in the universe to his screwed up will. To find out, for this week’s Giz Asks we reached out to a number of experts—comics writers, TV writers, and more—to figure out who the most powerful supervillain actually is. The answers we got were varied, and factored in a number of disparate metrics—not just raw capacity for destruction, but also scope of ambition, underlying psychological motivation, and executional flair. Graeme McMillan Host of … [Read more...] about Who Is the Most Powerful Supervillain?
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