Warehouse fined $2.2 million after testing employee DNA to catch a rogue pooper

An Atlanta warehouse overstepped the bounds of the law in its quest to discover a mystery pooper, according to a ruling by a Federal circuit court in Atlanta this week. The case began when the warehouse, run by Atlas Logistics Group, began finding piles of excrement in the public workspace, and was forced to investigate who might be behind the string of mysterious crappings. Based on the scene of the crime, the company suspected an inside job, but it had no firm evidence aside from the poop itself.

That’s where Atlas got into trouble. Supervisors forced two workers, named Dennis Reynolds and Jack Lowe, to submit to cheek swabbing, comparing their DNA to the DNA found in the poop. Both men were exonerated by the test, but it raised the…

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Author: Russell Brandom

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NBA 2K16's Special Edition Features Michael Jordan on the Cover

The 2K basketball series last featured Michael Jordan on the cover of NBA 2K12. Now, he’s returning to the cover of 2K16‘s special edition.

Publisher 2K announced the cover athlete today along with some details of what you can expect from the special edition. If you really like Michael Jordan, this edition is for you: it comes with a bunch of digital Jordan gear, as well as a couple real-world items. If you purchase this version of the game, you will get:

  • Jordan NBA 2K16 Poster
  • Jordan Fathead wall sticker
  • Digital Jordan shoes for your in-game player
  • Digital Jordan T-shirt for your in-game player
  • Digital Jordan jersey for your in-game player
  • 30,000 Virtual Currency
  • MyTeam VIP package with 3 Emerald Packs and an exclusive Moments Card.

This is the third appearance for Jordan on a 2K basketball game, the first being NBA 2K11. The regular version of the game will have three different covers featuring Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, and James Harden.

NBA 2K16 launches on September 29 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. If you preorder the game, you’ll be able to play it four days early on September 25.

Developer Visual Concepts is focusing on a story mode for the game, which is being directed by Spike Lee. You can read more about the story here.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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HBO and Facebook are teaming up to stream Ballers and The Brink

HBO has announced that the premiere episodes of new comedies Ballers and The Brink will be available to stream on Facebook for a limited time starting Wednesday. The series both premiered last Sunday night, and the network’s partnership with Facebook is exclusive: the episodes won’t be available on YouTube or through any other streaming platforms, only through HBO’s official services (HBO Now and HBO Go). The Ballers premiere is being hosted on star / executive producer Dwayne Johnson’s personal Facebook page, which weighs in at just under 50 million followers; The Brink is sitting on its series page, which is decidedly smaller.

This is a big move for both HBO and Facebook

This isn’t HBO’s first unexpected partnership with an online…

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Author: Jamieson Cox

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Dying Light Dev Makes Fun of Destiny's Red Bull-Exclusive Quest

This morning, Destiny publisher Activision announced a new deal with Red Bull, making a quest in the upcoming Taken King expansion exclusive to people who buy specific cans of the drink. Now, Dying Light developer Techland has responded with a satire of the Destiny ad.

The developer wrote on Twitter, “We’re jumping on the latest trend in game marketing!” This caption is accompanied by a picture imitating the Destiny advertisement from the Red Bull site. Techland’s picture encourages players to drink water, proclaiming water is “delicious and great for your health,” a clear shot at the energy drink. The picture also states that if you take a picture while drinking water and tag it with the hashtag “DrinkRightDyingLight,” you’ll get a code for premium weapons.

You can see the original Destiny ad below.

Destiny: The Taken King’s quest will be unlocked by codes on specially marked cans of Red Bull. These cans are available during July in 7-11 stores. The expansion launches in September.

Dying Light launched back in January, and since then has accumulated several million unique users. Recently, the CEO of Techland remarked that the developer is currently discussing future expansions to the game.

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The FDA doesn’t want to regulate wearables, and device makers want to keep it that way

The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t want to take away your Fitbit.

That was the philosophy the FDA broadcast earlier this year when it unveiled its “draft guidance” for low-risk medical devices, a non-binding proposal that described the agency’s thinking on regulation of devices like wearable fitness trackers. The guidance effectively suggests the agency won’t vigorously regulate devices as long as they’re not harmful and generally encourage healthy habits. Many devices with less-than-stellar track records for accuracy — such as calorie counters — would likely not be covered under the guidance. “Basically [we are] being transparent in where the FDA is focusing their enforcement efforts,” says Bakul Patel, associate director for…

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Batman: Arkham Knight Publisher Suggests Lowering Settings to Deal With Issues

The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight has had a rough launch this week, with noticeable bugs, glitches, and other performance issues.

Warner Bros. Interactive is still trying to resolve these issues, but in the meantime, the publisher has provided recommended, in-game graphical settings for those with minimum and recommended specs hardware that it believes “may help” alleviate some of the most frequent problems.

The recommended settings are:

Minimum Hardware Specs (or equivalent)

  • Resolution: 1280×720
  • V-Sync: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Texture Resolution: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Level of Detail: Low
  • Interactive Smoke/Fog: Off
  • Interactive Paper Debris: Off
  • Enhanced Rain: Off
  • Enhanced Light Shafts: Off

Warner Bros. added that it’s incredibly important that users with video cards with 2 GB of dedicated VRAM, or 3GB on AMD, keep the resolution low to avoid significant performance issues. Even with these settings, users with AMD GPUs that only meet the minimum hardware specs can expect minor texture pops, occasional loading, and some hitches and stuttering when gliding or driving the Batmobile.

Recommended Hardware Specs (or equivalent)

  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • V-Sync: On
  • Anti-Aliasing: On
  • Texture Resolution: Normal
  • Shadow Quality: Normal
  • Level of Detail: Normal
  • Interactive Smoke/Fog: Off
  • Interactive Paper Debris: Off
  • Enhanced Rain: Off
  • Enhanced Light Shafts: Off

Here too, users with AMD GPUs who meet the recommended hardware specs can expect minor texture pops, occasional loading, and some hitches and stuttering when gliding or driving the Batmobile.

“We continue to work closely with AMD to resolve these issues as soon as possible; make sure you have the most current drivers and check back here for updates on when the next driver version is available,” Warner Bros. said.

Note that both of these recommended settings will result in an expected 30fps.

“Please know that we value input from those who are playing the game and we are continuously monitoring all threads posted in the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Community and Steam forums, as well as any issues logged with our Customer Support,” Warner Bros. said. “If you are experiencing any issues with the game, please be sure to report it to support.wbgames.com.”

You can find additional recommendations on how to mitigate technical issues here.

The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was ported by Iron Galaxy Studios. It previously worked on the PC port of Batman: Arkham Origins, which had a similarly rocky launch on the platform.

Batman: Arkham Knight shipped across North America and Europe on June 23.

GameSpot’s Batman: Arkham Knight review was praiseworthy overall, but aired many reservations.

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Author: Emanuel Maiberg

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