The first public beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ran this past weekend on PS4, and now developer Treyarch has outlined some of the changes in the pipeline for the next beta. The second beta is a much bigger one, as it’s coming to Xbox One and PC as well, and there will be cross-platform multiplayer support.
Weekend 2 players can expect a series of changes, including the team deathmatch score limit rising from 75 to 100 “for better match pacing,” as well as a change to the Duster Stock attachment that will slow down sliding speed.
The cooldown on the Spy Plane scorestreak has been increased to lessen the experience of having too many of them in the sky at the same time from different players.
There have also been some general changes to improve the experience, such as join-in-progress now preventing players from joining a match when it’s too close to ending.
A series of bugs have been fixed as well. Different scopes like the Snappoint, Diamondback, and Hawksmoor could block the player’s view while aiming down sights, but this has been fixed. The update also fixes an issue that could prevent players’ names from being visible in the pre-match lobby. You can see the full patch notes below.
Weekend 2 will also feature new maps, weapons, modes, playlists, Scorestreaks, Perks, Wildcards, and equipment, and Treyach will provide a rundown of these new additions soon.
Weekend 2 kicks off on October 15, which is when all PS4 players can get in, as well as Xbox One and PC players who have preordered the game digitally. On October 17, the beta opens to everyone, regardless of preorder status, and it runs until October 19.
The Weekend 2 beta will end at 10 AM PT on Monday,
Twitter (TWTR) – Get Report is reassessing how its misinformation labels appear and reach users, the microblogging site’s head of site integrity told a news service.
The San Francisco social-media company currently attaches small blue notices to false tweets.
It is assessing how to make these signals more “overt” and “direct,” Twitter’s Yoel Roth told Reuters.
Roth made no mention of whether the changes would be implemented before the Nov. 3 U.S. election.
The changes will include testing a reddish-magenta color that is more visible, Roth told the news service.
Twitter reduces the reach of tweets that it labels for false content by limiting their visibility and not recommending them in search results, Reuters reported.
Feedback from users tells the company that they want to know whether an account has been repeatedly labeled, Roth said. Twitter will consider whether to flag users who constantly post false information, he said.
Twitter said it had labeled thousands of posts, including some tweets by President Donald Trump.
In May, Twitter began labeling fabricated media, expanding its labels to coronavirus misinformation, misleading tweets about elections, and civic processes.
Twitter has been criticized for its transparency regarding its interventions, according to Reuters. The company doesn’t keep public lists of when it applied labels or disclose data that would allow outsiders to assess how those labels affect the spread of a tweet or its reactions.
The company consults with partners, including election officials, on its labeling.
In September, the social-media company said it would label or remove tweets claiming election victory before the results were confirmed.
A construction worker at an HS2 building site in the Euston area of London on May 6, 2020.
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Often involving thousands of people, large infrastructure projects comprise a range of stakeholders, including architects, designers, engineers and construction workers.
The way these schemes operate is changing, with technology and ideas focused on sustainability and efficiency becoming increasingly important.
One project that’s integrated renewable energy and smart technology into its development is HS2, a major high-speed rail network which, once up and running, plans to cut travel times between London and other major urban centers in England.
In recent weeks, HS2 has released details of several initiatives taking place on its sites. These include the trial of artificial intelligence technology to help the multi-billion dollar infrastructure plan lower carbon emissions and costs, as well as the use of electric construction equipment.
And, at the end of September, it was announced HS2 had been piloting solar and hydrogen powered cabins at site locations operated by the Costain Skanska and Skanska Costain STRABAG joint ventures, which are involved in the project’s development.
Designed and built by a firm called AJC Trailers, and supplied by GAP Group, the buildings use solar panels backed up by a hydrogen fuel-cell. The “Ecosmart ZERO” cabins, as they’re known, provide kitchen, toilet and changing room facilities for workers. Designed to be low noise, they emit only water vapor. In relatively simple terms, a fuel-cell combines hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity, heat and water.
Across a period of 21 weeks, HS2 said 16 of the cabins saved 112 metric tons of carbon. This, it added, represented “the equivalent of what would be absorbed by over 3,367 trees over a whole year.” By contrast, if a standard diesel generator had been deployed, 40,000
- Twitter said it is limiting its reliance on machine learning that helps it decide which part of a photo to crop on its platform.
- Online users have reported racial bias on the social media firm’s image cropping tool, which automatically focuses on the part of a photo it thinks the viewer will find most interesting.
- One Twitter user recently highlighted how the face of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is white, was routinely centered in automatic image crops, while that of former President Barack Obama was cut out.
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Twitter is making changes to its photo cropping function after an investigation into racial bias in the software, the company said on Thursday.
The announcement comes after users on the platform repeatedly showed that the tool — which uses machine learning to choose which part of an image to crop based on what it thinks is the most interesting — cuts out Black people from photos and centers on white faces instead.
Tony Arcieri, a cryptography engineer, posted a series of tweets in mid-September showing how the platform’s algorithm routinely chose to highlight the face of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is white, instead of former President Barack Obama’s in multiple photos of the two. The experiment prompted others to try similar experiments with the same result, and led to the company launching an investigation into its systems shortly after.
—Tony “Abolish (Pol)ICE” Arcieri 🦀 (@bascule) September 19, 2020
The social media company implemented its machine-learning-powered image cropping system in 2018. The system “relies on saliency, which predicts where people might look first,” Twitter’s chief design officer, Dantley Davis, and its chief technology officer, Parag Agrawal, wrote in the company blog post on Thursday.
They said in the post that Twitter will