Links For January 18, 2015

Intel Allocates $300 Million for Workplace Diversity

Intel said it has established a $300 million fund to be used in the next three years to improve the diversity of the company’s work force, attract more women and minorities to the technology field and make the industry more hospitable to them once they get there. The money will be used to fund engineering scholarships and to support historically black colleges and universities.

Video Games and the Curse of Retro - The New Yorker

This lack of contextualization, in conjunction with the apparent reluctance of most video-game publishers to promote their own heritage, has led to the ghettoization of older games. We refer to “retro games” and “retro gaming,” but such terminology is almost never applied to books or films, which are, at most, “vintage” or “classic.”

2d Visibility

In a 2D top-down map it is sometimes useful to calculate which areas are visible from a given point. For example you might want to hide what’s not visible from the player’s location, or you might want to know what areas would be lit by a torch.

Mars Rover Finds Stronger Potential for Life

“We don’t have hard evidence of a northern ocean, but our models require that much water to explain what the geologists have now confirmed,” said Michael A. Mischna of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, another Curiosity team member. “What Curiosity has done is to bring together atmospheric and climate information with the findings of the geologists and geochemists, and created a broad and consistent story of a very wet early Mars.”

Puzzle Baron’s Logic Puzzles

We’ve got more than 25,000 unique puzzles available for play, both online and the old fashioned way - with pencil and paper.

What They See

You visit museums to see works of art. Have you ever wondered what they see instead?