People who abuse and harass others online could face up to two years in prison, if tough new measures are introduced in the UK.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling proposed the new laws in a Mail on Sunday article, claiming he would "take a stand against a baying cyber-mob."
If enacted, the changes would allow sentencing of internet trolls to be taken to crown court, where the maximum penalty would be two years imprisonment. Under existing law, the maximum sentence for internet trolling is six months.
The proposals were outlined amid regular attacks on celebrities and public figures via social media. Though Mr Grayling was speaking generally about online abuse, his comments also come in the wake of a protracted two-month abuse campaign against female game critics and developers.
"These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life," Mr Grayling wrote.
"No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence."
Rape threats were made against the model Chloe Madeley last week, apparently in response to comments by her mother, Judy Finnigan, who spoke out against about the convicted rapist Ched Evans.
"As the terrible case of Chloe Madeley showed last week, people are being abused online in the most crude and degrading fashion," Grayling added.
‘This is a law to combat cruelty – and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob. We must send out a clear message: if you troll you risk being behind bars for two years."
Within the games community, the feminist essayist Anita Sarkeesian has been subject of sustained abuse from her detractors. She has previously had to vacate her home following death threats, and on at least two occasions there have been threats of bombings and massacres made against event organisers who have advertised her attendance.
Other female games industry figures, such as Brianna Wu and Zoe Quinn, have also been subjected to death threats.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is certainly at the more serious end of Valve's multiplayer services—being about guns and terrorism, rather than gravel or wizards. Nevertheless, they're getting in on the Halloween spirit with the temporary addition of masks, ghosts and zombie chickens.
"Each of our hardened operators have decided to have a little Halloween fun by wearing masks," explains the CS:GO blog. Masks are coming across from Payday 2 and Team Fortress 2.
In addition, there's a chance you'll see fallen teammates as ghostly figures haunting the map. And, of course, there's the chickens. "For too long the chickens of CS:GO have idly watched as their brethren were slaughtered by the droves," Valve write, "and on All Hollow’s Eve there is no more room in Chicken Hell." Basically, if you kill a chicken, it will resurrect—but green.
The changes come as part of a more general patch—filled with spooky notes like "fixed wallbang inconsistency through closed window in apartments near Bombsite B."
Nvidia claims the GTX 980M and GTX 970M offer around 75 percent of the performance of its desktop chips while also significantly boosting battery life.
Following from the launch of its desktop-based GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs, Nvidia has taken the wraps off the mobile versions of the same chips. The company claims the GTX 980M and GTX 970M offer around 75 percent of the performance of its desktop chips, or twice the performance of the GTX 680M, enabling games to be played at high and ultra settings at resolutions up to 1440p.
The GTX 980M and GTX 970M are based on the Maxwell architecture, and includes full support for features such as MFAA, Dynamic Super Resolution, and VXGI, which Nvidia recently used to debunk conspiracies surrounding the moon landing. Both chips will also support DirectX 12 when it launches.
In addition, Nvidia is promising a marked increase in laptop battery life thanks to the power-efficiency of the new chips, and its Battery Boost software. A new feature added to GFE will allow users to one-click optimise a game's settings for running on battery, which includes capping the frame rate and diverting power to the components most used during a particular game.
The company claims battery life increases of up to 40 percent, without the performance hit that usually comes from playing games on battery power. There's certainly reason to be optimistic for the battery-boosting power of Nvidia's new laptop chips, with GameSpot's review of the Maxwell-based GTX 980 noting its impressive power efficiency.
The GTX 980M and GTX 970M launch today in laptops such as the Asus G751 and MSI GT72. Pricing for these laptops has not yet been announced.
We are coming up to the end of our year subscription of TeamSpeak 3, we are aiming on getting the TeamSpeak extended for another year although we cannot afford it without the efforts of our members to donate towards the cost of a year.
Please if you can offer anything towards TeamSpeak we will welcome it.
Thank You for your support guys and your loyalty to Divi5ion.
Ahhh brilliant news congrats mate. I dont have my PC anymore sold it about 8 weeks ago. Have a xbox one now. I will install ts on the laptop and pop on for a chat soon but no gaming for me. My little one is doing well thanks mate
London is a post-apocalyptic wasteland with no law and no order, it's time to call in the mercenaries. Suit up and go toe-to-toe with other soldiers of fortune as you battle it out for riches and bragging rights.[link]