Planet Comicon Kansas City 
returns to Bartle Hall in April 2017
KANSAS CITY, MO - Planet Comicon Kansas City will return to Bartle Hall on April 28-30, 2017.
The event is one of the nation's largest comic book and pop culture expos. 

The 2016 show drew more than 70,000 attendees to downtown Kansas City. Fans of superheroes, science fiction, and fantasy gathered to collect celebrity autographs, meet comic book creators, explore vendor tables, participate in cosplay events, attend hundreds of hours of programming, and connect with fellow fans.
More information can be found at


Galnet News

Elite Dangerous Galnet News

Elite Dangerous Galnet News Feed
  • Galactic News: Generation Ship Found
    Before the development of faster-than-light travel, colonising distant star systems depended on vast interstellar arks known as generation ships. There are believed to be more than 70,000 of these ships in the galaxy, the location of many of which is not known.
    But now one of these 'lost' ships has been found. A transmission recovered from a listening post in the LHS 1047 system led a pair of independent pilots to the Alaunus system, where the generation ship 'Lycaor' was discovered. Tragically, it appears that the ship's crew was killed by an unidentified pathogen, no doubt many centuries ago. This was confirmed by remotely accessing the ship's medical logs.
    System authorities have urged pilots not to interfere with the vessel, which is still protected by the legislature instated at the time of its launch.
  • Galactic News: Weekly Expansion Report
    This report presents the latest data on expansion and withdrawal among the galaxy's minor factions.
    Here are the latest factions to have expanded into new systems:
    Wolf 217 Left Party
    Nun Major Industry
    HIP 65921 Silver Bridge Systems
    Kelish Citizens' Forum
    Gliese 9106 Partners
    Koing Dynasty
    Union of Laguvii
    Union of Rang Guans Revolutionary Party
    Labour Union of Ahayan
    Future of Guayambaan
    Expansions occur when a minor faction reaches a sufficient level of influence and there is a populated system within striking distance. Expansion is costly, so when a faction expands, the wealth and development level of the system it controls are temporarily reduced.
    Here are the latest factions in withdrawal:
    Order of Ethgreze
    Khodhis Exchange
    HIP 65921 Silver Bridge Systems
    Djinaura Brotherhood
    Syntec Industries
    Purple Universal Co
    Orisala Co-operative
    Future of Guayambaan
    Kamarada Jet Legal Services
    HIP 19198 Future
    Factions are considered to be in withdrawal if their level of influence within a system drops below a certain level. If the faction's influence remains low for a total of five days, the faction must leave the system entirely. If the faction manages to increase its level of influence, it remains in the system.
  • Galactic News: Federal-Imperial Conflict in Merope
    Authorities in the Merope system have reported conflict between the Pleiades Resource Enterprise, a Federal organisation, and the Merope Expeditionary Fleet, an Imperial organisation. The clash represents the latest development in the ongoing proxy war between the Empire and the Federation.
    Significantly, the two factions were until recently embroiled in conflict in the Maia system. It is understood the Pleiades Resource Enterprise withdrew from the conflict specifically so it could engage Merope Expeditionary Fleet forces in Merope. This has led to speculation that the Pleiades Resource Enterprise was ordered to enter Merope and by the Federation.
    Security forces in Merope have confirmed that the fighting is localised at present, with no significant impact on civilian settlements.
    Freelance journalist Katherine Ryder commented on the development:
    "As long as the fighting remains contained, there's no cause for alarm. There's a world of difference between inter-faction skirmishes and all-out war between the galaxy's two largest superpowers. Full-scale conflict between the Empire and the Federation might never happen."
  • Galactic News: Weekly Conflict Report
    This report presents the latest data on conflict among the galaxy's minor factions.
    Here are the latest factions to experience a civil war:
    Ruchbah Industry
    Vanayequi Independents
    Eranin Peoples Party
    Liberty Party of LP 751-1
    Revolutionary Heheng Future
    Natural Toolfa Nationalists
    Leaders of BD-08 2963
    Luyten 674-15 Industries
    Luyten's Star Co
    Gandui Empire Group
    Civil wars occur when minor factions compete for control of major assets such as starports. When a faction is involved in a civil war, the standard of living, development level and security level in the system it controls are temporarily reduced. Combat activities can bring a civil war to an end.
    Here are the latest factions to experience war:
    Colanja Gold Power Services
    Yakabugai Exchange
    G 41-14 Purple Travel Solutions
    Kokary Holdings
    Limapa Blue State Commodities
    Kokary Liberals
    United LHS 3479 Green Party
    Labour of Ethgreze
    Coalition of Ngaliba
    LTT 377 Purple General Corp.
    Wars occur when a minor faction invades a star system controlled by another minor faction. For the duration of the war, the standard of living, wealth level and security level in the disputed system are reduced. Combat activity between the two warring factions determines the outcome of the conflict. If neither faction succeeds in dominating the other, the war ends in a ceasefire.
  • Galactic News: Imperial Initiative Succeeds
    The Merope Expeditionary Fleet has announced that the Imperial campaign to amass material for a new outpost in the Maia system has reached a successful conclusion. Hundreds of pilots supported the initiative by delivering construction materials to Obsidian Orbital in the Maia system.
    As the campaign drew to a close, Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval released a brief statement, thanking those who supported the initiative. It is expected that work on the new outpost will begin imminently.
    Pilots who contributed to the campaign can now collect their rewards from Obsidian Orbital in the Maia system.

2600 News

2600 - 2600: The Hacker Quarterly

2600 News Feed
  • NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINE

    NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINE

    Posted 27 Apr, 2017 3:38:06 UTC

    The new edition of Off The Hook from 26/04/2017 has been archived and is now available online.

  • NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE

    NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE

    Posted 26 Apr, 2017 0:12:06 UTC

    The new edition of Off The Wall from 25/04/2017 has been archived and is now available online.


    Spring has sprung and with it our eagerly anticipated Spring issue is being distributed all around the planet. Subscribers should already have copies in their possession and those with even the slowest mailmen will get them any day. You can subscribe through our online store to start or renew a subscription.

    You can also find us at newsstands and bookstores worldwide. If your local outlet doesn't carry us, suggest to them that they do and let us know so we can add our voices to the chorus.

    And, of course, you can also subscribe to us digitally, through Kindle in the U.S. and U.K., the Nook, and Google Play. We have a bunch of other digital options as well, which you can peruse in our digital editions section.

    It's never been easier to see what all the fuss is about.



    Our $10,000 bounty for Donald Trump's tax return is back on. Let us explain why.

    Last year, we had a similar offer for then candidate Trump, one which was only half serious. Things have since changed. We now have a number of people in positions of great power who apparently feel they're no longer beholden to the rest of us and can do as they please without consequence. This attitude is nothing new, but the scale of it today is quite unprecedented.

    There is no law that compels the President to release this information. But being the first in modern history to refuse to do this creates a very unhealthy environment of mistrust and suspicion, one which ultimately hurts us all. And right now, the only thing that can begin the healing process is a good dose of truth. We need to find out if there's a liar and a cheat in the White House or if some kind of a witch hunt is underway by his detractors. Continuing to withhold information that has traditionally been made public is the stuff of dictatorship, not the society we all build and maintain.

    We are well aware of privacy concerns as they relate to the citizens of our country. However, when you assume an incredible position of power, one that literally affects each and every one of your fellow citizens, some of the privacy previously enjoyed while not in that position winds up being sacrificed. The rest of us know your schedule, who you're talking to, all kinds of personal details from your past, and what you're generally up to each and every day. This is how the game is played and nobody is forced to be a part of it. Unilaterally changing the rules only invites the casting of aspersions over the person, the office, and everything related. It's a dark road to go down.

    So here is what we're after. We're looking for the complete federal tax returns for:
    Donald John Trump
    721 Fifth Avenue
    Apartment 66N
    New York, NY 10022

    The returns must be from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015. We believe any of these will paint a somewhat accurate picture of the President's recent financial filings. At the very least, we'll have something, as opposed to the blank slate we have now.

    We are pledging $10,000 to the first person who gets any of these to us, provided they have not been disclosed to any other media outlet or already made public. This offer is only valid while Trump is in office.

    A number of people have expressed an interest in adding to the bounty to bring the number up to a significantly higher level. We support this, but we want to be clear on a few things. We fully expect negative repercussions as a result of our stand here. While we will make every effort to shield anyone else from such actions, please understand that there is always a risk when challenging an authority such as this. We're doing it because we feel obligated to and because we think we might be able to reach people who can reveal the truth. Please only join the effort if you've thought it through carefully.

    If you want to contribute to the total, we're keeping it really simple. Just email and tell us how much you'd be willing to add to the total if our above conditions are met. That's it. You likely will never hear anything from us because we actually believe the chances of someone getting us the documents are fairly slim. However, if we do get them and we verify their authenticity, you will get an email informing you of this and asking you to fulfill your pledge in one of a number of methods which will be disclosed at that time. You can change your mind, but we will not release the documents until the full amount pledged/announced is raised so that we're able to fulfill our end of the bargain to the submitter. Right now, that amount is set at $10,000 and we're guaranteeing it. (If and when we receive significant amounts of pledges, we will update the figure.)

    The above email address may be used for all communications on this subject. You can use our PGP key below if you want to add a level of security when emailing. The meta-data will still be visible, but not the contents of your email to us. And there are already many people emailing that address, so that in itself shouldn't be cause for concern. But we're deliberately not going full throttle with anonymity because we want this to be as simple as possible for many people to participate in and also because we want to be as open and transparent about this as we can. That said, we will always protect our sources and contributors to the fullest extent possible.

    Finally, let us be clear on what we DON'T want. This is not an appeal for people to hack the IRS and attempt to liberate these documents in that manner. First off, we strongly doubt they have this information on any site accessible from the outside world. Second, we don't want people getting themselves into trouble over this. We believe there are enough people out there who already have legitimate access to this information who will see its disclosure as the right thing to do.

    We will post any updates as they happen here and on our @2600 Twitter account.


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    The long, dark winter has officially arrived with the re-introduction of Club-Mate's Winter Edition blend. This special flavor is only made in Germany once a year and it's generally only sold during the winter months. Our shipment just arrived and we think it got here just in time.

    Club-Mate Winter Edition is spiced with cinnamon, star anise, and cardamom. As the Germans describe it, "it tastes like warming up your hands in front of a fireplace after a merry snowball fight. Its unique ingredients create a taste that smoothly combines with the mate. Thus new sensory interpretations become possible."

    We don't have a lot of the stuff so we're only making it available in 12-packs. You can order yours here.


Minecraft News

Minecraft Update News

  • Minecraft 1.11.2 Released

    Surprise! Minecraft is now at version 1.11.2!

    The main purpose of this update is to fix a number of bugs, but we also took the opportunity to introduce a number of other features. Just in time for the holidays!

    + Added rocket-propelled elytra flight
    + Added Iron Nuggets
    + Added Sweeping Edge enchantment for swords
    * Changed the attack indicator to hint when you should attack

    The update is available in your Minecraft launcher, enjoy!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Minecraft Team!

  • Become a CODE WIZARD in just 60 minutes!

    Check out our new Hour of Code tutorial, designed to teach you the basics of coding in a mere 60 minutes. We introduce concepts of game design and computer science in easy-to-understand steps before giving insight into mob behavior and more. 

    Both the 2015 and 2016 tutorials are now available at so head over and give them a try!

  • Minecraft 1.11 - The Exploration Update

    New mobs and new places to put your precious items!

    + Added cursed enchantments
    + Added the Observer block
    + Added escape portals in The End
    + Added the Shulker Shell and Shulker Box
    + Added exploration maps
    + Added the Woodland Mansion
    + Added Illagers, and the Vex
    + Added Llamas
    + New command: /locate
    - Removed Herobrine
  • Humble BlockJam Bundle

    Go to to donate! 100% goes to charity!

    Our epic Blockjam is happening right now! Mojang, along with a few of our closest dev buddies are making games and streaming the development of each one. We have celebrity hosts and everything. You get to donate what you like to our awesome charity and play the games once their done. It’s a win-win for everyone!

  • Minecraft 1.10 - The Frostburn Update

    It’s time for Minecraft 1.10!


    + Added Polar Bear
    + Added Husk and Stray
    + An auto-jump option
    + Structure blocks for custom maps
    + Underground fossils made from bone blocks
    + Added Magma Block
    + Added Nether Wart Block and Red Nether Bricks
    * Improvements to some commands
    * Some huge mushrooms can be even larger
    * A rare chance to find lonely trees in plains
    * Find abandoned mineshafts filled with gold in mesa biomes
    * Villages generate better paths between the buildings
    * More variations of villages, based on the biomes they are built in
    * Endermen have been spotted in the Nether
    * Many bug fixes
    - Removed Herobrine

    // The Minecraft Team

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