Harvard Lampoon Skewers National Geographic Then Gives Them Free Ad

first_imgThe Harvard Lampoon—the humor magazine known for its famous alumni (Conan O’Brien, John Updike et al) and occasional full-on parodies of national magazines—has completed work on its latest victim: National Geographic.With explicit content befitting of a Friars Club Roast, the Lampoon is set to publish a version of National Geographic featuring Paris Hilton—its honorary 2008 member—on the cover.The 100-page issue, hitting newsstands on April 1, carries just 10 ad pages, including a full-page congratulatory ad for National Geographic that reads: “Some people mock the world… Others explore it.” The magazine, published five times per year, is distributed free to 15,000 Harvard undergraduates and alumni and 30,000 subscribers. According to a Lampoon spokesperson, the parody’s print run has more doubled from approximately 100,000 in 2005 (for the Lampoon’s Premiere parody) to 225,000 for the National Geographic spoof.last_img read more

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite is great till you start paying for it

first_img Comments More on Wizards Unite Dismissing a Confoundable to collect a Foundable. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET I love almost everything about playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In terms of animation, storyline and gameplay, it beats the sensation that was Pokemon Go every way but one. The game, codeveloped Niantic and WB Games, feels much richer, with more items to interact with and collect — wizards, magical potions and ye olde Inn. But after days of playing Wizards Unite, one fatal flaw became apparent. It’s too easy to cap all your free storage space when interacting with All the Things from this wild and wonderful world, not without paying for more at multiple steps along the way. I can’t free up space by using ingredients to brew potions because I lack required ingredients. And I can’t gather the necessary ingredients because I have no free space to store them. I can delete items to free up space, of course, and I can buy vault extensions to expand my capacity for $5 (you get 10 more spots for “spell energy”), but something feels off with the balance of the wizarding game, if playing for a handful of hours pushes me to make purchases to keep playing.I’m not against buying items. I’ve upgraded my bag and bought Pokeballs in Pokemon Go. I’ve purchased key lockers in Ingress too. And I don’t mind managing my inventory by ruthless pruning items to stay under a cap. But the range Harry Potter: Wizard Unite gives you to play before paying feels much smaller than in Pokemon Go and Ingress, Niantic’s first two games. News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime 17 Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go That other Harry Potter gamehpwucappedI’ve run out of space. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET To be fair, microtransactions are often an issue with free-to-play games, with developers looking to find the right balance between letting gamers play and making money from their game. For example, the first Harry Potter mobile game — Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery — upset a lot of players when it launched with a “cash-hungry model” that turned off a lot of players.The Wizards Unite store, named Diagon Alley, offers everything from an Anti-Calamity Kit for $4.99 to Vault Extenders, starting at $2. Still, gaming wizards are willing to pay. According to market research firm SensorTower, over its first weekend, nearly 3 million players installed Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on iOS and Android devices and spent $1.1 million. In comparison, SensorTower noted, 24 million players installed Pokemon Go during its first four days, racking up $28 million in player spending.  The firm projects the wizarding game will earn $10 million in its first 30 days. Pokemon Go collected $206 million in its first 30 days.Time to pay?Is the game interesting enough that I’ll pay to play? I’m not sure yet. For me, the richness of the game may work against it. I don’t really want to spend my time managing items and Foundables and Portkeys when I’d rather be doing what the game does best: playing.Originally published June 28, 2019.Update, June 29, July 3, July 4, 2019. Pokemon Go Harry Pottercenter_img Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: How to play the magical game available in nearly 150 countries Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Pokemon Go with magic wands Harry Potter: Wizards Unite brings in $1M on opening weekend How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Share your voice Tags Mobile Pokemon Golast_img read more

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DemandSupply Mismatch Electricians Earn as Much as Desktop Engineers

first_imgEngineer Draftsman17,53025,98039,120 Experience0-2 years2-5 years5-8 years Desktop Engineer14,70018,95029,700 Can an electrician earn as much as an engineer? This may come as a surprise, but the answer is yes! Salary statistics by staffing solutions company Team Lease suggests that a desktop engineer, who stands at the lowest rank in the tech sector, may be earning almost as much as an electrician outside. (See table)The firm has compiled a comprehensive overview of the labour market comprising jobs, salaries and skills in nine major cities across India. A Team Lease spokesperson said that because the infrastructure sector is on the verge of a boom, the demand for small-scale workers has grown like never before. “In the past 6-7 years that we have been studying salary patterns, the monthly incomes of electricians, plumbers and welders have only risen. On the other hand, entry-level salaries of engineers, especially IT engineers, have remained more or less the same,” The Times of India quoted Rituparna Chakraborthy, co-founder and senior VP of Team Lease Services.While IT professionals are aplenty, it is these skilled labourers that are much in demand but not as many when it comes to suppy. This demand-supply deficit has caused their salaries to notch up.”Of the 10 electricians required in the industry, we are finding it difficult to get even two. A large infrastructure company recently told us that if we could bring them one lakh welders, fitters, plumbers and electricians, the company would be happy to employ them. That’s the kind of demand for these workers,” Rituparna added.ExperienceExperience0-2 years0-2 years2-5 years2-5 years5-8 years5-8 yearsExperienceElectrician0-2 years11,2802-5 years15,5005-8 years26,400ExperienceDesktop Engineer0-2 years14,7002-5 years18,9505-8 years29,700ExperienceEngineer Draftsman0-2 years17,5302-5 years25,9805-8 years39,120ExperienceMechanic0-2 years9,5002-5 years12,0005-8 years18,840ExperienceIT Engineer0-2 years17,5002-5 years26,7005-8 years37,600 IT Engineer17,50026,70037,600center_img Electrician11,28015,50026,400 Mechanic9,50012,00018,840 Source: Team LeaseHindustan Construction Company (HCC) expects the demand for labour to increase even more in the coming years. Human resource firm Ranstand India’s CEO, Moorthy Uppaluri opines that rise in education levels across all strata of society has led to higher aspirations thus reducing the number of people opting for skilled labour jobs.last_img read more

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Boko Haram attack on funeral kills 65

first_imgSmoldering ashes and charred items are seen on the ground in Budu near Maiduguri on 28 July 2019, after the latest attack by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria has left 65 people dead. Photo: AFPAn attack this weekend by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria has left 65 people dead, almost triple the initial toll, a local official said Sunday.Dozens more bodies were discovered following the assault Saturday by gunmen on a village close to the regional capital Maiduguri.”It is 65 people dead and 10 injured,” local government chairman Muhammed Bulama said.Bulama said more than 20 people died in the initial attack on a funeral gathering. Dozens more were killed as they tried to chase after the jihadists.The leader of a local anti-Boko Haram militia confirmed the death toll, while giving a slightly different account of the attack.Bunu Bukar Mustapha told AFP 23 people were killed as they returned from the funeral and “the remaining 42 were killed when they pursued the terrorists”.AFP journalists at the scene saw houses burnt in the attack. Relatives collected the bodies of those slain for burial.Bulama said he thought the latest attack was in retaliation for the killing two weeks ago of 11 Boko Haram fighters by local residents when the jihadists approached their village. The residents also captured 10 automatic rifles.Boko Haram fighters have repeatedly attacked the surrounding Nganzai district.In September last year, the group killed eight people and stole livestock in two villages in the area after residents tried to stop them from taking their animals.Boko Haram has waged a decade-long campaign of violence in northeast Nigeria that has killed around 27,000 people and displaced more than two million.There are persistent attacks despite repeated claims from the Nigerian government that it has broken the insurgency.The jihadists have splintered between the Boko Haram faction loyal to historic leader Abubakar Shekau and an affiliate of the Islamic State group.Shekau’s group tends to hit softer targets including civilians, while the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has since last year ratcheted up its campaign against the Nigerian military.In June, 30 people were killed by a triple suicide bombing targeting football fans in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from Maiduguri. The attack had the hallmarks of Shekau’s faction.Late Thursday, the group attacked a camp for displaced people outside the state capital, killing two residents and looting food supplies after burning a nearby military base.Communities have increasingly turned to self-defence groups to protect themselves against the jihadist attacks.Vigilantes and local hunters have taken up arms to safeguard local residents amid widespread complaints that the military does not do enough to defend them.last_img read more

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