Monthly Archives: September 2013

Estranged Daughter Starts Family Shootout, 4 Dead


An estranged daughter and her husband showed up armed at her parents’ mobile home in rural Pennsylvania and set off a tragic family shootout Friday, leaving everyone but the woman’s father dead, authorities said.

John Frew allegedly shot and killed the assailants, Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger, before realizing Josephine was his own daughter — but not before his wife Roberta and son John Jr., 47, died in the chaotic shootout that ensued, the Associated Press reports.

Though the investigation is ongoing, authorities believe the Ruckingers arrived, armed with a pistol, .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun, and a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun, planning to murder the family. The daughter, Josephine, had been separated from the family for about 20 years following a feud, a family member told the AP.

The family was watching TV after dinner when there was a knock. Josephine Ruckinger allegedly shot her mother point-blank at the door, and Jeffrey Ruckinger then killed John Frew Jr…

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Want the Steam OS and the Steam Machine? You’ll need a Steam Controller


With the Steam OS as the software and the line of Steam Machines providing the hardware, it’s not that surprising that indie game company Valve would unveil a proprietary controller to bridge the gap between the two. The Steam Controller is hackable, programmable, and apparently works with all games available on Steam, the company announced Friday.

From an aesthetics point of view, the Steam Controller doesn’t look much like any traditional console peripheral — for one, there isn’t a joystick. Instead, the controller relies on two trackpads that allow for freer movement and haptic response. The sixteen buttons on the controller include two that flank the inner sides of each track pad and two on the back of the peripheral. Finally, a touch screen similar to the one offered on the Ouya controller is in the center, enabling users to make certain multitouch actions within the game.


Valve claims…

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