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Hempfield High School Daze 1976

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"A look back at the class of 1976 at Hempfield Area High School in Greensburg, Pennsylvania."

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Nostalgia Critic -- Old vs. New: Karate Kid

"Which Karate Kid movie gave you the most chop for your buck? Hint: it doesn't have Hilary Swank in it."

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Debian 8 Jessie Released

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:29pm
linuxscreenshot writes: After almost 24 months of constant development, the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next five years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and the Debian Long Term Support team. (Release notes.) Jessie ships with a new default init system, systemd. The systemd suite provides features such as faster boot times, cgroups for services, and the possibility of isolating part of the services. The sysvinit init system is still available in Jessie. Screenshots and a screencast are available.

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Remastered "X-Files" Quietly Hits Netflix

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:07pm

Netflix has quietly made the first thirteen episodes of the first season of "The X-Files" available in widescreen and high-definition for the first time in the United States.

As previously reported, all the live-action scenes have been fully remastered from the original negatives, but the original visual effects shots have only been upscaled so lack the quality of the rest of the shots. Along with the better clarity, the episodes are also in 16:9 widescreen as opposed to 4:3 full screen.

The series was filmed on Super 35 and though shot for 4:3 fullscreen, at the time they knew widescreen was coming so the shots were protected for 16:9 which means there's no problem with the jump to widescreen - images will have more information on the left and right than the original broadcast - but in the process have lost some of the top and bottom.

There was one exception though, the pilot, which unfortunately has seen the 4:3 image cropped to fit a 16:9 window.

No word on when Netflix will release the rest of the first season or any of the subsequent seasons. Up until this point German television appears to have been the only place that has seen the new HD remasters broadcast with reports indicating at least five seasons of the remastered series have been broadcast so far.

No word yet either on a potential Blu-ray or Digital HD release of the remastered series.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

"Ultron" Gets Extended Cut, Alternate Ending?

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:07pm

With a runtime shorter than the original by one minute, but a whole lot more characters and subplots in the mix, it's understandable that some of the reviews for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" have complained about certain sequences and characters within the film being shortchanged.

Joss Whedon previously confirmed that his first cut of the film clocked in at around half an hour longer than the final film version, and the movie's trailers certainly include shots that did not make the final theatrical cut - most notably from the Thor cave sequence.

Today, Collider reports that an e-mail sent by Amazon's UK branch about pre-ordering the home release version of the film has confirmed that the DVD and Blu-ray (and likely digital HD) cuts of the film will not only be an 'extended edition', but will also include an alternate ending.

How much longer this possible extended cut could be is unknown at this point, though the alternate ending isn't expected to be that different to the theatrical one which is pretty definitive. No release date has yet been set for the film's home video release.

"Gears of War" Remake Hits Xbox One

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:07pm

A remake of the first game in the "Gears of War" series will soon be making its debut on Xbox One.

Polygon announced the news, saying the game will have upgraded lighting and textures and run at 60FPS. The cinematics will also be remade by animation studio Plastic Wax.

Black Tusk Studios, who is in charge of the series going forward, may not be involved in the project as the remaster is being done by "Brink" and "Batman: Arkham Origins" multiplayer developer Splash Damage.

This might explain comments from Black Tusk Studios general manager Rod Fergusson last month when he scuttled rumors of the series getting a "Halo: Master Chief Collection" style boxset remaster. The quotes he made were very specifically about a potential 'Marcus Fenix Collection', not an individual game from the series undergoing a remake.

Kotaku have also been in touch with several gamers who claim they've been used as testers on the title which will sport several multiplayer modes including King of the Hill and Team Deathmatch.

For now though the remake has yet to be officially announced, so there's no idea of a date as yet. With "Halo 5" dominating Microsoft plans for this Fall though, hopefully we're looking at a late Summer release.

Pencil Balancer using Vision Input (DVS) only

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Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:10pm
alphadogg writes: A pair of Georgia Tech computer science students have created a Random Startup Website Generator that spits out a different jargon-laden startup website every time you click on the URL. Mike Bradley and Tiffany Zhang's project "serves as a parody of startups that have websites full of vague praise and little information about their actual business, often because they have little to show in that regard."

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Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:04pm
theodp writes: The NY Times' Eric Lipton was just awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting that shed light on how foreign powers buy influence at think tanks. So, it probably bears mentioning that Microsoft's 'two-pronged' National Talent Strategy (PDF) to increase K-12 CS education and the number of H-1B visas — which is on the verge of being codified into laws — was hatched at an influential Microsoft and Gates Foundation-backed think tank mentioned in Lipton's reporting, the Brookings Institution. In 2012, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a forum on STEM education and immigration reforms, where fabricating a crisis was discussed as a strategy to succeed with Microsoft's agenda after earlier lobbying attempts by Bill Gates and Microsoft had failed. "So, Brad [Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith]," asked the Brookings Institution's Darrell West at the event, "you're the only [one] who mentioned this topic of making the problem bigger. So, we galvanize action by really producing a crisis, I take it?" "Yeah," Smith replied (video). And, with the help of nonprofit organizations like and that were founded shortly thereafter, a national K-12 CS and tech immigration crisis was indeed created.

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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 2:58pm
janimal writes: The iPhone used to be the smartphone that "just works." Ever since the 4S days, this has been true less and less with each generation. My wife's iPhone 6 needs to be restarted several times per week for things like internet search or making calls to work. An older 5S I'm using also doesn't consistently stream to Apple TV, doesn't display song names correctly on Apple TV and third party peripherals. In short, as features increase, the iPhone's stability is decreasing. In your opinion, which smartphone brand these days is taking up the slack and delivering a fully featured smartphone that "just works"?

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FCC Chairman: a Former Cable Lobbyist Who Helped Kill the Comcast Merger

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 1:51pm
An anonymous reader writes: After Friday's news that the Comcast/TWC merger is dead, the Washington Post points out an interesting fact: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was instrumental in throwing up roadblocks for the deal, used to be a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry. "Those who predicted Wheeler would favor industry interests 'misunderstood him from the beginning — the notion that because he had represented various industries, he was suddenly in their pocket never made any sense,' said one industry lawyer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he represents clients before the FCC." The "revolving door" between government and industry is often blamed for many of the problems regulating corporations. We were worried about it ourselves when Wheeler was nominated for his current job. I guess this goes to show that it depends more on the person than on their previous job.

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Oculus Rift: 2015 Launch Unlikely, But Not Impossible

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:50pm
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this week during Facebook's 2015 Q1 earnings call, the company seemed to suggest that a 2015 Oculus Rift release date was unlikely. At least, that's what a report about the call from Gamasutra indicated, saying, "It doesn't sound like Oculus will ship the consumer version of its Oculus Rift VR headset this year, or at least not in very large quantities." However, an equity analyst has chimed in to say that the language used during the call shouldn't be interpreted colloquially, concluding that "...there is no information here that rules out Oculus shipping in 2015."

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First Photo: "Fifty Shades Darker"

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:22pm

Universal Pictures has given Access Hollywood the opportunity to premiere the first official promo photo from "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming sequel to "Fifty Shades Of Grey," which Universal has already scheduled for February 2017. Filming on the sequel doesn't begin until next year so this shot was probably taken during production of the first film for use as a placeholder image.

"Doctor Strange" To Appear In "Iron Fist"?

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:22pm

One character people had hoped to see in either "Avengers: Age of Ultron" or the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War" is that of Doctor Strange whom Benedict Cumberbatch is slated to play.

A new rumour from Bleeding Cool, which has fairly accurately broken some Marvel scoops in the past, says that Marvel could be introducing the character in "Iron Fist" - one of their upcoming Netflix TV shows.

It's unclear if Cumberbatch will actually play the character in the flesh on the series, though it sounds like he may lend his voice talents. The only previous suggestion of the character was a brief mention in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" last year.

Michael Green To Pen Third "Wolverine"

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:22pm

Michael Green ("Green Lantern," "Heroes"), who recently penned the script for the upcoming "Prometheus" and "Blade Runner" sequels, has been hired to pen the script for the upcoming third Wolverine movie at 20th Century Fox.

James Mangold will direct the project which is currently going by the title "Wolverine" and is expected to be Hugh Jackman‘s final outing as the character. Green is currently working on the script with Mangold's input.

The project was on Mangold's back burner, but with news today of Christian Bale tearing his ACL and delaying Mangold's immediate next project, "The Deep Blue Goodbye," Mangold is now focusing on "Wolverine" which will hit cinemas March 3rd 2017.

Source: The Wrap

"Deep Blue Goodby" Delayed By Bale Injury

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:22pm

20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have at least delayed and potentially scrapped production on James Mangold's upcoming film adaptation of the pulp adventure novel "The Deep Blue Good-by" due to an injury sustained by star Christian Bale.

Bale was to play Travis McGee, a self-described 'salvage consultant' who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.

However, Bale was reportedly at his home in Los Angeles when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a severe injury that will require several months for the actor to fully recover. Shooting was originally slated to start this Summer, but Fox has now halted production on the project until Bale is fully healed as the role requires plenty of action.

The film's director James Mangold was to helm "The Deep Blue Good-by" and then the third solo "Wolverine" film, now due to the delay, Mangold will shoot the next "Wolverine" first and then return to 'Deep Blue' should Fox decide to proceed with the project. Bale was to begin filming "The Big Short" with Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt shortly.

Source Variety

Photo: Leto as Joker Revealed

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:22pm

To celebrate the Joker's 75th birthday, "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer has revealed the first look at Jared Leto as the famed supervillain in the film via his official Twitter account. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and more star in the film which begins shooting shortly.

The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015

The announcement comes as author Frank Miller has revealed (via Heat Vision) that he's revisiting the world of Batman with a third comic effort following 1985's "The Dark Knight Returns" and 2001's "The Dark Knight Strikes Again". The eight issue work, entitled "The Dark Knight III: The Master Race," will be co-written with Brian Azzarello ("100 Bullets") and is due to begin publication this Fall.

Charlie Cox Talks "Daredevil" Season 2

Dark Horizons - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:22pm

One of the best pieces of news this week was Netflix having confirmed that a second season of its Marvel series "Daredevil" has been given the go ahead. Shortly after that word broke, the show's star Charlie Cox spoke with Empire about what might be in store for the second season and what villains could be on the way:

"I have to be careful because we just got commissioned so I have no idea who is going to turn up. Based on the show we've created, which is very grounded in reality, I'd like to see Punisher maybe show up, a little bit of Elektra maybe. I wouldn't mind Black Widow making an appearance, and you can't think about Daredevil for too long without thinking of Bullseye. I don't know when or if or how that would happen, but it'd be cool if it did."

The renewal means that the show's second season, and the events within, will be hitting our screens before the proposed "The Defenders" mini-series. Cox has a rough idea of when that Defenders project might go ahead and when the second season of "Daredevil" begins shooting:

"We'll begin shooting in the second half of the year. It'll be the same timeline as the last show, so season two will come out about this time next year. Again, I'm imagining all this, but they'll probably do Iron Fist or Luke Cage at the same time, followed by the other one [of the two] in the first half of 2016 and then maybe Defenders in the second half of 2016 or the beginning of 2017."

Cox says he's keen to get back into the red suit and getting a chance to really play the red-suited Daredevil next season: "What's exciting is to have a season where [Matt Murdock] is really embodying his alter-ego before we get to the Defenders."

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