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“IT” Director On Fukunaga, Changes & More

Dark Horizons - 13 hours 50 min ago

Appearing at San Diego Comic Con briefly to discuss his upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT,” director Andres Muschietti sat down with Collider and answered some lingering questions fans of both the book and mini-series have had regarding the movie.

First up, many remember that “True Detective” helmer Cary Fukunaga was originally attached to direct and departed over creative differences. It has been said that quite a bit of Fukunaga’s draft remains the film, with Muschietti’s changes mostly being about steering things back to the horror of the book:

“The commitment to the depth of the characters was there in Carey’s draft and that’s what I connected to mostly. All my changes have to do with the events in the story and Pennywise…I probably stuck more to the idea that Pennywise is a shapeshifting monster and in that sense, I stuck closer to the book.”

We do know there’s going to be some changes from the book, most notably the setting of the childhood era now being in the 1980s as opposed to the 1950s. With that change, it meant the scary manifestations of IT that these kids see are a little different. Muschietti says: “I chose to expand that range of fears. I wanted to layer those fears and make them deeper and more strange.”

That includes Pennywise the Clown with Muschietti saying he wanted to stay true to the essence of the character, but make him edgier and more unpredictable.

Of course, the one obvious change is the removal of the gang bang (or rather train) scene with the teens. Despite attempts at justifications from readers about its metaphor of growing up, the scene remains an oddity and one that wasn’t ever really under consideration:

“I don’t think anyone digs that event. Nobody really understands it and people who try to draw theories from it, they think it’s a necessary analogy of the kids doing a ritual of passage from childhood to adulthood, that way they become immune to being victims of their own imagination because they become adults.

Things like that were not necessary, I don’t think, in the movie. Other subjects and things that are sort of hardcore, like abuse and stuff, they are in our movie. It’s an R-rated movie so we were able to explore those themes freely, of course with subtlety and some ambiguity.”

Muschietti recently confirmed he’s definitely returning for the second film which will adapt the other half of the book with the characters now as adults. He says he’s very keen to get to work on it:

“I’m not letting anyone [else] touch it. Everyone wants to make it and yeah, it seems like we’re going to do it. It’s the second half, it’s not a sequel. It’s the second half and it’s very connected to the first one. In my mind, there will be that dialogue between the two timelines that we didn’t have in the first one because the first one is all about the kids.”

The very R-rated “IT” will arrive in cinemas on September 8th and already has one fan in the form of King’s son and author Joe Hill (“Locke & Key,” “NOS4A2”) who sung the film’s praises and calls it “tremendously humane” and “relentlessly terrifying” and up there with classics like “Jaws,” “The Thing” and “Let the Right One In” in terms of being a scary movie:

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How a VC-Funded Company Is Undermining the Open-Source Community

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Adrianne Jeffries, reporting for The Outline: Is a $4 million venture capital-funded startup stealthily taking over popular coding tools and injecting ads and spyware into them? That's what some programmers fear may be happening. It is one of the most troubling scandals to hit the open-source community -- a robust network of programmers who work on shared tools for free -- in recent memory. It started back in April, when a programmer noticed a strange change to an open-source tool called Minimap. Minimap has had more than 3.5 million downloads, but like many open-source tools, it was maintained by a single person who no one knew much about other than their username: @abe33. At some point, @abe33, whose real name is Cedric Nehemie, was hired by Kite. Kite was started by Adam Smith, a successful tech entrepreneur who raised funding from a slew of big names including the CEO of Dropbox and the creator of WordPress. It is unclear what Kite's business model is, but it says it uses machine-learning techniques to make coding tools. Its tools are not open source. After being hired by Kite, @abe33 made an update to Minimap. The update was titled "Implement Kite promotion," and it appeared to look at a user's code and insert links to related pages on Kite's website. Kite called this a useful feature. Programmers said it was not useful and was therefore just an ad for an unrelated service, something many programmers would consider a violation of the open-source spirit. "It's not a feature, it's advertising -- and people don't want it, you want it," wrote user @p-e-w. "The least you can do is own up to that." "I have to wonder if your goal was to upset enough people that you'd generate real attention on various news sites and get Kite a ton of free publicity before your next funding round," @DevOpsJohn wrote. "That's the only sane explanation I can find for suddenly dropping ads into the core of one of the oldest and most useful Atom plugins." [...] Although Kite has no business model yet, it's widely thought in Silicon Valley that having users is the first step toward profitability. Adding users potentially benefits the company in another way, by giving it access to precious data. Kite says it uses machine learning tactics to make the best coding helper tools possible. In order to do that, it needs tons of data to learn from. The more code it can look at, the better its autocomplete suggestions will get, for example.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Was Mostly Improvised

Dark Horizons - 14 hours 17 min ago

“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has surprisingly revealed that a whole bunch of his upcoming venture into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was made up as they went.

The New Zealand filmmakers sensibilities can be seen all over the two trailers released so far for “Thor: Ragnarok,” and that free-flowing mood has led to plenty of praise already about how this looks like it could be not just the best of the “Thor” films to date but one of the best MCU titles.

Over the weekend, Waititi spoke with MTV and was asked how much of the film was improvised and filmed in a way that resembled his earlier indie New Zealand films. He says:

“I would say we improvised 80% of the film, or ad-libbed or threw in… My style of working is I’ll often be behind the camera, or right next to the camera yelling words at people, like, ‘Say this, say this! Say it like this, Say it this way!’. I’ll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don’t care.

In a film like this, you want it to be fun. I’m trying to bring my tone and sensibility from my other films. I’m trying to foster a familial, very loose and collaborative mood on set.”

As a result, some of the actors took a little while to get into the groove of his filmmaking style including Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo. Waititi shared a brief story about that:

“Mark Ruffalo would be finished shooting for the day, and he’d come up to me and he’d be like, ‘Why have we not been fired yet? We are doing the most insane stuff in this film, so where’s the phone call?”

Others it was easier, such as Chris Hemsworth with Waititi saying this take on Thor is closer to Hemsworth’s real life personality. In related news, Karl Urban spoke to IGN and explained how his character Skurge becomes caught up on the story:

“When we find Skurge, he’s operating the Bifrost because Heimdall is missing in action, and then pretty soon after that Hela shows up. Skurge sees the writing on the wall and has to make a decision whether to die or join her, so his instincts of self-preservation take over.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” is currently targeting a November 2nd release.

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Microsoft Paint To Be Killed Off After 32 Years

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 update, called the Fall Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows experience has been put on the chopping block: Microsoft Paint. From a report: First released with the very first version of Windows 1.0 in 1985, Paint in its various guises would be one of the first graphics editors used by many and became a core part of Windows. Starting life as a 1-bit monochrome licensed version of ZSoft's PC Paintbrush, it wasn't until Windows 98 that Paint could save in JPEG. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, released in April, Microsoft introduced the new Paint 3D, which is installed alongside traditional Paint and features 3D image making tools as well as some basic 2D image editing. But it is not an update to original Paint and doesn't behave like it. Now Microsoft has announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint has been signalled for death having been added to the "features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update" list.

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What If Someone Kicks You When You’re Down? Part 2

There isn’t a single person reading these words who hasn’t been hurt by someone else. All of us can remember someone who planned something, said something, or did something ugly or unfair to us. Because that’s true, all of us can also name a person (or persons) we could blame for something! Recipients of mistreatment rarely forget how much it hurt. And if that mistreatment came at a “down time,” when we were already feeling lower than a whale’s belly and struggling to get back up, the offense hurt even worse.

 

Because we’ve all gone through such harsh experiences, we should have no trouble understanding how David felt when, already at his lowest, he went through the misery of being pummeled with stones and debris and cursed in public. All of this hate came from a man named Shimei. Through this ugly and vile scene, we can learn much about how to endure mistreatment.

“Infinity War” Poster & Black Order Explained

Dark Horizons - 16 hours 50 min ago

Marvel Studios brought its preview reel for “Avengers: Infinity War” to San Diego Comic Con this past weekend following that reel playing at Disney’s D23 Expo the weekend before.

Unsurprisingly, a badly framed pirated copy of said reel has ended up online. Despite this, Marvel Studios will not do what Warners did when the same thing happened with their “Suicide Squad” reel two years ago – namely, they released the clip in good quality and in full online through their YouTube channel.

Those involved in the film are willing to discuss it a little bit though, such as co-director Joe Russo who was asked about Thanos’ henchmen in the film – the ‘Black Order’.

In the comics, The Black Order’s members include Black Dwarf, Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight and Supergiant. Supergiant was missing from the line-up revealed last weekend. Talking about incorporating the Black Order into the film, Russo tells Coming Soon it was all about catering to the story and doing what’s best for the characters:

“We get inspired by a lot of different material when we’re working on the movie. We pulled from both Infinity runs for this, and look, there are a scary bunch of characters who I happen to think, when I read the Infinity run, were super cool. And when I got the opportunity to make this movie, I said I have to do the Black Order.

You know, we have so many characters and Thanos needs to be teased out. You can’t have the characters challenging him every step of the way. There has to be characters that they have to go through to get to him. The Black Order is the perfect cast of characters to do that with.

We are dealing with so many characters that we made some choices along the way. Consolidation seemed like a smart thing to my brother and I because they were starting to overlap each other. And frankly, when you see the movie you’ll understand, it services the storytelling.”

Separately, Russo also tells IGN that Thanos has ditched his gold armor in favor of casual clothing in ‘Infinity War’ for a very good reason – when he’s finally wielding the Infinity Gauntlet with all the stones, he’s so powerful that armour is no longer of use to him.

“Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War” is slated for a release in cinemas on May 4th 2018 with the fourth set for May 3rd 2019. Check out the official tryptych poster for the film that was just released at Comic Con:

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Top US General Warns Against Rogue Killer Robots

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Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro quotes The Hill: The second-highest-ranking general in the U.S. military last Tuesday warned lawmakers against equipping the armed forces with autonomous weapons systems... Gen. Paul Selva warned lawmakers that the military should keep "the ethical rules of war in place lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don't know how to control. I don't think it's reasonable for us to put robots in charge of whether or not we take a human life," Selva told the committee. There's already a Defense Department directive that requires humans in the decision-making process for lethal autonomous weapons systems. But it expires later this year...

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Marvel TV Chief Talks Shorter “Defenders” Run

Dark Horizons - 17 hours 41 min ago

Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb has been out talking up “The Defenders” event series and how, after three years of planning, it’s all finally coming together next month when the four Marvel-Netflix heroes come together onscreen.

Since its reveal, it has always been said that “The Defenders” would have a shorter run of episodes than the regular thirteen episode seasonal runs of the other series like “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist”. That stayed true when the count was finally revealed at just eight episodes.

Speaking with Collider at San Diego Comic Con, Loeb was asked why it was eight episodes and whether that had anything to do with the production expense. Loeb responded that it was all to do with what was suitable for the narrative:

“No it had nothing to do with cost, it was always eight [episodes]. It had to do with what was the best way to tell the story. Our feeling was it broke really nicely… when you have that many characters you want to be able to service them, but you also don’t want to overload the audience and you want to be able to tell a story that’s compelling and will go along. Look if you finish the eight and wish it was thirteen, good on us.”

Loeb also confirmed they haven’t talked any plans for a second season of “The Defenders” and hinted that even if it goes ahead, The Punisher will most likely stay stand alone as opposed to being a part of it because of the nature of the character.

The second seasons of “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” are now in production with a third season of “Daredevil” and a second of “Iron Fist” headed into production in coming months.

Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones and Sigourney Weaver star in “The Defenders” premieres on Netflix on August 18th.

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“Supernatural” Spin-Off Secures Its Cast

Dark Horizons - 17 hours 59 min ago

Kim Rhodes, Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton and Katherine Ramdeen have all reportedly closed their deals to star in the “Supernatural” spin-off “Wayward Sisters” should The CW move forward with it.

The news was revealed during the show’s San Diego Comic Con panel on Sunday morning, a panel during which legendary rock band Kansas appeared and kicked things off with their classic rock song “Carry On My Wayward Son” which has been featured heavily across the show’s twelve seasons to date.

One of the episodes of the upcoming 13th season will serve as a backdoor pilot for the spin-off which sees Sheriff Jody Mills (Rhodes) and her daughters Claire Novak (Kathryn Newton) and Alex Jones (Katharine Ramdeen) teaming with Sheriff Donna Hanscum (Buckmaster) and newcomer and psychic high schooler Patience Turner (Clark Backo).

The panel included both a retrospective reel seen below, along with some Q&A with the actors. From the sounds of it, Castiel (Misha Collins) and Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith) aren’t dead and will be back. In fact, the Apocalypse dimension and rifts into that world mean that some characters long thought dead could well return.

“Supernatural” kicks off its thirteenth season on October 12th.

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The “Charmed” Reboot Back In Redevelopment

Dark Horizons - 18 hours 33 min ago

Alyssa Milano is having a busy 2017 so far with both a “Project Runway All Stars” hosting gig, leading the Netflix dark comedy series “Insatiable,” and making an appearance in the upcoming “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later”.

Reports in recent weeks though have linked her to the long in the works reboot of “Charmed,” the witch sisters series of which she was one of the three main cast members since its inception.

Last week came a report that she and her original co-star Shannen Doherty were in talks to reprise their roles while Holly Marie Combs was also said to be interested in returning. Combs then shot down the rumor on social media.

Now, in a new interview with The Daily Beast, Milano offered a lengthy answer regarding where things stand with the whole series. Turns out CBS Studios, not the network, has been trying to reboot the series for a few years without the old cast.

As the fanbase has been vocally against it, they now seem to understand the importance of getting it right and so redeveloped it:

“So they came up with the idea last year that they were going to do a prequel to our story but the script didn’t come in the way they wanted, and so it went back into redevelopment… The next thing I heard was that Netflix was doing it, but I heard that strictly from the media… I would think I would have heard what’s going on from my CBS Studios or Netflix contacts, but I haven’t heard anything.”

The actress does maintain that all three original stars, and later season co-star Rose McGowan, have all said out loud they’re open to a reboot or reunion of some sort. The series hit Netflix in 2012 and quickly became the second-most binge-watched TV series across the whole catalogue.

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“Doctor Who” Christmas 2017 Special Teaser

Dark Horizons - 20 hours 18 min ago

Filming has only just finished on the Christmas episode for The BBC’s “Doctor Who,” but a brief glimpse of footage from the hour-long special titled “Twice Upon a Time” has arrived following its premiere at the show’s Comic Con panel on Sunday afternoon.

The panel confirmed that Pearl Mackie will return for one final outing as Bill, while Mark Gatiss has the major supporting role behind only Peter Capaldi’s exiting twelfth Doctor and David Bradley playing the first Doctor.

Showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that the new episode involves the First and Twelfth Doctors both refusing to regenerate and so both go on an adventure with Gatiss’ character who is called ‘The Captain’.

Talk also addressed the hiring of Jodie Whittaker in the role and Moffat had some words for all the media writing about it:

“There has been so many press articles about a backlash among the Doctor Who fandom about casting a female Doctor. There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative Doctor Who fandom has utterly embraced that change completely.

Eighty-percent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively. So many people wanting to pretend there is a problem. There isn’t. It’s been incredibly progressive and enlightened and that’s what really happened. I wish every other journalist who is writing the alternative would shut the hell up.”

Capaldi meanwhile has nothing but praise for his replacement:

“I think Jodie is going to be amazing. I spoke to her the other day and she’s so full of excitement and passion about the show. It’s thrilling to know it’s in the hands of someone who cares for it deeply and is so excited about it. So she’s a great choice for it.”

Moffat confirms that the brief bit at the end of the episode featuring Whittaker’s new Doctor is being done by the new team. As a result, that segment will be penned by Chris Chibnall and hasn’t been shot yet.

“Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time” airs on Christmas Day.

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Early access ending, huge update, IndieDB giveaway and launch discount

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - 21 hours 1 min ago

Hello everyone! In this article we will tell you about a new stage of development of our game, the latest update, the launch of a big giveaway, and a 30% discount in the Steam store

Ask Slashdot: How Can You Avoid Routers With Locked Firmware?

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thejynxed writes: Awhile ago the FCC in the USA implemented a rule that required manufacturers to restrict end-users from tampering with the radio outputs on wi-fi routers. It was predicted that manufacturers would take the lazy way out by locking down the firmware/bootloaders of the routers entirely instead of partitioning off access to the radio transmit power and channel ranges. This has apparently proven to be the case, as even now routers that were previously marketed as "Open Source Ready" or "DD-WRT Compatible" are coming with locked firmware. In my case, having noticed this trend, I purchased three routers from Belkin, Buffalo, and Netgear in Canada, the UK, and Germany respectively, instead of the USA, and the results: All three routers had locked firmware/bootloaders, with no downgrade rights and no way to install Tomato, DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc. It seems the FCC rule is an example of the wide-reaching effect of US law on the products sold in other nations, etc. So, does anyone know a good source of unlocked routers or other technical information on how to bypass this ridiculous outcome of FCC over-reach and manufacturer laziness? The FCC later specified that they were not trying to block Open Source firmware modifications -- so leave your best suggestions in the comments. How can you avoid routers with locked firmware?

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Verse of the Day - Hebrews 13:2

Bible Verse of the Day - 21 hours 40 min ago

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

What do you you do to welcome new neighbors into your neighborhood or apartment complex? How warmly do you personally welcome visitors at your church or in your Bible study group? When was the last time you invited someone new in your congregation over for dinner or included them in a gathering of your Christian friends? While some have the gift of hospitality, all of us need to be warm and open to folks we don't know that join us for Christian worship and fellowship. Why not make a commitment to meet and welcome one new person at church each week. In a cold impersonal world, we can make a huge difference in the lives of those seeking the shelter and grace of Jesus and his people.

My Prayer...

Father, please help me, and please help my congregation, be more open and welcoming to people who are new and who are visiting. Please use us to share your grace and provide them a Christian home. In Jesus' name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.© 1998-2017, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the Heartlight Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

Armored Squad - game overview

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 10:38pm

In this article I will try to overview the game in general and will show you some of the content we have at the moment.

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US Agency Revokes All State Discounts For Kaspersky Products

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The U.S. General Services Administration has removed Kapersky Lab from its list of approved vendors for federal systems, which also eliminates the discounts it previously offered to state governments. Long-time Slashdot reader Rick Zeman writes: "The agency's statement suggested a vulnerability exists in Kaspersky that could give the Russian government backdoor access to the systems it protects, though they offered no explanation or evidence of it," reports the Washington Post. Kaspersky, of course, denies this, offering their source code up for U.S. Government review... "Three current and former defense contractors told The Post that they knew of no specific warnings circulated about Kaspersky in recent years, but it has become an unwritten rule at the Pentagon not to include Kaspersky as a potential vendor on new projects." "The lack of information from the GSA underscores a disconnect between local officials and the federal government about cybersecurity," the Post reports, adding that "the GSA's move on July 11 has left state and local governments to speculate about the risks of sticking with the company or abandoning taxpayer-funded contracts, sometimes at great cost." The Post also quotes a cybersecurity expert at a prominent think tank -- the Center for Strategic and International Studies -- who believes that "it's difficult, if not impossible" for a company like Kaspersky to be headquartered in Moscow "if you don't cooperate with the government and the intelligence services."

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Amazon Report Predicts Pet Translation Devices By 2027

/. - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 5:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: Devices that can talk to our pet dogs and cats could be less than 10 years away, according to a report Amazon commissioned that was co-authored by futurist William Higham. "Innovative products that succeed are based around genuine and major consumer needs," Higham wrote, noting the tremendous amounts already spent on our pets, and concluding, "Somebody is going to put this together." Amazon already sells one dubious device that converts human voices into meows using samples from 25 cats, according to the Guardian. (One reviewer who tested the device wrote that "the cat seems puzzled.") But Amazon's report also cites the work of Con Slobodchikoff, a professor emeritus in Northern Arizona University's biology department, who spent 30 years studying the behavior of prairie dogs. Slobodchikoff discovered prairie dogs have different words for colors and for species of predators, and is now already raising money to develop a translation device for pets. Although Slobodchikoff concedes that "With cats I'm not sure what they'd have to say. A lot of times it might just be 'you idiot, just feed me and leave me alone.'"

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