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Starships Size Comparison (Star Trek)

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 6:25pm

"Not all the ships of Star Trek. Only the most important..."

Starships Size Comparison (Star Wars)

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 6:23pm

"Not all the ships of Star Wars. Only the most important..."

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Tony Starch is Iron Man | RageNineteen | MASHED

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 6:08pm

"Iron Man gives up his life ironing out the world’s criminal element to iron out... something else..."

ASUS Unveils $599 Home Robot 'Zenbo'

/. - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 5:40pm
An anonymous reader writes: In addition to the razor thin ZenBook 3, Asus unveiled a cute talking robot for the home at this week's Computex trade show in Taipei. The robot, called Zenbo, is priced at $599 and is pitched as a personal assistant that can help look after elderly relatives or read stories to the kids. It's about two feet tall and rolls around on wheels, with a display that can show animated faces or be used for making video calls and streaming movies. When asked, "Hey Zenbo, is it true you can take pictures?" by ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, the robot replied with, "Yes, I can take photographs." Zenbo took a photo of him on stage with the audience in the background when Shih told it to. The robot doesn't have an official release date yet, but developers can sign up for a software kit to build applications for it now.

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Room Service

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 5:31pm

Directed by Ghaith Al-Talli, Vincent Brossard, Yannick Dondi, Julie Evain, Marie Greff.
Music by Daisy Herbaut.

© MOPA (Supinfocom Arles) 2014 -

Cast: Room Service


Ant's Vimeo Likes - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 5:23pm

Here's my third year movie at Mopa, Enjoy ! The theme of this year was the garage.
Soft used : 3dsMax, Zbrush, Vray, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Photoshop

Cast: Léo Brunel

Tags: Audition, Photoshop, animation, movie, film, cirque, short, cgi, acrobatie, 3d, animation 3d, circus, car, 3dsMax, garage, Zbrush, After Effects, Premiere and Vray

Microsoft Warns of ZCryptor Ransomware With Self-Propagation Features

/. - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:55pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report issued by Softpedia on May 27: Microsoft and several other security researchers have detected the first ransomware versions that appears to have self-propagation features, being able to spread to other machines on its own by copying itself to shared network drives or portable storage devices automatically. Called ZCryptor, this ransomware seems to enjoy quite the attention from crooks, who are actively distributing today via Flash malvertising and boobytrapped Office files that infect the victim if he enables macro support when opening the file. This just seems to be the latest addition to the ransomware family, one which recently received the ability to launch DDoS attacks while locking the user's computer.

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Computer Generates Largest Math Proof Ever At 200TB of Data

/. - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:10pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A trio of researchers has solved a single math problem by using a supercomputer to grind through over a trillion color combination possibilities, and in the process has generated the largest math proof ever -- the text of it is 200 terabytes in size. The math problem has been named the boolean Pythagorean Triples problem and was first proposed back in the 1980's by mathematician Ronald Graham. In looking at the Pythagorean formula: a^2 + b^2 = c^2, he asked, was it possible to label each a non-negative integer, either blue or red, such that no set of integers a, b and c were all the same color. To solve this problem the researchers applied the Cube-and-Conquer paradigm, which is a hybrid of the SAT method for hard problems. It uses both look-ahead techniques and CDCL solvers. They also did some of the math on their own ahead of giving it over to the computer, by using several techniques to pare down the number of choices the supercomputer would have to check, down to just one trillion (from 10^2,300). Still the 800 processor supercomputer ran for two days to crunch its way through to a solution. After all its work, and spitting out the huge data file, the computer proof showed that yes, it was possible to color the integers in multiple allowable ways -- but only up to 7,824 -- after that point, the answer became no. Is the proof really a proof if it does not answer why there is a cut-off point at 7,825, or even why the first stretch is possible? Does it really exist?

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'Huge Wake Up Call': Third of Central, Northern Great Barrier Reef Corals Dead

/. - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 3:25pm
iONiUM quotes a report from The Sydney Morning Herald: More than one-third of the coral reefs of the central and northern regions of the Great Barrier Reef have died in the huge bleaching event earlier this year, Queensland researchers said. Corals to the north of Cairns -- covering about two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef -- were found to have an average mortality rate of 35 percent, rising to more than half in areas around Cooktown. Bleaching occurs when abnormal conditions, such as warm seas, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, called zooxanthellae. Corals turn white without these algae and may die if the zooxanthellae do not recolonize them. "It is fair to say we were all caught by surprise," Professor Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, said. "It's a huge wake up call because we all thought that coral bleaching was something that happened in the Pacific or the Caribbean which are closer to the epicenter of El Nino events." The report says, "The northern end of the Great Barrier Reef was home to many 50- to 100-year-old corals that had died and may struggle to rebuild before future El Ninos push tolerance beyond thresholds."

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Vigor Roads received a Greenlight on Steam

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 2:55pm

We want to share great news with you Vigor Roads project received a Greenlight on Steam! Voting results exceeded our expectations.

Stephen Hawking Calls Trump A 'Demagogue' Who Appeals 'To The Lowest Common Denominator'

/. - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 2:40pm
An anonymous reader writes: British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking told ITV's morning show that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party candidate for U.S. president, "is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator." He said, "Gone are the days we could stand on our own against the world. We need to be part of a larger group of nations, both for our security and our trade." ABC News writes, "Stephen Hawking understands the workings of the universe -- but says he cannot fathom the popularity of Donald Trump. He went on to say that British voters should keep the United Kingdom in the European Union in a June 23 referendum, saying the EU provides essential support for British scientific research as well as its economy and security.

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Orange Cast - "Epidemic" trailer

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 2:22pm

It's high time to purchase an immunicorrector and watch the new video of Orange Cast from Rezonans Team!

Radiance :: Lux Prima - Early Concept Prototype and Crowd Funding Campaign

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 2:10pm

Our Early Concept Prototype is ready, as well as our Indiegogo campaign!

Breakdown Of Onichian Roots

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 2:06pm

The term "Roots" refers collectively to a large, semi-sentient network of unknown origin and composition that covers roughly fifty percent of the entire surface of Onich. Roots are capable, to some extent, of extracting minerals, and by extension, the 'lifeblood' of the areas in which they inhabit, rendering many regions desolate, desecrated and moreover, uninhabitable. In addition, Roots are also capable of absorbing and assimilating organic matter.

Iran Forces Messaging Apps To Move Data To Iranian Servers

/. - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 1:55pm
An anonymous reader writes: According a report from Reuters, the Iranian government wants to be able to track private and semi-private conversations on messaging apps, and has given companies behind popular messaging apps one year to move their data onto servers in Iran. As it stands, many social networks are already blocked in Iran, and now the government wants to control even more online communication platforms. Apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, which have become incredibly popular in Iran, allow users to communicate with no government control. With Telegram, users can contact hundreds of people by creating groups. Now, even though WhatsApp for example is required to move their data to Iranian servers, it's unlikely the government will be able to intercept messages from the app since it features end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp can't even read the content of communications -- only WhatsApp users can decrypt the messages in their conversations. Apple's iMessage also features an encrypted messaging protocol, and Telegram does too, but users need to start "secret conversations" with end-to-end encryption.

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"Preacher" Producers Tease "The Boys"

Dark Horizons - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 1:41pm

It took them time, but writers and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have finally accomplished what they set out to do - they brought a TV series adaptation of the acclaimed Garth Ennis comic "Preacher" to life.

In the wake of that show's premiere on AMC last weekend, the pair are now talking about another Ennis comic adaptation they have in the works - "The Boys". "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke is also onboard the project about a group of government funded black ops enforcers who blackmail and bash up superheroes who have gone bad by recklessly killing innocents and performing sexually deviant acts.

An adaptation is incredibly tricky as the comic has even more vulgar content than "Preacher". Rogen tells The Live Feed: "We're in a similar place with it now where we were with Preacher. Now that we've convinced everyone to let us adapt this into a show, what are we actually going to do?" For his part, Ennis believes adapting "The Boys" is actually easier than "Preacher":

"I think in terms of plot, it's going to be easier. I think it's a lot more linear... [Marvel Studios] has done a lot of the work for us already. Ten years ago, if you introduced The Boys to a mainstream audience, they would've been mystified. They would be able to identify roughly who was standing in for Batman, Superman, the Hulk, probably Spider-Man and Captain America. Not beyond that.

Now, ten years on, with the success of the various franchises, mainstream audiences have been educated in the world of superheroes. So when an Iron Man-esque guy pops up, they'll know who that is. That's going to be simpler. [What's trickier is] making The Boys look as good as a superhero movie. It's less grounded than Preacher in that regard."

Rogen has also spoken about why he wants to make the show in the first place:

"The idea of doing something in the world of superheroes, in a more traditional sense, was very appealing to us. Preacher is a comic book, but there's something about the visuals of that world and the idea of really trying as firmly as possible implant that type of idea in our world… it's something we've talked about doing for years and years and years and years, and we've just never really found the right idea. We've kicked around tons of ideas like it, and [The Boys] is probably the way to do all of that."

Ennis believes the show will find an audience in people who're done with the superhero genre: "Sick of superheroes? Because we are."

Johnson Confirmed For "Doc Savage"

Dark Horizons - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 1:41pm

It's now official, Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in and produce the film adaptation of "Doc Savage" for Sony Pictures.

The story follows a scientist, inventor, and explorer who also boasts superheroic levels of intelligence and strength. The star of multiple pulp novels and a radio series, the character was an iconic hero who served as the inspiration for many subsequent creations including Superman.

"The Nice Guys" writer/director Shane Black is attached to helm from a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Black had previously made it clear that he wanted Johnson for the film with the actor making it official on his Instagram account Monday morning.

Hiram Garcia., Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur and Michael Uslan will also produce. No word on when the film will go into production at this point.

It's OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world's first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the "Man of Bronze" himself Clark "Doc" Savage. Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod's producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about "Doc" Savage is that he's the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called "Man of Bronze", retreats to his "Fortress of Solitude" in the Arctic etc etc. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women's perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here's the #1 reason I'm excited to become Doc Savage.. HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious. After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the "weirdo" part behind. But to us, it's that "weirdo" part that makes Clark "Doc" Savage dope! Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #DocSavage

A photo posted by therock (@therock) on May 30, 2016 at 5:53am PDT

Source: Variety

"Warcraft" Director's Cut Is Much Longer

Dark Horizons - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 1:41pm

Despite the critical drubbing, Duncan Jones' fantasy epic "Warcraft" based on the popular MMORPG from publisher Blizzard Entertainment opened in several overseas markets this weekend and performed above expectations. Even so, the film is on track to a very modest $25 million domestic opening weekend - not the kind of number that a costly $160 million epic like this desires.

Jones himself is out doing publicity rounds for the film and in a new interview with The Daily Beast he spoke about the complications of his personal life this year during the film's production - both losing his father David Bowie and the impending birth of his first child.

He also revealed one surprising bit of information - that the director's cut of the film is significantly than the already near two-hour runtime of the theatrical version: Speaking about his aims with the film, he said: "There are a lot of fantasy films, but they all kind of want to be Lord of the Rings. Even Game of Thrones, which I love, is mature content-Lord of the Rings. And what we wanted to try and do is broaden out that spectrum of what a fantasy film could be."

"Warcraft" is set to open States-side on June 10th.

Original Wolverine Plans For "Apocalypse"

Dark Horizons - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 1:41pm

Hugh Jackman's Wolverine has long been the lynchpin of the "X-Men" film universe, appearing in effectively every single film to date including the most recent release "X-Men: Apocalypse". Jackman's role in the film is effectively a cameo, albeit a longer on than his one in "X-Men: First Class." and it's a fairly brutal sequence where a lot of blood flows.

It turns out though his scene was originally much larger. Talking with Cinema Blend, the film's writer/producer Simon Kinberg that originally they had the mutant going to end up leading the next generation of X-Men into battle against Apocalypse:

"There was always a notion that we wanted Wolverine to be in the movie. We wanted to find a way to feature him in the film, partly because Bryan [Singer] and I love Hugh [Jackman] so much. We love the character, obviously, and he's such a huge part of the franchise. There were a lot of iterations of how Wolverine would enter and exit the movie. There was a version when he was going to come in at the midpoint of the film and be like the drill sergeant for the kids and take over as their leader. And we felt like that stepped on Jen's role in the movie and becoming their leader."

Instead the role was decreased significantly, in order to give Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique more screen time. How many of the key cast will return for subsequent "X-Men" films is unclear at this point.

Five More "Star Trek Beyond" Posters

Dark Horizons - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 1:41pm

Paramount Pictures has released five more character posters for the upcoming "Star Trek Beyond", these ones featuring Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Anton Yelchin as Chekov and Zachary Quinto as Spock. Check out all of them in the gallery below. Justin Lin helms the project which also stars Chris Pine, Idris Elba, Karl Urban and Joe Taslim. The film is slated to hit cinemas on July 22nd.

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