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Verse of the Day - Zephaniah 3:17

Bible Verse of the Day - 19 hours 2 min ago

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

God is with us! That's the great message of the story of Jesus (Matt. 1:23). That's the message of hope Zephaniah gives the defeated people of God. God is among us. He is mighty to save. He loves us. He delights in us. He stills the storms of our hearts with his loving touch. He sings us lullabies of joy. God longs to be close to us and invites us to draw near. What will your response be?

My Prayer...

Father, strengthen my resolve as I turn away from evil and seek to draw near to you. I don't want any imitation relationship with you. I don't want some artificial symbol of you. I want to know you. I want to experience your presence and to be used as your tool of grace in the lives of others. I need your presence to settle the disquietude of my soul. Thank you for being near. In Jesus' name I pray. 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.

CBS Planning A “Stripes” TV Series

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:28pm

CBS is set to develop a single camera comedy TV series based on the classic 1981 Bill Murray and Harold Ramis comedy feature “Stripes” which Sony Pictures TV and CBS Television Studios are developing.

The story of the new take will center on a rebellious outsider who finds his calling when he joins the U.S. Military. Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1981 film, is reportedly attached to both direct and executive produce.

Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Julius Goldy Sharpe, Tom Pollock, Amie Karp and Peter Fried will all executive produce.

Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, John Candy, John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn and Judge Reinhold also starred in the original which grossed over $85 million during its run.

Source: Deadline

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“Star Wars: Battlefront II” Halts Microtransactions

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:54pm

Following the intense backlash, Electronic Arts has responded to player complaints about the loot box system in “Star Wars Battlefront II” in an unexpected way – the game has now disabled in-game purchases including the option to purchase crystals… at least temporarily.

EA says they will re-instate the ability to purchase crystals “only after we’ve made changes to the game”. DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson released the following statement in a press release:

“Our goal has always been to create the best possible game for all of you – devoted Star Wars fans and game players alike. We’ve also had an ongoing commitment to constantly listen, tune and evolve the experience as it grows. You’ve seen this with both the major adjustments, and polish, we have made over the past several weeks.

But as we approach the worldwide launch, it’s clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design. We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn’t get this right.

We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this.

We have created a game that is built on your input, and it will continue to evolve and grow. Star Wars Battlefront II is three times the size of the previous game, bringing to life a brand new Star Wars story, space battles, epic new multiplayer experiences across all three Star Wars eras, with more free content to come. We want you to enjoy it, so please keep your thoughts coming. And we will keep you updated on our progress.”

The move is seen as being the minimum EA can do following the outcry against the micro-transaction and loot box system that has been implemented in the game which heavily pushed players to spend more actual money within the game to receive advantages and to unlock characters who would otherwise take dozens of hours to access. Effectively it promoted a ‘pay-to-win’ strategy.

This move now means all progression in “Star Wars Battlefront II” will be earned through playing the game – for now. EA does note they plan to bring back crystals at a later date after making balancing and tuning changes. Whether it will be enough to change anyone’s mind is unclear as the bad PR from this incident has led to cancellations of pre-orders and could have an impact on sales.

There’s also another complication. Both “Battlefront II” and last year’s “Overwatch” are being singled out by the Belgian Gaming Commission, the gambling authority in Belgium, who has launched an investigation into the titles to determine if loot boxes in those games constitute gambling reports GameSpot.

Because of the random nature of loot boxes, where you pay money to receive a random selection of items, they are being seen as falling under the rules of ‘games of chance’ (ala gambling) and thus require a permit from the Gaming Commission. If the investigation rules it as such, not only would Electronic Arts and Blizzard face huge fines but also could see their product pulled from sale in Belgium.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime says “Overwatch” does not belong in the loot box controversy discussion because the game only offers cosmetic items in its crates, as opposed to “Battlefront II” where it’s a case of items that can impact gameplay and progress. The U.S. Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has previously ruled loot boxes as NOT constituting gambling because the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content – even if it’s something they don’t want.

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Detroit's Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet

/. - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: Motherboard has a report that discusses how some of Detroit's communities are building their own internet to help close the gap between the roughly 60 percent of Detroiters who have internet and 40 percent who don't. From the report: "[Diana Nucera, director of the Detroit Community Technology Project] is part of a growing cohort of Detroiters who have started a grassroots movement to close that gap, by building the internet themselves. It's a coalition of community members and multiple Detroit nonprofits. They're starting with three underserved neighborhoods, installing high speed internet that beams shared gigabit connections from an antenna on top of the tallest building on the street, and into the homes of people who have long gone without. They call it the Equitable Internet Initiative. The issue isn't only cost, though it is prohibitive for many Detroiters, but also infrastructure. Because of Detroit's economic woes, many Big Telecom companies haven't thought it worthwhile to invest in expanding their network to these communities. The city is filled with dark fiber optic cable that's not connected to any homes or businesses -- relics from more optimistic days. Residents who can't afford internet, are on some kind of federal or city subsidy like food stamps, and students are prioritized for the Initiative, Nucera told me. The whole effort started last summer with enlisting digital stewards, locals from each neighborhood who were interested in working for the nonprofit coalition, doing everything from spreading the word, to teaching digital literacy, to installing routers and pulling fiber. Many of these stewards started out with little or no tech expertise, but after a 20-week-long training period, they've become experts able to install, troubleshoot, and maintain a network from end to end. They're also aiming to spread digital literacy, so people can truly own the network themselves."

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Report Claims That 18 Nation's Elections Were Impacted By Social Engineering Last Year

/. - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:05pm
sqorbit writes: Independent watchdog group Freedom House released a report that claims that 18 nation's elections were "hacked." Of the 65 countries that Freedom House monitors, 30 appear to be using social media in order to affect elections by attempting to control online discussions. The report covers fake news posts, paid online opinion writers and trolling tactics. Other items in the report speak to online censorship and VPN blocking that blocks information within countries to interfere with elections. The report says net freedom could be aided by: large-scale programs that showed people how to spot fake news; putting tight controls on political adverts; and making social media giants do more to remove bots and tune algorithms to be more objective.

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Bluetooth Hack Affects 20 Million Amazon Echo, Google Home Devices

/. - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:25pm
In September, security researchers discovered eight vulnerabilities -- codenamed collectively as BlueBorne -- in the Bluetooth implementations used by over 5.3 billion devices. We have now learned that an estimated 20 million Amazon Echo and Google Home devices are also vulnerable to attacks leveraging the BlueBorne vulnerabilities. The Hacker News reports: Amazon Echo is affected by the following two vulnerabilities: a remote code execution vulnerability in the Linux kernel (CVE-2017-1000251); and an information disclosure flaw in the SDP server (CVE-2017-1000250). Since different Echo's variants use different operating systems, other Echo devices are affected by either the vulnerabilities found in Linux or Android. Whereas, Google Home devices are affected by one vulnerability: information disclosure vulnerability in Android's Bluetooth stack (CVE-2017-0785). This Android flaw can also be exploited to cause a denial-of-service (DoS) condition. Since Bluetooth cannot be disabled on either of the voice-activated personal assistants, attackers within the range of the affected device can easily launch an attack. The security firm [Armis, who disclosed the issue] notified both Amazon and Google about its findings, and both companies have released patches and issued automatic updates for the Amazon Echo and Google Home that fixes the BlueBorne attacks.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Is Rumored For “The Batman”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:59pm

Following rumors earlier today that filmmaker Matt Reeves has already settled on a replacement for Ben Affleck In “The Batman” should he decide to not participate, it appears as if that potential replacement’s name has been revealed – Jake Gyllenhaal.

According to John Campea’s podcast on Screen Crush, which was also the source of the original rumor this morning, Gyllenhall is the actor that Reeves wants wearing the cape and cowl and adds that his films will apparently be standalone to the main DCEU universe.

As “The Batman” is thought to be the first in a potential trilogy it comes as little surprise they’re ditching the DCEU connection with Warners said to be going down the path of more standalone films. Campea says Gyllenhaal’s deal is only in the early discussion stage at the moment.

Gyllenhaal has a history with Batman, the actor being up for the role in 2005’s “Batman Begins” before Christian Bale scored it. Additionally his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal starred in that film’s sequel “The Dark Knight”.

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George Clooney Joins “Catch-22” Mini-Series

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:58pm

George Clooney is set to both star in and direct a six-episode limited series based on the Joseph Heller novel “Catch-22” for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Set in Italy in WWII, the story follows U.S. Air Force bombardier Yossarian who is trying to do what he needs to do to go home. Clooney will play Col. Cathcart.

The title refers to the paradox that airmen who felt mentally unfit to fly were not obligated to do so, but anyone who applied to stop flying was sane enough to fly – creating the ‘catch-22’ of the title.

Australian filmmakers Luke Davies (“Lion”) and David Michod (“War Machine”) are teaming for the project which they will pen and executive produce. Clooney and Grant Heslov will also executive produce.

Mike Nichols helmed a previous 1970 film adaptation starring Alan Arkin.

Source: The Live Feed

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Virgin Hyperloop One Eyes India For Possible High-Speed Routes

/. - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:45pm
India is officially being added to the list of nations that have expressed interest in near-supersonic, tube-based travel. Virgin Hyperloop One "signed agreements with the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka to begin studying the impact of a hyperloop in the region," reports The Verge. "The feasibility studies have implications for India's giant cities like Mumbai and Bangalore, as well as fast-growing urban centers like Pune and Nagpur." From the report: The agreements are signs that despite its lack of a commercial product or human-ready testing, Virgin Hyperloop One has shown a tenacity for securing agreements with willing government partners. The company recently announced 10 winning submissions in a long-running contest to find what it believes to be the best places to build the first hyperloop routes in the world. Ten teams across five countries (Mexico, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada) were picked from the original 2,600 submissions, and the routes range in size from about 200 to nearly 700 miles, depending on the location. Virgin Hyperloop One hasn't specified the length of the routes it would build in India -- to be sure, it remains possible that none of these proposed routes get built -- but it did tease some of the possibilities in terms of reduction in travel time. For example, it would take just 14 minutes to travel between Mumbai and the fast-growing city of Pune, a journey that currently takes up to three hours by car. Also, it could look at connecting Nagpur, which is in the easternmost part of Maharashtra, with Mumbai and Pune to vastly improve passenger and freight transportation.

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Justice Smith To Lead “Detective Pikachu” Film

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:40pm

“The Get Down” and “Paper Towns” actor Justice Smith is set to lead the “Detective Pikachu” movie, the first-ever live-action “Pokemon” film, for Legendary, Toho and Universal Pictures.

First introduced in Japan in 1996, more than 279 million Pokemon video games have sold worldwide along with 21.5 billion TCG cards and an animated series spanning twenty seasons. This take follows a new character and storyline in the Pokemon universe.

“Goosebumps” director Rob Letterman is set to direct from a script by “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer Nicole Perlman and “Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsch. Smith will be seen next year in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.

Source: Heat Vision

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Franco, Kinberg Plan A “Multiple Man” Movie

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:36pm

20th Century Fox is developing a film based around the Marvel Comics character Multiple Man with James Franco slated to star.

“Wonder Woman” co-writer Allan Heinberg will pen the script while Franco “X-Men” franchise producer Simon Kinberg will produce via their Genre Films and Ramona Films labels.

The character is part of the X-Men universe and is Jamie Madrox who has the ability to duplicate himself. Moved to a remote farm and fitted with a special suit to control his powers designed by Professor Xavier, he lived quietly until the suit malfunctioned and he began to go crazy.

His cloning abilities drove Madrox to have various collisions and collaborations with both the X-Men and Fantastic Four. The character was previously played by Eric Dane in a small role in “X-Men: The Last Stand “.

Source: Deadline

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“Resident Evil” Producers Plan “Danger Girl”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:29pm

“Resident Evil” franchise producers Constantin Film has picked up the film rights to the hit 1990s comic book title “Danger Girl” with plans to develop it with Bolt Pictures and Prime Universe Films.

Created by artist J. Scott Campbell and writer Andy Hartnell, the story follows the adventures of Abbey Chase – an adventurer who was reluctantly recruited into a secret organization.

Chase is then paired with operatives Sydney Savage and Natalia Kasstle on a globe-trotting adventure to locate a series of mystical objects and keep them out of the hands of the evil Hammer Syndicate.

Jeremy Bolt and Adrian Askarieh will produce and are fielding ideas from writers and filmmakers. A previous film adaptation was set up at New Line at one point with “Blade” director Stephen Norrington attached.

Source: Heat Vision

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First Trailer: Dwayne Johnson In “Rampage”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:22pm

New Line Cinema has unveiled the first trailer for “Rampage,” featuring Dwayne Johnson as a primatologist who must save the world from animals mutated into giant aggressive versions of themselves by a rogue genetic experiment.

As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, the race is on to secure an antidote to halt a global catastrophe and to save one of the fearsome creatures that was once his friend.

Based on the 1986 video game, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello, Malin Akerman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan also star in “Rampage” which opens in cinemas on April 20th 2018.

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Comcast Now Pursuing Fox’s Assets

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:16pm

NBC owner Comcast is reported looking to acquire some of 21st Century Fox’s assets reports CNBC, taking the place of Disney Pictures which was reportedly in talks for the same assets earlier this month.

Like that previous negotiation, the Comcast deal would be for 21st Century Fox and the Fox Television Production companies, and would NOT include Fox News, Fox Sports or the FOX channel. Talks are ongoing.

Like Disney, Comcast is under rules and can only own one broadcast network so FOX and FOX News are off the table to steer clear of antitrust laws. The site also reports that though Disney and Fox are not currently in talks, the deal is not dead on their end. Also Verizon Communications is said to be interested in acquiring parts of Fox.

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Teaser: “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:15pm

Sony Pictures Animation has released both the domestic and international versions of the first trailer for Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” which opens in cinemas on July 13th 2018.

In the new film Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury monster cruise ship so he can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel, and the rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist tagging along.

Then the unexpected happens as Drac falls for the intriguing-yet-dangerous captain of the ship. Balancing family, friends, and a budding romance might just be too much, even for the most powerful vampire.

The cast includes Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Johnny (Andy Samberg), Griffin the invisible man (David Spade), Wanda (Molly Shannon) & Wayne (Steve Buscemi) the werewolves, Murray the mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), Frank (Kevin James) and Eunice (Fran Drescher).

The new #HotelT3 trailer drops tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/vDvtTAwtz5

— Hotel Transylvania (@HotelT) November 15, 2017

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Trailer: Sally Potter’s “The Party”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:13pm

Roadside Attractions has unveiled the trailer for Sally Potter’s new dark comedy “The Party” which hits select theaters on February 16th.

Kristin Scott Thomas plays a woman hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband (Timothy Spall) seems preoccupied.

The woman’s acerbic best friend (Patricia Clarkson) arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by the husband provokes a series of revelations. Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer and Cillian Murphy co-star.

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FCC Repeals Decades-Old Rules Blocking Broadcast Media Mergers

/. - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:03pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Federal regulators rolled back decades-old rules on Thursday, making it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold -- potentially leading to more newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters being owned by a handful of companies. The regulations, eliminated in a 3-to-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, were first put in place in the 1970s to ensure that a diversity of voices and opinions could be heard on the air or in print. But now those rules represent a threat to small outlets that are struggling to survive in a vastly different media world, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. One long-standing rule repealed Thursday prevented one company in a given media market from owning both a daily newspaper and a TV station. Another rule blocked TV stations in the same market from merging with each other if the combination would leave fewer than eight independently owned stations. The agency also took aim at rules restricting the number of TV and radio stations that any media company could simultaneously own in a single market. A major beneficiary of the deregulatory moves, analysts say, is Sinclair, a conservative broadcasting company that is seeking to buy up Tribune Media for $3.9 billion.

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Endless Space 2 Modding Competition

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:57pm

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China Builds World's Fastest Hypersonic Wind Tunnel To Simulate Flight At 27,000 MPH

/. - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:20pm
schwit1 quotes a report from South China Morning Post: China is building the world's fastest wind tunnel to simulate hypersonic flight at speeds of up to 12 kilometers per second (~27,000 miles per hour). Zhao Wei, a senior scientist working on the project, said researchers aimed to have the facility up and running by around 2020 to meet the pressing demand of China's hypersonic weapon development program. "It will boost the engineering application of hypersonic technology, mostly in military sectors, by duplicating the environment of extreme hypersonic flights, so problems can be discovered and solved on the ground," said Zhao. The world's most powerful wind tunnel at present is America's LENX-X facility in Buffalo, New York state, which operates at speeds of up to 10 kilometers per second -- 30 times the speed of sound. Hypersonic aircraft are defined as vehicles that travel at speeds of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound, or above. In the new tunnel there will be a test chamber with room for relatively large aircraft models with a wing span of almost three meters. To generate an airflow at extremely high speeds, the researchers will detonate several tubes containing a mixture of oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen gases to create a series of explosions that can discharge one gigawatt of power within a split second, according to Zhao. The shock waves, channelled into the test chamber through a metallic tunnel, will envelope the prototype vehicle and increase the temperature over its body to 8,000 Kelvins, or 7,727 degrees Celsius, Zhao said. The new tunnel would also be used to test the scramjet, a new type of jet engine designed specifically for hypersonic flights. Traditional jet engines are not capable of handling air flows at such speeds.

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