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HBO Unveils “Spielberg” Documentary Trailer

Dark Horizons - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 5:20am

HBO has premiered the trailer for the feature-length documentary “Spielberg” which pulls back the curtain on the filmmaker’s remarkable career.

Award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy helms this in-depth look into the master director’s nearly five decades long filmography, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed over time.

Drawn from nearly thirty hours of exclusive interviews with the director, the work also includes insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues.

The doco debuts Saturday, October 7th exclusively on HBO and will be available through HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

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Are Companies Overhyping AI?

/. - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 3:30am
When it comes to artificial intelligence, "companies have been overselling the concept and otherwise normal people are taking the bait," writes Hackaday: Not to pick on Amazon, but all of the home assistants like Alexa and Google Now tout themselves as AI. By the most classic definition, that's true. AI techniques include matching natural language to predefined templates. That's really all these devices are doing today. Granted the neural nets that allow for great speech recognition and reproduction are impressive. But they aren't true intelligence nor are they even necessarily direct analogs of a human brain... The danger is that people are now getting spun up that the robot revolution is right around the corner... [N]othing in the state of the art of AI today is going to wake up and decide to kill the human masters. Despite appearances, the computers are not thinking. You might argue that neural networks could become big enough to emulate a brain. Maybe, but keep in mind that the brain has about 100 billion neurons and almost 10 to the 15th power interconnections. Worse still, there isn't a clear consensus that the neural net made up of the cells in your brain is actually what is responsible for conscious thought. There's some thought that the neurons are just control systems and the real thinking happens in a biological quantum computer... Besides, it seems to me if you build an electronic brain that works like a human brain, it is going to have all the problems a human brain has (years of teaching, distraction, mental illness, and a propensity for error). Citing the dire predictions of Elon Musk and Bill Gates, the article argues that "We are a relatively small group of people who have a disproportionate influence on what our friends, families, and co-workers think... We need to spread some sense into the conversation."

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Saudi Arabian Textbook Shows Yoda Joining The UN

/. - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:30pm
Long-time Slashdot reader Mikkeles quotes the BBC: Saudi Arabia's education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late King Faisal... The image, which shows the diminutive Jedi Master sitting beside King Faisal as he signs the UN Charter in 1945, was created by the Saudi artist Shaweesh. He told the BBC it was not yet clear how it had ended up in the textbook... The 2013 artwork, entitled United Nations (Yoda), is part of a series in which symbols of American pop culture -- ranging from Captain America to Darth Vader -- are superimposed onto archive photos of historical events... Shaweesh said he included Yoda because, like King Faisal, he was "wise, strong and calm". "Someone should have checked the image before printing," he added.

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Verse of the Day - Proverbs 10:24

Bible Verse of the Day - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:00pm

What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.

Proverbs 10:24

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

The wicked fear the triumph of goodness, holiness, and righteousness. They fear not being in control. They fear death overtaking them. The righteous desire the triumph of goodness, holiness, and righteousness. They offer their life to be controlled by the Holy Spirit of God. They recognize death is an enemy, but one that has been conquered by their Savior. In times like these, isn't it comforting to know that the fear of the wicked is really all the wicked can be sure of receiving!

My Prayer...

O LORD God, please bring your justice, mercy, and righteousness to triumph in the lives of all who seek after you and your will. Please make my heart more like yours in regard to evil and those who perpetuate it and stir in me a deeper passion to lead those to Christ who do not know you. 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.

Experian Criticized Over Credit-Freeze PIN Security and 'Dark Web' Scans

/. - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 7:30pm
Security researcher Brian Krebs complains that Experian's identity-protecting credit freezes are easily unfrozen online. An anonymous reader quotes the Verge: Experian makes it easy to undo a credit freeze, resetting a subject's PIN through an easily accessible account recovery page. That page only asks for a person's name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number...data [that] was compromised in the Equifax breach, as well as other breaches, so we can probably assume hackers possess this information. After entering that data, attackers then just have to enter an email address -- any email -- and answer a few security questions. That might not jump out as insecure; security questions exist for a reason. But the questions themselves are easy to answer, particularly if you know how to use the internet and a search bar. Krebs says sample questions include asking users to identify cities where they've previously lived and the people that resided with them. Much of that information is available through a person's own social media accounts, search engines, or Yellow Pages-like databases, including Spokeo and Zillow... In response to Krebs' report, Experian claims that it goes beyond the measures identified to authenticate users. "While we do not disclose those additional processes," said the company in a statement, "they include a broad array of checks that are not visible to the consumer." Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that Experian is also advertising a "free scan of the dark Web" which actually binds anyone who accepts it to their 17,600-word terms of service, as well as acceptance of "advertisements or offers" from financial products companies -- plus "an arbitration clause preventing you from suing the company" which a spokesperson acknowledges could remain in effect for several years.

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Inside Amazon's Warehouses: Thousands of Senior Citizens and the Occasional Robot Mishap

/. - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 5:30pm
Amazon aggressively recruited thousands of retirees living in mobile homes to migrate to Amazon's warehouses for seasonal work, according to a story shared by nightcats. Wired reports:From a hiring perspective, the RVers were a dream labor force. They showed up on demand and dispersed just before Christmas in what the company cheerfully called a "taillight parade." They asked for little in the way of benefits or protections. And though warehouse jobs were physically taxing -- not an obvious fit for older bodies -- recruiters came to see CamperForce workers' maturity as an asset. These were diligent, responsible employees. Their attendance rates were excellent. "We've had folks in their eighties who do a phenomenal job for us," noted Kelly Calmes, a CamperForce representative, in one online recruiting seminar... In a company presentation, one slide read, "Jeff Bezos has predicted that, by the year 2020, one out of every four workampers in the United States will have worked for Amazon." The article is adapted from a new book called "Nomadland," which also describes seniors in mobile homes being recruited for sugar beet harvesting and jobs at an Iowa amusement park, as well as work as campground hsots at various national parks. Many of them "could no longer afford traditional housing," especially after the financial downturn of 2008. But at least they got to hear stories from their trainers at Amazon about the occasional "unruly" shelf-toting "Kiva" robot: They told us how one robot had tried to drag a worker's stepladder away. Occasionally, I was told, two Kivas -- each carrying a tower of merchandise -- collided like drunken European soccer fans bumping chests. And in April of that year, the Haslet fire department responded to an accident at the warehouse involving a can of "bear repellent" (basically industrial-grade pepper spray). According to fire department records, the can of repellent was run over by a Kiva and the warehouse had to be evacuated.

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'Tetris' Recreated In Conway's 'Game of Life'

/. - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 3:29pm
In 1970 mathematician John Conway created rules for the "Game of Life," a now famous "zero-player game" where a grid of cells evolves (following Conway's rules) from an initial state proposed by the player. In 2013 someone challenged readers of StackExchange's "Programming Puzzles & Code Golf" section to devise an initial state "that will allow for the playing of a game of Tetris." An anonymous Slashdot reader reports that "This challenge sat around, gathering upvotes but no answer, for four years. Then, it was answered." Citing the work of seven contributors, a massive six-part response says their solution took one and a half years to create, and "began as a quest but ended as an odyssey." The team created their own assembly language, known as QFTASM (Quest for Tetris Assembly) for use within Conway's mathematical universe, and then also designed their own processor architecture, and eventually even a higher-level language that they named COGOL. Their StackExchange response includes a link to all of their code on GitHub, as well as to a page where you can run the code online. One StackExchange reader hailed the achievement as "the single greatest thing I've ever scrolled through while understanding very little."

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Spain's Crackdown on Catalonia Includes Internet Censorship

/. - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 2:30pm
Spain's autonomous Catalonia region wants to hold a referendum on independence next weekend. Spain's Constitutional Court insists that that vote is illegal, and has taken control of Catalonia's police force to try to stop the vote. They're deploying thousands of additional police officers and have seized nearly 10 million ballots. And now the Internet Society has gotten involved, according to an announcement shared by Slashdot reader valinor89: Measures restricting free and open access to the Internet related to the independence referendum have been reported in Catalonia. There have been reports that major telecom operators have been asked to monitor and block traffic to political websites, and following a court order, law enforcement has raided the offices of the .cat registry in Barcelona, examining a computer and arresting staff. We are concerned by reports that this court order would require a top-level domain (TLD) operator such as .cat to begin to block "all domains that may contain any kind of information about the referendum."

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Do Strongly Typed Languages Reduce Bugs?

/. - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 1:19pm
"Static vs dynamic typing is always one of those topics that attracts passionately held positions," writes the Morning Paper -- reporting on an "encouraging" study that attempted to empirically evaluate the efficacy of statically-typed systems on mature, real-world code bases. The study was conducted by Christian Bird at Microsoft's "Research in Software Engineering" group with two researchers from University College London. Long-time Slashdot reader phantomfive writes: This study looked at bugs found in open source Javascript code. Looking through the commit history, they enumerated the bugs that would have been caught if a more strongly typed language (like Typescript) had been used. They found that a strongly typed language would have reduced bugs by 15%. Does this make you want to avoid Python?

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Photos: De Niro, Pesci, Scorsese Film “Irishman”

Dark Horizons - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:22pm

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is in the midst of filming his mob drama “The Irishman” for Netflix, a big-budget project that sees the return of Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Scorsese for the first time together since 1995’s “Casino”.

This weekend, photos have emerged of the trio shooting scenes in New York, and fans of the director’s work will go giddy over the shots – especially of the seemingly out of retirement Pesci.

Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel also star in the film about Frank Sheeran, a mob hitman allegedly involved in the death Jimmy Hoffa. The project will notably use digital effects to de-age De Niro as it charts Sheeran’s life over a long period.

Filming is expected to continue through December ahead of a release on Netflix sometime in late 2018. For heaps more photos, check out The Daily Mail

Source: Chris Evangelista

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Palpatine Actor Doesn’t Want To Be Recast

Dark Horizons - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:58am

Speaking with BBC News this week, “Star Wars” veteran actor Ian McDiarmid admits that he doesn’t want anyone else playing the role of Emperor Palpatine in future films, and doesn’t know if he’ll be needed for future ones

The actor has taken on the role in all three prequels and the original trilogy entry “Return of the Jedi” where his character was seemingly killed. The character didn’t appear in ‘Rogue One’ and isn’t going to appear in the young Han Solo spin-off film, but there’s a chance he might appear in a future standalone:

“I suppose there must be a chance but I think you’d find out about it more quickly than I would. As far as the new films are concerned, I’m dead. There is no question about that. But there is what they call the anthology series and actually the most recent one, Rogue One, was about the time when I was in charge. I was referred to a few times, Darth Vader popped up, but you did not see me. Maybe they are keeping me as a surprise for later but I have no idea. Of course, I don’t want anyone else to play him.”

The character has been resurrected in comic form in the past and recently there was an unconfirmed rumor of an appearance in ‘The Last Jedi’ but not in a way you’d expect – a rumor that has since been dismissed.

In related news, Ron Howard has posted two photos from the currently filming “Han Solo” film, both shots likely tied to the Spice Mines of Kessel/Kessel Run sequence teased a few days ago.

Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy pic.twitter.com/AtNZPOkzFO

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 23, 2017

Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times.

A post shared by RealRonHoward (@realronhoward) on Sep 22, 2017 at 1:10pm PDT

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Liman Talks “Edge of Tomorrow 2” Intentions

Dark Horizons - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:55am

Still out doing press rounds for “American Made,” film director Doug Liman recently sat down with Yahoo Movies to talk a little bit more about “Live Die Repeat and Repeat,” the upcoming sequel to the well-regarded sci-fi hit “Edge of Tomorrow”.

Liman has never done a sequel in his career and admits he was apprehensive about returning, but it was the strong fan support and the story idea come up with by Cruise that convinced him to come back:

“Normally there are financial decisions behind making a sequel, but with this, it was just about us coming up with a story. Really, it’s not a world I was eager to go back to, because dealing with time travel can make your head hurt. But there was so much affection from fans of the movie — more than any of my other movies! — that Tom and I felt that we owed it to ourselves to at least think about what a sequel could be.”

Liman says he’s a bigger fan of the story idea for the follow-up than he is the original film:

“It picks up where the last one left off, but then we go backwards in time. I love it way more than the story of the original film.”

“Live Die Repeat and Repeat” still doesn’t have a production schedule or release date yet set.

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“X-Files” ‘Home’ Actress Returns In New Role

Dark Horizons - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:54am

Karin Konoval is returning to “The X-Files” albeit in a new role.

The acclaimed actress previously appeared on the series in 1996 in the show’s most infamous episode “Home” in which she played a mutant-breeding amputee kept under a bed.

The episode was so notoriously disturbing that FOX declined to re-air it for years, but it has since become one of the show’s most memorable hours.

In the new season, Konoval will play multiple roles in another scary entry with showrunner Chris Carter saying: “While Karen Konoval won’t be reprising her role as the mother-under-the-bed in the fan-favorite episode ‘Home,’ she will be returning in a tour-de-force performance in an early episode. Or, more accurately – performances.”

The ten-episode second season of the revival of “The X-Files,” the eleventh season overall, also guest stars Barbara Hershey and Brian Huskey. It will air sometime in 2018.

Source: EW

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Firth’s “Kingsman” Return Was To Be A Secret

Dark Horizons - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:53am

20th Century Fox certainly made no secret that Colin Firth’s seemingly shot in the head Harry Hart would be returning in the just released sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”.

First teased in the poster, the revelation of Harry’s survival was the ‘money shot’ of the teaser trailer and his presence has been used in all of the film’s marketing to date.

IGN asked the film’s director Matthew Vaughn about the decision to let this secret be revealed, and the director didn’t hold back on putting the blame squarely on the studio:

“Well, I’m not in charge of marketing. The thinking about that was stupidity, to be blunt. I begged the studio not to reveal it. Because it’s the whole driving force of the first act and if you didn’t know that scene it would’ve made the whole audience gasp. So you have to ask the lovely marketing guys because I think their job is to open the movie and don’t really care about the experience of the movie.”

Vaughn does go on to say the film was a learning lesson from him and should a third be made, he will do what he can to have more control over the marketing as well.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is now in cinemas.

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Monster Tease In “Godzilla” Sequel Set Photo

Dark Horizons - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:50am

Taking a break during the 69th day of filming on the sequel to the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, filmmaker Mike Dougherty has posted another photo tease from the set.

The photo shows a cockpit with a projection of Godzilla on a screen behind it, likely for the actor inside to react to.

In the film, the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a group of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah.

When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s existence hanging in the balance.

Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr. , Aisha Hinds, Zhang Ziyi and Ken Watanabe star. The film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019.

Day 69. @GodzillaMovie pic.twitter.com/fy4BvBTeic

— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) September 22, 2017

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Microsoft and Facebook Just Built a 4,000-Mile Cable Across the Pacfic Ocean

/. - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:39am
An anonymous reader quotes Popular Mechanics: Microsoft, Facebook and global telecommunication infrastructure company Telxius have completed the Marea subsea cable, the world's most technologically advanced undersea cable. The Marea crosses the Atlantic Ocean over 17,000 feet below the ocean's surface, connecting Virginia Beach with Bilbao, Spain. Over 4,000 miles (6,600 kilometers) long and weighing nearly 10.25 million pounds (4.65 million kilograms), the Marea can transmit up to 160 terabits of data per second, which Microsoft notes is "more than 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection, making it capable of streaming 71 million high-definition videos simultaneously." The undersea cable -- about 1.5 times the diameter of a garden hose -- contains eight pairs of fiber optic cables encircled by copper, a protective layer of hard plastic, and then waterproof coating. Its 4,000-mile route had to avoid everything from earthquake zones to active volcanoes. Cables under the Atlantic Ocean carry 55% more data than cables under the Pacific, Microsoft writes, adding that "the project highlights the increasing role of private companies in building the infrastructure of the future."

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