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FAA Warns More Drones Are Flying Near Airports

/. - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 11:34am
Between February and September of 2016, there were 1,274 reports of drones near airports -- versus just 874 for the same period in 2015, according to newly-released FAA research. "The report detailed more than 1,200 incidents of airplane pilots, law enforcement, air traffic controllers, and U.S. citizens reporting drones flying in places they shouldn't," writes Fortune. An anonymous reader quotes their report: One of takeaway of the report was that while the FAA has received several reports from pilots that drones may have hit their aircraft, the administration was unable to verify any such claim. "Every investigation has found the reported collisions were either birds, impact with other items such as wires and posts, or structural failure not related to colliding with an unmanned aircraft," the FAA said in a statement... Although a drone hasn't smashed into an airplane yet, the FAA "wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time," the FAA said.

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“Doctor Who” Series 10 Teaser Trailer

Dark Horizons - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 11:17am

The teaser trailer for the tenth series of “Doctor Who” has arrived and doesn’t give much away.

The specially made clip doesn’t show footage from the new episodes, instead it teases the threesome that makes up the new season’s cast along with some of the enemies we’ll see – most notably a glimpse of a female Ice Warrior.

This twelve episode run precedes a Christmas special which will serve as star Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat’s final work on the show. Chris Chibnall is set to succeed Moffat, no word on Capaldi’s replacement as yet.

The new season kicks off on April 15th.

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Severe IE 11 Bug Allows 'Persistent JavaScript' Attacks

/. - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 10:34am
An anonymous reader writes: New research published today shows how a malicious website owner could show a constant stream of popups, even after the user has left his site, or even worse, execute any kind of persistent JavaScript code while the user is on other domains. In an interview, the researcher who found these flaws explains that this flaw is an attacker's dream, as it could be used for: ad fraud (by continuing to load ads even when the user is navigating other sites), zero-day attacks (by downloading exploit code even after the user has left the page), tech support scams (by showing errors and popups on legitimate and reputable sites), and malvertising (by redirecting users later on, from other sites, even if they leave the malicious site too quickly). This severe flaw in the browser security model affects only Internet Explorer 11, which unfortunately is the second most used browser version, after Chrome 55, with a market share of over 10%. Even worse for IE11 users, there's no fix available for this issue because the researcher has decided to stop reporting bugs to Microsoft after they've ignored many of his previous reports. For IE11 users, a demo page is available here.

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“Get Out” On Course For $28M Weekend

Dark Horizons - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 10:13am

In a beautiful moment of critical and commercial synergy, comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out” is not only scoring astonishing reviews but is looking to easily take the crown at the U.S. box-office this weekend.

Budgeted at just $4.5 million, the film earned $10.8 million on Friday and is headed toward a three-day opening of $28.5 million – easily topping the weekend. On top of that it marks the rare film that, with 132 reviews counted so far, has scored an astonishing 100% on Rotten Tomatoes – a feat only three other modern films have done (“Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “The Terminator”).

With an RT average score of 8.3/10 and a Metacritic score of 83/100, the film is guaranteed to sit very high on year end lists. “Get Out” is also going far better than the other two newcomers – the Chinese-American film “Rock Dog” is headed for $3.5 million and the Nicolas Hoult getaway thriller “Collide” for just $1.5 million over the three days.

The rest of the Top 5 at the box-office looks to be “The Lego Batman Movie,” “John Wick: Chapter Two,” “The Great Wall” and “Fifty Shades Darker”.

Source: Variety

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AMC’s “Walking Dead” To Have A Long Life

Dark Horizons - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 10:13am

AMC Networks, reporting on its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, says that despite the roller coaster ratings issues with “The Walking Dead,” the mega popular zombie series’ future with the network is set for years to come.

The series holds the crown as the No. 1 show on television with the key 18-49 demographic and shows no signs of giving it up. It also remains a primary driver of revenue and attention for the cable network.

AMC CEO Josh Sapan says: “The show continues to have creative strength and command a large and loyal audience, which has in turn attracted ad revenue to our great benefit…’The Walking Dead’ is a franchise that will deliver ancillary revenues over different distribution platforms for many years to come as it does today, and we believe it will have a long life that accrues to our strategic position and financial benefit.”

The series, currently in the midst of airing the back half of its seventh season, and has at least several seasons more worth of material from the ongoing comic to exploit.

Source: THR

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$10K Package Of Super Nintendo Games Finally Found By Post Office

/. - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 9:34am
A project to preserve (and validate) every Super Nintendo game ROM had been derailed when the post office lost a package containing 100 games from the PAL region. But now Byuu, the creator of the Higan SNES emulator, reports that the package has been found. An anonymous reader writes: Thursday Byuu finally posted photos of the unboxing for the package that was shipped to him January 5th. "I'd like to offer my sincerest apologies to the USPS for assuming the worst in that these games were stolen. I should not have been so hasty to assume malicious intent." At the same time, Byuu writes that "My package was sitting in Atlanta, GA for well over a month with my address clearly visible right on the box. Had this case not been escalated to the media, it likely would have gone up for auction in a bin with other electronics sometime in March." Byuu is now refunding donations he'd received to replace the missing games, and says he can now also resume work on the SNES Preservation Project. And going forward, according to Eurogamer, "Byuu has said he will be more cautious with shipping games in the future -- only using smaller shipments, or buying individual games to scan and archive then selling them on to get some money back."

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Thompson On Her “Love Actually” Reunion Absence

Dark Horizons - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 9:13am

One of the most notable absences from the cast list for the “Love Actually” reunion short film is that of actress Emma Thompson.

May of the original stars such as Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth are all returning for the ten-minute piece which will air as part of British charity’s Comic Relief event and is being penned and directed by the original film’s writer/director Richard Curtis.

Thompson, out doing press for “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend, says it was ‘too soon’ to be involved since the death of actor Alan Rickman last year. Rickman and Thompson shared scenes together in the original as a long married couple whose relationship changes for the worse after her husband begins a flirtatious affair with his secretary.

Thompson told the Press Association that Curtis reached out to her while planning the reunion film and said he couldn’t do it:

“Richard wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, we can’t write anything for you because of Alan,’ and I said, ‘No, of course, it would be sad, too sad’. It’s too soon. It’s absolutely right because it’s supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, just over a year ago.”

The short film will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on March 24th:

Source: Variety

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“Get Out” Star Kaluuya Joins “Widows”

Dark Horizons - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:49am

“Get Out” leading man Daniel Kaluuya has been set to star in “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen’s “Widows” remake at New Regency, Film4 and See-Saw Films.

“Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn will co-write the script adaptation with McQueen based on Lynda LaPlante’s iconic 1983 British miniseries.

The original followed four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their tough as nails widows to finish the job.

Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo are already aboard. Kaluuya is currently shooting Marvel’s “Black Panther” and will star in the Michael Fassbender-produced “The Kitchen” which he wrote.

Source: Deadline

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“Smurfs” Preview Includes New Trainor Song

Dark Horizons - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:42am

Sony Pictures Animation has released a new promo for “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” this one featuring Meghan Trainor’s new song “I’m a Lady” which is used in the film. Trainor will be voicing the new character SmurfMelody and will be releasing the full music video on Friday, March 3rd.

In this fully animated feature, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

In the process they’ll discover of the biggest secret in Smurf history. Kelly Asbury helms the film which features the voices of Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter as SmurfLily, with Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf and Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow.

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” opens in cinemas from April 7th 2017.

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Are Your Slack Conversations Really Private and Secure?

/. - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:34am
An anonymous reader writes: "Chats that seem to be more ephemeral than email are still being recorded on a server somewhere," reports Fast Company, noting that Slack's Data Request Policy says the company will turn over data from customers when "it is compelled by law to do so or is subject to a valid and binding order of a governmental or regulatory body...or in cases of emergency to avoid death or physical harm to individuals." Slack will notify customers before disclosure "unless Slack is prohibited from doing so," or if the data is associated with "illegal conduct or risk of harm to people or property." The article also warns that like HipChat and Campfire, Slack "is encrypted only at rest and in transit," though a Slack spokesperson says they "may evaluate" end-to-end encryption at some point in the future. Slack has no plans to offer local hosting of Slack data, but if employers pay for a Plus Plan, they're able to access private conversations. Though Slack has 4 million users, the article points out that there's other alternatives like Semaphor and open source choices like Wickr and Mattermost. I'd be curious to hear what Slashdot readers are using at their own workplaces -- and how they feel about the privacy and security of Slack?

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Gerard Butler Practices A “Shade of Magic”

Dark Horizons - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:21am

Gerard Butler is on board to produce a film adaptation of Victoria Schwab’s young fantasy novel “A Darker Shade of Magic” which Sony Pictures is in negotiations to acquire following an intense bidding war.

The story centers on Kell, a magician who has the ability to travel between four parallel universes connected by one magical city, in this case London – Grey London where magic is a myth, Red London where it is revered, White London where magic is battled over, and Black London where magic has overpowered the people.

When Kell meets Delilah Bard, a London pickpocket, he’s whisked into a universe-hopping adventure. The book marks the first in a trilogy of novels that could lead to a potential film franchise. Neal Moritz, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson will also produce.

Butler has the action films “Geostorm” and “Hunter Killer” on the way later this year.

Source: THR

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CBS Cancels “Doubt” After Two Episodes

Dark Horizons - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:15am

In a refreshing change, CBS’ legal drama “Doubt” has become the first series of the 2016-17 TV season to be officially cancelled by a major broadcast network.

The midseason show starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox aired just two episodes of the thirteen that were produced, but the network has already pulled the plug following poor reviews and even worse ratings. It’s unclear when of if the remaining eleven completed episodes will air.

The series will be replaced by a repeat of “Bull” next Wednesday, with the new season of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” taking over the slot the following week.

The outright axing marks a welcome straightforward end to a series for this season. Numerous other new series that have failed to launch have had order episodes ‘trimmed’ and are effectively dead, but haven’t been officially cancelled just yet such as “Conviction,” “Frequency,” “Notorious” and “No Tomorrow”. This leaves many of those involved in those shows in contractual limbo and unable to move onto other gigs.

Source: The Live Feed

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Java and Python FTP Attacks Can Punch Holes Through Firewalls

/. - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 7:34am
"The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks," reports CSO Online. itwbennett writes: Last weekend security researcher Alexander Klink disclosed an interesting attack where exploiting an XML External Entity vulnerability in a Java application can be used to send emails. At the same time, he showed that this type of vulnerability can be used to trick the Java runtime to initiate FTP connections to remote servers. After seeing Klink's exploit, Timothy Morgan, a researcher with Blindspot Security, decided to disclose a similar attack that works against both Java's and Python's FTP implementations. "But his attack is more serious because it can be used to punch holes through firewalls," writes Lucian Constantin in CSO Online. "The Java and Python developers have been notified of this problem, but until they fix their FTP client implementations, the researcher advises firewall vendors to disable classic mode FTP translation by default..." reports CSO Online. "It turns out that the built-in implementation of the FTP client in Java doesn't filter out special carriage return and line feed characters from URLs and actually interprets them. By inserting such characters in the user or password portions of an FTP URL, the Java FTP client can be tricked to execute rogue commands..."

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Offline kits customization, kit loadouts and other minor updates

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 7:16am

BF2142 "project remaster" is getting closer to a release every day, so our team hope we can still count on your patient and we hope we wont disappoint you in the end.

Lordbound - State of the Mod - February 2017

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 6:45am

The February update on Lordbound, detailing our production in the past month. From our new audio pipeline, to main storyline progress and a sneak peek at our new interior and exterior areas.

Al Gore Sells $29.5 Million In Apple Stock

/. - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 5:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday reveals Apple board member Al Gore this week sold 215,437 shares of Apple stock (APPL) worth about $29.5 million. Gore's stock sale, which was accomplished in multiple trades ranging from $136.4 to $137.12 on Wednesday, nearly matches a $29.6 million purchase of Apple shares made in 2013. When Gore bought the stock batch more than four years ago, he exercised Apple's director stock option to acquire 59,000 shares at a price of about $7.48 per share, costing him approximately $441,000. This was pre-split AAPL, so shares were valued at $502.68 each. Following today's sale, Gore owns 230,137 shares of Apple stock worth $31.5 million at the end of trading on Friday.

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New Gameplay Video + (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 2:22am

Almost 6000 views + hitting Rank 17(Wow) a few days ago. Thank you everyone for the support. This articles cover most of the FAQ and will also be updated from time to time.

Arizona Bill Would Make Students In Grades 4-12 Participate Once In An Hour of Code

/. - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 2:00am
theodp writes: Christopher Silavong of Cronkite News reports: "A bill, introduced by [Arizona State] Sen. John Kavanagh [R-Fountain Hills] would mandate that public and charter schools provide one hour of coding instruction once between grades 4 to 12. Kavanagh said it's critical for students to learn the language -- even if it's only one session -- so they can better compete for jobs in today's world. However, some legislators don't believe a state mandate is the right approach. Senate Bill 1136 has passed the Senate, and it's headed to the House of Representatives. Kavanagh said he was skeptical about coding and its role in the future. But he changed his mind after learning that major technology companies were having trouble finding domestic coders and talking with his son, who works at a tech company." According to the Bill, the instruction can "be offered by either a nationally recognized nonprofit organization [an accompanying Fact Sheet mentions tech-backed] that is devoted to expanding access to computer science or by an entity with expertise in providing instruction to pupils on interactive computer instruction that is aligned to the academic standards."

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SupCom2 0 1 3 Mod New Version Coming Soon, 1v1 Preview Cast by StealSpeaks and the Mod Creator!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 9:46pm

Hey everyone, just wanted to let people know we're only about a week away from releasing an updated version of the mod. If you'd like to help out with last minute beta testing, or get a preview of what the new version will be like to get a bit of practice before the official release, please join our Discord Channel (linked in the main article below)! In addition a new livecast by SupCom2 YouTuber MrStealUrGirl has been posted to preview a competitive 1v1 game between members of the mod team.
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