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Blue's News - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:45pm
Charter Urges Fire Victims to 'Dig Through Rubble' For Cable Box. DirecTV Now Users Have to Beg FCC to Get Refunds From AT&T. GoDaddy Revokes Nearly 9,000 SSL Certificates. Thanks j.c.f. When home...

Evening Tech Bits

Blue's News - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:45pm
Oracle VM VirtualBox version 5.1.14. Thanks Ant.

Evening Safety Dance

Blue's News - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:45pm
It?s shockingly easy to hijack a Samsung SmartCam camera - Ars Technica

Evening Legal Briefs

Blue's News - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:45pm
Chelsea Manning?s 35-year sentence commuted by Obama. United States FTC Charges Qualcomm with Antitrust Violations over Cellular Modem Patents & Technology. Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial...

Richard Armitage Joins “Ocean’s Eight” Cast

Dark Horizons - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:09pm

“The Hobbit” and “Spooks” actor Richard Armitage has joined the cast of the Gary Ross-directed female-driven caper film “Ocean’s Eight” at Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Details of his character are being kept under wraps. He joins a cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and James Corden.

Ross wrote the script with Olivia Milch, while Steven Soderbergh is producing.

Source: Deadline

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Seinfeld Teams With Netflix For “Coffee,” Specials

Dark Horizons - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:08pm

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has signed a multifaceted production deal with streaming giant Netflix that will see the entire 59 episode library of his award-winning Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” moving over to the streamer.

Additionally, 24 new episodes are on the way and he’s also set to film two new stand-up specials – all exclusively for Netflix. Seinfeld also will help develop scripted and unscripted programming for the company.

Additional elements of the pact will be announced later but industry analysts peg its value at around $100 million all up. The new ‘Comedians’ episodes will roll out globally starting this year with subsequent episodes in 2018 and beyond. The first of the stand-up specials will bow later this year.

Netflix has aggressively entered the stand-up space recently with new specials from Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari on the way.

Hulu remains the streaming home for Seinfeld’s former NBC comedy “Seinfeld”.

Source: The Live Feed

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Paul Dano Joins Cockpit-Set “7500”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:07pm

Paul Dano has signed on for Augenschein-Filmproduktion’s psychological thriller “7500” which takes place entirely in the cockpit of a plane during a normal commercial flight from Berlin to Paris.

Dano plays co-pilot Tobias Ellis whose smooth flight is interrupted by screams which can be heard from the cabin. A group of young men then try to enter the cockpit armed with glass bottles and he might fight and then negotiate with his attackers for the sake of all on board his Airbus A319.

Short filmmaker Patrick Vollrath (“Everything Will Be Okay”) will helm the film while Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo will produce. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer in Germany.

Source: Deadline

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Archie Bunker Makes Portal Reference in 1974.

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:05pm

"This phrase was over-used 30 years before the game came out."

35yrs Of Cyberwar, The Squirrels are Winning - Shmoocon 2017

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:04pm

"@CyberSquirrel1 presents an abbreviated version of 35yrs Of Cyberwar, The Squirrels are Winning at Shmoocon 2017."

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Best Vintage Game Console for Classic Arcade Games?

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:01pm

"... I'm often asked which game console or home computer to buy. In this episode, I'll compare many of the consoles to find out which one is best for playing early arcade classics."

AT&T Shuts Down 2G Network, Ends Cellular Connectivity For Original iPhone

/. - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:45pm
ATT yesterday announced that its 2G wireless network was officially shut down on January 1, 2017. Since the network is no longer active, it means that, as the Verge points out, the original first-generation iPhone (also known as the iPhone 2G) will no longer receive cellular service from ATT's network. If you still happen to use an iPhone 2G, it may be time to upgrade or list it on eBay. Mac Rumors reports: Few people appear to have been using the original iPhone as there were no complaints from iPhone owners two weeks ago when the network was shuttered, but going forward, customers who keep the device as part of a collection will only be able to use it on WiFi. Originally released in June of 2007 and discontinued in 2008, the first iPhone was made obsolete by Apple back in 2013, and it has not received software updates since the 2009 release of iPhone OS 3, later renamed iOS 3. According to ATT, shutting down its 2G network frees up valuable spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G. ATT says the spectrum will be repurposed for LTE.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

VOTD: John McTiernan’s “Ghost Recon” Promo

Dark Horizons - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:11pm

The other week Ubisoft quietly released online ‘The Red Dot,’ a commercial for its upcoming video game “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands”. The 90-second self-contained short film is surprisingly coherent, cohesive, and even stylish – something a live-action commercial for a video game hasn’t been in some time.

Vulture has now uncovered why that is – it marks “Die Hard,” “Predator” and “The Hunt for Red October” director John McTiernan’s first filmed project in fourteen years – his first since 2003’s “Basic” starring John Travolta.

The outlet claims McTiernan shot a second commercial for the game with more traditional action. Several potential features are on his plate with an announcement about one apparently imminent.

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Blockchain Technology Could Save Banks $12 Billion a Year

/. - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:05pm
Mickeycaskill quotes a report from Accenture research has found Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce infrastructure costs by an average of 30 percent for eight of the world's ten biggest banks. That equates to annual cost savings of $8-12 billion. The findings of the "Banking on Blockchain: A Value Analysis for Investment Banks" report are based on an analysis of granular cost data from the eight banks to identify exactly where value could be achieved. A vast amount of cost for today's investment banks comes from complex data reconciliation and confirmation processes with their clients and counterparts, as banks maintain independent databases of transactions and customer information. However, Blockchain would enable banks to move to a shared, distributed database that spans multiple organizations. It has become increasingly obvious in recent months that blockchain will be key to the future of the banking industry, with the majority of banks expected to adopt the technology within the next three years.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Verizon Looking To Buy Comcast or Charter, Says Report

/. - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:20pm
"Two well-placed sources" told The New York Post that Verizon is considering purchasing a big cable company to help it grow demand for its wireless data products. The source said the most likely targets would be "Charter or Comcast." New York Post reports: Verizon Chief Executive Lowell McAdam may be getting ready to answer rival ATT's moves to buy DirecTV and Time Warner. To be sure, Verizon is not in talks with any cable company and may not ever make such a move. Still, McAdam has been under pressure recently with Verizon's deal to acquire Yahoo still a question mark months after two major hacks of the internet portal were revealed. The wireless giants operate on 4G wireless networks but are preparing to become a real alternative to the cable company with phone, TV and data services. To do that more effectively, the phone companies are pouring money into 5G connections that can work with cable systems to provide more stable coverage for consumers. McAdam has already given Wall Street analysts and investors big hints that he's looking at a combination with, say, a Charter Communications. In a mid-December meeting with Wall Street analysts, McAdam said a get-together between the two "makes industrial sense." Three weeks later, at CES, his comments to friends make it clear that cable distribution is a path he is exploring, perhaps more seriously than first thought. "For regulatory reasons, Verizon can't dominate in FiOS and cable, so it appears to have to set its sights on cable," an industry source said. Charter could be a seller under the right conditions, the source added, emphasizing that Malone and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge are just getting going on their vision for Charter.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ambulances In Sweden Will Be Able To Hijack Car Radios During Emergencies

/. - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:40pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: The Swedish government wants to make it impossible to be caught off guard by a speeding ambulance. Sure, their sirens are loud -- but soon they'll be able to take over your car's radio. Swedish students at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a way for emergency vehicles to transit radio signals to warn other vehicles of an approaching truck. It's called the EVAM System, according to, and it's designed to send a signal over a specific FM radio band that'll interrupt music or radio and display a test message over the system's tuner display -- so long as the car is equipped with a Radio Data System (RDS). The number of crashes caused by muted sirens is on the rise, Florian Curinga, one of the students working on the project, said. That's because of improved sound insulation in cars. Emergency vehicles in Stockholm will begin testing the system this year. The EVAM System can also predict how far in advance the message needs to be broadcast, depending on traffic speed, according to It may also be helpful in warning drivers about upcoming accidents, the students added. EVAM will work on two-thirds of all vehicles on the road, Curinga said. All drivers need to do is have their radio systems turned on. If a message is broadcast then, they'll see it -- and hear it -- from the tuner.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence

/. - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:00pm
The New York Times is reporting that President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence. What this translates to is a reduced sentence for Manning, from 35 years to just over seven years. Since Manning has already served a majority of those years, she is due to be released from federal custody on May 17th. The Verge reports: While serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, Manning leaked more than 700,000 documents to Wikileaks, including video of a 2007 airstrike in Baghdad that killed two Reuters employees. In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her role in the leak and has been held at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth for the past three years. Julian Assange, who has long been sought by U.S. and EU authorities for extradition on Swedish rape charges, had previously pledged to surrender himself to U.S. authorities if Manning was pardoned. Born Bradley Manning, Chelsea announced her gender transition the day after the verdict was handed down. "I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female," she said in a statement. "Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible." Obtaining the resulting medical treatments was extremely difficult for Manning, and was the subject of significant and sustained activism. After a lawsuit, Manning was approved for hormone therapy in 2015. In September 2016, she launched a hunger strike, demanding access to gender reassignment surgery; the military complied five days later.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Toys Reveal Ego’s Look In “Guardians Vol. 2”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:37pm

Funko has offered a first look at Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet character from James Gunn’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” from Marvel Studios. Check out the images below:

The character has yet to be revealed in any photo or trailer, so these Funko pop and Dorbz figures are our first real glimpse of him. In the comics, Ego the Living Planet looks like a planet but in the film he has taken human form though as he reveals he’s obviously not human.

In related news, Karen Gillan confirmed to the BBC that along with her work in the “Jumanji” remake and reprising the role of Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” she also will reprise the latter role in a side project: “I’ll be making a little appearance in the next Avengers movies.”

She also discussed more about what is happening with her character in the second “Guardians” film:

“What I love about the second movie for Nebula in particular is that we get – We know that she’s a pretty angry woman with some daddy issues. [But] in the second movie, we’re going to start to see how much pain her father actually caused her, and we’re going to delve right into the relationship with her sister Gamora. I think we might even feel a tinge of sympathy towards Nebula this time, because we really start to see the emotional crack in her character. I was just allowed to completely explore that and take it to a completely different dimension with her. I was really happy about that.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hits cinemas May 5th.

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Maisie Williams To Voice Aardman’s “Early Man”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:21pm

Aardman Animations and StudioCanal have announced today that “Game of Thrones” alum Maisie Williams has been cast in Nick Park’s highly-anticipated new prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man”.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne), along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game.

Maisie will voice Goona, a gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends Dug and steers him through the clash of the civilisations. Tom Hiddleston is also onboard.

The project is Nick Park’s first feature film since “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”. Cameras are currently rolling in Bristol.

Source: Aardman Animations

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