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Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:19pm
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Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:19pm
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First "Batman v Superman" Posters Arrive

Dark Horizons - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:18pm

With the trailer already released, filmmaker Zack Snyder has posted out the first official one-sheets for his upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" film opening next March. The design choice is unexpected, best described as "street pop art" in style rather than your usual photoshopped floating heads style deal. Check them out below:

"Rogue One" Story Details Confirmed

Dark Horizons - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:18pm

Both Kathleen Kennedy and the official "Star Wars" Twitter account has confirmed a long standing rumor - that the upcoming spin-off film "Star Wars: Rogue One" will be a direct prequel to the original 1977 "Star Wars". Kennedy made the announcement at the "Star Wars Celebration" convention in Anaheim two hours ago.

Set between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope," the film will follow a group of rebels banding together to steal plans for the original Death Star. Felicity Jones remains the only confirmed actor at this point in the film, she'll play a Rebel soldier.

The stand alone spin-off films, of which at least three are planned, have also scored a new moniker - the "Star Wars Anthology" films and will include 'Anthology' in the title to differentiate them from the main series.

Gareth Edwards directs the film which will hit cinemas late 2016. Speaking at the panel, Edwards says: "It comes down to a group of individuals that don't have magic powers, that have to bring hope to the galaxy. It's about the fact that god's not coming to save us, and we're on our own. The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent in the film. It hangs over the whole movie."

A 'proof of concept' teaser was also screened and cam versions of it can be found on Youtube. It features Obi-Wan's 'before the dark times' lines from "A New Hope" and shows a lush jungle planet with a large moon in the background - the moon is revealed to be the Death Star. Then comes the title which breaks up like static as shouting and screams can be heard over comm channels.

Check out some concept art from the project below:

Rogue One concept art!

— Bryan Bishop (@bcbishop) April 19, 2015

Source: The Verge

Full Trailer: "Fantastic Four"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:18pm

20th Century Fox has unveiled the full trailer for its upcoming reboot of the "Fantastic Four" franchise. Conveying the general plot of the film about the group's cracking inter dimensional travel, the new trailer puts the gang's powers front and center (as opposed to the teaser which hides it). There's also a first glimpse at Doctor Doom:

Fox has also unveiled the new poster for the film which features the team together, facing the camera this time.

Two More "Jurassic World Posters

Dark Horizons - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:18pm

Universal continues unveiling more posters from the upcoming "Jurassic World" movie. Following the Bryce Dallas Howard and Indominus Rex one on Friday, they've now unveiled one with Chris Pratt's Owen Grady and his velociraptors, along with another boasting the gigantic sea-bound Mosasaurus. Both one sheets come ahead of the new trailer for the film which is slated to debut tomorrow.

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How Publishing Upstart Mendeley Weathered Revolt and Became Part of the Paywall

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:04pm
Lashdots writes At Fast Company, Tina Amritha writes about the controversial rise of reference manager startup Mendeley, which inspired revolt among its users when it announced in 2013 it was being acquired by scholarly publishing conglomerate Elsevier. "Seeing that some of our most vocal advocates thought we had sold them out felt awful," CEO Victor Henning said recently over a tea in Amsterdam, where Elsevier, Mendeley's parent company, is headquartered. "I had steeled myself for some pretty violent reactions beforehand. After all, I was aware of Elsevier's reputation and the mistakes they had made."... Elsevier, like other large publishers, loathed Mendeley's open model; In 2013, it had forced Mendeley to remove its titles from its database. The thinking behind its acquisition of Mendeley—for a sum rumored to between $69 million and $100 million—was simple: to squash the threat Mendeley posed to its traditional subscription model, and to own the ecosystem that Mendeley had constructed, with its valuable data on the behavior of millions of researchers. But Henning contends, "We've kept the promises we made when we began."

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Mad Max Power Wheels are here!

"... Oh what a lovely day! In partnership with ThinkGeek, Nerdist Presents the Mad Max: Fury Road themed Power Wheels Desert Drifters! ..."

Computer Beats Humans At Arimaa

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:31pm
An anonymous reader writes A computer engine has beaten humans at Arimaa, an abstract strategy game, in the official human–computer challenge of the year. Sharp, as the bot is called, had to beat each of three strong human players in a best 2-out-3 contest and managed to sweep the first two rounds, thereby already guaranteeing victory. Its developer David Wu will receive a $12,000 prize, contingent on him submitting a paper describing the program to the International Computer Games Association.

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Oklahoma Says It Will Now Use Nitrogen Gas As Its Backup Method of Execution

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 2:18pm
schwit1 writes Yesterday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that approves the use of nitrogen gas for executions in the state. The method, which would effectively asphyxiate death row inmates by forcing them to breathe pure nitrogen through a gas mask, is meant to be the primary alternative to lethal injection, the Washington Post reports. Fallin and other supporters of the procedure say it's pain-free and effective, noting that the nitrogen would render inmates unconscious within ten seconds and kill them in minutes. It's also cheap: state representatives say the method only requires a nitrogen tank and a gas mask, but financial analysts say its impossible to give precise figures, the Post reports. Oklahoma's primary execution method is still lethal injection, but the state's procedure is currently under review by the Supreme Court. Earlier this week, Tennessee suspended executions statewide following challenges to its own lethal injection protocol.

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Mandelbrot Zooms Now Surpass the Scale of the Observable Universe

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 1:22pm
StartsWithABang writes You're used to real numbers: that is, numbers that can be expressed as a decimal, even if it's an arbitrarily long, non-repeating decimal. There are also complex numbers, which are numbers that have a real part and also an imaginary part. The imaginary part is just like the real part, but is also multiplied by i, or the square root of -1. It's a simple definition: the Mandelbrot set consists of every possible complex number, n, where the sequence n, n^2 + n, (n^2 + n)^2 + n, etc.—where each new term is the prior term, squared, plus n—does not go to either positive or negative infinity. The scale of zoom visualizations now goes well past the limits of the observable Universe, with no signs of loss of complexity at all.

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Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:27pm
River Tam writes The next version of Chrome, Chrome 43, promises to take out some of the work website owners — such as news publishers — would have to do if they were to enable HTTPS. The feature might be helpful for publishers migrating legacy HTTP web content to HTTPS when that old content can't or is difficult to be modified. The issue crops up when a new HTTPS page includes a resource, like an image, from an HTTP URL. That insecure resource will cause Chrome to flag an 'mixed-content warning' in the form of a yellow triangle over the padlock.

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If Earth Never Had Life, Continents Would Be Smaller

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 11:20am
sciencehabit writes It may seem counterintuitive, but life on Earth, even with all the messy erosion it creates, keeps continents growing. Presenting here this week at the annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union, researchers say it's the erosion itself that makes the difference in continental size. Plant life, for example, can root its way through rock, breaking rocks into sediment. The sediments, like milk-dunked cookies, carry liquid water in their pores, which allows more water to be recycled back into Earth's mantle. If not enough water is present in the mantle about 100 to 200 km deep to keep things flowing, continental production decreases. The authors built a planetary evolution model to show how these processes relate and found that if continental weathering and erosion rates decreased, at first the continents would remain large. But over time, if life never evolved on Earth, not enough water would make its way to the mantle to help produce more continental crust, and whatever continents there were would then shrink. Now, continents cover 40% of the planet. Without life, that coverage would shrink to 30%. In a more extreme case, if life never existed, the continents might only cover 10% of Earth.

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Whoah, Small Spender! Steam Sets Limits For Users Who Spend Less Than $5

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 10:30am
As GameSpot reports, Valve has implemented a policy that reduces the privileges of Steam users unless those users have spent $5 through the service. Along the same lines as suggestions to limit spam by imposing a small fee on emails, the move is intended to reduce resource abuse as a business model. From the article: "Malicious users often operate in the community on accounts which have not spent any money, reducing the individual risk of performing the actions they do," Valve said. "One of the best pieces of information we can compare between regular users and malicious users are their spending habits as typically the accounts being used have no investment in their longevity. Due to this being a common scenario we have decided to restrict certain community features until an account has met or exceeded $5.00 USD in Steam." Restricted actions include sending invites, opening group chats, and taking part in the Steam marketplace.

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How Uber Surge Pricing Really Works

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 9:16am
minstrelmike writes with this analysis from Nicholas Diakopoulos of the Washington Post: At the core of Uber's wild success and market valuation of over $41 billion is its data and algorithmically fueled approach to matching supply and demand for cars. It's classic economics, supposedly....but is Uber's surge pricing algorithm really doing what they claim? Do surge prices really get more cars on the road? My analysis suggests that rather than motivating a fresh supply of drivers, surge pricing instead re-distributes drivers already on the road. Adds minstrelmike: The writer goes on to analyze 4 weeks of pricing info from 5 areas in D.C. and plotted prices versus wait times. "Price surging can work in any of three ways: by reducing demand for cars (less people want a car for a higher price), by creating new supply (providing an incentive for new drivers to hit the roads), or by shifting supply (drivers) to areas of higher demand." It moves current drivers from one side of town to the other. It does not put new drivers on the road. It can't because the prices change every 3-5 minutes."

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Star Wars Battlefront Game Trailer Is So Realistic It Looks Like Movie Footage

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:13am
MojoKid writes It has been a tremendous week for Star Wars fans. First we got to see Han Solo and Chewbacca make an emotional reappearance in the newest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (the second official trailer Disney has put out). Now, Electronic Arts is treating us to a visual smorgasbord of cinema-quality footage showing the forthcoming Star Wars Battlefront game. Battlefront will support to up 40 players divided between the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire, all shooting it out and playing with some of the coolest Star Wars vehicles and weapons around. We're talking jetpacks, AT-AT war machines, AT-STs, TIE Fighters, X-wings, and more. Though the trailer allegedly shows actually "game engine footage," it's questionable whether or not it's actual gameplay or just pre-rendered cut scenes from the game engine. Either way, it's still pretty impressive.

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