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Blue's News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:21pm
Link of the Day: How to see the Orionids, the biggest meteor shower of the season.

James Wan Says “Aquaman” Is A Swashbuckler

Dark Horizons - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:13pm

In the wake of the negative “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad” critical reaction, the DC Universe is lightening up with “Justice League” and “The Flash” both expected to take on a much more humorous tone, while “Wonder Woman” will be more of a period adventure tale.

James Wan’s “Aquaman” film is following the latter’s template it seems with the director telling ET Online that the new film will be a ocean-going adventure tale with a tone inspired by some of the biggest films of the 1980s:

“I kind of don’t want to give too much away but know this: The spirit that I’m going for is like a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story. It’s ultimately a quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone.”

Wan also spoke about the Atlanteans role in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League,” saying Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Amber Heard as Queen Mera will only offer a brief taste of what the King of Atlantis’ standalone film will be like:

“I think Amber and Jason Momoa, in their moments in Justice League, [are] going to give the rest of the world a flavor of what their own standalone movie could be,” said Wan. “And that is just scratching the surface of what I plan to do.”

The “Aquaman” film is targeting a July 2018 release.

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Besson Desperate To Make “Valerian” Sequel

Dark Horizons - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:03pm

Filmmaker Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element,” “Lucy”) is keen for everyone to check out his sci-fi epic “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets,” so keen in fact that he’s already begging people to check it out so that he can make a sequel.

Talking with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Besson says he’s already got the followup mapped out but really needs the first to be a hit before he can think about doing another one.

“Please, please [make ‘Valerian’ successful] because I want to do the second one. I have [the story]. I just have to be patient and humble, because you can’t start before you know if the first one works or not. So I’m eating my nails and waiting. But I have the second one, the second one is great. Go to the first one, so I can do the second one, please!”

The comic book adaptation is Besson’s dream project and stars the likes of Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu in a galactic sci-fi epic.

We’ll finally get a first look for ourselves in a few weeks when the first trailer goes online on November 10th. “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” opens on July 21st 2017.

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Daniel Radcliffe To Play Smuggler In “Burden”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:00pm

Daniel Radcliffe is set to play a drug-smuggling pilot in “Beast of Burden,” English-language debut feature of Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt.

Adam Hoelzel penned the script for the action-thriller in which Radcliffe’s pilot runs drugs across the boarder and must navigate the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cartel and others over the course of a day.

Paul Schiff and Michael Diamond are producing. The project will be shot in late November in Savannah.

Source: THR

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GTA 5 - EXPLOSIVE Samsung Galaxy Note 7?!

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“Krampus” Scribes To Pen “Godzilla” Sequel

Dark Horizons - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:35pm

“Krampus” writers Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields are set to pen the script for the second installment in the rebooted “Godzilla” franchise at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.

The pair may also be apart of a potential writers room to help create the upcoming Godzilla-King Kong universe, something akin to what Hasbro did for “Transformers” not that long ago and the fruits of which we’ll see starting with “Transformers: The Last Knight” next year.

Acclaimed “X2” and “Superman Returns” scribe Dougherty has strong ties to Legendary, directing “Trick ‘r Treat” for them which has become a cult hit, he also did “Krampus” for them.

“Godzilla 2” is currently dated for March 22nd 2019 while “Godzilla vs. Kong” opens May 29th 2020.

Source: Variety

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CBS Sets Asteroid Event Series “Salvation”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:28pm

Just a few days after cancelling two of its three scripted summer series, CBS has already found one replacement in the form of a new sci-fi thriller event series titled “Salvation” which Alex Kurtzman (“Fringe,” “Star Trek”) is spearheading.

The story centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. The serialized hourlong drama has earned a thirteen-episode order with plans for a Summer 2017 launch.

Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro (“Extant”) wrote the script, based on the story by Matt Wheeler. Kurtzman, Kruger, Shapiro, Heather Kadin and Peter Lenkov will executive produce for CBS Television Studios.

Source: The Live Feed

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iPhone 7 Plus Qualcomm LTE Modem Significantly Outperforms Intel LTE Modem, Study Finds

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:10pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: With the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple elected to use LTE modems from two different sources, Qualcomm and Intel. The A1778 and A1784 iPhone models use a GSM-only Intel XMM7360 modem while the A1660 and 1661 iPhone models use a GSM/CDMA-compatible Qualcomm MDM9645M modem. Apple's decision has already caused some disappointment among customers because the GSM-only Intel modem is not compatible with as many carrier networks as the GSM/CDMA Qualcomm modem, and now independent testing conducted by Cellular Insights suggests there are some significant performance differences between the two modems, with the Qualcomm modem outperforming the Intel modem. Using an RS TS7124 RF Shielded Box, two RS CMW500, one RS CMWC controller, and four Vivaldi antennas, Cellular Insights created a setup to simulate LTE performance at different distances from a cellular tower using two iPhone 7 Plus devices, one with an Intel modem and one with a Qualcomm modem. The goal of the test was to measure the highest achievable LTE throughput starting at a Reference Signal Received Quality of -85dBm (a strong signal) and gradually reducing the power level to simulate moving away from a cellular tower where signal is weaker. Three LTE bands were tested: Band 12, Band 4 (the most common band in North America), and Band 7. In all three tests, both the iPhone 7 Plus models offered similar performance in ideal conditions, but as power levels decreased, Cellular Insights saw "unexplainable sharp dips in performance" in the Intel modem, finding a gap "north of 30%" in favor of the Qualcomm iPhone 7 Plus. In the charts, the Qualcomm modem maintains noticeably higher throughput speeds than the Intel modem as signal strength decreases. According to Cellular Insights, in every single test, the iPhone 7 Plus with a Qualcomm modem "had a significant performance edge" over the iPhone 7 Plus with an Intel modem.

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Higher-End Smartphones Make You Happier, Says JD Power Study

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 5:30pm
A new J.D. Power study published Thursday found that users who pay more for their smartphones report higher satisfaction than those who pay less for their smartphones. The study also found that among ATT and Sprint customers, Samsung phones ranked highest in overall satisfaction, while T-Mobile and Verizon customers preferred Apple iPhones. Jessica Dolcourt via CNET writes about the other conclusions made by the J.D. Power study: - Customers of ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon (full-service carriers) report more satisfaction than customers on Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS and Virgin Mobile (co-contract carriers). - Full-service customers pay an average of $361 for their phones compared with prepaid customers' $137 average. -Customers who pay more for their phones report higher satisfaction. - This is likely because high-cost phones perform better. (Editor's note: no duh)

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Target Passes Walmart As Top US Corporate Installer of Solar Power

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:50pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Target is the top corporate installer of solar power in the USA with 147MW installed on 300 stores. Walmart is close behind with 140MW, while Ikea has installed solar on 90% of its retail locations. The Solar Energy Institute of America (SEIA) report shows over 1,000MW of solar installed in almost 2,000 unique installations by the largest corporate entities in the country. Additionally these groups have more than doubled their installation volume year on year, with 2015 seeing a total of 130MW, while 2016 is projected to be closer to 280MW. Big box retail locations offer some of the best potential spaces for solar power to be installed -- on top of square, flat structures and in previously built parking lots. The average size of an installation by a company in this group is about 500kW -- 75X the size of an average residential solar installation. The RE100 organization has signed up 81 global corporations (many on the SEIA list) who have pledged 100% renewable energy. "We're incredibly proud of the progress we've made in improving building efficiencies and reducing environmental impact. Our commitment to installing solar panels on 500 stores and distribution centers by 2020 is evidence of that progress" -- said John Leisen, vice president of property management at Target. The geographic breakdown of solar installations is based upon three main drivers -- good sunlight, expensive electricity and state level renewable mandates, with Southern California having all three. The northeast USA, with its expensive electricity and aggressive clean energy push, has been on par with California (50% of total solar) for commercial installations. A report put together by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) breaks down the various state level laws that support corporations going green -- and, without surprise, it becomes clear that the legal support of renewable energy is a definite driver.

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Mark Cerny, Chief PlayStation Architect, Explains the PS4 Pro

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:10pm
Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, which launches next month on November 10th, is the company's most powerful console that will be capable of outputting 4K and HDR content, including movies, TV shows and games. In an effort to find out how developers will make use of the console and whether or not the PS4 Pro will in any way undermine the audience of the current PS4, The Verge sat down with Mark Cerny, Sony's chief PlayStation architect, and asked him some questions. The Verge reports: The PS4 Pro is 2.28 times more powerful than its predecessor, but not everything will run in native 4K Instead of using an entirely new GPU, Cerny said the PS4 Pro is using a "double-sauced one." In effect, the new console has a second, identical GPU configured next to the original, more than doubling the processing power of the Pro. While the standard PS4 produces 1.8 teraflops, the PS4 Pro achieves 4.2 teraflops. This is how the device can achieve native 4K and, in some cases, what Cerny said are results "extremely close to 4K." For select software, including games like adventure title Horizon Zero Dawn and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the PS4 Pro will use a crafty technique called checkerboard rendering to achieve 2160p resolution. Checkboard rendering changes the formation of pixels to achieve higher-fidelity graphics. Standard PS4 games will play just the same unless devs patch them For the more than 700 or so existing PS4 games, Cerny said the goal was to ensure those titles played smoothly no matter what. That's why the Pro incorporates an identical GPU. Because the new console has "the old GPU next to a mirror version of itself," Sony can support existing games with a simple trick: "We just turn off the second GPU," he said. Developers can patch these titles to boost graphics and performance in very subtle ways. But unless you have a 4K television, the difference will not be substantial. Sony says it doesn't want games released solely for the PS4 Pro When asked whether Sony would ever let a game run exclusively on the PS4 Pro, Cerny was blunt. "We're putting a very high premium on not splitting the user base in that fashion," he said. That doesn't rule out the possibility that, two or even three years down the line, a game comes out that relies so heavily on the hardware improvements of the Pro that it becomes unplayable on the standard PS4. Cerny wouldn't really speak much to that scenario, saying that Sony is asking developers to take advantage of the new console without leaving older hardware behind. You can also watch Mark Cerny chat with PlayStation Blog's Sid Shuman about the creation of the PS4 Pro here on YouTube.

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Temple+ October Update

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:46pm

Temple+ celebrates its first 6 months out in the wild! With Prestige classes nearly finished, what's next in store?

KickassTorrents Lawyer: 'Torrent Sites Do Not Violate Criminal Copyright Laws'

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Lawyers representing Artem Vaulin have filed their formal legal response to prosecutors' allegations of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, among other charges. Vaulin is the alleged head of KickassTorrents (KAT). KAT was the world's largest BitTorrent distribution site before it was shuttered by authorities earlier this year. Vaulin was arrested in Poland, where he now awaits extradition to the United States. "Vaulin is charged with running today's most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials," Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in a July 2016 statement. The defense's new 22-page court filing largely relies on the argument that there is no such thing as secondary criminal copyright infringement. While secondary copyright infringement as a matter of civil liability was upheld by the Supreme Court in MGM v. Grokster in 2005, Vaulin and his associates have been charged criminally. "The fundamental flaw in the government's untenable theory of prosecution is that there is no copyright protection for such torrent file instructions and addresses," [the brief's author, Ira Rothken,] argued in his Monday motion to dismiss the charges against Vaulin. "Therefore, given the lack of direct willful copyright infringement, torrent sites do not violate criminal copyright laws." "The extradition procedures have formally been started by the US in Poland," Rothken told Ars. "We are in a submissions or briefing period, and our Polish team is opposing extradition." Rothken also said that he has yet to be allowed to meet or speak directly with his client. For now, Rothken has been required to communicate via his Polish counterpart, Alek Kowzan. "Maybe they are afraid that Artem's extradition defense will be enhanced if American lawyers can assist in defending against the US extradition," Rothken added. No hearings before US District Judge John Z. Lee have been set.

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Chapter 3 is finished!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:11pm

I made it happen! 3 out of 4 chapters are done, that makes a solid 75% of the game. Take a look inside!

Hotspot Vigilantes Are Trying to Beam the Internet To Julian Assange

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:50pm
Ecuadorian government said earlier this week that it did cut off Julian Assange's internet connection. They noted that Assange's continued interference in the U.S. election campaign was the reason why they decided to disconnect Assange from the internet. But it appears some people are going to great lengths to beam internet connectivity to Mr. Assange. This week 4chan urged people to head to the embassy to set up mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, and many are doing just that. From a Motherboard report:"We are now calling all BRITS to get their ass down to the embassy and stand around in mass, taking shifts with wifi-hotspots on hand!" reads the post. "Give Assange constant network and morale support all while streaming it live for the world to see." Are people actually going to try this? Motherboard UK visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has claimed political asylum since August 2012, today to find out. Admittedly, on a late October afternoon, things were rather quiet on the street outside the embassy. Nevertheless, I found my guy. "Marco" was loitering outside the embassy, turning on and off his mobile hotspot. I approached him, and while tentative at first, Marco finally started explaining how he was hoping to aid Assange.

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US Army 'Will Have More Robot Soldiers Than Humans' By 2025, Says Former British Spy

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:10pm
John Bassett, a British spy who worked for the agency GCHQ for nearly two decades, has told Daily Express that the U.S. was considering plans to employ thousands of robots by 2025. At a meeting with police and counter-terrorism officials in London, he said: "At some point around 2025 or thereabouts the U.S. army will actually have more combat robots than it will have human soldiers. Many of those combat robots are trucks that can drive themselves, and they will get better at not falling off cliffs. But some of them are rather more exciting than trucks. So we will see in the West combat robots outnumber human soldiers." Daily Express reports: Robotic military equipment is already being used by the U.S Navy and Air Force, in the shape of drones and autonomous ships. In April robotic warfare took a major leap forward after the U.S. Navy launched its very first self-piloting ship designed to hunt enemy submarines. Drones have been a feature of U.S. operations in the Middle East to disrupt terrorist groups. However, those aircrafts are still controlled by humans operating from bases in the U.S. Mr. Bassett also said artificial intelligence and robots technology would combine to create powerful fighting machines. The cyber security expert said: "Artificial intelligence, robotics in general, those will begin to mesh together."

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How Hackers Broke Into John Podesta and Colin Powell's Gmail Accounts

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 1:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On March 19 of this year, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta received an alarming email that appeared to come from Google. The email, however, didn't come from the internet giant. It was actually an attempt to hack into his personal account. In fact, the message came from a group of hackers that security researchers, as well as the U.S. government, believe are spies working for the Russian government. At the time, however, Podesta didn't know any of this, and he clicked on the malicious link contained in the email, giving hackers access to his account. The data linking a group of Russian hackers -- known as Fancy Bear, APT28, or Sofacy -- to the hack on Podesta is also yet another piece in a growing heap of evidence pointing toward the Kremlin. And it also shows a clear thread between apparently separate and independent leaks that have appeared on a website called DC Leaks, such as that of Colin Powell's emails; and the Podesta leak, which was publicized on WikiLeaks. All these hacks were done using the same tool: malicious short URLs hidden in fake Gmail messages. And those URLs, according to a security firm that's tracked them for a year, were created with Bitly account linked to a domain under the control of Fancy Bear. The phishing email that Podesta received on March 19 contained a URL, created with the popular Bitly shortening service, pointing to a longer URL that, to an untrained eye, looked like a Google link. Inside that long URL, there's a 30-character string that looks like gibberish but is actually the encoded Gmail address of John Podesta. According to Bitly's own statistics, that link, which has never been published, was clicked two times in March. That's the link that opened Podesta's account to the hackers, a source close to the investigation into the hack confirmed to Motherboard. That link is only one of almost 9,000 links Fancy Bear used to target almost 4,000 individuals from October 2015 to May 2016. Each one of these URLs contained the email and name of the actual target. The hackers created them with with two Bitly accounts in their control, but forgot to set those accounts to private, according to SecureWorks, a security firm that's been tracking Fancy Bear for the last year. Bitly allowed "third parties to see their entire campaign including all their targets -- something you'd want to keep secret," Tom Finney, a researcher at SecureWorks, told Motherboard. Thomas Rid, a professor at King's College who studied the case extensively, wrote a new piece about it in Esquire.

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Level Up!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 1:07pm

Our Adventurer Level Up system is now complete! Our new map Traveler's Road is brimming with mystery and danger :)

Television Needs To Be Reinvented, Says Apple SVP

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:50pm
Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Service at Apple, isn't happy with the current state of how people watch TV. He said we currently live with a "glorified VCR," the interface of our current TV is the problem and we need to reinvent it. Cue pointed out a number of other issues he has with today's TV:"It's really hard to use [a cable box or satellite TV]. Setting something to record, if you didn't watch something last night, if you didn't set it to record, it's hard to find, it may not be available. There may be some rights issues," Cue said. "It's great to be able to tell your device, 'I wanna watch the Duke basketball game, I don't care what channel it's on.' I just want to watch the Duke basketball game. Today you got to bring in the TV, go through the guide, find which sports programs or whatever -- it's just hard to do."

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Prosecutors Say Contractor Stole 50 Terabytes of NSA Data

/. - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:10pm
An NSA contractor siphoned off dozens of hard drives' worth of data from government computers over two decades, prosecutors will allege on Friday. From a ZDNet report: The contractor, Harold T. Martin III, is also accused of stealing thousands of highly classified documents, computers, and other storage devices during his tenure at the agency. It's not known exactly what Martin allegedly stole, but a report from The New York Times on Wednesday suggests that the recently-leaked hacking tools used by the agency to conduct surveillance were among the stolen cache of files. Prosecutors will on Friday charge Martin with violating the Espionage Act. If convicted, he could face ten years in prison on each count. The charges, news of which was first reported by The Washington Post, outline a far deeper case than first thought, compared to the felony theft and a lesser misdemeanor charge of removal and retention of classified information revealed in an unsealed indictment last month.

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