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First Photo: Cruz Is Donatella In “Versace”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:04pm

The first official image is out of Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in the upcoming FX limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” which airs in 2018.

EW premiered the shot from the mini-series from the Emmy Award-winning team behind “The People v. O.J. Simpson” including executive producer Ryan Murphy.

The series deals with the murder of famed designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) and the hands of young serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss). Donatella took control of her brother’s fashion house after Gianni’s murder in 1997.

The shot here is taken by the pool at Villa Casa Casuarina, the Miami Beach mansion where Gianni lived and was killed. Part of the project was filmed at the villa, which today features a restaurant and suites.

Ricky Martin also stars as Gianni’s long-term partner Antonio D’Amico. “Versace” is slated to premiere sometime in 2018.

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Elisabeth Moss Is Typhoid Mary In “Fever”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:53pm

“Top of the Lake” and “Mad Men” actress Elisabeth Moss, currently earning raves for her work on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has signed on for BBC America and Annapurna Television’s limited series “Fever”.

Moss will star in and produce the series based on the novel by Mary Beth Keane about Mary Mallon. Mallon is better known as ‘Typhoid Mary,’ an Irish immigrant in New York City who became a renowned chef until a ‘medical engineer’ noticed she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked.

She was identified as an ‘asymptomatic carrier’ of Typhoid Fever which turned her into a hunted woman. Put into isolation on North Brother Island for three years, she was released under the condition that she never work as a cook again.

Yet so proud of her former status and passionate about cooking, the alternative to her was abhorrent and so she defied the edict. Robin Veith (“The Expanse”) will write the project, and Phil Morrison (“Enlightened”) will direct with a 2018 airing planned.

Source: Deadline

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2017 Expo Posters: “Alita,” “Predator,” “Halloween”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:44pm

Licensing Expo 2017 is underway in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center this week with early artwork and promo posters now on display for a number of films not scheduled for release until well into next year.

Collider and Aullidos were in attendance and snapped some shots of the artwork on display. This is placeholder art in some cases, with some of these films not even having titles yet.

Amongst the titles confirmed though – the animated “Spider-Man” film, “Alita: Battle Angel,” the “Halloween” reboot, Shane Black’s “The Predator,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and more.

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Engineer At Boeing Admits Trying To Sell Space Secrets To Russians

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:40pm
An anonymous reader shares an ArsTechnica report: Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempted violation of the Export Control Act. Justice, who according to his father worked for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif., was arrested last July after selling technical documents about satellite systems to someone he believed to be a Russian intelligence agent. Instead, he sold the docs to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee. The sting was part of a joint operation by the FBI and the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The documents provided by Justice to the undercover agent included information on technology on the US Munitions List, meaning they were regulated by government International Trade in Arms regulations (ITAR). "In exchange for providing these materials during a series of meeting between February and July of 2016, Justice sought and received thousands of dollars in cash payments," a Justice Department spokesperson said in a statement. "During one meeting, Justice and the undercover agent discussed developing a relationship like one depicted on the television show 'The Americans.'"

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'Sony Needs a Fresh Hit'

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:00pm
Even as Sony's CEO Kazuo Hirai has done a remarkable job over the past five years -- taking bold decisions on the areas the company should be focusing on, and cutting efforts on those that aren't working -- his company desperately needs a fresh hit to boost its revenue and to become relevant in the mind of most, writes columnist Tim Culpan for Bloomberg. An except from his article: According to a company statement Tuesday for investors' day, the key will be to "remain the 'last one inch' that delivers a sense of 'wow' to customers," expand recurring revenue, and pursue new businesses.Those three strategies are closely linked. With TV sales in decline, its Vaio PC business spun off, and its smartphones barely a blip on the radar, Sony's last inch is heavily dependent on the PlayStation. Sony's Game & Network Services business has grown at both the top and bottom lines over the past five years, but the games console business is stuck in time. [...] Sony needs to build a device that will be far more ubiquitous and can appeal to consumers beyond the current male-skewed slowly aging hard-core gamer base. Amazon and Alphabet, with Echo and Home, are two such examples, and Apple will probably follow suit. With its background in audio, video, sensors and entertainment, Sony has all the right parts to make it happen. For the company that invented the Walkman, dreaming up another hit shouldn't be so hard.

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The First “Twin Peaks” Ratings Are In

Dark Horizons - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:59am

The return of David Lynch’s iconic series “Twin Peaks” twenty-five years after it closed up was a modern cultural event. Critics are a bit baffled but mostly in love with the new season which also offered David Lynch’s welcome return to filmmaking.

Despite all the talk though, overnight numbers for the episodes were soft. The first two episodes aired on Showtime in the U.S. and the two-hour premiere averaged only 506,000 viewers in its initial airing along with a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 in live-plus-same day viewing.

The show has already averaged 1.1 million viewers though when counting repeat airings, streaming, and on-demand viewing is added in. Showtime isn’t worried, their main aim was to increase subscribers for its streaming services Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand.

On that front they succeeded wildly, the program sparking the single biggest day and weekend of signups ever. The series also dominated social media conversation with 4.7 million total impressions on Twitter – trending in the U.S. and worldwide.

The third and fourth episodes of the new season are now available on Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand and will air on the cable network this coming Sunday.

Showtime Networks president and CEO David Nevins says: “In the world that we live in now, offering original programming that attracts new subscribers is our primary business objective. By that standard, the Twin Peaks premiere is the biggest single-night driver we’ve ever had.”

The fourteen remaining episodes of the season will roll out with one episode per week. Check out the new opening credits for the series, set to that iconic theme, below:

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“Game of Thrones” S7 Won’t Dawdle

Dark Horizons - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:50am

HBO’s popular fantasy series “Game of Thrones” returns soon with a truncated season of seven episodes as opposed to the regular ten.

With thirteen episodes of the series overall to go, there’s no more breathing room or dawdling. With many of the supporting players wiped out and situations coming to a head, things are going to get intense.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Jon Snow himself actor Kit Harington says:

“This season is really different than any other season because it’s accelerating toward the end, a lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones … it’s so different than what everybody is used to. It’s quite exciting.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, was also surprised at the pace:

“I’m like, ‘Already? Now?! What?!’ I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace. Everything happened quicker than I’m used to … a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”

Showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff told the mag that the increased speed is an organic move and with the groundwork laid earlier in the story, they now can move faster:

Weiss: “Things are moving faster because in the world of these characters the war that they’ve been waiting for is upon them. The conflicts that have been building the past six years are upon them and those facts give them a sense of urgency that makes [the characters] move faster.”

Benioff: “For a long time we’ve been talking about ‘the wars to come.’ Well, that war is pretty much here. So it’s really about trying to find a way to make the storytelling work without feeling like we’re rushing it — you still want to give characters their due, and pretty much all the characters that are now left are all important characters. Even the ones who might have started out as relatively minor characters have become significant in their own right.”

“Game of Thrones” season 7 premieres on HBO on July 16th, check out a new motion poster for the new season below.

#GoTS7 begins 7.16 on @HBO. #GameofThrones

— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 23, 2017

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Ask Slashdot: ISPs That Respect Your Online Privacy?

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:40am
New submitter Rick Schumann writes: According to this story just posted here on Slashdot, Comcast is playing about as dirty as they can get. This is just about the last straw for me; are there any ISPs in the United States that actually respect your online privacy?

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R.I.P. Sir Roger Moore

Dark Horizons - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:31am

Iconic British actor Sir Roger Moore has died aged 89.

Moore most famously played James Bond for seven films across twelve years – from 1973’s “Live and Let Die” through to 1985’s “A View to a Kill”.

Moore’s take was known for being the quirkiest Bond of the lot, with some entries that were borderline parody such as “Moonraker” and “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Moore’s Bond was about raised eyebrows, dry wit and suave charm more than martinis and explosions – qualities Moore often brought to other roles.

Still, when things turned more serious, Moore delivered the good including some of the best Bond films there are such as the bonafide classics “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “For Your Eyes Only,” and the underrated it tonally confused “Octopussy”.

Moore first rose to fame on TV, playing “The Saint” for many years along with a regular role on “The Persuaders”. Other TV credits include “Ivanhoe,” “Maverick,” “The Alaskans,” “The Dream Team” and “The Persuaders”.

Film credits include “The Cannonball Run,” “Curse of the Pink Panther,” “The Sea Wolves,” “The Wild Geese,” “Escape to Athena,” “The Quest,” “The Enemy,” “Spice World: The Movie ,” “Boat Trip,” “The Magic Snowman,” “Sherlock Holmes in New York,” “North Sea Hijack,” “The Man Who Haunted Himself ,” “Gold,” “Shout at the Devil,” “Gold of the Seven Saints,” “Diane”

He was also a humanitarian and appointed a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1991 and campaigned for children’s rights across the world ever since.

Moore’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died in Switzerland after “a short but brave battle with cancer”. Moore will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes.

Source: BBC News

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At Google, an Employee-Run Email List Tracks Harassment and Bias Complaints

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:20am
A group of Google employees have begun a message board for employees to submit worker complaints that's then emailed weekly as a digest, according to a report on Bloomberg. The email list -- called "Yes, at Google" -- has been around since October and allows employees to talk openly about work situations in which they felt uncomfortable; most submissions are anonymized. From the article: Google management is aware of the list. "We work really hard to promote and preserve a culture of respect and inclusion," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "Our employees have numerous ways to raise issues -- both negative and positive -- with us, including through grassroots transparency efforts like this one. We take concerns seriously and take appropriate measures to address them." The list is run by a group of workers across different product areas, according to a person familiar with the list, though it's not clear who runs the list and how or whether the submissions are vetted before being distributed. Usually, the people in the complaints are not named, though one submission described an instance when, during a large company meeting in late April, Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt allegedly interrupted Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat when she had a question addressed to her, which the post categorized as a "gender-related" complaint. A person who attended the meeting said Schmidt answered the question to make a joke. Messages sometimes include job titles and other details.

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Comcast Proves Need For Net Neutrality By Trying To Censor Advocacy Website

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:40am
Reader mrchaotica writes: As most Slashdot readers are probably aware, the FCC, under the direction of Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, is trying to undo its 2015 decision to protect Net Neutrality (PDF) by classifying ISPs as common carriers. During the recent public comment period, the FCC's website was flooded with pro-Net-Neutrality comments from actual people (especially those who heeded John Oliver's call to arms) as well as anti-Net-Neutrality comments posted by bots using the names and addresses of people without their consent. The fake comments use boilerplate identical to that used in a 2010 press release by the conservative lobbying group Center for Individual Freedom (which is funded by Comcast, among other entities), but beyond that, the entities who perpetrated and funded the criminal acts have not been conclusively identified. In response to this brazen attempt to undermine the democratic process, the Internet freedom advocacy group Fight for the Future (FFTF) created the website to call attention to the fraud and allow people to see if their identity had been misappropriated. Comcast, in a stunning display of its tone-deaf attitude towards free speech, has sent a cease-and-desist order to FFTF, claiming that violates its "valuable intellectual property[sic]." According to the precedent set in Bosley Medical Institute, Inc. v. Kremer , websites created for the purpose of criticizing an organization can not be considered trademark infringement. As such, FFTF reportedly has no intention of taking down the site."This is exactly why we need Title II net neutrality protections that ban blocking, throttling, and censorship," said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, "If Ajit Pai's plan is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like that are critical of their corporate policies," she added. "It also makes you wonder what Comcast is so afraid of? Are their lobbying dollars funding the astroturfing effort flooding the FCC with fake comments that we are encouraging Internet users to investigate?"Could there be a better example to illustrate why ensuring strong Net Neutrality protections by regulating ISPs as common carriers is so important?

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'Coding Is Not Fun, It's Technically and Ethically Complex'

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader shares an article: For starters, the profile of a programmer's mind is pretty uncommon. As well as being highly analytical and creative, software developers need almost superhuman focus to manage the complexity of their tasks. Manic attention to detail is a must; slovenliness is verboten. Coding isn't the only job that demands intense focus. But you'd never hear someone say that brain surgery is "fun," or that structural engineering is "easy." When it comes to programming, why do policymakers and technologists pretend otherwise? For one, it helps lure people to the field at a time when software (in the words of the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen) is "eating the world" -- and so, by expanding the labor pool, keeps industry ticking over and wages under control. Another reason is that the very word "coding" sounds routine and repetitive, as though there's some sort of key that developers apply by rote to crack any given problem. It doesn't help that Hollywood has cast the "coder" as a socially challenged, type-first-think-later hacker, inevitably white and male, with the power to thwart the Nazis or penetrate the CIA. Insisting on the glamor and fun of coding is the wrong way to acquaint kids with computer science. It insults their intelligence and plants the pernicious notion in their heads that you don't need discipline in order to progress. As anyone with even minimal exposure to making software knows, behind a minute of typing lies an hour of study. It's better to admit that coding is complicated, technically and ethically. Computers, at the moment, can only execute orders, to varying degrees of sophistication. So it's up to the developer to be clear: the machine does what you say, not what you mean. More and more "decisions" are being entrusted to software, including life-or-death ones: think self-driving cars; think semi-autonomous weapons; think Facebook and Google making inferences about your marital, psychological, or physical status, before selling it to the highest bidder. Yet it's rarely in the interests of companies and governments to encourage us to probe what's going on beneath these processes.

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Hackers Unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 With Fake Iris

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 9:21am
From a Motherboard report: Despite Samsung stating that a user's irises are pretty much impossible to copy, a team of hackers has done just that. Using a bare-bones selection of equipment, researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) show in a video how they managed to bypass the scanner's protections and unlock the device. "We've had iris scanners that could be bypassed using a simple print-out," Linus Neumann, one of the hackers who appears in the video. The process itself was apparently pretty simple. The hackers took a medium range photo of their subject with a digital camera's night mode, and printed the infrared image. Then, presumably to give the image some depth, the hackers placed a contact lens on top of the printed picture. And, that's it. They're in.

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Chinese Giant Huawei Gets Serious About PC Business, Announces Plans For Global Expansion

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 8:40am
Speaking of new laptops, Chinese conglomerate Huawei plans a global expansion into computers, it said on Tuesday, posing a fresh challenge to established PC players in a market that has suffered two years of falling sales volumes and pressure on margins. From a report: At a news conference in Berlin, the Shenzhen-based company introduced its first line-up of three personal computer models, including a 15.6-inch screen notebook, a 2-in-1 tablet and notebook hybrid and an ultra slim, metallic 13-inch notebook. Initially, Huawei plans to target the premium-priced consumer market, competing with Lenovo, HP and Dell, which together sell more than 50 percent of all PCs. To a lesser extent, it will also go up against Apple's high-end, but shrinking, Mac computer business. Huawei's Matebook X is a fanless notebook with splash-proof screen and combined fingerprint sign-on and power button, priced between 1,399 and 1,699 euros ($1,570-$1,900). Its Matebook E 2-in-1 hybrid will run from 999 to 1,299 euros while the Matebook D with 15.6-inch display is priced at 799 to 999 euros, it said. Huawei said it aims to offer the new PCs in 12 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East in early June.

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Nokia Uses Lawsuit To Make Apple Its Friend

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 8:00am
Apple has settled a patent dispute with Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia and agreed to buy more of its network products and services. The deal means Nokia will get bigger royalties from Apple for using its mobile phone patents, helping offset the impact of waning demand for its mobile network hardware. Nokia's shares were up by seven percent following the announcement. WSJ puts things into perspective: Nokia's deal with Apple follows a highly unusual playbook: using a lawsuit to win business from your adversary (could be paywalled). When the first iPhone was unveiled a decade ago, Apple became a major competitor to the Finnish group, which was then the world's leading mobile-phone maker. As Nokia's business dwindled, the companies became legal antagonists. Now they are set to become business partners. The settlement announced Tuesday involves Apple paying Nokia a lump sum plus royalties for each device it sells using Nokia's technology. This is broadly the same kind of agreement the two sides reached in 2011 following a two-year lawsuit. The previous deal expired last year, which is why both sides launched fresh suits in December. In the aftermath of the lawsuit last year, Apple had pulled all Withings products from its stores. As part of the settlement, Apple said it will reverse that move.

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Google's AlphaGo AI Defeats the World's Best Human Go Player

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:20am
It isn't looking good for humanity. Google's AI AlphaGo on Tuesday defeated Ke Jie, the world's number one Go player, in the first game of a three-part match. The new win comes a year after AlphaGo beat Korean legend Lee Se-dol 4-1 in one of the most potent demonstrations of the power of AI to date. Adding insult to the injury, AlphaGo scored the victory over humanity's best candidate in China, the place where the abstract and intuitive board game was born. Engadget adds: After the match, Google's DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis explained that this was how AlphaGo was programmed: to maximise its winning chances, rather than the winning margin. This latest iteration of the AI player, nicknamed Master, apparently uses 10 times less computational power than its predecessor that beat Lee Sedol, working from a single PC connected to Google's cloud server. [...] The AI player picked up a 10-15 point lead early on, which limited the possibilities for Jie to respond. Jie was occasionally winning during the flow of the match, but AlphaGo would soon reclaim the lead, ensuring that his human opponent had limited options to win as the game progressed.

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Microsoft's New Surface Pro Features Faster Intel Kaby Lake Processor, 13.5 Hours of Battery Life

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:40am
On the sidelines of Windows 10 China Government Edition release, Microsoft also announced a new Surface two-in-one laptop. The latest addition to company's hybrid computing line up, the "new Surface Pro" sports an improved design, and houses a newer processor from Intel. From an article: The new Surface Pro features the same 3:2 12.3-inch PixelSense display as its predecessor, providing a resolution of 2736 x 1824 (267 ppi) and 10 point multi-touch capabilities. Surface Pro is based on faster and more reliable Intel "Kaby Lake" chipsets in Core m3-7Y30 with HD Graphics 615, Core i5-7300U with HD Graphics 620, and Core i7-7660U with Iris Plus Graphics 640 variants, which should make for a better experience. As with the previous version, the Core m3 version of the new Surface Pro is fanless and thus silent. But this is new: The Core i5 versions of the new Surface Pro are also fanless and silent. And a new thermal design helps Microsoft claim that the i7 versions are quieter than ever, too. The new Surface Pro is rated at 13.5 hours of battery life (for video playback), compared to just 9 hours for Surface Pro 4. That's a 50 percent improvement. urface Pro can be had with 4, 8, or 16 GB of 1866Mhz LPDDR3 RAM. The new Surface Pro is built around the USB 3-based Surface Connect connector and features one full-sized USB 3 port and one miniDisplayPort port. Microsoft also announced a new Surface Pen (sold separately), and claims that the new pen is twice as accurate (compared to the previous version). No word on the pricing but it will be available in all major global markets in the "coming weeks." The new Surface ships with Windows 10 Pro. (Side note: Earlier Microsoft used to market the Surface Pro devices as tablets that could also serve as laptops. The company is now calling the Surface Pro laptops that are also tablets.)

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Microsoft Announces 'Windows 10 China Government Edition', Lets Country Use Its Own Encryption

/. - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:00am
At an event in China on Tuesday, Microsoft announced yet another new version of Windows 10. Called Windows 10 China Government Edition, the new edition is meant to be used by the Chinese government and state-owned enterprises, ending a standoff over the operating system by meeting the government's requests for increased security and data control. In a blog post, Windows chief Terry Myerson writes: The Windows 10 China Government Edition is based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, which already includes many of the security, identity, deployment, and manageability features governments and enterprises need. The China Government Edition will use these manageability features to remove features that are not needed by Chinese government employees like OneDrive, to manage all telemetry and updates, and to enable the government to use its own encryption algorithms within its computer systems.

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SGI Mod Release through Google Groups

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:35am

We are releasing Stargate Invasion through Google Groups. Anyone who wants access to our current files can request to joint the google group called SGI Access. The files will be delivered through Google Drive once membership is acquired.
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