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Tech Jobs Took a Big Hit Last Year

/. - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:40pm
Barb Darrow, writing for Fortune: Tech jobs took it on the chin last year. Layoffs at computer, electronics, and telecommunications companies were up 21 percent to 96,017 jobs cut in 2016, compared to 79,315 the prior year. Tech layoffs accounted for 18 percent of the total 526,915 U.S. job cuts announced in 2016, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a global outplacement firm based in Chicago. Of the 2016 total, some 66,821 of the layoffs came from computer companies, up 7% year over year. Challenger attributed much of that increase to cuts made by Dell Technologies, the entity formed by the $63 billion convergence of Dell and EMC. In preparation for that combination, layoffs were instituted across EMC and its constituent companies, including VMware.

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Dev Diary #4

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:02pm

Finally!The long awaited Dev Diary #4 is here! Today we're talking about the tech tree, in addition to other stuff.

CloudFlare Puts Pirate Sites on New IP Addresses, Avoids Cogent Blockade

/. - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:00pm
Earlier this month, several users worldwide reported that they were unable to access pirate websites including the Pirate Bay. It was because the internet backbone network of Cogent Communications had blackholed the CloudFlare IP-address of pirate websites. Less than a week later, CloudFlare is fighting back. From a report on TorrentFreak: The Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites that were blocked by Cogent's Internet backbone are now accessible again. CloudFlare appears to have moved the sites in question to a new pair of IP-addresses, effectively bypassing Cogent's blackhole. [...] As of yesterday, the sites in question have been assigned the IP-addresses 104.31.16.3 and 104.31.17.3, still grouped together. Most, if not all of the sites, are blocked by court order in the UK so this is presumably done to prevent ISP overblocking of 'regular' CloudFlare subscribers.

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“The Predator” Star Says Don’t Expect Arnie

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:35am

Filming on Shane Black’s “The Predator” is officially set to begin late next week. Up until this point those involved have been keen to point out this isn’t a full remake, but rather a sequel and minor reboot of the property.

Boyd Holbrook serves as the lead character of an ensemble that also includes Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Sterling K. Brown (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”), Jacob Tremblay (“Room”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Keanu”) and Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”).

Holbrook is currently doing press rounds for “Logan” in which he plays the main villain, and told We Got This Covered today that rumors of it being a full sequel and potentially involving the first film’s star Arnold Schwarzenegger are not true:

“I’m currently working on Predator. It’s not a sequel; Shane Black has made something totally new, somehow keeping within the realm of Predator [while also being] absolutely new in terms of the story that we’re talking about today, and rooted in something real. It’s real fresh. I don’t think you’re going to see [Arnold] Schwarzenegger. It would kind of make it a gimmick. It’s horror, science-fiction and a western.”

The new “The Predator” is set to open in cinemas in early 2018.

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“Namor the Sub-Mariner” To Film In Hawaii?

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:33am

Last year came a quote from Marvel’s CCO Joe Quesada which seemed to suggest that the rights to their Namor the Sub-Mariner character had reverted back to the studio after being stuck at Universal for years.

This suggested the fish man may finally make it to the big screen in the near future. This week, a new report from Reel News Hawaii seems to indicate that the project is going forward and will be shot at a new Marvel studio in Oahu – a facility where part of the upcoming “Inhumans” event series will be shot.

There's buzz around the island that two rival productions could be swimming on our waters. "Aquaman" & "Submariner". Fingers crossed! pic.twitter.com/1WLbZkWJAN

— Reel News Hawaii (@reelnewshawaii) February 15, 2017

It’s surprising news as, before this point, there’s been no word on a Namor film being in the works. In the comics Namor is a mutant, but with FOX still retaining the rights to the use of that term in Marvel films, could the upcoming “Inhumans” series include Namor as a character and one of their own?

Rival DC’s similar hero “Aquaman” is also rumored to be using Hawaii for some location shooting. A brief video has emerged today of actor Jason Momoa doing some sword fight rehearsal for his role as the one and only King of Atlantis in the DCEU comic adaptation. Filmed at 87Eleven Action Design’s studio, it appears Aquaman will be taking on two other sword-wielding adversaries in the James Wan-directed film.

Jason Momoa working on his Sword skills for Aquaman at 87Eleven before heading out for Australia to shoot. Modern Day Savage. #87Eleven #Hyperfly #Aquaman #YCTH #DCUniverse #JasonMomoa #JiuJitsuKnows #Stuntmen #SwordFighting

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VOTD: Fan Film Pits Ledger Joker vs. Leto Joker

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:31am

A series of YouTube videos titled ‘Minute Match-Ups’ takes on the idea of what would happen which one of two pop culture icons would win in a dramatically re-enacted duel.

Ismahawk and Hisonni Johnson are behind the latest installment, “Joker vs. Joker,” which has Noah Schefflin taking on Heath Ledger’s “The Dark Knight” version of the character vs. Jan Flugum as the Jared Leto’s version from “Suicide Squad”. Charlie Starling also co-stars in a surprise role.

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Trailer: Ferrell, Poehler Are “The House”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:30am

New Line Cinema has premiered the first trailer for the Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler-led comedy “The House” which opens June 30th.

The two comedians, who previously worked together on “Blades of Glory,” follows the pair as a married couple who, after losing their daughter’s college fund, decide that they can earn some money back by opening an illegal casino in their basement.

Ferrell is also producing the film, scripted by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien (“Neighbors”) with the former marking his feature film directing debut.

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“Hook” Actor’s Kickstarter For Prequel Short

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:27am

“Hook,” Steven Spielberg’s 1991 sequel to “Peter Pan,” boasted not only an adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams) and Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), but also a bunch of kids taking on the roles of the Lost Boys. In Peter’s absence, the group was run by Rufio (Dante Basco).

Almost thirty years on, the role remains Basco’s most well-known work. And now he’s been listed as an executive producer on “Bangarang,” a new short film project which just launched a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign. The short is effectively a prequel spin-off focusing on Rufio, before the mohawk and Neverland.

In the short Roofus is a 13-year-old kid who is destined to be more than the foster home kid he found himself becoming. Now, he and his rag-tag group of best friends including a Jamaican boy named Julani and a bright-eyed latina named Ella, find a way for Roofus to escape his ill fate and fulfil his destiny.

No actors are committed to the film yet, but young L.A.-based actors can submit video auditions of themselves for the film with an email address provided on the Kickstarter page.

Source: Kickstarter (via Screen Rant)

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YouTube Has 1 Billion Videos With Closed-Captioning (But Not All of Them Are Accurate)

/. - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:20am
Over a billion videos on YouTube are accessible to viewers with difficulties in hearing, thanks to the video giant's automated captions, it said Thursday. From a report on Variety: That certainly sounds impressive -- except when you realize that many of the site's automatically generated captions aren't completely right. The Google-owned video giant first launched captions back in 2006, and three years later introduced automatic speech recognition to add closed-captioning to YouTube content. Today, YouTube users watch video with auto-generated captions more than 15 million times per day. But the system is prone to errors. For example, the trailer for Amazon Studio's Oscar-nominated "Manchester by the Sea" (at this link) includes numerous inaccuracies in the auto-transcribed captions, sometimes to hilarious -- not to mention frustrating -- effect.

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DOOM II DeathMatch Maps

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:02am

I'm working on a DOOM II: Hell on Eart map, and I need your opinion!

Full Trailer: Adam Sandler Is “Sandy Wexler”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:57am

Netflix has premiered the full trailer for Adam Sandler’s third film with the streaming service – “Sandy Wexler”.

Described as a new take on Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose,” Sandler plays a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s who diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business.

His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, talented singer (Jennifer Hudson) whom he discovers at an amusement park.

Kevin James, Terry Crews, Lamorne Morris, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, Jane Seymour, Aaron Neville, Arsenio Hall and Nick Swardson co-star in the film which will play exclusively on the streaming service starting April 14th.

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ModernHOT Update #4 - Gameplay

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:46am

Today we'll show you our progress since last update and tease you with damage system, AI, guns as well as a short gameplay fragment!

EU Privacy Watchdogs Seek Assurances on US Data Transfer Pact

/. - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:40am
European Union data privacy watchdogs will seek assurances from U.S. authorities that a move by U.S. President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine a transatlantic pact protecting the privacy of Europeans' data. From a report: European concerns have been raised by an executive order signed by Trump on Jan. 25 aiming to toughen enforcement of U.S. immigration law. The order directs U.S. agencies to "exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information." The exemption of foreigners from the U.S. law governing how federal agencies collect and use information about people has stoked worries across the Atlantic about the new administration's approach to privacy and its impact on cross-border data flows.

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Sprint's New Unlimited Plan Adds HD Streaming, Four Lines For $90

/. - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:00am
Take that, Verizon! Sprint's unlimited data plan now has HD video too. From a report: On February 16, Sprint upped its unlimited plan, launching the "best unlimited HD plan ever", according to its press release. The new plan matches Verizon Wireless' new unlimited plan by offering unlimited calls, text, data, HD video streaming, and 10 GB of mobile hotspot for $22.50 per line, for four lines. That equates to $90 per month for four lines, or half of what Verizon Wireless is charging. Sprint's plan requires the account owner to enable AutoPay, ensuring the bill is paid on time each month. For those who don't need four lines, the first line will set you back $50 per month, two lines of service will bump it $90 per month.

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Valve 'Comfortable' If Virtual Reality Headsets Fail

/. - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 9:20am
VR headset developer Valve is "comfortable" with the idea that the technology could turn out to be a complete failure. Gabe Newell, head of the game studio, made the statement in an interview with news site Polygon. From a report: Valve is co-developer of the Vive VR headset with phone firm HTC. Mr Newell said, so far, interest in the technology was in line with its expectations and that some VR games had already sold well. In the rare and wide-ranging interview, Mr Newell said the advent of VR had much in common with the development of PCs in the 1980s. In both cases, he said, people bought technology without knowing why and discovered afterwards what they were good for. For the PC, he said, it was spreadsheets and businesses that drove the initial success. With VR, people were only starting to discover compelling uses as they experimented and took risks with the technology.Mr Newell said there were now about 1,300 VR-based applications on its Steam gaming service and about 30 of those had made more than $250,000 in revenue.

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Google Releases TensorFlow 1.0 With New Machine Learning Tools

/. - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:40am
An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report: At Google's inaugural TensorFlow Dev Summit in Mountain View, California, today, Google announced the release of version 1.0 of its TensorFlow open source framework for deep learning, a trendy type of artificial intelligence. Google says the release is now production-ready by way of its application programing interface (API). But there are also new tools that will be part of the framework, which includes artificial neural networks that can be trained on data and can then make inferences about new data. Now there are more traditional machine learning tools, including K-means and support vector machines (SVMs), TensorFlow's engineering director, Rajat Monga, said at the conference. And there's an integration with the Python-based Keras library, which was originally meant to ease the use of the Theano deep learning framework. And there are now "canned estimators," or models, Monga said, including simple neural networks to start using quickly.

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Disney Announces “Star Wars Force Friday II”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:20am

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that September 1st will serve as “Star Wars Force Friday II,” the global fan event celebrating the launch of new “Star Wars” merchandise.

The first tied into ‘The Force Awakens,’ whereas these will tie to the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and will feature toys, collectibles, books, apparel going on sale beginning at 12:01am. The previous Force Friday was an 18-hour online marathon employing YouTube stars opening toy boxes online. Disney did not hold an equivalent unboxing event last year for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.

The announcement, which comes two days before the start of the annual Toy Fair event in New York City, also included the photo above of empty box art which includes the three leads and Rey’s new hairstyle.

The announcement comes as Director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy are confirmed to be on hand for a panel for Star Wars Celebration Orlando on April 14th.

Source: Lucasfilm

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Jackman, Stewart Talk Their “X-Men” Future

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:20am

The upcoming “Logan” marks Hugh Jackman’s ninth and last time in the role of the clawed mutant Wolverine. Well aware of it being his final outing going into the production, Jackman tells Entertainment Tonight that he put his all into it as this is his last chance:

“There is not a frame of this film where I can’t say I didn’t put everything into it. I couldn’t have made this film if I didn’t make the decision within myself that this was the last one. I just didn’t compromise on anything. I was a pain to a lot of people, because I don’t get another shot at this. This is a character I love. I owe my career to this character.”

So is he completely shutting the door on the character? He tells The New York Times:

“When I had the script, I was like, ‘Yes.’ And when I was shooting the movie, yes. As I sit here today, yes. God knows how I’ll feel in three years. But right now, absolutely.

There’s been a gnawing turmoil that I hadn’t really nailed it, fully, either story or performance or whatever. Every film I’ve ever done, I’ve had that gnawing doubt. But I have it way less in this one.”

He also says he’s at peace with the idea of someone else taking over the role, saying:

“The character will go on. Someone else will play it, for sure. (I’m fine with it), unless Daniel Day-Lewis plays him and wins the Oscar, then I might have a little problem.”

Meanwhile his longtime co-star Patrick Stewart isn’t so ready to say farewell to Professor X: “Hugh has raised the flag that says goodbye. I haven’t done that yet.”

“Logan” is currently slated to open in cinemas on March 2nd.

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Finn Story Rumors

Dark Horizons - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:19am

A new rumor today at Making Star Wars has apparent details of what Finn (John Boyega) will get up to in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at Disney and Lucasfilm.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD

The site claims the character’s key objective in the new movie is to infiltrate a First Order Super Star Destroyer and plant explosives – a ship that has been designed a little differently than previous Star Destroyers seen in the original trilogy.

To do so, he goes undercover in a First Order officer’s uniform and is accompanied by Kelly Marie Tran’s mystery character. Tom Hardy’s mystery role in the project is said to be a Stormtrooper who congratulates Finn for receiving a promotion.

The site also says Kylo Ren’s Knights will kidnap both Poe and Finn, providing a reunion for them but one that also serves as bait to lure Rey out of hiding.

END SPOILERS

Will these pan out? The site has gotten several major scoops right in the past so don’t dismiss it out of hand. We’ll see for ourselves when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in cinemas on December 15th.

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Linus Torvalds: Talk of Tech Innovation is Bullshit. Shut Up and Get the Work Done

/. - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:00am
Linus Torvalds believes the technology industry's celebration of innovation is smug, self-congratulatory, and self-serving. From a report on The Register: The term of art he used was more blunt: "The innovation the industry talks about so much is bullshit," he said. "Anybody can innovate. Don't do this big 'think different'... screw that. It's meaningless. Ninety-nine per cent of it is get the work done." In a deferential interview at the Open Source Leadership Summit in California on Wednesday, conducted by Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, Torvalds discussed how he has managed the development of the Linux kernel and his attitude toward work. "All that hype is not where the real work is," said Torvalds. "The real work is in the details." Torvalds said he subscribes to the view that successful projects are 99 per cent perspiration, and one per cent innovation.

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