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23 Sep 17:25

Newswire: John Hurt says he’ll star in Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote movie, if it ever happens

by Caitlin PenzeyMoog

Barring any more setbacks, Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote really will be shooting soon, and John Hurt will play Don Quixote. “I am doing the Don Quixote film with Terry Gilliam next year,” Hurt told Supajam of his upcoming plans, sounding pretty confident about a film that’s been in the works longer than this fall’s incoming high school freshmen have been alive. But apparently, it’s really happening: As we wrote back in August, Gilliam says the financing has come together to get his chronically stymied project going once again in 2015, this time with the film taking on the meta twist of being about a guy who’s made his own disastrous Don Quixote movie.

Of course, even since that report, there’s already been another “hiccup,” as Gilliam told Rolling Stone, describing the film as “the Sisyphean rock that keeps rolling ...

23 Sep 18:00

Titan Falls: Blizzard Cancels Its Next MMO

by Alec Meer

By Alec Meer on September 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

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We’ve been hearing about Titan, the next trick up Blizzard’s immense sleeve, for many years now. Sci-fi-themed MMO with shooty stuff was the abiding but forever unconfirmed buzz, which did sound appealing, but perhaps such itches are being capably scratched by Planetside 2 on PC and Destiny on console.

That’s not the reason Blizzard have given for axing the seven-years-in-the-making project, though. The reason is “”We didn’t find the fun.”

We should probably bear in mind that, while they did acknowledge rumours it was on the cards, Titan was never officially announced, and no doubt if Blizzard had their way the wider world would still have no inkling of its existence. What they say about its cancellation is more than they’ve ever said it about before.

In the interview with Polygon in which all this came up, Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime elaborated that “We didn’t find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that’s the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no.” In retrospect, talk of delays and re-thinks somewhat heralded this some time ago.

Perhaps more telling than such speculation after the fact is his later comment, asking aloud “Are we the MMORPG company? We don’t want to identify ourselves with a particular genre. We just want to make great games every time.” Also, “I wouldn’t say no to ever doing an MMO again, but I can say that right now, that’s not where we want to be spending our time.”

He also references the potential onerousness of having to keep working on an MMO for years on end even after release, as has been the case with World of Warcraft, though claims that they’ll keep supporting WoW ‘forever’ if they can.

Morheim, as well as Chris Metzen, Blizzard’s senior vice president of story and franchise development, are clear that this wasn’t an easy decision, but they felt it best to cut losses than make something that wasn’t what they wanted to do, or that could “damage the relationship. Smash the trust” with their fans.

I can’t begin to imagine the sorts of costs involved when one of the world’s biggest studios cancels a project that’s been in development for seven years. If they really have cancelled it because it wasn’t what they wanted to do though, I can’t begrudge them that. Certainly better to choose that path than soullessly chase the money.

Metzen also suggests that, post-Hearthstone, there’s more appetite within Blizzard for smaller projects, rather than a titanic endeavour every time. “Maybe we can be what we want to be and inspire groups around the company to experiment, get creative, think outside the box and take chances on things that just might thrill people. Maybe they don’t have to be these colossal, summer blockbuster-type products.”

Fair enough once again. Hearthstone’s my favourite Blizzard offering in a long time, and much as it’s almost absurdly polished, there’s a craft and chutzpah to it that I’d love to see Blizzard apply to all sorts of unexpected endeavours.

Do read the full Polygon interview by the way, as it goes into more detail about the decision to kill off Titan, including why they don’t want to be U2. That’s definitely something we can agree on.

23 Sep 19:00

Elite Dangerous Beta 2 On Sep 30th, Original Elite Is Free

by Graham Smith

By Graham Smith on September 23rd, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

I continue to find Elite: Dangerous‘s version names slightly confusing. Premium Beta 2 came out back in June, but the new update coming September 30th is called “Beta 2″. Thankfully I can overcome my confusion for the exciting feature list, which includes a reputation system, the introduction of exploration mechanics, 500 new star systems, a vaster collection of upgrade spaceship modules…. And so on. The full list is below the fold.

Here’s the full list:

  • Combat ratings from ‘Harmless’ all the way up to ‘Elite’.
  • Reputations per system and galaxy-wide that influence attitudes and prices offered to you.
  • Ability to discover and explore and scan new systems and sell the data on them.
  • Detailed system maps.
  • Around 500 additional star systems to explore.
  • Lakon Asp Explorer ships added.
  • Much greater variety of upgradable Life Support modules, Engines, Hyperdrives, Power Distributors, Sensors, Shield Generators and Cargo Racks for all ships.
  • Ships are subject to gradual ‘wear and tear’.
  • New weapons including mines and a new non-lethal missile-deployed cargo hatch disruptor for piracy.
  • Outposts (small, exposed ‘roadside café’ stations in remote locations)
  • Occelus starports, a version of which can move around for early civilization of new systems and space tourism.
  • Visibility of other ships in supercruise, and track others through supercruise and hyperspace.
  • Newsfeeds about events from the rest of the galaxy and player activity in your local system.
  • All backers names (from the appropriate crowd-funding reward tiers) have been added to the NPC naming database.

Elite: Dangerous already feels great to fly and fight around, but each added detail to its expanding galaxy is exciting because it offers not just more to do in the inky black, but a further expansion of its space-venturer fantasy. I want to rocket around between its’roadside cafe’-style outposts next, like a space trucker…

Oh no, I just remembered.

While the Elite Dangerous Beta may also be too expensive for you at its current £50 price, you could always of course celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary by grabbing the original Elite for free. Also, I wouldn’t normally casually link to DLC – and I wouldn’t pay £10 for this – but the wireframe Cobra paintjob on sale is kinda cool too.


Elite: Dangerous, Frontier Developments.

23 Sep 19:00

161. SHONDA RHIMES: A screenwriter’s advice

by Gav


Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, director and television producer. She is the creator and showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, and executive producer of the new drama How To Get Away With Murder.

This quote is from the commencement speech Rhimes gave at her alma mater Dartmouth earlier this year. I highly recommend you listen to the entire talk for more of her no-nonsense advice. Credit to the always-enlightening Brain Pickings for bringing it to my attention.

Positive quotes and mantras are obviously extremely popular at the moment (and duh, I’ve managed to build a whole website around them) but I try very hard to not just blindly preach the ‘follow your dreams’ rhetoric. As Rhimes puts so well, behind the decision to follow your bliss lies years of hard work, sacrifice, grit and determination. Talking about it accomplishes nothing.

IRA GLASS: Advice for beginners
CHRIS GUILLEBEAU: 11 ways to be average
CHRIS HADFIELD: An astronaut’s advice
BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice
JIM HENSON: A puppeteer’s advice
STANLEY KUBRICK answers a question

- Here’s a recent interview I did with Unearthed comics covering some interesting topics.

20 Sep 16:21

Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

by timothy
Jason Koebler writes Over the last couple of weeks, people have been flying drones over Pinewood Studios, where Star Wars Episode VII is being filmed. That made waves last week, but, perhaps most interestingly, the studio ordered a "DroneShield" back in June anticipating the drone problem. According to the company, a DroneShield can provide email and SMS warnings if it detects a helicopters or drone. In any case, the folks over at DroneShield say that Pinewood Studios never actually got the product: The State Department keeps close tabs on products like these that are shipped overseas, and the company's export application still hasn't gone through.

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21 Sep 01:36

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19 Sep 17:08

TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

by Soulskill
storagedude writes: Amid ongoing security concerns, the popular open source encryption program TrueCrypt may have found new life under a new name. Under the terms of the TrueCrypt license — which was a homemade open source license written by the authors themselves rather than a standard one — a forking of the code is allowed if references to TrueCrypt are removed from the code and the resulting application is not called TrueCrypt. Thus, CipherShed will be released under a standard open source license, with long-term ambitions to become a completely new product.

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20 Sep 23:35

What everyone reads

by Seth Godin

Everyone used to read the morning paper because everyone did. Everyone like us, anyway. The people in our group, the informed ones. We all read the same paper.

Everyone used to read the selection of the book of the month club, because everyone did.

And everyone used to watch the same TV shows too. It was part of being not only informed, but in sync.

Today, of course, that's awfully unlikely. Only 1 or 2 percent of the population watch the typical 'hit' show on cable. Of course, it's entirely possible that everyone in your circle, the circle you wish to be respected by, is watching the same thing, but that circle keeps getting smaller, doesn't it?

And when 'everyone' isn't part of the picture any more, when the long tail is truly the only tail, plenty of people stop trying. They stop reading difficult books or watching less-than-thrilling video, and they don't push themselves to do the hard stuff, because, really, why bother?

Society without a cultural, intellectual core feels awfully different than the society that we're walking away from.

19 Sep 14:15

Texas considera prejudiciais os livros que contenham “alterações climáticas”

by Silmar Geremia

Po**a, Texas!

Texas, com aqueles suculentos cataventos geradores de energia eólica e as cheerleaders mais lindas do mundo, nós te amamos. Mas isso não se faz. Como assim você vai e nega as mudanças climáticas?

Vários veículos estão noticiando que o conselho de educação do estado norte-americano está considerando usar livros no ensino médio que ensinam, erroneamente, aos alunos que existe discordância científica sobre a causa das mudanças climáticas. Algumas das informações sendo inclusive atribuídas a uma organização conhecida por usar a negação do aquecimento global como posição política.

Ciência ruim: 97% dos cientistas que estudam o clima concordam que as emissões de gases de efeito estufa pelo homem impulsionou as mudanças climáticas. Mas esta seção de um livro a ser analisado pelo conselho estadual de educação do Texas coloca a ciência em pé de igualdade com a ideia desacreditada que as mudanças são resultado apenas de “causas naturais”.

Alguns dos artigos analisados continham afirmações como:

  • “Os cientistas concordam que o clima da terra está mudando. Eles não concordam sobre a causa”.
  • Sobre a causa primária das mudanças climáticas, a emissão de gases do efeito estufa, “Muitos cientistas discordam do IPCC sobre esse problema”.
  • “Alguns cientistas dizem que é normal a Terra ficar mais quente por alguns anos. Eles acham que teremos alguns anos mais frios no futuro”.

O relatório também aborda uma seção onde o texto confunde as causas da mudança climática com aquelas que causam o buraco na camada de ozônio (e nem isso descreve direito):

  • “A queima das florestas e dos combustíveis fósseis (gasolina, óleo e gás) liberam dióxido de carbono para a atmosfera. Os buracos na camada de ozônio deixam a luz do sol passar e ela fica presa por causa da poluição, sendo absorvida e aquecendo a atmosfera terrestre”. O.o

A escolha de livros didáticos é assunto sério para os norte-americanos, pois são a base para o formação dos futuros cidadãos, inclusive sobre posições políticas que eles podem vir a ter. O que eles estão julgando são livros com erros factuais, além de textos propositalmente vagos e superficiais. E isso não se faz. Ciência não deve ser ensinada assim.

No Brasil, o MEC é responsável por selecionar os livros que são usados nas escolas do país inteiro. Como andam os livros que os seus filhos estão usando?

Fonte: PS.

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11 Sep 07:01


by Doug


Here’s more optimism.

21 Sep 23:43

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21 Sep 12:00

Calvin's Dad Had Some Wisdom About Technology

22 Sep 17:02

Newswire: More details have emerged about Pink Floyd’s first record in 21 years

by Marah Eakin

Earlier this summer, news broke that Pink Floyd was working on a new album, its first in 21 years. Now we have a few more, slightly underwhelming details about that teased record, The Endless River. The four-sided double-LP is mostly instrumental, though one song, “Louder Than Words,” will feature lyrics by David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson. The album is meant as a tribute to the band’s late multi-instrumentalist Richard Wright, who died in 2008, and it uses material first recorded during 1993’s The Division Bell sessions—including some tracks Wright appears on—as a starting point.

The Endless River is due out Nov. 10. A full tracklist is below.

The Endless River

Side 1:
01 “Things Left Unsaid”
02 “It’s What We Do”
03 “Ebb And Flow”

Side 2:
04 “Sum”
05 “Skins”
06 “Unsung”
07 “Anisina”

Side 3
08 “The Lost Art Of Conversation”
09 ...

25 Aug 13:14

10 curiosidades sobre Chaves que você não sabia #Chaves30Anos

by Raphael Mendes

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Desde quando foi lançado no Brasil, pelo SBT, Chaves teve um grande sucesso. Hoje, a série alcançou o status de cult.

Veja algumas curiosidades sobre a série e os bastidores que provavelmente você desconhece:

1 - Em 1974, a atriz Maria Antonieta de las Nieves, que interpreta a Chiquinha, engravidou e teve que se afastar das gravações. Na história, a desculpa usada era que a Chiquinha foi passar uns tempos na casa de uma tia no interior.

2 - A atriz que interpreta a Bruxa do 71, Angelines Rodrigues foi considerada uma das mulheres mais boitas do México, na década de 40.

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3 - Em 1978, Carlos Villagrán, que interpretava o Quico, decidiu sair do elenco para ser astro de seu próprio seriado na Venezuela. Os últimos episódios com o personagem são os da viagem para Acapulco. A canção “Boa Noite Vizinhança”, tocada no episódio, é uma homenagem ao ator. Ela foi composta por Roberto Gómez Bolaños, intérprete de Chaves e criador do seriado. icon smile 10 curiosidades sobre Chaves que você não sabia #Chaves30Anos

4 - Ao contrário do que muitos pensam, Chaves não mora no barril. Ele mesmo deixa isto claro em um episódio, reforçando que mora na casa número 8 da vila. Aliás, o nome original do seriado é “Chavo del Ocho”, ou “Chaves do Oito” em tradução livre.

5 - O nome de Chaves tem uma origem bem curiosa. “Chavo”, na gíria mexicana, significa garoto, menino na idade de travessuras. No caso, o Chavo morava em uma vila pobre. Como o movimento labial de Chavo em espanhol é idêntico ao de “Chaves” em português, foi escolhido esse nome para o garoto.

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6 - Em 1978, Florinda e Roberto Bolaños começaram a namorar, depois de uma viagem ao Chile. Eles se casaram na Cidade do México no dia 19 de novembro de 2004, após mais de 25 anos de união não-oficial. Antes de se casar com Bolaños, Florinda teve um romance com Carlos Villagrán, o Quico. Dizem que por conta disso os dois se mantiveram afastados por mais de vinte anos.

7 - A música que toca toda vez que dona Florinda e professor Girafales se encontram é ‘Tema de Tara’, trilha sonora original do filme ‘E o Vento Levou’.

8 - Na década de 90, correu um forte boato na imprensa brasileira afirmando que os atores do Chaves teriam morrido em um acidente de avião. Esse acidente jamais ocorreu.

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9 - Angelines, que interpretava dona Clotilde, faleceu em 1994, com câncer no pulmão. A atriz, que morreu por conta do fumo, era melhor amiga de María Antonieta de las Nieves, a Chiquinha.

10 - Apesar da roupa cafona e dos rolinhos nos cabelos, Dona Florinda era moh gostosa:

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Fontes: Chaves Gifs BR, A Melhor Party, Me Salva Bátima.


BÔNUS: Apesar de ser sua iguaria favorita, Chaves nunca comeu um sanduíche de presunto na série. Mas a Seara vai dar um jeitinho, e nos 30 anos de Chaves no Brasil ela resolveu fazer uma bela homenagem a série que nós amamos:


18 Sep 05:20

Как выглядели бы героини Диснеевских мультфильмов...

...если бы это были фильмы.

17 Sep 01:28

UK company working on a Hoverbike

21 Sep 22:45

These Traffic Patterns Caught On Camera Are Truly Wonderful

by Vincze Miklós

These Traffic Patterns Caught On Camera Are Truly Wonderful

Sometimes the traffic on roads develops emergent properties, creating beautiful patterns you never realized were there.


21 Sep 01:16


20 Sep 05:32

Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

by timothy
storagedude writes Imagine in the not-too-distant future, your entire genome is on archival storage and accessed by your doctors for critical medical decisions. You'd want that data to be safe from hackers and data corruption, wouldn't you? Oh, and it would need to be error-free and accessible for about a hundred years too. The problem is, we currently don't have the data integrity, security and format migration standards to ensure that, according to Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. Newman calls for standards groups to add new features like collision-proof hash to archive interfaces and software. 'It will not be long until your genome is tracked from birth to death. I am sure we do not want to have genome objects hacked or changed via silent corruption, yet this data will need to be kept maybe a hundred or more years through a huge number of technology changes. The big problem with archiving data today is not really the media, though that too is a problem. The big problem is the software that is needed and the standards that do not yet exist to manage and control long-term data,' writes Newman.

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20 Sep 14:07

My Programming Class

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20 Sep 19:01

charging up the flame thrower on the list

20 Sep 22:47

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21 Sep 09:56

Cough syrup from the heroic age

by Cory Doctorow

"One Night" because taking enough of it will make this night your last.

this is your periodic reminder that old-timey medicines did not fuck around

(via Seanan McGuire)

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19 Sep 06:22

У вас богатый внутренний мир

Белок миозин V передвигается вдоль актиновых волокон и перетаскивает прикрепленные к нему грузы.